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Club Statement

Post by AL_bairn » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 04:01:06 PM

CHIEF EXECUTIVE UPDATE – APRIL 2018
There were sighs of relief from everyone last night at St Mirren Park as we finally secured our Championship status for next season. From where the club was back in the late autumn of 2017 it has been a remarkable turnaround.

Despite some inconsistency our general form relative to other clubs in the division since the back to back 3-0 defeats to Morton and Dundee Utd and the 3 week run of postponements in early December has been good. See HERE for league table comparison. However, as Paul said last night, we need to make sure that this football club is never again put into this position.

Our aim is to get this club into the Premiership. That has been the aim since last summer when I started here and when Paul was brought into the club in October last year. The club has been through a lot of change in the past 9 months. There is a lot of work on the go on the recruitment side (and has been for 4 months) and we have signed off and agreed the single largest first team playing budget seen at this club whilst in the Championship.

I am very clear that it needs everyone pulling together to propel this club upwards. It needs supporters to buy season tickets again. It needs you to persuade lapsed fans to come back and support the club. It needs you all to continue your brilliant support as sponsors, advertisers, guests of hospitality, patrons of the matchday bar in the South Stand, buying club merchandise in the shop and more. This is not my club. It is not Paul Hartley’s club. It is YOUR club. We will do all that we can to give you a football team and football club to be proud of. Nothing is taken for granted but if we are to get the team we want to see then it needs you all to continue your fantastic support of the club. I promise that we will continue to graft on and off the pitch to deliver this.

PRE-SEASON
The first team squad will start pre-season on 20th June. As part of the 2018/19 preparations the squad will be away for 5 days at The Vale in South Wales from 25th to 30th June. On 27th June a closed doors friendly has been arranged v Newport County.

A further friendly match has been confirmed with Aberdeen for the evening of 4th July. This will most likely be played at Gayfield Park, Arbroath and we will confirm as soon as details are known. A further two friendly matches will be organised shortly and again we will confirm details when known.

SEASON TICKETS
These will go on sale on 1st June. One of the many things we have been looking at is the ticketing product at the club which has lacked investment for some time. Work has been ongoing for the past 3 months and we will be switching to Ticketmaster in May. Season tickets will be able to be renewed and purchased using the new system. This will enable season and match tickets to be bought online and tickets printed at home, onto a mobile phone or collected at the shop.

There will be no price increases.

RESERVE LEAGUE
We have applied to participate in the new Reserve League structure within the top divisional set up and should hear more about the final set up shortly. The Reserve League replaces the current U20s Development League and enables players of all ages from 16 up to play in matches.

We will update further when fuller details are known.

RETAIL SHOP
I hope that you will have seen an improvement in the customer service and product range in the Retail shop. We have made changes to the staff in the shop and asked Lauren Brown (whom many of you will know) to help us think about the range and type of products that ae available. This work continues and you will see further improvements in the coming months.

The new home and away strips will be available from June. We will formally launch shortly with a pre-order system in place so you can have them worn proudly ahead of the summer. Beach towels, swimming shorts, flip flops and sunglasses to follow!!

SAFE STANDING
As many of you will know we visited Celtic FC to learn about their safe standing section. This followed a really good meeting with some of the young boys from the upper section of the South Stand. The costs are not as high as I thought they would be but still come in at around £100 per seat. So 300 seats would be £30,000. For the time being we need to invest all available resources into the first team but now we know the cost it means we can review going forward and look at different ways of funding this.

RECRUITMENT
Richard Mitchell joined the club on 1st January having previously been Head of Recruitment with Ross County. Mitch is based in the Midlands and covers thousands of miles every month watching matches, meeting clubs and agents and has almost daily chats with Paul about players that we believe can make an impact at Falkirk. In addition to this Paul and Gordon Young are well versed in the Scottish market.

Recruitment is the number one area where we are focused on in helping shape the squad for the forthcoming season. The work has been ongoing since before Christmas and has ramped up in the past month.

We will keep you fully updated on all things related to players as they develop.

PAUL HARTLEY
During May, Paul will be hosting a number of informal chats with supporters about his plans and vision for Falkirk FC. He will be talking about what he wants to see in terms of our squad, our type of player, our playing style and his hopes and aspirations for the club.

