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Sunday
Aug082010

FST hosts the 'Racaille Verte' of SV Werder Bremen 

Prior to and after the recent pre-season friendly match on 7th. August, 2010, the Trust welcomed and hosted some members of the 'Racaille Verte', an independent fans' group of SV Werder Bremen and a very cheery bunch they were too. In a heartfelt display of 'Schadenfreude' they thanked us profusely, including a banner inside Craven Cottage, for defeating fierce, and relatively local, rivals, Hamburger SV, in last season's Europa League semi-finals. (For diplomatic reasons, we played down our friendly links with HSV's fans!)

 The meagre crowd of little more than 8,000, some braving a heavy downpour in the uncovered seating, saw an entertaining game, with no shortage of goalmouth action. Despite Werder looking very slick in the first half and taking an early lead, through a well-struck volley by Pizarro, Fulham were much the better-organised side in the second and scored five goals without reply, including a particularly fine second goal for Gera.

Discussions with the fans of Werder at 'The Duke's Head', and, subsequently 'The Half Moon', ranged from general footballing to specific fans' issues. FST has offered to give them any advice and support they need, should they decide to set themselves up as a formal fans' body. We have maintained contact with them subsequently and hope to see them at Craven Cottage again this season. Their web site is: http://racaille.de/

Saturday
Jul102010

Statement from the Trust

In view of recent discussions about the Fulham Supporters' Trust, we would like to draw attention to the proposed new objectives on which we are consulting our membership and others. These are:

 

* To secure the long-term future of Fulham Football Club at Craven Cottage

 

* To promote the history and heritage of Fulham Football Club and Craven Cottage

 

* To identify the issues affecting and interesting Fulham fans and the Trust membership and, if appropriate, run campaigns and ask questions of the relevant individuals and ask questions of the relevant individuals and organisations

 

* To establish the Fulham Supporters' Trust as the progressive and independent home of Fulham fans

 

* To boost our membership figures and develop an effective communication strategy with our membership via email, newsletters and the internet

 

* To publicise the Trust through the local and national media

 

* To continue to forge strong links with Fulham Football Club, the local authority and local decision makers, political figures and national supporters' bodies (such as Supporters' Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation) and take part in the appropriate campaigns for organisation.

 

We recognise that the Trust needs to be independent, accountable and communicative. As a committee we passionately believe in the strength, importance, and potential of Supporters Trusts, and of national organisations like Supporters' Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation. We accept that the Trust can only operate credibly if it is working to an agenda set by its membership. As such we're very keen to point out what has already been going on in this regard, and what is planned for the immediate future.

 

Over the last few months, the committee has been working hard on a significant renewal of the Trust's operating structure and the way we communicate with its members and the Fulham support.

 

We wish to develop an updated set of objectives and activities for the Trust. These will be developed through a full consultation with the members and with the support as a whole, and will form the basis of all of the Trust's work.

 

Our website will continue to be used as a means of communication to publicise to Fulham fans the work that the Trust remains involved in, including representing and advising fans in their grievances over issues such as stewarding, and of the work we continue to do in defining our Trust's objectives and what we are doing in support of them.

 

This consultation exercise will be in two stages: (i) publication on our web-site of a proposed set of draft objectives, with an initial invitation for comments and feedback and (ii) launch of a full consultation exercise with Trust members and the support base as a whole, which will be followed by an open presentation of the consultation results and final Trust objectives.

 

We are keen to ensure that the Trust can develop as an independent and democratic voice for all Fulham fans and would encourage existing members and non-members to contribute. There is a 'Contact Us' section on the website, which you can find at http://www.fulhamsupporterstrust.com/contact-us/

Monday
Jun142010

SUPPORTERS' DIRECT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

The Fulham Supporters' Trust sent a full delegation to the Supporters' Direct AGM/Annual Conference held in London over the weekend.

The conference saw the launch of a special report into the social and community value of football, which underlines the importance of our national game to people up and down the country. The complete report can be downloaded here.

Trust delegates attended several workshops that provided more information on many of the issues facing football clubs and supporters' groups today, including football finance and supporter relations. The conference also heard Trusts based up and down the country and at clubs at levels of the football pyramid as well as giving an invaluable opportunity to hear about the strengths of the German football model from the Bundesliga chief executive officer Christian Seifert.

Sunday
May232010

FSF Southern Division AGM

The Fulham Supporters' Trust sent a delegation to today's Football Supporters' Federation AGM held in Westminster.

The meeting heard reports from representatives of the FSF's afiliated members in the southern region, which gave an opportunity for supporters to discuss common problems currently occuring in the game, and was also updated on the progress made on a range of issues by the FSF's national delegates.

The Fulham Supporters' Trust gave an update on the issues affecting Fulham supporters and took part in discussions on stewarding, the governance of the game and indicated a willigness to send representatives to the forthcoming Fans' Parliament, scheduled for July at Wembley Stadium.

Trust members may be interested in heading to the FSF's website for more information on the work done by the organisation.

Friday
May072010

Former Trust chair elected as MP

Members might interested to know that the former chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust Tom Greatrex has been elected as the new Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

Tom, standing as the Labour & Co-Operative Party candidate, polled 28,566 votes, finishing comfortably ahead of the second-placed Scottish National Party.

The Trust would like to wish Tom every success in his new post.