Manchester IOG Branch AGM 8/Jan/2008



The AGM was held in the Press room at Manchester Citys stadium.


The Chairman of the branch is Ian Mather-Brewster whom many of you will know as the Groundsman at Middleton CC as well as a lecturer for the IOG and as a regional Pitch Advisor.


The Secretary is Lee Jackson. Lee is effectively the main groundsman for Manchester City FC although I dont think he actually has that title.


The other Officer of the branch is Chris Pearson who works for Stockport Council and acts as the representative on the NW regional IOG branch.


The following is a very brief summary of the main points of the meeting


Ian and Lee both voiced their disappointment with the performance of the IOG NW regional committee. As far as they were concerned Manchester is the only active branch within the region and yet meetings continued to be held at Haydock and very little came out of the regional committee. Chris is the acting chairman of that committee and he promised to represent our views at their forthcoming AGM to be held at Haydock!


The IOG is planning to reorganise its regional structure. Ian said that IOG management were aware of the deficiencies of the NW committee.


The Manchester branch had organised 6 meetings through the last year with average attendances of around 20.


Lee said that he was hoping that Sven-Goran Ericsson would agree to take on the (honorary) role of President of the branch in place of Stuart Pierce . who has moved on Lee reckons that Sven is a most charming bloke who might even attend a meeting.


The next meeting is Weds 27/Feb at Middleton CC where Ian will talk about cricket square Spring preparation all welcome, dont have to be in the IOG.


Dave Twiney 9/Jan/2008