2017 AGM - 21/11/17
The Fleet Supporters Trust AGM is Thursday 23rd November:
Entrance is via the new entrance. Parking is available st the swanscombe end. The bar will be cash only. Open from 7.30pm meeting starts st 8pm.
Members only and please bring your membership cards to gain entry.
Torquay United Away Saturday 27th April 2018 - 07/11/17
This trip will depart from EUFC at 10am on Friday 27th April 2018.
The stay will be for two nights at Travelodge, Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 5BZ on a room only basis.
The cost per room will be £108 for two nights.
Return from Torquay will be at 1130am on Sunday 29th April 2018.
Travel will be £40 for members and their partners, for non-members the travel will be £45.
A deposit of £30 per person will be required to confirm a booking, to be paid by 31st November 2017.
The balance will be payable in full by 20th February 2018. Stage payments can be made if required please ask if you wish to do this.
There are four rooms available at the moment, when these are taken no more bookings will be accepted.
Should there be any spare seats on the coach bookings will be accepted for travel only on the basis of those persons making their own arrangements for accommodation.
Members' Email Address - 12/10/17
The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board are now emailing Board meeting minutes to members. Many of the email addresses appear to be out of date. If you have changed your email or didn't receive the last minutes please contact the membership secretary Dave Rutnam on email@example.com to ensure he has the correct email address.
Away Travel Departure Times 2017-2018
Saturday 23rd December - AFC Fylde - 7am
Monday 1st January - Bromley - 6:15pm
Saturday 20th January - Aldershot Town - 12noon
Saturday 3rd February - Tranmere Rovers - 8am
Saturday 17th February - FC Halifax Town - 8am
Saturday 24th February - Hartlepool United - 8am
Saturday 10th March - Leyton Orient - 12:30pm
Saturday 17th March - Gateshead - 6am
Friday 30th March - Eastleigh - 11am
Saturday 14th April - Barrow - 6am
Saturday 28th April - Torquay United - 7:30am
Ticket Membership Scheme - 11/08/17
The club in conjunction with the Fleet Supporters Trust has clarified our sales processes and introduced a club membership scheme to aid the provision of tickets for high-priority matches.
Using the existing Trust membership scheme as the basis, this will now be the recognised method of ticket sales going forward. The Trust already holds a full membership database and rather than “reinvent the wheel”, this allows us to channel membership through an existing scheme.
Membership of The Fleet Supporters' Trust will remain at the level of £10 per year and can be joined at the Trust Hut on matchdays or via the Trust website
As such, the priority of future all-ticket games will be as follows:
DAY 1 SALES (ticket sales opening times announced on a per-match basis)
Full season-ticket holders only - one ticket per holder
DAY 2 SALES
Half season-ticket holders only - one ticket per holder
DAY 3 SALES
Fleet Supporters Trust Members - must be stamped card holders
DAY 4 GENERAL SALES
General sales subject to availability - one ticket per person
• If I have a full season-ticket and am a Fleet Supporters Trust member can I buy on both Day 1 and Day 3? – YES
• Can I bring friends’ season tickets and half season-tickets along with me to purchase theirs if they cannot make it down? – YES (provided you have their ticket or ticket number with you)
• Are Fleet mini-five tickets included? – NO, priority is for full season-ticket holders first and then half season-ticket holders only
• What’s to stop non-regular fans purchasing Trust membership to gain a priority ticket? – Tickets will only be sold on Day 3 to fully paid-up Trust members whose membership is valid on or before a date to be advised
• How can children's tickets be purchased? – Youth season-ticket holders obviously fall under the 'Day 1' category with adult ST holders. Alternatively, there is a junior membership option for joining the Trust at a cost of £3 for U16s or family membership for two adults and two children which is £20. Please enquire via the Trust for this membership
Trust chairman John Burgess said: “Hopefully this scheme will help alleviate the problems encountered by some supporters last year and help regular supporters who are unable to get a full or half-season ticket to attain some priority in ticket purchase. It is already extremely good value to join the Fleet Trust as a member – in only the first two away matches of the season at Guiseley and Dagenham & Redbridge, members would have saved the cost of membership on two coach journeys alone. And now there is ticket priority built in to membership, too.”
