Castleford Supporters look back on eventful year at AGM

Castleford Tigers Supporters Club
Castleford Tigers Supporters Club

Castleford Tigers Supporters club held their AGM in the WSTS Suite, at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, with 85 members present.

The accounts were discussed first, with receipts for the year to December 31 totalling £8568. Membership was 305 and the following were re-elected to the committee for 2016: Christine Taylor, Dave Bowman, Ken Harrison, Derek Whale, Paul Burns-Williamson and Keith Taylor.

The members present also agreed the next donation to the club, which will be made to Daryl Powell at the meet the coaches night on Tuesday, February 9.

In a review of 2015, it was stated that it had been another eventful and enjoyable year in which the CTSC had managed to get sponsors for all its 2015 events.

The impact on moving to the Tiger Bar was felt by decreased membership of about 150 and decreased revenue on the guess the score competition, which will not be in operation this season.

Events in the WSTS Suite and other venues were well attended with good feedback while club directors, coaches and players have supported the CTSC tremendously.

CTSC secretary Paul Burns-Williamson said: “We have continued our great relationship with Daryl and the team, something the CTSC and Daryl know is beneficial to both us and the club.

“We never forget the past and forged a good relationship with the Castleford players Association and have at least one event where we invite ex-players.

“Our event highlights were the player of the year awards, the anniversary dinner, a record breaking race night and two social events at the Glassblower which were well attended.

“Once again we have consulted with Daryl on ideas for our donations to maximise the benefit to all players in all age groups.

“Other achievements this year include Barbara Hughes and myself speaking in favour of the 5 Towns Park planning application at Wakefield County Hall in February and many other CTSC members attended that day. We were rewarded with full planning permission in September.

The CTSC committee also attended Supporters Direct meetings in Huddersfield and Hunslet, talking to other teams fans and promoting the club, members of the CTSC also attended the Wales v Keighley game in aid of the Danny Jones Fund and donated an England shirt at a RL fans event at Hunslet.”

Social media sites grew with 6100 members on Facebook and 2100 followers on Twitter.

“Our goal is to convert these followers to members, but even if we cannot we believe that it is great promotion for the club,” said Mr Burns-Williamson.

“We continue to base ourselves in the Tiger Bar, one hour before kick off, selling 2016 memberships. Please come and see us for a pre or after match chat.

This year for the first time we set up a PayPal account so people can join us and get the membership card posted to them, ideal for long distance fans of which we have quite a few. Members have joined us from Australia, Scotland and London.

“The donations made to Castleford Tigers since 2004 now stands at £67,147.58

“I would like to thank all the members and sponsors for the loyal support you all gave us in 2015.”

Mr Burns-Williamson paid tribute to Jack and Bridie Fulton for their huge contribution to the club.

He added: “Jack and Bridie were supporters of our great club, the financial support in good and bad times gave us the fans the opportunity to follow the Tigers, which Jack and Bridie knew meant so much to so many people. Without the Fulton family’s commitment the very existence of the club would have been in severe danger.

“We had the great pleasure of meeting Jack in the last 10 years at our annual ‘meet the directors’ events. He always listened but let other directors do the talking. The one thing that we did know from the meetings was that Jack and his family cared intensely for the club.

“It is very fitting that Jack got to lead the team out at Wembley in 2014 and the CTSC thank Jack and Bridie for everything they did.”