The home shirt colour and badge change by Cardiff City’s owner and the attempted name change at Hull City provided examples of how owners – who make massive investments into football clubs – think that they can just run roughshod over the tradition and history without proper consultation with fans.

The panellists on the workshop, ‘Protecting Club Identity’ were Chris Cooper (City til I die – Hull City), Brian Mertens (CCST), Mark Harris (Evo-Stick League) and Clive Efford MP (Shadow Sports Minister).

There was an excellent debate with contributions from Malcolm Clarke (FSF, FA Council rep), various Trusts and a description of how the Portuguese Leagues control what owners can do.

Clive Efford explained that he is leading a cross-party investigation into these very matters, but he warned that involving politicians can result in the wrong solution for most.

Not all owners refuse to consult with supporter groups but rules were needed that clearly state what can and can’t be changed.

The FA could change its rules so that club owners would have to fully consult its supporters before making significant changes, but it would require a 75% vote in favour! ‘Turkeys voting for Christmas’ was mentioned!

Malcolm Clarke asked that we send our proposed rule changes to him and he will put these forward.

The end result of these discussions was that we can tackle these problems through political changes, FA rules or we as Trusts could do something ourselves.

A kite system where clubs are fully consulting with their fans, could be awarded by Supporters Direct and this could be seen by clubs as ‘a badge of honour’ which could be lost if they failed in the future.

This is a debate that will roll on until something satisfactory results.

Brian Mertens

Cardiff City Supporters Trust Liaison Officer

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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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