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    Friends of Coleraine Football Club.

    Ladies and Gentlemen business on the pitch for the 2016/17 season ended at Windsor Park on Saturday. We had a good day out and the fans at least showed the city folk how to do it.

    The A.G.Ms of both Friends and CFC looms. Both will likely be held on 21st June (not nailed down for sure) by which time we will know where the European adventure is taking us.

    We'll be in touch at least 4 weeks before the event but for now I want to invite members (and ex-members) to submit ideas and questions for consideration. We don't promise to deal with all topics ( June 21st may be the longest day but there are limits) but there are bound to be things we miss and we know with the best will in the world not everyone can make it to the Showground on the night. Have a think and don't dismiss anything - if you think it's important then it is important.

    You will as ever be very welcome to attend in person and say your piece at both meetings. Should you wish to stand for election to either FCFC or CFC Board of Directors membership of Friends needs to be paid by 31st May.

    For now thank you all for continued and vital support, Derek Simpson (Chair FCFC).

    replies to (my personal email) (or but there are still a few wrinkles to be ironed out with this impressive new website)

    It would be very useful if members forwarded updated or new email addresses: this notice has been sent to all the addresses we have. If you did not receive it then we have not an up to date e-mail.
    Attached Files

  • #2
    "Friends of Coleraine Football Club can confirm that the A.G.M will be held at Coleraine Showgrounds on 21st June at 7.30p.m. All current members (ie anyone who has contributed between 1 June 2016 and 31st May 2017) are eligible to attend, ask questions, propose motions and even stand for office.
    The C.F.C. A.G.M. will follow immediately after the conclusion of the F.C.F.C. meeting.
    Friends of Coleraine Football Club is the legal owner of the club holding the controlling share in trust. Each member has equal voting rights. Membership forms may be obtained on-line or from the Club Secretary’s office."


    • #3
      Friends of Coleraine FC (FCFC) Annual General Meeting,
      Coleraine Showgrounds, Wednesday 21 June 2017, 7.30pm
      1. Welcome

      1. Chairman’s Remarks

      1. Treasurer’s Report

      1. FCFC Committee Election including office bearers:
        • Chairman
        • Vice-Chairman
        • Secretary
        • Treasurer
        • Share Trustee

      1. A.O.B.

      CFC AGM to follow at 8.30p.m.


      • #4

        Annual General Meeting of Coleraine Football Club Limited

        21/06/2017. Viewing Lounge 8.30 p.m.


        1. Previous minutes from AGM07/06/16
        2. Chairman’s Report
        3. Treasurer’s report and adoption of Annual Accounts
        4. Academy Report
        5. Stadium Development Report
        6. Q & A
        7. Appointment/Election of Board members 2017-20
        8. Appointment of Company Auditors.


        • #5
          All qualifying Friends of Coleraine FC members attending will be entered in a draw for a return ticket on the Club Charter Flight to the Away Euro fixture. Draw to be held at the close of business.


          • #6
            That'll be Norwayland then Ladies and Gents. One £200 plane ticket to be drawn at Friends AGM on Wednesday - not a member ? why not ?


            • #7
              On a high. Ian Troy's numbers came up in the "Friends of Coleraine F.C." draw at their Annual General Meeting in the Showground. Founder member and Hon.Secretary for the past six tears Ian wins a return air ticket to Coleraine's away fixture against FK Haugesund of Norway on 29th June. Friends of Coleraine FC is the trustee share holder of the Club.


              • #8
                Suits you sir. Bryan McNeill receives his prize Coleraine shirt from CFC Shop assistant Roberta Graham.
                "Friends of Coleraine F.C." offered the prize for new or raised subscriptions during August. By happy co-incidence Bryan's birthday too.


                • #9

                  Faraway Friends…

                  Judging from goodwill messages received before the Cup Final Coleraine F.C. has fans all over the globe.

                  “Friends of Coleraine” has members as far away as Spain and even Leeds.

                  Imagine how awful it must be right now soaking up the sun in Sydney or Dubai and dreaming of a proper Saturday afternoon huddled in the shelter of the Railway End sucking a burger for warmth.

                  Imagine seeing the stripes top of the League week in week out and not being able to slap it into the away end support. Must be awful.

                  It’s probably safe to say that few with striped blood & permatanned legs will have availed of the generous season ticket offer. Seven hundred supporters have and 2000 signed up for the swipecard scheme, which is great news but….

