Let’s Focus On The Future

The Monarchs Fans Trust committee and Club representatives have been meeting weekly throughout Lockdown.  The discussions have been wide a varied and served as a little morale boost whilst everyone navigates their way through the current COVID situation.

As you will all be aware the Club and Trust are keen to keep improving; every aspect of the Edinburgh Monarchs race night experience, the approach to retaining current supporters, attracting new supporters, anything else that will ensure the survival of the Club.

With the above in mind a Monarchs Supporters Focus Group is being set up.  The group itself, will have a couple of Monarchs Fans Trust committee members on it, but its aim is to attract any Club supporter (not just Trust members) that feels they can positively contribute.

Whilst there will be a couple of hot topics to prompt initial discussion, we would really welcome any new idea that you may have or perhaps even a new twist to an old idea.  No idea will be ignored.  The Club has also indicated that they would like to use this group as a sounding board for some of the exciting new ideas it has that are currently in development.

The first meeting will take place on Monday 15th February 19:00 UK time via Zoom, and monthly thereafter on the third Monday of each month.

It would be fantastic to welcome you into the group and should you wish to join please CONTACT US or speak to a committee member and we will forward you a Zoom link.

We appreciate not everyone will be comfortable with using Zoom, so will happily get you up and running in the days prior to the first meeting.  Should you require assistance please just ask we will be happy to help.

Please do not hesitate to join and share your idea (if you already have an idea in mind please forward it via email so that we can give it suitable air time), it may just be the one that makes a huge positive difference to the Club’s future.  Plus, participating may help as a distraction from those COVID blues.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article, looking forward to hearing from you and hearing new ideas.

Fans Trust AGM Tonight

The sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Monarchs Fans Trust will be held tonight (Friday 27th November 2020) at 7:30pm.  The meeting will take place via a Video Conference online using the Zoom platform. 

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An invitation with all the details of the meeting including how to connect has been sent to all members, if you did not receive an email then please CONTACT US as soon as possible and we will send the details.

All members are welcome to attend.  To join the meeting a PC, Tablet or Smartphone and an Internet connection is required to hear and see the presenters and the presentation.  It is recommended to download and install the Zoom client before the meeting, visit www.zoom.us or click the relevant option: PC Zoom Client, Apple devices, or Android devices.  If you already have Zoom installed it is worth checking for updates ahead of the meeting so you don’t experience any problems or delays on the night itself.

If you click on the link early you may enter a waiting room at first, everyone will be admitted by 7.30 at the latest and before the meeting begins.  Many of you will be familiar with Zoom after the last 8 months of lockdown but if it is new to you have a look at the zoom website help pages and test your audio and video ahead of the event.  Your device will require a webcam, audio output and a microphone to fully participate in the meeting, almost all devices have this all built in these days.  When you start up the meeting Zoom will give you the option to Test Audio and Video, this only takes a few seconds.  On the night all participants except the presenters will be muted to keep unnecessary noises to a minimum however if any member has a question they are encouraged to unmute their own mic and speak or alternatively pose any questions in the Chat window. If it does not work at first we would also recommend disconnecting from the meeting closing down Zoom and trying again.

Hopefully see as many of you as possible tonight. 

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Fans Trust AGM on Zoom

The sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Monarchs Fans Trust will be held on Friday 27th November 2020 at 7:30pm.  As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the current Scottish Government restrictions it is not possible for this meeting to take place in person.  The meeting will therefore take place via a Video Conference online using the Zoom platform.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

An invitation with all the details of the meeting including the how to connect to was sent to all members last weekend, if you did not receive an email then please CONTACT US as soon as possible and we will send the details.

As always if anyone would like to volunteer to join the Association Board we would love to hear from you, if you would like to join or just get more involved then please reply to this email or speak to a committee member.  If you have anything you want added to the agenda then let us know as well.

