WELL, I think we can safely say that things aren’t going to plan. Well I hope not, because if they are we have the wrong plan.

As per usual in this situation, we are barraged by rumour and innuendo.

This player isn’t happy; these people have had a bust up, etc etc. Whatever and whichever, it’s certainly not what we all hoped for so far in our centenary season.

The club has made a fantastic effort this year with the superb season-ticket offer, special priced match-day tickets, access to the Pink Link stand for home fans.

As we on the Patrons Committee know all too well, the success of all the off-field marketing activity is very much dependent upon results and on-field performances.

This often means we struggle to fill meetings or attract enough supporters onto our Travel events.

The September meeting was a chance for fans to discuss stewarding issues, especially relating to the singing area of the Antich Stand. In addition we had Chris Lucketti there to answer questions in what became a meeting of two halves.

Our guest at the next meeting will be Mark Lillis. Mark has seen a lot during his career and has a reputation as a coach that is always willing to learn and use new ideas.

The meeting might be an opportunity for budding coaches to pick up a few ideas or for existing ones to add some ‘new tricks’.

Mark’s time as a player involved lots of managers, including Mick Buxton. I’m sure that he has lots to entertain us with.

We had two Patrons Travel trips lined up for this season, the first to Peterborough took place last Saturday and although the food and travel all went well, we didn’t end up with the result we hoped for. The second will be in 2009 and we haven’t quite decided yet on the destination.

Contact Martin Lister daytime on 01484 714287 for details of travel or to express an interest.

As for the Supporters Association, it’s great to see an organisation that combines all the independent supporters’ organisations.

A strong voice should be the result and we on the Patrons Committee wish the organisation every success and recommend all Town fans join up.

If you are wondering why the Patrons Association isn’t a part of it, then you are one of the large number who don’t know that the Patrons is a club-owned organisation.

Although the committee is made up of volunteers, all subscriptions go directly to the Development Association and therefore help fund Town’s award-winning academy.

This close link doesn’t mean that members can’t speak their minds! In fact just the opposite. The £21,000 members contribute gives the Association a real voice.

So, if you want to get a bit more knowledge about things at our club or just want to be entertained, come to a monthly meeting. They generally attract a good audience, all fellow Town fans, and if you do come alone you will soon find you are among friends. Normally they are on the first Thursday of the month (with occasional moves to help the club).

Come along and either ask a question or just listen to the answers to other people’s. It’s a good social evening for Town fans, no pressure, no dress code, and no age limits. Come along and see what it’s all about.

Mark Lillis will visit next Thursday, November 6, and the meeting in the Fantastic Media Suite at 8.00.

Contact the Patrons at info@htafcpatrons.com or through the club. Information at www.htafcpatrons.co