SWINDON TOWN: Bank on Paolo

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio

PAOLO Di Canio has said he is willing to help finance the loan extensions of Chris Martin, Danny Hollands and John Bostock personally.

The trio have all played their last games for Swindon Town under the terms of their original short-term deals at the County Ground, but Di Canio rates their continued stays as crucial for the Robins’ chances of success this season.

With money tight at the club after most of the funds originally earmarked for January by majority shareholder Andrew Black were used in November to propel Town out of the transfer embargo, it is possible that the Italian will not have the budget available to him to keep all three.

Therefore, Di Canio made the remarkable statement after his side’s 4-0 win over Carlisle on Saturday that he would be happy to contribute his own money to the cause.

“I will do everything. I won’t talk about the board anymore because I have to be clear. I will do everything to keep them, even put my money in. I’m not joking,” he said.

“I will sacrifice something, which is mad to sacrifice something and remain short in one area, to keep those two players, because we have to do something.

“I will do everything because I am not a passive manager, I will do everything in my power because it’s a shame to lose some players in this moment. It’s not an attack on anyone, it’s a shame.

“To stay fifth in this moment, with one game in hand, with this atmosphere it would be a shame to lose something. I will do everything. If the money is acceptable money to spend, I will spend.

“I don’t know - £20,000 or £30,000 – I will put my money in to keep them as long as we can because I care, because I want to win. I have ambition and even if I put in my own money I will try because I want to win.

“I’m sure with them we have more of a chance to win. Anyway, if the situation remains like this I have to sacrifice something. I have to try to do something; I can’t keep everything in this moment.

“I have three plans. (The first is) if there is some change and someone goes mad in a positive way. If it’s not possible there are two plans. One – I put in myself and see what I can do and then sacrifice a player in a place to keep a player that in this moment is crucial for me and for this team.

“It’s clear that Danny Hollands wants to stay desperately, Chris Martin wants to stay desperately. Also Bostock, even if he isn’t involved, is a quality player.”

Over the weekend, Town fans on Twitter and online forums reacted to Di Canio’s statement by proposing a supporters’ fund to aid their manager in the transfer market.

Those wishing to donate to the Red Army Fund, which was set up several years ago with the expressed aim of helping the club with transfer fees and player wages, should visit the Trust STFC website for details of how to get involved.

Visit www.truststfc.com/raf/contribute/ to find out more.

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6:47am Mon 7 Jan 13

louiscassius says...

Paolo Di Canio....



Legend!!!!!!!!!!


Louis :-)))
Paolo Di Canio.... Legend!!!!!!!!!! Louis :-))) louiscassius
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6:55am Mon 7 Jan 13

oz ashes says...

good idea this supporters fund if paolo is prepared to put in 20 or 30 thousand im prepared to put in 50 or a hundred bucks even if money is tight
good idea this supporters fund if paolo is prepared to put in 20 or 30 thousand im prepared to put in 50 or a hundred bucks even if money is tight oz ashes
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6:55am Mon 7 Jan 13

EastleazeRed says...

Yeah ! Put me down for a tenner .
Yeah ! Put me down for a tenner . EastleazeRed
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7:04am Mon 7 Jan 13

jayden says...

Got a busy day but £10 will be on its way today or tomorrow.
Got a busy day but £10 will be on its way today or tomorrow. jayden
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7:17am Mon 7 Jan 13

KojaktheWarg says...

A legend...I cannot recall ever seeing three matches in a row like that. 5-0, 5-0, 4-0. Fantastic. My tenner went yesterday. its nothing for the value of those three games alone.
A legend...I cannot recall ever seeing three matches in a row like that. 5-0, 5-0, 4-0. Fantastic. My tenner went yesterday. its nothing for the value of those three games alone. KojaktheWarg
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7:27am Mon 7 Jan 13

chalkswindon says...

Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another.

I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree.

He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world.

Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer.

Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.
Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another. I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree. He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world. Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer. Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting. chalkswindon
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7:43am Mon 7 Jan 13

Steve. Brentford says...

chalkswindon wrote:
Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another.

I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree.

He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world.

Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer.

Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.
My answer to that chalk is ignore what other fans say with regards to our club,sour grapes.I will support this with a donation if/when this supporters fund is set-up,bravo Paolo,a man destine for the top in management, we really should enjoy the ride whilst it lasts,i am.
[quote][p][bold]chalkswindon[/bold] wrote: Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another. I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree. He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world. Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer. Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.[/p][/quote]My answer to that chalk is ignore what other fans say with regards to our club,sour grapes.I will support this with a donation if/when this supporters fund is set-up,bravo Paolo,a man destine for the top in management, we really should enjoy the ride whilst it lasts,i am. Steve. Brentford
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7:57am Mon 7 Jan 13

International Robin2 says...

chalkswindon wrote:
Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another.

I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree.

He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world.

Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer.

Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.
It's the same outlook I thought of too. Personally, there is an agreement between Club and Manager to reach set goals. If Manager invests personal money into the club to propel future employment then it can only be beneficial to Club short term. Let's be honest and not joke ourselves. Paolo is without never going to be around for 10 years and without a doubt using Swindon as a stepping stone to bigger and better things but let's not forget.. That's why Paolo is our Manager.. To propel us to bigger and better things too.

At the end of the day, enjoy the ride whilst it lasts because we will never forget Paolo's time at the club for decades just like those fans who speak of Lou Macari and Glenn Hoddle.
[quote][p][bold]chalkswindon[/bold] wrote: Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another. I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree. He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world. Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer. Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.[/p][/quote]It's the same outlook I thought of too. Personally, there is an agreement between Club and Manager to reach set goals. If Manager invests personal money into the club to propel future employment then it can only be beneficial to Club short term. Let's be honest and not joke ourselves. Paolo is without never going to be around for 10 years and without a doubt using Swindon as a stepping stone to bigger and better things but let's not forget.. That's why Paolo is our Manager.. To propel us to bigger and better things too. At the end of the day, enjoy the ride whilst it lasts because we will never forget Paolo's time at the club for decades just like those fans who speak of Lou Macari and Glenn Hoddle. International Robin2
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8:00am Mon 7 Jan 13

john9149 says...

Count me in for a tenner. Just let me know where and when I have to pay.
Count me in for a tenner. Just let me know where and when I have to pay. john9149
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8:04am Mon 7 Jan 13

fraser digby's washbag says...

This sounds like it's time for the red army fund to be called into action, which has been available to contribute to on the Trust website for some years. They paid for the loan of Gordon Greer in the past.

See link below for where you contribute.

http://www.truststfc
.com/raf/latest/

The current balance @ 31/12/12 was £9137.53.
This sounds like it's time for the red army fund to be called into action, which has been available to contribute to on the Trust website for some years. They paid for the loan of Gordon Greer in the past. See link below for where you contribute. http://www.truststfc .com/raf/latest/ The current balance @ 31/12/12 was £9137.53. fraser digby's washbag
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8:20am Mon 7 Jan 13

oz ashes says...

fraser digby's washbag wrote:
This sounds like it's time for the red army fund to be called into action, which has been available to contribute to on the Trust website for some years. They paid for the loan of Gordon Greer in the past. See link below for where you contribute. http://www.truststfc .com/raf/latest/ The current balance @ 31/12/12 was £9137.53.
so is this going to be the offical way to pay i dont mind donating so long as the money collected is going on players
[quote][p][bold]fraser digby's washbag[/bold] wrote: This sounds like it's time for the red army fund to be called into action, which has been available to contribute to on the Trust website for some years. They paid for the loan of Gordon Greer in the past. See link below for where you contribute. http://www.truststfc .com/raf/latest/ The current balance @ 31/12/12 was £9137.53.[/p][/quote]so is this going to be the offical way to pay i dont mind donating so long as the money collected is going on players oz ashes
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8:25am Mon 7 Jan 13

fraser digby's washbag says...

You'd have to contact the trust to see if they were intending to step in at this time to use the funds, but it seems to me that this is as good a time as any to use these funds.

I've copied and pasted the following info from the RAF (Red Army Fund) latest info link:

The future of the Red Army Fund was discussed at the last Trust AGM on 8th May 2012 – some members pointed out that given the current Club ownership there may be no need for a fund to help with loan/permanent player funding however the overall view was the that the Club still needs to be run to existing budgets and as such the Red Army Fund would still be a great benefit , a perfect example being the loan signing of Gordon Greer which was funded by the Red Army Fund .
Support of the Red Army Fund is still solid with regular Standing Order donations still at similar levels to previous years .
The TrustSTFC Board encourage Trust members to support this initiative and welcome any comments on how we can develop this fund to support the club.

The current sum of money in the Red Army Fund Account as of 31st December 2012 is :

£ 9137.53
You'd have to contact the trust to see if they were intending to step in at this time to use the funds, but it seems to me that this is as good a time as any to use these funds. I've copied and pasted the following info from the RAF (Red Army Fund) latest info link: The future of the Red Army Fund was discussed at the last Trust AGM on 8th May 2012 – some members pointed out that given the current Club ownership there may be no need for a fund to help with loan/permanent player funding however the overall view was the that the Club still needs to be run to existing budgets and as such the Red Army Fund would still be a great benefit , a perfect example being the loan signing of Gordon Greer which was funded by the Red Army Fund . Support of the Red Army Fund is still solid with regular Standing Order donations still at similar levels to previous years . The TrustSTFC Board encourage Trust members to support this initiative and welcome any comments on how we can develop this fund to support the club. The current sum of money in the Red Army Fund Account as of 31st December 2012 is : £ 9137.53 fraser digby's washbag
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8:40am Mon 7 Jan 13

Last step says...

People should also be joining the trust, of course. Paying for Greer is an excellent example of the good that a proper independent supporters organisation can and does do.
People should also be joining the trust, of course. Paying for Greer is an excellent example of the good that a proper independent supporters organisation can and does do. Last step
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9:19am Mon 7 Jan 13

dave bamber`s caravan says...

