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Jonathan Winsky 06 April, 2020 20:07
Tomorrow is the day when the AGM was scheduled to take place. The announcement on Middlesex’s official website about the postponement says “Technically, in order to comply with the Club rules, the Chairman [Mike O’Farrell] will open and then immediately adjourn the meeting on that day, with no business being transacted”. This makes the mind boggle, as I wonder if O’Farrell will go to an empty Thomas Lord Suite, say “welcome to the AGM. Meeting adjourned”, and then go home. I would love to see this happen, but I doubt that many people other than groundsman Karl McDermott (who I think lives on site) are presently allowed into Lord’s.

As I think that it is a legal requirement (although the law could well change to accommodate the current pandemic) for businesses to hold an AGM each year (hence why the ‘A’ stands for ‘annual’), I would have thought that Middlesex will try to stage the AGM at some point when the restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, even in the worst-case scenario of the restrictions not being lifted until it is too late in the year to play cricket, and even if this means that the time between the 2020 AGM and the 2021 AGM is something like just six months.

When the 2020 AGM eventually takes place, one of the topics for discussion is certain to be the financial effects of this pandemic. Indeed, this subject could well pop up at future AGMs, as it might take years for the finances of Middlesex, ECB and governments worldwide to recover.

BeefyRoberts 06 April, 2020 21:00
Question for AGM, after the usual acceptance of new rules and regulations.
With no games being held at the moment,and paid in advance, will the club offer a refund, or reduction for season 2021?
Myself, I would say, please dont give me a refund, keep my membership as a small donation to the club. Maybe some others would follow?

tallliman 07 April, 2020 16:55
Question for AGM, after the usual acceptance of new rules and regulations.
With no games being held at the moment,and paid in advance, will the club offer a refund, or reduction for season 2021?
Myself, I would say, please dont give me a refund, keep my membership as a small donation to the club. Maybe some others would follow?

If its the difference to keeping the club running, they can keep the membership fee. Similar happened during WWII, clubs and members still took fees as normal despite the lack of cricket.

adelaide 07 April, 2020 17:45
I'm wondering whether not owning the ground works in our favour for once as we don't get the various sources of income associated with that (catering, conferences...) so can't lose it. I suppose it depends on how the deal with MCC would work in the absence of any cricket at Lord's.

Then I slap myself and remember that there are far more important things to worry about right now than MCCC finances.


Jonathan Winsky 22 April, 2020 19:33
Video of an online members’ forum will be made available on the Middlesex members' hub at 11:00am on Thursday 30th April, with Mike O’Farrell, Richard Goatley and Angus Fraser answering questions which will have been emailed in. The forum will be hosted by Dave Fulton. I imagine that some of the questions which members hoped to have asked at the AGM will be asked at this online forum.

However, I am not sure if we will be allowed to write on MTWD about any issues raised, as members have been advised not to run the risk information falling into the hands of non-members.

Jonathan Winsky 23 April, 2020 19:27
Middlesex have placed all players and most other club employees on furlough, while all employees whose annual salary is above £27,500 have “agreed to a pay cut of 17% , initially until the end of May”, and Senior Management have agreed to a cut of 20%.

Although it is not ideal that many employees have seen their pay reduced, it means that any mention at the online forum about the financial impact of coronavirus will not be as bleak compared to had these measures not been taken.

Seaxe_man1 10 May, 2020 13:36
Both Mx and MCC have taken the opportunity to furlough staff. Bigger deal for Mx with a large number of contracted players I would think.

Seaxe_man1 10 May, 2020 13:46
The Mx/MCC deal being related to the provision of Lords cricket. As we can provide nonsuch. I imagine the deal is voided for this year Adelaide. I read that as a fallback MCC is offer life memberships to 300 wealthy people. Prices. Under 30 : 17000 quid. Over 65: 7000 quid. This they say has no bearing on the waiting list for those who are not wealthy.

Seaxe_man1 10 May, 2020 13:49
The 300 are expected to generate 15 million in revenue. In the meantime the new Compton Stand looks near to completion.

