Friday, 13 December 2013

Statement: Hull City Name Change

Statement: Hull City Name Change

"In light of the news that Hull City's owner Dr Assem Allam has announced his intention to officially change the club's name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers the Chelsea Supporters Trust would like to back Hull City Supporters and their "No To Hull Tigers" campaign.

We call on The FA to ensure proper supporter consultation and to respect the wishes of Hull City supporters on this matter."

-- Chelsea Supporters Trust

Please help the campaign by signing the online petition, found here.

The FA's statement can be found here.

You can also keep up to date with the campaign on Facebook and on Twitter and by using the hashtag #NoToHullTigers

For more information on the campaign visit the City Till We Die supporters group website here.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Monday, 9 December 2013

Loyalty Points Survey Results

Chelsea Supporters Trust Loyalty Points Survey Results

Following the first SGM of the season held on Sunday December 1st after the Southampton home game, the Chelsea Supporters Trust is pleased to present the initial results of our Loyalty Point survey, conducted last month.

The Trust would like to thank the 470+ members who took part in the survey. A full analysis in conjunction with our Premier League ticketing benchmarking report will be produced in the new year.

You can find the initial Loyalty Point survey results summary here.

In line with other motions passed at August's AGM, there were also reports presented at the SGM on Viagogo and Secondary Ticket Agencies and Safe Standing, which can be found here and here, respectively.

The SGM was well attended and we would like to thank all attendees for a productive meeting. The minutes and podcast of the meeting can be found here. In future, as per Trust policy, we hope to broadcast meetings live to our members online.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Party Update - The Final Countdown!

Christmas Party Update - The Final Countdown!

After a hectic few weeks of planning, preparation, and ticket sales, we’ve hit the final countdown to SW6’s biggest party night. Yes, the Chelsea Supporters Trust Christmas Party 2013, being held at The Black Bull, Fulham Road, on Friday 13th December, is now just a week away!

And if you haven’t already blagged your place, don't worry. A very limited number of tickets are left (priced at £5 for members and £10 for non-members, including Trust membership for one year) and can be reserved on a first-come-first served basis to collect on the night from The deadline to reserve any remaining tickets is 9pm Thursday 12th December.

As we speak, the Trust Board are dusting off their party frocks (and that’s just the boys) so here’s a reminder of the timetable for the big night:

7.00pm – doors open; mulled wine will be available to help kick-start the festive mood

7.30pm – food served; amongst the delights on offer will be pigs in blankets, chicken satay, meatballs, platters, breads, and cheeseboard.

There’ll be music and dancing (Theresa is adamant about this) till midnight with guest DJs on hand, and don’t forget that Mark Worrall will be signing copies of "Making History Not Reliving It - A Decade of Roman's Rule at Chelsea", co-authored with Kelvin Barker and David Johnstone, which you can buy at a special price of just £10 (subject to availability). More info on the book can be found here.

There could even be the odd surprise during the course of the night.  

And just in case you can’t face the journey home afterwards, a number of local hotels have rooms available at the time of writing; 

La Reserve, Fulham Road (probably the best value in terms of cost and proximity)

Millennium & Copthorne Hotel at Chelsea 

Jury’s Inn Chelsea

It's going to be a Blue Christmas!

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter November 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter November 2013

CST Special General Meeting this Sunday

A quick reminder that the next Chelsea Supporters Trust Special General Meeting will be held after the Southampton game on Sunday 1st December at 18:15. This is your chance to get an update on the current status of various CST initiatives (e.g. the ticketing survey) and to question the board on relevant issues.

The venue will be the CIU Club at 71, Britannia Road, SW6 2JR (where the CST launch meeting was held) just over the road from the West Stand entrance to Stamford Bridge. It is not anticipated the meeting will last longer than 75 minutes or so.

The SGM agenda, which includes updates on a number of key initiatives passed as AGM motions, can be found here.

The meeting is open to voting members only. If you are not already a member and would like to attend you can either join via our website before Sunday or sign up on the door on the night.

There is a limit on the size of the meeting room so, if you would like to attend please email us at If you attend without notifying us, there is a small possibility that you will not get in.

We look forward to seeing as many you as possible at the meeting – it is one of four a year we are committed to hold and gives you, our members, a chance to make your voice heard.

Forthcoming Chelsea Fans' Forum

The agenda for the next Fans Forum on Sunday December 1st has now been published. The specific issues to be covered are as follows:

  • Thomas Cook 
  • Security 
  • Ticketing 
  • Atmosphere 

A number of these issues were covered in the CST survey, and in resultant motions passed after the August AGM. The CST representative, Julian Beattie, will be taking these results to the Forum.

