Scarborough Athletic FC is committed to open and responsive communications. Our special Question and Answer (Q&A) service allows all Member Shareholders the opportunity to ask questions regarding the club and its operations, and to pass on ideas they may have and get feedback to those ideas
'How are we going to...?'
'I'm not happy with what the club has decided to do in this case, can you assure me that...?'
'This is brilliant news, had you thought how much better it would be if...?'
'I think you should know that I heard from a friend that...'
'I have a cunning plan...'
These are just a few ways in which you can now seek feedback from the club under the improved Q&A system.
The club will answer all questions honestly and objectively, and will endeavour to provide as much feedback as possible to any ideas you put forward. We will try to answer questions as quickly as possible, but please be patient as immediate answers may not always be possible or appropriate. It may also be the case that your question, and our answer, would benefit or be of interest to a wider audience and we reserve the right to include them in our various club publications and fora; we will contact you directly for permission should this be the case.
You will appreciate that we must take care that the service is not abused. We will not, for example, disclose information that puts us at a competitive or commercial disadvantage, or which compromises the private and personal interests of individuals associated with the club. We also reserve the right to pass on any communications which may be defamatory, potentially criminal or any other malicious intent. In all instances, the Board reserves the right to to reject submissions at its absolute discretion. The Q&A has been running for some time now and these pages contain a lot of useful information; as such we will maintain all communication for as long as possible. However, the club never stands still and many of the questions and our answers may no longer be relevant and the club shall not be held liable for any information given out or for the technical or legal accuracy or otherwise of questions and answers contained within these pages.
All questions should be accompanied by your name and a contact number, this will be used to check your Membership status and to contact you if needed.
Your other details will remain confidential. This will ensure the facility is run for the entitlement of Member Shareholders only, those who have the best interests of SAFC at heart.
The email to send your questions to is: [email protected] with a title of "Q and A Request".
Alternatively you can write to SAFC Q+A, PO BOX 507,Scarborough,North Yorkshire,YO11 9GB.
Wednesday 6th July
Question received from Joint Owner Simon Boyes
Further to the statement at the most recent Fans' Forum by Trevor Bull, is it possible for Joint Owners to be provided with an update on the implementation of the improvement plan formulated by Trevor? In the statement there was an indication of the enrolment on committees of persons with relevant expertise, but no details of the compliance structures which were also agreed. I am sure that being provided with appropriate details, as well as a more general update would reassure many Joint Owners.
Tuesday 19th April
Questions received from Joint Owner Gordon Pickering:
A lot has been said over the last few days regarding the position of Rory Skelton under 21 goalkeeper, the manager telling the FA that he is unavailable to play allowing us to sign a goalkeeper on loan, then the player coming out and saying he is fit not working and available to play. Lot of questions to be asked but I really want a statement from a member of the board to clarify what is happening. If the club has withheld the truth form the FA then I expect them to go back to the FA and tell them so as a mater of urgency to get some credibility back for the club. We seem to be going from 1 disaster to another when will this come to an end?
The recent spotlight on Rory Skelton cannot have been beneficial to the player himself, nor to the club which he had always held in such high esteem. We have no issue with Rory whatsoever and hold him in high regard. As a matter of policy, the club does not normally enter into or respond to speculation on Social Media, especially about matters between the club and individual players, so we are pleased to respond to you as a joint owner in response to your letter to the clubs official Q&A.
The first team suffered a goalkeeping crisis on the very last day of transfer deadline with the disclosure that Nick Draper would be out with injury virtually to the end of his loan spell with the club. With Matt Glennon abroad on holiday and also likely to be out of contention with a Hernia operation, and with Rory Skelton already ruling himself out of U21 action due to other commitments until the end of the season we had a serious problem. With several weekend and midweek games still to play, and no guaranteed regular keeper for all of these the club took the prudent decision to apply for dispensation to bring in longer term goalkeeping cover for the remainder of our games (although Rory agreed to stand in over the Bank Holiday weekend and he put in creditable performances on both occasions).
Throughout this period, the club was already attempting to meet the exacting criteria for an emergency keeper, and we finally secured the services of Max Dearnley, the U21 goalkeeper from FC Halifax Town who travelled to talk to us at training on the Thursday night and who was duly signed under the emergency rule on the Friday just in time for the game against Witton Albion on Saturday.
At no time has the club acted in a dishonest way, nor breached any rule in taking action to safeguard our goalkeeping provision for all the games through to the end of the season.
We hope this statement will end further speculation.
Monday 7th September
Questions received from Joint Owner Brian Wilcox:
Please can you advise when the Final Accounts for 2015 will be published to members and will you confirm that they will be in the same detailed format that was provided for the Audited Accounts for 2014.
Please can you explain why the Unaudited Accounts for 2015 will be published even later in time than when the Audited Accounts were published for last year,which was 22/08/2014?
Does the Board think it would be beneficial if the Trust had a Financial Calendar for the publication of Year End Accounts and Quarterly Reviews to Members, in order that members receive information in a timely manner in future?
As you know, the Board has a Strategic Planning Cycle which identifies key internal and external dates which provides us with guidelines and milestones to manage and maintain the football club. The early release of the 2014 Accounts should not now become a precedent for future years.
However, we note your evident concerns regarding the availability of financial information and will review our Planning Cycle to see if we need to improve/tighten up our support to Joint Owners in this area.
Geoff Osguthorpe (on behalf of the Board of Directors)
Friday 24th July
Question received from Joint Owner Richard Oldale on 30th June:
"Further to the recent quarterly review what is the boards rationale for abandoning fully audited financial accounts?
What are the potential benefits and the disadvantages if this change is implemented?
Will members have an opportunity to vote on any proposed changes?"
Response from Geoff Osguthorpe (on behalf of the Board of Directors):
Thank you for submitting your question to the clubs official Q&A facility on the 30th June.
Hoping this provides you with a suitable background to the matter you highlighted from the Quarterly review.