Wednesday, 19 November 2014


CST to be presented with CPO Share!


We are delighted to announce that at half time of the West Brom game this Saturday, the Chelsea Supporters Trust will be officially presented with a Chelsea Pitch Owners share, signed by club legend Didier Drogba, which will be collected by CST board member Theresa Magee.


The purchase of a single CPO share was discussed by the Trust board towards the end of last season and the proposal was put to a vote at August’s AGM when over 99% of members approved the resolution, before the purchase was officially confirmed by Charles Rose, secretary for Chelsea Pitch Owners, at the beginning of this season.


The CST is pleased to now have an official say at Chelsea Pitch Owners meetings and as a democratic organisation all decisions relating to our general position and voting at CPO meetings will be put to our membership to formally decide upon.

We are also happy to advise that members of the Trust will be able to have their photographs taken with the framed share at the Special General Meeting following the game, which will be taking place at the Finborough Arms pub in West Brompton. Full information on the meeting and how to attend can be found here.


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If you are interested in becoming a Chelsea Pitch Owner, individual shares cost £100 each. The Chelsea Supporters Trust board strongly recommends becoming a shareholder. Chelsea Football Club is unique in world football for having such a scheme whereby supporters can have their say on the future of one England’s most famous stadiums.

For more information on how to purchase a share, visit the Chelsea Pitch Owners website at ChelseaFC.com





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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fan's Forum Meeting - Sat 13th Sept


First Fans' Forum Meeting of 2013/14

Chelsea have confirmed that the first Fans' Forum of the season is to take place at Stamford Bridge, Saturday 13th September, prior to the Swansea City home game (3pm kick off). The main items to be discussed at this meeting are ticketing and digital communications.

All members are welcome to contact us with any comments or issues that they would like raised by our representative and CST board member Julian Beattie by emailing fansforum@chelseasupporterstrust.com or by messaging our Twitter or Facebook accounts or leaving a comment below.

The deadline to get in touch is this Friday evening, the 29th of August.



Chelsea Supporters Trust

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Chelsea Supporters Trust welcomes club statement on study of Fulham Broadway area


Chelsea Supporters Trust welcomes club statement on study of Fulham Broadway area


The Chelsea Supporters Trust welcomes the recent announcement by Chelsea FC regarding commissioning a study of the area from Fulham Broadway town centre to Stamford Bridge and beyond.

We particularly welcome the fact that “the study will also assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries”. We note that the study specifically excludes “any design or details of a redevelopment on the stadium site” which presumably would wait until the study report has been published and decisions made.

As well as engaging stakeholders such as the local community and residents' groups, which is clearly essential, we urge the club to actively involve Chelsea supporters in the study (and the implementation of its results), which is clearly of significant importance to all Chelsea supporters.

We will pass on to those conducting the study the comments and suggestions we have received from members of the local community following extensive door to door leafleting that we have carried out in the areas around Stamford Bridge over the last year, as well as ideas we have received with regard to Brompton Cemetery.

The CST is keen to work with the various parties involved in the study, as the stadium issue is of fundamental interest to our members, as was made clear in the 2013 CST Members' Survey.



Chelsea Supporters Trust

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Monday, 2 June 2014

CST Statement on FA Commission report


CST Statement on FA Commission Report

In response to Greg Dyke's recent FA England Commission report and in conjunction with several other Premier League clubs' supporters organisations, the Chelsea Supporters Trust has released the following statement:

"While the Chelsea Supporters Trust believes in the need for reform of player development at a national level in line with the FA Commission’s identification of the deficient number of qualified coaches and grassroots facilities in this country – with the goal of increasing the number of English and home-grown players at professional level – we do not endorse any measures that threaten the integrity of the English footballing pyramid.

In particular, the CST condemns the astonishing lack of supporter consultation undertaken by the FA Commission with neither Supporters Direct nor The Football Supporters’ Federation deemed to be significant stakeholders in the English game and we urge fans to join the upcoming Supporters Summit in London to make their views heard and to debate ways forward acceptable to all."

Fellow Supporters Direct affiliates MUST, Spirit of Shankly, The Blue Union, The Black Scarf Movement representing Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal supporters respectively, as well as the Aston Villa Supporters Trust and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust released joint statements in a press release from Supporters Direct, which can be read here.

More information on the Supporters Summit, which is being held Saturday 26th July at Wembley stadium, can be found here and the CST urges its members, Chelsea supporters and fans of all clubs who feel strongly on the issue of the proposals for a new "League 3" and strategic loan partnerships to attend and make their voices heard.




Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Safe Standing Roadshow Report

Safe Standing Roadshow Report

Last Saturday 19th April, the Chelsea Supporters Trust, in conjunction with the cfcuk fanzine, hosted the Safe Standing Roadshow on Fulham Road before the Sunderland game. This roadshow was privately presented to the club a couple of months ago and we thought it important that the most important people at any club, the supporters, should have a similar chance to enhance their understanding of the Safe Standing initiative, especially given the current Safe Standing survey open to Chelsea supporters.

