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Trust is a very valuable commodity for Robins

Swindon Advertiser: THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Trust is a very valuable commodity for Robins THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Trust is a very valuable commodity for Robins

THERE is something amiss in this world when proactive football fans have their initiative mocked for no real reason.

Every week, on one messageboard or another, I read snide comments which take aim at Trust STFC’s genuine and concerted attempts to reintegrate themselves within the Swindon Town community. Keyboard warriors, sat at home at half two on a Tuesday afternoon, spitting unsubstantiated bile at honest, hardworking, concerned supporters of a club who has been through far too much for its own good.

Wholly unjustified, these bitchy remarks can only do damage to the Trust’s potential to become a very important, critical friend of the football club.

By their own admission, the Trust lost their way under the opulent reign of Andrew Black, where being held to account meant celebrating another equity deposit and bad times were rarer than a Frenchman’s filet mignon.

Spoilt, they didn’t need to make a scene, but the landscape has changed dramatically now and the Trust are attempting to adapt. They are branching out to the club, with whom they have already held constructive discussions about a variety of topics, as well as the local media. They are organised, eloquent and, if occasionally a little over-enthusiastic, exactly what a Trust should be.

Those who snipe at them with accusations of toothlessness and illegitimacy might, right now, have a point - but how on earth can a meaningful body of fans generate the capital for a financial safety net if all we want to do is bicker amongst ourselves about the relevance of their very existence?

This football club, our football club, has had enough infighting at boardroom level in recent months, without fans taking a swipe at fellow fans. The Trust, like the Supporters’ Club, has a massive role to play in the future of the Robins. Like the local media, they are there to observe, praise, cooperate and criticise in a fair and balanced way.

Unlike the media, they can - in theory and over the course of many years - club together to offer financial relief in times of trouble and strife. And, goodness me, doesn’t Swindon Town seem susceptible to that?

From the conversations I have had with members of the Trust board in recent weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that they recognise their recent failings and are determined to raise their profile - not for the sake of their own egos but for the future good of the club. That is to be applauded.

There remain elements of their grand plan which, personally, I still question - most prominently the necessity for a supporter to sit on the club’s board - but £1.25 buys you a platform to question and debate such policies for 12 months. £1.25. That’s about the value of your spilt beer last Friday night.

So, next time you’re inclined to ridicule the efforts of the Trust, reassess exactly what you want for the club. Their presence does absolutely no harm whatsoever; at some point in the future their absence just might.

As Aesop wrote: “In a field one summer’s day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the grasshopper. “We have got plenty of food at present.”

But the ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the grasshopper knew... It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

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7:28am Thu 10 Jul 14

Davidsyrett says...

What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.
What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week. Davidsyrett
  • Score: -36

7:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

batch says...

The thing is the Trust won't get everything right, nobody does. And in those circumstances its right to question them. As I'm sure they'll agree.

I say 'them', I mean 'us', the Trust isn't some closed shop. Everyone can join. It costs £1. The more members the louder the voice. Anyone can motion to change something they don't like, and to be part of the change - far more constructive than poking holes from afar.

I say this as a mere lapsed but soon to be renewed member. Nothing more.
The thing is the Trust won't get everything right, nobody does. And in those circumstances its right to question them. As I'm sure they'll agree. I say 'them', I mean 'us', the Trust isn't some closed shop. Everyone can join. It costs £1. The more members the louder the voice. Anyone can motion to change something they don't like, and to be part of the change - far more constructive than poking holes from afar. I say this as a mere lapsed but soon to be renewed member. Nothing more. batch
  • Score: 26

8:35am Thu 10 Jul 14

old town robin says...

The trust has helped out in the past with financial assistance to the club and probably have a 5 figure nest egg put aside should circumstances become a necessity again in the future.

I read on this forum a week or two ago the rumour that a farmer by the name of Mr Eady had left £2 million to town for ground development and youth football. I have not seen anything from the media or the town spokes person to substantiate the story if there is any truth in it, but if it is true their should be an acknowledgement of Mr Eady's generosity and some kind of announcement how the gift may be spent. A roof on the Stratton Bank to house away supporters or mums and dads bringing their kids to matches would be a good start.
The trust has helped out in the past with financial assistance to the club and probably have a 5 figure nest egg put aside should circumstances become a necessity again in the future. I read on this forum a week or two ago the rumour that a farmer by the name of Mr Eady had left £2 million to town for ground development and youth football. I have not seen anything from the media or the town spokes person to substantiate the story if there is any truth in it, but if it is true their should be an acknowledgement of Mr Eady's generosity and some kind of announcement how the gift may be spent. A roof on the Stratton Bank to house away supporters or mums and dads bringing their kids to matches would be a good start. old town robin
  • Score: 5

8:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

Another view says...

