Trust Newsletter | March 2021
Welcome to the online version of our latest newsletter, which begins with a message from the chairman of the Trust, Nick Hawker...
I should begin this newsletter by congratulating Clive Harrison and Peter Holding on their new Club Board roles. They are Chair of the Supporter Experience sub-committee, and Chair of the Finance & Governance Committee, respectively. Well done to both!
Just recently, the club has advertised for a volunteer Internal Auditor, reporting into the Audit, Risk & Compliance sub-committee. It was fantastic that the Club chose to advertise this role to Trust members first and I’m pleased to say, there have been a good number of responses already. The closing date is 9th April, and you can find details here, if you’re interested.
On April 1 (no jokes, please!) the Club’s new ticketing system went live so please, look out for more information around this. You’ll be able to buy and renew your Trust membership from here, as well as join the Junior Grecians and the Foundation.
Friday, April 2, marked Matt Taylor's 150th game in charge of the club, which makes him the first person to achieve that milestone as a player and as manager. Sadly, we weren't able to celebrate with 3 points against Port Vale, but despite the result, it’s an amazing achievement. Here’s to the next 150… WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!
It was great seeing everybody from the Grecian Groups again recently, a first meeting in some time was held on March 15, via ZOOM. There was a lot to update on, including some investment plans which you can read about here.
Perhaps the most important piece of investment will be on the rebuilding of our playing surface. Anyone who’s seen it on iFollow, or in photo’s, will be aware that it has struggled this season. The work required needs a fair amount of time during the close season and with the possibility of play-off games, it could be quite short. Hopefully though, it will get done, and we can look forward to an improved pitch next season.
Finally, I’d like to wish GOLD member and season ticket holder, Tim Butters, a very happy birthday, from everybody here at the Trust! Tim marked his 80th birthday on March 31 and, like many people, has missed coming to St James Park! We hope you have a fantastic day, Tim!!!!
Stay safe everybody and “Come on you reds!!!”
Enter the Football Shirt Charity Run 2021
Football Shirts UK is a small charity raising money for three amazing charities, the Bobby Moore Fund, Cancer Research UK and Sebastians Action Trust care homes for terminally ill children.
Last season, the club's media team got fans involved and City won the league trophy for the most people taking part in a 5K run, so this season we’d like to help our club keep the trophy.
To get involved all you need to do is sign up on their website, www.footballshirtsfc.co.uk and pledge to run, walk or jog 5k or any other distance or do some type of exercise wearing your City shirt. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have one, you can still take part and earn yourself an exclusive medal while giving just £10 to help the charities.
So far, Nick Hawker, Phil Burden, and Alice Cooke of the ECFC Supporters' Trust have joined fellow Exeter City supporters in taking part, and we hope that many more will join them in supporting this campaign.
You have until May 31 to take part and send your evidence/photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget to say you’re representing Exeter City and earn us a point on the league table.
If exercise is not your thing, you can still help support the charity by donating any unwanted football shirts you might have by sending them to: FSFC, 65, Highpath Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9SU. All will be gratefully received.
A report on the major announcements made at the first Grecian Groups hosted in over a year, including changes to the governance structure, investments in SJP and updates on other aspects of the Club... read more here
We were all thrilled this week to see our former academy graduate, Ollie Watkins, called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate. In this article, originally written for the match-day programme, Derek Baker took a brief look at Ollie's career to date - beginning, of course, here at Exeter City... read more here