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« Reply #1035 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 10:58:30 »

Can someone please copy and paste 'Clems column' from the Advert?
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« Reply #1036 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 10:58:48 »

Can someone please copy and paste 'Clems column' from the Advert?

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« Reply #1037 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:06:06 »

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindon_town_2014/19634425.clem-morfunis-column-distance-wont-slow-us/

SWINDON Town Football Clubís owner and chairman, Clem Morfuni, pens his first bi-weekly column for Adver Sport - starting with an update on his first few weeks back in Australia.

Hello everyone. It is great to be able to write to you on a regular basis about all things STFC, and it is a brilliant way for me to stay in touch while I am on the other side of the world.

I have been back home in Australia for a few weeks now and I am finally out of quarantine, which is great because hotel life is not all it is hyped up to be!

However, it has been a really productive few weeks in terms of club meetings and the progress we continue to make in getting our great football club back on track.

Progress continues to be made on a number of fronts, and Iíve had a great deal of positive meetings with all members of staff as everyone continues to work incredibly hard to get this club back on track.

Your football club is in really good hands with all members of the team incredibly passionate about the work they are doing, we are building something really special at The County Ground.

I really miss being in Swindon and being around the team and all of the fans, and I miss the buzz that comes with a match day - it isnít the same watching on a screen in the early hours of the morning!

However, the one consolation has been the positive results that have been earned by Ben Garner and the team.

I can assure you that I was celebrating as hard as the rest of you in the wake of our superb win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

We have another big week coming up with our game against Forest Green Rovers on Sky on Saturday, and another positive result will put us in a great position with games now coming thick and fast.

This is a really positive time for the football club, I am in constant discussions with everyone at the club on a daily basis and I can assure you that we are heading in the right direction.

Please keep supporting us as you have been, Iíll be pushing us to break the 10,000 crowd target for the games against Rochdale on Saturday, October 16 and Bradford on Saturday, October 23, and I canít wait to see you all properly again once I return around Christmas-January time.


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« Reply #1038 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:09:55 »

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindon_town_2014/19634425.clem-morfunis-column-distance-wont-slow-us/

SWINDON Town Football Clubís owner and chairman, Clem Morfuni, pens his first bi-weekly column for Adver Sport - starting with an update on his first few weeks back in Australia.

Hello everyone. It is great to be able to write to you on a regular basis about all things STFC, and it is a brilliant way for me to stay in touch while I am on the other side of the world.

I have been back home in Australia for a few weeks now and I am finally out of quarantine, which is great because hotel life is not all it is hyped up to be!

However, it has been a really productive few weeks in terms of club meetings and the progress we continue to make in getting our great football club back on track.

Progress continues to be made on a number of fronts, and Iíve had a great deal of positive meetings with all members of staff as everyone continues to work incredibly hard to get this club back on track.

Your football club is in really good hands with all members of the team incredibly passionate about the work they are doing, we are building something really special at The County Ground.

I really miss being in Swindon and being around the team and all of the fans, and I miss the buzz that comes with a match day - it isnít the same watching on a screen in the early hours of the morning!

However, the one consolation has been the positive results that have been earned by Ben Garner and the team.

I can assure you that I was celebrating as hard as the rest of you in the wake of our superb win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

We have another big week coming up with our game against Forest Green Rovers on Sky on Saturday, and another positive result will put us in a great position with games now coming thick and fast.

This is a really positive time for the football club, I am in constant discussions with everyone at the club on a daily basis and I can assure you that we are heading in the right direction.

Please keep supporting us as you have been, Iíll be pushing us to break the 10,000 crowd target for the games against Rochdale on Saturday, October 16 and Bradford on Saturday, October 23, and I canít wait to see you all properly again once I return around Christmas-January time.




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« Reply #1039 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:12:37 »

Incidentally, my friend (genuinly!) that requested a refund on last seasons ST got an email yesterday regarding refunds, really re-presenting the question - are you sure you want a refund?

Wasn't sure if this was a sign of prudent control of liabilities, or whether more people requested a refund than predicted.

No judgements or anything from me - has the refund % been stated anywhere?
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« Reply #1040 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:24:31 »

I heard it was around 200 people
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« Reply #1041 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:24:48 »

Incidentally, my friend (genuinly!) that requested a refund on last seasons ST got an email yesterday regarding refunds, really re-presenting the question - are you sure you want a refund?

