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Panel event: Fan activism and the women’s game

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters will be held on Tuesday 27th April at 1pm, on the topic of fan activism and the women’s game.

Newcastle United launch drive to purchase club shares

Newcastle United fans, led by their supporters’ trust, have launched a bid to buy part of the north east club.

Exeter City repay loan to fans that saved club

Exeter City, the fan-owned club who were saved by their supporters when the club was in crisis in 2003, have repaid the long-term interest free loan provided by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust (ECST).

Football governance “requires emergency surgery” – MP tells Commons

In a Ten Minute Rule Bill brought to the House of Commons today, former sports minister Helen Grant said the country’s football governance requires radical reform to protect the game’s future.

MPs call on sports minister to start “fan-led review”

MPs yesterday called for the Government to fire up its “fan-led review” of football governance in a Parliamentary debate attended by sports minister Nigel Huddleston.

MPs: Premier League and EFL must end “fiasco” on club survival

MPs have told Premier League and EFL football chiefs they are “on notice” to end the “current fiasco” which has seen many lower league clubs teetering on the brink of survival.

Scrutiny of football leaders shows urgence of fan-led review – MP

Influential MP and football fan Ian Mearns has written to the prime minister following the appearance of senior football figures before the House earlier this week, saying it strengthens the case for an immediate fan-led review.

EFL, FA and Premier League grilled by MPs

Rick Parry (chairman, EFL), Richard Masters (chief executive, Premier League), Greg Clarke (chairman, FA) faced the Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee today (Tuesday 10th November 2020) in a wide-ranging discussion.

Fan groups unite to condemn Project Big Picture

The fan groups of the six leading Premier League clubs widely reported to be behind the instigation of ‘Project Big Picture’ have united to denounce the plans, saying they are “totally opposed” to the concentration of power in the hands of six billionaire owners, and attacking the proposals for their lack of consultation. 

FSA Statement: Response to media reports on “Project Big Picture”

Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”. Below is an initial statement of response from the Football Supporters’ Association.

Club in crisis? Here are the warning signs…

With football’s finances in a precarious state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSA’s head of governance Ashley Brown has highlighted some of the key things to watch out for that may indicate your club is heading down the road to become the next Bury or Macclesfield Town…

Northern Premier League clubs tell Government they face “ruin”

Three of the biggest Northern Premier League clubs have joined forces to write to the Government warning that they face financial ruin if urgent measures are not taken.

Government must prevent collapse of football pyramid says senior MP

The Government has been warned that the country’s historic league structure is on the verge of collapse and help is desperately needed.

Clapton CFC: “Fans will set the direction of the club”

Every week we’ll be looking in more detail at one of our Sustain The Game! key principles and this week it’s “Protect our clubs” – we believe football clubs are community assets and an important expression of individual and local identity, they deserve legal protection and urgent support to secure their future.

Silkmen “devastated” by winding-up of Macclesfield Town

Macclesfield Town fans say they are “devastated” after the club was wound up in the High Court over debts totalling more than £500,000.

TIME FOR ACTION: Sustain The Game!

Sustain The Game! is the FSA’s campaign to persuade the football authorities to take measures to protect the existence of our clubs – and it’s more important than ever with so many under threat because of the financial strains caused by COVID-19.

Wigan fans looking to raise £500,000 to secure Latics’ future

Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club (WASC) have launched an ambitious crowdfunder, looking to raise £500,000 before the start of the season to secure the club’s future. 

Sustain the Game: Support continues to grow

Since its launch on Friday the Sustain The Game! message has reached millions across the UK – and the list of signatories to the campaign continues to grow.

Sustain The Game: “No silver bullet” says Pompey chief exec

On Friday we launched our Sustain The Game! campaign and since then it has been endorsed by supporters and high-profile figures across the game – here Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin argues that regulation must be strengthened but there are no easy answers or “one size fits all” solutions…

Senior football in Bury: the future is supporter-led

Today the FA confirmed that Steve Dale’s application for Bury FC to join the National League System for the 2020/21 season has not been accepted by its Alliance Leagues Committee and this decision has now been ratified by the FA Council. Here the FSA’s head of national game and community ownership Andy Walsh explains why that decision was the right one and how the future of football in the town is supporter-led…

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