Yorkshire St. Pauli Membership 2016/17

Yorkshire St. Pauli was established in May 2011, with the idea to get a group of like-minded St. Pauli fans together to watch games. Three years on and the group has grown beyond our wildest expectations. We meet every few weeks in Leeds to watch matches, we are involved in charity work with local refugee charity PAFRAS, we run a weekly Football project and we organise several trips over per season to watch the boys in brown.
THIS YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP.

St. Pauli is a great club with a community conscience that is both aware of and provides assistance to those who need it, both in St. Pauli and beyond. St. Pauli has a broad awareness of political issues, and there are many projects run both officially by the club and also by the various fan groups of St. Pauli. We want Yorkshire St. Pauli not only to mirror the support of the football team, but the support of the community as well.

That is why this year we will continue our strong links with PAFRAS, whilst also linking up with Leeds Anti-Fascist Network to provide them financial support in the wake of the ‘vote leave’ campaign and a disturbing increase in racism on our streets. 

Please note that all our members must agree with and adhere to our Constitution. Please read it here: https://yorkshirestpauli.com/constitution/

COST OF MEMBERSHIP.

People who are waged – minimum donation £5.

People who are unwaged – minimum donation £3.

Please note – this is a minimum donation and we would be grateful for any additional money donate if you can afford to do so. Any additional donations will be split between the Social Fund collection and PAFRAS donation as explained below.

HOW TO JOIN.

Membership is available now, and you can renew your membership or become a new member by simply sending us your membership fee (see above for prices).

Membership can be paid either in person during one of our meetings, or via PayPal to our email address info@yorkshirestpauli.com

Please note – If you pay via PayPal, please pay the PayPal fees, otherwise we will incur a charge from PayPal for your payment which then means we won’t receive the full membership fee. PayPal should give you the option when sending the payment to say that you are sending it to “friends or family” and to pay any transaction fee. If you are paying from abroad and do not have this option, please pay an extra £1 and this will cover the PayPal fees.

If you do not use PayPal, you can also pay by bank transfer. Please email us on info@yorkshirestpauli.com for further details.

Membership fees are not obligatory, everyone is welcome to watch the games with us, but if you can afford to become a member to help with the running costs that would be great. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us via email at memberships@yorkshirestpauli.com. We are also on various websites/social networking sites, the details of which can be found in the “contact us” section.

HOW THE MEMBERSHIP FEE IS USED.

This is the breakdown of how each membership payment is used…

£1 – £1 from each membership fee will go to the fanclub, and will be used cover costs of running the fanclub – such as our official fanclub registration with the club, the administration of our website and subscribing to St Pauli TV which allows us to show delayed streams of games.

£2 (and 50% of any additional donations above the minimum membership fee) will go to PAFRAS – Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. PAFRAS works with asy­lum seek­ers, refugees and local com­mu­ni­ties in Leeds and the sur­round­ing area, providing a range of services such as food, hot meals and vital help and advice to those who need it. You can find more information on PAFRAS on their website, below:

http://www.pafras.org.uk/about/background/
Finally, £2 (and 50% of any additional donations above the minimum membership fee) will go to Leeds Anti-Fascist Network to help support their activities. 
We are aware that some people do not wish to donate to charity for various reasons, therefore if this is the case please let us know when you pay your membership and instead we will donate the £4 from your membership fee to the 1910 Museum – a project to build a museum at the Millerntor.

DO I HAVE TO BE FROM YORKSHIRE AND COME TO WATCH GAMES WITH YOU?
Not at all! Our membership is open to everyone, wherever you are in the world. All that we ask is that you adhere to the Constitution (see here).
Members will be kept updated via email as part of our mailing list for members, and each member has an equal vote in all membership matters.

5 YEARS OF YORKSHIRE ST. PAULI

Five years doesn’t seem like a long time, but then in the same vein it feels like eternity. I feel like i’ve been involved with Yorkshire St. Pauli forever. I can’t remember life before Yorkshire St. Pauli, or indeed imagine life without it. I’ve gained a second family over the past five years, a beautiful, caring, dedicated family who all hold the same values and principles, who all believe in what St. Pauli stand for and who all contribute to make YSP the great fanclub it has become.

No amount of words could ever do Yorkshire St. Pauli justice. Nothing I could type would even begin to articulate how beautiful it is, and how great the people are who are involved with it. So i asked those involved with Yorkshire St. Pauli to talk about it on film, here’s the result. From all of YSP, THANK YOU.

St. Pauli look towards next season, as playoff hopes disappear.

It’s been a good season. A very good season. A surprising season that promised very little but that delivered big. Having fought off relegation last season and with a smaller budget from which to re-build the squad, the expectations from the management can’t have been much more than re-stabiling the club. That was before Marcel Halstenberg was courted by RB Leipzig, and the club and the player couldn’t turn down the mega bucks that are being thrown around by the drinks company. So late was the agreement that it meant St. Pauli had no time to reinvest the money or to find a replacement, if required.