We will be looking to hold 4 or 5 of these during May. These will be within the club and in pubs/clubs within Falkirk. If you have any thoughts on venues or would like to host one of these then please get in touch.

COMMUNICATIONS
I hope that you have seen a more open relationship between the club and the supporters. Less formal and more listening to what you are looking for from your club. We realise that we don’t always get it right but we are trying and will continue to do so.

Our use of social media and Falkirk TV will increase and improve in the coming months. Short films such as the one involving Tommy Robson and Andrew Nelson yesterday are exactly what this club should be about.

I know there is still scepticism and cynicism out there about the motivations of the Board, me, Margaret Lang etc. but I hope we have persuaded some of you that we are here to do a job. To work as hard as we can to get this club into the Premiership and to give you more good Saturdays than bad.

I’m always keen to hear from supporters about any aspect so if you have any ideas or views you wish to share with me then please do get in touch.

FAN OWNERSHIP
We have tried to generate interest in this on a couple of occasions but it hasn’t quite sparked yet. I believe that this is a model that can sit well with Falkirk FC and we will be trying to progress again shortly. There is a real opportunity here and I don’t want Falkirk to fall behind others who are making strides forward such as Motherwell, St Mirren and Hearts.

Further news shortly.

FINALLY
I know this season has not been all that everyone hoped for in the hazy days of last summer. The support at matches has been incredible considering how the season has progressed and I would like to thank every one of you for that. To every volunteer who helps around the club…thank you.

It has been a period of change. Of transition. There have been very difficult decisions taken in the past 6 months. But I believe we have a coaching team, a recruitment team and a supporter base to get this club to where it wants to be.

Please keep giving the club your 100% support. We will continue to do everything we can on and off the field to give you a team to be proud of.

Craig Campbell

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Re: Club Statement

Post by AL_bairn » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 04:03:51 PM

Statement of intent from the club. :clap:

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Post by Ranaldo Bairn » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 04:39:43 PM

An excellent statement.
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Post by dixie chicken » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 04:52:08 PM

Absolutely top class.
Heard the other night that there could be up to 15 new players coming in for next season.
I, for one, will be contributing fully and, indeed, why not encourage the Board to increase the ST price on the basis that this is OUR club and we want OUT of this League!!
It takes cash and we all need to contribute a bit more.

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Re: Club Statement

Post by Dade » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 05:42:50 PM

Great statement.

With regards to the safe standing, why don’t they allow supporters to stand along the east tochline behind the advertising boards? That would make for a better atmosphere and you could undoubtedly fit 300 fans there therefore saving the £30,000 needed to make safe standing in the South stand.

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Re: Club Statement

Post by Bridge of Allan Bairn » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 06:26:33 PM

Dade wrote:
Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 05:42:50 PM
Great statement.

With regards to the safe standing, why don’t they allow supporters to stand along the east tochline behind the advertising boards? That would make for a better atmosphere and you could undoubtedly fit 300 fans there therefore saving the £30,000 needed to make safe standing in the South stand.
I think that's a great idea but undoubtedly way too sensible and will be knocked back for the same reasons that they won't allow people to walk from the south to north stand at half time when there are no opposition fans in them - health and safety. can't see how this is different though from say standing at the hedge at Brechin. uncovered with just a barrier between you and players
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Post by Duncan Freemason » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 07:47:19 PM

For now, it’s only words, but I have to say those words are refreshingly different.

For once, it seems we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.
If not a ST increase, then the club might want to re-energise the £10 a month standing order. A vibrant similar system effectively saved Hearts, and gave Bryan Jackson £100k a month before match day revenue.
We won’t get anywhere those numbers, but with Hearts there was uptake as he put it “from members of the public with Hearts sympathies, but who didn’t necessarily go to games”.
Again, people would have to have something to show for the tenners beyond “thanks”, but it can be tokenism, but tokenism you can’t buy in a shop.

A great statement of intent that will be quickly put to the test when the signings begin. It could all go very flat very quickly if many of this season’s failures are signed up for next season. Here’s hoping they get it right.

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Post by dixie chicken » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 07:56:22 PM

If you’re talking about Bairn for Life, it now has over 110 paying members.
It got off to a great start but when the rot really set in on the pitch, new members dried up.
There will be a relaunch for the new season echoing the thoughts of the Chief Exec.
Even on present numbers, the Manager should be receiving around £17500 for the January 2019 window.
With lots of new members the amount could be much, much higher.
Let’s get behind FFC.

