I'm not involved in the sale of shirts, but I've said several times an error has been made here and this process needs to be reviewed - and it will be.
Hedgegrower generally does an excellent job with auctions and you've said yourself, the Co-op typically achieve prices in excess of what you would expect a shirt to sell for.
There has been about 3 separate threads on this subject alone. How many more times can we go over it? The point has been made, it just like this is being used as a stick to beat the Co-op with....
The Co-op is working on a new marketing campaign to boost membership - to provide the organisation with a stronger, more representative voice. Starting with the trophy photo shoot today. This will be part of an on-going campaign, which will see each home match targeted with a specific message during and in the build up to the game.
A couple of my colleagues have been working hard to recruit new board members and I believe we will have some excellent new candidates on board in November. If more people stepped up, we could have a contested election and members can elect who they think would do the best job.
Personally, I've brought princebytor on board, who is a Senior Management Accountant. His skills have proved very valuable in helping the Co-op scrutinise the club's accounts, both with the Club directly and also by working closely with their accountants.
As for a big vision, I wanted to use the Guardian Account to help acquire Edgeley Park as an asset for the Club - and presented a plan at the AGM, but that was not part of the plans for the current Club owners, so it was a non-starter.
However, the Co-op has set up and raised over £60,000 for the Guardian Account. That might not sound overly exciting, but if we ever found ourselves in Bury's position, that money would be critical and would provide a great starting point for further fund raising.
A Co-op led initiative has enabled around 4,000+ youngsters to watch a free game as part of the Community Ticket initiative.
The Co-op has worked closely with the Club over the last 4 years to reverse the desparate situation we were facing, having lost £550k and £275k respectively, with the real prospect of the Club going to the wall. We've helped the Club achieve 4 to 5 seasons of year on year growth, by scrutinising, challenging and offering support as and when appropriate.
The Co-op does a hell of a lot of work. You can either try and recognise this or try and dismiss it, but some on here just seem to want to belittle the organisation for some reason . Even the new package of benefits has been criticised, as they non-members can't receive them (what sort of logic is that?)