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Newsletter 23rd January 2019

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2019. It has certainly been a hectic start to the new year both on and off the field with several events being planned for the first part of the year. The first of these is next week on Thursday (31st January) when we have a Q & A evening with the manager and Anthony Limbrick plus hopefully one of the senior players. With the transfer window coming to a close this is a great opportunity to ask about plans for the rest of this season and next. Entry is just £5 which includes your first drink and tickets can be purchased online or from the ticket office and bars. More details here : http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/product/q-a-evening-with-michael-and-anthony/

Next up we have a Trust open evening for which will we have a provisional date of February 19th and it will be in the Trust bar starting at 7.30pm. John Fenty has accepted our invitation to attend and so this is a great chance to not only ask questions but also put forward initiatives and suggestions for improvements. Entry is free and is open to all fans.

On the 21st of February we have arranged a Games Night which will give fans the chance to take on some of players at games such as Pool, Table Tennis, FIFA and Table Football. It’s just for fun and costs just £3 to take part. A great chance to get to know some of the players better and there will be ample opportunity for photos and autographs. Details of tickets here : http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/product/games-evening-players-v-fans/

A date for your diary is Friday 22 March 2019 when we will be holding our annual Quiz Night. Tickets and details will be available in a couple of weeks, this is always a very enjoyable night and well worth saving the date for.

Not forgetting our Junior members we have been working with the club regarding a new monthly feature which will be announced shortly. They want as many juniors to be involved in this as possible and without giving too much away it will involve lots of interaction with the players and management. It will be exclusive to Mariners Trust junior members and free to take part and so if you are interested just contact us either on Facebook and Twitter or by e-mail at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk.

Anyone wanting to join or re join can do so here: http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/shop/ . Also as ever we are keen to hear from anyone who has some spare time and would like to help out.

Please support these events if you can.

Up the Mariners

Mariners Trust Board

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Community Stadium Complex

It was great news recently that the consultants engaged by NELC concluded their studies as to the benefits of building a new Community Stadium Complex in the Town and also deciding on a recommended location. It was also very encouraging that a lead developer has come forward with proposals for additional leisure facilities such as an ice rink as well as much needed affordable housing. Our position on this all along has been that whatever the recommendation we need to get behind the project and make it happen whilst at the same time having sympathy for any genuine concerns and striving for the best possible solutions. Other towns and cities have embraced such schemes and left us way behind. These clubs would include the likes Swansea City, Hull City, Chesterfield, Rotherham  and Doncaster Rovers, all of which have suffered financial difficulty and have then gone onto become self-sustained and have also gone onto achieve greater success.

Although recent developments are encouraging it is vital that local councillors understand how important this scheme is, not just for the football club but for the local economy overall. Not surprisingly the people with concerns are making their views very clear to local councillors and it is really important that councillors also get views from those in favour. To this end, we have set out below what we see as the major benefits of the project and we would encourage as many people as possible to write to councillors in support. By   Clicking here    all local councillor e-mail addresses have been programmed into an e-mail for your convenience. This group also contains contacts at the Grimsby Telegraph, Cleethorpes Chronical and Radio Humberside, as those with concerns are very active in these publications.

Community Stadium Complex benefits:

* Circa 350 much needed permanent jobs

* Approximately 500 jobs created during construction

* Total inward investment of circa £ 80m+

*  Fantastic new community leisure and educational facilities

* New stadium with vastly improved facilities compared to Blundell Park

* Much needed new income streams for NELC and GTFC

* Football Club becomes self sustainable and more competitive

* Expansion of sports and education trust which has proven health and social benefits

* Car parking and improved access

* Provision of new cycle and pedestrian walkways

* Provision of much needed affordable housing

The most common concern seems to be around traffic and access. There is no doubt that in general terms, NELC will need to have improved infrastructure around the Town as part of the long term vision and ultimately, the project will not pass the planning stage if the road solution is not suitable. Provision of park and ride and cycle/pedestrian access will both be a big help in reducing congestion and of course, matches take place at off peak times.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a major flagship development for the Town with huge social and economic benefits, whilst also securing the long term viability of GTFC. We need to make it happen.

Thanks for your support

Mariners Trust Board

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Old Order Notification

Hi Guys – Just to let you know we are undertaking a tidy up on our website shop tonight so that we can use the dispatch function in the future. This will be mean that some people will receive e-mails about confirmation of old orders. If you receive one of these please ignore/delete. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Mariners Trust Board

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Latest GTFC Accounts

The latest accounts for Grimsby Town have been released this week and in our view make interesting reading.

