Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters Association
Minute of AGM
Saturday 6th June 2015
Park Suite, Kilmarnock
James welcomed everyone to the AGM, thanking them for attending.
The minutes were considered and adopted by the attendees.
Proposer: Iain Sherry Seconder: Jim Crawford
Jim Thomson has joined the Committee.
Chairman James Morrison has joined the Trust Board.
The past year has seen the following resign their posts:
Lee McLean, Sandy Armour, Stewart Sinclair and Chris Deas.
Particular mention was made of the contribution by previous KFCSA Chairman Sandy Armour.
The Chairman thanked them for their contributions.
Anyone interested in joining the committee was advised to get in contact.
Matt Watson - Webmaster
Proposer: David Sneddon Seconder: Iain Sherry
Jim Thomson – Committee Member
Proposer: David Sneddon Seconder: James Morrison
Robert Morton – Committee Member
Proposer: Kevin Scoular Seconder: Kara Scoular
Sharon Caldwell - Treasurer
Proposer: Jim Crawford Seconder: Jim Thomson
Iain Sherry – Committee Member
Proposer: John Miller Seconder: Kevin Scoular
David Sneddon – Vice Chairman
Proposer: John Miller Seconder: Iain Sherry
James Morrison – Chairman
Proposer: Kevin Scoular Seconder: David Sneddon
The Income & Expenditure was displayed.
The Closing Balance on the Bank Account as at 31st May 2015 is £3886.70
The profit made on the Player of the Year was £2390.17
One auction item is still outstanding.
Supporters Club Memberships
Subscription for the season 2015/16 is now due.
The following paid at the AGM:
Ardrossan & Saltcoats
Ayr & Prestwick
Supporters Clubs Involvement with KFCSA & Meetings
Future Open Meetings – Format & Location
James Morrison (JM) said that going forward the KFCSA were looking to build closer links to the Supporters Clubs ideally with members attending committee meetings on an adhoc basis.
There has been a demise in the Open meetings held by the KFCSA; this was due to lack of support from the club and attendees.
It is the intention of the KFCSA to bring these back and we would like suggestions as to what format the supporters would like to see. The idea of moving the meetings around to a venue linked to the SC was suggested.
Kevin Scoular (KS) – thinks that is a cracking idea, it can be a burden to come to RP for some supporters and variety is good.
Jim McCrindle – this used to be the norm years ago, regularly 30-60 people attended, not all pubs have an area that can take this many people, need to ensure there are facilities
KS – Mauchline Supporters Club, we could arrange an event and look at subsidising buses to encourage attendance
JM – asked what format people would like to see
Andrew Miller (AM) – suggested a quiz night supporters v the players
Jim Mann – thinks the moving around is a good idea, club would make players available, helps the club re-engage with the community and he would attend if he was around
JM – asked for more ideas
KS – mentioned Mauchline again and suggested speaking to the Kadi to see if they will hold first one as they have the facilities.
JM - Meet the manager – are the club doing this? Jim Mann suggested a bi annual meet the manager event, he sees it as an important part of communicating, in Milton Keynes they do it in October and February.
Jim Wilson (JW) – highlighted that the last meet the manager was poorly organised, having to register online, everyone should have been welcome to attend
Robert Morton – agrees with Jim the registering and email thing was a fiasco – there was no acknowledgement made of the registration.
Jim Mann – due to health & safety they need to know how many to expect. He agreed everyone should be welcome. Registering wasn’t important but the numbers were.
JW – felt it was poorly handled – initial invites only to shareholders and season tickets
KS – suggested the MTM should be at the start of the season and before the transfer window. August – would allow club to showcase new players and opportunity to sell season tickets.
Iain Sherry – suggested if there was a pre-season on a Saturday then we could hold MTM after
Jim Mann – confirmed that we will play Fleetwood Town on Saturday 25th July and will look into this
AM – agreed on it being early season
Barry Richmond – going back to the open meetings he suggested that the onus is on the supporters club to decide on the format that they reckon will get there punters in, they can organise and the KFCSA can help arrange players once a date is decided.
