It was brought to the attention of the Board that references within the strategic document recently circulated were construed as a criticism of individuals or groups. The Board are unanimous and have no hesitation in stating that no such criticism is intended, expressed or implied in any way whatsoever.
The Board are happy to meet with any individual or group within the Glentoran body and clarify any matter that they may wish to raise.
Indeed in the past week the Board have met with the 1923 Committee to discuss the impact of the documents proposals with regard to their production of the Gazette.
The Board are happy to place on record their appreciation of the sterling work of the 1923 Committee in this regard.
In addition the Board would reiterate their appreciation to these individuals and groups that give of their time and energy to promote the best interests of Glentoran.
It is the intention of the Board to meet soon with the various representative groups at Glentoran for the purpose of advancing initiatives relative to the document circulated.
Glentoran Recreation Company Co Limited wish to clarify that Kerr Consulting was employed in March 2005 to undertake a business review of the entire operations at that time.
The business review was completed and presented to the Board of Glentoran Recreation Co Limited in July 2005 by Kerr Consulting of which present Glentoran Director Ian Kerr is principle. The review was performed at no cost to Glentoran Recreation Co Limited.
The “Strategic Summary Paper” recently circulated has been undertaken by Ian Kerr and the work associated was neither expensed nor remunerated.
The above is issued for the purposes of clarity and to counter the speculation on various website forums.
The Chairman and Board of Directors utterly condemn without reservation the actions of a number of misguided individuals, masquerading as Glentoran Supporters, at Tuesdays night’s Co Antrim Shield semi-final against Cliftonville Football Club at Windsor Park.
The actions of these people resulted in a baseball being thrown onto the pitch which could have caused serious injury, and the malicious damage of 29 seats in the South Stand, which will undoubtedly result in a further financial penalty on the club.
The Board want to make it clear that the Club have been investigating all aspects of the matter and have now been provided with information indicating the individuals involved.
While our own internal investigations continue we have been in contact with the Police Service and have passed on all information at our disposal to them with a view to the formal identity and apprehension of the individuals concerned.
We wish to clearly indicate that irrespective of whatever action the PSNI may deem necessary, that further action will be taken by the club to apply sanctions on all those identified as having participated in these activities. We are determined that such criminal behaviour will not be tolerated wherever and however it may manifest itself, and remain fully committed to the principles of sporting behaviour enshrined in UEFA’s 10 point-plan and Football for All.
The Glentoran Board of Directors would like to extend it’s sincere thanks to the Glentoran Foundation for the support it has given to the club since it’s inception in 2004.
The Glentoran Foundation is an organisation created by fans in order to raise funds for Glentoran FC. While it is independent from the club, it’s main objective is to donate funds to help cover the club’s utility bills.
Many fans are already involved and it has proven to be extremely successful. Since June 2007, the Foundation has raised £14,567 for Glentoran to pay utility bills, which in turn allow finances to be invested in playing staff and other playing expenditures.
Since the foundation began in June 2004 it has raised a total of £57,468 for Glentoran FC, which ultimately secures the financial stability of the club for years to come.
Te foundation was created by fans, and is still run by Glentoran fans on a voluntary basis. No member of the Foundation receives any of the funds raised, every penny is donated directly to Glentoran FC. The main source of funds is a regular monthly direct debit of £10 from each Foundation member, while the foundation also organizes special events such as pre-game meals and entertainment.