Join Up on Fans Trust Night

This Friday (26th April) as the Staggs Bar Monarchs take on the Glasgow Tigers we are having a special Monarchs Fans Trust meeting at the speedway where we will celebrate everything we have achieved so far, raise awareness of the Trust and encourage new members to join. 

If anyone signs up for the Monarchs Fans Trust this week or on Friday night at the Speedway you will be invited to watch a couple of races from the centre green during the meeting. This is a fantastic experience right in the middle of the action where you get a real feeling of how fast a speedway bike can go. Add to that the pressure of the first Scottish derby of the season it is not to be missed.

All the details for how to join online can be found on our JOIN US page.

On Friday night we will have standing order forms and a PC set up to help people join. All you need are your bank account details and your address and our committee members will be there to help you.

2019 Summer Draw

On Friday the Edinburgh Staggs Bar Monarchs kick off the 2019 season with the Press and Practice and the Season Launch Live. The Monarchs Fans Trust are pleased to announce that we are running a 2019 Summer Draw with a fantastic £500 cash prize for the winner. As well as the first prize you could also win a Blue Ray/DVD player, a Motorbike CBT voucher, a signed Hibernian FC football and other prizes.

The prizes are intentionally not related to speedway so that fans can sell tickets to friends, family, work colleagues and others outside the speedway circle. Committee members will have tickets for sale and distribution at the Season launch event as well as every home meeting between now and the draw. Our previous draws have been very successful and we hope with your help to raise some much needed funds for the Trust, 2018 was a difficult year so this will be

The winners will be drawn at Armadale Stadium on Friday 12th July during Staggs Bar Monarchs match against Newcastle Diamonds.

Tickets for the draw can also be purchased online by clicking on a link below.

AGM This Friday

Just a reminder that the fourth 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 23rd November 2018 at 7:30pm. All members are welcome.

At the AGM we will present board member reports including the audited accounts up to 30th September 2018, confirmation of Association Board (Committee) Members and plans for 2019. Formal invitations have been sent out to all members of the Trust, if you are a member and have not received it please let us know by email.

We are still looking for volunteers to join the Association Board, if you would like to join or just get more involved then please get in contact by email or speak to a committee member.

Hopefully we will see you on Friday.

Fans Trust AGM on 23rd November

The fourth 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 23rd November 2018 at 7:30pm. All members are welcome.

At the AGM we will present board member reports including the audited accounts up to 30th September 2018, confirmation of Association Board (Committee) Members and plans for 2019. Formal invitations have been sent out to all members of the Trust, if you are a member and have not received it please let us know by email.

We are still looking for volunteers to join the Association Board, if you would like to join or just get more involved then please get in contact by email or speak to a committee member.

It has been a very difficult year financially for Edinburgh Speedway and at our last committee meeting we agreed to donate another £8,500 to the club.  It was decided that this would give the club the best chance of going forward.  Hopefully by the AGM we will have more information on the future of the club, we will continue to fight for that.  If you have any suggestions to help take us forward, increase our membership or raise extra revenue then we would love to hear from you.

Hopefully we will see you on Friday 23rd.

Legends Draw on Friday

The Monarchs Fans Trust will continue to sell Monarchs Legends on the card on Friday night as the team takes on the Workington Comets in the KO Cup Final. There are about 25 legends left for sale on the board, with the chance of winning one of 3 prizes, £100 cash, Monarchs VIP for 2 or a 70th Anniversary cap. Committee members will be at the gazebo or in the container next to the club shop before the meeting so get your legend before they sell out.

We are planning on drawing the winning tickets after heat 14, although it can only be drawn once all of the boxes have been purchased.

Monarchs Legends Prize Draw

Tonight at the Berwick match the Monarchs Fans Trust will be selling Monarchs Legends on a giant poster. You pay £5 for your favourite legend and you will be entered into the draw to win one of 3 fantastic prizes:

  • 1st Prize – £100 Cash
  • 2nd Prize – Monarchs VIP experience for 2
  • 3rd Prize – Limited edition Monarchs 70th Anniversary Draw.

All legends must be sold* before the draw is made and the winners will be drawn at random. For your chance to win see Trust committee members at the gazebo before the match or in the bar after the match. You’ve got to be in it to win it.

* If all legends are not sold tonight what’s left will be made available at the next meeting at Armadale.