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Post by Duncan Freemason » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 08:02:41 PM

Agree Dixie. We need to get that revitalised.

Did anyone notice that the statement seems to have Hartley much more at the heart of things than we would normally see from a BoD type statement?
It reads as if he is in there with the Board, and a crucial (and equal) part of the decision making processes. That is certainly different from ye olde days, and is maybe another wee sign that a bit of out of the box thinking is underway at TFS. Pleasing.

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Post by Ricey » Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 10:06:07 PM

Delighted to hear we have a much higher budget but can’t for the life of me work out how we will manage it with a reserve team in place. Unless someone is putting additional funds in which would be great to hear then the numbers don’t add up and I wouldn’t like to thing we are taking risks with the future of the club.

So a cautious thumbs up and it’s now over to Hartley to spend the money wisely and win this league

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Post by Brian Scrimegour » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 10:50:55 AM

Dade wrote:
Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 05:42:50 PM
Great statement.

With regards to the safe standing, why don’t they allow supporters to stand along the east tochline behind the advertising boards? That would make for a better atmosphere and you could undoubtedly fit 300 fans there therefore saving the £30,000 needed to make safe standing in the South stand.
Have you ever tried out the view from there? Its feckin horrific. I feel sorry for the disabled fans in front of the main stand who are forced to watch from there. I'll watch from the stand thanks where you can actually see whats going on.

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Post by Bridge of Allan Bairn » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 11:22:10 AM

I'm happy with Hartley and what he's done to date. he's been ruthless when he's had to be and his interviews are pretty decent post match. the form since he took over has been pretty much play off and that s starting from a terrible position in terms of morale and personnel. I like the fact he looks to take the game to the opposition too and where possible plays 2 quick and direct strikers.

while it's great to hear we are focussing on a better first team the other teams are going to be strengthening as well and the league as it always is look like it could be even tougher with the two part time club s replaced by two full time clubs. could look like this

Partick thistle - experienced premiership club with windfall payments
dundee United or Ross county - rumours that United may be getting an investor and have more season tickets and prize money than us. county have an investor good youth and ecperience Nd windfall payments
Livingston will earn 450k prize money (260k more than us) and if they keep hopkin have a wily manager
pars seem to have turned a corner have more season tickets than us fan investment and probably 200k more prize money
Inverness apparently struggling financially however Robertson seems to have found his feet now
Morton Duffy always seems to get them there or thereabouts
queens have dobbie but maybe not as effectual this season as previous?
ayr full time attacking and McCall is a decent manager
raith full time and better supported than Dumbarton and Brechin together

another interesting season ahead!
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Post by Dade » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 11:37:46 AM

Brian Scrimegour wrote:
Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 10:50:55 AM
Dade wrote:
Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 05:42:50 PM
Great statement.

With regards to the safe standing, why don’t they allow supporters to stand along the east tochline behind the advertising boards? That would make for a better atmosphere and you could undoubtedly fit 300 fans there therefore saving the £30,000 needed to make safe standing in the South stand.
Have you ever tried out the view from there? Its feckin horrific. I feel sorry for the disabled fans in front of the main stand who are forced to watch from there. I'll watch from the stand thanks where you can actually see whats going on.
I’m not a huge fan of being at pitch level but standing there is not different to standing behind the hoardings at Brockville so I don’t get your point! Some people will be happy to stand there to be close to the action I’m sure.

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Post by Dade » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 11:39:20 AM

Bridge of Allan Bairn wrote:
Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 11:22:10 AM
I'm happy with Hartley and what he's done to date. he's been ruthless when he's had to be and his interviews are pretty decent post match. the form since he took over has been pretty much play off and that s starting from a terrible position in terms of morale and personnel. I like the fact he looks to take the game to the opposition too and where possible plays 2 quick and direct strikers.

while it's great to hear we are focussing on a better first team the other teams are going to be strengthening as well and the league as it always is look like it could be even tougher with the two part time club s replaced by two full time clubs. could look like this

