The Trust sent a delegate to the Football Supporters' Federation Southern Division meeting yesterday. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss some of the issues currently affecting our fellow London clubs and share ideas with our supporters' groups.
Trust members might be interested to know that UEFA's Professional Football Council have given their full backing to the financial fair play regulations designed to reduce clubs' debt levels from next season. The full UEFA release is here.
Other articles that might be of interest on this include:
Trust members may well be interested to learn that the Labour MP for Manchester Central, Tony Lloyd, has tabled the following Early Day Motion in the House of Commons:
That this House recognises that professional football has become a major part of the modern way of life for millions of people; further recognises that its future has ramifications for individuals, communities and the nation; is aware that the state of the premier league and the professional game is causing concern; notes that self-regulation by the football authorities has often meant no regulation; further notes the widespread concern of club supporters, football journalists and financial commentators amongst others that the controlling interests in the clubs do not obviously demonstrate long-term commitment to the clubs involved and to the health of football in general; shares the concern of these groups about the level of debt and financial uncertainty which now affects certain clubs in all divisions; is further aware of the growing trend for public demonstration of unhappiness about these trends at clubs like Liverpool, Portsmouth and the recent Green and Gold campaign at Manchester United; believes the time has come for football fans to be given a tangible stake in the clubs they have helped build and still support; and calls on the Government and the football authorities to create a binding framework which will regulate club debt and those people who are involved in football, guarantee the protection of the consumer with rules for fair trading and protect the wider public interest by putting the supporter at the heart of the national game.
Supporters Direct have confirmed that the following nominations for the Committee of the Fulham Supporters' Trust 2010 were successful:
Since no more than nine people were successfully nominated, there is no need for a ballot. The members listed above are therefore elected unopposed. The new Committee will meet shortly to decide on the roles each member will undertake for the year - and will release a statement as soon as this is confirmed.
The Fulham Supporters' Trust was saddened to learn that former Fulham defender Kevin Moore is suffering from dementia. There is more on this grim news via the Daily Echo here. The Trust will shortly be making enquiries as to how to fundraise for Kevin, who was a popular member of the Fulham side for many years before going on to become the club's safety officer, and will keep you updated as regards our progress.