Seaxe_man1 10 May, 2020 14:23
Plus the ECB have paid one half of the Hundred fee. But counties have said they will require the second in accordance with the agreement.

Jonathan Winsky 10 June, 2020 19:50
Everyone who held a Middlesex membership for the 2019* season will have hopefully received an email today to inform them that the 2020 AGM - which was opened and adjourned on its scheduled date of 7th April without any business having been transacted - will resume on Thursday 25th June at 6:00 pm and can be viewed on the members’ portal of the official website. Those who received their email will see a link within the email giving them an opportunity to vote on the items on the agenda.

Anyone wishing to submit questions to be answered can email questions to chief executive Richard Goatley at However, as it sounds like the panel will only consist of Goatley, chairman Mike O’Farrell and treasurer David Kendix, I am not sure whether any questions about cricket can be answered, unless Angus Fraser or someone close to the players or coaches also joins.

Considering the circumstances, it is an excellent idea for the club to resume the AGM virtually rather than wait for restrictions on mass gatherings to be eased, otherwise the 2020 AGM may not have taken place until it was nearly time for the 2021 AGM to take place or even after the 2021 AGM was due to take place, as there still doesn’t seem a great deal of hope that people will soon be permitted to attend sporting events or meetings, even with attendance numbers restricted.

I won’t actually be able to watch the AGM live due to it starting the same time as Watford kick off at Burnley in a match live on Sky (the same is true of Southampton v Arsenal), but I should be able to watch it straight after if it is hosted on YouTube. If so, I would be able to rewind the video if I wish to hear something again.

* Under usual circumstances, a condition of admittance to the AGM is to present a membership card for the previous season rather than for the forthcoming season, so technically the 2020 virtual AGM should not be watched by anyone who did not hold a membership for 2019, even if they hold one for 2020. Despite that, I would have thought that anyone who is a member for 2020 and who has access to the portal will be able to view this, regardless of whether they held a membership for 2019 or whether they received an email today. However, anyone who did not receive an email today will be unable to vote on the items on the agenda.

Seaxe_man1 12 June, 2020 20:19
Sent in questions and voted. Mx Lords overheads. We pay rent on any facilities that we use. Mound Stand Tavern Stand Middlesex Room. Offices.

Seaxe_man1 13 June, 2020 12:01
To further MCC finance in addition to the 300 previously stated. A further unspecified number paying 80000 will be allowed to move to the head of the queue. This for life membership. Terms and conditions unknown. MCC have stated that with the ground upgraded, they are now targeting the very rich who can afford their demands.

Jonathan Winsky 25 June, 2020 21:59
There were some interesting things said at the virtual AGM, but as ever, I am not sure what I am allowed to disclose considering that consumption is restricted to Middlesex members.

The meeting began with Mike O’Farrell saying that despite the club considering broadcasting it live with interactivity, the club did not do this in the end. He requested a period of silence for the 49 members who had died over the last year and also for those who had died after contracting coronavirus.

All items on the agenda were carried (if that is the correct way to phrase it).

Not only did O’Farrell, David Kendix and Richard Goatley speak about what is going on at the club, but Angus Fraser and Mike Selvey did so too, although Goatley was the only one to answer questions. Kendix said that the club will invest in better online video coverage of our home matches, which will include there being cameras which move and which are in greater quantity, so that will be welcome news for anyone unable or not allowed to attend matches in 2020 and beyond. Selvey spoke about how we were keen to have greater diversity amongst our staff and board.

It sounds like there will be a forum in two or three weeks’ time, which would therefore fall between 6th July, when it is hoped that an announcement will be made about what the county structure will be for the 2020 season (I am not sure whether a fixturelist may be announced that day too), and 26th July, when we are due to start a friendly v Surrey at The Oval.

Jonathan Winsky 26 June, 2020 19:23
One announcement made at the AGM which has been widely-reported and praised is the naming of Beth Morgan as an Honorary Life Vice President.

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