What will be a truncated 2020-2021 League One season began last Saturday and while we don’t intend to focus on events that will no doubt be detailed elsewhere in this programme, it is probably fair to say that the campaign began on a disappointing note for Thistle.
Today’s clash with Airdrie represents our first home league game of the season before next Saturday Thistle take the road to the north east of Scotland to face Cove Rangers. Upon returning from that Thistle face three successive home games as the month of November centres firmly and squarely around games at Firhill.
Those three successive home games at the start of next month we feel tie in neatly with our intended programme of increased fan engagement.
We will return to and will and provide more detail on what you can look out for from the Working Group during the month of November but first we want to address the entirely reasonable question of what the Working Group has already achieved as we continue to take steps towards a fan owned Partick Thistle Football Club.
Due to the nature of the work, and because of the difficulty circumstances that we all find ourselves living in at present, most of the Working Group’s activities so far have taken place away from the spotlight. As such it may look as if there has been little progress but the work that has been undertaken, although laborious in nature at times, has been essential to the overall success of the whole process and represents the reaching of not insignificant landmarks.
To summarise then the Working Group has thus far achieved:
- Conducted a vote among the Thistle support with a view to deciding the name of the fans’ organisation that will hold the shares in Partick Thistle Football Club. The winning name being The Jags Foundation.
- Drafted a consultative document. This document sets put in some detail options for how The Jags Foundation could operate, and how it might exercise its role as majority shareholder in the Club
- Started the consultation process by circulating the consultative document with all members of the various sub-groups of the Working Group. This has allowed us to receive some important initial feedback and refine the document for wider distribution.
What then can you expect to see from the Working Group in the month ahead?
Back in March we had intended to launch a series of Fan Hubs at the remaining home games last season but, as we all know, events brought an all too swift end to the season.
The aim of the Fan Hubs was to provide supporters with the opportunity to speak directly to members of the Working Group with any questions they have on the subject of fan-ownership.
While fans are still not allowed to return to football grounds this is obviously something that we can’t do face to face but with three successive home games at the start of November we feel we have an opportunity to, at least virtually, offer Thistle fans the chance to directly engage with the Working Groups.
There are a number of ways in which we can do this including, but not limited to, Facebook live events and webinars and these are options that we are exploring in more detail.
Meantime we have this page in the official match programme available to us to utilise and in way of kicking off these virtual hubs we are asking Thistle fans to contact us with any questions that they have regarding the whole subject of fan ownership but in particular:
- What the term fan-ownership means to you
- What you would like to see from a fan-owned Partick Thistle
- What issues you might have about the concept of fan ownership
We will collate your questions and provide our responses on this page of the programme across those three November home games.
We will also publish your questions, and our answers, on the Working Group website http://www.partickthistlefcworkinggroup.com and on our Facebook page.
Your responses will also allow us to frame the structure of any future planned online events we host.
To enable to publish the first round of questions and answers in the programme for the game against Falkirk on November 7th could you please email your questions/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on Saturday October 31st 2020.