Fans meeting could be key

CITY fans are being urged to attend tonight s (Thursday) Supporters Trust meeting as speculation mounts over the club s long-term future. Chairman John Gibson reassured fans of his commitment to the club two weeks ago in a statement on the club s website

CITY fans are being urged to attend tonight's (Thursday) Supporters' Trust meeting as speculation mounts over the club's long-term future.

Chairman John Gibson reassured fans of his commitment to the club two weeks ago in a statement on the club's website but since then there has been no announcement about the future of the playing staff and, with many other Blue Square South teams already reshaping their squads, there are fears that City may be left behind.

The Saints City Trust hopes to support the football club and elect a member to join the club's board and put across the fans' views and concerns.

The open meeting will give supporters the chance to grill members of the Trust's current working party, which is led by Supporters' Club chairman Ian Rogers, along with James Mathie of the Government-backed Supporters Direct and a member of another non-league Supporters Trust.

The working party will lay out their aims for the trust and then fans will be invited to ask questions.

The meeting takes place in the club house at Clarence Park, starting from 7.30pm.

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* Former City loan stars Solomon Shields, Bradley Gray and Luke Thurlbourne have all been told that they will not be offered new deals at their clubs.

Leyton Orient boss Geraint Williams has decided to release Shields, pictured, and Gray while Thurlbourne is one of seven players let go by Southend United.

All three players have featured for City this season, with both Shields and Thurlbourne receiving great praise for their efforts. Manager Steve Castle has made no secret of his admiration for Thurlbourne and Shields and is interested in bringing them back to Clarence Park if the financial cloud over the club lifts any time soon.

At the time of going to press, Castle has still not been given any indication of the budget he will have to work within next season.

* The Blue Square South line-up is taking shape following the conclusion of the play-offs.

Hayes & Yeading beat Hampton & Richmond 3-2 in the Blue Square South final to gain promotion to the Blue Square Premier alongside AFC Wimbledon.

Woking, Weymouth and Lewes all join the division after being relegated from the Blue Square Premier and City fans can look forward to away days at Dover Athletic and Staines Town after they were promoted from the Ryman Premier Division.

* City will travel to BGB Southern Premier side Hemel Hempstead Town for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, August 1.

The Tudors narrowly missed out on promotion to Blue Square South this season losing 4-3 on penalties to Farnborough Town. The game will kick off at 3pm.

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