Dean Saunders been confirmed as the new Wolves manager.
Good news for us, should see Donny fall away a bit hopefully.
Dean Saunders been confirmed as the new Wolves manager. Good news for us, should see Donny fall away a bit hopefully. dave bamber`s caravan
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9:25am Mon 7 Jan 13

jam1 says...

The Red Army fund is the one. At least thats where i've donated! There's a link from Morsheads Twitter page. Also the link was posted on the match thread yesterday.

Regarding your Forest mate Chalk. Paolo will manage at the top level one day, be that with us or another team. With that will come a multi million £ salary. The financial side of things will take care of themselves. This is purely a show of commitment from Paolo.
The Red Army fund is the one. At least thats where i've donated! There's a link from Morsheads Twitter page. Also the link was posted on the match thread yesterday. Regarding your Forest mate Chalk. Paolo will manage at the top level one day, be that with us or another team. With that will come a multi million £ salary. The financial side of things will take care of themselves. This is purely a show of commitment from Paolo. jam1
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9:25am Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

Last step wrote:
People should also be joining the trust, of course. Paying for Greer is an excellent example of the good that a proper independent supporters organisation can and does do.
Couldn't agree more mate. One of the things that has genuinely shocked me is the agressively negative reaction shown by some fans to the idea of fundraising for the club (none on here that I've seen I hasten to add!). Fair enough if you don't want to make a donation, but to actually start mud slinging and name calling at those that do....Is there really a group of people supporting our club that are like that? Saddens me greatly!
[quote][p][bold]Last step[/bold] wrote: People should also be joining the trust, of course. Paying for Greer is an excellent example of the good that a proper independent supporters organisation can and does do.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more mate. One of the things that has genuinely shocked me is the agressively negative reaction shown by some fans to the idea of fundraising for the club (none on here that I've seen I hasten to add!). Fair enough if you don't want to make a donation, but to actually start mud slinging and name calling at those that do....Is there really a group of people supporting our club that are like that? Saddens me greatly! ChrisWantageRed
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9:26am Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

jam1 wrote:
The Red Army fund is the one. At least thats where i've donated! There's a link from Morsheads Twitter page. Also the link was posted on the match thread yesterday. Regarding your Forest mate Chalk. Paolo will manage at the top level one day, be that with us or another team. With that will come a multi million £ salary. The financial side of things will take care of themselves. This is purely a show of commitment from Paolo.
Yup ...that's where to donate!
[quote][p][bold]jam1[/bold] wrote: The Red Army fund is the one. At least thats where i've donated! There's a link from Morsheads Twitter page. Also the link was posted on the match thread yesterday. Regarding your Forest mate Chalk. Paolo will manage at the top level one day, be that with us or another team. With that will come a multi million £ salary. The financial side of things will take care of themselves. This is purely a show of commitment from Paolo.[/p][/quote]Yup ...that's where to donate! ChrisWantageRed
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10:08am Mon 7 Jan 13

rockdog says...

I agree about the fund. Money is tight but after watching the last three matches I will gladly contribute a tenner or more to keep this squad together. At the next home match have the fund collectors out in force, or tell us where to send our cash.
I agree about the fund. Money is tight but after watching the last three matches I will gladly contribute a tenner or more to keep this squad together. At the next home match have the fund collectors out in force, or tell us where to send our cash. rockdog
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10:13am Mon 7 Jan 13

Med Red says...

I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used.
I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used. Med Red
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10:15am Mon 7 Jan 13

STFCman&boy1973 says...

chalkswindon wrote:
Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another.

I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree.

He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world.

Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer.

Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.
Envy...

its jealousy from other fans...

so nice its us being envied and not us envying other teams...

COYMRs
[quote][p][bold]chalkswindon[/bold] wrote: Its great that PDC has offered to do this and hopefully there will be a way to sort this out one way or another. I was chatting to a Forest fan yesterday who had been reading about PDC offer he had a different take on, which I though worth sharing although I must stress I dont agree. He reckons its an investment by PDC as should this £30,000 help Swindon achieve back to back promotions then it will help raise PDC's stature within the footballing world. Therefore when he moves on he will be able to command a greater package from his next employer. Just to point out again I dont agree with this but found an outsiders take on it interesting.[/p][/quote]Envy... its jealousy from other fans... so nice its us being envied and not us envying other teams... COYMRs STFCman&boy1973
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10:22am Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

rockdog wrote:
I agree about the fund. Money is tight but after watching the last three matches I will gladly contribute a tenner or more to keep this squad together. At the next home match have the fund collectors out in force, or tell us where to send our cash.
got to the STFC supporters trust website mate, you can make a contribution from there.
[quote][p][bold]rockdog[/bold] wrote: I agree about the fund. Money is tight but after watching the last three matches I will gladly contribute a tenner or more to keep this squad together. At the next home match have the fund collectors out in force, or tell us where to send our cash.[/p][/quote]got to the STFC supporters trust website mate, you can make a contribution from there. ChrisWantageRed
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10:44am Mon 7 Jan 13

glasred says...

