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.


Fulham Supporters' Trust invites Board nominations

The Fulham Supporters' Trust today invites our members to consider putting themselves forward for election to the Trust Board. In accordance with the Trust's constitution and the existing rules, the current Board approved the election procedure during our April meeting and convened an Election Management Group, comprising of three long-standing Trust members and an independent scrutineer, to ensure that all the correct procedures are followed.

Following a series of successful meetings with Fulham Football Club and an unprecedented response to our last leaflet drop of the season before the win over Wigan Athletic in April, the Trust Board took the decision to delay our elections until the end of the season. Whilst our election process should have been completed by the end of the year, we have been hamstrung in recent seasons by a lack of Board members and wanted to give all the new members who joined in the second half of the season an opportunity to take part in the elections process.

At the Trust's May Board meeting, it was agreed that all new members who had joined in the second half of the season would receive the final weeks of their 2012/2013 membership free and that the new 2012/2013 membership year would begin from July 1st (yesterday). In order to allow all new members to exercise their democratic right and elect the new Board, it was agreed that nominations for election would open on July 2nd (today).

At present, we have only four Directors on the Trust Board out of a maximum number of nine. Having more Directors on the Board will allow the Trust to continue to work closely with Fulham FC and represent the interests of Fulham fans. This is a crucial moment for the future of Fulham FC. Having returned to Craven Cottage in 2003, we are close to securing a permanent stay at our historic home as Hammersmith and Fulham's Planning Applications Committee prepares to consider the Club's proposals to renovate the Riverside Stand and increase the stadium's capacity to 30,000 seats. Increasing the size of our Board, will allow the Trust to continue our other activities as well as considering expanding our remit. The Trust is the only democratic organisation currently representing Fulham fans and the power to shape what we do is in our hands.

Any potential Board Director must have been a member since July 1 2012. Trust Board Directors serve a two-year term and, as they were last re-elected in 2009, Gerry Claydon, Neil Springate and Dan Crawford must stand for election again. All three will be seeking renomination, whilst Colin Weeden was elected in 2011 to fill a vacancy and will not be required to stand until 2013. Any member seeking to be nominated to the Trust Board, must be proposed and seconded by existing members, and provide a short statement supporting their candidacy.

If you are interested in standing for the Board but aren't sure what it would involve, then please don't hesitate to contact a member of the current Trust Board. We would be more than willing to discuss the potential workload and are happy to flexible to accommodate those in employment or unemployment, people with families and young children, carers, anybody who has a disability or who has any other concerns that would require adjustments to be made. The Trust are particularly keen to have from potential Board members with a background in finance, law, communications, social media or social policy. Please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Interested candidates can view or download the following documents:

Since we are expecting significant disruption to the postal service due to the forthcoming Olympics and Paralympic Games and wouldn't wish to discriminate against any of our many members who live overseas, candidates can email their nomination paperwork to the Election Management Group or post their completed paperwork to the Fulham Supporters' Trust Election Management Group 2012, c/o 31 Oliver Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4QF.