On the face of it, a small profit of £59k is good news and is certainly in line with our objective of being self sustainable but bearing in mind this was our most successful season on and off the field for many seasons you can see the difficulty in being competitive on a sustainable basis. Even with extra revenue from TV and supporters (via Operation Promotion), we still spent less money than others, including the team we beat in the final, and credit must go to the management team and players for achieving the long awaited promotion. Now that we are back in league we do get additional revenue via the league but equally staff costs go up considerably and again to be competitive on a sustainable basis is very difficult. Thankfully our amazing support is holding very well and it looks like this season could be ok financially as well,  but we also know how quickly things can change.  

History shows that in a poor season a financial loss of £200-£300k or more  can easily incurred at which point we are relying on directors to plug the funding gap or making dramatic cuts to budgets neither of which are desirable solutions. We are in no doubt that the only way to competitive sustainability is a new stadium so that we can unlock new income streams both on match days and on a day to day basis. Stephen Marley made the same point when he commented on the accounts and our new manager Marcus Bignott clearly refers to this when he talks about coming here for a “project”. The attraction of new and better facilities will certainly be a big factor in attracting players to the club.  We need to really get behind the stadium project and we will shortly be appealing to everyone to contact councillors and local media to show  support.                  

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Latest News

News Update 7th November 2016

AGM

In case you missed it a reminder that the AGM is now taking place on Wednesday 16th November in the Trust Bar Blundell Park commencing 7pm. We have had to put it back a week due to the rescheduling of the EFL Trophy game against Sheffield Utd which means the room is unavailable. Here is the agenda :

1) Chairman’s Report

2) Treasurer’s Report

3) Appointment of Independent examiner

5) Special resolution to increase size of board

4) Election of board members

End of formal meeting

5) Open meeting

We will post documents on our website ahead of the meeting.

We anticipate the formal meeting to be no more than around 15mins and then we will have an open meeting and answer any questions from those attending or received in advance. Only paid up members can participate at the AGM.

It is not vital but would be helpful if you are attending that you drop us an e-mail at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk to let us know so that we can get an idea of numbers attending.

New Manager

We are sure that you join us in welcoming Marcus Bignott and Micky Moore to the club. Jon Wood, our representative on the GTFC board, has been fully involved in the interview and selection process. His feedback has been that although all the candidates were good Marcus stood out above them all and the board all agreed he was the best candidate. He is particularly keen to be involved with the community and we look forward to working closely with him going forward.

Fishy Pontoon Buster

Les Brechin is once again running the Fishy Pontoon Buster which starts on November 19th. Cost per team is £10 and the game normally lasts around 6 weeks . Further details can be found here : http://forum.thefishy.co.uk/Blah.pl?m-1476708801/

“Can you hear Grimsby Sing”

An evening of words and music celebrating our football club, culture and community

Have you ever heard a song about Phil Jevons signing for Yeovil? A poem about the 2006 play-off final against Cheltenham Town?

Join us for what promises to be a very special gig as Can You Hear The Grimsby Sing? brings together some of the brilliant writers and musicians among the Mariners’ fan community to perform work that reflects on Grimsby Town and the town of Grimsby.

The Mariners Trust has joined forces again with the team behind last year’s We Are Town book to stage this unique event celebrating values and experiences that will strike a chord with all Town supporters. Proper football. Working-class culture. And all that makes up our distinct identity as Grimsby supporters, whether it’s Clive Mendonca’s hat-trick against Ipswich in 1996 or the remembered sound of your dad’s moped engine as he set off at 4am for his shift on the fish docks.

  • Artists include: Roger Beard, Tracy Booth, Andy Freeman, Pete Green, Alastair Wilkinson, Gordon Wilson
  • 7pm Friday 9 December, Trust bar, Blundell Park
  • Tickets £5, proceeds to support the GTFC youth academy

Tickets available online here:http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/cat/event-tickets/

Tickets also available from any of the Trust bars from Saturday onwards

FA Cup Draw tickets

Reminder that these are available in all the bars and online here http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/cat/draw-tickets/ . If anyone thinks they can sell a few tickets on our behalf please get in touch, it would be really appreciated.

Dates for your diary.

Our annual play on the pitch day will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017 and we will be issuing more details nearer the time. This will also be the day of the long awaited celebrity match for those who bought as part of Operation Promotion

Also we have booked Saturday 4th March v Wycombe as our play on the pitch at half time for Junior members. We will be announcing details of the draw for this early in the new year.

Membership

Reminders have now been sent out to all those who have memberships due for renewal. It goes without saying that we would really welcome your continued support, as we have often said as individuals we can make little difference but collectively we can make a huge difference. (as you have already shown)

It has taken a while but we will shortly be starting the distribution of new membership cards for adults starting with life membership and then to everyone with more than 6 months left before renewal. For all those with less than 6 months we will be issuing cards on renewal. The next stage is that we are working with a number of corporate partners to offer some special benefits for Mariners Trust members. More details will be announced in the new year.

