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Cheltenham Town: Robins Trust now third biggest shareholder in club

It’s easy to slip into always reporting tales of woe when it comes to club ownership but some happy news this week as FSA-affiliates Robins Trust became the third biggest shareholder in their club.

Our newest community-owned club – East Thurrock CFC

Earlier this month we welcomed the latest fan-owned club to the FSA ranks, with the formation of East Thurrock Community FC in Essex. Here, chair of the newly-formed club Jack Duffin gives us the background to East Thurrock CFC’s formation, and how they got to where they are. 

Exeter City: Celebrating 20 years of fan ownership

Exeter City recently marked the 20th anniversary of becoming a supporter-owned club and the FSA was invited along to the League One side’s celebratory dinner, where we were represented by our community-owned club network manager Richard Irving and head of supporter engagement and governance Ashley Brown. Here chair of the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust Nick Hawker tells us more about the successes of the last 20 years…

Fan Group In Focus: Dunstable Town

Dunstable Town held the official opening of their community benefit society (CBS) Hub last week (Tuesday 29th August) ahead of kick-off in their match against Colney Heath.

Peacehaven win the Brian Lomax Cup

Peacehaven & Telscombe came out on top to win the Brian Lomax Cup in a closely fought contest against Dunstable Town on the south coast on Saturday 22nd July. Richard Irving explains more

“Happy tears” – Bury FC return to Gigg Lane this Saturday

This Saturday marks the long awaited return of Bury FC to Gigg Lane – four years since mismanagement by their previous owner saw them kicked out of the EFL in August 2019.

Honours even in FSA pre-season trophies

More than 1,100 fans gathered at Clapton Community FC’s Old Spotted Dog Ground in east London last weekend to see both their men’s and women’s sides compete against fellow fan-owned FC United of Manchester in two preseason friendlies. 

Non-League Day: BBC shine spotlight on community-owned club

The FSA has long supported the work behind Non-League Day, and this year the BBC joined in and helped shine the spotlight on one of our community-owned clubs, Scarborough Athletic, by bringing Football Focus to the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday.  

Hereford FC fans secure 50% stake in club

Hereford FC are the latest club to become community-owned after supporters secured 50% ownership of the National League North side.

FSA statement: Bury merger

Tonight the results of the vote at a special general meeting on the merger at Bury have been published and the FSA, as an advisor organisation to all parties, has issued the following statement:

Community-owned clubs and the rising cost of living

Last week we launched a survey with the Non-League Paper looking at what impact fans expected the cost of living crisis this winter to have on their attendance. If you are a fan of a non-league club, you can fill in that survey here. 

Community-owned clubs shine in pre-season cups

The Brian Lomax Cup and Supporters Direct Shield take place each pre-season, with the two trophies providing an opportunity to celebrate community ownership by bringing together supporter-owned clubs from different parts of the country to compete for some pre-season silverware. 

Four fan-owned clubs competing for pre-season honours

The Brian Lomax Cup takes place every pre-season and celebrates the role of supporter-owned football clubs. The trophy is named after the founding father of the supporters’ trust movement, who sadly passed away in 2015.

Dale Trust crowdfunder defends legal action against club and fans

A crowdfunder launched by Rochdale supporters to defend legal action by former club investors has now raised almost £30,000 – and it’s still open for another fortnight for fans who wish to donate.

York City: Supporters secure 49% of club in new partnership

York City supporters are the latest to gain a significant stake in their club after buying out the previous majority owner of the National League side.

The return of Bury FC

When Bury FC were kicked out of the EFL in 2019 fans across the country, not just those who followed the club, feared that they’d never again see football of any level at Gigg Lane. Thanks to the outstanding work of supporters’ groups those fears, although reasonable, were premature. The Gigg Lane Steering Group explains more below…

Oldham Athletic: New taskforce aims to give fans a role in future ownership

The Football Supporters’ Association has teamed up with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Co-operatives UK to try and give fans an active role in the future ownership of Oldham Athletic.

Community-owned clubs on the pitch – 2021-22 review

On the whole it’s been a fantastic year on the pitch for our community-owned football clubs. Here, the FSA’s Richard Irving summarises the 2021-22 season for our clubs…

Worcester City – our latest community-owned club

Late last year Worcester City became the latest club to achieve community-ownership. Luke Cox, former-Worcester City director and supporters’ trust board member tells us more about their journey…

‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ – Did you know about the 50-year ban on women’s football?

This year is an historic one for the women’s game, marking 100 years since the FA banned women’s football from its clubs’ stadiums in 1921. The ban was overturned in 1971 – meaning 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the FA righting that wrong.

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