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Chris Custodiet

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  1. Venue and time ain't obvious. Needs to be agreed with my mate Tyson
  2. No nothing as important as that. Just a chairman claiming that Dean Holdsworth spent a million quid in fees before buying half the club for 50P, hadn't a clue about the club's financial outgoings and a board member claiming that Michael James was unfit to be anywhere near having a financial interest in BWFC. And that's before we even start on governance issues.
  3. Correct but let's be honest this is really about the irrelevant ST trying to make itself relevant. Its up to FV to run the show and to make commercial decisions. If they can improve the matchday experience and make it commercially viable, FV should just get on with it. I don't see any reason why it couldn't be viable.The fixed costs are there whether its used or not but I wouldn't be relying on any of the Trust board as partners or business advisors and I wouldn't expect FV to.
  4. I hope you don't use that kind of language in front of your children.
  5. This helps too, from guess who? "After recent discussions with the new owners, it has been agreed that the FanZone is to return as a partnership between the club and BWFCST. Arrangements are ongoing and there will be further announcements as availability of facilities are confirmed. What we can report is that the first FanZone of this season will run in the Premier Suite on Saturday 19 October ’19 for the Rochdale home fixture. Further details will be announced nearer the time, but we would like to obtain supporters views on what you are all looking for in the new FanZone. In order to make the pre-match experience as enjoyable as possible, could you please take part in this short survey and let us have your preferences. You can also add any other thoughts you may have in the comments section at the end of the survey. Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you all on the 19 October. COYW! Please click the link below to complete the FanZone survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5V3J9
  6. Did you actually read the first post on the thread?
  7. I think you'll find that's for another thread, if not a book. The purpose of this thread is to pay homage to that fine body of men and women that is the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust.
  8. Nah, right word, wrong spelling.
  9. I think it was Thomas Gray that wrote 'ignorance is bliss'. Enjoy.
  10. I think you'll find that was spelling rather than grammar but I've corrected it now.
  11. Don't kid yourself. There never were many on here who were arsed about anything unless it fed into their ill-considered prejudices.
  12. Bit of a problem isn't it when uninformed prejudices and unimaginative groupthink, shared for years between drinking mates, are challenged by folk who know what they are talking about? But if you find it painful to read it, don't read it. Not that difficult is it? But if you wanted to be constructive, you could try explaining to me, Sluffy and members of the the ST where Dean Holdsworth found a million quid to spend on fees before he spent 50P on buying half of BWFC. I'd love to know. Surely the ST chairman wouldn't make up something like that. And btw I spent quite a lot of my young life watching BWFC home and away. So actually seeing Nat Lofthouse, Tommy Banks and Eddie Hopkinson playing for BWFC and England was a source of pride rather than trauma in my formative years. Where did you get your weird ideas from?
  13. Depressing, ain't it Sluffy, reading some of the comments from the Richard Heads on WW?
  14. Silly me. I thought it was about the champions of the people and whizzo business brains of the ST who through their brilliant and persistent diligence are going to bring the Fanzone back to its adoring followers. But its a fair point about somewhere for the kids, specially when its raining stair rods.
  15. That figures. Birds of a feather, eh?
  16. Don't know what he's into but he's as dumb as a door knob. Even dumber than Riggins44. Here are another couple of Lowbrow sketches. I know you'll love 'em: ‘’Ah, Riggins, there you are. Have you finished the homework I set for you last week?’’ ‘’Yes, Sir. I left it on your desk, Sir.’’ ‘’Well I haven’t seen it. Why would that be?’’ ‘’I don’t know, Sir. Maybe somebody stole it, Sir’’ ‘’Now who would want to steal your homework, Riggins?’’ ‘’Davies, Sir’’ ‘’Why would Davies want to do that, Riggins’’ ‘’I don’t know, Sir’’ ‘’I don’t want any more of that nonsense, Riggins. The question I asked was, if Bolton Wanderers lost £9million in 2013/14, how did it manage to pay the players monthly wages? So what was your answer, Riggins?’’ ‘’I can’t remember, Sir.’’ ‘’You can’t remember, Riggins? We can’t expect you to pass GCSE Business Studies if you forget things so quickly, can we Riggins?’’ ‘’I don’t know, Sir’’ ‘’Can you remember the school motto, Riggins?’’ ‘’Oh yes, Sir. Nil desperate dan, Sir.’’ ‘’Not quite, Riggins. Its nil desperandum. Its Latin and it means don’t despair. We don’t teach Latin at Lowbrow Academy but do you know what despair means, Riggins?’’ ‘’No, Sir’’ XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ‘’OK boys, you can go now. Riggins, would you stay behind please.’’ ‘’Who Sir, me Sir, I haven’t done anything Sir. It were Davies, Sir.’’ ‘’I want to speak to you about your homework, Riggins. You seem to be getting rather confused. I first asked you if, as reported, BW was losing £1m per month in 2014/15 how do you think the monthly wages got paid. Do you remember your answer Riggins?’’ ‘’Not exactly, Sir.’’ ‘’Well I do. It was something of a confusion, and you seem to be easily confused, but you came to the conclusion that Davies must have put in £12m in that year. Do you know why that was not a very good answer, Riggins?’’ ‘’No, Sir.’’ ‘’Well, Riggins. There are two reasons: 1. We haven’t seen any accounts for 2014/15, have we, so we don’t know that the £1m per month was accurate 2. We haven’t seen any accounts for 2014/15 so we don’t know if anyone else put any money in. Do you understand Riggins?’’ ‘’I think so, Sir’’ ‘’So I then asked you about the 2013/14 season and you said you’d given your answer but couldn’t remember what it was. But you hadn’t given an answer had you, Riggins? Did you not understand that the 2013/14 season was not the same as the 2014/15 season?’’ ‘’I don’t know, Sir.’’ ‘’Now I’d like to ask you about something else, Riggins. You keep accusing Davies of things that aren’t true. Why are you doing that Riggins?’’ ‘’Well I don’t like him, Sir. None of us like him, Sir. He doesn’t play with us, Sir.’’ ‘’Has he been giving you his pocket money, Riggins?’’ ‘’No, Sir.’’ ‘’Are you sure, Riggins?’’ ‘’He’s not given us much, Sir.’’ ‘’How much has he given you, Riggins?’’ ‘’I don’t know, Sir.’’ ‘’Can you not remember, Riggins?’’ ‘’No, Sir.’’ ‘’Have you been calling his father names, Riggins?’’ ‘’No, Sir. Not me Sir?’’ ‘’Have you been calling him a tax dodger, Riggins?’’ ‘’Well he is, Sir. My Dad says it stands to reason, Sir. His Dad lives in the Isle of Man, Sir, and he’s got this thingy somewhere, and he’s, and he’s and he’s..’’ ‘’Just a moment, Riggins. Are you sure this is what your father told you?’’ ‘’Oh yes’ Sir.’’ ‘’Is your father an expert on taxes?’’ ‘’Oh yes, Sir. My Dad knows everything, Sir.’’ ‘’Remind me what your father does for a living, Riggins.’’ ‘’He’s a taxi driver, Sir.’’ ‘’I see. Thank you, Riggins. I’ll have a word with Mr Handysides and see if we can get him to take you for woodwork. I don’t think Business Studies is going to be the best subject for you.’’