Away Travel Fares 2017-2018 - 09/08/17
Group A - Fares are £10 members, £15 non-members and £5 for U16s.
Group B - Fares are £15 members, £20 non-members and £5 for U16s.
Group C - Fares are £25 members, £30 non-members and £5 for U16s.
Away Travel Price Structure 2017/2018 - 17/07/17
At the recent Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board meeting the pricing structure for away travel in the forthcoming season was discussed at some length.
As this season the away travel is the sole responsibility of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust it is necessary to try and make the costs self- sustainable without subsidy from EUFC.
As there are twelve fixtures involving trips where the cost of a coach is in excess of £1000 it is necessary to institute a tiered price structure.
After much discussion it was decided by the Board that the following prices would apply:
Bromley, Dover, Woking, Dagenham and Redbridge, Sutton, Maidstone and Leyton Orient would remain at £10 for members and £15 for non- members.
Boreham Wood, Eastleigh, Aldershot and Maidenhead will be £15 for members and £20 for non-members.
Tranmere, Chester, Wrexham, Torquay, Hartlepool, Macclesfield, Barrow, Gateshead, AFC Fylde, Solihull Moors and FC Halifax will be £25 for members and £30 for non-members.
Historically prices have remained unchanged for the last three years but there is much more long distance travel involved this season. Coaches will be run to all games but additional coaches will be subject to demand and at the discretion of the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board.
Away travel reminder cards will be available from 22/7/17 from the Trust Hut.
It is the hope of the Board that all fans will understand why these increases are necessary and that support for the team will remain strong in their new journey.
Fleet Supporters' Trust and Redwing of North Kent - 11/07/17
At the Fleet Supporters' Trust Board meeting on Monday 10th July the Board considered tenders for provision of away travel for the forthcoming season.
It was decided to appoint Redwing of North Kent as the away travel provider.
Full details of the departure times and fare structure will be published as soon as possible.
The departure time for the trip to Guiseley on 5th August will be at 08:00 from EUFC car park.
The cost will be £25 for members and £30 for non members. Under 16 will be £10, Under 12 will be free - both must be accompanied by an adult.
All bookings can made at the Trust office or with Steve on 07955 247007. Payment at the time of booking is preferred.
Sponsor's Lounge v Hampton & Richmond 2nd Leg - 02/05/17
We have 4 spaces in the Sponsor's Lounge for the 2nd leg v Hampton & Richmond this Sunday, please contact John Burgess on 07951610878 this is on a first come first serve basis.
Paul McCarthy Memorial Game Saturday 15th July - 25/04/17
The first will take place against Tottenham Hotspur, who had promised to send a team to Stonebridge Road as part of the deal that took Shilow Tracey to White Hart Lane. The club, with the Fleet Supporters Trust, has chosen to designate this high-profile friendly as the Paul McCarthy Memorial Match and all gate receipts after expenses will be donated to Paul’s family to use as they see fit. The club has invited Paul’s family to the game and more news surrounding this match will follow in due course.
The Fleet Supporters' Trust Board have agreed to donate there share of the 50/50 draw to Paul's family.
Plough End Redevelopment Meeting - 10/04/17
Following representations received from Members and Supporters, the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board has arranged an open meeting with Peter Varney and Dave Archer to answer any questions and address concerns about this development.
The meeting is to be held on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 7pm in the Social Club. Admission will be from 6.00pm and is open to ALL fans and Supporters.
If you are able to put your question/concern in writing beforehand and give it to a Member of The Board or hand it in at the Trust Hut at the game v Eastbourne on Saturday it would be most helpful.
The bar will be open from 6pm until the start of the meeting, during the break and after the conclusion of the meeting. Tea and coffee will also be available.
Player Sponsorship - 02/04/17
FST members wanting to enter the draw for a shirt/photo of one of the six people we sponsor should give their name to John Burgess at the next home game. When the date of the presentation evening is known the successful members will be notified.
