At half time of the last home game of the 2003/2004 season 10 Killie fans donned their boots and took to the Rugby Park pitch to promote the recently introduced Fifty for the Future scheme by having a go at the “crossbar challenge” which was made famous on Sky Sports “Soccer AM” TV show. If you aren’t familiar with it, each person has to strike a dead ball from the centre spot (or edge of the centre circle in this case) and hit the crossbar. Quite simple really…..but also really hard.
Though not a fund raiser it was used to embed the idea of FFTF firmly in everyone’s mind. Judging by the success over the course of that scheme, I would say it worked.
Oh and no one managed to hit the bar, not unlike the TV version most weeks.
As 2011 drew to a close we launched an initiative to both boost membership as well as send one lucky member home from the Dundee United match considerably richer than they turned up, £1000 richer to be exact. The draw was for all current trust members, either long term or newly signed up, their membership numbers put in a bucket and at halftime of said match our Chairman Barry Richmond braved the cold and stood in the centre circle with bucket in hand to draw the winning entry.
Stephen Carolan had the winning number and had an extra £1000 that Christmas. Here he is getting his picture taken post match with his prize alongside Trust board members Davie Davidson and Nigel Fitzsimmons.
Also as a bonus this Christmas, here is a nice little item. The Trust diary from 2006 which was on sale for £2 with proceeds going to the Trust.
I am sure it found its way onto a few Killie fans lists for santa list for Santa.
On 24th of July 2004 an intrepid band of Trust members set off from Rugby Park and walked the 16miles to a football ground south of Symington which in some circles is also known as Somerset Park, Ayr.
They weren’t doing this for no reason however, for one they were heading down to see the Westsound Trophy match between Killie and Ayr but also they were being sponsored to do so to help raise funds to sponsor Kilmarnock’s under 17 squad and also to aid local schools by helping purchase sports equipment.
They faced some fairly inclement weather with some early damping down giving way to a stiff breeze to dry them out on the approach to KA8. Unfortunately, this was followed by a drenching towards the end of the journey, indeed a bit like the pattern of the game itself. Here they are before they set off however.
This week we go back, way back, to before the Trust launch night in order to have a look again at some nice snaps of the Trust pioneers who were out in force, leaflets in hand spreading the word of the new Killie Trust.
The leaflet handed out highlighted the aims and objectives of the Trust and included a Trust membership form and was distributed at the first home game of the 2003 season against Partick Thistle. All this in the lead up to the official launch of the Killie Trust which was on Friday 22nd August in the Park Suite at Rugby Park.
We will cover that launch night in the coming weeks or months on here but in the meantime if you have any comments or memories from back then, pre launch or launch, please get in touch by leaving a comment here or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we might include them in a future “From the Archives” article.
In this series we delve into the history of the Trust turn back time and look back on some of the things we have done or been involved with since we started back in ’03. Today we go back to 2007 when auctioned off some one of a kind items at our end of season Sportsmans Dinner. One of those prizes we organised with the club was to have the first fan (not including Monty, Hooky, Davie Sneddon etc…) to get into the team photo for the next season.
Neil Laird bid the most on the night and took his place on the front bench between manager Jim Jefferies and captain (now assistant manager) Gary Locke and rather bizarrely, in front of 5 (five) goalkeepers! On the day the club’s Anne Clark really went out of her way to make Neil and his guests feel at home and I am sure at the time he was the envy of all his mates.
There were other similar auction winners from that night who feature on here in the coming weeks and months.