CLUB CONSTITUTION and RULES
The club shall be known as the Chelsea Supporters Club - Dublin, Chelsea Dublin Official Supporters Club
Chelsea Supporters Club - Dublin is affiliated to Chelsea Football Club. The club is run by a committee elected by its members at the Annual General Meeting and is run in accordance with the Rules and Constitution of the club approved by Chelsea Football Club. The Club seeks to uphold and enhance the good name of Chelsea FC and its supporters and to establish friendly links with supporters of Chelsea FC throughout the world.
The membership year shall run from 1st July to 30th June (no new applications will be processed after December 15th).
An applicant for membership shall complete a membership application form and pay the appropriate annual Fee for local membership.
Any members of the Club who wish to apply for access to tickets orders through the Supporters Club must also be a True Blue/Ticket Only Member. (This information should be supplied on the Dublin membership form). A register of Dublin Supporters Club members will be kept by the Secretary and sent to the supporters' clubs administrator at CFC. Only True Blue/Ticket Only Members will be advised to CFC.
NB: If your membership Number is not provided to CFC you will not be able to apply for tickets through the Supporters Club (no new numbers can be advised after December 15th each year)
The main benefit of being a member of an Official branch is the direct link to Chelsea FC and the opportunity to meet and socialise with other Chelsea fans in the area.
a) Any person applying to join the Club shall be assumed to have read these rules and shall be bound by them.
b) These rules come in to force with effect from June 2009 and may only be varied at either an A.G.M. or an E.G.M.
c) Any matters not covered by these rules or any matters called for further interpretation shall be determined by the Committee by majority vote.
d) The Committee is accountable at all times to its membership and shall report its activities to members at the monthly Branch meetings.
e) All members shall abide by the code of conduct as laid down upon joining the Club, in terms of behaviour. Any breach of this conduct shall render members liable to action by Chelsea FC / Branch
f) Guests: Guest non-members may attend branch functions with the prior consent of the Committee. Payment of an appropriate fee should be determined by the Branch.
g) The Dublin Club is bound by the rules in the Chelsea FC Supporters Club Policy Document.
6. SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR
The Supporter of the Year is drawn at the AGM. To be eligible for the draw a member must have achieved 50% of the maximum points.
Points are awarded as follows - 10 pts for each club meeting attended, Club Match Trips, Christmas Party and any overnight trips
Prize - Match ticket, flight and one nights accommodation on the club trip
7. GENERAL COMMITTEE
a) The General Committee shall conduct the affairs of the Club and shall consist of a Secretary (Chair), Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and other officers as deemed necessary.
b) Should any Committee member not attend three consecutive meetings without due cause, then the Committee shall have the power to expel that member from office for the remainder of that year.
8. DUTIES IF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE
The Secretary will be responsible for the organisation of meetings of the General Committee and of the Club, and the recording of minutes relating to such meetings and all correspondence relating to the general business of the Club Also responsible for producing a flyer, meeting agendas and liaising with Chelsea. Club secretaries must complete the affiliated application form before ticket applications can be made.
The Treasurer will be responsible for the collection of all monies including subscriptions and shall keep such books of account as required by the General Meeting. Treasurer shall audit the accounts of the club annually and shall produce at the AGM a balance sheet showing the financial state of the club. The Treasurer must make the General Committee aware of any existing or potential financial or cash flow problems.
c) Assistant Secretary
The assistant secretary shall assist the secretary in all duties. He or she shall be responsible for guiding the activities of the club in accordance with its rules and general policy as expressed by the majority of its members. Also holds the signing in book and collects monthly subscription.
d) Assistant Treasurer
The assistant treasurer shall assist the treasurer in all duties.
9. GENERAL MEETINGS
a). An Annual General Meeting shall be held each year
b) Elections to the Committee shall be taken on an annual basis. Members shall be eligible for re-election at the AGM.
c). Nominations for election onto the committee shall only include supporters who are current members of the Branch. Valid nominations must be proposed and seconded by existing members, with the candidate's consent.
a) Only full members, and members over the age of 16 years are entitled to vote at all meetings.
11. ALTERATION OF CONSTITUTION
a) This constitution shall not be altered, amended, or rescinded except by a General Meeting of the Club.
b). A resolution to give effect to a change must be passed by least 50% of the members present at the General Meeting.
12. ADDITIONAL RULES FOR ACCESS TO TICKET ORDERS
The following amendments to the Membership and Ticket Access rules were agreed and passed by the 2023 AGM on 16th May 2023.
Continuing long term members
Long term members who renew each year and have a history of support for the club should retain an automatic right to order tickets. Any breaks in membership will lose those rights and new member rules will apply once more.
New joiners in the 2022/23 season
- Members who joined since July 2022 and who have attended a minimum of 2 club meetings/events out of the 12 held that year (including the AGM) will also have an automatic right to order tickets.
- New joiners since July 2022 who do not have at least 2 attendances of the 12 events at Doyle’s this season will drop back into group 3.
New joiners who apply in the 2023/24 season
New members who join for the 2023/24 (who were not members in 2022/23) must attend 2 club meetings in person before being eligible to order tickets after their second attendance.