09 August 2018

TISA to Explore Options for Fans

Message from JP Creba – TISA Chairman

 At TISA’s AGM on Saturday August 4th those present reflected on the perilous state of Truro City following its move to Torquay and the how the club seems more removed from the Cornish community than ever with the fan base seemingly now completely disenfranchised.   It was agreed that TISA should focus on doing whatever it can to ensure that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community.  Of course this can happen in a number of ways ranging  from moving successfully into the Stadium for Cornwall in the next 18 months as a National League side or taking an enforced relegation down several steps and ground sharing with another Cornish club.  The current owner has confirmed recently in the media that he is still in a dialogue with someone with a view to selling the football club so it’s plain to see that Truro City is facing massive change and it seems right that the organised supporters groups recognise this and structure themselves in a way that gives them most influence in the clubs direction in these changing times.

Currently the two supporters groups are perceived to be at polar extremes with the Truro City Supporters Club committee acting as a PR machine for the football club owners and doing little to provide a forum or benefits for its members and TISA seemingly opposing the football club in all it does but providing well for its members.  Neither of these perceptions is the full truth but if things are going to change then now must be the time.  In considering how things might change TISA are considering restructuring as a Supporters Trust affiliated to Supporters Direct.  TISA recognises however, that to attempt to do this it must  grow its membership and widen the debate.  We therefore invite expressions of interest to participation in an open meeting to explore this initiative and debate the options.  At the same time, in order to broaden our membership we are inviting everyone to apply for membership of TISA which would be FREE in the first year.  Application for membership of TISA is open to everyone including existing Truro City Supporters Club Members.  You don’t need to join TISA to take part in the open meeting but if you wish to then send us a message at https://twitter.com/TISAboys.  As TISA is currently an Association we do need to have an application process and this is detailed on our website at http://trurofans.blogspot.com/ .

At the end of September, if there are sufficient expressions of interest then we will send out details of the open meeting.

In summary then, should you apply for membership you will be applying to join an association which is proposing to support however it best can “ensuring that Truro City returns to playing its home games in the Truro area as soon as possible, with an ownership structure that has proper representation from and engagement with its fans and rebuilding links and relationships with the local community.” and to participate in that debate.

23 July 2018

TISA Statement on Truro City Ground Share with Torquay United

Today marks a tragedy for Cornish sport and Truro City fans in particular as they face their club being moved to Torquay for an indeterminate amount of time, perhaps forever. It’s a disgrace that in the near six years under the current ownership that the owners have failed to obtain a location either permanent or temporary even within the boundary of Cornwall let alone Truro itself.  We now find ourselves voluntarily vacating Treyew Road without even the completed business case required to enable the Government to consider providing the funds required to start work on the Stadium for Cornwall, a project which the current owners spent much of their tenure ridiculing rather than supporting.

Much has been said about the current owners stepping in to save the club six years ago but the reality is that whilst they have managed to maintain Truro City’s place in step 2 of the footballing pyramid, the heart and soul of the club has been ripped out as we have seen the reserve and ladies team abolished, a failure to establish youth development scheme, the closure of the social club and a general alienation of its fans and the Cornish footballing community.

If the current owners were to walk away from the club today they would do so without losing a penny of their own money, having been repaid by the developers who now gain from the city’s loss.

The current tragic situation represents a dereliction of duty and failure of custodianship by the current owners.  Of course we desperately now hope that Stadium for Cornwall comes to fruition but the question for Truro City fans is, will they even have a football club by the time that happens.  A total failure to deliver for Truro City. A very sad day indeed!

06 May 2018

Hampton & Richmond Borough 3 Truro City 1 (AET)