                  … what is a faraway fan to do ? How to be part of the ‘17-‘18 season. How, in a word, to be an actual and not just a virtual supporter. Enter Friends of Coleraine FC.

                  “Friends” was crucial to the survival of CFC in 2005-2006. Without “Friends” there would be no 90th Anniversary to celebrate. “Friends” continues to be relevant – all donations go to essential upkeep of the Club.

                  John Mairs stood up in court 12 years ago and persuaded His Honour Justice Weir against the case brought by HMRC that Coleraine F.C. could survive as a going concern.

                  His Honour in summing up commented “What is however relevant and, in my view decisive, is the involvement of the Friends. Mrs McAuley generously acknowledged the evident sincerity of Mr Mairs, its Vice-Chairman, and I agree with her assessment. It is also clear that the Friends have in a short time done considerable effective work in assembling monies that will be potentially available for an improved CVA together with further monies to assist in the running of the Company should it be allowed to trade forward.”

                  John Mairs has since served on the CFC board, is the trustee of the Club share certificate, and currently serves as treasurer of ‘Friends’. A safe pair of hands if ever there were. And if he weren’t so modest you would know all of this already.

                  Please forward this letter and the attached membership mandate form to fans you know in other time zones. Look on it as doing them a favour.

                  Those closer to home will have noticed that European qualification hasn’t solved all the Club’s problems. Coleraine’s catchment area is tiny compared to Belfast clubs. Various sponsorships such as match balls and shirts have become more expensive: it costs more to sponsor SUCCESS them’s the rules. If, like me, you can’t shell out a hundred quid without serious thought and the possibility of suffering domestic abuse “Friends” is your friend.

                  A few quid a month by direct debit (£5 ? £10 ?) means the club can budget for essential upkeep with some degree of certainty. Floodlights have to be lit and referees paid no matter the takings at the gate.

                  We do give the odd prize for members but all we can promise is the satisfaction that members actually do something for the club and share in the Club’s success (and long may that continue – why should it end ? ).

                  Allergic to direct debits ? A donation is always welcome – we have annual members. Address as on the form and please do include enough information for the records and to receive a receipt.

                  Friends does not store members’ bank details on any electronic device.

                  Tomorrow the Showground Showdown with the Blues .

                  Intae them,

                  Derek Simpson (Chair. FCFC)

                  Friends FORM 160817revised.doc

                  October17 newsletter.pdf


                  • #10
                    [ATTACH]n214[/ATTACH] Friends, the excitement is mounting. Even Rev. Robert admitted the importance of Boxing Day at the Club Carol Service. Resplendent in his “McMullan 25” shirt Rev. Robert’s lessons were as apt and upbeat as ever: this year an opening montage of incredible misses in front of goal brought a blush to the neck of anyone who has ever blasted the ball over the bar from 2 yards out (and then made out they meant to do just that - as a joke you understand). When it happens at Champions League level no-one laughs. The point being that “Football is played by human beings” – all too human. So spare a thought for the Coleraine squad every one of whom is likely to be called on over a crowded Xmas/New Year fixture list.
                    Fri Dec.22 Warrenpoint Town V Coleraine
                    Tues Dec. 26th Coleraine V Ballymena United
                    Sat Dec 30th Cliftonville V Coleraine
                    Mon. 1st Coleraine V Linfield
                    Sat 6th Jan Coleraine V Lisburn Distillery Irish Cup.

                    Five tough matches in 16 days and every one vital. The Warrenpoint fixture is done and dusted with 3 points on the board but Brad Lyons’ injury brings home the dilemmas and decisions facing a manager of a small squad. Postponement of the Cliftonville match would be a godsend but fat chance with an artificial pitch at Solitude.

                    The team needs our support – if you can’t actually attend you can still be a “Friend”

                    As if players wouldn’t be feeling the pressure quite enough we have Darren McCauley sleeping rough in Dublin tonight (23rd December) – voluntarily. Full marks to our acting captain for showing a healthy social conscience - but please please Darren keep warm and safe from harm.

                    Nearer home there will be a bucket collection for Sandelford School at the Boxing Day Derby match. Oasis Causeway Family Support received the Carol Service offering and the Club has donated to Davy Boyle’s Annual Charity sit-out in Coleraine town centre. All part of being a Community based club – it’s a two way street – Community supports Club and Club supports Community.

