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2018

May 18 – Elections conclude

Local elections conclude, Conservatives maintain a small majority.

Mar 18 – Another Council meeting

Met again with the Council to discuss the process, informed that our bid would not progress until some time after the local elections, with a cabinet reshuffle expected later in the year.

Mar 18 – County Ground AGM Update

Mar 18 – County Ground AGM Update

The meeting was well attended and started with a review of the year just gone, covering the events that followed the 2017 AGM, and the Fans Meeting held last May. Following extensive due diligence, a proposal was submitted to Swindon Borough Council in August 2017, and this was followed by..Read More

Jan 18 – Nationwide funding

Nationwide provide significant backing for our community crowdfunding bid.

2017

Oct 17 – Swindon Town bid emerges

The club put their own bid in for the stadium, giving the council another option to consider.

Sep 17 – Councillors consulted

We invited all Swindon Borough Councillors to a private consultation, to discuss our plans for the County Ground.

Aug 17 – Meeting with Crowdfunder

Aug 17 – Meeting with Crowdfunder

A meeting in Newquay with our chosen crowdfunding partners, crowdfunder.co.uk.

Aug 17 – Updated proposal to Council

Updated proposal submitted to Swindon Borough Council, with increased offer and details of potential new developments for Swindon

Jul 17 – Meeting with Goddard Estate

We met with representatives of the Goddard Estate to talk about our plans.

Jul 17 – £1m matched funding agreed

Matched funding agreed to support our stadium campaign.

Jul 17 – Meeting with Developer

Excellent meetings and discussions with potential Town End development partner.

May 17 – Fans Meeting

May 17 – Fans Meeting

 This TrustSTFC Fans Meeting brought Town fans together at a local Swindon venue to discuss the County Ground bid and the future of the club. The day had started with the Swindon Advertiser revealing that we had reached out to former Swindon Town Chief Executive Nick Watkins, asking for advice..Read More

Apr 17 – Red Army Fund takes off

Trust ‘Red Army Fund’ contributors rises from 125 (gained over two years) to almost 350 in a matter of weeks, off the back of County Ground work.

Mar 17 – Fans asked about County Ground

Mar 17 – Fans asked about County Ground

Trust AGM is held and the question is asked – good idea or not?

Mar 17 – County Ground AGM

Mar 17 – County Ground AGM

The AGM asked fans if they were interested in purchasing the County Ground, and also introduced the theme of ‘Let’s work together’ – meaning we want fans, club, media and council to join forces and make a bright future for Swindon Town. It was a two way discussion with Town supporters invited..Read More

Feb 17 – Football Fun Day

Feb 17 – Football Fun Day

One of the long term goals of TrustSTFC is to ensure that local families and schoolchildren get an interest in Swindon Town FC, and so back in February 2017 we decided to run a FREE football fun day for local primary school children, to help promote the club. A registration..Read More

Feb 17 – Derby Day Tifo Support

Feb 17 – Derby Day Tifo Support

Alongside the Swindon Town Supporters Club, we were delighted to help out the Great Western Reds for their fan display against Oxford. Hats off to the lads who put in a massive amount of effort. It was the brightest part of a miserable afternoon at the County Ground… If you haven’t read the..Read More

Jan 17 – Trust Hero Award

Jan 17 – Trust Hero Award

Our first Trust Hero award went to Roger Bunce… Roger joined the Supporters Club Committee in 1997 and is the promoter of the 50/50 halftime draw, which with a small band of dedicated sellers is a main fundraiser. enabling funding to the academy and numerous refurbishments around the County Ground...Read More

Jan 17 – TrustSTFC.TV Launched

Jan 17 – TrustSTFC.TV Launched

We believe that a football club is at its best when it allows its fans to communicate and have their say. While we’ve been quick to put across our views in the past, through the local press and our own online platforms, we’ve occasionally neglected the views of the fans..Read More

2016

Aug 16 – STFC Pro-Red

Aug 16 – STFC Pro-Red

We played a big part in a relaunch of the STFC Pro-Red initiative.