PDC is very shrewd!...Fantastic loyal and enthusiastic suggestion he made to use his own money for extending loan signings in his interview on Radio Wiltshire after the game on Saturday.
How could Andrew Black let that happen?Now surely he will have to support these loan signings following this offer by his manager,and after the 4-0 win.!
I know that spending has to be controlled,but A Black must see how far we have come since PDC appointment,and our position in the table now is excellent following 3 straight hefty wins! There has never been a better time to go the extra mile Mr Black...help push STFC over the finishing line to the Championship please. Why spoil all the excellent support Mr Black has given so far by reigning in now?
Silence from Sir William Patey after these 3 great wins. This "chairman" needs to be at the forefront,not hiding behind the scenes and showing very little inthusiasm when he does speak.
No wonder we all miss Jeremy Wray!
COYR!!!
PDC is very shrewd!...Fantastic loyal and enthusiastic suggestion he made to use his own money for extending loan signings in his interview on Radio Wiltshire after the game on Saturday. How could Andrew Black let that happen?Now surely he will have to support these loan signings following this offer by his manager,and after the 4-0 win.! I know that spending has to be controlled,but A Black must see how far we have come since PDC appointment,and our position in the table now is excellent following 3 straight hefty wins! There has never been a better time to go the extra mile Mr Black...help push STFC over the finishing line to the Championship please. Why spoil all the excellent support Mr Black has given so far by reigning in now? Silence from Sir William Patey after these 3 great wins. This "chairman" needs to be at the forefront,not hiding behind the scenes and showing very little inthusiasm when he does speak. No wonder we all miss Jeremy Wray! COYR!!! glasred
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11:09am Mon 7 Jan 13

jam1 says...

Med Red wrote:
I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used.
I think more than anything Med this is just a statement from the fans supporting Paolo and saying to Andrew Black, look, we appreciate all the money you've put into the club and we know you haven't got a bottomless pit. We're going to do our bit to try and help.
[quote][p][bold]Med Red[/bold] wrote: I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used.[/p][/quote]I think more than anything Med this is just a statement from the fans supporting Paolo and saying to Andrew Black, look, we appreciate all the money you've put into the club and we know you haven't got a bottomless pit. We're going to do our bit to try and help. jam1
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11:29am Mon 7 Jan 13

mallorca says...

Yes for sure how we miss JW after those great 3 wins he would have been out appealing for new fans to attend the CG.What we get from SWP silence dunno has he done anything since picking up 3 paychecks???????
I hope he has done something behind the scenes but I doubt it he is just a doom and gloom merchant who knows little about Football in general oh he did go to a Hibs game.
If fans are going to donate to the stfc trust I for one would put in 10 pounds a month until the end of the season,I know it aint much but I guess it might help.
well done Pdc good shout,God know's what Mr Black will do now,at least he could fund what is needed for Matin and Hollands?????? as I get the feeling if Pdc can keep this lot we scare a few teams in this division
Yes for sure how we miss JW after those great 3 wins he would have been out appealing for new fans to attend the CG.What we get from SWP silence dunno has he done anything since picking up 3 paychecks??????? I hope he has done something behind the scenes but I doubt it he is just a doom and gloom merchant who knows little about Football in general oh he did go to a Hibs game. If fans are going to donate to the stfc trust I for one would put in 10 pounds a month until the end of the season,I know it aint much but I guess it might help. well done Pdc good shout,God know's what Mr Black will do now,at least he could fund what is needed for Matin and Hollands?????? as I get the feeling if Pdc can keep this lot we scare a few teams in this division mallorca
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11:34am Mon 7 Jan 13

Oi Den! says...

glasred wrote:
PDC is very shrewd!...Fantastic loyal and enthusiastic suggestion he made to use his own money for extending loan signings in his interview on Radio Wiltshire after the game on Saturday.
How could Andrew Black let that happen?Now surely he will have to support these loan signings following this offer by his manager,and after the 4-0 win.!
I know that spending has to be controlled,but A Black must see how far we have come since PDC appointment,and our position in the table now is excellent following 3 straight hefty wins! There has never been a better time to go the extra mile Mr Black...help push STFC over the finishing line to the Championship please. Why spoil all the excellent support Mr Black has given so far by reigning in now?
Silence from Sir William Patey after these 3 great wins. This "chairman" needs to be at the forefront,not hiding behind the scenes and showing very little inthusiasm when he does speak.
No wonder we all miss Jeremy Wray!
COYR!!!
Don't agree that the Chairman needs to be at the forefront. No need for him to comment on the team's performance. Let's have comments from Sir William only when he has something useful to say. One interview now, comprised of direct questions and straight answers, would do me until the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: PDC is very shrewd!...Fantastic loyal and enthusiastic suggestion he made to use his own money for extending loan signings in his interview on Radio Wiltshire after the game on Saturday. How could Andrew Black let that happen?Now surely he will have to support these loan signings following this offer by his manager,and after the 4-0 win.! I know that spending has to be controlled,but A Black must see how far we have come since PDC appointment,and our position in the table now is excellent following 3 straight hefty wins! There has never been a better time to go the extra mile Mr Black...help push STFC over the finishing line to the Championship please. Why spoil all the excellent support Mr Black has given so far by reigning in now? Silence from Sir William Patey after these 3 great wins. This "chairman" needs to be at the forefront,not hiding behind the scenes and showing very little inthusiasm when he does speak. No wonder we all miss Jeremy Wray! COYR!!![/p][/quote]Don't agree that the Chairman needs to be at the forefront. No need for him to comment on the team's performance. Let's have comments from Sir William only when he has something useful to say. One interview now, comprised of direct questions and straight answers, would do me until the end of the season. Oi Den!
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11:59am Mon 7 Jan 13