  17. Depressing, ain't it Sluffy, reading some of the comments from the Richard Heads on WW? Still not quite as bad as the Beeno. I wonder if any one of them used to contribute to the Beeno as Riggins44 or Riggermortis ,winner of the 2016 Bonehead of the Year award. Bonehead of the Year 2016 Good morning, boys. We have a special award to make this morning and some very special guests that I would like to welcome to Lowbrow Academy. Firstly I would like to introduce Mr Anderson-Shelter who is chairman of our governors and his very good friend and fellow governor, Mr Codswallop. Mr Anderson-Shelter and Mr Codswallop joined the Board of Governors in March this year following the retirement of our principle benefactor, Mr Davies. Mr Davies spent more than £175million in supporting the academy since 1999 and in appreciation our governors kindly presented him with a Poundland Gift Voucher to spend on anything he wanted. I am told that Mr Davies decided to spend it on a new trowel to use on his Isle of Man allotment and I hope that it has lasted the summer. A number of members of staff have left this year to continue their careers elsewhere and we wish them all well especially our former Games Teacher, Mr Lemon. We welcome his replacement, Mr Parkinson, who has been doing very well with the school football team after some early disappointing results against Cheltenham Ladies College and Blackpool Jobseekers Club. But it is in financial management that our new governors are showing their true mettle. Monthly losses have been slashed to £800,000; the audited accounts have been promised soon and are presently only nine months late and new accountants, Messrs Tickit, Blottit and Scarper, will soon be brought in to replace Dolittles. You may not have heard of TBS but they have some splendidly refurbished offices in the town thanks to the foresight and generosity of Council Leader, Mr Minor. Unfortunately I have some sad news to report. Mr Pennyfeather has recently been admitted for treatment in the Asylum for Broken Arithmetic Teachers. However ABAT has a very good record so we hope to be able to welcome Mr Pennyfeather back in the not too distant future. In the meantime Miss Pickles from the Domestic Science department will undertake Mr Pennyfeather’s duties. Now I would like to welcome the Chief Football Writer from the Bolton News, Mr Marc (I’m no business expert) IIes to present the BN 2016 Bonehead of the Year Award. Competition for this award is always intense but this year it has been fiercely contested and the judges have had a very difficult job picking a winner from so many deserving candidates. However one candidate stood out for consistent idiocy and stupidity throughout the year and I can now announce that this year’s worthy winner is Riggermortis. Please show your appreciation for our invited guests and winner of the BN 2016 Bonehead of the Year, Riggermortis.
  18. I think you are right again, Sluffy. Your memory ain't too bad is it?
  19. If as Sluffy says, you were previously a senior fire officer you plainly carried out vitally important work but might not have realised that the words you used in this instance were entirely inappropriate to the circumstance. You probably didn't mean it but the actual position did need to be made absolutely clear.
  20. I'm far from convinced that everyone has noticed the ST's shortcomings. Their attitude to everything has been scarcely different to Marc Iles (or any of FIBS) and he still seems to have his following, even on here. The Holdsworth/Anderson takeover was never reported with any sensible objectivity or competence and still hasn't been. If its up to Marc Iles or the ST, I doubt it ever will be. Holdsworth and Anderson could no more afford to pay BWFC's debts than they could walk across Morecambe Bay when the tide was in and that's not what either of them ever undertook to do. Iles, the ST and two members of the House of Lords seemed to believe that one of them had.
  21. Loads of stuff here that suggests ST governance is in need of improvement, Sluffy, but is there any point in listing it all.Their first Annual Return stated that they had an officer (the Treasurer) who wasn't a member of their committtee. I can't say I've come across that idea very often. I think the truth is that the ST has always struggled to find individuals with something to offer and a willingess to spend their valuable time with folk with very little business sense. And that is 'only the beginning' of reasons not to get involved with them.
  22. You could not be more wrong. You should not be making the inferences you have made and it should not need explaining but those who appoint Independent Examiners and those who accept appointment as Independent Examiners should reflect on whether they are independent or not. Its simply good governance and the very reason that the title 'Independent Examiner' exists.
  23. Woah there Micky. No suggestion of anything like that but an Independent Examiner should be independent.Too often they aren't.
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