Jun 16 – Trust Ground Offer Submitted

Jun 16 – Trust Ground Offer Submitted

Formal £1.1m offer is submitted by letter to the Council, requesting that a deal be arranged for the sale of the County Ground and for the transaction to be completed by March 2018.

Mar 16 – 5k to Coventry

Mar 16 – 5k to Coventry

We didn’t hit the target but the away end of the Ricoh Arena was painted red by 2,442 Town fans, who roared their team on for the full 90 minutes but Swindon couldn’t quite get the dream result that many were hoping for. The campaign, which was backed by the Swindon..Read More

2015

Dec 15 – Meeting with Sangita and Council

Trust Representatives Steve Mytton, Mike Welsh and James Phipps meet again with Council Leader David Renard, Councillor Garry Perkins and Head of Property Assets, Rob Richards.  Sangita Shah is present on behalf of Swindon Town FC to discuss the lease and the Trust proposal to purchase the County Ground. The..Read More

Oct 15 – Don Rogers 70th Birthday

Oct 15 – Don Rogers 70th Birthday

We delivered our legend a special celebratory cake at his store in Swindon. You can watch the video by clicking on the timeline date above..

Aug 15 – Red Army Fund relaunched

Aug 15 – Red Army Fund relaunched

The Red Army Fund is relaunched as a general fundraising vehicle, aimed at delivering the TrustSTFC Five Year Vision. A new website supports the launch.

Jul 15 – Meeting with Sangita Shah

Trust representatives Mike Welsh and John Ward meet with Sangita Shah in London to discuss the Trust purchase of the County Ground on behalf of Swindon Town supporters. A number of club benefits were proposed and a  Memorandum of Understanding is provided, explaining the proposed terms and clauses, as well..Read More

Jul 15 – Second Council Meeting

The same group meet to discuss how the Trust would like to see the County Ground and surrounding area developed. David Renard suggests the approach of a full round table meeting with Swindon Town FC representatives.

Mar 15 – Trust in Youth

Mar 15 – Trust in Youth

“Trust in Youth” initiated with the aim of bringing closer ties between Swindon Town and the Wiltshire Youth Football Leagues.

Mar 15 – First Council Meeting

Trust representatives Steve Mytton and Mike Welsh meet with Council Leader David Renard, as well as Councillor Garry Perkins and Head of Property Assets, Rob Richards. The sale of the County Ground to Swindon Town supporters was the only agenda item, with the Council retaining determined clauses in the sale..Read More

Mar 15 – When Harry Met Sammy

Mar 15 – When Harry Met Sammy

We had a special afternoon in the company of Harry Toffolo and Sam Parkin, who joined us to visit three schools within the Town. This supports our TrustSTFC vision of “Past, Present & Future” in that Sam represents ‘The Past’, Harry represents ‘The Present’, and the Children in the Schools..Read More

Jan 15 – Ticket Pricing Proposal

“Fill the Ground” Season ticket proposal is submitted to Swindon Town. Proposal is not accepted but we see much reduced Match Day walk-up price reductions for children the following season.

Jan 15 – Harry Toffolo

Jan 15 – Harry Toffolo

SWINDON Town fans came to the aid of their club to help ensure that Harry Toffolo remained at the County Ground until the end of the season. The 19-year-old defender had been a revelation since his arrival at the club, both on and off the pitch, and was quickly becoming a fans’..Read More

Jan 15 – Educational website launched

Jan 15 – Educational website launched

A new Trust in Schools website is launched within Swindon Schools, aimed at educating youngsters on the rich and fabulous history of Swindon Town. The website – www.learnaboutstfc.co.uk – supports the Trust’s theme of ‘past present and future’. It aims to give pupils the chance to read about the history of the..Read More

2014

Dec 14 – Roof Funding Meeting

Trust met with potential donors for stadium improvements.