THE WHITE Tigers slipped to an extra-time play-off defeat at the hands of Hampton & Richmond Borough.There was early joy for The White Tigers when the ball found the net with nine minutes on the clock as a long throw-in caused problems for the 'keeper under pressure from Rocky Neal for a goal totally out of the blue. Neal was credited with the goal amongst a crowd of players.It stunned the crowd and as the home side looked to hit back straight away, a fantastic save from Joe Wollacott denied Kretzschmar as the young 'keeper pushed away his rasping drive.The on-loan ‘keeper then denied the same player in the next attack with another top-drawer save from close range.An effort from Kiernan for the home side was deflected just wide and from the resulting corner, Ben Gerring did well to head clear amongst the crowd.Ben Harding tried his luck from distance but was off target whilst at the other end, Wollacott did well to save from Jeffers.The White Tigers had to defend for our lives when Roberts delivered a teasing ball into the area and Baptiste’s strike was blocked.With ten minutes to go until half-time, the home side levelled matters when Baptiste’s effort was deflected into the path of Cook who fired home.The goal gave the home side a real boost as they started to up the pressure and play with momentum but we went in at the break with the score level at 1-1.There were appeals for a White Tigers’ penalty but the referee was unimpressed and then booked Gerring for dissent.Some neat link-up play between Cody Cooke and Neal saw the latter denied by a timely intervention from Cook as we started the second half brightly.A free-kick in a promising position from Ed Palmer rattled the crossbar with the ‘keeper motionless.As we stepped up the tempo, Neal had a great chance to put us back in front only for Wynter to throw himself in front of the ball to block. Moments later Gerring was brought down inside the area by Wassmer for a penalty. Connor Riley-Lowe stepped up and his spot-kick was good but superbly saved by Dieng in the home goal.Good build-up play from the hosts saw Jeffers do well out wide before feeding Kiernan who was off target.There was a great late chance for The White Tigers but Cooke failed to capitalise in front of goal.It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages and Wollacott produced another stunning close range save to keep us in it as it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and meant that we went into extra-time.The home side edged in front on 99 minutes when Hudson-Odoi did well before firing into the far corner of the net to make it 2-1.Despite battling hard to get back into the game, we found our hosts in stubborn mood as they ran the clock down before grabbing a late third goal when Charles played through substitute Hudson-Odoi who netted his second of the evening.There was no way back for us after that but we end what has been a season of real progress with our heads held high.WHITE TIGERS: Wollacott, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Hartridge, Lamont, Owen-Evans, Neal, Cooke, Harding. Subs: Palfrey, Yetton, Harvey, Keats, Allen.BOOKING(S): Gerring, Thompson, LamontGOAL(S): NealATTENDANCE: 922

30 April 2018

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1 Truro City 1

See Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850879

If Truro City are going to win promotion from National League South into the National League they are going to have to do it the hard way - away from their Treyew Road home.
Saturday’s crucial 1-1 draw at Hampton and Richmond Borough in their final game was enough to give City the seventh and final play-off place and they will now have to return again to the Beveree Stadium on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) for their elimination play-off game against the Middlesex side, who have lost just once there in the league all season. If they win through that tough test they would then again have to travel for the semi-final next Sunday to Essex to play third-placed Chelmsford City.
And victory would earn them a place in the promotion final on Sunday May 13, but as the lowest placed play-off qualifier, they would yet again definitely be away.
But all that is not worrying manager Lee Hodges, especially as City have the fourth best away record in the league.
He was just delighted his team had reached the play-offs after only avoiding the drop last season with a game to spare.
He said: “The pressure is off us now. Before the start of the season, everyone expected us to be relegated and I received a lot of criticism.
“We have massively over-achieved and it is some achievement to reach the play-offs. The players have been brilliant. The whole group has played its part.”
And the City manager had no worries about returning to play Hampton & Richmond Borough, who City beat away in the FA Cup earlier in the season to reach the first round proper for the first time in the club’s history.
He added: “It is just one more game and all the pressure is on them now. They were already in the play-offs today, whereas we needed a point to make sure of our place.”
City got off to the perfect start at the Beveree Stadium when midfielder Tom Owen-Evans headed them ahead after just three minutes, following great work by skipper and man of the match Ben Gerring.
Showing no fear, City continued to take the match to the home side and really should have been further ahead by half time.
“We dominated the first period and could have been up by a couple more goals, but we did not take our chances,” said Hodges.
Aaron Lamont was denied by home keeper Sent Dieng, while Rocky Neal and strike partner Tyler Harvey also went close.
The second half though was a different affair as the home side pushed for an equaliser, which duly arrived just after the hour mark when Jack Cook powered home a near post header.
“We then had to dig in and were on the back foot, though we did get out when we could,” said Hodges.
City were also indebted to young on-loan Bristol City keeper Joe Wollacott who made a stunning late save to keep out a great Taurean Roberts strike.
So both teams will have to do it all again on Wednesday, which will be the second time they have met each other in successive games this season, after drawing 1-1 at Treyew in the league, before City’s FA Cup triumph seven days later back in October.
Hodges hopes to have a full strength squad to chose from, with striker Cody Cooke coming on for the final 20 minutes in place of Harvey after being out with a hamstring twinge.
City: Wollacott; Gerring (capt), Palmer, Hartridge; Thompson, Harding (Keats 90), Lamont, Owen-Evans, Riley-Lowe; Harvey (Cooke 70), Neal (Allen 85).
Subs (not used): Palfrey, Yetton.
Yellow cards: Gerring, Lamont, Thompson.
Goals: Owen-Evans (3) 0-1, Cook (64) 1-1
Crowd: 1,014.