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A fight for the whole of football: Blackpool & Charlton fans EFL protest

Last Friday (14th September) Blackpool and Charlton Athletic fans protested outside EFL offices in London and Preston, calling for better standards on governance. Here FSF national game development officer Andy Walsh tells us more about the action…

And finally… Sofia, so good

We’re not even out of September yet and already we have a front-runner in the Clanger of the Season contest courtesy of CSKA Sofia’s goalkeeper Vytautas Černiauskas. The rest really need to up their game to get anywhere near this…

FSF partners with the North West Football Awards

The FSF, along with our friends at Supporters Direct, have partnered with the North West Football Awards to help celebrate the region’s brightest and best in the world of football. 

Shortlist announced for the best club/supporter group relationship award

Supporters Direct and Football Business Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s inaugural Club & Supporters Group relationship of the year award. We had a number of incredible entries and would like to thank everyone for their time in filling out and submitting the application form.

Supporters Direct partner with NWFA for a second year

Supporters Direct, along with our colleagues at the Football Supporters Federation, have partnered with the North West Football Awards (NWFA) for the second year running. The awards were created to celebrate the region’s brightest and best across football.

Football Supporters Europe calls for UEFA action over rip-off away ticket prices

Both Manchester United and Liverpool fans were ripped off last season by unscrupulous clubs who spotted a loophole UEFA’s regulations which allowed them to charge visiting fans a lot more than home fans in European competition. It isn’t right. The FSF is affiliated to Football Supporters Europe and they have announced their intent to lobby UEFA to close this loophole which penalises fans across the continent. Find out more from FSE…

Should fan groups team up with bookmakers?

Co-founder of Punjabi Wolves’ Pete Bassi talks about their new deal with online betting company FansBet, how they’ve used the revenue to subsidise away travel and the history of their fan group. What do you think about fan groups teaming up with bookies?

And finally… odds behaviour

Non-League Russian football provides this week’s And finally… with these bizarre scenes. After scoring the most obvious deliberate own goal we’ve ever seen, the offender then berates his own manager before getting sent off and storming off the field.

Doncaster Rovers create first family section for away fans

Doncaster Rovers have introduced a family section in their away end as part of their efforts to make away days to the Keepmoat more accessible.

Lessons from Bolton

In the same week that 130 years of proud history nearly ended at Bolton Wanderers, and the club’s largest benefactor sadly passed away, is it time to enhance safeguards for clubs and protect the legacies of investors?

BBC research casts doubt over reported attendances

Freedom of information (Fo) requests to local authorities and police forces across the country have highlighted a significant gap between the actual and reported attendances in the Premier League.

And finally… Zeboooo

Lots to enjoy here from Madagascar vs Senegal’s African Nations Qualifier: the nineties-style mid-fi camera quality, a packed bowl, near-orange pitch and Kalidou Koulibaly’s pitiful own-goal, costing Senegal the three points…

Another nail in the coffin for live football?

In 1955, avid Burnley FC supporter and son of a local barber, Bob Lord, rose to the position of Chairman of Burnley FC. The early days of his chairmanship oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history, seeing them become league winners in 1960 and FA Cup finalists in 1962.

FSF statement on EFL streaming of Saturday 3pm kick-offs

Following reports that the EFL will allow its clubs to break the 3pm blackout convention this weekend by broadcasting games to UK audiences via its iFollow service, the FSF has issued the following statement:

Fans to protest at EFL offices in London and Preston

Blackpool and Charlton Athletic supporters will be taking to the streets on Friday 14th September to call on better standards of governance from the EFL – and they’re calling fans from all clubs to support them.

Fanspiration: 89% of THST members are satisfied with the work of the trust

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) recently released the results from their annual survey. The survey was completed by 3,500 Spurs fans, which is the highest number since the survey launched five years ago.

FSF and SD interim board to meet in September

The Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct have continued their work towards merging both organisations into one – the aim being to create a single, unified voice for all football fans.

Man Utd fans hit out at Sky Sports over latest fixture change

Manchester United fans have labelled their latest fixture change “naked commercial opportunism” and are seeking compensation for supporters left out of pocket.

Fans for Diversity: Summer 2018 round-up

It’s been a busy summer for our Fans for Diversity campaign, here Anwar Uddin talks us through some of the highlights…

Croeso i Gymru: a guide to Wales for visiting fans

FSF Cymru have produced helpful guides for visiting fans travelling to Wales for international matches this year – and they’re available to download now.

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