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ICYMI: Sweeping strikes

You’ll be forgiven for missing out on the midweek tie between Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship but the match witnessed a couple of excellent goals – chief among them this 40-odd yard strike from Rovers’ forward Adam Armstrong. A real instinctive pearler.

Supporter campaign aims to “REUnite” Carlisle’s fanbase

Fan groups across the country have been looking at ways to raise money to support their club’s survival – we’ve already reported on stories from Exeter City and Grimsby Town.

EFL calls for “comprehensive reset” of finance following Wigan crisis

Responding to the Wigan Athletic crisis, the EFL said this week that a “comprehensive reset” of financing the pyramid was needed to stop more clubs going to the wall.

FSE summer network meeting moves online

Football Supporters Europe (FSE), the pan-European body that represents fans across the continent, have announced that they will be moving their summer network meeting online. 

FA meets fan groups in women’s game to discuss restart

Fan representatives from the Football Supporters’ Association women’s network – covering clubs playing in the FAWSL, FAWCL and FAWNL – took part in a fan forum with the FA on Monday 6th July.

What should the return to non-league look like?

The FSA have partnered with the Non-League Paper to gather the views of thousands of football fans across the country on how they believe football can safely return from its COVID-19 suspension with spectators in the stands. 

Wigan Athletic enter administration and face points penalty

Just weeks after being taken over Wigan Athletic have entered into administration and are now facing points deductions as their Championship season comes to a close.

Funding available for community clubs ahead of restart

Almost £2.2m in grants is being made available by the Football Foundation to help non-league and community clubs get their facilities ready to host fans again.

ICYMI: SPALs it up

Serie A minnows SPAL are currently battling relegation from the Italian top-flight and can do without such disastrous interventions from their captain Francesco Vicari. Leading AC Milan 2-1, Vicari’s attempts to block a cross cost them the win in the 94th minute. Ouch.

A little understanding goes a long way

At the FSA we’re keen to promote the best practice when it comes to clubs talking to their supporters, as the benefits of engaging with fans are obvious – at least to us. One tool that’s become increasingly common in formalising those discussions is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

West Ham end controversial blockchain partnership

West Ham United have ended their deal with Socios.com – a digital platform that uses blockchain to provide paid-for supporter engagement.

FC United’s Food Hub

FC United of Manchester have become the latest club to show what can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the North Manchester Business Network and the City Council. 

Exeter City v Northampton Town: The “friendly final”

At today’s League Two play-off final Exeter City will face Northampton Town and, while it will take place in front of near empty stands, it’s actually a fixture that has special significance for supporters.

#ICYMI: Goal of the Year

This week’s #ICYMI is a simply sensational hit from Zlatko Junuzovic, scoring one of seven goals against Rapid Wien for the fizzy pop works team leading the Austrian Bundesliga. The involvement of the crossbar undoubtedly making it all the better.

Grimsby Town fans put more than £100,000 back into club

Grimsby Town fans are the latest to provide financial aid to their club during the pandemic – putting over £100,000 into the club over recent weeks.

Hull City ban journalists for “negative coverage”

While Hull City’s fans might have expected the club leadership’s entire focus to be on the battle for Championship survival they have instead turned their attention to the media – banning local journalists and hitting out at The Athletic for “misleading gossip”.

FSA Cymru update: June 2020

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2020 – which will of course be concentrating on the postponement of Euro 2020 and what the future holds for Wales fans following the team overseas in the coming months…

#ICYMI: Don’t Luiz your head…

Football is back, and while we could’ve been worried about players taking a few games to get into their stride, David Luiz delivered from the off. Having been dropped to the bench and only entering the game due to an injury, he fluffed his clearance leading to Man City’s opener in first half stoppage time, before compounding his misery by giving away a penalty and getting sent off for an unwanted hat-trick just after the break.

Deloitte: Football finance overhaul “desperately needed”

Forget Christmas – those with a nose for finance look forward to the release of Deloitte’s annual football report like no other day of the year. Ashley Brown, the FSA’s head of supporter engagement and governance, has been up since the early hours flicking through its pages. Here are his highlights…

UEFA announce big changes to the football calendar

UEFA has confirmed a whole host of changes to the football calendar aimed at completing this season’s European competitions before the end of August, as well as setting out dates for internationals and European games in 2020/21.

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