ALFRETON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB SUPPORTERS' ASSOCIATION INFORMATION
ABOUT US AND HISTORY
The Supporters Association was reformed in 2003, with the primary objective of organising official transport to away games. For many years fans had to make their own way to matches or try and obtain one of the few places on the team coach. Season 2003/04, saw the club back in the Northern Premier League, for only the second time in the club's history, and for the first time since 1998. As the club now required a more professional approach,it was decided to run seperate coaches, with one coach for the team, management and directors and one for the supporters. During the 2003/04 season the supporters transport was arranged by the Supporters Association, but was subsidised by the football club.
The subsidy from the club was just for the 2003/04 season and so from the start of the 2004/05 season, we had to go it alone. We now had become founder members of the new Conference North League. It was decided to keep the prices the same as the previous season ie £10 adults and £5 for under 16's, for every game reagardless of the distance and whether the bus was full or not. Money to support this would have to come from other sources.
Several fund raising events were organised to support this, incuding a sponsored walk, before the 2004/05 campaign. Transport was run to every away game. This proved to be a great success and was continued for the 2005/06 season.
At this point the Supporters Association grew and became an active part of the Football Club, helping to raise vital funds towards the playing budget. This has continued over the ensuing seasons
The Association has now provide official transport to every League, FA Cup, FA Trophy and League Cup fixture, for the last twelve seasons.
We now have an active Committee and many dedicated helpers, who have hepled us to progress to a new level. For the past four seasons, donations to the Football Club have been made on a monthly basis. The Association agreed to a monthly donation of £600 (£7,200 for the season). This is a guaranteed monthly income.
Prior to the 2016/17 season, donations to the Football Club had reached an impressive total of £48,675. On top of this over £110,000 had been spent on coaches for away travel.
We currently have 134 members ( at 28/11/16) and are constantly striving to increase membership, to try and pass our record of 151. We aim to pass the 200 mark.
With your help this can be achieved. Membership is just £5 per season and includes a £3 discount on all away travel.
Membership is just £5 for the year. Anybody is welcome to join the Supporters Association. You can join by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401 or Viv Staimar on 07523 883784 or by calling in at the Club Shop on match days, or by seeing Viv or John Staimar, who can be found selling 50/50 tickets and match day programmes at the main entrance.
The Association hold monthly meetings, were all aspects of busimess are discussed in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All members are welcome to attend. Dates and venues of all meetings will be posted on the club website.
Fundraising / Social Nights
The Association organises these on a regular basis. All members, family and friends are welcome to attend. Details of theses can again be found on the club website and in the matchday programme.
The Association organises travel to all away fixtures, everybody is welcome on the away trips, which are superb social events. Every effort is made to advertise the departure times of all away trips. All members receive a £3 discount to all away games.
Places can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401
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Supporters Association Officers / contact details for the 2016/17 season are :
Chairman : Lee Olney 07971 985417
Vice Chairman : John Staimar 07871 340321
Secretary : Ian McRoy 07927 010132
Treasurer : Mark Thorpe : 07857 558401
Membership Secretary : Viv Staimar 07523 883784
President : Colin Thotnton 01773 605189
Executive Member : Ian (Nip) Danby 07802 422189
Executive Committee Member : Mark Dukes 07872 468518
Executive Committee Member : Sandra Mitchell 07907 760773