CFU AGM Summary - Monday 23rd March 2015, 7.30pm
2014 was a wonderful year to be a Cambridge United supporter. Winning the FA Trophy, returning to the Football League - both at Wembley - was a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. 2015 has started quite well with the Manchester United FA Cup ties. These should ensure the long term financial security the club has not had for years.
Everyone - supporters, volunteers, players, staff and directors - should receive credit for that success. However, the job is only just beginning. Our journey has not reached its conclusion with regaining league status. This is not the time to say we have made it. But it is a time to build on that success by growing the club effectively.
You might think that a Supporters Trust, like CFU, is no longer required or needed. You might think that we have done our bit now and we should pack up and disappear. If so, we believe you would be wrong. Now is the time when you need the Trust more than ever. Now it is the time for change and it is important to ensure that supporters’ views are heard and that they have a full place in that future.
We may not be as vocal nowadays, as once we were, but please don't confuse that with a lack of fight or think that we are just sitting in the background. A Trust has many functions. It is about remembering the past; growing and building the present and working to ensure the best possible future. It is about asking, probing and questioning. It is about working together with our partners. We have probably grown up and learnt lessons from the past.
Did you know, for example, that CFU created the 100yearsofcoconuts museum? We help organise the Abbey Helpers who greet and offer assistance on match days. We provide the audio descriptive commentary on match days. If you enjoy the chips in the Habbin then you will be glad that we provided finance to buy the fryer. The place of remembrance area was provided because of CFU. We helped organise the new accessible toilets in the Main Stand.
There are many other achievements we should be proud of. Sometimes you hear about them and other times you don't. What cannot be dismissed is the part we have played in developing the club’s DNA. We talked about community and its importance through “Club is the Hub.” We spoke about the importance of break-even budgets and financial prudence. We encouraged Youth Development when others were against it.
The club’s home will, hopefully, be secured on its present site. We will be looking to obtain the best facilities for supporters. We will be working to ensure the ground can never again be sold and has the legal framework in place that will prevent it being lost again.
CFU was there during the times of crisis. It will always be there in the future for the supporters, the community and for the football club.
Our AGM is at 7.30 p.m. on the 23rd March in the Supporters Club. Come along and find out what CFU is about or what are forthcoming plans are. If you are unable to come, visit the CFU ‘van on match days. Ring 07957 344005 or follow us on Facebook.
Dave Matthews Jones
Minutes of this and previous AGMs can be found in the News menu.
See below the slides used on the evening