Twenty years is an awfully long time in Football and at Exeter City.
Players have come and gone, managers have changed, rules and regulations have been updated, but one thing has remained strong and consistent at Exeter City, and that is the Exeter City Supporters' Trust.
At Saturday's match against Salford City, we recognise TWENTY years of the Exeter City Supporters' Trust, thanks to match sponsors RGB Building Supplies, who have generously agreed to share their sponsorship.
There will be plenty of activity around St James Park during the match to highlight the work and achievements of the Supporters' Trust over the last 20 years.
When you arrive at SJP, or leave make sure you check out the Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition of 20 City celebrations from the last 20 years, which will be displayed on the wall by the ramp exit from the Big Bank.
Trust members and Junior Grecians will get 20% discount in the club shop for one day only on Saturday, there will also be various other discounts!
On the day, players will be warming up in Trust 2020 shirts, which will then be thrown into the crowd. The guard of honour and mascots will also be wearing the shirts.
Flyers will be handed out at the game with a brief history on the Trust, and ways that you can join if you haven't yet. The Grecian will also feature a selection of content on the twenty years, and a special poem by the Bard of ECFC.
The half-time bucket collection will be for the Trust's STARS campaign. The Academy under-9s team will be helping us to collect as a thank you for our support.
Ahead of the match, Trustee Yasmin Western will be speaking on this week's edition of Park Life about her role on the Trust. Make sure you check that out on Friday.
The pre-match playlist, chosen by the supporters will take a them of all music from the year 2000 and onwards, so head to our social media pages from Tuesday to make your suggestions.
The Exeter City Supporters' Trust was formed in May 2000 with the aim to have more influence and give practical help like fundraising to help sign players.
It quickly became clear that this was not enough. Frustrated at the lack of respect shown by the Club Board, members of the Trust voted in February 2003 to change their main objective from 'support' to 'own' the Club.
Never was a decision timelier. For within three months the Club was in chaos – relegated from the Football League and key figures arrested.
The Trust, with its new constitution, came to the rescue. It accepted an invitation by the former Chairman (and majority shareholder) to take over the day to day running of the Club. And in a historic move in September 2003 the Trust bought the majority shareholding.
‘We own our Football Club’ became the rallying call and it still is. Nearly 17 years on the club is still owned by its fans – a journey that has taken in two promotions, four trips to Wembley, mouth watering cup ties with Manchester United and Liverpool, a centenary visit to Brazil, stadium and training ground redevelopment and a stunning array of young stars coming through our academy.
It’s an incredible story. To all our members we say a massive thank you and to everyone else we urge you to join today. Be part of and help shape the next 20 years!
If you haven't yet, why not join well over 3000 members who can prouldy say 'We own our Football Club' at: weownexetercityfc.co.uk
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