some of the older news from RUST

 

RUST Hits 250

Ian Shemwell is our 250th member. We will be making a presentation to him prior to the Millwall game.

We would like to thank Martin and all our members for their continued support.

RUST backs new proposals

ROTHERHAM United chairman Ken Booth is considering an ambitious blueprint for the club which has been set up and submitted by new director Trevor Smallwood.

One supporters group has said the club's future is at stake over the acceptance or otherwise of the plan.

The proposals include the future of the management team, the need for investment in players in the summer and movement on improving ground facilities.

The plan has been welcomed by Rotherham United Supporters Trust (RUST) who say that the future of the club is at stake over these proposals.

RUST say they had "a fruitful and frank" meeting with Mr Smallwood and spokesman David Veal said: "We are at a crossroads. One road leads us to a much brighter future, the other road could lead us to oblivion.

"We feel it is not overdramatising the situation to say that the future of Rotherham United, and its immediate direction, will be decided over the new couple of weeks."

Mr Smallwood, who joined the two-man Board in February after a year as Associate Director, has been working on his proposals for some time. "I concluded my work by giving the chairman what I regard as options for going forward," he said.

"These concern the management team, the need to invest in players over the summer for a team that can comfortably stay in the First Division, and how we can provide improved ground facilities.

"This is now being considered by Mr Booth."

The next move now lies with the Millers chairman and it is hoped there will be some form of a decision on the proposals within the next 10 days."

RUST STATEMENT

Click here to see RUST Statement

RUST MEET CHAIRMAN

Craig Saunderson, Chris Dobbs and David Veal met with the Chairman on 12th February to present the Trust and it's objectives.

The meeting was very informal and lasted just under two hours. We were able to discuss the aims of the Trust and ensure Mr Booth was aware that we were set up to ensure the best interests of the fans were one of the clubs priorities.

Mr Booth welcomed the ideas and objectives of the Trust and has agreed to a further meeting to allow the Trust to present it's objectives to the entire RUFC board. Ultimately, the Trust needs to develop a strong working relationship within all areas of RUFC, including the board of directors.

We have along way to go to achieve that aim but we are making good, steady progress. We will keep you informed of all developments with the club.

Donation to RUDSA

RUST donated £50 to RUDSA prior to the Notts Forest game. The money will go towards a new mini bus for the disabled supporters.

Although at present this is not a huge donation, it is testament to the fact that the Trust is looking to build strong links with other RUFC supporters groups and support the local community as a whole. As we increase our membership and funds we will be able to increase and widen our donations to good causes.

RUST make links with Owls Trust

Prior to the fabulous victory at Hillsborough on 23rd February (which needs no reminder of course!), David Veal and Craig Saunderson met with steering group members of the Owls Supporters Trust.

We are considering plans to work with them on projects such as joint fundraising. Although there is a bitter rivalry between the two clubs, the Trusts are completely autonomous organisations with similar goals (no pun intended!), and we are both committed to providing the best for our respective fans.

We are hoping to build links with other Trusts also to increase awareness of the Trust movement and ensure that fans continue to have a voice. What do you think about this idea - why not have your say on our suggestions page?

RUST now have a presence on the Millmoor forecourt prior to every daytime home match. This will be a regular feature throughout the rest of this season and for seasons to come.

If you want to join, have a view, idea or opinion on RUFC that you want to put across, come and talk to the guys. We will be open for business between 1.45 and 2.45pm and for 20 minutes after the match.

RUST have recently put a small amount of money into the club by sponsoring the kit of Martin McIntosh. This will hopefully raise the profile of the Trust and shows that we are committed to assisting the club whilst getting the best for our members.

 

RUST have recently held a prize draw for 10 lucky members to have a seat and enjoy the Stockport game in one of the very good executive boxes. The winners were:
· Keith Bonnington
· Alan Ramsden
· David Hardy
· Paul Elliott
· Neil Liversidge
· Michael Wright
· Ian James
· Michael Cooper
· Michael Fairham
· Chris Bray