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giovedì 6 aprile 2017

Killie Trust to lauch ‘Trust in Killie’ to raise £100k for shares & to gain a representative on the club board

Killie supporters can help make history next week by backing a campaign to have a fan-elected Director join the board of Kilmarnock FC.

‘Trust in Killie’ will be launched at the club’s Good Friday (14/4/17) match against Hearts. Organised by the Kilmarnock Supporters Society (also known as The Killie Trust), the campaign aims to raise £100,000 to purchase unallocated shares in the club.

It follows an agreement made last year with Kilmarnock FC’s board which would see a Supporters Society representative take a seat on the club’s Board of Directors. As well as giving fans a real voice in the operational running of the club, the elected Supporter Director will ensure there is a meaningful link between the board and fans, whilst providing a stepping stone towards greater community ownership. Now, with due diligence completed and with the full support of the club, the Trust in Killie campaign will be launched at Rugby Park next Friday.

Jim Thomson, Chairman of the Killie Trust and John Kiltie, Director of Kilmarnock FC, will be joined by ex-players at the Sports Bar to get the 'Trust in Killie' campaign officially underway.

Fans will be able to sign up for Standard (£15 per month), Plus (£25 per month) or Premium (one off contribution, limited to 20 contributors) packages, with benefits ranging from their name on the Trust in Killie history board, to entry into prize draws for ‘money can’t buy’ memorabilia. Once the £100,000 is raised, the cash will be invested into the club through the purchase of unallocated shares, and the Killie Trust will take a seat on the Board. This will be filled by a Supporter Director elected by members of the society.

Jim Thomson said: “After many years hard work, much negotiation and considerable due diligence, the Kilmarnock Supporters Society is delighted to finally be launching our fundraising campaign for a seat on the Board of Directors. This is an historic opportunity to affect meaningful change in the club we all love and care passionately about, to re-energise the supporter community, and to safeguard the future of the oldest professional club in Scotland. We’ll also be unveiling details of our Trust in Killie History Board which will carry the names of the first fans to sign up for the campaign.”

A spokesman of Kilmarnock FC, added: “The Board of Kilmarnock Football Club have been working with The Killie Trust to help shape 'Trust in Killie' and are delighted to support this initiative. The inclusion of a Supporter Director on the football club board is an exciting prospect for us, the supporters and community.”

Date: Friday 14th April 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Sports Bar, Rugby Park

Save Clapton FC The Real Club - Clapton fans will own our club by the end of 2017

In 2013, the three life members of the original Clapton FC re-established what we consider the ‘real’ club, which has an executive committee and a membership of over 150. Our aim is to transform the existing club into one that is democratically controlled by its members, with everyone having equal voting rights and contributing an equal share to the capital of the club.

At the moment, however, Clapton supporters are unable to participate with the club’s current regime, as membership was suspended for ‘restructuring’ back in 2013. There is also a complete lack of transparency or accountability about finances or decision-making, which was the trigger for the fans’ boycott of home games over ticket price hikes at the end of 2016.

We want to create a club where members are able to actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. However, we believe there is little realistic prospect of achieving this unless supporters take over the club.

For the last 18 months, we have explored the possibility of taking legal action, which is complex and expensive. We need to raise £10,000 to ensure this legal battle succeeds: but we also need to start planning and preparing for running the club when we win.

By the end of 2017 fans will run Clapton FC. We need the help every supporter to make sure this happens.

There are currently two battles that the current regime faces – one over control of the Old Spotted Dog Ground and another over control of the club.

Serious allegations of mismanagement of the Newham Community Leisure Trust (NCLT), which holds the lease to the ground, are currently under investigation by the Charity Commission. The self-styled ‘Chief Executive’ of the current regime is also an NCLT trustee but faces suspension and the possibility of disqualification.

If this happens, the Commission may insist on new trustees who are likely to demand payment of any unpaid rent and an end to activities that breach the terms of the lease. This could happen as soon as May 2017 and in the worst case, it might make it difficult for Clapton FC to return at the Old Spotted Dog next season if it is still under the control of the old regime.

This will not automatically guarantee fans take over the club: even with the threat of losing its ground, the existing ‘owners’ are still recognised by the Essex Senior League. New trustees at NCLT will help confirm more about the ‘unincorporated association’ that supposedly controls the club (according to the most recent programme), but we will still need a formal legal challenge against its refusal to allow anyone to join, participate or make decisions.

We plan to launch legal action by June 2017 if we raise enough funds.

martedì 28 marzo 2017

(Podcast)Supporters Direct Weekly with Leyton Orient Fans' Trust & FC United of Manchester in the community

Supporters Direct Weekly with Leyton Orient Fans' Trust & FC United of Manchester in the community - 13th March 2017. On Supporters Direct Weekly this week, Ben was joined by Tom Davies from the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust.

We also hear from FC United and Unison on their community tournament from last weekend.

(Podcast)Supporters Direct Weekly with Swindon Town Supporters Trust & update from Leyton and Shrimps Trust

Supporters Direct Weekly Swindon Town Supporters Trust & update from Leyton and Shrimps Trust - 20th March 2017. On Supporters Direct Weekly this week, Ben was joined by Robert Angus from the Supporters Trust at Swindon Town.

We also hear from the Vice Chairman at Leamington's Brakes Trust, Peter Davis. Plus we have updates from the Supporter's Trusts at Leyton Orient and Morcambe.

venerdì 17 febbraio 2017

AFC Wimbledon - Stadium Last Writes #BringTheDonsHome

It’s time to get emailing once more in support of the stadium plans.

A consultation period is now open for Historic England, who have been tasked with looking again at the question of whether or not the existing Greyhound Stadium should be listed and preserved for its architectural and historic interest. They have previously concluded that it was not of sufficient interest to be listed.

BTDH therefore invites all Wimbledon fans and supporters of the new stadium proposal to write to Historic England supporting their original decision not to list the stadium and urging them to come to the same conclusion a second time.

Submissions can be sent to Senior Listing Advisor, Sarah Gibson, by completing the form below. Alternatively, email your comments directly to

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(Podcast)Supporters Direct Weekly with Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust & Slough Town Supporters Trust

Supporters Direct Weekly with Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust & Slough Town Supporters Trust - 13th February 2017. On Supporters Direct Weekly this week, Ben was joined by Ben Harrison, Trust Chairman at Tranmere Rovers.

Plus we hear from Trust Board Member at Slough Town, Dan Brench, on how the club is settling into their new stadium.




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