Nov 14 – Trust Family Day

Nov 14 – Trust Family Day

First Trust Family Day sees a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town; around 3,500 free tickets were distributed through the School partnership and the Stratton Bank was full with young Town fans. We had originally agreed with the club somewhere in the region of 800-1,200 free tickets, but once the numbers..Read More

Nov 14 – School Visits

Nov 14 – School Visits

Current Striker Jonathan Obika and Wes Foderingham were joined by Club Legend John Trollope to talk about Swindon Town at a local school. This was the first of many planned school visits by Swindon Town players of past and present, and it was a special occasion as Abbey Meads Primary..Read More

Oct 14 – Trust In Schools

Oct 14 – Trust In Schools

Established “Trust in Schools” School partnership. Over 30 primary schools throughout the Borough signed up, with the aim of reconnecting children and their families with their local football club.

Oct 14 – 1000 Trust Members

Oct 14 – 1000 Trust Members

The Trust membership reaches the 1000 mark after several months of sign-up sessions outside the stadium.

Jan 14 – County Ground ACV

Jan 14 – County Ground ACV

Secured the designation of the County Ground as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The ACV status is an essential tool to protect the continued use of our home for football. The stadium was one of the first buildings in the town to be given the protected status by Swindon..Read More

2013

Apr 13 – Meeting with Jed

Apr 13 – Meeting with Jed

SWINDON Town board members rejected claims that they had personally taken £200,000 out of the club in consultancy charges and pledged to holding monthly fans meetings during talks between themselves and representatives of two supporters’ groups. Chairman Jed McCrory and general manager Steve Murrall were present at the event, organised..Read More

Jan 13 – Paolo Di Canio Offer

TrustSTFC offered the club the contents of the Red Army Fund to help pay for additional loan signings after manager Paolo di Canio was unable to obtain the money from the club. In the fraught circumstances of the time however the club declined the offer.

2009

Mar 09 – Gordon Greer

TrustSTFC used the Red Army Fund to pay for the loan of Gordon Greer, who signed permanently a few months later and was made club captain.

2007

Dec 07 – New Owners

A sale was however completed and the Trust welcomed the new owners, Andrew Fitton’s consortium.

Oct 07 – Protests

After the club failed to pay the final CVA payment and another takeover seemed to stall, the Trust called for protests against the board.

2006

Dec 06 – Orange Campaign

TrustSTFC called for the club to enter negotiations with the Fans Consortium. It accused club directors of misleading shareholders at the AGM in regards to the final instalment of the Creditors Voluntary Agreement (CVA), due in June 2007, and said that the Fans Consortium would take the club off ‘life..Read More

Oct 06 – Fans Consortium

A Fans Consortium was proposed, which caused a backlash from the Wills family who then owned the club. Later it was announced that Bill Power backed the Fans Consortium.

Apr 06 – Bill Power

After relegation into League 2 TrustSTFC announced that it backed Bill Power and his investment into the club.

Feb 06 – Councillor Talks

TrustSTFC called on Councillors to help secure the club’s future in the borough.

2005

Feb 05 – Michael Proctor

Michael Proctor became the first player to be financed through the Red Army Fund…and scored the winner on his STFC debut.

2004

May 04 – Stadium Talks

After the failure of the club to get plans through for a new ground at Shaw Forest, TrustSTFC started a petition asking the Council to consult with the club about the possibility and location of a new stadium. Thanks to the Trust’s initiative in collecting some 4,000 signatures and its..Read More

2003

Mar 03 – Original Red Army Fund Launched

TrustSTFC announced the launch of the Red Army Fund, jointly with the Supporters Club and STFC. This is ‘ring-fenced’ for the purpose of paying for improvements to the SwindonTown squad.

2002

Dec 02 – Fan Board Membership Attempt

TrustSTFC tried, unsucessfully, to get Justin Tomlinson as a ‘fan on the board’. Justin was subsequently elected MP for Swindon North. He remains an active member of the Trust and supports the principle of fan involvement in Parliament.

Jun 02 – First Donation

TrustSTFC donated £8k to help pay for the club’s Wanborough training base for the year.

Mar 02 – First Public Meeting

With the club losing £5k a day and on the verge of administration for a second time, the Trust held a public meeting and announced that it wanted to play a more active role in the club’s survival: the Trust was particularly concerned about the debenture hanging over the club.

2001

Jul 01 – TrustSTFC Launched

TrustSTFC was launched, aiming to raise £500k.