Rondogers says...

I've just donated a tenner to the STFC Supporters Trust.

Would be good if someone from the Trust can confirm if these donations will be paying for the loan players?

I don't really want my money paying for their tea and coffee! ; )
I've just donated a tenner to the STFC Supporters Trust. Would be good if someone from the Trust can confirm if these donations will be paying for the loan players? I don't really want my money paying for their tea and coffee! ; ) Rondogers
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12:09pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Last step says...

Med Red wrote:
I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used.
This is fine if you are only interested in donating for that cause and that cause alone.

But the fund that the trust have been putting together for a long time now, will only be used for a worthy and positive STFC related cause.
[quote][p][bold]Med Red[/bold] wrote: I'm not donating until we've heard officially how much is needed to secure the continued services of Hollands and Bostock. If say £100k is needed, then a couple of thousand fans donating £10 won't be enough and is a waste of money. I'm prepared to donate the cost of a match ticket (£25) if its going to be used.[/p][/quote]This is fine if you are only interested in donating for that cause and that cause alone. But the fund that the trust have been putting together for a long time now, will only be used for a worthy and positive STFC related cause. Last step
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12:14pm Mon 7 Jan 13

glasred says...

Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration.
However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season.
Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer! glasred
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12:16pm Mon 7 Jan 13

grove red says...

I've just donated a £10 would like to see the buckets out for the next home game as they say every little helps.

Coyr
I've just donated a £10 would like to see the buckets out for the next home game as they say every little helps. Coyr grove red
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12:40pm Mon 7 Jan 13

the wizard says...

Have spoken to the club this morning about donations for players wages. It seems the best way for the money to get into the correct kitty is to send it to the accounts dept at STFC where it will be paid into the wages account. I am not trying to undermine any other means or body, I just want the dosh in the right place at the right time, not my intention to offend anybody.
Have spoken to the club this morning about donations for players wages. It seems the best way for the money to get into the correct kitty is to send it to the accounts dept at STFC where it will be paid into the wages account. I am not trying to undermine any other means or body, I just want the dosh in the right place at the right time, not my intention to offend anybody. the wizard
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12:54pm Mon 7 Jan 13

jillyh says...

the wizard wrote:
Have spoken to the club this morning about donations for players wages. It seems the best way for the money to get into the correct kitty is to send it to the accounts dept at STFC where it will be paid into the wages account. I am not trying to undermine any other means or body, I just want the dosh in the right place at the right time, not my intention to offend anybody.
Thanks for that Wiz. I also agree that the buckets should be out in force. Anything to help PDC. Money is tight for all of us at the moment but the pleasure I get at the moment from watching STFC outweighs everything (even chocolate!!!)
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Have spoken to the club this morning about donations for players wages. It seems the best way for the money to get into the correct kitty is to send it to the accounts dept at STFC where it will be paid into the wages account. I am not trying to undermine any other means or body, I just want the dosh in the right place at the right time, not my intention to offend anybody.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that Wiz. I also agree that the buckets should be out in force. Anything to help PDC. Money is tight for all of us at the moment but the pleasure I get at the moment from watching STFC outweighs everything (even chocolate!!!) jillyh
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1:00pm Mon 7 Jan 13

trustbloke says...

The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co
ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund! trustbloke
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1:09pm Mon 7 Jan 13

the wizard says...

trustbloke wrote:
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co

ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Despite being a long standing Town supporter I have just learned more from reading the above post than what all my prior years had taught me. I hope you don't taken offence at me speaking to the club, not my intention I can assure you.

Perhaps if you could broaden out your statement or even get The Adver to do a piece on you the membership could grow somewhat. I am quite prepared to join and pay any membership fee etc. More details please.
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Despite being a long standing Town supporter I have just learned more from reading the above post than what all my prior years had taught me. I hope you don't taken offence at me speaking to the club, not my intention I can assure you. Perhaps if you could broaden out your statement or even get The Adver to do a piece on you the membership could grow somewhat. I am quite prepared to join and pay any membership fee etc. More details please. the wizard
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1:19pm Mon 7 Jan 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

trustbloke wrote:
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co

ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Great post.

Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance.

Sterling job Sir.
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Great post. Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance. Sterling job Sir. TheDukeOfBanbury
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1:22pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
trustbloke wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Great post. Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance. Sterling job Sir.
I second this comment.

Great work trustbloke. Long may it continue!
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Great post. Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance. Sterling job Sir.[/p][/quote]I second this comment. Great work trustbloke. Long may it continue! ChrisWantageRed
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1:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

jam1 says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
trustbloke wrote:
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co


ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Great post.

Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance.

Sterling job Sir.
yeah great stuff trust bloke. I think everyone needs to do what they can to spread the word about this
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Great post. Would be great if you could some how communicate on a regular basis or update the trust site to highlight the balance. Sterling job Sir.[/p][/quote]yeah great stuff trust bloke. I think everyone needs to do what they can to spread the word about this jam1
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1:38pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Oi Den! says...

glasred wrote:
Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration.
However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season.
Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.
[quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer![/p][/quote]I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments. Oi Den!
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1:45pm Mon 7 Jan 13

the wizard says...

Oi Den! wrote:
glasred wrote:
Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration.
However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season.
Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.
With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer![/p][/quote]I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.[/p][/quote]With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame. the wizard
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2:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

the wizard wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
glasred wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.
With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.
Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ??
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer![/p][/quote]I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.[/p][/quote]With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.[/p][/quote]Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ?? ChrisWantageRed
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2:40pm Mon 7 Jan 13

the wizard says...

ChrisWantageRed wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
glasred wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.
With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.
Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ??
I certainly hope so, we need them now perhaps more than ever. If Black is genuinely feeling the pinch like the rest of us then its time for us to help out in any way we can.

I'm going to try and take a car load to the next game, I took two on Saturday and the were impressed, hopefully I can lure another. Trying to do my bit. that will be one S/T plus three.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisWantageRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer![/p][/quote]I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.[/p][/quote]With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.[/p][/quote]Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ??[/p][/quote]I certainly hope so, we need them now perhaps more than ever. If Black is genuinely feeling the pinch like the rest of us then its time for us to help out in any way we can. I'm going to try and take a car load to the next game, I took two on Saturday and the were impressed, hopefully I can lure another. Trying to do my bit. that will be one S/T plus three. the wizard
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2:44pm Mon 7 Jan 13

louiscassius says...

I'll donate a £10.

Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign:

"Keep our Players" Campaign.....

Louis :-)))
I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-))) louiscassius
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2:50pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

the wizard wrote:
ChrisWantageRed wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
glasred wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer!
I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.
With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.
Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ??
I certainly hope so, we need them now perhaps more than ever. If Black is genuinely feeling the pinch like the rest of us then its time for us to help out in any way we can. I'm going to try and take a car load to the next game, I took two on Saturday and the were impressed, hopefully I can lure another. Trying to do my bit. that will be one S/T plus three.
That's of course another great way to generate extra cash. My missus has started attending games (wanted to see what all the fuss about "The PdC Express" was, now she's hooked!).

I have friends and colleagues who all claim to be supporters, but only attend when the likes of Villa are in town. I've also decided I'm gonna upgrade to a season ticket next season (if a half season ticket were available I'd take one for this season!)
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisWantageRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glasred[/bold] wrote: Ok...well SWP will never be a J Wray.Hearing from an enthusiastic chairman gives everyone inspiration. However,I would also settle for a clarified statement ensuring everyone that A Black isnt about to drop STFC,and that they were still striving to get promotion to the championship this season. Just the truth will do at the end of the day,...that is the trouble with SWP being an ex "diplomat"..its like listening to a politician..you never get a straight answer![/p][/quote]I think we're singing from the same hymn sheet glasred. I agree that there's a big difference between Wray and Patey. Wray may not be a natural fan but by the time he left us he had Swindon Town in his guts. Interesting times ahead - just hope they're not too rocky. I've heard some very gloomy rumours about the state of the club. Here's hoping it's just people putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 from Patey's comments.[/p][/quote]With the team performances improving like they have, lets hope the gates go up correspondingly like last Saturday, 9,400 surely that will help. If we could perhaps get up closer to 9,500 on a regular basis it would help a lot but its seems the Swindon public are loathe to support their own club as so many have roots elsewhere, big shame.[/p][/quote]Saying that Wiz we did take a fair number to Wembley..so I guess they are out there ??[/p][/quote]I certainly hope so, we need them now perhaps more than ever. If Black is genuinely feeling the pinch like the rest of us then its time for us to help out in any way we can. I'm going to try and take a car load to the next game, I took two on Saturday and the were impressed, hopefully I can lure another. Trying to do my bit. that will be one S/T plus three.[/p][/quote]That's of course another great way to generate extra cash. My missus has started attending games (wanted to see what all the fuss about "The PdC Express" was, now she's hooked!). I have friends and colleagues who all claim to be supporters, but only attend when the likes of Villa are in town. I've also decided I'm gonna upgrade to a season ticket next season (if a half season ticket were available I'd take one for this season!) ChrisWantageRed
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2:53pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

louiscassius wrote:
I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))
good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it?

