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Football Governance Bill: An open letter from FSA supporter groups

The Football Governance Bill will not be passed in this Parliament but the final whistle has definitely not blown. The bill still has cross-party support and we have launched an open letter for FSA member supporter groups – and 170+ supporter groups have co-signed it within 24 hours. That number now exceeds 200 as we end May and come up to the start of June.

Dear party leaders,

Now a general election has been called there is, unfortunately, not enough time to pass the Football Governance Bill.

This legislation contained key principles which would block future breakaway leagues, improve financial sustainability, protect club heritage and give fans a greater say in how the game and the clubs they love are run.

There was cross party support for the bill which was endorsed by football supporters up and down the land – including the FSA’s own member groups whose influence greatly helped to shape the legislation.

Football supporters are now calling on all political parties to give a commitment to include this bill in their manifesto and, should they win the election, to work with the FSA in a new Parliament to reintroduce legislation in the first King’s Speech.

Co-signed – Kevin Miles (on behalf of the FSA) and Dame Tracey Crouch (chair of the Fan-led Review into Football Governance)

FSA supporter group co-signatories:

1894 Group (Manchester City)
AFC Autism
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Argyle Fans’ Trust (Plymouth Argyle)
Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association
Arsenal Supporters Trust
Arsenal Women Supporters Club
Aston Villa Supporters Trust
Bantams Supporters Trust (Bradford City)
Barnsley FC Supporters Society
Barnsley FC Supporters Trust
Barnsley Women’s Supporters Club
Bees United (Brentford)
Billericay Town Supporters Society
Birmingham City Women Supporters Group
Blackpool Supporters’ Trust
Blues 4 All (Birmingham City)
Blues Trust (Birmingham City)
Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust
Brakes Trust (Leamington FC)
Brentford Independent Association of Supporters
Brentford LGBeeTs
Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters Club
Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club
Bury FC
Cambridge Fans United & Amber Belles
Camden & Islington United FC
Cardiff City Disabled Supporters Association
Cardiff City Supporters Club
Cardiff City Supporters Trust
Carlisle United Official Supporters Club
Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust
Charlton Fans in Scotland
Chelsea Pride LGBTQ+ Supporters Group
Chelsea Supporters Club
Chelsea Supporters Group
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Chelsea Women Supporters Group
Cherries Trust (AFC Bournemouth)
Chester FC
City Matters (Manchester City)
City of Liverpool FC
Clapton Community FC
Clarets Trust (Burnley)
Colchester United Supporters’ Association
Crawley Town Supporters Alliance
Crystal Palace Independent Supporters’ Association
Darlington FC Supporters Group
Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust
Dunstable Town FC
Enfield Town FC
ESEA Hornets (Watford)
Essex West Ham Supporters Club
Everton Fan Advisory Board
Everton FC Heritage Society
Everton Women Official Supporters Club
Exeter City Supporters’ Trust
Exeter City Women Fans Group
FC United of Manchester
Fisher FC
Forest Green Rovers Supporters’ Club
Foxes Trust (Leicester City)
Fulham Lillies
Fulham Supporters Trust
Gillingham FC Supporters’ Club
Gloucester City Supporters Ltd
Golden Pages Watford Fanzine
Grays Athletic Community FC
Hammers United (West Ham United)
Harrogate Town Supporters Trust
Hendon FC
Hereford United Supporters’ Trust
Hinckley Community Football Club (Hinckley AFC)
Huddersfield Town Supporters Association
Hull City Supporters’ Trust
Kempston Community Football Club
Kop Outs (Liverpool)
Leeds Fans Utd
Leeds United Supporters Club
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust
Lewes FC
Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust
Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association
Liverpool FC Women’s Supporters Club
London Bulls (Hereford FC)
London Grecians/Exeter Exiles (Exeter City)
Love Football Hate Racism
Luton Town Supporters’ Trust
Manchester City FC Fans Foodbank Support
Manchester City Official Supporters Club
Manchester City Women Official Supporters Club