The meeting will follow the same format as previous years and whilst there is not a huge amount to talk about in 2020 it is important that we keep in contact with our members and meet the obligations of our constitution. It is also difficult to predict what will happen next year but we have to plan for the best scenario. We are grateful that John Campbell and Alex Harkess have agreed to attend the AGM and will give an update on the latest information about the club after the formal meeting is completed.

Monarchs 100 Auction

The Monarchs 100 have an auction today at 2pm with many incredible articles taking centre stage.

They have over 100 items assembled offering a huge variety of lots for speedway fans and beyond. From a car to Sam Masters bike covers, from a Speedway rider trophy to the book Speedway Through the Lens of Mike Patrick.

Hosted by Scott Wilson this fast-paced and fun social event aims to boost Monarchs funds and help the the Club with preparations for returning to speedway and making Armadale Stadium Covid-secure.

Click on this LINK to see more details on how to watch on Zoom, how to bid or just to get involved with the banter.

2020 Pre-season update

The Away video night last Friday signaled a ramp up in preparations for the 2020 speedway season and the bikes will soon roar into action at Armadale later this month.  We also heard the great news that What The Fork will sponsor the Monarchs and Stellar will sponsor the Dale Devils, we welcome both to the speedway family and we hope it is the start of long and fruitful relationships.  Sponsorship is key to the future of our club and if you know of any companies or individuals who are interested in the Platinum memberships or any other advertising/sponsorship then contact the club.

The Fans Trust committee continue to meet monthly, at the first meeting of the year we confirmed that the main positions in the committee will remain unchanged for 2020:

  • Chairman: Len Jones
  • Treasurer: April Beveridge
  • Secretary: Dave Harley.

They will continue to be supported by the rest of the committee: Craig Beveridge, Stuart Coates, Dave King, Alan Paterson, Greer Robson, John Scholan, Jim Smith and Paul Strachan.  As always if you would like to get more involved and help with the committee please get in touch.  We are always looking for help and fresh ideas. 

The Trust funds were boosted over the winter thanks to the regular donations from our members, thank you for your continued contributions as they are vital to the continuance of Edinburgh Speedway.  Even with all the latest sponsorships the Monarchs Fans Trust is still key to the future of the club.  At our latest committee meeting we agreed to give the club £800 to help with pre-season preparations.  This is something we have done the last few years and the club have indicated that this season they intend to use the money to build boarding on the road next to the stadium to advertise the speedway.  As always there are a few things around the stadium that need a little TLC and they are determined to finish painting the back fence blue.  On that note they are looking for volunteers for the next few Saturdays to help with the work.  Check out the website and/or contact the club for more details.


GoCardless are the direct debit partner of the Monarchs Fans Trust, we have been using their service since we launched in 2015 as they enable us to collect contributions from our members easily.  They have recently increased their transaction fees to 1% +20p for every transaction (capped at £4). Previously it was 1% capped at £2 so an increase in 20p per transaction.  We will continue to use GoCardless but will also investigate the best way to keep all running costs to a minimum so we can maximise the contributions we receive from our members.  You can also contribute regularly to the Fans Trust by standing order details, just ask us to send you a form.

The committee will continue to work with the club to help promote speedway in the east of Scotland by developing and attending the Community Initiative, the Saltire Motorcylces Demo Day on 28th March, gala days throughout the region and various other occasions and events.  If you have any questions or would like any more information then do not hesitate to get in contact.

AGM Thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Monarchs Fans Trust Annual General Meeting on a cold night at Armadale stadium. Full details of the AGM including the board report and minutes will be sent out to all members when available.

The Trust would like to thank the Cochrane family for taking the time to open the stadium for us and allowing us to use the bar. John Campbell and Alex Harkess gave us an insight into the BSPA AGM and an update on the club, we look forward to potential team announcements at next weeks video night.

Finally thanks to all our members and everyone who has contributed to the Fans Trust over the last year, every penny is crucial to keeping the Monarchs going forward and sustaining speedway in the east of Scotland.

Monarchs Fans Trust AGM

The fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Monarchs Fans Trust will be held at Armadale Stadium, 2 Bathgate Road, Armadale, West Lothian, EH48 2PE on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 7:30pm.

