26 July 2020
AGM & Season Tickets
BCFC Management Committee
2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Club Members will be aware that the 2020 AGM was deferred from the conventional early July date given the restrictions in place due to Coronavirus. Although the Management Committee is continuing its preparations to host this event, the current public health guidance does not yet provide adequate authority to allow this to take place. With the next 3-weekly review by the Scottish Government due to take place this coming Thursday, it is hoped that there may be sufficient movement in current restrictions to allow an August date to be scheduled in. Members should note that the mandatory 2 weeks’ notice of the AGM date, as directed by the Club’s constitution, will be given when the date can finally be confirmed.
With a view to an open discussion and an indicative vote at the AGM, members should by now have received a copy of a Documentation Pack prepared and distributed by members of Brechin City’s Incorporation Group. This was done so primarily via email, so any member who has yet to receive the pack should firstly check their junk items folder, before requesting a pack via an email to email@example.com .
With the Betfred Cup due to start on 6th October and the SPFL season scheduled to kick-off on 17th October, the pathway for the return to action for Brechin City now seems clearer. The current view is that, in all likelihood, initial matches will be strictly behind closed doors. Fans will be keen for the further clarity which will doubtless emerge over the coming weeks.
With a 27-game league season now agreed, the Management Committee can confirm Season Ticket prices for the 2020/21 season. Many season ticket holders, who view their season ticket in a ‘club owner’ sense rather than simply gate entry, have expressed the opinion that Season Tickets should remain without a discount and be priced for a full season. Others may see that as inappropriate on a truncated fixture schedule.
It should also be borne in mind that, should an EGM be called in relation to the proposed incorporation plans, only 2020/21 Season Ticket holders will be entitled to vote. To find the optimum balance around the pricing alternatives, the Management Committee has agreed the following structure:
Standard Season Ticket: £100.00
Optional Enhanced Season Ticket: £150.00*
Standard Season Ticket: £50.00
Optional Enhanced Season Ticket: £75.00*
The Enhanced Season Tickets options will include a voucher to spend in the Brechin City Supporters Club shop and a donation will also be made from the additional funds to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charity. This is in recognition of the Club’s connection to former player, current sponsor and long time friend of the club Jack Souttar. Jack’s son Aaron, a well known and popular Brechiner in his own right, finds himself fighting this cruel illness and the Management Committee felt it entirely appropriate that a donation be made on behalf of the Club and its members.
Payment Options - Dates for Season Ticket purchases will be confirmed shortly, with selling sessions taking place at Glebe Park outwith the AGM. A number of payment options exist, but the preferred method is direct transfer into the Brechin City bank account. Supporters who choose to do this then need only uplift their Season Ticket at one of the pre-arranged selling sessions. Options to pay via cash, cheque, bank card and Standing Order are all available – but in this new world of minimal contact, a direct transfer of funds to the Club has become the transaction method of choice. To do so, purchasers need the following information:
Sort Code: 80-12-66
Name: Brechin City Football Club
Reference: ‘Your Name’
The Management Committee is entirely mindful of the huge variety of different challenges around the club at present. In amongst this is the need to host the overdue AGM, particularly with such major talking points; the need to clarify and communicate season ticket prices, effectively for a fraction of a season; and the need to generate the funds to support the manager on the crucial issue of player recruitment. And that’s before we address Return to Training protocols and getting Glebe Park itself Covid-ready.
All of this of course sits against a backdrop of a global pandemic with progress in Scotland currently positive but tentative. We urge all those associated with the Club to continue to do everything possible to adhere to the public health guidance as, by doing so, we’re continuing to inch ever closer to getting our Saturday afternoons back.