The Football Supporters’ Association wants fans to let them know their verdict on match streaming and the performance of iFollow (and clubs’ own streaming platforms).
The FSA has asked Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust to encourage fans to respond as they want the biggest possible sample to be able to influence the EFL.
Before the pandemic the iFollow platform was mostly used by overseas fans and those supporters unable to travel to away fixtures. But this season, without fans in grounds, it now means tens of thousands of supporters are accessing games online every week.
Fan experiences of the system have varied, hence the supporter survey.
Supporters’ Trust has expressed strong concern over the so-called Big Picture
proposals for the future of football led by Liverpool and Manchester United.
Trust chair Keith
Morgan, a football finance expert, said: “The game of football is surely about
all fans, not the favoured few top clubs and their billionaire owners. The
lockout of supporters from football due to the pandemic has really illustrated
what we all knew – football is nothing without the fans and they must be
“We share the grave
concerns of the Football Supporters’ Association who have spoken out strongly
on behalf of fans. Similar worries have been expressed by Cardiff City fans on
social media on the implications for supporters of clubs who do not feature in
the top echelons of the Premier League.
“While we understand
the financial pressures many clubs are facing because of the loss of income due
to the pandemic, we believe these proposals which concentrate power in the
hands of a few clubs are fundamentally wrong and should be abandoned. Even the
majority of Premier League
clubs think it is a bad idea.”
Trust Chair Keith Morgan has welcomed
a commitment by the football authorities to see a safe return of fans to
stadiums as soon as possible.
Keith Morgan said: “We fully support the
initiative by the EFL, the football authorities and, of course, our club,
Cardiff City. We thank the club’s supporter liaison officer Adam Gilliatt for
his work. We know everyone at the Cardiff City Stadium wants to see fans back
supporting the team as soon as is possible.”
The full letter is below.
To: SUPPORTER LIAISON OFFICERS
At 4.45pm this evening (October 6th), an open
letter to supporters signed by the EFL, Premier League, Football Association
and Women’s Super League will be released detailing our joint commitment to see
the safe return of supporters to football grounds. A copy of the letter is
attached for all SLOs, and this has also been sent to Club Chairmen, CEOs, Club
Secretaries and Media Managers.
The letter primarily seeks to assure all fans that together we are fully committed to a safe return to football grounds as soon as possible. Importantly, it also emphasises the need to identify a path forward with Government, noting that their current position of restricting the return of fans is damaging to individual Clubs and the local economies of the communities they represent.
The work clubs have been doing in raising awareness of this
critical issue has been really helpful and there have been further examples of
this in the past 24 hours. It is important that together we continue to show
support in a unified way and we therefore actively encourage all Clubs to
promote the letter across your digital and social channels from 5pm this
evening, and suggest tagging in your local MP’s and other relevant contacts to
ensure the message is both received and understood. On behalf of the EFL, we
will be doing the same across our digital channels.
In an extension of this approach, in your role as SLO, we would
also urge you to continue to keep this topic at the forefront of your supporter
engagement activity and take whatever steps you can to promote the key messages
to your fans and established supporter groups. They may be able to help promote
the positives of a ‘return of fans’ to their members/fellow fans, and this
unified approach may have a significant role to play on a local basis.
We will continue to develop further messaging on this but
clearly any opportunities we have to reinforce our current position with
supporters, and their respective communities will be positive.
Finally, we are currently preparing further communications with
all SLOs to round-up all the latest updates and best practice from across the
EFL in our first newsletter of the season so we will be in touch again shortly.
Until then should you have any queries please get in touch and
thank you for your support.
With the 50th anniversary of Cardiff City’s victory
over Real Madrid on March 10 next year, Trust Joint Membership Secretary Paul
Evans has published a book looking back at that famous triumph.
Paul said: “While the book is built
around the two games against Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, it
is more than that in that it offers details, analysis and statistics from all games
played by City in the 1970-71 season.
“That might make it sound a little stuffy, but to avoid that I’ve included my memories of games, events and other matters occurring at that time. I’ve also backed it up with opinions taken from the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and Football Echo newspapers of half-a-century ago. I was just 14 when the season started.
“I saw my first game in October 1963, so have experienced plenty of high and lows in my time following City. We all have a bit of a moan about how things are going but, in general, the 21st Century has been a great time to be a Cardiff City supporter Despite how it ended with a 3rd place finish in the old Second Division, and the consequences arising from it, 1970-71 is still my favourite season.
“The games against Real Madrid took
place against a backdrop of what was our most concerted effort to get into the old
First Division between the promotions of 1959-60 and 2012-13.”
Cardiff City beat Real Madrid 1-0 at
Ninian Park with a goal from Brian Clark but lost the return 2-0, going out of
the ECWC at the Quarter Final stage.
Real Madrid and All That is available
in e-book (£7.50) and paperback (£9.99) formats and can be bought at:-