A new message to fans from the Football Supporters’ Federation

Join the FSF and fans of dozens of clubs as we march on the Premier League and Football League headquarters demanding ‘Affordable Football for All’ on Thursday, August 14.
The game is swimming in money like never before, with clubs pocketing record amounts from broadcasting deals while squeezing everything they can out of their fanbase with some of the highest ticket prices in a generation, and something has to give.
Strength comes in numbers, so join our demonstration and march along with your fellow fans on  August 14 . We will be gathering at Marble Arch (nearest tube station, unsurprisingly, Marble Arch on the Central Line) from 1pm before heading off to the Premier League and Football League offices at 30 Gloucester Place (W1U 8PL) at around 2:30pm.
A delegation of fans will meet with the authorities, while leaders from a number of supporter groups will address the crowd back at Marble Arch at around 3.30pm.
To get involved please see the FSF website www.fsf.org.uk for more information.
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 The Trust received this message from the Football Supporters’ Federation:

“There’s a new app on the block called High5it and the team behind it are all long-time members of the FSF. We recently met with them to see how we could work together but in the meantime it’s worth mentioning a grassroots football competition they’re running.
 
15 teams – 5 school, 5 junior, and 5 amateur – have the chance of winning a £500 donation to their club, new kit, balls, and a prize presentation from a professional player. It’s backed by Chesterfield’s Ian Evatt, once of Derby County, QPR, and Blackpool: “Grassroots football is the bedrock of the game whether you’re a budding Steven Gerrard or Sunday league player.”
 
“If you know of any teams that would benefit from winning this donation please follow the link below for more information on how to enter and feel free to pass on this link to your own members so they can nominate any teams as well. Closing date is July 30, 2014.”

https://www.facebook.com/high5itapp/app_1450359361881048#_=

 

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As members may be aware, tickets for the pre-season friendly with German Bundesliga giants VFL Wolfsburg on August 2 will initially only be on sale for the newly developed Ninian Stand.

We have been asked by a couple of individual members to point that any fans who don’t want to sit on red seats are able to purchase blue covers on the internet. They are being sold by several sellers on ebay at prices from £1. Alongside is one examplehttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371037024369.

Please note for clarity,  this is not a Trust initiative and board members are not recommending members or fans buy the covers – only that they are available because many supporters feel strongly about the red seats.

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Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation will host the joint annual Supporters Summit in London at Wembley Stadium on July 26, bringing fans together from across the UK and Europe.

Fans and supporters’ organisations will debate the key issues at the heart of the game and one of the stand-out sessions will involve discussion of the ongoing campaign to return the Back to Blue at Cardiff City.

The sessions will  include high profile figures from  football, sport, media and politics, including Clive Efford  MP, who is Shadow Sports Minister and Valerio Casagrande, Chief Financial Officer of Italian Serie B and Pat Lyons, chair of the Irish FORAS Trust and Cork City FC.

Trust board member Brian Mertens will be among the panellists on a discussion about Protecting Club Identity along with Chris Cooper (City Till we Die), Clive Efford  and Mark Harris (of Witton Albion FC and the Evo-Stick NorthernPremier League). It will be chaired by Jacqui Foster of Supporters Direct.

Trust member Jeff Mansfield will also be present at the event which also has sessions on Away Fans, Fixing Football, Supporter Liaison Officers, Licensing System, Fans and the media, Fans for diversity, Financial Fair Play, Supporters’ Trusts, Safety Advisory Groups and a Q&A by the Blizzard.

The AGMs of both organisations will be held on the evening of July 25.

Last year’s Supporters Summit, held at St. George’s Park, included debates on governance, ownership, transparency, ticket pricing, discrimination and safe standing.

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