Wasn't sure if this was a sign of prudent control of liabilities, or whether more people requested a refund than predicted.

No judgements or anything from me - has the refund % been stated anywhere?

When were people able to request refunds, was it under Power? If so I imagine its a case of 'you wanted to get your money off the baddies, do you still want to get it back off us as we are the goodies' (not Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie)?
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« Reply #1042 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:30:53 »

When were people able to request refunds, was it under Power? If so I imagine its a case of 'you wanted to get your money off the baddies, do you still want to get it back off us as we are the goodies' (not Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie)?

No it was after the takeover, and they did say it may be January before they got to look at it.

Email from club
Thank you for query and we note your request for a refund or credit. 

We are asking everyone to reconsider their request for a refund or credit as the cost of providing such refunds and credits has a significant impact on the financial situation of the Club, which, as you know, is not in the best of places given the significant debts that the previous ownership left the Club in.

We are working through £4m of historic debts and whilst Clem has invested over £1m to help manage this position, he can't rebuild our Club all on his own and we need every supporter where they can to do their bit by waiving refunds and credits and attending again to support our Club and be part of the rebuild which will take the Club forwards and upwards.

We do hope you are able to reconsider your refund or credit request to help rebuild our Club and we will be working with the Supporters Trust and Supporters Club to recognise those fans who have waived refunds and credits which really helps ensure we continue to have our football club to support.
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« Reply #1043 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 16:15:22 »

But gross, that
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« Reply #1044 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 16:35:28 »

If there are holdouts for refunds then the club should just bite the bullet and stump up and not try to browbeat if people still insist.
I suspect that some of the affected will have had enough battling for refunds for cancelled journeys, holidays, flights etc.
Technically they are entitled to the refunds. In that respect STFC should be no different from any other business.
It's fortunate that 3,000 plus customers have chosen to exercise a degree of good will.

Progressing to the latter stages of the not so pointless now trophy or rolling up for a televised game short of first teamers might help to cover the potential cost.

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« Reply #1045 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 16:46:47 »

I actually think it's pretty insensitive of the new regime to push this point. It's not like STFC is the only place where people have experienced financial hardship in the last year, and ST holders got precious little for their money last season. Clem might not want to have to keep plugging the holes, but it would behove the new, sensitive, community club to show a bit more understanding for the difficulties people have experienced and are set to face over the coming winter, without trying to make them feel guilty about claiming their due.
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« Reply #1046 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 17:13:24 »

The application of credit & refunds, home & away, for the curtailed ppg season looks to have gone under the carpet. Old regime I know, but the questions were still asked and assurances made at the time.

Over £60 out of pocket on 3 away tickets.
Not a problem.
It's mainly been a case of unrequited love over the years anyway.
I bet the cunts from Ryanair or EasyJet or Booking.com would love to own a football club.
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« Reply #1047 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 17:50:02 »

No it was after the takeover, and they did say it may be January before they got to look at it.

Email from club
Thank you for query and we note your request for a refund or credit. 

We are asking everyone to reconsider their request for a refund or credit as the cost of providing such refunds and credits has a significant impact on the financial situation of the Club, which, as you know, is not in the best of places given the significant debts that the previous ownership left the Club in.

We are working through £4m of historic debts and whilst Clem has invested over £1m to help manage this position, he can't rebuild our Club all on his own and we need every supporter where they can to do their bit by waiving refunds and credits and attending again to support our Club and be part of the rebuild which will take the Club forwards and upwards.

We do hope you are able to reconsider your refund or credit request to help rebuild our Club and we will be working with the Supporters Trust and Supporters Club to recognise those fans who have waived refunds and credits which really helps ensure we continue to have our football club to support.
Pretty poor that, some people genuinely need the money and trying to again guilt trip them into forfeiting the refund is a bit low. Not sure whether this means things are worst behind the scenes than we think or they are just chancing their arm.
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« Reply #1048 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 18:56:46 »

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I heard it was around 200 people

wow, that's very low if so. I realise every penny counts for the club, but I was thinking it would be 1000+
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« Reply #1049 on: Friday, October 8, 2021, 19:00:01 »

also, isn't there a bit at the end of that email that says something like 'if you still want a refund we'll be in touch to work out a solution that suits you and the club'

that's the bit I frowned at, but I don't have the email so take it with a pinch of salt
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