FC United: A Better Way, Co-operatively

November 20th, 2013|

Bullshit Rodeo

August 10th, 2013|

Storify on Spanish Member-Owned Clubs

August 7th, 2013|

The Sky Sports News Presenter’s Fear of an Opinion

July 2nd, 2013|

The Match Announcer’s Fear of the Crowd

May 30th, 2013|

Dyke and the Blazers

March 28th, 2013|

The appointment of Greg Dyke as new FA Chairman had me pleasantly surprised, not least given his on the record views about FA Councillors and the organisation as a whole. […]

Not in the Wider Interests of Football

December 3rd, 2012|

This article was first published in Yellow & Blue (incorporating Fanzines United) on 2 December 2012, a fanzine put together by fans on the occasion of AFC Wimbledon’s 2nd round match in the FA Cup against a town in Buckinghamshire which stole a league place some years earlier, to be sold at a gathering at the club’s ground, Kingsmeadow where fans from other clubs had been invited to show solidarity with them.

It was such a weasel phrase in the FA commission report, that fans creating AFC Wimbledon was “not in the wider interests of football”. It sounded all high and mighty and considered, but on closer inspection, all it revealed was what the panelists thought of fans and the notion that fans could run their own clubs. […]

The Impossible Job

October 18th, 2012|

The FA Council voted yesterday to not make an exception to their rule on the Chairman of the FA not serving past the age of seventy (they were always likely to reject the Board’s motion to waive the rule in Bernstein’s case, having had the same executive and Board combo urge them to not waive the rule in the past for some other of the old stagers who fell foul of it). As a result, the FA will begin a search for a new Chairman, who will be their 4th in 5 years.

It was interesting to see that the journalists who cover the FA politics beat mostly take the view that current Chairman David Bernstein’s tenure will be seen as a success. […]

Football MAD

August 20th, 2012|

On David Lampitt

June 2nd, 2012|

David Lampitt’s appointment as the new Chief Executive of Supporters Direct has attracted some adverse comment, well summarised in a piece over at When Saturday Comes. David has responded to the criticism in a piece on Supporters Direct’s site.

I just want to add my own thoughts, for what they’re worth, on two aspects of the criticism, and one really important reason why people who support the goals of the supporters trust movement should welcome his appointment. […]

The meaning of Manchester City and Chelsea’s successes

May 21st, 2012|

A funny kind of democracy

May 17th, 2012|

Back in the day when I was at Supporters Direct, I set up a google RSS feed to feature any mention of ‘supporters trust’, and it brought me this article on Monday, about events down at Exeter.

This post isn’t about the League Two salary cost management protocol. It’s about  what is meant by fan democracy. […]

Away Days, MLS Style

February 21st, 2012|

[author][author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]I’ve had a piece published in The Guardian on the formation of the Independent Supporters Council for North American soccer fans, which I was privileged enough to attend the formation of in Portland last weekend. I’ll be blogging some more about what I learnt later this week.[/author_info] [/author]

When Tom Dunmore and 300 fellow Chicago Fire fans travelled to see their team play Toronto FC in 2007, they were met with incredulity: “When we got there, the stadium security just didn’t know what to do. They had no concept of how to handle people travelling together in a large group to cheer their team on away from home.” […]

Coming to America

February 3rd, 2012|

I’ve been invited to attend the inaugural congress of the Independent Supporters Council in Portland, Oregon, next week. In my four day trip to the Pacific coast and back, I’ll also be hosted by Section 8, the Chicago Fire’s fan group, at a roundtable to talk about fan culture and fan engagement. […]

The Ghost of Bob Lord

December 1st, 2011|

Last night, Darren Ambrose apparently scored a screamer for Crystal Palace in their win over Manchester United in the Carling Cup.

I say apparently as I only saw that on twitter, so I went hunting this morning to see it myself.

I was on the Guardian’s youtube roundup, and saw that several uploads of the goal had been pulled due to a copyright claim by the Football League. […]