If you have any other specific points on these topics that you would like to be raised, please email by this Thursday evening, so we can collate and identify any new points for Julian to raise at the Forum.

CST Christmas Party – Friday 13th December

A reminder that the CST Xmas Party is at the Black Bull on Friday 13th December. Details on how to obtain tickets can be found here.

There are only a few tickets left, so to ensure you get one, we’d suggest booking yours as soon as possible by emailing Cost is £5 for full members and £10 for everyone else, to include cost of CST membership.

We’ll be back next month with the latest news from the Chelsea Supporters Trust.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Friday, 15 November 2013

Special General Meeting Sunday 1st December

Chelsea Supporters Trust Special General Meeting Sunday 1st December 18:15

As mentioned in October's newsletter, the next Chelsea Supporters Trust Special General Meeting will be held after the Southampton game on Sunday 1st December at 18:15. The venue will be the CIU Club at 71, Britannia Road, SW6 2JR (where the CST launch meeting was held) just over the road from the West Stand entrance to Stamford Bridge.

The CST's first ever AGM, held in August.

A meeting agenda will be circulated in the next few days on the website. The purpose of the meeting, one of four members' meetings the CST Board is committed to hold every year, is to update members with progress on key activities since August's AGM including the results of the recent ticketing and loyalty point survey. The agenda will advise how members can submit motions.

There is a limit on the size of the meeting room so, if you would like to attend please email us at

Unfortunately, we do not anticipate having access to the internet for this meeting so members who cannot attend in person will be unable to participate live through our audio streaming and chat services. The meeting will however be tweeted live through our twitter account and subsequently released as a podcast with accompanying minutes, as per usual.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Monday, 4 November 2013

Ticketing and Loyalty Point Survey

In-Depth Ticketing and Loyalty Point Survey

Today, the Chelsea Supporters Trust initiated the first in-depth survey of its membership, on the subject of ticketing and loyalty points. The survey, uniquely tied to each member's email address, was emailed to members this morning, Monday 4th November, at midnight.

The survey takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is open until Saturday 16th November. New members who join before Wednesday 13th November will be given a chance to complete the survey. Sign up now from the homepage to have your say.

If you are a member who has not received the survey, please check your junk email folder. If you still cannot find it, please get in touch from the email address below.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Friday, 1 November 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter October 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter October 2013

With the 2013/14 season now well underway, the Chelsea Supporters Trust continues to gain momentum, with a busy schedule of meetings and planning for future events.

Board Activities

Monthly Board meetings are now taking place which reflect the day-to-day running of the Trust, such as crucial social media presence, and how to grow the membership as well as ensuring we take forward initiatives on the various AGM motions. Minutes from October's board meeting are available here.

The CST made its debut at the Fans Forum prior to the Fulham game on 21st September, with Julian Beattie representing the Trust.

Members of the Trust Board also met senior executives of Chelsea FC on 14th October in what Chairman Tim Rolls described as a “useful and interesting meeting” – notes from the meeting are available on the website here.

The CST's first SGM in April

CST in the Community

On 12th October, the international break provided an opportunity for the Trust to get out into the local community with a view to building strong relations with the residents. Taking advantage of a crisp, sunny, autumnal day, a team of volunteers traipsed the streets on the south side of Stamford Bridge putting leaflets through hundreds of doors - at the same time being wary to avoid those marked ‘no circulars’. A similar exercise will take place targeting Earls Court and Parsons Green on the Saturday of the next international break. Some interesting feedback was received which we will pass to the appropriate bodies.

Christmas Party

As we’re now in Autumn, it won’t be long until the festive season is upon us, and the Chelsea Supporters Trust are delighted to announce that a Christmas Party will take place at The Black Bull pub, Fulham Road, on Friday 13th December. Admission will be just £5 for full CST members, with admission available to non-voting members at £10, which will include an upgrade to full membership of the Trust. There will be music and food included in the admission price, and it promises to be a very special event to mark the end of the first full year of the Trust’s existence.

Mark Worrall will be launching his new book about Roman Abramovich's first ten years at Chelsea. Anyone buying on the night will get their copy for £10 instead of the RRP of £16.99.

Tickets for the party are available from

Special General Meeting

The CST will be holding a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Sunday 1st December, after the home game against Southampton (time and venue to be confirmed). As well as an update on a series of initiatives relating to the motions passed at the AGM, this meeting will give members the opportunity to put questions to the new Trust Board, not just in person, but also via Mixlr, where the meeting will be broadcast live.