The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-) ChrisWantageRed
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3:11pm Mon 7 Jan 13

louiscassius says...

ChrisWantageRed wrote:
louiscassius wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))
good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)
I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss

I would think they could make a fortune.........

We could do a massive 3 week campaign,..........

Louis :-)))
[quote][p][bold]ChrisWantageRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)[/p][/quote]I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss I would think they could make a fortune......... We could do a massive 3 week campaign,.......... Louis :-))) louiscassius
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3:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

louiscassius wrote:
ChrisWantageRed wrote:
louiscassius wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))
good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)
I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss I would think they could make a fortune......... We could do a massive 3 week campaign,.......... Louis :-)))
Signed shirts
A signed pair of Wes' gloves?
(Hell I'm a guitar tutor, I'll auction off some free lesson time if that'd raise anything!)

Interesting when you think about it isn't it? Instead of using fundraising as a "firefighting tool", what if it were used to regularly "top up" that Supporters Trust fund?

I'd be interested to know how many big local employers in Swindon have been approached by the Trust for possible donations/help with fundraising.
[quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisWantageRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)[/p][/quote]I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss I would think they could make a fortune......... We could do a massive 3 week campaign,.......... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]Signed shirts A signed pair of Wes' gloves? (Hell I'm a guitar tutor, I'll auction off some free lesson time if that'd raise anything!) Interesting when you think about it isn't it? Instead of using fundraising as a "firefighting tool", what if it were used to regularly "top up" that Supporters Trust fund? I'd be interested to know how many big local employers in Swindon have been approached by the Trust for possible donations/help with fundraising. ChrisWantageRed
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3:53pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

louiscassius wrote:
ChrisWantageRed wrote:
louiscassius wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))
good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)
I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss I would think they could make a fortune......... We could do a massive 3 week campaign,.......... Louis :-)))
Also think about it like this....

...if everyone who went to Wembley last year donated £1....
[quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisWantageRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: I'll donate a £10. Lets get the buckets out and ask the advert to start a campaign: "Keep our Players" Campaign..... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]good idea mate. Perhaps you could drop the adver a line and suggest it? The club could actually help a little themselves here. How much do we reckon things like signed T-Shirts/Kickabouts with the squad pre match would go for at an auction? ;-)[/p][/quote]I've got a Paolo signed white town shirt i bought for £60....hangs in my office where i am now COYR'ssss I would think they could make a fortune......... We could do a massive 3 week campaign,.......... Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]Also think about it like this.... ...if everyone who went to Wembley last year donated £1.... ChrisWantageRed
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5:22pm Mon 7 Jan 13

the wizard says...

As mentioned above a great idea, half season tickets. Just on offer for a limited period, even if they are at a lesser fee, it would get money in and bums on seats, hopefully these same bums will buy programmes, shirts etc, all extra income. Hello Town Marketing, are you flippin listening, here is an opportunity.
As mentioned above a great idea, half season tickets. Just on offer for a limited period, even if they are at a lesser fee, it would get money in and bums on seats, hopefully these same bums will buy programmes, shirts etc, all extra income. Hello Town Marketing, are you flippin listening, here is an opportunity. the wizard
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5:47pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Blazing Riff says...

the wizard wrote:
trustbloke wrote:
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co


ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Despite being a long standing Town supporter I have just learned more from reading the above post than what all my prior years had taught me. I hope you don't taken offence at me speaking to the club, not my intention I can assure you.

Perhaps if you could broaden out your statement or even get The Adver to do a piece on you the membership could grow somewhat. I am quite prepared to join and pay any membership fee etc. More details please.
Well Wiz. it seems even the STFC staff didn't know about the trust as applies to many of us until this whole thing started. I'm surprised they hadn't interjected prior to the response to your post but better late than never. They probably need to 'advertise' themselves a bit more, perhaps in conjunction with the Advertiser, so that fans wishing to donate know what they're dealing with. Not all fans look at this website and even those that do will be wary of donating via the internet. There's also a postal address for cheques but it's for the 'Red Army Fund' to mention it via an 'official' type outlet to maximise this facility. All said and done it's great to see the response from fans so far and I'll be donating soon. Still hoping for an 'away' ticket for Sat. - any info. please to blazingriff@btintern
et.com many thanks
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Despite being a long standing Town supporter I have just learned more from reading the above post than what all my prior years had taught me. I hope you don't taken offence at me speaking to the club, not my intention I can assure you. Perhaps if you could broaden out your statement or even get The Adver to do a piece on you the membership could grow somewhat. I am quite prepared to join and pay any membership fee etc. More details please.[/p][/quote]Well Wiz. it seems even the STFC staff didn't know about the trust as applies to many of us until this whole thing started. I'm surprised they hadn't interjected prior to the response to your post but better late than never. They probably need to 'advertise' themselves a bit more, perhaps in conjunction with the Advertiser, so that fans wishing to donate know what they're dealing with. Not all fans look at this website and even those that do will be wary of donating via the internet. There's also a postal address for cheques but it's for the 'Red Army Fund' to mention it via an 'official' type outlet to maximise this facility. All said and done it's great to see the response from fans so far and I'll be donating soon. Still hoping for an 'away' ticket for Sat. - any info. please to blazingriff@btintern et.com many thanks Blazing Riff
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6:15pm Mon 7 Jan 13

trustbloke says...

