Supporters Direct Media Briefing [9/11/12]

The latest Supporters Direct media briefing, an affiliate of the Fulham Supporters' Trust and featuring news on fellow Trusts, football finance, sports governance and more. Click here to subscribe and get it delivered to your inbox.

Pompey Trust named preferred bidder

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.

Wycombe Wanderers journey back to future 

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.

Sports Finance

BBC Sport Price of Football Survey 2012 – BBC Sport

MPs attack Newcastle’s Wonga deal, dubbing company ‘legal loan shark’ – The Guardian

Swansea City reveal £14.6 million profit – BBC Sport

Sports Governance

Scottish Football Fans gain new voice with launch of Fans’ Parliament – Supporters Direct

FA starts search for new Chairman as David Bernstein forced out – The Guardian

Hillsborough disaster: courts to be asked to quash inquest verdicts – The Guardian

RFL launch 2012 grassroots season review – Rochdale Hornets

Kick It Out launch supporter survey – Supporters Direct

Trust News

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

Supporters Direct

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

A la nantaise: prendre (des) part(s) à la vie du club – SoFoot

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

Move to quash Hillsborough verdicts brings relief after 23 years – The Guardian




Fulham Supporters' Trust welcomes Craven Cottage planning permission

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.


Fulham Supporters' Trust calls on Council to approve Cottage plans

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.


Tom Greatrex MP rejoins Trust Board

The Fulham Supporters' Trust are delighted to announce their new Board after the completion of a successful election period earlier this month.

The independent Election Management Group received seven valid nominations for election to the Fulham Supporters' Board. They were submitted by the following candidates:

Gerry Claydon
Dan Crawford
Jamie Doak
Barry Gilbertson
Chris Gilbertson
Lorcan O'Connor
Neil Springate

Since there were only seven nominations and the Trust's constitution allows for an elected Board of nine members, these candidates were declared elected unopposed and serve a two-year term. They will join Colin Weeden, who was elected last year to fulfil an existing vacancy on the Board, and former Trust chair Tom Greatrex MP, who has accepted an invitation to be rejoin the Board as a co-opted member.

The new Trust Board will meet shortly to discuss their roles for the 2011/12 term of office.



Fulham Supporters' Trust submits football governance evidence to Select Committee

The Fulham Supporters' Trust today submitted follow-up evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee ahead of the Committee's examination of the football authorities position on football governance over the next fortnight.

The Trust's evidence outlines our frustration at the limitations of the proposals put forward by the football authorities and calls on both the Government and the Select Committee to re-examine the relationships between football clubs, the football authorities, the professional and national game and the supporters. We are particularly concerned at the proposed diluting of the role of the Football Association, the hegemony of the Premier League, the failure to address the long-term future arrangements and needs of Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation and the woolly nature of the planned regulatory and licensing frameworks.

You read the Trust's full submission either in PDF or Word format.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hear oral evidence from Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, tomorrow morning and further evidence from representatives of Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation on Tuesday 17 July.