We are pleased to say that over a period of nearly five hours, hundreds of Chelsea supporters took the opportunity to see for themselves what ‘rail seating’ looks like, to test it out and to engage with Jon Darch of the Football Supporters' Federation, who co-ordinates the roadshow and expends a huge amount of energy as an ambassador for Safe Standing. There were some excellent discussions and it is clear that many supporters now have a much clearer understanding of what Safe Standing is (and also what it is not, for example it is not a return to 70’s style terracing).

For those unable to attend the roadshow, there is more information on Safe Standing here.

The roadshow in action on the day.


At some point in the future, it seems pretty likely that either Stamford Bridge will be redeveloped or (and the CST hopes this is not the case) Chelsea Football Club move to a new ground. In either case, we believe that the provision of rail seating in designated parts of the stadium would improve atmosphere. By having designated standing areas for domestic games (for Champions League matches the rail seating can quickly be turned into seats) it would also be easier for the club to prevent ‘persistent standing’ elsewhere in the ground.

It is a shame that the Fans Forum were not invited by the club to see the roadshow at one of their meetings, as Safe Standing would arguably seem to be of more strategic importance than purely housekeeping issues covered in the latest minutes such as smoking in the Shed End toilets or the availability of matchday food in the MHU.

The roadshow at Chelsea is part of a wider engagement process involving many clubs and their supporters, with a view to influencing them, and the Premier League, of the real benefits Safe Standing would bring. It is clear that some clubs, for example Aston Villa and Manchester United, have shown a real interest in installing Safe Standing in parts of their grounds. The Fans Forum minutes state that “the club doesn’t consider itself to be leading a campaign for this change” but that doesn’t mean they are overtly negative on the issue.

Rail Seating as installed at Hannover 96's HDI-Arena

It is to be fervently hoped that the Premier League discusses the issue at a forthcoming meeting and, as a result, give the green light for such facilities to be installed at grounds. It is a mistake to believe that legislation is needed before it can be used in football grounds – Jon Darch advises it is a only change in regulation that is actually required.

Many thanks to Jon for bringing the roadshow to Stamford Bridge and for his energy and enthusiasm in engaging with so many Chelsea supporters.

The Safe Standing survey for Chelsea supporters, endorsed by 20 supporters groups, websites, fanzines etc, is open until this Friday evening, 25th April. It takes five minutes to complete and you can do so at:


www.safestanding.co.uk

Please share the survey link with your Chelsea supporting friends and family.

We will keep our members informed of developments as the Safe Standing initiative gains momentum across English football.





Chelsea Supporters Trust

'Making Your Voice Heard'

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Safe Standing Roadshow confirmed for Sunderland Game


Safe Standing Roadshow confirmed for Sunderland Game - Saturday 19th April

The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in association with cfcuk fanzine, is pleased to announce that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be present on the Fulham Road before the Sunderland home game on Saturday 19th April from 1pm.



Rail Seating as used in Germany

Organised by Jon Darch from the Football Supporters' Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshow will enable Chelsea supporters to see 'rail seating' up close and in person. There are a lot of mistruths about what 'safe standing' means - for example it would not mean a return to 1970’s style terracing - and this is a chance for you to see it for yourself and ask any questions you may have. Representatives from Chelsea Football Club have already seen the Roadshow and we know it is a subject of interest to many supporters.

The Safe Standing Roadshow will take place near to the cfcuk stall (see in Google Maps) opposite the main entrance to Fulham Broadway tube station from 1pm until shortly before kick off.

More details on Safe Standing can be found here.

Due to the forthcoming Roadshow it has been agreed with the participating organisations to extend the deadline for the Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Supporters (a joint enterprise between twenty Chelsea supporters' organisations, websites and podcasts) until Friday 25th April.

This survey can be filled in by anyone at www.safestanding.co.uk




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Update on meeting with CFCTickets concerning Secondary Ticket Exchanges


Update on meeting with CFCTickets concerning Secondary Ticket Exchanges

Following the news that a representative from Chelsea FC had contacted CFCTickets and asked them to cease offering their free ticket exchange service, the CST Board met with the organisers of CFCTickets last week to discuss potential ways forward.

It is clear from feedback received that many Chelsea supporters see the benefits of a not-for-profit "face value" ticket exchange, have significant reservations about Chelsea's relationship with Viagogo and are hence frustrated by the club's actions. Arsenal run their own not-for-profit ticket exchange and it would seem logical for other PL clubs to follow a similar model.
 
The CFCTickets organisers shared their experiences, frustrations and ideas with the CST Board and a fruitful and interesting discussion followed. As a result, CFCTickets and the CST Board are together evaluating possible ticket exchange options with a view to developing a workable, fully costed model which would we aim to propose to the club before the end of April for their consideration.






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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Friday, 14 March 2014

Statement on CFCTickets closure and Secondary Ticket Agencies



Statement on CFCTickets closure and Secondary Ticket Agencies


The Chelsea Supporters Trust board notes the following statement from the @CFCTickets Twitter account earlier today - "with regret we are shutting down cfctickets after this week being contacted by Chelsea, and the site being brought to Bruce Bucks attention".


