only2garners Posted September 19, 2011 Share Posted September 19, 2011 Now that the official press release has come out regarding the trip to Pune I thought I would create a dedicated thread and start it off by giving some explanation as to how it came about. Simon Williams went out to India in August and in discussions about fans the owners asked for a group of fans to come out to Pune when the team makes it's rearranged visit during the international break weekend. Simon talked about the Fans Forum and it was agreed the group should be of Forum members. As secretary of the Forum I was told of the request on 25th August. I told the rest of the Forum on the following day and we arranged a meeting on Monday 5th September to select who should go. Of the Forum membership some members did not want to go and others couldn't, so 13 put their names forward. We elected 9 by a democratic and secret ballot. The club have had no say whatsoever in the selection of the 9. We were asked to keep the trip confidential until we had selected who should go and until proper arrangements for the trip had been put in place. My understanding was that it was planned to make this public this week but this morning's leak to the Mirror made sure it was today. Given that I'm quoted in the press release anyway I am happy to out myself as one of the 9. I will leave it up to the others whether they wish to make themselves public or not. Most but not all of them are regular posters on this site. The trip is meant to let us meet the owners and see what they are doing out in Pune and to start to build an improved relationship between them and us and with all Rovers fans. Some important things to bear in mind. Given the timing, this trip was set up well before the Arsenal game and well before the protest march so it is not in any way a reaction to the recent media publicity. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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