Middlesbrough Supporters Forum……Meeting 22

Held at Middlesbrough FC.Riverside Stadium,Middlesbrough-7pm. November 12th 2018.

Attendees were: –

Caroline Walker Chair – Middlesbrough Supporters Forum

Peter Hodgson Secretary – Middlesbrough Supporters Forum

Christopher Joseph President – Middlesbrough Supporters Forum

Rob Nichols Fly Me to the Moon Fanzine

Yvonne Ferguson Middlesbrough FC

Jim Wilson MOSC

Dave Roberts Red Army TV

David Joyes Middlesbrough F C

Mark Motley MSS

Apologies for non-availability were received from the following members:-

Paddy Cronesberry MDSA

John Donovan Twelfth Man

Per normal practice, after circulation to all parties by e-mail, the minutes of meeting 20 were accepted as read.

The Forum officially congratulated Yvonne on her award nomination

From previous meeting:

Item: MSF Funding stimulated a robust debate on the objectives of the Forum and its future format. The key objectives from the Constitution were read out. Prolonged debate centred around getting back to the objectives the Forum was set up to achieve and how this could be achieved.

Many views were aired and two decisions reached and voted for unanimously.

Decision: Two guest chairs would be made available to fans each month to inject new ideas

Decision: An away fan would be asked to join the beginning of the meeting via Skype

It was also decided to issue a media release to local press detailing the above and the successes to date of the Forum

Item: Update on FSF meeting

RN gave feedback on the meeting and issues discussed including maximum ticket pricing, Supporters Direct merger, safe standing, weather postponement, role of supporter liaison officers, broadcast dictating kick-off times, concessions, pay on the gate.

RN also reminded members that the FSF has a legal service for fans caught up in issues such as the recent events at Elland Road

New items:

DR asked the club representatives for the club’s stance on racism following an incident at Stoke City. DR gave the meeting details as he knew it. DJ/YF confirmed that the home club/police lead on investigations but MFC will take action against individuals if appropriate.

MOSC extended an invitation for MSF representatives to speak at a future meeting. This was accepted.

Safe standing update from CJ. CJ has asked Andy McDonald MP if he wished to accompany MSF representatives to Celtic Park to see rail seating in action. Also planned to contact new Sports Minister with same offer.