Friday Nights without Speedway

Fans Trust former chairman and founding member Scott Somerville has been missing us all and got in contact recently to send us a message.

No More Friday Night Speedway!!

A few people may know that I’ve relocated and now live in the Czech Republic (or Czechia to give the country its official new name).

The biggest thing I miss (aside from friends and family) is my Friday evening at Armadale.

There weren’t many things that came close to the buzz of excitement that I’d get on a Friday, knowing that I’d see The Monarchs in action. Corny but true.

Before I left the country I had a number of friends indicate to me that I’d really miss the speedway. I thought I’d be fine, after all, it’s only a bit of sport.

Believe me, I miss it, ……badly.

I now know what is meant by ‘You don’t miss it until it’s gone’.

I guess that phrase could also be the ethos behind the Monarchs Fans Trust.

The committee on behalf of the Trust members has worked tirelessly over the years to help the Club not only by raising additional funds but also by helping to spread the speedway word. It must be quite difficult for them all to stay positive amidst the declining popularity of the sport.

However, it has been very encouraging to read a few notable positive news stories of late.

The first, the Staggs Bar Musselburgh joining as main sponsor. This was tremendous news because as we know every penny counts in the battle to keep the Club alive.

The second, the appointment of Scott Frame as Commercial Director. To have an individual like Scott dedicated to this role is a real boost to all involved in raising sponsorship and promoting the Edinburgh Monarchs name. He is a positive ‘can do’ character and I know he’ll be doing his very best to generate more sponsorship and Club awareness. That said I’m certain he’d welcome any positive suggestions or line of enquiry.

The third, the Community Scheme Initiative. When I heard that this had a very positive uptake I was delighted for all the people involved in creating and putting this idea into fruition. To bring along local youth groups (football teams, etc.) to experience the speedway is exactly what is required so that we have a new generation of supporter to fall in love with the sport. Feedback from the groups has been very positive, which must help boost the morale of all within the Trust and Club.

So please do what you can to help the Club, spread the word, raise funds, encourage sponsorship, suggest a youth group that may interested in the Community Scheme, keep the club alive, because believe me……

You’ll miss it when it’s gone.

Scott Somerville

Community Scheme

The Staggs Bar Monarchs have teamed up with the Monarchs Fans Trust to run a community scheme to attract new supporters to the club. We are looking to engage with clubs, groups and sports teams based in the local community to offer a  free evening out at one of our speedway matches in the 2018 season.

We are inviting 20 children from a club/group/team plus one adult per child along to one of our matches completely free of charge.  There has already been a fantastic uptake on the invitations that have been sent out to date, however there are still some dates available. If this free evening out interests you then please contact any committee member or send us an email to community@edinburghmonarchs.co.uk and we will be in touch to discuss the details. We look forward to welcoming your club/group/team along to sample some exciting speedway action! More details can be found HERE.

Steven Lumsden introduces Livingston 2007s to Josh Pickering’s bike

70th Draw Unclaimed Prize – now claimed

The final winner of the 70th anniversary has now been identified, Craig Adamson wins £70 and will receive his prize shortly.

We still have an unclaimed prize from the recent 70th Anniversary Draw. Unfortunately there is a digit missing from the telephone number provided so we have been unable to contact the winner. If you bought the ticket or know Craig then please contact a committee member or email the mailbox.

£70 00296 Craig Adamson

Thanks again to everyone that bought or sold tickets.

70th Anniversary Draw Winners: £1,434 raised

Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets for our 70th Anniversary Draw, we raised a fantastic £1,434 for the Monarchs Fans Trust. The winners were drawn during the Staggs Bar Monarchs 51-39 win over the Berwick Bandits last night. Andrea from Duddingston Private Hire pulled out the winning tickets.

Monarchs Fans Trust 70th Anniversary Draw Prize Winners

Prize Winning Ticket No Winner
1 £70 00767 Lauren Hunter
2 £70 00709 Julie Moore
3 £70 01016 Bob Miller
4 £70 00296 Craig Adamson
5 £70 00344 Dom from Duddingston Private Hire
6 £70 00121 Isobel Shallow
7 £70 00323 John Thomson

Thanks again to Duddingston Private Hire, Jane Winthrop and Bob and Morag Miller for providing the prize money.