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Emiliano Sala: fans put aside rivalries to pay tribute

At the weekend Cardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala was on a plane that disappeared over the English channel – and now the chances of him and his pilot David Ibbotson being found alive are increasingly slim. Here Tim Hartley from Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust talks about the response from supporters across the country…

EFL match postponements – an explainer

At our last fans meeting with The EFL the supporters organisations suggested they created a short information video explaining the match-day postponement to the fans

And finally… not like Brazil

Portuguese Primeira Liga side Tondela are the stars of this week’s And finally… with four of the green and yellow striped knackers conspiring to miss an open goal against Chaves. The main culprit, however, has to be forward Cristian Arango with some very ropey finishing. Incidentally – they lost.

The story of Carlisle United OSC – part 2

In 2004, CCUIST became The United Trust. Acronyms were proving unpopular so the new name, together with new logo, were largely welcomed by members. Kate Rowley was put as chair and board rep in place of the departed Alan Steel. However the new identity and new personnel at the top didn’t mean a smooth year ahead. It turned out to be anything but. On the pitch, United had just been relegated to the Conference, ending their 76 year stay in the Football League. Problems quickly developed off the pitch, too.

M.U.S.T becomes the first supporters trust to make the pledge to Common Goal

M.U.S.T, the Manchester United Supporters Trust, became the first supporters trust in the world to sign up and make a pledge to Common Goal.

“I was gobsmacked” says Jacqui Forster award-winner

Watch our short interview with Paula Martin, STAR, who won the inaugural Jacqui Forster Memorial Award in 2018 below.

Coventry City crisis “cannot become the norm” says Minister

Coventry City’s existence is in doubt once again as they face homelessness next season and now the Government says football authorities must do more to prevent such crises.

Labour call for “Fans’ Fare” to protect travelling supporters

Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan is calling on the Government to deliver a flexible rail fare for football fans facing late fixture changes.

The fourth Trust/Club MOU has been signed

Directors of Rochdale AFC and trust board members of the Dale Trust have signed up to a Memorandum of Undertsanding (MOU). This is the fourth MOU to be signed between a supporters trust and a football club.

Exeter City Supporters’ Trust launches a new Youth Council for 2019

Exeter City Supporters Trust are delighted to announce the introduction of a Youth Council for our younger supporters.

And finally… anti-Mata

Jaime Mata had a glorious opportunity to get something for little old Getafe against Barcelona this week, with his side trailing 2-1 in the later stages at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez but alas the Spanish forward made a total hash of it.

Non-League: get involved in our National Game Network

Alongside Supporters Direct we’ll be holding the inaugural ‘National Game Network’ meeting on January 20th 2019 at the Mechanics Institute Conference Centre in Manchester.

Fanspiration: working together in Leeds

Today Leeds United Football Club will be unveiling a Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaque to honour Albert Johanneson ahead of the Derby County fixture.

APPG: what is the future of lower league football?

Disincentives to promotion. The top clubs hoarding too much of the cash. Owners gambling a club’s long-term future on immediate promotion. All major issues and all covered when Accrington Stanley majority shareholder and chairman Andy Holt met with MPs on Wednesday (9th January 2019).

SD meets Sam Matterface

Watch our interview with Sam Matterface and hear him talk about all things commentating, whether he still gets nervous and whether or not he will be appearing on Dancing On Ice in 2019.

“Enough is enough” – Bolton fans plan protest against owners

Bolton Wanderers have been in the news this week as the club’s chairman has been drawn into a public spat with another club, facing serious questions over the clubs finanancial position and future prospects. Here Rob Latham from the Lion of Vienna Suite tells us why Wanderers’ fans have had enough…

And finally… Jarhead

One of Portugal’s bigger names, Benfica, lost 2-0 away to Portimonense this week, thanks to two own goals. The second, from Brazilian Jardel, was a real peach and he now becomes the club’s record own-goal scorer with four.

SD meets Nicola Palios

Watch our interview with Nicola Palios and hear about her thoughts on being an owner of a football club, Tranmere Rovers, supporter engagement and much more.

What does a supporter director add to a professional football club?

Question: What does a supporter director on the board of directors add to a professional football club?

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