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Moffat Nets Trust Award

Prolific striker Michael Moffat may have left Ayr United for pastures new but before he did he added another accolade to his personal haul of awards this season, after being named The Honest Men Trust’s Player of the Year. League 1’s top scorer was the unanimous choice of the Trust’s members and becomes the twelfth recipient of the Ally MacLeod Memorial Trophy. The Moff’s role at Ayr United extended beyond the pitch and it was fitting that he received his reward recently by the Mild Disabilities Team at Queen Margaret Academy. Michael has been one of the team’s coaches throughout the season and the kids were delighted to award him the trophy. The coaching is provided by the Ayr United Football Academy under their Everybody Active programme and THMT are delighted to be long-term sponsors and supporters of the Academy and their work in the community....

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Ayr United fans welcome at Trust AGM

AYR UNITED fans are being urged to make a special effort to attend this year’s Honest Men Trust AGM. Neil Bone, the interim chairman of the Trust, which is now in its 10th year, said: “A vital time lies ahead for Ayr United following chairman Lachlan Cameron’s  announcement that he intends to investigate the possibility of community ownership. “The Trust believes it is important that fans come together to discuss the implications of community ownership and the benefits it might have for the club.” The AGM will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 10.30am in the Ally MacLeod Suite at Somerset Park. Non-members are welcome to attend, but will be unable to vote.  New members are always welcome. Mark Reid, Project Manager with Supporters Direct Scotland will also be attending the AGM.  Supporters Direct are facilitating the working group looking at community ownership at Ayr United and are involved with fans groups looking to take charge at Hearts and...

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Further reaction to club’s statement on community ownership

AYR UNITED supporters’ body The Honest Men Trust has welcomed club chairman Lachlan Cameron’s announcement on a possible move towards community ownership. It has also urged fans to register for updates on the progress made by the group set up to look in detail at the feasibility of such a step. The Trust believes this change of status would protect the club’s assets and help to safeguard its long-term future, while putting it at the heart of the local community.  It could also open up the possibility of attracting grant funding to support the club’s community role. Outgoing Trust chairman John Dalton said: “This welcome development puts Ayr United at the forefront of meaningful change in Scottish club football.  “While Hearts and Dunfermline are looking at community solutions in response to being in administration, our club has taken the bold step of investigating community ownership now. “We look forward to finding out more about what a community ownership model at Ayr United would look like; but we are convinced that any move towards a more sustainable, transparent, and democratic governance model, which includes meaningful supporter involvement, will secure Ayr United in perpetuity.” Fans can register their interest in developments at www.united.coop and see updates on Twitter...

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THMT Chairman Steps Down

John Dalton has stepped down from his position as Chairman of The Honest Men Trust (THMT). Secretary Neil Bone will act as Chairman in the interim up until the AGM, when a new Chair will be elected. John said: “It is with a deep sense of regret that I have tendered my resignation as Chairman of The Honest Men Trust with immediate effect. It has been a pleasure, sometimes a difficult one but still a pleasure, to have been involved with the Trust since its inception nearly 10 years ago. I believe now is the right time to get some new blood and new ideas onto the Trust Board and with my role at Whittlets Victoria now increasing, someone able to lead the important work the Trust does in supporting Ayr United Football Club, Ayr United Football Academy and football in South Ayrshire as a focus for community involvement. “I wish the Trust every success in future and hope that one day soon the Trust can have the influence on the club that the supporters deserve and have the opportunity to make a positive difference.” Neil Bone said: “I would like to thank John for his efforts over the past 9-and-a-half years, especially since returning as Chairman in 2010. THMT can look forward to its 10 year anniversary in October thanks largely to the dedication and commitment John has shown, which is testament to his passion for Ayr United. John has been central to the successes of THMT and in laying the platform for future achievements.” The process of seeking nominations and the election of members to the Trust Board will now begin, with an AGM to be held in July. Further details will be circulated to members in the coming...

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Survey Results

The Honest Men Trust (THMT) has published the results of its survey of Ayr United supporters. THMT commissioned research agency Red Circle Communications to assist in the drafting of questions for the wide ranging survey which was launched at the start of April, prior to United’s relegation to the Second Division. Red Circle have independently analysed the feedback from over 380 fans – around a third of the Honest Men’s average home crowd – and have compiled a report which is now available, below. The findings have also been sent to the Ayr United Chairman, Directors and manager Mark Roberts. The idea behind the survey was a positive one to identify issues concerning supporters and to see what can be done to entice them back to Somerset Park, after over 10,000 fans followed the team to Hampden Park in January. THMT believe the supporters are the lifeblood of any football club but too often no-one will listen to what they have to say. We are keen to see as many supporters as possible turn up and back Ayr United and we are sure the manager and players themselves would appreciate that immensely. This survey has given supporters a chance to have their say. Chairman Lachlan Cameron has responded to the survey to thank the Trust for their efforts and to confirm the results have been noted by the Somerset Park hierarchy but has chosen not to comment specifically on its findings. The survey was completed by United diehards as well as those who attend less often, for a variety of reasons. Around two thirds of the survey respondents have supported the club for over 20 years and over half attend 16 games or more a season. The survey found that 70% of fans attend the same number or more games now than in the last couple of seasons. While there was encouraging news on attendances, less positive was that less than one in five Ayr fans who completed the survey said they felt valued as a supporter by the club. It is encouraging that Ayr fans continue to back their team but we need to make sure as many of those who now go less often, or have stopped going altogether, turn up at Somerset Park more regularly. Through the survey, supporters have said they would like the club to do more to recognise their loyalty and support, and for better communication. Hopefully, taking account of the survey, the club can improve relations with supporters the coming months and there will be a positive impact on attendances. Ayr United Fan Survey - June 2012 (1125) Join THMT: If you’re not yet a member of...

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Trust seek fans views on ‘newco’ Rangers

The Honest Men Trust (THMT) is asking for the views of its members – and all Ayr United fans – on the prospect of Rangers joining the Scottish Football League and plans for reconstruction in Scottish football. THMT Chairman, John Dalton, said “We were delighted with the response the Trust had from all Ayr United supporters to our recent fans survey, with over 380 replies on a range of matters concerning the club. Now, the situation surrounding Rangers has huge implications for Scottish football and it is only right that supporters’ voices are heard”. Fans of SPL clubs have made their feelings clear and clubs are taking notice meaning it now looks unlikely that the SPL will allow Rangers to continue in the top tier when they vote on July 4th. The SFA have now confirmed that talks are ongoing between the three governing bodies which would see one league body oversee the senior game; the introduction of a play-off between SPL and SFL First Division; a single financial distribution model and a pyramid system, with the potential for relegation from and promotion to the fourth tier. John said: “Scottish football is in need of change and the situation at Rangers offers an opportunity to do this.  The proposals mentioned by the SFA, many of which feature in the Fans’ Plan produced by Supporters Direct Scotland, are to be cautiously welcomed. However, what happens to Rangers is still unknown. Will they start in the First Division or the Third? Or even stay in the top division? “The fact that clubs in the SPL are willing to listen to their supporters on this matter is hugely encouraging. SFL clubs, including Ayr United, are likely to have their vote on the future of Scottish football and on Rangers and we would hope that the Ayr United Board take account of the opinions of supporters”. THMT will feedback the views of supporters on Rangers and league reconstruction – and the results of the fan survey – to the Ayr United Board in the coming weeks. Fans can send their comments using the form below or by e-mail to admin@thmt.co.uk   Comments or questions are welcome. First Name: Last Name: Email: Subject: Message: CAPTCHA...

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