The 1. FC Köln Mitgliederversammlung takes place once a year. Each year club members of FC are given an opportunity to hear directly from the board members and leaders of the club regarding the status of FC, as well as the chance to democratically vote on various matters pertaining to the future of the club. This night was on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. Present were all board members, club staff, coaching team and players, as well as about 1,000 members of the club.
Proceedings began with a video of the past year, followed by the FC players taking the stage and singing the club anthem with the fans. From there it was time for Werner Spinner to take the microphone, and the club's president gave his views, among other things, on the recent developments regarding refugees. "Helping refugees and those in need is not a question for us. We will continue to be active. Those who leave FC because we choose to help refugees, had no place being part of this club in the first place," said Werner Spinner.
Managing Director Alexander Wehrle took the stage to announce that 1. FC Köln had hit a club record in turnover and profits. The complete report on the financial figures can be read HERE. Said the Managing Director: "We improved the club in every aspect." Wehrle also talked about the growing role of the digital world, as well as the intention to communicate the activites of the club more globally.
General Manager Jörg Schmadtke provided his insight on the sporting aspect of the club, and the changing landscape of professional football through the financial muscle of the Premier League. "1. FC Köln plays football to bring joy to its fans, its sponsors, and its club members." -Jörg Schmatke "It is true that we may receive lucrative offers, but our philosophy is always that we want to keep hold of the young players that we develop," said Schmadtke. Schmadkte also remarked his joy at working with a young team, as well as the outlook for the future. "We will need 2 or 3 years to establish ourselves, but that does not mean we intend on stagnating," said the FC boss.