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20 May 2009 20:24 Post ID: #130812 - in reply to #130811
Berks Imp

The away shirt sponsors: Haart informed most of their sponsored clubs in August that they would not be continuing beyond the end of the season. It seems very late in the day for us to be looking for a new sponsor when we have had 9 months notice. Your comments please.


You are correct, we were informed last august, and have been working on it since, and have contacted a lot of companies. It is difficult times, but we have an excellent commercial team, and are in a far better position than most. When we were let down badly by a previous shirt sponsor, we took the decision to split up the sponsorship into home and away, back and front, and also the shorts. The nett result was that we came out with double the money we were getting. It also means you are not looking for that one big one, and also not all your eggs are in one basket, and in our case the sum of the parts equals a greater whole.
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20 May 2009 20:24 Post ID: #130813 - in reply to #130812
If there is no joy in away shirt sponsorship, would you consider having a national charity on the shirts aka Aston Villa. A suggestion could be “Help for Heroes”; this would get good publicity, and maintain the link with the Services, which is enjoyed by the City and County. It may even give us a few more supporters from the services in different parts of the country. Your comments please.


It is one option, but our commercial team are fully focused on getting an income for it.
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20 May 2009 20:25 Post ID: #130814 - in reply to #130813
Do you consider the Trust Board to be help or a hindrance to the running of the Football Club? Could they do more?

I feel the trust act as a critical friend, and believe me do give me a tough time, but are also very supportive where needed. I feel they have a very important role to play. I am a paid up member myself, and have been so for 6 years.
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20 May 2009 20:25 Post ID: #130815 - in reply to #130814
For the Club would it be helpful if each of the Trust Board members were responsible for specific tasks, progress of which could be reported to the Club on a monthly basis. For example, one board member to be responsible for PR, another for fund raising including auctions, dinners and guest speakers, another for food and drink at the ground, another for publicity, advertising and sponsorship, another for stadium improvement and development etc, etc etc.


Its difficult for me to comment on the trust board, as I am not directly involved, but I do believe that they all have roles, and put in a lot of time. So there is no misunderstanding, the trust board do not run the club, but do have two voted full directors on the board, who are involved in the direction of the club, and who I answer to along with the other Directors.
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20 May 2009 20:26 Post ID: #130816 - in reply to #130815
Would you like to see the Trust take over the responsibility for food at the ground on match days?

I would not have a problem if the trust wanted to put a proposal forward, but my own view is that it is a specialist area, and they would need some experience in that industry.
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20 May 2009 20:26 Post ID: #130817 - in reply to #130816
It is comforting to know that progress is being made regarding access and business generation at Sincil Bank. When are we likely to see an update and what other areas are being explored to help produce more income?

Regarding the access, when is the million dollar question, and when things are out of your control it’s difficult to predict. Regarding other income streams, these are always being explored, and over the last 6 years the leasing of areas of the ground has increase four fold, and non-match day commercial net profit doubled.
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20 May 2009 20:27 Post ID: #130818 - in reply to #130817
If the Football League could be persuaded to allow the return of terracing to the Stacey West would the Club support such a change, assuming none of the original grant had to be repaid?

This has been discussed on many occasions, and providing there was support from the fans I think the club would support the change.
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20 May 2009 20:27 Post ID: #130819 - in reply to #130818
Would you be prepared to take on the personal responsibility of ensuring that those supporters who subscribe to RIW enjoy better reception for match commentary in 2009/10?


John Vickers who managers the website and RIW is one of the most dedicated and hard working persons I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and will always help, takes great pride in his work, and I know will want to upgrade the service where possible. What I will do in answer to this question, is make a commitment to free up responsibly investment to upgrade if John feels it will deliver an improvement. Also, very happy to receive feedback directly. I’m not being evasive, but I don’t want to manage something that John does very well, but will support John if needed.
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20 May 2009 20:28 Post ID: #130821 - in reply to #130819
Other than by the Team winning more matches, how do you think the atmosphere can be improved most at Sincil Bank.


I’m not deflecting this one, but it really has to be generated by the fans, but with help and support from the club where requested. For me one of the big plus’s from last season was the improvements in the atmosphere made by the fans in the Stacey West, and I know that is not by accident, and was by a lot of effort and energy by some fans, and also I like to think support from the club when requested and reasonable.
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20 May 2009 20:29 Post ID: #130822 - in reply to #130821
Could the Club adopt the slogan:

LINCOLN - YOUR CITY, YOUR FOOTBALL CLUB.

This could be pushed in all publicity but particularly at primary school level to try and get kids into supporting the local side and wearing City shirts rather than those of popular premiership clubs.

I believe you raised this with David Beck, who did bring it to the recent board meeting. I think it’s an excellent idea, and one I’m discussing with our staff, to see how it fits in, and if it can be adopted.
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20 May 2009 20:30 Post ID: #130823 - in reply to #130822
Footnote:-

Thank you for the opportunity to do this Q&A, and I have tried to answer the questions in an honest and open way, but I would stress that the comments are my own personal view in some cases.

Dave Roberts
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20 May 2009 20:40 Post ID: #130826 - in reply to #130808
steveimp
codbater - 20/5/2009 20:22

Downsouthimp
I opened an online Bet365 account in Feb. this year in response to a promotion via redimps.com. I was supposed to receive a free Away shirt after my first deposit. I have been e-mailing Dave Roberts, JV and Steff Wright to chase up on this and no one has got back to me, please can you sort this out for me?

DownSouthImp, who are you? If you would like to email me, I’ll deal with it, as I have as far as I’m aware dealt with emails received. Please also forward your previous emails, so I can investigate where the breakdown in communication has occurred.


Believe me DownsouthImp, Dave Roberts WILL deal with this and you will get your shirt if you contact him directly!
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06 July 2009 21:31 Post ID: #144961 - in reply to #130826
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13 July 2009 16:27 Post ID: #147214 - in reply to #144961
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23 October 2009 17:43 Post ID: #183707 - in reply to #130792
45 Harold Troops
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so who bought his chinese boots?
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