CST Launch meeting in February


Finally, we’re delighted to say that the badge for our full voting members, carrying the Trust crest, has now been signed off and we are awaiting delivery. Badges should be available at the Christmas Party on 13th December, and will also subsequently be available to collect from the cfcuk stall.

CST on Matchdays

As usual, a member of the Trust Board will be available at the cfcuk stall for 90 minutes on matchdays to answers members’ queries and not only sign up new members, but also upgrade non-voting members to full membership, with the added bonus of being able to purchase tickets for the Christmas Social. Theresa Magee will be present before the West Bromwich Albion match on 9th November between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

cfcuk stall on matchdays

There's More...

Walter Otton's #ROE2RO eBook (from Gate 17) with all royalties going to charity:

Jon Darch from the Safe Standing Roadshow interview on the Chelsea Fancast (video):

Lists of Chelsea Supporter Clubs, football journalists, fellow Trusts and supporter organisations and famous Blues on Twitter:

Been to an away game this season? The FSF is conducting a survey on the experiences of away supporters:

We’ll be back next month with the latest news from the Chelsea Supporters Trust.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Stewarding and Policing at Arsenal League Cup fixture

Stewarding and Policing at Arsenal League Cup fixture

The Chelsea Supporters Trust notes with great concern the significant amount of feedback we have received with regard to both policing and stewarding outside The Emirates before last night's game.

Amanda Jacks from the Football Supporters Federation is gathering feedback from Chelsea supporters who experienced problems last night and has asked that any such feedback be emailed to her at Amanda will then take the matter forward with the appropriate authorities.

Chelsea supporters queuing 10 minutes after kick off.  (picture courtesy of CST member Michelle Brand)

We thank you in advance for any feedback you have on the matter.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Schalke Away Ticket Pricing - Update

Chelsea Supporters Trust
Schalke Away Ticket Pricing

Since ticket prices were announced last week, there has been some understandable heat generated amongst Chelsea supporters about the 57 Euro price of Schalke away tickets for the game later this month.  Tickets for the game can be purchased for as little as 17 Euros by Schalke members, for seats in the cheapest category. 

The Chelsea Supporters Trust analysed the ticketing information (for both this game and their two other CL group games) on the Schalke website.  The facts are these :-

·         Schalke are charging higher prices (for all categories) for the Chelsea game than for their ties against Basel (52 Euros for away section) or Steaua (38 Euros), which they are fully entitled to do under current UEFA regulations.

·         The Chelsea section is classified as Category 2 in a five category pricing structure.  On examination of the categories on the Veltins Arena stadium map this seems correct in terms of classification, although whether an away section corner seat justifies being rated category 2 out of 5 is, at the very least, arguable.

·         Schalke are giving a 5 Euro discount to their members for Category 2 (a discount rising to 10 Euros for categories 3 and 4). Given that all Chelsea supporters attending the game will be members or season ticket holders, it is at least arguable whether they should attract the same 5 Euro discount - for Schalke to not offer it feels discriminatory unless Chelsea have an agreement in place with them (as per UEFA Safety & Security Regulations 2006 Article 19.3). 

The CST raised these points with Chelsea, as an aside pointing out the irony that a leading German football club, from a league held up as a role model in terms of cheap pricing structure, charges 40% more to Chelsea fans for away tickets than we charge their supporters to enter Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea replied saying they were in dialogue with Schalke on the matter and would update the club website should there be any changes.  Accepting there is may be only so much Chelsea can do on the issue we decided to try and investigate directly.  After representation from the CST, Supporters Direct looked into the issue.  Handily, an SD member, Stuart Dykes, is a Schalke supporter with good contacts at, and understanding of, the club.

He looked into the matter and gave the following response (repeated in full), which may not give the answer Chelsea supporters want but at least gives some further clarification :-

“The tickets are priced the same as the sections immediately to the left and right of the away section (category 2), with the exception that Schalke fans in those sections who are both members of club and season-ticket holders pay a couple of Euros less. Schalke fans who do not meet these criteria are charged the same as away fans. These are the sections to be drawn on for comparison purposes, not the cheaper seats in the North Stand. This has been approved by UEFA.

At European games the seats in the North Stand are occupied entirely by fans who have a standing season ticket (category 5). This will be the reason why their tickets are less expensive than those for Schalke fans (and away fans) at the other end of the ground.

You could argue, I suppose, that tickets for seats in the away section that would normally be within the away standing area should also be cheaper, but I suspect this has been tried and rejected before.”

Hopefully Chelsea will get somewhere in terms of the 5 Euro members differential, but if Schalke do not give a positive response to this, it is likely we will work with Supporters Direct and other club trusts on a joint representation to UEFA to try and address this anomaly for future seasons.

