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Fair Cop? Supporters give their views on derby day

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) Northeast Division has published a unique report into policing and stewarding at last month’s Wear-Tyne derby, which voices the concerns of match-going fans. The scheme was repeated at Saturday’s Tees-Tyne derby, which ended in a goalless draw at the Riverside, and will take place at all the North East’s top-flight derby matches.

Euro Chimes for Pompey fans

Pompey fans heading to Germany for their team’s UEFA Cup tie with Wolfsburg can make the most of their trip with Away Goals – Euro Chimes which contains information, advice, and entertainment for the club’s traveling support.

VAT ticket cuts a step in the right direction

FSF chair Malcolm Clarke has acknowledged the efforts of football clubs who’ve passed on savings made via the recent VAT rate cut to their supporters.

Don’t treat fans like criminals

Figures released by the Home Office this week prove what the Football Supporters’ Federation have been arguing for years – there is absolutely no need to treat football fans as criminals.

We MUST back United fans, says Foster

Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster has written to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in support of Manchester United fans who are fighting the club’s current ticketing policy.

Drogba handed three match ban

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has been banned for three matches for throwing a coin at Burnley supporters. The incident took place during Chelsea’s shock League Cup defeat to Burnley on penalties last week. The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of violent conduct.

Policing of Stoke fans raises serious concerns

Frightening new police powers have emerged following the shocking treatment of Stoke City fans prior to their team’s away fixture with Manchester United last Saturday, November 15, 2008.

FSF Southern Division to meet this month

The next meeting of the Southern Division of the Football Supporters’ Federation will take place at The Fans’ Stadium on Sunday 30th November 2008. Topics for discussion will include the relationship between television and football as well as a look at wealth distribution and league structure.

FSF North West and North Wales meeting

The next meeting of the North West and North Wales Division takes place on Sunday, November 23, 2008 at The Cricketers, Long Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L15 4PG. The meeting will kick-off with a buffet at 12.30pm, for a 1pm start. Please click here for directions to The Cricketers.

FA to tackle lack of Respect for campaign

The Football Association will meet with the League Managers Association (LMA) in an attempt to promote its Respect campaign, which has been undermined in recent weeks by managers.

Ombudsman rules on FA’s side in debut case

The first Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO), Professor Derek Fraser, has adjudicated on his debut case following a complaint into the Football Association’s handling of Luton Town’s fine and points deduction.

FSF Northeast meeting – get involved!

The Northeast Division of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) is meeting this Thursday, November 13, at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre, DL1 5RP. Click here for directions to the Dolpin Centre. The meeting will start at 7.30pm.

Free Lions’ Guide to Berlin

With England taking a trip to Berlin on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, we’ve been plugging away to produce our usual city guide.

FSF Guides to Berlin and Brondby

England and Wales both take a breather from World Cup 2010 qualification to make the journey into mainland Europe for friendlies on Wednesday, November 19, 2008.

Triesman calls for greater wealth distribution

Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has called for a more equitable distribution of finance between football clubs in England.

Baku or bust wants you!

You might have already read about the Baku or bust project we’re involved with which will see us drive across Europe and into Asia raising money for the Gôl Appeal.

Extra Time!

Maradona’s back! Bored with cheating in quarter-finals, licking up to Castro, shooting journalists and having his stomach stapled he’s decided he wants to have another crack at management and has took over the Argentinian national team. It makes Steve McClaren look like a sane appointment. Not.

Save your bacon with our Danish guide

Wales take a break from World Cup qualification with an away friendly in Denmark, taking place at Brondby, on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. And as ever we’ve have produced our Guide to Denmark with all the travel tips and safety advice that you could need.

Sky subscriptions top 9 million

Sky has announced that subscriptions have now passed the 9 million mark with around 100,000 new customers joining in the last three months alone. The news is especially interesting for the football industry as there are genuine concerns that the credit crunch will see fans turning their back on live football.

Doncaster Rovers – England’s biggest achievers

Doncaster Rovers have achieved more than any other team in the English leagues since the Premiership began in 1992 – and that’s a fact, according to “major statistical analysis” in The Achievers Report 2008.

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