I think Ronnie’s suggestion of putting the season tickets on sale early is a great one. Not sure how it works but there may be printing costs to be paid by the club beforehand. I’d be happy to pay now and collect later though.
A superb gesture. I have no idea what each individual player’s circumstances are , if there are some who are self employed or work in the gig economy I would understand if the continued to take a wage as they won’t get sick pay if they are told to stay away or are affected by the virus itself.
I don’t hold out much hope for the SFA/SPFL helping out - might be wrong. Personally think FIFA should help - I mean how much have they got in the coffers. Again I don’t hold out much hope.
Personally I won’t be looking for money back from my season ticket- very few fans will . Would be happy to pay up for an “early” early bird season ticket to help the club out. I’m sure there are other small ways to help out. Of course all this can’t overlook the bigger picture which is to protect those people with underlying health issues who are most vulnerable to this virus.
As the consequences of a possible shut down in Scottish football until the end of the season truly dawns on people,it seems that clubs are queuing up to say how hard it's going to be to survive with their main income stream cut off. In the last few days I have read statements from Alloa , Airdrie, Annan, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Clyde and a few others about how challenging things will be: behind all the emotion in football at the end of the day it is a business and costs will continue including wages, heating and maintenance costs, pitch upkeep, insurance costs etc, etc,etc. However, we must keep in mind that the health and wellbeing of the community is by far and away the number one priority.
Our BOD must be reeling at this massive blow as after making the club financially stable all of the hard work of the last few years could be undermined by , instead of 2 months with very little income, facing four income free months. Having been away from the board for 9 months now I can't say for certain but the pandemic could cost the club in excess of £20000. Of course some small savings can be made by training at our own stadium and saving on travel costs to away games. Even a few staff members deferring their wages for a while will help spread the losses. Launching early bird season ticket sales earlier than normal would help. I would call on SPFL to make their prize money payments earlier than scheduled. And I believe the Scottish Government will make grants available to businesses to help alleviate some of the hardship: around £3k if I have read the information correctly. All of these and more ideas will help to spread the timescale of the effects but will not lessen the losses at the end of the day. The BOD deserves our support in these difficult times : let's hope the football authorities move soon to help clubs like ours.
Post by samtennentjnr on Mar 17, 2020 15:20:34 GMT
Is there anyway we could set up some sort of "gofundme" type page to help support the club during this time.
It might be a drop in the ocean but i'd happy chuck in at least the money I'd normally be spending on Entry to away games ,Pies,Programmes and Pints etc each week to help elevate some of the pressure on the club.
Obviously im in a lucky position where I can work from home etc so I'm a position to be able to do this, wouldn't expect anyone who this will effect to do this but one of my priorities is if i can do the things I enjoy just now is to make sure they are still around when this is all over !
I'm one of the "old generation" that wouldn't give money online or on similar platforms,but would happily give it direct-in a safe environment,mindful of the current guidelines.Glad to help-like I'm sure all the Rover's fans would in whatever way to ensure we have a club first and foremost and maintain our survival.
I think a really good idea would be to launch the early bird season ticket sale now.( it's only a month or so before the club would normally do so). I am sure someone from the club could come on here outlining the prices and the payment details. I am sure this would raise a reasonable amount of money to tide things over. I realise it's not additional money but would be a tangible and significant way fans can help just now.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Apr 20, 2020 15:31:46 GMT
I note that Stirling Albion are offering refunds (£53 to adults) to holders of season tickets as cash or as a discount on next years. Dundee have supposedly decided to automatically refund their holders and are selling next years already despite uncertainties on number of games and possibility of closed door matches.
Season tickets are an important source of income during the barren months of mid May to mid July and the early bird idea has been a success for us. But I am sure the board will postpone any idea of launching season ticket sales until there is even a rough idea of when next season might start and what it might look like.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on May 6, 2020 12:13:50 GMT
I see that Gartcairn are giving free season tickets for next term to all the folk that held them this season.
Great for them but one suspects it’d bankrupt Rovers. Interesting to note that allegedly just 65 of around 1800 Partick Th season ticket holders requested a refund of part of their season ticket fee which the club offered.