This Saturday sees the Co-operative Supporters Direct Cup kick-off at 3pm at The Fans’ Stadium, Kingsmeadow. For the first time in its seven-year history, the Supporters Direct Cup has a title sponsor too, with the Co-operative putting their name to the trust movement’s competition.
For those who don’t know Supporters Direct is an organisation helping supporters gain a stake in their club. They have now assisted in setting up more than 150 supporters’ trusts across England and Scotland, with a combined membership of more than 120,000 people.
AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester will go head-to-head on Saturday July 25th to compete for Supporters Direct’s invitation only trophy which was last year won by Brentford (Supporters Direct’s Tony Taylor presenting trophy to Bees captain Kevin O’Connor, above).
The Cup has been competed for previously by AFC Wimbledon, League One side Brentford, Enfield Town and Cambridge City – all clubs that are owned or operated by their supporters.
“As a mutual, Supporters Direct has principles which are very closely aligned with our own. It has a democratic approach and a commitment to the communities that its teams are part of, they provide a sense of cohesiveness and the thrill of sharing in your club’s fortunes,” said Co-operative spokesperson Simon Plunkett.
As well as the game there are a number of other events taking place on the day, these including the chance to get your picture taken with the FA Cup and a short film telling of Israeli football fan Uri Mashiah’s experiences when he came to the UK.
For those of you who fancy yourselves as a player there’ll the chance for a game on Supporters Direct’s portable five-a-side court and a half-time ‘keepie-up’ competition on the pitch, email Victoria Goodfellow to take part.
It’s advised that those wanting seating tickets should arrive early and prices are as follows:
- Terrace – £8 adult; £4 concession; £2 Under 16
- Main Stand Seating – £10 adult; £5 concession; £3 Under 16