Here are some notes made by ISA secretary
Kevin Whitehouse at the recent supporters meeting.
They're not minutes but give a good idea of
how the evening went.
Les Smith opened the meeting by explaining
that this was an Open Public Meeting and not an ISA
Members Meeting, and had been called to allow Chester
City supporters a platform to vent their feelings.
Les introduced the top table Barry
Hipkiss Chairman of the Official Chester City Supporters,
Kevin Whitehouse, Secretary Chester City ISA and himself
Les Smith, Chairman Of the Chester City ISA. After
a short statement from Barry, in which he stated that
he felt that if Ian Atkins was to be offered a contract
then he was confident the attendance’s at the club
would remain stable at around 1200-1500,but if Gordon
Hill for example was to be offered the Manager’s position
the gates could fall dramatically, possibly below 500.
Les then opened the meeting to the
Many questions were then asked, below
is a short selection of those questions.
Have we had any discussions with Terry Smith?
What is the position of the Ex ISA Directors, are they still Board Members?
They are all still Directors as far as we are aware, the ISA Committee
have very little contact with the Director’s either formally or informally,
we acknowledge that Mike Fair, and Paul Murray have both work very hard
for the good of the club in extremely trying circumstances.
Southport have recently signed Mike Marsh, these are surely the type
of player that Chester should be looking at if they wish to bounce
back into the Football League?
Terry has given a commitment, albeit only in the press that we
will remain a fully professional side, but he needs to back-up these
words with a contract for Ian Atkins and the necessary funds for Ian
to be able to attract the right calibre of players.
If Terry Smith was to go, who would be prepared to take over the club,
we heard last year about different consortium, but Terry was the only
one who put the money up.
We believe there are people prepared to buy the Club, but we are
not in the position where we can name them for obvious reasons.
How much do we believe the club to be worth?
Before we were relegated probably £700.000, 5 o’clock on Saturday after
Peterborough more like £200.000
Has anybody asked the Duke of Westminster or the local Business Community
if they would be prepared to help fund the club?
These avenues were looked into last year with no great joy.
Have the club got new sponsors for the new season?
Did everybody else feel as embarrassed as I did when they read that Chester
were trying to have Shrewsbury deducted points, because they allegedly
made an illegal approach to Dave Fogg?
One of the Resolutions at the end
of the meeting, which was passed unanimously, was that
we should as Supporters totally distance ourselves
from any action the club was taking against Shrewsbury.
There were many occasions when people were shouting
out that it was time for Smith to go but this would
then be countered with the argument if he goes who
will take over?
The mood of the meeting seemed to
change when a member who asked to remain anonymous
outside of the meeting but who did make himself known
to the meeting explained that Ian Atkins had received
by fax an offer of a contract from Terry Smith that
day at 4 o'clock, within the contract were stipulations
that Ian found totally unacceptable.
Another Resolution was proposed by
a Solicitor from Neston he suggested that instead of
people buying a Season Ticket they should send the
money to a fund which would be set-up by trustees and
this money would be held until such time that Terry
Smith agreed to certain stipulations, the wording would
be agreed after all the legal avenues had been explored,
this was later put to the meeting in the form of a
Resolution and was passed Unanimously.
The final Resolution was that the
Meeting would pass a vote of no confidence in Terry
Smith and request that he be forthcoming with what
monetary value he was prepared to accept for the sale
of the club.
Disclaimer Details given above
are an accurate representation of the meeting, but
are not a transcript of the meeting. Kevin Whitehouse