Partick thistle - experienced premiership club with windfall payments
dundee United or Ross county - rumours that United may be getting an investor and have more season tickets and prize money than us. county have an investor good youth and ecperience Nd windfall payments
Livingston will earn 450k prize money (260k more than us) and if they keep hopkin have a wily manager
pars seem to have turned a corner have more season tickets than us fan investment and probably 200k more prize money
Inverness apparently struggling financially however Robertson seems to have found his feet now
Morton Duffy always seems to get them there or thereabouts
queens have dobbie but maybe not as effectual this season as previous?
ayr full time attacking and McCall is a decent manager
raith full time and better supported than Dumbarton and Brechin together

another interesting season ahead!
I get what you’re saying but according to the chairman he has signed off the biggest first team budget since we’ve been in this league so regardless of where we’ve finished we’ll have more money to spend than when we were in the positions of some of the clubs you have mentioned.

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Post by Brian Scrimegour » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 12:09:48 PM

:flame:
Dade wrote:
Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 11:37:46 AM
Brian Scrimegour wrote:
Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 10:50:55 AM
Dade wrote:
Wednesday 18th 2018f April 2018 05:42:50 PM
Great statement.

With regards to the safe standing, why don’t they allow supporters to stand along the east tochline behind the advertising boards? That would make for a better atmosphere and you could undoubtedly fit 300 fans there therefore saving the £30,000 needed to make safe standing in the South stand.
Have you ever tried out the view from there? Its feckin horrific. I feel sorry for the disabled fans in front of the main stand who are forced to watch from there. I'll watch from the stand thanks where you can actually see whats going on.
I’m not a huge fan of being at pitch level but standing there is not different to standing behind the hoardings at Brockville so I don’t get your point! Some people will be happy to stand there to be close to the action I’m sure.
Even the terracing at brockville behind the hoardings was at least slightly raised and the only times even then that i ever stood there was as a wean. Youd need to be off your nut to want to watch the game from that level.

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Re: Club Statement

Post by Creative Redemption » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 12:48:25 PM

Absolutely no mention of the sliding roof.
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Post by Dade » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 01:00:40 PM

Brian, just cause you wouldn’t want to watch a game from that level it doesn’t mean others won’t. The managers have to stand and observe the match at that level so sure some supporters would be happy to stand there too if it meant getting closer to the action.

Also right behind the hoardings wasn’t slightly raised at Brockville no as far as I can remember anyway, and even if it was we are talking very minimal amounts which was probably negated by the camber of the pitch.

In any case, just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be looked in to.

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Post by Brian Scrimegour » Thursday 19th 2018f April 2018 05:35:47 PM

Whatever floats your boat but having stood at that level in front of the main stand at the brechin game whilst exiting i'd much rather sit than have that view and im a big fan of standing at the football.

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Post by Quidsin » Friday 20th 2018f April 2018 12:56:12 AM

Good statement. My only worry is whether we have already lost a few fans never to return.
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Post by Back Post Misses » Friday 20th 2018f April 2018 06:59:20 AM

Positive stuff certainly. We have had words before however and I don't think it is unfair of anyone to wait and see if the words are implemented. I do have confidence in CC trying to implement what he says unlike others who sit in the MSG.

As far as us all contributing more people contribute what they can afford. If their ST is all their budget will allow then they are certainly not in my eyes any less important. This club needs all the fans it can get.

As far as BfL goes I joined but have left for two reasons.

1. Anyone who is independent the I spoke to about the scheme and who had knowledge of other schemes at other clubs said NEVER give clubs anything without something in return. It won't get buying because of that. That commitment should have been shares or a commitment from the club to match the money raised by the fans.

2. Our activity in the January transfer window proved the line we have all been fed that you never have money to do anything major in January without money to be a lie. Nothing more than that. What Hartley and CC did in January proved the laziness and lack of ambition of those who have run things for 20 years. They turned over 8/9 player and did it cash neutral. We would have been in the Premiership on at least 2 occasions since we went down had we the foresight and willingness to do this in previous seasons. This is the primary reason BfL was sold to us.

I have said I would rejoin if there was a commitment from the club to match monies raised or a willingness for BfL to take shares. I think this is a good base to start a drive to community ownership and I hope the BfL guys morph their scheme into that.

110 members whilst a start surely tells those running it that it is not quite the right scheme and to attract more contributors it should be modified. That it no way demeans the hard work the guys have carried out this season. Just to be clear I told BfL this when I stopped contributing.

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