Some key moments courtesy of Alan Jones

August 2001
TrustSTFC was launched, with its aim to try and raise £500k.

March 2002
With the club losing £5k a day and on the verge of administration for a second time, the Trust held a public meeting and announced that it wanted to play a more active role in the club’s survival: the Trust was particularly concerned about the debenture hanging over the club.

June 2002
TrustSTFC donated £8k to help pay for the club’s Wanborough training base for the year.

December 2002
TrustSTFC tried, unsucessfully, to get Justin Tomlinson as a ‘fan on the board’.  Justin was subsequently elected MP for Swindon North.  He remains an active member of the Trust and supports the principle of fan involvement in Parliament.

February 2003
TrustSTFC announced the launch of the Red Army Fund, jointly with the Supporters Club and STFC.  This is ‘ring-fenced’ for the purpose of paying for improvements to the SwindonTown squad.

May 2004 
After the failure of the club to get plans through for a new ground at Shaw Forest Trust STFC started a petition asking the Council to consult with the club about the possibility and location of a new stadium. Thanks to the Trust’s initiative in collecting some 4,000 signatures and its negotiating skills in getting all the local political parties to co-operate, the Council passed an all-party motion stating that it would co-operate with Swindon Town FC to investigate the feasibility of re-developing the CountyGround, or finding an alternative site should the CG become unsuitable.

February 2005
Michael Proctor became the first player to be financed through the Red Army Fund…and scored the winner on his STFC debut

February 2006
TrustSTFC called on Councillors to help secure the club’s future in the borough.

April 2006
After relegation into League 2 TrustSTFC announced that it backed Bill Power and his investment into the club.

October 2006
A Fans Consortium was proposed, which caused a backlash from the Wills family who then owned the club. Later it was announced that Bill Power backed the Fans Consortium.

December 2006
TrustSTFC called for the club to enter negotiations with the Fans Consortium  It accused club directors of misleading shareholders at the AGM in regards to the final instalment of the Creditors Voluntary Agreement (CVA), due in June 2007, and said that the Fans Consortium would take the club off  ‘life support’. At the same time the Trust co-ordinated the ‘Orange Campaign’ asking fans to wear orange in protest against the current owners.  The Trust also opposed the idea that Bristol Rovers should share the CG and released its own plans for a future CG development.

October 2007
After the club failed to pay the final CVA payment and another takeover seemed to stall, the Trust called for protests against the board.

December 2007
A sale was however completed and the Trust welcomed the new owners, Andrew Fitton’s consortium.

March 2009
TrustSTFC used the Red Army Fund to pay for the loan of Gordon Greer, who signed permanently a few months later and was made club captain.

January 2013
TrustSTFC offered the club the contents of the Red Army Fund to help pay for additional loan signings after manager Paolo di Canio was unable to obtain the money from the club.  In the fraught circumstances of the time however the club declined the offer.