Trust board update
Relationship with NTFC
The Trust board discussed at length the Trust’s relationship with the football club, which has been strained since a robust meeting between the board and the club’s executive team in January 2019.
The discussion was prompted by the Trust’s recent match sponsorship of the match with Exeter City.
Board members felt the Trust and been let down by the disappointing approach and attitude of the club’s executive team on the day, which contrasted sharply with the professional approach and courtesy shown by the club’s commercial and hospitality teams.
A year on from the public meeting exploring a community ownership model at Northampton Town, the Trust has approached the Football Supporters Association with a view to assistance on presenting a business plan for a 100 per cent community ownership model.
Our preference remains a hybrid model and we are also looking at the option of the ’50 +1’ ownership model which is prevalent in the German Bundesliga.
The two other strands within the plan will be a commitment to evaluating and improving the club’s infrastructure and creating a Sporting Club for the Cobblers and the other principal sporting clubs in Northampton.
The heart-warming story of Cobblers superfan Lee Geary attending his 1,500th successive Northampton Town game at Grimsby Town on 29 February is certainly worthy of note.
Lee is not a Trust member but the board would like to offer him honorary Trust membership in recognition of his devotion to the football club we all love and cherish.
And it got us thinking – are there any other Cobblers superfans out there, who have turned out rain and shine over many years? Please inform us if you know of any more.
Cobblers Travel stewards
The home defeat to Mansfield Town notwithstanding, we all have our fingers crossed that the Cobblers will still be in the promotion mix come the end of April.
Cobblers Travel, as always, will be running coaches to the remaining away games at Forest Green, Cambridge, Crewe, Plymouth and Newport.
The demand for travel will potentially be high, especially for the final away game of the season at Rodney Parade, and travel club organiser Roger Averill is on the search for volunteers to help steward coaches – if you are able to assist Roger, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Trust website
Don’t forget to keep up to date with all Trust news and views via our new website which went live last month.
The website incorporates a forum which has been created to discuss many and varied topics such as Trust membership, events, community ownership, Sixfields development and safe standing.
Supporters registering for the forum are required to post under their own name and need to have a verifiable email address. Check out the forum at www.ntfctrust.co.uk
Next board meeting
The next board meeting will be held on Thursday 16 April at Kingsley Park WMC in Northampton - any Trust member is welcome to attend as a guest but should make a formal application to Helen Hickman via email email@example.com