Manchester United Supporters Trust
Mariners Trust (Grimsby Town)
Middlesbrough Supporters Forum
Millwall Supporters Club
Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association
Milton Keynes Dons Supporters’ Board
My Old Man Said (Aston Villa)
Newcastle United Supporters Club
Newcastle United Supporters Trust
Northampton Town Supporters Trust
Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust
Nottingham Forest Women Supporters’ Club
Notts County Supporters’ Trust
Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust
Old School Hammers (West Ham United)
Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation
Oxford United Supporters Panel
OxVox (Oxford United Supporters’ Trust)
Plymouth Argyle Supporters Association – London Branch
PNE Online (Preston North End)
Pompey Independent Supporters Association (Portsmouth)
Pompey Supporters’ Trust (Portsmouth)
Port Chat (Southport FC)
Port Vale Supporters Club
Portsmouth FC South West Supporters Club
Portsmouth Supporters’ Club
Preston Supporters Collective
Proud Baggies (West Bromwich Albion)
Proud Forest (Nottingham Forest)
Proud Hornets (Watford)
Proud Lilywhites (Tottenham Hotspur)
Proud Rovers (Blackburn Rovers)
Proud Sky Blues (Coventry City)
Proud Valiants (Charlton Athletic)
Punjabi Rams (Derby County)
Punjabi Villans (Aston Villa)
QPR Rainbow Rangers
QPR1st Supporters’ Trust
RainbOs (Leyton Orient)
Rainbow Blades (Sheffield United)
Rainbow Owls (Sheffield Wednesday)
RamsActive (Derby County)
RamsTrust (Derby County)
Red and White Army (Sunderland)
Red Imps Community Trust (Lincoln City)
Robins Trust (Cheltenham Town)
Runcorn Linnets FC
Save Our Seniors (Tottenham Hotspur)
Scarborough Athletic FC
Shareholders for Albion (West Bromwich Albion)
Sheffield Wednesday Supporters’ Trust
Sheffield Wednesday Women’s Supporters Group
Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament
Shrimps Trust (Morecambe FC)
Since 71 (Women’s Game)
Southampton FC Women Supporters Group
Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool)
Sports Media LGBT+
Spurs REACH (Tottenham Hotspur)
SpursAbility (Tottenham Hotspur)
Stand United (Sheffiled United)
STAR – Supporters’ Trust at Reading
Stevenage FC Supporters’ Association
Stockport County Supporters Co-operative
Stoke City Supporters Club
Sunderland AFC Senior Supporters Association
Sunderland AFC Supporters Association – Branch Liaison Council alongside Hebburn, Wiltshire, Coxhoe, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Newcastle, Chester-le-street, Gateshead, Jarrow, Stanley, Heart of England, Ferryhill , Whitburn, London, Easington and Sedgefield branches
Sutton United FC
Swansea City Supporters’ Trust
Swindon Town Official Supporters Club
Talking Cherries (Brentford)
The Bluebirds Trust (Barrow AFC)
The Canaries Trust (Norwich City)
The Dons Trust (AFC Wimbledon)
The Football Supporters’ Society of Bury (Bury FC)
The Iron Trust (Scunthorpe United)
The Leyton Orientear
The Posh Supporters Trust (Peterborough United)
The Punjabi O’s (Leyton Orient)
The Rainbow Wall (Wales)
The Shrimpers Trust (Southend United)
The Sky Blue Trust (Coventry City)
TheGangENG (England Women)
Torquay United Supporters Trust
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust
Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust
Trans Pennine Irons (West Ham United)
Union FS (Leicester City)
Viking Supporters Cooperative (Doncaster Rovers)
Villa Bellas (Aston Villa)
Villans Together (Aston Villa)
Wal Goch y Menywod (Wales Women)
Walsall FC Supporters Trust
Watford FC Women Supporters Group
Watford Supporters Trust
We Are the Rovers – Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust
Wednesdayite (Sheffield Wednesday)
West Bromwich Albion Independent Supporters Trust
West Ham United Independent Supporters’ Committee
West Ham United Supporters’ Trust
Weymouth FC Supporters’ Association
White Rose Reds Independent Liverpool FC Supporters Club
Wigan Athletic FC Travel & Supporters Club
Wigan Athletic Supporters Club
Wolves 1877 Trust (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Wolves Women Podcast
Women of The Lane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Women of Watford FC
Women of Wimbledon Supporters Association
Wor Flags (Newcastle United)
Wrexham Supporters Trust/Ymddiriedolaeth Cefnogwyr Wrecsam
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust

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