Join the Blue and Yellow Club
Wimbledon’s Blue and Yellow club provided a vital boost to the playing budget during last season’s relegation battle and organisers of the scheme are hoping it can lift the Dons to greater heights during 2013/14.
The club is now encouraging supporters to sign up to an initiative that entitles members to exclusive behind-the scenes benefits in return for a subscription fee that will provide Neal Ardley with increased transfer funds.
Formed last summer by Iain McNay and Martin Fielding, supporters helped raise a total of £34,000, a fair slice of which secured the services of Harry Pell (pictured above) during the January transfer window.
During 2012/13, supporters had two excellent and very informative dinners with Neal Ardley and Neil Cox in a private dining room at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon. This provided an insight on their plans for Wimbledon’s playing squad and how the management pair aimed to take Wimbledon forward.
Blue and Yellow Club Members were also able to join us at our Blue and Yellow table at pre-match hospitality before games and in the Presidents Lounge afterwards. There was also a memorable dinner and tour of the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Margaret McDonagh and Lord Nick Stern, which included fascinating stories from their lives, and ex-Wimbledon FC CEO David Barnard was also in attendance.
We already have a date for the next dinner with Neil and Neal, which will be in early September. Membership will remain at £1,000 per annum, payable as a lump sum, and below is a list of benefits of the Blue and Yellow Club.
The Blue membership package (for supporters who attend matches regularly) provides the following:
A pass to the President's lounge for home matches 1.
Two tickets for the end of season dinner 2.
Dinner with the management team and club CEO twice a season (for the cost of the meal) 3.
Access to reserved table(s) for the Blue and Yellow Club in pre-match hospitality before home matches (for the cost of the meal) 4.
Invitation to the occasional Wimbledon celebrity dinner each season (again for the cost of the meal) 5.
Subscription to the ‘Wombles Down Under’ magazine, which is published every six weeks. 6.
The benefits of the Yellow membership (for those who don't attend matches regularly) are as follows:
VIP treatment for you and a guest at two home games a season. This would include a special welcome from the CEO, The Dons Trust Chairman and the manager, a pre-match hospitality, access to the President's Lounge and seats in the Directors’ box. If you can't make two home games but can get to one or two away games we will do our best to arrange a similar package for you there. 1.
A tour of the training ground and opportunity to meet the players 2.
Dinner with the Football management team and club CEO twice a season (for the cost of the meal). If you cannot make these events then we can arrange one scheduled telephone briefing each season with the CEO and manager. 3.
4. Invitation to the occasional Wimbledon celebrity dinner each season (again for the cost of the meal)
5. Subscription to the ‘Wombles Down Under’ magazine, which is published every six weeks.
The overall idea is to give members unique benefits that have low direct costs to the football club so that membership fees can go as far as possible towards the playing budget.