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Sep152017

Tell your MP we're #fansnotnumbers

The Fulham Supporters' Trust strongly supports the #FansNotNumbers campaign launched by Supporters Direct earlier month.

The campaign might have got underway with an excellent event organised by the Blackpool Supporters' Trust shining a light on the worrying developments at Bloomfield Road, but the proposals contained within Supporters Direct's policy paper advocating regulatory reform of English football have been developed over eleven years of studying the inadequateness of our game compared with the continent's licensing structures.

The #fansnotnumbers campaign, which is being backed by the sports clothing manufacterer Skins and the online discussion site Sporf, aims to demonstrate to decision-makers that football in England and Wales should be reformed along the lines suggested by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in 2012 and the Department of Culture Media and Sport's Expert Working Group in 2015. The recent examples of Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient show that owners are currently allowed to treat fans as consumers rather than recognising that they are the lifeblood of the game.

As the Fulham Supporters' Trust chair Tom Greatrex told the #fansnotnumbers meeting at Brisbane Road, the era of 'clubs marking their own homework' has to end. Supporters Direct have made a number of recommendations to improve the governance of the game:

 

  • An independent regulator sufficiently resourced and empowered to set and monitor regulation of clubs
  • A new club licensing system that will proactively regulate club football
  • Tangible improvements to English football's governance framework around the ownership, stewardship and funding of clubs, the protection of stadiums and curbs on taking money out of the game.

 

The Trust urges all Fulham fans to read the full Supporters Direct report and tell your MP today that we are #fansnotnumbers.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST - AWAYDAY GUIDE
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v FULHAM, TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2017
Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest for their next Championship fixture tomorrow night. Fulham have been allocated 2,000 tickets in the City Ground's Bridgford End Tickets are on general sale, priced at £20 for adults, £14 for over 65s, £12 for under 18s and £6 for under 12s. Supporters can purchase tickets by visiting the Fulham ticket office, calling 0203 3871 0810 or by paying in cash at the City Ground tomorrow night.

GETTING TO THE CITY GROUND

BY CAR

Exit the M1 at Junction 24 and take the A453 towards Nottingham. Then follow the A52 East towards Grantham and then onto the A6011 into Nottingham. The ground is next to the A6011. Street parking near to the City Ground is very limited, so Fulham supporters are advised to either try the park and ride at Clifton South or the Nottingham City Council car parks. There is a match day car park on the Victoria Embankment close to Trent Bridge cricket ground, for £5 an hour. This car park is situated around 2-3 minutes’ walk from the City Ground. There is also a council facility at the Eastcroft depot, priced at £4 per car. The depot is about 10 minutes’ walk from the City Ground, just off London Road.

BY TRAIN

Nottingham station is located around half a mile from the City Ground. You can get a direct train from London Marylebone and there is the possibility of catching the 2307 from Newark North Gate to King’s Cross, although this will require a pre-booked taxi. Buses operate from the station and the city centre to the ground and a taxi should cost you £5.

BY COACH

Fulham's official coaches will leave Craven Cottage and the Earl Beatty pub at Motspur Park at 2.30pm. Places are still available on either coach and they are priced at £17 for adult season ticket holders and members and £10 for junior season ticket holders and members. The general sale prices are £22 for adults and £15 for juniors.

AWAY PUBS

Most pubs near to the City Ground are designated as home supporters only. The exceptions are the Meadow Club on Meadow Lane, which is the Notts County supporters’ club, and the Nottingham Rowing Club on Trentside, which usually charges £1 per entry. The Stratford Haven on Stratford Road has enthusiastically welcomed away fans in the past and serves beers from the Castle Rock brewery as well as other drinks and food.

Away from the ground, there are a number of pubs around the Waterfront complex, including the Company Inn, which is one of the best Wetherspoon’s in Nottingham. Fulham fans should be able to drink in a number of the city centre pubs and several offer a great selection of real ale, Castle Rock beers and other drinks including The Olde Trip To Jerusalem, The Castle (in Castle Street), Salutation Inn (on Hounds Gate), The Round House (in Royal Standard Place), the Canal House and the Vat and Fiddle, which is the Castle Rock brewery tap, on Queensbridge Road.

EFL TRUST MEET-UP

Representatives of the Fulham Supporters' Trust will be meeting our colleagues from t he recently-formed Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust prior to the game tomorrow night. Having discussed the success of our structured relationship with Fulham FC at the Supporters Summit in July, we have held further talks since and look forward to discussing ticket pricing, communication with the EFL, community projects and other issues of mutual interest tomorrow.
OTHER TRUST NEWS
TRUST HOSTS SUPPORTERS DIRECT BOARD TRAINING DAY

We were delighted to host Supporters Direct latest training day for Trust board members in the Johnny Haynes' suite at Craven Cottage yesterday. Board members from Billericay Town Supporters' Trust, AFC Wimbledon, the Shrimpers' Trust, Tonbridge Angels FC and the Luton Town Supporters' Trust received guidance on best practice and how to best represent fans' interests from Nicola Hudson and Deborah Dilworth of Supporters Direct. The Trust would like to thank Zara Barka, Sarah Scragg, Casper Sylsvig and Alistair Mackintosh for their support of this successful event.
 

#FANSNOTNUMBERS 
The Trust fully supports the #FansNotNumbers campaign, launched by Supporters Direct, SKINS and Sporf, to push for regulatory reform of football in England and Wales. Trust chair Tom Greatrex told a roadshow at Leyton Orient last week that the era of 'clubs marking their own homework' should end. We are asking all Fulham fans to ask their MPs to agree we are #fansnotnumbers. Please support this campaign now.

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