We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word!
We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word! trustbloke
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7:49pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Okus Road says...

trustbloke wrote:
The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co

ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund!
Just added my £25 to the fund. Can you keep a running total of donations since Saturday so we can see how much is being raised
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: The Supporters Trust Red Army Fund can only be used to help the club fund transfer and loan fees and wages. I chair the board so I should know! Contributions welcome at www.truststfc/raf/co ntribute. This episode illustrates the danger of having to rely on one or a few wealthy individuals owning the club. What happens when they lose interest or their businesses fail? The long term solution is for fans to part or wholly own their club as happens in Germany. This is what the Supporters Trust movement campaigns for and at Swindon we have made a start by purchasing shares in the club. Of course it will be a long haul but in the long term it's the only solution. Meanwhile let's get behind Paolo by donating to the Red Army Fund![/p][/quote]Just added my £25 to the fund. Can you keep a running total of donations since Saturday so we can see how much is being raised Okus Road
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7:59pm Mon 7 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

the wizard wrote:
As mentioned above a great idea, half season tickets. Just on offer for a limited period, even if they are at a lesser fee, it would get money in and bums on seats, hopefully these same bums will buy programmes, shirts etc, all extra income. Hello Town Marketing, are you flippin listening, here is an opportunity.
Spot on Wiz
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: As mentioned above a great idea, half season tickets. Just on offer for a limited period, even if they are at a lesser fee, it would get money in and bums on seats, hopefully these same bums will buy programmes, shirts etc, all extra income. Hello Town Marketing, are you flippin listening, here is an opportunity.[/p][/quote]Spot on Wiz ChrisWantageRed
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8:01pm Mon 7 Jan 13

mancrobin says...

trustbloke wrote:
We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word!
Hi Trustbloke. I was a member at that time but have lapsed. I will look at the website and do the necessary and feel you're right that this is probably a good time for a re-launch.

I would be particularly interested in contributing to a fund for the Trust to buy shares in the club. However, the key thing will this be for the trust to have very broad, simple and flexible aims. Something that finds the common denominator we all share in supporting the Town. It will be important to make that clear statement and vision up front.

I would also like to offer support in kind but living at distance, job, family etc would make that tricky. However, if there are simple tasks to be shared out...
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word![/p][/quote]Hi Trustbloke. I was a member at that time but have lapsed. I will look at the website and do the necessary and feel you're right that this is probably a good time for a re-launch. I would be particularly interested in contributing to a fund for the Trust to buy shares in the club. However, the key thing will this be for the trust to have very broad, simple and flexible aims. Something that finds the common denominator we all share in supporting the Town. It will be important to make that clear statement and vision up front. I would also like to offer support in kind but living at distance, job, family etc would make that tricky. However, if there are simple tasks to be shared out... mancrobin
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8:16pm Mon 7 Jan 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

trustbloke wrote:
We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word!
I was one of them. My phone bill talking to PD every night was very high.....but did my bit ;)
You are right, trusts do well within the "siege mentality" as soon as we rid the Club of the disease many, including myself went back to doing what we love watching football.
Now could be that chance again.

Once again I respect what you are doing.....last time I over-did it in more ways than one....nudge nudge.
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word![/p][/quote]I was one of them. My phone bill talking to PD every night was very high.....but did my bit ;) You are right, trusts do well within the "siege mentality" as soon as we rid the Club of the disease many, including myself went back to doing what we love watching football. Now could be that chance again. Once again I respect what you are doing.....last time I over-did it in more ways than one....nudge nudge. TheDukeOfBanbury
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9:59am Tue 8 Jan 13

ChrisWantageRed says...

trustbloke wrote:
We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word!
Perhaps worth contacting the Adver to see if they'll do a little piece on the Trust to help raise awareness?
[quote][p][bold]trustbloke[/bold] wrote: We own up to needing to improve our publicity about the Supporters Trust. We had 900 members and lots of volunteers when campaigning to replace the previous board but when the Fitton/Black/Wray takeover put the club on an even keel (for the moment anyway!) interest and bodies died away. Now we have the chance to relaunch. So join the Trust via the website and help us spread the word![/p][/quote]Perhaps worth contacting the Adver to see if they'll do a little piece on the Trust to help raise awareness? ChrisWantageRed
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