Although this is my first post, I have been visiting the forum for some time. I was aware of the fund raising etc
from a friend, so visit from time to time to see how it is going.
Football is such a passionate topic at the best of times, and will always cause debate, whether it be good or bad.
It can be glorious, totally devastating, frustrating and also disgusting! The latter when supposedly grown men
behave in a manner that would be unacceptable in a school playground! Everyone has a right to their opinion, and
all have their own reasons for how they spend their free time and money.
From an "on the fence" point of view, it is such a tragedy that from what looked like a really friendly community
of good "craic and banter" (which could be enjoyed by all age groups safely), it has turned into such a hostile
environment, and in the interests of the team on the pitch, you all need your heads banging together. It may only
be a forum to some people, but in reality, it is probably a very public forum for South Shields Football Club, who
need their public to support them, both on the pitch and off it.
The tone of the atmosphere coming from the supporters association on the topic of who is and who isn't welcome at
Filtrona Park is really disappointing. Respect appears to be totally lacking on all sides and it is sad to see
that the effort which was put in to set up the Supporters Association seems to have evaporated.
Fund raising at any level is not easy, even with massive support it is an uphill task. The most important thing is
that every aspect of the aim is to get your message right, the PR. It needs to be consistent, clear and concise,
with communication being key**. It is important to get the message out to your public, but please make sure the
message you are sending is the right one. The only message being transmitted to the South Shields FC public at the
moment is total chaos of a bunch of bickering supporters who seem to be more interested in the number of hits to
the forum and how many prospective members they will have if everyone brings a friend with them.
I think its time to wake up and smell the coffee!!!!! Eventually the glass half full, will become the glass half
**A major problem for us public relations professionals nowadays is that too many of us believe the communications
part of our job is the totality of what we do. The fact is that public relations consists of two major components.
The first (and most important) has to do with influencing our client's or our employer's behavior. What I am
talking about is best summarized in the rapper line "if you're going to talk-the-talk, you gotta walk-the-walk." I
don't know of a more succinct definition of public relations. Harold Burson Excerpt from : http://www.burson-marsteller.com/Innova ... aspx?ID=70
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Whre Dave is right is about communication.
For those of us not able to get to Filtrona good communication is the key and having had so much hoopla about the buy out and share issue and the fab support from Millband and the lawyers etc, it's not right at all that we should find out indirectly that (apparently) thre is now another plan in place of which we know nothing. I want to have confidence in the plans and actions of the club - never mind the results, we will support the team win or lose but the club is also about where we want to be and how to get there. Openness is essential. It doesn't have to be a long rambling screed just a quick few words on 'what's happening off the pitch' Steve, you said 'You also have no idea what is going on behind the scenes.' - that is exactly his point!
Remember I have been there.. as a committee member from 1993 to around 2005, and I spent a heck of a lot of my life at to quote Sonfan 'running functions, raising funds, selling raffle tickets , draw tickets, and putting their own money time and effort into saving this club etc etc' - in the days of Bob Elwell, Peter Feenan and after, I used to have regular talks with the manager who would visit my office and talk about fund raising and special events, we got the South Tyneside Enterprise Partnership into the clubhouse (it's probably been abolished now) and much more, we had great support from the Hampshire Supporters, where have they all gone>? But above all transparency, keep people informed - otherwise the assumption is nothing is happening. so maybe everyone who goes to a game, buys a programme, gets to the Supporters' meetings, is fully informed./. so please pass on the gen. Keep us happy and committed until we get back to the UK.....
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matty I believe you have already put the amount into the public domain:matty the mariner wrote:Sonfan-could you please remove the reference to the specific amount I have pledged.These things are personal and should not be in the public domain.I'm not interested in how much other individuals have pledged-I know how much I can afford on my company pension,which is my only source of income.
Do you not think the rest of us are not happy with the current plight of the club but choose to get stuck in to do what we can to help unlike your self. If it were not for the small band of people who put the time and effort in week in week out =D> =D> there would be no club at all. Or put it another way if evereyone went on like you the club would have folded a long time ago.
Regarding the manager continuing, the club commitee have made this decision and we have to support it, whether we agree with it or not, we have 4 home league games coming up= 8-9 points from those 4 games will get us back in play.
We also need as much revenue as possible, not encouraging people to watch Shields or invest is not clever, however frustrated we feel.
Thanks for your support there are a lot of people who do a lot of work behind the scenes that go out of there way to make things work without them the club would not exist. =D>
Who? has discouraged investment,optiontrader wrote:sonfan:- I posted I think we have to thank the 2-3 members of the supporters association who did a lot of running around for months which as everyone knows includes you, still no excuse for discouraging investment though!!
