Posts Tagged "supporters-trust"

Dyke and the Blazers

Posted on March 28th, 2013 in Football (8 comments)

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. The Sam Wallace’s piece I link to highlights Dyke’s ambivalent role; yes, he was Chairman of a supporters’ trust-owned club, but he also was criticial to the Premier League being formed. I think the importance of his role can be overstated here; why should he – then a broadcaster – have any other concern than what he thought would be good for the...

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A funny kind of democracy

Posted on May 17th, 2012 in Co-ops, Football (1 comment)

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. In the piece, current Trust board member Roger Conway is quoted saying: The Trust has made the decision to help the manager build a really good team to push for promotion out of League Two next year,” trustee...

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Would your football club be better run as a co-operative?

Posted on May 9th, 2012 in Co-ops, Football (2 comments)

I’ve done a piece for  The Guardian on football clubs and co-operation, making the case for why it’s the best form for them to take, what progress has been made in the last decade, and what challenges they still face to become a successful part of the landscape. Co-operatives offer a sustainable model for football clubs – just ask Champions League finalists Bayern Munich What’s the point of a football club? If we look at the motives of its owners, we’d get some...

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Political Football

Posted on April 13th, 2010 in Football, Published Writing

Written for news and analysis site Sporting Intelligence following the publication of Labour’s 2010 election manifesto, which contained pledges on giving fans the right to buy stakes in their clubs should they be re-elected. With the publication yesterday of Labour’s election manifesto, football fans have before them the first serious attempt by a UK political party to target them as a potential electoral demographic.When first floated a few weeks ago in The Guardian, the initial response...

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Grasping the Nettle of Football Reform

Posted on January 10th, 2010 in Football, Published Writing

Originally published in football’s business-to-business magazine, FC Business in January 2011. The article was published as the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into the finances and governance of English football began. There’s already been several reactions to the news that a parliamentary select committee will be conducting an inquiry into football governance, taking into double figures the number of reports commissioned about the game since England won the World Cup, all of which...

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Managing Volunteers

Posted on August 16th, 2009 in General, Published Writing

Commissioned by the Third Sector Leadership Centre for Leadership Labyrinth, on managing in the third sector. I focussed on managing volunteers, where there isn’t an economic relationship to underpin managerial authority, nor a strictly defined role which enables self-starting. On the set of the film Chinatown, lead actor Faye Dunaway was struggling to get into character for a scene. She asked director Roman Polanski what her character’s motivation was, to which he replied ‘your salary is...

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Resolutions & Votes Don’t Float My Boat & Meetings Totally Bore Me

Posted on July 17th, 2009 in Football, General

Democracy – if there is a single thing that encapsulates what the supporters trust movement is about, it’s probably that. Trusts are open to all to join, and anyone can stand for the board of the trust. Those elections mean that there’s a ready way to bring new blood into the running of the trust, and deal with people who have taken decisions that the members disagree with. That accountability is the bedrock of the trust message. Many a chairman or director will have claimed that there is no need to elect a man onto the board,...

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Fool Me Once, Shame On You. Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Posted on July 20th, 2006 in Football, Published Writing

Written for the match day programme for the Supporters Direct Cup, played between AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester in 2006. The Cup is an annual match played between two fan-owned clubs, for a trophy purchased by donations by members of the Supporters Direct mailing list. We’re delighted to be involved in the fourth hosting of the Supporters Direct Cup. On a personal level, I’m especially delighted that for the first time, the match is taking place outside the M25, at the ground where...

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Oh, FC United!

Posted on June 13th, 2006 in Football, Published Writing

Written for Supporters Direct’s quarterly magazine in 2006, reviewing life at fan-owned football co-operative FC United of Manchester, one year after their formation in May 2005 soon after the Glazer family’s takeover at Manchester United. When it was first reported that disgruntled fans of Manchester United were thinking of starting their own team, many in the football world scoffed. Some couldn’t see the point, whilst others couldn’t see that it would work. There was certainly...

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