5. Secretary's report Philip did not have a formal report, but stated how proud he was of the Club, experiencing the excellent arrangements made between Club and the Watford General Hospital to provide Covid-19 jabs, and the other support the Club had quietly provided to support hospital staff during the pandemic.
6. Treasurer's report, Iain reported that the WFCE bank balance remained unchanged at £624.00 in the main account, and £53.40 in the second account, making a total of £677.40. WFC had undertaken to attend to independent examination of the accounts. This was accepted for information.
7. Election of Officers
David explained the WFCE Constitution stated that 'All Officers shall be elected/re-elected annually at the AGM. He had no new offers from Members for any positions and all of the current incumbants are willing to continue to serve, he suggested that vote was taken for Committee as a whole.
Current holders, :-
David Butler Chair
Phil Nightingale Vice Chair
Iain Lamb Treasurer
Phillip Linnegar Secretary
Gary Armstrong Social Secretary
The meeting voted to confirm their election for a further year.
Representatives from Watford FC and Watford FC Supporters Trust are nominated and Dave Messenger WFC EDI & Disability Access Officer will continue to represent the club.
8. Election of Independent Examiner The Members agreed to invite the Finance Director of Watford Football Club to act as Independent Examiner for the WFCE accounts.
9. Watford FC Report Dave Messenger gave a Watford FC Report
Digital ticketing. Dave explained that it was vital for any supporters to let the Club know of any problems so they can be rectified. More turnstiles would be opened in EJ stand, which eases access problems on Occupation Road, and this would in place for the Wolves game.
Dave said that stewards had mastercards to help ease problems, a situation that will continue as the Club are working through the bugs. Digital ticketing helps the Club combat ticket touts, and protects the Club and supporters from any increase in Covid-19 cases in the autumn if the government then make changes the guidance for stadiums.
Phil N: If a steward uses mastercard, it does not register the attendance of a supporter. Dave said Supporters are asked to keep in touch, if they did attend. The most important thing is to get them into the stadium. The Floor was opened.
From the Floor 1: Big thanks to Dave for sorting out a problem with tickets at Villa game. Dave appreciated the thanks.
From the Floor 2: The teenaged Vicarage Roadies were excellent helping with IT problems. Dave explained that the Roadies are fans first and foremost
From the Floor 3: Feedback on the TVs has been really good. Dave explained that the screens would in time, carry 'big screen' output.
From the Floor 4: Members present also wanted to record their pride at the practical support offered by Watford Football Club for the NHS and hospital next door.
From the Floor 5: Club mascots: Could some of WFCE funds held be used to support a disabled child in a mascot? Dave explained mascot funds are donations and go to help the WFC Supporters Trust.
10. Notified Business items -
10.1 LGT TVs, Extra P Rails - dealt with above.
10.2 Utilisation of WFC Disabled facilities
David explained that overall usage was 66%, and 59% for wheelchair users.
10.3 Away Facility Survey
David thanked Gary Armstrong for his reports of facilities and difficulties encountered at away fixtures. David is asking his Premier League Disability Action Group to do the same, so areas of improvement can be identified.
10.4 Digital Ticketing
Physical cards are available for those without smart phones
Disabled Parking Tickets are now all obtained via the ticket office including tickets for Chater School.
11. Guest Speaker, Luther Blissett
The Chairman David Butler welcomed Luther Blissett to the WFCE AGM.
David led an interesting, interview style conversation, with periodic questions from the floor. Luther started by explaining how Graham Taylor had been keen on keeping the Watford players fitter than other teams. Luther re-collected meeting the Royal Ballet, noting how the dancers are really fit, with strength, power and control.
A wide-ranging and free flowing discussion around the importance of family values then, from when he was growing up, and now reflecting on the pressures children face these days.
With plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and great answers in response, the Members gave Luther a fullsome round of applause in appreciation.
12. Thanks and Close
Meeting closed by David at 9.00pm