If you have any questions about the invitation or the AGM, if you have any agenda points you would like raised or would like to get more involved or join the committee please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Official Invitations have been sent to all members. If you are a member and have not received your invitation then please let us know by speaking to a committee member, emailing us or using the CONTACT page of this website.

Summer Draw Winners

The winners of the 2019 Monarchs Fans Trust Summer Draw were pulled out of the hat at Armadale Stadium on Friday 12th July during the Staggs Bar Monarchs match against Newcastle Diamonds.

The draw was a huge success and whilst we have still to finalise the numbers it has been our most successful draw to date and has raised approximately £2,000 for the Trust, when the final number is known it will be announced. This can only be done with the help and generosity of our wonderful supporters who have bought and sold tickets over the last few months. Tickets have been sold far and wide with Kenneth Lindell from Sweden the winner of the £500 first prize. We thank everyone who has helped us achieve this especially all the people and companies that donated the prizes.

Full list of winners is below.

PrizeDescriptionDonated by:Winning Ticket NoWinner
1£500 01679Kenneth Lindell
2Blu-ray/DVD PlayerApril and Craig Beveridge01811John Campbell
32 Hospitality ticket for a Hearts 2019/20 matchScott Wilson00338Donna Findlay
4CBT Motorbike VoucherSaltire Motorcycles00129Iain Morrison
5£50 VoucherBurgers and Beers Grillhouse01102Jim McDonald
6£50 VoucherCraig Davidson Hair01163Dot McManus
7Family ticket for Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth01316John Vass
8Used and personally presented Crash HelmetJoel Anderson02244Jess Esson
9Signed FootballHibernian FC02796Dean Robertson
10Bottle of Malt WhiskyLen Jones00846Malcolm Gavin
11Bottle of PortDavid King00768Colan McClung
12Prosecco and ChocolatesApril and Craig Beveridge02036Jim Caled
13Hospitality for 2 at a 2019 Monarchs MeetingEdinburgh Speedway00336Donna Findlay

If you would like to claim a prize or require any more information please get in touch be emailing the mailbox or using the CONTACT US page of the website or speak to a committee member on a Friday evening.

Summer Draw this Friday

The Monarchs Fans Trust 2019 Summer Draw takes place this Friday (12th July) with the prizes to be drawn over the course of the meeting with the Newcastle Diamonds.  The results will be published on this website and social media as soon as possible.  We will accept tickets up to the start of the meeting so if you have raffle books that you have taken away to sell please ensure they are returned to a committee member at our usual spot on the 4th bend.  It will be the last opportunity to buy an extra ticket or two so make sure you are in with a chance of taking home £500 or one of the other top prizes. 

Online sales are also available up until 5pm on Friday, they can be purchased here.

All prizes are available to collect this evening after the meeting.  Speak to a committee member in the bar or at the old merchandising hut. The full list of prizes are below:

  • £500 Cash
  • Blu-ray/DVD Player
  • Scott Wilson has donated 2 tickets to hospitality to a Hearts FC 2019-20 match
  • Saltire Motorcycles have donated a CBT Motorbike Voucher
  • £50 voucher for Burgers and Beers Grillhouse (192a High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh)
  • £50 voucher for Craig Davidson Hair (200 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh)
  • Family ticket for Dynamic Earth
  • A crash helmet used and personally presented by Monarchs own Joel Anderson
  • Signed Football from Hibernian Football Club
  • Bottle of Malt Whisky donated by Len Jones
  • Bottle of Port donated by Dave King
  • Prosecco and Chocolates donated by April and Craig Beveridge
  • Hospitality for 2 to an Edinburgh Monarchs 2019 match.

We are expecting this to be our must successful draw to date so thank you to everyone that has bought and sold tickets, the generosity and support of the Edinburgh Monarchs fans never ceases to amaze us.  A special thanks to everyone that has donated prizes, it is very much appreciated and the draw is not possible without those organisations and individuals.  Finally, good luck to everyone that has entered the draw.