Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)


By Stomp Admin
July 3 2017

As many of you will know, representatives from Airdrieonians Supporters’ Trust have had several meetings with the club’s board of directors and majority shareholder. These meetings have focused on plans for the coming season and beyond. Recent meetings have focused on immediate cashflow issues.

We are pleased to say that these issues have been resolved, and there are now a number of elements in place to secure the short, medium and long-term viability of the club.

In the absence of solid facts, there has been a lot of speculation and conjecture. This is natural. We apologise that it has taken time to be able to share details with our members and the wider fanbase. But much of our discussions were fluid and delicate and it was important that we were confident they had been resolved before we shared them.

In order to do this, we are calling a public meeting on Thursday 6th July at 1930 in Airdrie Working Mens Social Club. We will also endeavour to broadcast this live on Facebook for those who cannot attend.

At this meeting, which will be attended by the club’s chairman Jim Ballantyne, we will discuss:

• Plans for a new manager
• Plans for the playing staff this season
• Plans for seasons tickets
• Budgets and commercial plans for this season
• The majority shareholder’s plans
• Confirmation of fan representation on the board
• How we can all help to secure the club’s future.

Questions will be answered fully and transparently.

It is and will always be our primary objective to support the health and ongoing development of the club. The fanbase and the trust have a pivotal role to play this season and beyond.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Thursday.

6 July–7 July · Airdrie Workingmans Social Club ·

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Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: The Stomp (IP Logged)
Date: 04/07/2017 09:36

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Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Chapelhall man (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 14:49

Reassured that we appear likely to last this season but with a much more youthful squad who will be a lot fitter according to JB as we remain FT so will be able to compete as long as we keep Andy Ryan. The meeting itself raised almost as many questions as answers with much flim flam about youth development.colts/the veracity of the press/costs of stewarding/TW both a creditor and the owner/and loads of applicants for the managers job despite being possibly "technically insolvent" before last minute rescue of salaries/ with GD still helping out(unpaid?). Experienced man to come in?
Did not leave it enthused etc but season ticket renewal is on its way thanks to not losing my winter fuel allowance( Thanks to the DUP for the next two years)( Sarcasm rules in my household)

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Rusty2 (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 15:57

For me there are two major issues

The appointment of a capable/experienced Manager....this is absolutely essential.....JB cannot fail on this.

The stadium remains a noose around our neck...The stadium company for obvious reasons see no desire to buy out the club.. Can a better deal not be negotiated..or can we not look elsewhere? Surely its time to play hardball with them.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Chris Mac (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 18:09

Wasn't it rumoured that we tried playing hard ball a few seasons ago and the stadium called the teams bluff and the directors ended up with egg on their face?

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: DiamondF16 (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 19:47

Play elsewhere??? Like where??? Cliftonshithill??? FFS!!!

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: A T I D (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 20:03

With the numbers we are pulling in we should play at Look at relocating for a season to a junior club where the cost would tumble for everything and the stadium company would hopefully learn a valuable lesson. It would be extremely unpleasant for the players (home & away) and fans alike but money is money and every pound will be a prisoner this season.....

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: A T I D (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 20:07

Hannah Park Shotts
Capacity 4000

Wouldn't that be an interesting season.......

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Rusty2 (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 21:33

Yup I agree about Cliftonhill...but there must be plenty of other options. The stadium company have had a cushy number with us for too long......

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Diamond Forever (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 22:36

> Moving out of the town would probably kill the club - look what happened when we played at Cumbernauld, attendances dropped. And junior or certain grounds might require investment to bring them up to SPFL standard. IMO it's a non starter. It's stalemate between the club and the stadium owners, both need one another!

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: jetsky (IP Logged)
Date: 08/07/2017 08:31

If we could just get one or two good loan players in and put in a challenge for play offs at least ,you see the crowd we can take to games if Alloa is anything to go by.After all the first Alloa game we played very well,and who has left that was playing that night ,Russell,Mensing.so it is there to play some good stuff ,must admit if I remember right our keeper had very little or nothing to do all game next game he had and played well,it seems with Rohan reaction saves are good it is when he has time to think it goes wrong.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Chris Mac (IP Logged)
Date: 08/07/2017 16:55

Maybe we need to look at the stadium situation from a different angle.

For instance the trust could look at the stadium as one of our partners encourage more events to be held there with every event helping reduce the cost of the teams overall rental.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Spitzy (IP Logged)
Date: 09/07/2017 16:37

Tom Wotherspoon should give his shareholding to the stadium company. He gets out. Stadium rent disappears, and we could train there as well.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Chris Mac (IP Logged)
Date: 10/07/2017 08:04

"give" I may be putting words into Wotherspoons mouth but I'm sure when he came along he said after he was finished with his plan he would be donating his shares to the Trust........?

Just another business man trying to get his money back.



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Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Brian Bollen (IP Logged)
Date: 10/07/2017 09:32

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes...Virgil.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Rusty2 (IP Logged)
Date: 12/07/2017 17:03

Things will never be right until we get this Wotherspoon situation sorted out.(BTW his shares must be worth ZERO)

His fellow Director Ballantyne getting pelters in the local paper..not surprising.

No new Manager announced yet.

Does anyone really want to follow this joke of a club ???

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: grant17 (IP Logged)
Date: 12/07/2017 17:39

The way it is going, you wonder if there is going to be a club to follow, personally i dont see how we are going to survive

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Rusty2 (IP Logged)
Date: 12/07/2017 18:12

Surely all of the Directors were aware at the end of the season that the club was running at a massive loss. I would say each and every one of them is culpable. Ok the Ballantynes are supposed to have put in some cash to pay the wages this month..but really....the whole situation needs a proper revamp. This certainly will not happen under the regime that we have !

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: jetsky (IP Logged)
Date: 12/07/2017 22:26

Aye I think we better support our team as long as we have one best we can ,I know it's hard but if we can turn up and give who ever has to run the team some voice support on a sat,we maybe can string some result together,let's hope so anyway ,no be easy for players but it would be a good way of trying to keep hold of Andy Ryan

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: Rusty2 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/07/2017 07:51

Yup..those who think the club is worthy of support will continue to do so. Personally I am sitting on the fence. Still no new Manager and the season is about to start...what's it all about ???

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: jetsky (IP Logged)
Date: 13/07/2017 08:37

Maybe try a year without a manager see how it goes,we could take turns at picking the team ,save a wage that would be a plus.

Re: Airdrie Supporters Trust - Open Meeting 6th July (details)
Posted by: grant17 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/07/2017 09:00

It is strange why we have not got a new manager in, especially with new season almost upon us

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