In conjuction with the Safe Standing Roadshow, an event has been set up by the Football Supporters' Federation for the 11th of December 2012 to showcase the latest in safe-standing technology. Making an apperance will be a contingent from the Board of the Fulham Supporters' Trust - including Tom Greatrex MP - and we hope you will be able to show your support too. Safe standing has been backed by a significant number of Football League clubs, although Aston Villa and Sunderland remain the only Premier League clubs to display a public desire for safe standing trials.
The latest from the Football Supporters' Federation, another Fulham Supporters' Trust affiliate.
Burnley and Watford back Safe Standing
Burnley and Watford are the latest clubs to back the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Safe Standing Campaign – a big well done to the Clarets and the Hornets. They follow hot on the heels of Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Hull City, Peterborough United, AFC Wimbledon and the Scottish Premier League.
You must make safe standing happen...
While we're delighted to see more and more clubs coming on board fan action is vital too. Spare a few minutes of your time and back the FSF Safe Standing Campaign here.
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Fans back ACPO "three pronged" strategy
A survey carried out by the FSF has shown that fans have a “relatively positive perception” of the police’s role in football. The survey showed that where police forces adhere to ACPO's “three pronged” policing strategy recommendations fans tend to have positive experiences of policing and develop a relatively positive view of the police.
And finally... the Scorpion Kick is back
Over to a chilly looking Russia where Scrabble-proof Zarya Krasnoznamensk's first team played a training ground game against their youth side. Maxim Ivaschuk scores a cracking Scorpion Kick although it's tough to take it too seriously since he appears to be wearing pyjamas. The less said about the very Russian soundtrack, the better.
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Great news for Portsmouth fans and the wider supporter ownership movement last week, as the Pompey Supporters’ Trust were confirmed as the preferred bidders for the club by administrators PKF. There is plenty of work left to do, but this is undoubtedly a deserved reward for the Trust’s tireless efforts.
After a spell under private ownership, Wycombe Wanderers became a supporter owned club once again over the summer. This piece from David Conn really highlights the extent to which supporter involvement is rooted in the club, and what a significant moment the takeover was.
BBC Sport Price of Football Survey 2012 – BBC Sport
Swansea City reveal £14.6 million profit – BBC Sport
Scottish Football Fans gain new voice with launch of Fans’ Parliament – Supporters Direct
RFL launch 2012 grassroots season review – Rochdale Hornets
Kick It Out launch supporter survey – Supporters Direct
Working together for the good of Newcastle United – Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust
FC Minithon: October 21st – FC United of Manchester
Trust now a shareholder in SUFC – Iron Trust
Friday’s guests: Food Train Dundee – Dee4Life
Green Bay Packers: supporter ownership in the world’s most competitive league – Supporters Direct
Celebrating Co-operatives and Football reception – Supporters Direct
Secretary’s Development: Manchester – Supporters Direct
North West Regional Meeting – Supporters Direct
News from Europe
SD Europe to launch position paper at the European Parliament – Supporters Direct
Fondazione Taras Election Day – Supporters Direct
FARE Action Weeks launch – FARE
Fan Power in Soccer – Sport and Business
Comments and Blogs
The Lights go out at Nene Park – Twohundredpercent
The Fulham Supporters' Trust welcomes the approval of Fulham Football Club's plans to increase Craven Cottage's capacity to 30,000 seats by Hammersmith & Fulham Council's Planning Applications Committee last night.
The Committee voted unaminously to approve the plans to renovate the Riverside Stand at their meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall last night. The plans will not only allow Fulham Football Club to appropriately expand their historic home but also deliver clear community benefits, such as the extension of the River Thames walk to run alongside the ground and link Hammersmith and Putney.
The Fulham Supporters' Trust looks forward to working closely with Fulham Football Club, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and local residents to help these exciting plans into the reality of a 30,000 capacity stadium befitting Fulham's status as London's oldest professional football club.
The Fulham Supporters' Trust calls on Hammersmith and Fulham Council's Planning Applications Committee to approve Fulham Football Club's application to renovate the Riverside Stand and increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000 seats.
Craven Cottage has been Fulham Football Club's historic home since 1898 and the club returned home in 2003 after a two-year exile at Loftus Road. Since then, the Council has approved two applications to increase the capacity of the stadium, including one for 30,000 seats, which is necessary since attendances at the Cottage have steadily risen during Fulham's ascent up the leagues. The Council have also previously stated that they would work with all three local Premier League clubs to ensure that they remained in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The returning chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust, Tom Greatrex MP, said: 'We welcome Fulham Football Club's clear commitment to a permanent stay at Craven Cottage. During Fulham's unprecedented run of success in both domestic and European football over the past three years, the Cottage has been full to capacity. The new stand will be bring tangible benefits for local residents, including a new Riverside walk linking the ground with Bishop's Park and will help with crowd management on matchdays. Given that these proposals have the strong support of local residents and having Fulham Football Club in Hammersmith and Fulham contributes £35m to the local economy every year, we believe both residential and sporting interests would be best served by approving the application.'
The Council's Planning Applications Committee meets on Thursday 26 July (tomorrow, at 7pm) at Hammersmith Town Hall to consider the application, which was backed by 91% of local residents in a detailed consultation exercise earlier this year.