Plough End Development - 21/03/17
At the Board meeting on 27th March the subject of The Plough End development will be discussed. Any member with concerns should tell any member of The Board on match days or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remaining Away Travel Departure Times - 22/02/17
Saturday 25th February - Bath City - 9:30am
Saturday 11th March - St. Albans City - 12:15pm
Saturday 25th March - Hampton & Richmond - 12 noon
Saturday 8th April - Truro City - 6:30am
Monday 17th April - Margate - 12:15pm
Saturday 22nd April - Maidenhead United - 11:45am
JOYCE BROOMFIELD - 11/01/17
Joyce Broomfield 1935 – 2017
Joyce was an avid supporter of the club from 1946. Originally this was with Gravesend United and she stuck with the team through their merger with Northfleet to become Gravesend and Northfleet and then onto Ebbsfleet United.
Joyce and her husband, Harold, were ever present fans at Stonebridge Road along with their daughter, Lynne, and were regular travellers on the supporters’ coaches until ill health precluded them and forced them to become armchair fans.
They continued to keep up to date through the media, family and friends. Joyce was hoping to visit the new and improved facilities in the new stand with her brother, Percy.
Joyce will be missed by many and let’s hope the team can finish on a high in her memory.
The funeral is taking place on 17.1.2017 at 10 am at the new Chalk Crematorium. Lynne says all are welcome to attend and also at The Social Club at Stonebridge Road at 1130am.
Away Travel 2017 - 14/12/16
07/01 Wealdstone Depart 12pm
14/01 Kidderminister Harriers Depart 9am (subject to change)
28/01 Poole Town Depart 9:45am
11/02 Whitehawk Depart 11:45am
25/02 Bath City Depart 9:30am
Fleet Supporters' Trust AGM - 07/11/16
The date for this year's AGM is Thursday 8th December starting at 7:30pm in the social club at Stonebridge Road. Doors open at 7pm, all members must bring there membership cards to gain entry and vote on the night.
Away Travel To Ramsgate 15th November - Kent Senior Cup R2 - 31/10/16
We shall be running a coach, departing at 6pm and costs £5 to everyone.
To book please call John Burgess on 07951610878 as Steve is away from next week.
Away Travel Departing Times - UPDATED 13/10/16
27/08. Eastbourne Borough Depart 11:30
03/09. Gosport Borough Depart 10:30
05/09. Chelmsford City Depart 17:45
13/09. Bishops Stortford Depart 17:45
9/10. Weston-Super-Mare Depart 09:30
22/10. East Thurrock United Depart 13:00
12/11. Welling United Depart 13:15
3/12. Oxford City Depart 11:15
Fleet Supporters' Trust Subscriptions 2016/17 - 20/07/16
The Fleet Supporters' Trust has decided to align its subscription year with the football season.
Therefore subscriptions for the 2016/17 season will become due on 6 August, which is the date of the first home match vs Poole Town.
It is thought that having one renewal date for all members will be much easier for all concerned. The vast majority of members renew at the beginning of the season in any event. We accept that there may be some inconvenience for the few members who are used to renewing at different times throughout the year. Hopefully though that inconvenience will be reduced as the amount of annual subscription is unchanged.
The standard membership subscription for the 2016/17 season will be £10. It will be due on 6 August.
Members who ordinarily renew their subscriptions in the period from 1 January to the end of the season may, if they choose, just pay £5 for this season only. Again this will be due on 6 August. Future seasons will be at the normal rate and becoming due at the start of the season.
Gold membership is also unchanged at £120 for this season. Gold Members who pay by standing order do not need to change their payment dates.
Junior Membership remains at £3 per season.
Members are generally encouraged to pay by standing order. The relevant form is on the Join the Fleet Trust section of the website.
If a subscription is not paid by 31 October, the membership will be considered lapsed.
Fleet Supporters' Trust Sponsor's Lounge - 20/07/16
The Fleet Supporters' Trust are sponsoring games on 6/8 v Poole Town, 29/8 v Margate, and 1/1/17 v Dartford.
