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Re: Tuesday's match v Hornchurch

By RichardNW8/3/2023 11:03Wed Mar 8 11:03:37 2023In response to Re: Tuesday's match v Hornchurch

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You are right that whether the Supporters Club sponsors a match or just gives the club the money makes little difference as the profile of the supporters Club will be much the same either way. The tiny advantage of sponsoring a game is that it shows publicly the Supporters Club are doing something useful for the club and maybe looks better for the club to not have a game that wasn't sponsored.

However I'd strongly argue that giving the club the money (via donation or sponsorship) is a far better use of the funds than sponsoring a Supporters minibus which, for the games we are talking about, Rosey has mentioned only 5 people were previously interested.

Our away support for games like this is literally "come in a taxi" and unless and until demand changes we'd be far better off looking at some sort of car pooling which perhaps is what happens anyway with those 5 supporters interested in the minibus finding lifts for any given match where one doesn't run.

Sponsoring coaches might work where you have a game where irregulars might be tempted if things are made easy for them. The most successful was when Lawrence Cooley sponsored free coaches (Northwich I think) which did make a difference to our away support but in general I'd say sponsoring a minibus is a waste of money compared to giving that money to the club for players etc and especially if you can find ways to get those supporters there anyway by private cars and pay the drivers petrol and/or entrance money if they weren't planning to go in the first place.

If someone literally does not want to give their money to the club for whatever reason but is willing to sponsor a coach then I don't think it should be rejected but if it were offered up as a regular option there would be a danger of diverting funds which the club desperately needs into a relatively pointless gesture.

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