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Statement Of Activity 2017-8

Any report I present is overshadowed by the very sad news of the death of our beloved Secretary and friend, Dot Goodearl. Our heartfelt condolences go out to our Treasurer, her husband Ray Goodearl and their friends and family. I’ll make a report but it's importance seems very diminished by our loss.

Well, we thought last season was disastrous. At least we finished it with a visit to Wembley and an FA Trophy success to console us after another relegation. However, this season’s offering has proved without a doubt to be the most catastrophic in the club’s history by quite a long chalk.

The way we finished the season by taking 1 point from the last 6 fixtures and playing the worst rubbish you can imagine ever seeing from a professional football team is inexcusable.

Our members had to endure regional league football based in the north, with the consequent extra travelling time and expense. In spite of this, at least one (and usually several) members of York City South were present at every single fixture league and cup. Commendable loyalty, though to be honest it speaks to our collective lunacy I’m afraid!

From the Group’s point of view it hasn’t been a bad year but I’m afraid I haven’t any figures as to memberships or finances due to losing Dot. When Ray is able to provide details I’m sure he will and I’ll forward them round the committee.

And our social media presence continued to increase (is that a good thing?!) with Chris’ remarkable website doing an excellent job in promoting the group and providing supporting links to the Vice-Presidents, the Supporters Trust, Radio York and Yorkpress.

The events we held during the year were largely successful, but less frequent due to two factors. We couldn’t have a “meet the manager” evening due to the nature of being in a regional league and the March guest speaker meeting was regrettably cancelled when we had bad weather on the day of the event which caused transport difficulties.

We did have one guest speaker, when ex-keeper Graeme Crawford joined us in October for an excellent evening’s chat. This was well attended and Graeme provided us with some great anecdotes from his time in the game. The Christmas get-together was quite low-key as some members had to cry off due to other commitments, but Ray once again entertained us with one of his quizzes, which are beginning to challenge Chris’ for degree of difficulty!

The Darts tournament was held in March, with Ray reclaiming his title. Unfortunately, the trophy wasn’t presented due to Joel being unable to attend at the last minute. That will be taken care of another time.

The Hospitality Box at BC was sold out and we had a good day, although hampered as ever by the actual football match! Jon Parkin was presented with the Player of the Year trophy and we had visits from Aidan Connolly and Danny Parslow as well as Richard Adams, now not only Chairman of the V.Ps but also a new Board member after Jason McGill’s departure.

The coming summer would seem to be an extremely important time in the club’s history. We are on a knife-edge regarding the future finances of the club and/or its ownership. We will be debating some of the issues flowing from this tonight as per the Agenda.

I would close by thanking once again Andy, Ray, Dot, Chris and all my fellow committee members, past and present, for their invaluable help and advice during the year.

Derek Feasby, Chairman, York City London & Southern Supporters Club. May 2018

Statement Of Activity 2016-7

York City South has continued to support York City throughout the season as we celebrated our 21st year.

Despite the disappointing performances on the pitch, York City South members were present at every single game, some attending over 30 games from their London area bases and as ever, a strong contingent of York City South members were present at all the games in the south east. Branch membership increased slightly during the season to 63 members.

We presented our Player of the Season trophy, Sean Newton being our worthy winner, when we hosted a hospitality box against Braintree. 17 members and friends enjoyed the day.

Over the course of the season, we contributed in excess of £1,200 directly to the football club through our hospitality match, sponsoring Callum Rzonca’s home shirt and other activities including presenting Gary Mills with a £500 cheque when we held our meet the manager meeting in March.

Additionally, with over 10% of members holding season tickets and helping to facilitate transport to games for our members, the amount contributed indirectly from York City South members will have been far higher.

Bearing in mind that each home game means a minimum 400+ mile round trip, we estimate that York City South members travelled approximately 100,000 miles in total just to watch the Minstermen at home in season 2016/17.

Throughout the year, we held a number of social events. Radio York’s David Ward and Chris Jones both travelled down to London to be our guest speakers at 2 social evenings, whilst the Christmas social evening and darts night proved as popular as ever.

Additionally, we submitted a contribution to every edition of The Citizen matchday magazine.

In the autumn, we submitted a range of proposals to the club regarding improving the commercial and supporter experience of the club’s activities and are happy to note some have been taken on board by the club.

Our web site has received plaudits from several message board contributors and other sources for its quality and depth of insightful City related information, stats, history, stories and other frivolities. New pages on it provide links to promote the good work of The York City Supporters Trust and York City Vice Presidents.

Our reach continues to grow with our website receiving over 10,000 hits in the past year and our Twitter account now has 930 followers.

The York City Quiz Book, published in November 2016, has proved very popular with City fans everywhere, its mix of quiz and history making it a must read for City fans everywhere.

Finally, if anyone finds themselves moving South or is already living in the South of England and would like to meet fellow Yorkshire folk with a keen love of York City, then please email or contact through our website, Twitter or Facebook channels.

Derek Feasby, Chairman, York City London & Southern Supporters Club. April 2017

Statement Of Activity 2015-6

Following a suggestion at our AGM, the committee of York City South decided that it would be a good idea to release a statement at the end of each season, detailing the activities of the branch over the past year and how we have contributed to York City Football Club.

The activities and success of York City South are generally a reflection of how the team is performing on the pitch. As we know, season 2015/16 was disappointing from that perspective and as such, as a branch we found it difficult to attract new members and to maintain a positive vibe at social events, particularly towards the end of the campaign.

Over the course of the season, we contributed in excess of £1,250 directly to the football club through our hospitality match and sponsoring Dave Winfield’s home shirt. Additionally, with over 10% of members holding season tickets and helping to facilitate transport to games for non season ticket holders, the amount contributed indirectly from York City South members will have been far higher.

Bearing in mind that each home game constitutes a minimum 400+ mile round trip, we estimate that York City South members travelled approximately 100,000 miles in total just to watch the Minstermen at home in season 2015/16.

We held a number of social events including; a pub crawl down London’s up-and-coming ‘Beer Mile’, a Christmas party with York City Bingo a highlight, our 3rd annual darts tournament where Secretary Dot Goodearl retained her crown, and took hospitality at Bootham Crescent for the final game of the season where we had a total of 20 members and friends in the Keith Walwyn suite for the game against Bristol Rovers.

Additionally, we have submitted a contribution to every edition of The Citizen matchday magazine, and our web-master, Chris Forth, has continued to maintain his excellent collection of York City stats, facts, stories and histories as well as the entertaining ‘New Frontiers’ fanzine on our website. Chris was awarded the Jim Fray Trophy for being York City South’s Member of the Year for his efforts.

The York City South Committee decided against awarding a Player of the Year award this year, however we presented club Physio, Jeff Miller with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30 years service to the club when we attended Bootham crescent in April.

Our reach continues to grow with over 800 Twitter followers and we were delighted to have been invited to submit a panelist for the Radio York debate with Jackie McNamara on ‘What went wrong this Season’ in May. We are grateful to committee member, Hyla Cambell for representing the branch so eloquently.

Having stepped down at our AGM in May due to work and family commitments, I would like to welcome Derek Feasby to the Chair. I am certain that Derek will do a fantastic job continuing to raise the profile of the branch and to ensure that York City South is a key support to the football club through what will likely be another tough stint in the non-league.

Finally, if anyone finds themselves moving South or is already living in the South of England and would like to meet fellow Yorkshire folk with a keen love of York City, then please email or through our Twitter or Facebook channels.

Joel Stern, Chairman, York City London & Southern Supporters Club. June 2016
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