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FSF appoints new national game officer

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporters’ Federation is very pleased to announce a new addition to our staff team – Andy Walsh, formerly general manager of FC United of Manchester, will be our new national game development officer.

Andy will lead FSF activity, develop FSF campaign work and build FSF membership among football supporters within the National League system.

“The FSF has more than 50 affiliated groups within the non-league game,” Andy said. “We’re looking to strengthen our links with supporters at non-league football clubs and develop the services that we offer.” 

Andy has wide experience of supporter organisations, as a former chair of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association, a member of the FSA (forerunner to FSF) since the 80s, and has been deeply involved in the non-league game through his work as a founder member and subsequently (from 2005 to 2016) general manager of supporter-owned FC United of Manchester.

During that time FC United enjoyed on-field success, earning four promotions, and moved into their first permanent home, Broadhurst Park.

FSF chair Malcolm Clarke said: “It’s an incredibly important period for the national game and we’re keen to increase the amount of work we do with football supporters at in the National League system.

“Andy’s vast experience and expertise will be a tremendous boon to our organisation – as well as our affiliated fan groups, associates and individual members at non-league level across the country.”

Thanks to Matthew Wilkinson for the photo used in this story. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

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