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2017: A year in the life of the FSF

Day in, day out the FSF looks out for the interest of football fans. But we know you’re all busy people, and won’t have caught every story from 2017, so we thought it’d be worth rounding up some of the more interesting news from Planet FSF during the past year. Read on.

Funding a project – Leeds United Supporters Trust

The Leeds Trust have recently set a great example of how to successfully plan, run and execute a project and it is definitely worth a read to understand more.

STAR is still shining bright after 19 years

STAR (Supporters’ Trust At Reading) was launched in March 2002 and has made steady progress ever since, becoming one of the larger Trusts when judged on membership numbers. Its origin is in the old Reading Football Supporters’ Club (RFSC, founded in 1930). Its chairman Roger Titford saw the opportunity offered by the new type of trust body and set up a working party to convert RFSC into a Trust that had a wider appeal than an old supporters’ club.

Knowing Nanning: Info for Wales fans ahead of China Cup

Wales travel to Nanning in late March to compete in the four-team China Cup and FSF Cymru are encouraging travelling fans to do their homework.

And finally… scoop

Liverpool loanee Divock Origi, currently on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, stakes his claim for miss of the season this week. Origi somehow manages to miss an open goal from a couple of yards, scooping the ball into the stands. A real gem. 

Fan groups call on Premier League to stick to TV deadlines

A dozen Premier League supporter groups are calling on the competition and its broadcasters to stick to their own deadlines for TV picks in a new petition.

Magic of the cup: fans stung by Old Trafford pricing

Last year, the FA changed the competition rules in the FA Cup to allow host clubs to charge whatever they pleased in FA Cup ties – previously ticket pricing had to be agreed by both clubs.

Fulham Trust sign first ever MOU with club

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fulham Football Club to formalise their structured dialogue on behalf of Fulham fans, which has existed since 2014.

And finally… relief

Benevento are rock-bottom of Serie A – failing to win in 15 games so far this season with a -28 goal difference. But at last they’ve earned a point due to this injury time header from goalie Alberto Brignoli against the AC Milan. Great stuff.

Fanspiration: do you need to see Dr Robins?

The Robins Trust will be holding a regular ‘Saturday Surgery’ before each home match.

Harry Kane wins FSF Player of the Year

(Above – Ledley King collects the Men’s Player of the Year on behalf of Harry Kane)

FSF statement: Amex Stadium incident

FSF STATEMENT: AMEX STADIUM INCIDENT

Fans for Diversity annual report out now

The Fans for Diversity campaign continues to go “from strength to strength” says campaign lead Anwar Uddin as its third annual report is published.

Fanspiration: the Robins are turning blue

In order to raise money for the British Lung Foundation, Cheltenham Town Football Club players will be wearing a one-off blue strip for their game against Crewe Alexandra on December 9th.

Fanspiration: the iconic Forever Bury Beer Festival

The annual Forever Bury Beer & Cider Festival is held at the end of each season and Dave Giffard is one of the main men behind it. Here he discusses the main demands of organizing an event as big as a beer festival. Speaking of the timeline first, Dave comments that:

And finally… nice catch

River Plate’s goalie Germán Darío Lux was sent against Independiente this week for this act of lunacy some ten yards outside of his own box. The ref obviously gives him a straight red but Lux contests this for some reason. Baffling.

Why Supporters and Supporters Trusts matter

If you want a brief introduction to or a refresh of your thoughts on why supporters and supporters trust matter then Jim Chisem has written the piece for you.

Football-related arrests fall once more

Football-related arrests have fallen once more and remain at historically low levels, according to Government statistics released today.

And finally… waffle hands

Club Brugge’s American goalie Ethan Horvath makes his And finally… debut this week with a classic goalkeeping error – somehow turning an innocuous cross from the Portuguese winger into the all-important equalising goal.

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