The new Argyle Fans’ Trust Chair Tony Cannan and New Vice-Chair Ed Shillabeer, have recently met with James Brent and Martyn Starnes at Home Park.
It was always intended that this would be an informal ‘meet and greet’ session as both Tony and Ed are new in their roles and we thank both James and Martyn for their time and agreeing to meet with us. There was excellent dialogue from both parties and a mutual agreement that, going forward, the AFT and the Club would like to work closely together for the benefit of all fans.
Both Mr Brent and Mr Starnes acknowledged and accepted that the AFT is there to represent its members and would listen to any feedback the Trust gives to the Club on behalf of its members, and to apply relevant solutions to issues where possible through a fair and manageable consultation process.
The AFT have offered to start a project with the Club, running in parallel with the Grandstand Working Group where we concentrate on investigating the prospect of possible new standing areas within the ground. This will begin soon and we will seek to involve our members as part of this process.
With regards to the AFT’s involvement in the Grandstand Working Group, James Brent confirmed that while no fans’ group is directly involved on the panel, it has Sue Clark as an AFT Board representative and JB further explained that the AFT can have an input into the process either through Sue, or through ideas put forward to James himself or Martyn which would be passed to the panel for consideration.
As part of the Trust’s RE-CONNECT initiative, we are happy as a new Board that we are engaging positively with PAFC and we would be looking to further this relationship for the mutual benefit of all Argyle fans and the Club itself.
This is just the start of what we hope will be a long and prosperous journey for all.