Chelsea FC are in the happy position of demand for match tickets exceeding the available supply. While this ensures sell-out home games, it also means that many supporters are left trying to obtain tickets through other means, a problem exacerbated by the club's growing global reach. Traditionally, this has meant buying tickets at highly inflated prices from touts stationed close to the ground, and it is an ongoing frustration for many supporters that gangs of touts continue their activities in the Fulham Road area, unchallenged and unchecked by police or Hammersmith Council.

In recent years the club has entered into a commercial relationship with Viagogo (self-described as "the world's largest ticket marketplace") who have been the subject of unflattering publicity in the media and who charge both buyer and seller of Chelsea tickets a commission on transactions. Although this is a means for season ticket holders to sell their seats for games they cannot attend, many are clearly uncomfortable about the mark-up involved and last summer's CST Members' Survey highlighted the concern many supporters clearly feel about this relationship. Viagogo was also listing tickets for last season's Europa League final at highly inflated prices, an issue picked up by the national media.

A relatively new, alternative method for supporters to buy and sell tickets has been through organisations like CFC Tickets who offer a no-fee marketplace for supporters to offload unwanted tickets to other supporters, at face value. It is to be regretted that the club has seen fit to clamp down on this activity in the same week as e-mailing season ticket holders extolling the virtues of selling unwanted Arsenal home tickets through Viagogo.

It is also clear that CFC Tickets were experiencing problems with users attempting to defraud other users, but this certainly does not mean that the face value ticket exchange concept, in principle, is not a worthy one. Arsenal operate their own club-backed ticket exchange for unwanted season tickets, offering tickets at face value with a low handling fee, and this service is clearly best practice among Premier League clubs at this time.

The CST board firmly believes that Chelsea should operate a similar system, drawing on features of the service offered at Arsenal and also the experiences of CFC Tickets. A club operated system would also remove concerns about potential fraudulent activity.






Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Monday, 3 March 2014

Loyalty Points for Key Away Matches


Loyalty Points for Key Away Matches


A number of CST members have raised the issue as to why the Crystal Palace away game was not sold on a loyalty points basis. We did raise the Crystal Palace issue with the club some weeks ago. They responded as they have previously - the club only changes the ticketing policy with regard to loyalty points for games of high importance. Apart from the designated games (e.g. Arsenal, Manchester United) the remaining away Premier League games are put on open sale to season ticket holders and members to give all supporters a chance to attend away games.

Liverpool away will be sold on a loyalty points basis as usual. We have contacted the club regarding Cardiff away, which could be a game of critical importance. They have advised us that they will look at the Cardiff away (and Norwich home) games nearer the time they go on sale - if they are seen to be of high importance then it is likely they will be sold on a loyalty points basis, in keeping with what has happened in previous seasons.



Chelsea Supporters Trust

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Fans Forum Meeting Saturday 5th April


Fans Forum Meeting Saturday 5th April

Chelsea have confirmed the third and final Fans Forum of the season to be held Saturday 5th April, before the Stoke City home game (5.30pm kick off).

As a member, if you have any comments, questions or issues you would like our Fans Forum representative to raise at the meeting, please email fansforum@chelseasupporterstrust.com by Sunday 23rd March.

Thank you.





'Making Your Voice Heard'

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Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Sunday, 9 February 2014

An Audience With Mickey Thomas and Joey Jones





An Audience With Mickey Thomas and Joey Jones

In 1984 Chelsea FC were promoted as Champions of the 2nd Division. Two of the stars of that team were Welsh legends, Mickey Thomas and Joey Jones.

Now, 30 years on...


THE LEGENDS RETURN !!!


The Chelsea Supporters Trust cordially invites you to:

AN AUDIENCE WITH MICKEY THOMAS & JOEY JONES













On Friday 9th May 2014 at The Black Bull, Fulham Rd

Mickey and Joey will be sure to entertain you with their stories about that promotion season and other tales of their glittering careers.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust is proud to present an end of season event for which there is sure to be unprecedented demand. And CST members will be at the head of the queue for tickets, with a priority booking period.

Further ticket details will be announced shortly, but be sure to make a date in your diaries for what will be an unforgettable night with these two legendary characters in Chelsea FC’s history.




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Friday, 17 January 2014

Trust Badges Now Available!

 

Chelsea Supporters Trust Badges Now Available!

The Chelsea Supporters Trust is pleased to announce that the CST badges produced for voting members have arrived and will be available to all voting members at home matches, excluding midweek fixtures (check with the Trust twitter for timings beforehand). The badges can be collected from the cfcuk stall opposite the main entrance of Fulham Broadway, where the Trust has its regular pre-match presence.

Photo courtesy of CST member Artur Szymczak

Voting members who are unable to pick up their badges at Chelsea home fixtures are invited to email membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com for further information on how to receive theirs. Badges can also be obtained at away games when emailed in advance using this email address.

CST badges are free to all voting members of the Trust. Membership costs £5 per year and entitles you to vote and have your say at Trust meetings and is available online through the homepage. Payment can be made via PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed) or you can sign up in person at the stall on matchdays.





'Making Your Voice Heard'

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*This post was originally published Friday 17th January ahead of the home win over Manchester United when the badges first became available to members.