Supporters like nothing more than the chance to put the football world to rights over a post-match pint in the pub with a few mates. Ticket prices. Kick-off times. Standing. Dodgy owners. We’ve all been there and had the arguments – “they” should sort it out. Someone, somewhere, should do something about it.
Well guess what? You are the someone. Without supporters getting organised, getting vocal, and getting involved in real numbers, little will change. For the first time the two national supporters’ organisations – the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Supporters Direct (SD) – have formally joined forces for their annual conference. The Fans’ Weekend 2012, which kicks-off on Saturday 7th July (London) – register here.
The big debates which could change the game are happening now and there’s never been a better time to shape them. For example, there’s been more development on safe standing in the past 12 months than there had been in the previous 12 years with the Scottish Premier League and Aston Villa publicly backing the trial of German-style safe standing areas.
Away from the matchday experience the Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee’s report into football governance looked at FA reform, debt and insolvency, supporter ownership, club licensing and more. The response of the football authorities fell short of what the FSF and SD wanted to see.
While the words “football governance” don’t exactly set the pulse racing they suddenly matter if some nightmare of an owner decides to pillage your club. Just ask supporters of Chester City, Darlington, Leeds United, Liverpool, Northwich Victoria, or Portsmouth if they think it’s important (and apologies to fans of the dozens of other clubs we could’ve cited).
Come along and see what it’s all about…
The Fans’ Weekend Agenda (Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July):
Saturday 7th July (9.30am-6.30pm): Keynote speech from Gabriele Marcotti on Uefa’s Financial Fair Play Regs, plus eight workshops lead by a variety of speakers including tactics expert Jonathan Wilson editor of The Blizzard and Twohundredpercent’s Ian King. The FSF and SD AGMs will also go ahead.
Saturday 7th July (7.30pm): The FSF’s Football Writers Awards will see the return of our comedy panel and awards show, featuring MOTD2’s Kevin Day, Guardian Football Weekly’s Barry Glendenning, Arsenal legend Perry Groves, and the BBC Football League Show’s Leroy Rosenior. The best of both professional and fan journalism will be honoured, with details on this year’s award categories to be confirmed very shortly. Do not miss.
Sunday 8th July: The SD Shield will be competed for between Fisher FC and Lewes FC, while the SD Cup will see Enfield Town FC take on Wrexham FC, with both matches being played at Enfield Town’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Tickets will be available on the day from Enfield Town FC.
Read more & register: http://www.fsf.org.uk/news/REGISTER.php