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is currently being put together and will be ready early in December. We think this a great way of keeping fans informed but we would very much welcome your feedback to let us know if you agree or how we could improve.

100 Club

The latest 100 club winners are:

September

1) Steve Traves £200

2) Andy Carr £40

3) Barry Goodman £20

October

1) Michael Hill £200

2) Tim Hubbard £40

3) Ian Townsend £20

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all taking part. If you would like to take part here is the form http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/home/100s-club/

As ever thanks for your support.

Mariners Trust Board

 

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AGM – New Date

As a consequence of the rescheduling of the Grimsby Town v Sheffield United EFL Trophy game the venue for the AGM is no longer available and we have therefore put the meeting back one week to Wednesday 16th November starting at 7pm. Here is the finalised agenda.

Agenda

1) Chairman’s Report

2) Treasurer’s Report

3) Appointment of Independent examiner

5) Special resolution to increase size of board

4) Election of board members

End of formal meeting

5) Open meeting

We will post documents on our website ahead of the meeting.

We anticipate the formal meeting to be no more than around 15mins and then we will have an open meeting and answer any questions from those attending or received in advance. Only paid up members can participate at the AGM.

It is not vital but would be helpful if you are attending that you drop us an e-mail at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk to let us know so that we can get an idea of numbers attending.

 

 

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Junior Members “Press Conference”

We now have details for the Junior Members “Press Conference”. This will take place 2.30pm on Monday 24th October in the Press Room at Blundell Park. (Meet outside club shop 2.15). Ben Davies and Shaun Pearson will definitely be in attendance and probably a couple more players as well. You will get a chance to ask any question you like and we will be giving a prize for the best question. You will then get chance to have a look around the ground and get autographs and photo’s with players. We still have a few places available for this and so if you would like to enter please e-mail us at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk asap. You must be a member to enter.

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News Update

 

AGM

Notice of AGM Wednesday 9th November 2016 6.30pm Trust Bar, Blundell Park, Cleethorpes.

Agenda

1) Chairman’s Report

2) Treasurer’s Report

3) Appointment of Independent examiner

4) Election of board members

End of formal meeting

5) Open meeting

We anticipate the formal meeting to be no more than around 15mins and then we will have an open meeting and answer any questions from those attending or received in advance. Only paid up members can participate at the AGM. Any board nominations or additional agenda must be received by Wednesday 20th October 2016.

It is not vital but would be helpful if you are attending that you drop us an e-mail at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk to let us know so that we can get an idea of numbers attending

Cambridge Away

Many of you will know or know of Histon Mariners who are fantastic supporters of the Club and indeed Mariners Trust (they were one of the major sponsors that enabled the return of Harry Haddock). As the name suggests they are based in Histon and run the Red Lion pub in the “village”. On the day of the Cambridge game they are inviting Town fans to visit pre and/or post match and will donate 30p/pint to the Trust which in turn we will pass on to Youth Development. They are putting on a BBQ and will have a marquee, then if anyone fancies making a night of it they have live music on in the evening.

The pub is approx 6 miles from CUFC and as we understand it there are no suitable pubs close to the ground. The address is:

27 High St, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JD

Here are couple of useful links

http://theredlionhiston.co.uk/

http://www.redlion-histon.com/

It is a fantastic pub and well worth a visit. See you there.

UTM

Junior Mariners FREE Competition

We have a couple of FREE competitions for our Junior members. The first is the fantastic prize of a free mascot place worth £160 and can be for any game of your choice subject to availability. To enter just e-mail us at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk

Also we have a couple of great FREE draws for October half term. We are planning to run a “press conference” in the press room at Blundell Park with a couple of players followed by a ground tour. We are just waiting for confirmation of day/time. Also we are doing a free draw for places at on the half term coaching courses run by GTFC Sports and Education Trust. To enter either or both again just e-mail us.

Bar Staff

We are in need of some experienced Bar Staff to become part of our great team on match days. If you are interested please e-mail us or contact Sharon on 07564194142.

Membership

We have now finished the transition onto the new membership system and part of the advantage will be automated notification of renewals. To facilitate this we are extending the renewal date for those who have yet to renew to the end of October. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Also we have sourced some membership cards and we will be rolling these out, starting with Life Members, over the coming weeks. Once rolled out we will be announcing some benefits for members with some corporate partners.