With respect Sir, Where on the posts are people not encoureged to watch SSFC or invest?optiontrader wrote: We also need as much revenue as possible, not encouraging people to watch Shields or invest is not clever, however frustrated we feel.
There are only two people who choose not to support the team but have a lot to say about it, if they came to the games and then made comment fair enough but the results do not always reflect how the team or indvidual players have performed, so some of the comments do no more than to put more preasure on the current situation.
With respect that's not what I said on more than one occasion I have thanked Matty for his offer and will do again, thats not the issue it's the negitive posts that are subbmitted when the chips are down, but never a word of praise when ever it is deserved that is the type of response supporters should be given to there team.optiontrader wrote:sonfan:- we are all gutted about the current situation, and as you say there are 1 or 2 detractors who do not help. I believe you indirectly told Matty where to stick his £400 though I can understand your frustration. We really have to stick together in the short term, as passtheball says the next 4 or 5 games are critical, mess them up then we are down!!!!
Also I have never subbmitted a post of any kind to discourage anyone to not come and support the team after all thats what it's all about.
Matty's ok he tends to keep his posts to team results etc which may be valid, on the other hand Mr Ord can get quite personel about peoples life styles, jobs, what they ware, where they are from etc, he has had a go at myself and made a comment about young ramma at one time as well as other members of the set up. Whats that got to do with the running of the club? Who does he think he is.
As stated before my offer of a meet is still on.
The amount of work which does and has been done to keep South Shields FC from folding altogether has been tremendous, but some people forget about that. We are fortunate to actually have a team, and a place to play this season after everything that's happened,but some people forget about that. The supporters association has also helped the club massively and their loyalty and hard work has also helped in keeping the club around.
As I stated in many previous posts, the club needs support at ALL times, not silly, negative comments that do nobody or the club any favours.
Thanks again for your support, im sure the SSSA will play a major part in any share issue as we will be running it and controlling the way the funds are used after a vote on any issue, the share issue was brought about when other avenues to purchase the ground were being knocked back because of financial problems with the banks no wonder with todays climate and decreasing value of propety, thats the reason the share issue was brought in even though it still has its problems because it would still leave a short fall and this short fall that would have to be repaid by a large loan which again could cause problems for the club.optiontrader wrote:sonfan:- Thats fair comment. The majority of us do appreciate the Supporters Association, which has blossomed over the last few years, and hopefully the Supporters Association will be included in any future share issue ( however its performed ) to give us supporters a share in the club!!!!
In an ideal world a buyer could be found to purchase the ground and free hold and ran as a bussines in its self leaving the football club to run its self. Of course a long and secure lease would give a long term future =D>
As to the share issue that could help to redevelope the team and give a long term safe financial future, with representation on the board of directors of the football club. We could then see that our funds were used in a maner that we saw fit and give the fans a long term say in what goes on, just a thought of mine.
SEE YOU THERE MAYBE =D> =D> =D> =D>
I will keep this brief, after seeing the last reply, sadly, the message that is being communicated is atrocious to be frank.
As MarinerSteve has said above. The problem is, exactly that there is nothing being communicated. Everyone knows that there are certain things which are not for the public domain, and can't be revealed.
However, it would be interesting to know more about the aims of SSSA, and how the membership is progressing. There are several posts about meetings and how everyone is welcome, I can't remember seeing any follow up as to what has been achieved or discussed at the meetings. Even the newsletter gives no real information of contacts for the SSSA committee etc. this sort of information is far more important than the size of the document which has been sent to the FSA etc.
I know that there are people behind the scenes doing a lot of work, probably at their own cost! I am sure that there have been many others over the years! Again it doesn't serve any purpose to prospective members, if anything it will put them off.
It is looking more like the Shields Secret Service Association than anything else.
I wish you all well in the future
The template of anything official should remain the same with details on it. Newspapers are published on a daily basis, but they don't only put the contact details on for a limited period, once a quarter!
There used to be a time where everything which was going on with the SSSA was shared with its members, it hasn't happened for a long time, and as a result many people you may find have been missed. I do know a couple of people who have not been asked about membership renewal this year! Members already signed up lost! They have decided to take their interests elsewhere and I wonder how many other people may have done the same.
I realise that as secretary it is at your discretion to release relevant information, but, when everyone has asked their family members and work colleagues etc etc and signed them up and taken their money and paid it to the SSSA, whether it be 5p, £5 or £50,000 they are entitled to know what is going on, even if they can't get to a meeting!!!
In the last few weeks even Twitter has been missing on match days! Communication has been lost and doesn't look like it is going to change anytime soon.
Good luck for the future!