Nürnberg’s comeback at the weekend from 0-2 down at home to Union Berlin to win 6-2 gave them a 9 point lead over St. Pauli, and with a vastly superior goal difference, it all but meant that St. Pauli will be plying their trade in the 2.Bundesliga again next season.

In recent weeks the club has moved to plan for next season, and the main area of improvement has to be the strikers. The club has little choice but to bring in new strikers, as Lennart Thy and  (Big) John Verhoek will both leave on free transfers at the end of the season to join Werder Bremen and Heidenheim respectively. Ante Budimir has impressed at Crotone in Serie B this season, and they have secured his signature after securing promotion to Serie A. That leaves Fafa Picault as the only recognised striker. The club have struggled (yet) again with a lack of a goalscoring striker, and defensive midfielder Rzatkowski is the joint top-goalscorer with 7. Lennart Thy also has 7, but 4 of those came in one remarkable game. If St. Pauli are going to challenge for the top 3 next season, a striker who can score 10-15 goals is vital.

Aziz Bouhaddouz will join in the summer on a free transfer, and the striker from Sandhausen has 9 goals to his name in the 2.Bundesliga this season, and would probably have had more but for an injury in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Another free transfer incoming will be Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, a Norwegian right-back from Freiburg. He’s only featured 6 times and for a total of 89 minutes for the league leaders this season, and he spent the previous season on loan at Eintracht Braunschweig.With 4 national team appearances, he could turn out to be a good signing.

The other signing to date is Richard Neudecker, a 19 year old from 1860 Munich. The German youth international  midfielder has made 6 appearances for 1860 this season comes with potential.

So where else do St. Pauli need to improve next season? Firstly, the club must look at how else could leave at the end of the current campaign. A number of players are out of contract and look set to leave – most notably Enis Alushi and Seb Maier. Several youngsters like Kurt, Startsev, Deichmann are all out of contract at the end of the season, as if Fafa Picault – but i’d expect his contract to be extended.  There’s also understandable interest from the Bundesliga for Marc Rzatkowski, who has a contract until the summer of 2017.

The club have had a wealth of midfielders in recent seasons, but with Alushi and Maier looking likely to leave there’s an gap in the squad for a midfielder. Sobota has again been great in midfield, and Marc Rzatkowski has been a revelation as a defensive midfielder. If we could add another central midfielder and an attacking midfielder to play behind the striker, the squad would be very healthy. I don’t think defensively the club needs to change any of the personnel, but the main priority has to be rebuilding the strikeforce. The last St. Pauli player to hit double figures in the goalscoring charts was Daniel Ginczek in 2012/13. His 18 goals is only beaten in recent times by Marius Ebbers’ 20 goals in 2009/10. Before these two, the last St. Pauli striker to score 15 goals in a season was Marcel Rath at the start of the decade. It’s a bit unrealistic to expect a striker to match Ginczek or Ebbers’ tally, but we can’t have another season where our strikers fail to reach anywhere near double figures if we realistically want to challenge for promotion.

With all that said, with the dream team of Lienen and Meggle in charge, we trust they’ll deliver another great season!

YSP RAFFLE TICKETS

As part of our 5 year celebrations, we are holding a raffle with some excellent prices to raise money for Leeds refugee charity. Raffle tickets will be available at our weekend of events on 7th and 8th May, but can also be bought online now!

Prizes include books,  t-shirts, vinyl, football tickets, tote bags, badges. In total we have over 30 prizes to be won which includes some great donations from FCSP Athens Scum, St. Pauli Fanladen, FCUM and Pluto Press (plus loads more).

Check out the twitter feed to keep up to date with the prize donations.

Buying tickets

Tickets are priced at 50p each or 5 for £2. We encourage you to buy loads because every single penny goes to PAFRAS.

If you’re unable to attend our birthday weekend in Leeds on 7th and 8th May you can order your tickets online through paypal. Please ensure you set it as a gift payment (select the option to send to a friend) so that we do not incur any paypal fee charges and please include your T-shirt size.

Our paypal address is info@yorkshirestpauli.com.

If you win and do not live locally to Leeds and we will require you to pay postage too- we’ll contact you after the event if you require postage.

The draw will be made at our football tournament on 8th May and winners will be notified following the event

5 Years Party (Part 1)

Ok, so it’s only two weeks until our slightly early 5th birthday party! on Saturday 7th May from 19:00 at Brudenell Social Club. We want everyone to be there to help us celebrate. The night starts with a showing of ‘Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers’ – a documentary film about a women’s football tour to the West Bank, Palestine. We’ve then got a special video documenting 5 years of Yorkshire St. Pauli, followed by a disco from two of the YSP resident DJ’s. We’ve also got a buffet provided by the Armley Junk-tion on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis, and there’s sure to be plenty of beer involved too! Get yourself along, invite your mates and help us celebrate!
 
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