We, the working group would like to thank everybody who made last night possible...from the Hotel staff who helped set up the Premier Suite at such short notice to Trevor Birch who allowed us to use the clubs facilities.
Special thanks to James Mathie from SD for his insightful direction and help in getting the legal ball rolling,
The Bolton News & Marc Illes for their support and his dedication to the cause with his amazing live blog and of course BBC Radio Manchester's Jack Dearden who is always available to lend hand to anything bwfc.
A very special Thank you has to go the three Portsmouth FC officials, Chairman Iain McInnes, Director Michael Dyer and PST Chairman Ashley Booth who made the long trip up to Bolton to share their own experiences of debt, disappointed and the creation of their own Supporters Trust but left the room Inspired by their extraordinary story.
Last but not least... the Bolton Supporters, who came filled with apprehension and trepidation but left, after voting unanimously for the creation of a Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust filled with anticipation and expectation.
It truly was a momentous evening for all.
Now the hard work begins....
Launch meeting moved to 'FanZone'
Due to the phenomenal response from Bolton Supporters tomorrows meeting has been moved from the Platinum Suite to the Premier Suite (Fanzone) extra tickets will be made available here Free Launch meeting Tickets But they will be made available on the door if your having trouble downloading them,
We urge all fans to get there early to secure a seat, there will be a pay bar and food and drinks kiosk (similar to the one used on matchdays in the fanzone )
The meeting will be Chaired by BBC Radio Manchesters Jack Dearden with The Bolton New's head of sports Marc Illes running a live blog for those who can't be there.
Special Guest will include Portsmouth FC Chairman Iain McInnes and Director Michael Dyer, Supporters Direct co-ordinator James Matthie and Trevor Birch
Doors Open At 6pm ... (meeting will start at 7pm prompt)
Super Kevin Davies Confirms he'll be at Wednesday's
BWFCST Launch Meeting
Kevin Davies has today confirmed he'll be attending the launch meeting at the Macron on Wednesday evening 7pm, along with a senior representative of Supporters Direct,
The presence of SD at the meeting will allow us to fully explain what a trust is and how it can function in a professional football club
Anyone can come on the night, although due to the phenomenal response we've had over the last week or so we would urge all supporters to book their free tickets here to avoid disappointment..
Davies, who was a guest of the club in Saturday’s defeat to
Huddersfield Town, is looking forward to learning more about how a trust
could benefit Wanderers, admitting the idea is “gaining momentum”.... He tweeted yesterday...
The meeting, which starts at 7pm in the Platinum Suite, will be chaired by BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and blogged live on The Bolton News website for those who cannot attend on the night.
More information about Supporters Direct can be found here http://www.supporters-direct.org/
The meeting is open to everyone who has an interest in Bolton Wanderers and the wider Bolton community and we encourage as many people to come as possible. We are also trying to arrange for those who cannot attend, to be able to observe the meeting over the internet, and details of this will be announced in due course.
At this meeting we will hear from Supporters Direct, who will explain what Supporters’ Trusts are and how they work and also a representative of another Trust to speak about their experiences. There will then be an opportunity for anyone attending to ask questions of the speakers.
of this meeting is to inform people about Supporters’ Trusts, so that at the
end of the meeting, everyone will be asked whether they wish to proceed in
setting up a Bolton Wanderers Surust.
If this mandate is given, then a working group will need to be established to help formally set up a Trust. With that in mind, people attending will be asked if they would be willing to come forward to help and join the working group to make this happen. Then together, with the guidance of Supporters Direct we will establish the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust.
We will continue to provide updates via our website – bwfcst.co.uk – but if you are interested in getting involved, please do get in touch.
You can confirm to us you will be attending by using our Eventbrite meeting page
We have held a very successful informal meeting with Supporters’ Direct this morning to discuss the setting up of a Supporters’ Trust for BWFC.
Lots of work needs to be done and this isn’t something that can happen overnight. We want to make sure that any Supporters Trust is established properly, openly and is inclusive to all BWFC supporters.
Any BWFCST must be sustainable and part of the long term future of our football club. It must not just be a reaction to the current difficulties the club is facing. This is why we are working with, and being advised by, Supporters Direct to make sure this is done correctly.
We are now in the process of arranging an open launch meeting where Supporters Direct will present to supporters the concept of a Trust. At this meeting it will be proposed to formally set up a trust, and we hope supporters will give a mandate to proceed.
If there is a mandate to proceed from this meeting we will then need people to come forward with skills and experience who can commit some of their time to help in setting up the Trust.
When we have a date and venue set with Supporters Direct we will advertise it as soon as possible.
In the meantime, if anyone is interested in helping the working group please get in touch with us through our website
The statistics speak for themselves. This all happened in the 12 hours from posting our fan survey:
- 813 visitors
- 124 fans responded to survey
- 101 provided their email
- 3 questions for the meeting
- 12 others contacted us to pledge allegiance
Ahead of the meeting today here are a few of the messages we’ve received via the website & email.