NOTES OF 12TH MAN GROUP MEETING – 3 February 2014
Present: Ray Whittaker, Ann Barker, Rose Green, Trevor Lambert, Don Gale, Sue Trafford, Michael North. Ann was welcomed to her first meeting.
Apologies for absence: Paul Wakeford, Liam Wakeford, Steve Sykes, Danny Johnston, Dave Cudd, Kim Ridgley, Paul Ridgley.
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising: Minutes were not to hand. Trevor acted as secretary as Steve and deputy Paul R were not present.
Relations with other supporter groups: Amicable separation from Yellow Army with regard to organising events had now been publicised in the programme and on the club website. Michael agreed to make representations to OxVox to propose a joint meeting to ensure that there were no residual issues and to discuss and avoid overlap.
Beano merchandise and future plans: ‘Beano 100’ mugs have been selling well. ‘Beano 100’ T shirts have sold out save for a handful of small sizes. A design is in preparation for the goalscoring record, which can be adapted for mugs, posters etc. Ann suggested flags might be produced. Other merchandise items should not be forgotten and we all agreed to think of new ideas.
Possible future events: Options for an end of season party/event were discussed. The keynotes would be affordability for all, careful choice of timing and venue, good entertainment value, and avoidance of unnecessary outlay. To be discussed further via email etc.
Treasurer’s report: Trevor circulated an update to the finances showing that the balance in the fund was £14,811.81 and the fund also held £2,817.53 from the Yellow Army Walk, half of which is due to Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice. No requests for money for players had been received.
Bar: Ray and Trevor had discussed the bar with Gerald Kelly. Opening time is likely to be changed from 12.00 to 12.30, subject to final confirmation from the club. Sound system would be looked at again during the close season. Recent price rise for cider of 80p was considered excessive and had given rise to comment on forums. It was a stadium company decision, but other beers remained at the same price. Managing admission at busy times could be difficult as the bar sometimes exceeded capacity. But there was no immediate solution as there was no alternative larger room with easy access.
Flag bearer: There were vacant slots for the next run of matches and we should all do what we can to publicise via FaceBook etc.
Any other business: None.
Date and venue of next meeting: 3 March 2014, Horspath.