                    Coleraine F.C. is flying the flag for the town at present. If you’re into depressing yourself try googling “Coleraine news 2017”, but I’m not recommending it. Arson, burglary, violence, businesses folding, shops closing – enough – you get the picture. Consistently Sport is the source of good news around the borough: Motor Bikes, Rowing, Cricket, Hockey, Rugby, Cycling, Surfing, GAA and Football can all be relied on to shine a positive light. And Coleraine F.C. at present is hard to miss with mentions daily in Press and Media. Yes ladies and gentlemen the Belfast people are beginning to worry that something very impressive might be afoot on the North Coast. Causeway Coast and Glens Councillors please take note – our club is a huge asset to Coleraine : not a burden.

                    It has taken years but at last the stars are aligning. The squad is performing on the pitch – combining entertaining and winning football. Youngsters are coming through the Academy and an excellent development officer in place. No reason why success cannot last.

                    As the transfer window swings open in January with all the annual mind-games to unsettle young heads we can offer the genuine chance of silverware and European exposure. I feel confident there will be no New Year bargain sales or free transfers. The Club indeed has been lifted by the re-signing of Stephen Dooley fresh from a Double Winning season with Cork City. There is a resonance to this which goes beyond the usual star signing. Steven’s father James founded Triangle School of Soccer, had a big hand in setting up CFC Academy and is a trustee of the Harry Gregg Foundation. Stephen made his first appearances for the Club under Davy Platt and each has been memorable . I feel he may not be with us for long but having another “one of our own” on the pitch can only be good.

                    Now Friends of Coleraine F.C. takes no credit for any of this. We do not interfere on the playing front; we do not buy or sell players. But we do release funds that pay regular invoiced bills and which count as income and raise the salary cap which the Board of Directors deploys as it sees fit.

                    Without “Friends” the Club would not have made it to its 80th Anniversary never mind 90th. We take no pleasure whatever in Portadown’s present plight. Coleraine was as close as a club can come to extinction before “Friends” came to the rescue: a model Portadown might emulate.

                    Attached is a direct debit instruction that new “Friends” may use to join and contribute. £5 per month sounds very little but lots of fivers add up: and of course most members give more – there is no set amount. Of course the homeless need help, and the solitary and them as is down on their luck, and too many famine stricken humans and far too many refugees all wanting our help at Christmas: so why contribute to a football club ? “Community” is my best reply – Coleraine FC is a big part of the glue that holds Coleraine together. From youngsters playing small sided games with unfettered glee to old codgers re-living their dreams on the terraces to far-flung sons following the Irish League with pride the “Beautiful Game” has an uncanny ability to unite.

                    Where would we be without Joy ?

                    Without “Friends” Coleraine F.C. would be history: with “Friends” Coleraine F.C. has a future. Tell your Friends: forward the form. You’ll be doing them a favour.

                    Ian Parkhill 23mins 16secs – my prediction: listen for the cheer.

                    Have a Happy Christmas, an Ecstatic Boxing day and a Prosperous transfer window, Derek Simpson (Chair pro-tem F.C.F.C.)
                    Attached Files


                    • #11
                      Friends of Coleraine FC (FCFC) Annual General Meeting, Coleraine Showgrounds, Thursday 21 June 2018, 7.30pm



                      2017 Minutes

                      Chairman’s Report and Remarks

                      Treasurer’s Report

                      FCFC Committee Election including office bearers:
                      Share Trustee


                      Members who have contributed between 31/05/17 and 01/06/18 are eligible to attend and vote.
                      A draw will be held on the evening for TWO (2 !) prizes of transport to Coleraine’s 1st European away match (up to £250 each).
                      The European draw will be made on 19th June – so it’s Magical Mystery Tour Time again. Only members signed in at the AGM will be eligible.
                      Membership form attached. See you there, Derek Simpson (F.C.F.C. Chair)
                      Attached Files
                      Last edited by frites; 05-29-2018, 08:50 AM.


                      • #12
                        NB 21st JUne is a Thursday - mistake amended. Thanks to them as points these things out - I need you.


                        • #13
                          Update but not. Friends has formally requested that should either or both of our winners have already deposited £200 a refund and resale of their ticket/s be allowed. We await a reply.


                          • #14
                            We'll see you right whatever CFC decides. It's all between Friends after all.


                            • #15
                              12th July in Serbia if you fancy it. Friends has 2 charter tickets booked. To win one you need to be at AGM 21st June in the Showground (Viewing Lounge) before business begins. Paid up Friends only and signed in. The prize is not transferable. If you're not in... Prize is £250 toward flight only. Beer is cheap if you believe Facebook.