Charles Galloway – suggests we alternate them, meeting in the community and then meeting back at the club
James reiterated about the SC coming to meetings
JM – mentioned a new venture Scottish Football Clubs Supporters Association (SFCSA) set up by Paul Goodwin and looked to Barry Richmond for more info
BR – advised that he is not directly involved with it but see no reason why we shouldn’t
JM – brought up alcohol at matches and admitted scenes at firpark scenes might hinder this
BR – SFCSA are the type of organisation that can take that forward
AM – asked what the KFCSA were looking for from potential contributors
JM – monthly meeting, a couple of hours, not mandatory, help arrange POTY, ideas for match day experience which Iain had been working but to be fair it has improved through Nicola.
Jim Mann – has not been directly involved, but it is important, when Partick scored we went quiet it’s important to support team when down
KS – that’s Killie, at the rangers game we were three up and we are still thinking we will be lucky to get a draw
Jim Mann – the fans are the 12th man and we need to keep a positive energy, doesn’t fully understand the problem and is looking for feedback.
Supporter – this is a direct result of previous chairman, apathy and lack of interaction from MJ, Mr Mann need to engage and this will automatically improve
Jim Mann – happy to talk to fans, access to club, players and board will be open if we don’t work together we won’t succeed
RM – agreed with last comment and added it won’t improve overnight but we are going in the right direction
KS- commented on open day in September, fell away to nothing, used to be a big event, need better promotion, beyond the Kilmarnock standard, help the club to reconnect with fans
John Kiltie – re the open day looking to form a committee to advise and provide suggestions
KS – introduced himself to the attendees and his involvement with the incident with the St Johnstone fan last year. Thanked everyone for their support and indicated his interest in joining the committee
JW – re match day experience and the sports bar is it shutting? Will there be an attempt to do something with it? No atmosphere and expensive, thought with the new brewers contract would be more competitive
John Kiltie – advised that on match days you will be allowed to stay in the SB up until 2.55pm, need to get folk in to make it a commercial success
KS – why don’t they rename the SB back to Killie Club and have a relaunch on the open day.
JM – any more issues to be brought up for the KFCSA?
Raffle drawn – winning ticket 73 – Chris Kyle
Meet the Board – Jim Mann/John Kiltie/Richard Cairns
Call me Jim!
Each director has a specific role stops everyone getting involved in everything. John Kiltie pretty much here every day, looking under the carpet. Billy Bowie looking at infrastructure we are asset rich and cash poor. Russell looking at commercial stuff and Richard looking at PR and how it affects the fans
Appointing a General Manager to run day to day
The club has been happening – not run, need to start doing something
Andrew Miller/Jim Mann mailbox full of requests that are easy to deal with and when done will make a difference
Announcements over the coming weeks
More money needs to come in
Get local businesses to engage
Investing in youth so we can be a selling club
Offered and accepted 6 contracts to youth players
They have met with Gary they are 16 &17 yr olds so 3 years from now they will be great players and we should be doing this every year.
False economy not to invest in the youth contracts
Dr David Sykes – setting the players regime. Conditioning and fitness not great here. Players responsible for being fit – Sykes will drive that home.
£20k has been spent on fitness and conditioning equipment
Scott Robinson signed
Keating was disappointing
A number of players have passed medicals
Choosing players that want to win
Assistant Manager – don’t want to rush, have a couple of candidates, experience v fresh/young, decision not expected in next couple of weeks
Moffat Stand – looking to build indoor training facility, gym and shop. This will increase our accreditation.
Refresh hospitality suites
Full season on pitch – now subject to spot checks by SPFL
20000 kids have played on it
Players train here
Joined 3G pitch committee – us and Hamilton are strongest
Celtic Manager praised our pitch
Meeting with people who previously didn’t want anything to do with the club – coming back
Engaging with the Trust
Important to work with the Trust/KFCSA
John/Billy/Jim meeting with people
Shot down statement that he and board are MJ lackies
Every board member has a vote
Will explain unpopular choices