Statement from the Board of Slough Town Supporters Trust
The Trust board would like to add its support to the recent statement issued by the Club’s board of Directors.
Whilst we would all love to be back cheering on our clubs, we feel at this particular time there are more important steps that need to be taken to ensure that we can get back to as normal as possible as soon as possible.
As a Trust, we consider the welfare of everyone involved in the sport whether playing, coaching, officiating, volunteering, or spectating as paramount. When we are all being asked to follow the Lockdown guidelines and restrict any journey to essential journeys only and restrict contact to close family bubbles only, it is difficult to substantiate the need for players, officials, volunteers etc to travel outside of their local areas with the added possibility of carrying the virus with them or returning home carrying the virus back.
As per the club’s statement, we as supporters have seen the club come through some very difficult times with careful stewardship and we do not wish the burden of a long-term debt to detract from the advances we have made over the last few years.
As a supporter’s trust we appreciate many supporters view watching football as a major leisure outlet and in some cases their only opportunity to meet friends etc. However, we have come so far now in beginning to suppress the virus and of course with the roll out of vaccinations, we agree with the club’s stance to write this season off and to, hopefully begin the next season refreshed and better equipped to tackle whatever this Virus throws up, It will also provide the players etc with some certainty and enable them to concentrate on their main source of income without having to worry about how many occasions they will have to find time to play all of the games still outstanding and give them some quality family time which was denied them last year.
We appreciate that this view will not be shared by all supporters, but we feel this is the best option for our club, player’s, staff, volunteers etc in the longer term.
Slough Town Supporters Trust Board
The Trust are sad to advise that Bryan Gallon, a long servant of the club and a supporter for many years has sadly passed away.
Bryan was one of the group of supporters that spent many Sunday mornings upgrading and building the terracing at Wexham Park and although moving to Dorset several years ago would always come to Arbour Park with his family when visiting them in Slough.
Our condolences to the Gallon family.
The Trust is happy to announce that it is continuing with its sponsorship of Slough Ladies this season, by sponsoring the tracksuit trousers of both teams.
We wish both ladies teams all the best this season, especially given the current situation and issues in getting the games played.
Trust members (2019-20) will soon be receiving our Annual Review through the post, or via email.
Normally we would have held our annual AGM to provide details of the past year, and what we have coming in the next, but given the world that we currently find ourselves living in, this is just not possible.
So we have decided that the AGM will be postponed, with the Annual Review taking its place.
If you have any questions, or want to follow up on any points from the review, please do not hesitiate to contact us.
Further news on our Away Day coaches.
We are getting closer to the time where we can start up again, but that magic date is still unknown.
It has now been decided that fans are allowed back into matches, but only for clubs that are based in Tier 1 and Tier 2, and then for home fans only. So, until the decision has been made that grounds can take in away fans, our hands are tied.
Fingers crossed that this day will be soon, epecially now the vaccine is being rolled out.
Unfortunately, as you are aware the Current Covid-19 outbreak has curtailed fans involvment in attending matches. The Trust Board is continuing to be involved with Slough Town FC and the local community through these unprecedented times, and will provide updates, as and when the Trust receives updates from the football club and the government.
We can only hope that we can provide the Rebels fans with coach travel to away matches again, soon.
We are very proud to hear the announcement, that one of our previous chairmen, has today, become the new chairman of Slough Town FC.
We wish Mike Lightfoot all the best in his new endeavours, and know from personal experiences that he will do an excellent job.