The CST sees investigating and challenging such issues as a core activity and are happy to take up such matters with clubs, UEFA and other stakeholders as and when appropriate.  We feel it is to Chelsea’s credit that they do not apply discriminatory pricing to Champions League group games (all tickets are £35 for both home and away supporters for all three games) but, as things stand, there is nothing to prevent other clubs differentiating as Schalke have done.

Please watch this space for updated information. The News page and Blog pages will be updated whenever there is progress or information to pass on.

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter September 2013

Chelsea Supporters Trust Newsletter September 2013

Annual General Meeting

The start of the new football season has seen a flurry of activity at the Chelsea Supporters Trust, with the Annual General Meeting taking place at Stamford Bridge the day 
before the first game of the season against Hull. The AGM was preceded by a hugely enjoyable tour of West Brompton Cemetery, particularly focussing on graves connected with Chelsea FC.

The AGM was well attended, and further boosted by the input of those attending via Mixlr. The Membership were asked to consider motions driven by the Membership Survey held in the Spring, before going away to vote on these electronically. 

At the AGM a series of motions (1-8 below) were presented by the working group, as well as a motion (9 below) from the floor. The topics of the motions were driven by the results of the recent membership survey. 

Results of AGM Motions

Following the electronic voting process, the results of the motions were as follows:-

Motion 1 (Finance) Yes 78.5%
Motion 2 (Affiliation to FSF and SD) Yes 98.1%
Motion 3 (Fans Forum Membership) Yes 96.2%
Motion 4 (Future of Stamford Bridge) Yes 80.2%
Motion 5 (Safe Standing and Atmosphere Concerns) Yes 90.5%
Motion 6 (Viagogo and other Secondary Ticketing Agencies) Yes 89.8%
Motion 7 (Ticketing / Supporter Issues) Yes 98.1%
Motion 8 (Football In the Community) Yes 93.6%
Motion 9 (Not dealing with Sky media outlets) Yes 56.8%

These provide a clear steer to the board in terms of priorities, and work is currently taking place to translate this into clear action plans. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Board Election Results

Following the election process (using an independent scrutineer from Fulham Supporters Trust), the CST now has an elected board. At the first CST Board meeting on 5th September, the following roles were allocated amongst the nine elected members following a series of votes:-

Chair - Tim Rolls
Vice Chair - Neil Beard
Treasurer / Website - Stuart Kinner
Communications - David Chidgey
Membership - Celia Mindelsohn

Stakeholder Relationships - Cliff Auger / David Johnstone
Overseas Membership Focal Point - Julian Beattie (who is also 2013/14 Fans Forum rep)
Trust Administration / Social Events - Theresa Magee

Paul Jeffrey will continue as CST secretary, an ex-officio position. Non-voting co-optees will be nominated to the board as appropriate and Ross Mooring was co-opted onto the CST board as Social Media focal point.

Board members are now considering their own areas of responsibility to see how they can best be carried out prior to the next Board meeting on 19th September.

Other News

  • A sample of the badge that will be distributed to Trust members has arrived and is currently being considered by the Board.
  • We have been approached by individuals who received banning orders from Chelsea after incidents at the games at Aston Villa and in Amsterdam last season, asking for help. We are providing advice and guidance as appropriate, ensuring they liaise with the FSF and understand the club appeals process.
  • As part of our desire for closer liaison with the local community we will be leafleting local businesses and residents next month, trying to build closer relationships and identify their issues and concerns.
  • The home game against Fulham on 21st September (17:30 kick off) will see the return of a CST presence at the CFCUK stall opposite Fulham Broadway Tube Station. For 90 minutes prior to each weekend game, a Trust Board member will be on hand to answer any queries members have. This will also give an additional opportunity to those of you who are currently non-voting members to become paid-up members of the Trust. You can, of course, upgrade to full membership at any time on the CST website.

We’ll be back next month with the latest news from the Chelsea Supporters Trust – making your voice heard.

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Statement: Recent Bans of Chelsea Supporters

Statement: Recent Bans of Chelsea Supporters

"The Chelsea Supporters Trust notes that a number of seemingly draconian supporter bans from Stamford Bridge were implemented yesterday. We are extremely concerned about this issue, are currently looking into the exact circumstances of these bans and, where deemed appropriate, will be looking to help those concerned."

