The aims of the Mariners Trust are to support the long term future of Grimsby Town Football Club, to assist in whatever way it can for the mutual prosperity of the Club, the supporters and the community.
It is the intention that the Mariners Trust represents all supporters of Grimsby Town Football Club. To that end the Trust will strive to recruit all supporters, young and old, as members, with the aim of giving every supporter a voice and an opportunity to be part of the Club they support.
Due to holidays and other commitments our normal monthly meeting and draws were delayed this month and took place yesterday (13/6/2013).
The winners are :
!st prize £200 - Richard Precious
2nd prize £40 -Carol Bett
3rd Prize £20 - Jenny Cole
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all taking part
This month’s winner of a free replica strip is Evie-Marie Grigg . The draw is free to all Junior members and next month the prize will be a mascot package for a home game of your choice.
Although we have not received any direct communication from any supporters about our involvement in next seasons prices we have seen some comments on forums and social media and so would just like to clarify a couple of points.
Having been involved in the budget setting for this season,(of which we will be issuing some details of the key elements in the near future) the need to generate more income to remain competitive was very apparent and to generate this we agreed with the principle of increasing the price that supporters pay for admission. Our favoured approach was to look at some rebalancing and reduced giveaways rather than an across the board increase . Ultimately the club’s decision was to do a combination of the two. We did win the argument that the main stand should no longer be priced as a premium stand and should instead be aligned to the Pontoon and Lower Findus .We also secured the introduction of a new £4 price level for accompanied juniors on match days so that an adult + junior could still go for £20-ie no increase on last season.
Although we did not fully agree with the final outcome our message is still the same in that we need everyone to get behind the club and hopefully have another real go at getting back into the football league
There are a couple of areas that we have asked the club to review . Firstly the 18+ student season ticket which as we understand it has been withdrawn more because of difficulty in administration and control rather than trying to generate more income. We have offered to help with the administration and review the process.
The other area is the junior season ticket which still represents really good value at around £2 per match but we can appreciate that represents a significant increase if there is more than one child involved . We have therefore asked the club to look at if there is more than one child in the family only the applying the increase for this year to the first child.
Alan Buckley Book launch
Date for diary – Friday October 18th . We will be holding another evening with Alan Buckley which will be for the launch of his book “pass and move” . We are still finalising details but ticket prices will include a signed copy of his book . More details shortly.
We will shortly be issuing a calendar of events for the Trust bar which will include an open evening on the first Monday evening every month were supporters can come along and watch the live football on the TV’s and have a general chat and catch up with ourselves and fellow supporters . We also plan to have once a month Thursday evening events for things like quiz nights, race night , ex player Q & A’s etc
We are still hoping to have a family day/meet the players during pre season but this will depend on whether or not the club can arrange a suitable date/ fixture.
We are in need of a couple more large flat screen TV’s for the bars and so if anyone can help us source them cheaply or even have them donated please let us know.
We are delighted to confirm that the appointment of a Supporter Director on the board of Grimsby Town FC has been ratified and a protocol agreement has been signed by both parties. We will be in a position to announce further details following our next meeting with the club which will be in 2/3 weeks time .
Naturally we are delighted that for the first time in the history of Grimsby Town the supporters have the opportunity to have a say in the boardroom of our club. This formalises an already inclusive relationship which has enabled us to be involved at a very detailed level including for instance this coming season's budget .As a follow on to the work we did last year on summarising the accounts we will be issuing something shortly which will explain in simple terms the key elements of the budget. This level of involvement and sharing if information is far beyond the vast majority of Football Clubs in the UK and as good as some that are fully owned by fans.
Many thanks to everyone who have supported us and enabled this to happen. It is vital that we keep the momentum going with membership and fundraising and grasp the opportunity we now have because individually we can make little diifference but collectively we can have a massive influence on the future of our club.