Here is a transcript from RUST's third fans forum.
Carlton Park Hotel 8 April 2002 7.30pm
Attendees&&.. Rust members and non-members (approx 250)
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Treasurers Report
3. RUST Progress Report
4. Presentation by Trevor Smallwood
He then highlighted the progress, which he felt the board had made in the past three months:-
5. Questions and Answers
Mr Smallwood agreed that serious consideration would be given to disabled facilities in the new stand and agreed to discuss this with the RUDSA He also said that the club needed to work with the fans to consider how to accommodate anyone with season tickets in the Main Stand and Enclosure, whilst the work was underway.
In response to questions about the partnership with the Rugby Club, a hope was expressed that this may last for longer than the initial 12 months and that in the longer term, a new purpose designed pitch (such as at Huddersfield and Reading) could be laid to accommodate the additional usage.
In response to a question about whether or not the club was up for sale, Mr Smallwood stated that as far as he was aware, it was not. He did not know any details about the blocks of 20 shares that had been advertised at £3 each in the match day programme.
In response to questions RUST confirmed that there is no intention to foster prejudice for or against one type of control at the club or another, , purely wanting to see and support improvements at the club from whichever source, but that these improvements must happen and be seen to happen soon. One supporter pointed out that Mr Booth had started to listen to the supporters and all agreed that supporters should work with and support Mr Smallwood's plans. Another supporter complained about press treatment of Mr Booth, although a member of the press stated that Mr Booth would not speak to the media to give his views. Some other supporters felt it was time for change to a more balanced and widely shared structure for the club. Concerns were expressed by one fan about the contribution of other Directors. and a question was asked about the possibility of RUST providing supporter representation on the Board.
Issues were also raised about the cost of season tickets last summer and the subsequent discounts offered to non-season ticket holders in the community stand. Mr Smallwood agreed to take this back to the club. Concern was also expressed about the lack of good customer relations amongst some staff at the club.
Supporters voiced concerns about whether or not the current management team would remain at Millmoor. Mr Smallwood responded by stating that both Ronnie Moore and John Breckin were on good, long-term contracts and that the most important thing that could be done to encourage them to stay, was to show them that the club as a whole, was moving forward. Mr Smallwood stated that he was committed to working with them in their attempts to strengthen the team.
Concerns were expressed that promises about the strengthening of the squad and the development of the ground had not been fulfilled in the past and a question was asked about whether other members of the club board were in support of the ideas. Mr Smallwood said that it was his role to convince them (work with them to achieve progress?). All those attending, offered their full support for Mr Smallwood in his attempts to progress the plans with the Chairman.
Finally those attending the meeting asked Mr Smallwood to thank all involved at the club for their efforts this season and to wish Ronnie, John and the lads all the best for the final two games.
David Veal thanked Mr Trevor Smallwood and Mr Brian Chappell for their attendance and the Carlton Park hotel for their hospitality. The meeting was then closed at 9.50 pm.
The RUST steering group would like to thank all that took the time to attend the meeting. If you have any more suggestions or want further information about RUST, please do not hesitate to contact any one of the steering group members.