Graham Kelly agreed to do the meeting on October 7th provided we
could supply memorabilia to sell and his expenses, which proved the
Decision: to see if he will come without costs.
Update: Meeting cancelled. Tony Banks booked for 11 November.
Agreed that it is a good way of IMSUA members who cannot attend
mid-week meetings to get together. Agreed to hold one before Christmas
and one soon after .
Decision: first to be held 6/11/99 before match against
Leicester at STLC.
Update: Date changed to October 30 due to clash on 6/11 with SU
Change of logo from ManU to Man Utd (and not before time - sec).
Newsletter distributed end of September. Contributors and volunteers
for stuffing thanked.
DK - outstanding response - 250 replies by 9/9. LH offered help in
analysing results. Applications and renewals in newsletter also worked
Decision: to have analysis of results ASAP and results to be
publicised widely, including in IMUSA newsletter, and to have input
into IMUSA policy.
AW: idea of a percentage of tickets to be made available only to
personal callers to the ticket office to help local fans' access. DK,
ML, MS, MA all spoke in favour of changing the emphasis to youngsters
. Important to be seen as making positive suggestions.
Decision: to write to the club with ideas, to be followed by a
press release and publicity/campaign afterwards.
SU want IMUSA to front 1 or 2 resolutions to the AGM. To do this
will require 100 people representing at least 10,000 shares to sign
the motion. Gets debate heard; IMUSA's name on the order paper at the
Decision: to focus on one issue - access for (local)
Not For Sale
Not For Sale by AW and AB will be out at the end of October. Not an
official history, but a full account of the campaign against Sky. One
sale in shops for £9.99, IMUSA will get copies at wholesale SOR and
will sell for £10.99 inc. p+p with profits going to the organisation.
Also, Jonathan Michie's Game of Two Halves book has been published,
with chapters by AB, AW and SU chair, Jonathan Michie.
Ray Eckersly reported that IMUSA's report into problems at European
matches has been issued and sent to the FA, the Sports Minister Kate
Hoey, Manchester police, MUFC, UEFA, Tony Lewis MP and others.
Update: Report well received by Kate Hoey.
Proposal to send an IMUSA delegation to the Marseilles game on a
'goodwill' mission. Some concern that IMSUA would be held responsible
if things go wrong, but agreement that IMUSA could get very good PR
from such a trip and help better relations.
Decision: ML and RE to take it forward.
Update: Official delegation idea dropped due to lack of funding
despite efforts to get money from a variety of sources, and despite
support from Hoey among others. Possibility of establishing contacts
with some Marseilles fan groups through NC.
Following liaison with Barcelona and Bayern fans last season, an
internet based email group has been established by Andrew Lindsay and
Brian Kavanagh to try and get links with fans across Europe. AL and BK
want to establish a European fans group.
Decision: to monitor how the network develops.
ML reported that CoFS had been officially launched with over 100
fans groups and fanzines signing up to the charter and that many had
made a financial contribution. Lobby held of Football Task Force
meeting where a mock cheque and the CoFS charter were presented. Also
support given from PFA who have said they will help fund it.
Steve Donahue said that there had been complaints about the way
automatic season ticket payments for Champions League games were being
Decision: IMUSA to write to the club and find out the policy.