Like most I have only read occasional pieces on the Trust then forgot about it.
If the Adver interviewed them and publicised their aims then should get the ball rolling. Somebody wrote the other day that a meeting in the Legends before the Scunthorpe game would be a good starting point. A monthly event like that would gradually pick up more support. The message needs to go out at regular events before enough people show interest.
Like most I have only read occasional pieces on the Trust then forgot about it. If the Adver interviewed them and publicised their aims then should get the ball rolling. Somebody wrote the other day that a meeting in the Legends before the Scunthorpe game would be a good starting point. A monthly event like that would gradually pick up more support. The message needs to go out at regular events before enough people show interest. Another view
  • Score: 1

9:22am Thu 10 Jul 14

liden623 says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.
Proves your point exactly Sam.
I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.[/p][/quote]Proves your point exactly Sam. I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said. liden623
  • Score: 8

9:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

Davidsyrett says...

liden623 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.
Proves your point exactly Sam.
I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said.
My point is that last night on Twitter Sam promised an in-depth article about the Trust. And this is what we get.

This is hardly going to increase the standing of the Trust with many supporters.
[quote][p][bold]liden623[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.[/p][/quote]Proves your point exactly Sam. I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said.[/p][/quote]My point is that last night on Twitter Sam promised an in-depth article about the Trust. And this is what we get. This is hardly going to increase the standing of the Trust with many supporters. Davidsyrett
  • Score: -12

9:57am Thu 10 Jul 14

port de soller says...

I psted earlier this week asking what the TRUST actually did.OK got reply.
However just maybe they should promote what they do appeal for new members/approach busineses in area who may contribute to there fund.
In the 70´s I recall like many Fans were involved in the SwindonTown Co-operative, money was raised to help with running costs and players wages,it was a difficult time for STFC not unlike now I guess.
As for Fand let´s say if the hard core of fans put in 1 GBP a week to the Trust or whatvever they could afford I feel sure within a year the trust would have an additional nest egg.
Also Ref the Kind Farmer who left money to the club(2 million pounds) or is this another walt Disney story????
So the to the Trust try raising your image good luck as anyone who can help STFC are ok in my book
I psted earlier this week asking what the TRUST actually did.OK got reply. However just maybe they should promote what they do appeal for new members/approach busineses in area who may contribute to there fund. In the 70´s I recall like many Fans were involved in the SwindonTown Co-operative, money was raised to help with running costs and players wages,it was a difficult time for STFC not unlike now I guess. As for Fand let´s say if the hard core of fans put in 1 GBP a week to the Trust or whatvever they could afford I feel sure within a year the trust would have an additional nest egg. Also Ref the Kind Farmer who left money to the club(2 million pounds) or is this another walt Disney story???? So the to the Trust try raising your image good luck as anyone who can help STFC are ok in my book port de soller
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

RamsburyRed says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
liden623 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.
Proves your point exactly Sam.
I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said.
My point is that last night on Twitter Sam promised an in-depth article about the Trust. And this is what we get.

This is hardly going to increase the standing of the Trust with many supporters.
I agree 100 per cent. A lost opportunity to publicise the Trust's activities and future plans. But it just sounds defensive and complains about people who criticise it.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liden623[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: What a rubbish write up, why not actually interview members of the Trust and discuss their achievements in the past and aims for the future, rather than trying to be clever and talk about grasshoppers, is this your idea of an in depth column ? We had a better discussion on the forum last week.[/p][/quote]Proves your point exactly Sam. I thought it was an excellent article Sam - well said.[/p][/quote]My point is that last night on Twitter Sam promised an in-depth article about the Trust. And this is what we get. This is hardly going to increase the standing of the Trust with many supporters.[/p][/quote]I agree 100 per cent. A lost opportunity to publicise the Trust's activities and future plans. But it just sounds defensive and complains about people who criticise it. RamsburyRed
  • Score: -4

7:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

smirg kcab says...

Perhaps we should get rid of the robin and we could be called grasshoppers or ants.
You wonder why people snipe?
Perhaps we should get rid of the robin and we could be called grasshoppers or ants. You wonder why people snipe? smirg kcab
  • Score: -4

4:08pm Fri 11 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

Great idea Grim we could be twinned with Grasshoppers Zurich!
Great idea Grim we could be twinned with Grasshoppers Zurich! The Jockster
  • Score: 0
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