And by all accounts it was a frank and enlightening affair, with topics covered ranging from transfers and the new training regime to the EFL Trophy and Red Bull Leipzig.
But to my mind, the most thought-provoking discussion came about halfway into the proceedings, when Mr Hoyle turned his attention to the question of academy football.
As many of you are no doubt aware, Town’s academy has Category II status under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), costing the club approximately £1m a year, with another £500,000 worth of funding coming from grants and individual donations.
To justify such an outlay, the academy needs to produce players for the first team, as well as players who can be sold on for a profit – and at the moment it’s doing neither.
Mr Hoyle acknowledged this, pointing out that the board’s decision to replace several academy staff over the summer was just one of a number of reforms aimed at remedying the situation.
However, while he reassured the gathered faithful the academy’s Category II status is safe for the foreseeable future, he also made no secret of the fact that it isn’t the be-all and end-all.
Oldham’s Category III academy, for instance, seems to be producing more ‘league-ready’ and ‘shelf-ready’ players than our own costlier set-up. And if you don’t believe me, look no further than our own bench, where Joel Coleman sits, not Lloyd Allinson or Ed Wilczynski.
When push comes to shove, it will be the bottom line that determines the future of Town’s academy, and everyone else’s for that matter.
We’ve already had a taste of what this could mean in-extremis in the form of Brentford’s decision to withdraw from the EPPP and scrap their academy.
The Bees defended this controversial move by citing the escalating costs associated with youth football and the predatory behaviour of Premier League clubs, ultimately concluding that “the challenge of developing value through [EPPP] is extremely difficult.”
To be fair, they do have a point. And as fewer and fewer clubs continue to accrue more and more wealth, it will become increasingly tempting for put-upon owners to cut their losses and follow Brentford’s lead.
But that would be a grave mistake.
Stripped of all its pretensions, football is a sentimental game defined by tradition, superstition, and a sense of place and belonging.
We’re lucky that we have a chairman who understands this. Fans of other clubs, though, might not be so fortunate.
That’s why it is vital for football’s governing bodies to address the issue of academy-level football, particularly when it comes to the ability of Premier League clubs to game the system.
In the end, such a commitment would go a long way to protecting and strengthening the bond between clubs and the communities they serve and rely on.
As mentioned in last week’s column, the closing date for this month’s 1908 Club draw is September 17.
It’s £5 a month to enter and you can request an application pack from the chair (details below) or download one from the HTSA website.
For more information on this, further Away Day travel or to get involved, visit the HTSA website or email Ian Lawrence on email@example.com.