Politicians back calls for fan involvement in football clubs

The Trust wrote to Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservative and Liberal candidates who are standing in Cardiff in next month’s General Election to seek their views on the Supporters Direct manifesto on fan involvement and governance of football clubs.

So far the following responses have been received

JO STEVENS (LABOUR CARDIFF CENTRAL) As a lifelong football fan and Cardiff City season ticket holder, I know what experience, knowledge, skill and innovation, fans in the stands and at home can bring to our clubs. Football clubs are an integral part of our communities, binding people together in a way that few other things can.

That’s why I’m a longstanding supporter of the campaign to ensure that we, as supporters, have a formal role in the ownership and governance of our clubs.

I’d urge every Cardiff City supporter to get behind the Supporters Direct “Manifesto To Reform Football” and make sure you ask every candidate in Cardiff Central seeking to be your MP from May 2015 to do the same.

MARTIN POLLARD (PLAID CYMRU, CARDIFF CENTRAL) I believe strongly in localism, and I fully support the Supporters Direct manifesto for fans to have a formal role in the ownership and governance of their football clubs. This model has led to strong fan involvement in Swansea City, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport County and Wrexham clubs.

ELIN WALKER (PLAID CYMRU, CARDIFF NORTH) I was pleased to read your manifesto, and very interested in the concepts espoused within it. As you may know, Plaid Cymru is keen to promote grassroots participation in decision making, so it makes perfect sense for supporters to take a key role in such activities.

If elected, I would be keen to support the implementation of these core policies as outlined in your manifesto. Looking forward to seeing these ideas implemented!