FA Cup Draw

We are once again running our popular FA Cup draw and tickets are now on sale. The draw will take place on Friday 27th January 2017 in the Trust bar as part of our Quiz night. A reminder of the format. There will be 32 winners each allocated a team in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Each winner receives £20 but if your team makes the Semi Final then the prize becomes £75 and if your team reaches the final you will receive £250 as runner up or a magnificent £500 if your team are the eventual FA Cup winners. Tickets are £1 each (books of 10) and can be purchased online here http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/cat/draw-tickets/

or are available at the bars in the ground. Also we are looking for people who think they can sell some books at their work or to family/friends. If you think you can help please e-mail us at enquiries@marinerstrust.co.uk

Merchandise

With Xmas approaching we have a number of items still available and we will be running a number of very special offers on some of these over the coming weeks. We have very limited stocks of This Town Knows books and Harry Haddocks and we will not be getting anymore stock of either. If you want either of these we would recommend you buy asap while stocks last. Here is the link http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/cat/merch/

Dates for your diary

On Friday 9th December we will be holding a night of Grimsby Songs and Poetry called “Can you hear the Grimsby sing”. It will be in the Trust bar and tickets will be £5 with all proceeds going to the Youth fund. Further details will be announced shortly.

Also as mentioned we will be holding another of our popular Football Quizes on Friday 27th January 2017 and this night will also incorporate the FA Cup prize draw.

Finally we are hoping to announce details of another speaker evening shortly

As ever thank you for your support

Mariners Trust Board

 

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Histon Mariners – Update

Update 10/11/16  – This was a fantastic success and a massive thanks must go to Mark and his team for their organisation and hospitality. Thanks to the drinking capacity of the Town fans Mark has donated £180 to the Youth Development. If you see him at the Barnet match or any subsequent games please say hello and thanks. UTM

 

Many of you will know or know of Histon Mariners who are fantastic supporters of the Club and indeed Mariners Trust (they were one of the major sponsors that enabled the return of Harry Haddock). As the name suggests they are based in Histon  and run the Red Lion pub in the “village”. On the day of the Cambridge game they are inviting Town fans to visit  pre and/or post match and will donate 30p/pint to the Trust which in turn we will pass on to Youth Development. They are putting on a BBQ and will have a marquee, then if anyone fancies making a night of it they have live music on in the evening.

The pub is approx 6 miles from CUFC and as we understand it there are no suitable pubs close to the ground. The address is:

27 High St, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JD

Here are couple of useful links

http://theredlionhiston.co.uk/

http://www.redlion-histon.com/

It is a fantastic pub and well worth a visit. See you there.

UTM

 

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Whole Game Solution – Feedback

Thank you very much to everyone who has taken the time to let us know their views on the proposed changes by the EFL.

The most common comment has been that the EFL are proposing changes as a solution but the problem isn’t clear and in most people’s view doesn’t exist. The only problem seems to be with the Premiership and this whole proposal appears to be about them rather than the EFL teams.

In terms of the specific proposals

Reducing the number of teams in each league and create a league 3– Vast majority don’t see the need and feel the current number of games per season is fine. Regarding where additional would come from then 99% are absolutely clear NO B TEAMS . Lots of concern as well about bringing Rangers and Celtic into the leagues and also many had concerns about bringing in so many National League teams. Many made the point that if the Championship was reduced to 20 teams it would be a huge blow to the aspirations of many smaller teams, including ourselves, who  manage to punch above their weight and gain promotion to the top EFL league. There are many examples of this in recent times such as Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Burton, Rotherham and  not that long ago GTFC. A reduction to 20 teams would make this much more difficult to achieve.

Regionalisation –  Although not as clear cut the majority are against any change. Many made the comment that it is a National League and that is part of the attraction. Others made the point that in modern society people are much more transient with their work and therefore having a national competition gives them the chance to see their team away from home more often. Many enjoy visiting different parts of the country and often make the football part of a longer stay to go to other events/attractions or visit friends/relatives. Some could see the economic benefit of reduced travel costs and potential higher crowds.

Change FA Cup to midweek – Again vast majority against. Most see the tradition of the FA cup being a key part of the structure and this move would further undermine it’s importance. Overwhelming view is that the proposed changes would only benefit the Premiership and would be devastating to lower league teams in particular who can benefit enormously from drawing a top team and achieving a replay eg Cambridge Utd v Manchester Utd in 2015/16.

Winter Break – The ultimate aim of many of these proposals is to provide the opportunity for a winter break. Again the vast majority of views is that is only of benefit to to the Premiership and not appropriate for the EFL . Most really look forward to the the tradition of the xmas and new year games and this is reflected in attendances nationally. The most common question was that if there was a winter break then when would it be? The weather is so unpredictable that a break in say early Jan could coincide with decent weather quickly followed by very poor weather and lots of postponements. Again not usually a problem for the Premiership with their under pitch heating and superior facilities but certainly an issue for lower league teams.

Overall the feedback is very much in line with the views of the Trust board and with comments already received from fans and these have been fed back to the club. Although we haven’t yet seen the club’s formal response we know that the club have very similar concerns which will be reflected. We will also be feeding this summary into the FSF for their consultation with the EFL in October .

Thanks for all the feedback and please keep any further views/comments coming.

UTM

Mariners Trust Board