All Gold Members are automatically eligible to be a guest in the sponsors lounge for these games but must give their names to the Board if they wish to attend.
Other Members wishing to be a guest should give their names to the FST Board for inclusion in a draw for available places.
Away Travel Pre-Season Details - 29/06/16
Deal Town - Saturday 16th July departing at 1pm
Billericay Town - Saturday 23rd July departing at 1:30pm
Folkestone Invicta - Tuesday 26th July departing at 6pm
Sutton United - Saturday 30th July departing at 1pm
Fleet Supporters' Trust Members - Free
Non-members - £5
Under 12's - Free
To book please call Steve Boem on 07955247007
Fleet Supporters' Trust Away Travel 2016-2017 - 29/06/16
Following the announcement of Bayliss Executive Travel as Fleet Travel Partner FSTB are able to confirm that away travel will, once again, be organised by them on behalf of Fleet Supporters' Trust.
The Fare structure will be £10 for FST members; non-members £15; 12–16 years £5 and under 12's free (must be accompanied by an adult).
The exceptions to this will be the trips to Truro, Bath, Weston Super Mare and Poole when the fare for FST members will be £15 and for non-members £20. All other prices will be unchanged.
Steve Boem will be taking over responsibility for bookings which can still be made at the Trust Hut on match days, or by phone or text to Steve on 07955 247007.
It is preferred that payment is made at the time of booking if possible.
FST members will be asked to produce their membership card when making their first booking.
There will be coaches to the following friendlies:
Deal Town on 16/7/16 3pm ko.
Billericay Town 23/7/16 3pm ko.
Folkestone Invicta 26/7/16 7.45pm ko
Sutton United 30/7/16 3pm ko.
These trips will be free to FST members and £5 to all others wishing to travel, departure times to be confirmed.
Bayliss Executive Travel Announcement - 29/06/16
Bayliss Executive Travel, who provide first-team travel for the Fleet, have agreed to become the club’s official ‘Fleet Travel Partner’ from 2016/17.
Following discussions, the new agreement will see Bayliss also take on responsibility for providing coach travel to away games for the club’s supporters.
General Manager Dave Archer said, “The support the club has received from its sponsors and business partners has been exceptional and I am pleased to confirm Bayliss Executive Travel as the Fleet’s Official Travel partner for the upcoming campaign. The agreement will see Bayliss Executive Travel provide both first-team travel and now also away supporters travel.”
Managing director Alistair Bayliss told FleetOnline, “We’re absolutely delighted to be in a position to continue our sponsorship with the club and look forward to welcoming the Fleet supporters on board this season too. I felt the pain along with everyone at the club at the play-off defeat but feel Macca and his coaching staff will come back stronger and more determined than ever before. Under the stewardship of Peter Varney and the Board, I’m more than convinced the future of the club will be rosy.”
And John Burgess, chairman of the Fleet Supporters' Trust Board which organises away travel, said: “The FSTB are pleased to endorse the club’s appointment of Bayliss Executive Travel as our Travel Partner. Their sponsorship of EUFC is most generous and I’m sure they will provide great service and a warm welcome to all Fleet supporters travelling to away games.”
Established in 2004, Bayliss Executive Travel pride themselves on being one of the leading specialists in the south-east of England for coach hire and corporate travel and also provide services to Sheffield United, Kent County Cricket Club and Canterbury rugby club. Their website is at www.baylissexecutivetravel.co.uk
A New Fleet Supporters' Trust Chairman - 27/05/16
On behalf of the Board of the Fleet Supporters’ Trust, I wish to announce that following the resignation of Chris Pilkinton as Trust Chairman, that a successor has now been appointed in his place. Following nominations and voting, I am able to confirm that John Burgess has been appointed as the new Chairman. John will already be well known to many supporters due to his involvement in organising the Trust’s popular away travel scheme. Further information regarding away travel for the 2016/17 season will be disclosed at a later date. It is anticipated that John will write a regular feature for the Fleet Review match programme. May I also say on behalf of the Board that I hope that John enjoys his tenure as Chairman.