Chelsea Supporters Trust

Monday, 12 August 2013

Guided Tour of Brompton Cemetery with Rick Glanvill

Guided Tour of Brompton Cemetery with Rick Glanvill

The Chelsea Supporters Trust is delighted to confirm details of the guided tour of Brompton Cemetery with official Chelsea historian and author Rick Glanvill, prior to our inaugural AGM and election at Stamford Bridge.

The tour will be starting at 11:30am by the South Lodge of Brompton Cemetery, just inside the southern entrance on the Fulham Road, less than a five minute walk to the east of Stamford Bridge. To take your place on the tour you must be a paid member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust by this Thursday, 15th August.

Rick's tour will detail Chelsea Football Club's unique history and relationship with the cemetery, including the stories behind some of Chelsea's directors and chairmen, including founder Gus Mears.

For a map of the area and meeting point, please click here.

To become a paid member, please register via the homepage of this website (selecting Renew Your Membership - Individual from the Payment tab). Membership costs £5 per year and also entitles you to attend the AGM and vote in the board election and raise and vote on motions.

The AGM will take place shortly after the tour at 2pm at the Attenborough Suite of the Copthorne Hotel at Stamford Bridge, also on the Fulham Road, kindly allowed us by Chelsea FC.

If you plan to attend the tour and AGM, please email us at so we can gauge numbers ahead of time. Numbers are limited to 50 people for the AGM and priority will be given to those who have emailed their attendance.


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Thursday, 1 August 2013

AGM Notice & Board Elections with Guided Tour of Brompton Cemetery

AGM Notice & Board Elections with Guided Tour of Brompton Cemetery with Rick Glanvill

The Chelsea Supporters Trust is happy to confirm details of its first Annual General Meeting and Board Elections, to take place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday August 17th at 14:00, open to paid members of the Trust.

Before the AGM, official Chelsea FC historian and author Rick Glanvill will be holding a tour of nearby Brompton Cemetery, talking about its history and unique relationship with Chelsea Football Club. This one-off opportunity to learn about Chelsea and its past, in the shadow of Stamford Bridge, is open to all Trust members.

The tour will take place at 11:30 with final details, including the meeting point, to be issued from the website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Background on the Chelsea Supporters Trust:

The idea to form an official trust for Chelsea supporters was first mooted in 2002 when a group of supporters approached Supporters Direct, the organisation that oversees the formation and launches of such bodies, with a view to founding a supporters trust.

However, following the arrival of Roman Abramovich at Chelsea Football Club, those involved decided against proceeding at that time. The idea was resurrected and given fresh impetus in early 2012 through public meetings, the creation of a working group and finally, the launch of the Chelsea Supporters Trust in February of this year.

The Trust is now at the stage of taking on mandates from its membership through the formation of a Trust Board at our first AGM.

If you are a Chelsea supporter, but not yet a member, we encourage you to sign up, attend and vote at the AGM!

A point from the floor at the CST Launch Meeting

What you need to know about the AGM:

  • If you would like to attend the AGM and have your say, you must be a paid member of the CST. To do so, please click on "Register" from the homepage of this website. Membership costs £5 per year. You must be a registered member by Thursday August 15th to attend the AGM and guided tour.
  • As previously publicised, to stand for election you must be a paid member of the CST and be nominated by a paid member. The deadline to stand is this Saturday night, August 3rd at midnight. Further details here.
  • The meeting will also discuss motions from the Working Group based on our recent member survey as to the Trust's direction for the next 12 months. If you are a paid member and would like to propose a motion please email, seconded by another paid member. Motions will also be taken on the day from the floor.
  • If you cannot attend the AGM and would like to vote on the board elections, should they be contested, and motions put forward at the meeting, the Trust will be taking votes online for a period of two weeks after the AGM. This process will be initiated via email.
  • The Trust will also strive to broadcast the meeting live via the Chelsea Football Fancast's Mixlr stream, dependent on internet coverage at the venue. We anticipate being able to do so and will advise via Twitter, where live updates will also be tweeted during the AGM. A podcast of the meeting will also be made available.

April's Special General Meeting at The Atlas Pub

Notice of Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual General Meeting:

This is to advise all that:

By order of the interim board, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be held at 14:00 on Saturday 17th August at the Lord Attenborough Suite of the Copthorne Hotel, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS, kindly allowed us by Chelsea FC.

"The purpose of this AGM will be to hold the Board Elections, should they be contested, vote on motions for the following year, present to the membership the results of the member survey conducted in May and to update the membership and answer any questions on general Trust business."

An agenda will be issued via the website and social media once nominations for the elections have been finalised. The notice for election can be found here.

As the capacity is limited to 50 people, should you wish to attend, please email confirming your attendance. Priority will be given to those who email in advance of the meeting.


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