Following a number of changes on and off the park during 2010/11, Huntly Football Club held their second Fans Forum of the season this past Sunday.

Chairman John Smith welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance before handing over to committee member Andrew Stokes who read the a prepared statement.



Treasurer Shona Newlands stressed that we need to make money outside of the Highland League as with three long trips in the Scottish Cup in two seasons we have ended up losing money from these games.

It was noted that the club haven’t been paying big weekly wages in comparison to some Highland League but it was noted that high money was paid by previous Manager John Teasdale on transfer fees / signing on fees and a number of players he signed had then been released or sold on for a lower fee.

The Chairman added that having our upcoming match with Formartine United cancelled means we will lose out on revenue from hospitality packages but there is ongoing plans to try to get those booked in to try and come along for the Highland League Cup Quarter-Final.

We are still speaking to people regarding the main sponsorship for next season. Packages are currently being made up and discussions ongoing and we’d look and giving them something extra as a way to say thanks.

It was asked how we could survive if we can’t get a main sponsor in place. One suggestion from the club was a possible sponsorship raffle. It was noted that one main sponsor felt let down due to recent happenings

It was noted by a supporter that we lost office bearers connected with the same company when former Chairman Robbie Mackay ex-secretary Brien Ross both quit the club – this should not happen again when all office bearers come from the same company.

Our Chairman said that it is a big job running a club and we are still looking for volunteers to help out behind the scenes.

The Gold League
One point from the floor raised was regarding the Gold League. It was said that going round doors collecting weekly payments worked well but this later dried up.

This was taken on board and the club said they gladly have volunteers come forward if they wish to help us out in doing so.

It was questioned how the Gold League would be successful given when the Social Club ran the old Big League, people with connections to Huntly Football Club pulled out. The response was that we would need 140 members to break even and it is a lifeline for the club.

Managerial Departure
Following Steve Paterson’s departure it was queried if we got compensation for our former boss but it was revealed that as he worked on a non-contract basis we unfortunately wouldn’t be entitled to compensation.

John Smith noted that Steve had felt let down after being misled about finances and while supporters were claiming they were left in the dark about this, board and committee members claimed at times under the previous figureheads on the board they were also. John has been open and honest with all his fellow committee since taking over and trusts those who are helping him out in the running of the club. This was confirmed by board and committee members.

It was asked the club could confirm the list of candidates published by one press source.

The Chairman did not want to comment or speculate on the names mentioned, there have been applicants for the position and we hope to get something in place soon. The chairman stressed that who ever takes over will have the call with regards on trying to get players to re-sign for next season.

Youth Development
It was questioned if there were more youngsters that could step up. Youth Co-ordinator Gordon Greig noted that Martin Crisp and Peter Douglas have stepped up recently with Crisp making a number of substitute appearances. He stated John Smith is keen on the good work within the youth setup to continue and that the youth development will get a percentage of the profits from the Gold League so that we can continue bringing on local young footballers within the area.

Under 17s Coach Alan Gordon reckoned some of his squad could be capable of stepping up to the under 21s shortly but it was noted there is a gap between the 17s and 21s since the under 19s side folded due to players having other commitments now.

Ross CampbellPlayers
The supporters club asked Caretaker Manager Martin Stewart for some player feedback (there were no players present) and he said that some have been distraught how things have went with the likes of Ross Campbell having seen too many manager’s come and go since signing in 1999.

The subject of players to be retained was brought up and it was with contract offers in place, Martin says if we can retain key players in the side then the majority of the squad will re-sign also.

Chairman John SmithChairman’s Position
After press speculation our Chairman was to step down, he said this is not the case however he has said he’ll take a few weeks out and stating that he needs a bit of time out as he is in the process of moving to a new home.

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