Green Un 17th December
December 18, 2005
“Junior Signs New Contract”. That was last week’s headlines that I am sure most fans will have rejoiced at. What many will have missed is the statement at the end of the press release confirming that yet again the Share Scheme had helped to fund Junior’s new deal.
Under the Share Scheme agreement we have promised to commit 20% of income to team building. That is some £2,800 monthly. We are proud to have been able to support Junior’s original transfer fee to the tune of £75,000 paid in 30 monthly instalments of £2,500. The last payment was made in November 2005 and we have been looking to support Junior again.
Junior’s 22 goals last season were undoubtedly one of the few highlights in an otherwise disappointing season. Many fans had come to the Supporters Club and asked us to do what we can to keep Junior at the club. We are pleased to have been able to play a part in enabling him to stay and sign his new contract.
All Share Scheme members should feel very proud of the part they are playing in keeping our club alive. History will never forget how Andy Rammell helped keep us from the Conference thanks to the Supporters Club Share Scheme helping to fund his wages. Junior has already made a significant contribution and I am sure will continue to do so. We also have the bonus that if Junior follows the likes of Jason Roberts, Barry Hales, Marcus Stewart, Nathan Ellington, Bobby Zamora and Gareth Taylor, in bringing in a big transfer fees, the Supporters Club Share Scheme has a sell on clause that will earn 10% of transfer fee profit to buy even more shares, thus increasing our stake in the club.
The Supporters Club is also mindful of the fan’s feelings towards Ryan Williams and if we are able to help Ryan get a new contract we will be delighted to do so.
With the recent improved showings from our team, now is surely the time to get back behind the Supporters Club share scheme. Maximum points from our last three league games and a narrow defeat against Vale in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday have helped to bring a buzz back to the Memorial stadium again.
The share scheme needs the support now as much as ever, and if the team are to continue to improve, we the supporters can make the difference.
You can join (or rejoin) at both Pirate Leisure and 199 at Kingswood. Additionally, we have share scheme advisors at home matches and a downloadable application form, which can be found on the Share Scheme section of our website. Completed and signed forms can be handed in or posted to 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Pirate Leisure, the match day portakabin or the Share Scheme caravan.
The support has been fantastic despite all the expense of the recent away fixtures we have had. Lets keep it up and give all the support our boys need over Christmas.
Finally the Supporters Club would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope to be writing again in the New Year for you.
Winning ticket number for Tuesday night’s 50/50 draw was 29926, which won a prize of £727.
With this week’s Saturday edition of the Green ‘Un being the last ever and the publication now effectively becoming a pull out within the Bristol Evening Post with effect from January, it is uncertain whether or not we will continue to have a column in the new format.
We are doing all we can to secure one and will keep you all informed as to our progress. In the meantime, we would like to say thankyou, especially to Chris Swift, for the opportunity to communicate directly with our fellow supporters via the local press.