Date: 29th September 2016 at 11:02am
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The Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust holds its first Annual General Meeting at the Macron tonight, with doors opening at 7pm and the event getting underway in the Platinum Suite at 7.30pm.

Sadly, one big theme when it comes to the Trust at the moment seems to be apathy from supporters. Four motions have been tabled for the event, with three of them proposed and seconded by the same members. The member who seconded these then proposed the fourth, with the previous proposer seconding it.

There should be no real reason to not get behind the general premise of the Trust, giving a unified and legitimate voice to supporters. But those on the board need to be held to account. I would urge as many people as possible to get there and ask the questions they want to ask.

These are the four motions.

‘The Trust should retain a key objective of independence and holding the owners and board to account. The Trust must not accept any inducements or privileges from the club or its affiliates. Therefore, the Trust should move it’s office and administration away from Club premises forthwith.’

“That The Trust AGM is held at a time which is linked to a home fixture, either on the day preceding, on the day of or following a match”.

“Whilst welcoming an opportunity to hear and question the club owner / Chairman, the trust should not invite the chairman to meetings where trust business is being discussed or decided”.

“I propose that further nominations be invited to increase the BWFCST board to a minimum of 10 members, rather than the current five. I believe that the original timing of the process during the closed season, the seemingly limiting published criteria for said nominations, as well as the fact that the Steering Group Committee failed to follow their stated intention of not standing for election, meant many members lacked any faith in the process and, to some extent, in the trust itself, thus leading to a low number of candidates. (Most, if not, all were members of the original ‘Steering Group`) Furthermore, to ensure transparency and trust in the board any co-opted members be subject to inclusion in said nomination process to maintain their position. Further still that applications from young, female and ethnic minority candidates be encouraged, given the current make-up of the board so far”.

The first motion is a very interesting one. There needs to be a balance that at the moment, seems right. Relations between the Trust and the club have been fairly good. The former has called out the latter where needed, but I’m not sure the two not being on speaking terms would help. See Blackburn as a case in point. But separate offices and venues would send out a clear sense of independence.

The fourth is tricky. If supporter apathy as there, or people genuinely felt they couldn’t stand, while I’d have rather seen a fresh set of faces, the Steering Group probably thought they would need to stand so there would actually be a board.

In any case, the event starts at 7.30pm. Get along if you can.


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