Notts County chief executive Jason Turner has provided his latest update to supporters.I am delighted to see that more than 500 fans have so far participated in our Whole Game Solution survey, the results of which I will present to the EFL at the full clubs meeting on Thursday.
I will also provide them with a more detailed analysis of the results next week, as well as contacting everyone who kindly took the time to take part.
The WGS proposals are radical and it is vitally important that supporters are given an opportunity to have their say, and for their feelings to be made known to the EFL. Whilst no formal decisions will be taken at this week’s meeting, the results of the survey will very much form the club’s official response to the proposals. I will ensure that supporters are kept up to date through the usual channels as these discussions continue.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete the survey, which is available until 10pm this evening (Tuesday), please click here.
We are also inviting supporters to register their interest in attending a media consultation evening at Meadow Lane on Thursday 29 September, from 6.30pm.
Nick Richardson, who recently joined as Head of Media and Communications, will be in attendance with his team to discuss key issues such as social media, the matchday programme and the official website. If you would like to apply to attend, please email Nick directly at email@example.com.
Annoyingly, and despite my best endeavours, I am unable to provide much of an update on the arrival of our away shirts or the next batch of home shirts. I have contacted JD Sports on a daily basis, but they have still not been forthcoming with any dates.
I have spoken to two other league clubs at length who are in exactly the same position, and we are all exasperated at the endless time we have expended on our kit suppliers. The clubs are working collaboratively as we look to resolve this unacceptable situation once and for all.
To ensure that we are never in this situation again, I have already met with a number of reputable potential kit providers for next season and hope to conclude an agreement in the near future.
I reported last month that I personally carry out stadium inspections prior to home matches, and had noticed that some seating areas required further cleaning to bring them up to my expected standards. Our Head of Operations and his staff have prioritised this over recent weeks, and I am now confident that this issue has been rectified.
As more and more supporters are now purchasing their match tickets in advance at discounted pre-match day prices, we will now gradually start to reduce the number of cash turnstiles around the stadium. This will continue to be measured as the season progresses, and I would again urge those of you who pay on a game-by-game basis to purchase your tickets in advance if possible. Eventually, if you still wish to purchase on the day of the game, you will be required to purchase your ticket from the ticket office before going to the turnstiles.
On the football front, youngsters Montel Gibson and Jack McMillan have recently returned from their loans at Romulus and Boston United respectively. I’m told that both players found the experience valuable. Luther Wildin this week followed in their footsteps by joining Grantham Town on loan, initially until mid-October, and we wish him all the best for his spell with the Gingerbreads.
Following last weekend's excellent result at Cheltenham Town, we welcome Leyton Orient to Meadow Lane this coming Saturday. The wait for our first home league win of the season continues, but I’m confident that with your continued support we’ll be celebrating come the final whistle.
It’s also our annual Lifeline day on Saturday, when one lucky member will win a new car, with another taking home £10,000 cash. If you’re not a member already, please sign up to Lifeline, an initiative that supports the club in many different ways. Click here for more information.
Finally, I would like to mention two outstanding servants to the club. Haydn Hollis made his 100th appearance at Cheltenham and I would like to congratulate him on reaching this milestone. An interview with Haydn will be available on Magpie Player HD shortly.
To end his testimonial year, Mike Edwards is holding a gala dinner at Meadow Lane this Friday, with Paul Merson joining as guest speaker for the evening. Tickets are still available at £35 per person, and if you are interested in attending please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great evening, Eddie!
Thank you for your continued support.