Yes this affects Nottingham Whites, and we will be looking to discuss this at a meeting before the end of the season.
We have received an email from Steve Griffin of Thames Valley Whites…
“I am contacting you all as it has now been made clear to me from Leeds United that it is their intention to drop the RMC’s from their guidance. The current board have little time or personnel to give us the time or resources we believe we should receive. We are something that they have inherited from previous owners and when they took control of the club they were not acutely aware of our existence. To be fair to the board we are always going to be far down their list of priorities. So there is a proposal that they will relinquish any responsibilities at the end of this season.
Now there has been a lot of hard work put into the RMC’s by the fans who in the past and those who currently run them. It would be a shame to see them cut adrift without any sort of support. There are some fairly large branches and also some small but very active ones too. I have managed to chat to a few of you recently and all have supported an idea we re-form the RMC’s under another brand. This would mean that we as a group would take the lead and continue where we are today but with a different direction.
The popular idea at present is that we re-form as an Independent Association of supporters clubs. This is where you and your members continue to run your branches as you and your member see fit however affiliated to an association. The idea behind this will be to be part of a network of knowledge and experience where we can share ideas and best practices of running branches that will benefit your members. Things such as transport, communications, how to get the best from using social media and even sharing coaches when numbers are low with neighbouring branches. There is a lot that can be achieved together. We can actively help other areas form new branches and help them take the first steps in organising travel to games. One idea would be to produce a joint website so Leeds fans can find your branches and how to contact you. There will be no overarching committee or any interference with how you operate your individual branches.
The above is just a few ideas but what really is needed is your ideas.
Come the end of the season we will have a few choices, join the LUSC, go independent, let the branches die out or make another system under an alternative umbrella .
I have already been asked why don’t the Thames Valley Whites join the LUSC? Well we would rather see an alternative where people have another choice. We also see ourselves as more of a travel club and this has been our success over the last 8 years.
So really over to you guys, tell me what you think, would this be a viable option and if so would you want to be part of it. If not what would you like to see or happen.
I have listed the RMC,s below that have been sent this email but if I have missed anyone please let me know.
Please also note that the South Leeds Independent who must be regarded as one the biggest branches are very keen on listening to what we may come up with.
Also we now have a RMC representative on the Leeds fans forum, Mark Jordan. He has agreed to take any views that any RMC would like to expressed to the board at the next meeting. If you need his contact details let me know.
Lastly if you would rather not be included in any future emails on this subject please let me know and I will remove you from the distribution list……….MOT
Hope Inn (Leeds)
Coventry and Warwickshire Whites
South Leeds Independent
South West Whites
Next year Leeds begin the New Year with a home fixture against Nottingham Forest.
If you are interested get in touch.
For the upcoming 2017/18 season Nottingham whites will be operating a change to how we allocate unclaimed spare tickets for away games.
In the past where there have been more applicants than available unclaimed tickets we did a draw out of the hat, but although this proved to be fun .. ultimately it was unfair to members who attended games regularly, but then ended up missing out .
So this season NW will be operating away game loyalty mirroring Leeds actual scheme , so for example if there was one spare ticket and more than one person wanting to go to that game , the ticket will go to the person who has been to most away games that season. Regardless of whether they have used their own number or used someone else’s season ticket/members card to attend a game. Away tickets will only be allocated to paid up NW members, unless in the case where we can’t sell a ticket within our branch. It will then be offered outside of the branch. If two members have equal amount of away games it will then go to the one who has attended most home games on the bus , if that is still equal only then will it be drawn out of the hat. Andy will be keeping track of away day attendance starting with Bolton away this season.
When ordering away tickets Andy will claim as many season tickets as possible then will send a text out to all season ticket holders and members asking who wants to go to that game , obviously all season ticket holders will have ownership of the ticket ordered against their number/card, but if they do not wish to go, please can they let Andy know it is ok to pass on to another member. If Andy has had no reply either way within 3 days of the text he will assume this is ok to now use as a spare and allocate the ticket to any waiting member. If any season ticket holders are not happy with this or do NOT want their card using other than for themselves please let me know before the start of the season.
Finally there will be a cut off point for members applying for unclaimed spare tickets , which will be announced on the original text message. Once the deadline has passed and tickets have been shared out then any member asking for a ticket after the deadline will join the back of the queue regardless of games attended.
All of that said as always we will try our best to make sure all members who want to get to an away game do get a ticket whenever possible.
Re election of existing people in post
Rich – Chairman
Andy – Secretary
Sarah – Treasurer
It was decided that there should be a fair way to allocate away tickets to Nottingham Whites, and we are currently working on the wording (which we will put on the website shortly) of our policy, which will be reviewed at our next meeting.
Leeds first away game in on Sunday 6th August and we urge anyone interested in travelling with us to get in touch now, to ensure we know what size bus to go for.
This Saturday July 1st, Nottingham Whites summer night out. Members and partners are invited to join us from 7pm at The Company Inn 8-10 Castle Wharf. (The Wetherspoons near the canal.
Sunday 23rd July
Annual outing to Scarborough, always a popular family day out.
Please get in touch as soon as possible to book your place.
Saturday 29th July
Yes you could go and see Leeds against Oxford, but if you are not then why not join us at York Races.
Paul Wardhaugh is booking train tickets this Friday.
Train departs Nottingham 08.47 Arrives York 10.39
Departs York 18.35 Arrives Nottingham 20.27 (Price currently #19.80 each way)
Thank you, thank you, thank you to you all for your continued support of Nottingham Whites and us the committee. It is your club and we are proud to serve you, ultimately our season ended in dissapointment but overall the football, entertainment and effort was way above the dross we have had to put up with over the years.
To all those members who joined us for the last two games thanks for the messages of support and thanks you gave us, the committee. We do appreciate it. My personal thanks to Andy Mac and Sarah for all their hardwork and keeping me sane if not sober ( Sarah) THANK YOU .
The monks, nuns, ostrich day at wigan was one of the best ….I think !! 6pints and two bombs in two hours to start the day, my insides are still trying to recover.
Have a great summer all of you, please check on this site for the AGM and any social events pre season etc. Starting with Scarboro/whitby trip with scarboro whites. Date Sunday 23rd july.
We are thinking of doing whitby first til around 4pm then head to the ship for food beer races night, staying a bit longer than usual taking two drivers. Your thoughts on this please.
All the best.
Rich. On n on…
A massive thanks from Rich, Smig, Lisa and the Fylingdales cup crew to all the Nottingham Whites contributed to the event, raffle prizes, tickets etc and especially to those who turned up on the day/night to take part or support.
Probably with about 10 in a row, as they are pictured outside Langtry’s on Saturday evening.