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“Save the Gooner” campaign looks to secure future of decades-old fanzine

The Gooner fanzine, covering Arsenal for the last 33 years, have launched a campaign drive to secure the publication’s future.

#ICYMI: Thrown goal

The bumbling, Clouseauesque star of this week’s #ICYMI is Grenoble Foot 38’s Brice Maubleu. The Frenchman put his side 2-0 nil down shortly after conceding the first with a catastrophic blunder.

She Believes Cup guide for travelling fans

With England’s She Believes Cup campaign getting underway shortly, as part of our Free Lionesses service we’ve pulled together some useful links and information for fans who might be making the journey out to the USA to cheer on Phil Neville’s side, who are aiming to retain the trophy they won in 2019. 

Oldham Athletic hierarchy under fire amid financial crisis

League Two club Oldham Athletic are the latest EFL club facing a financial crisis and supporters say they’re being kept in the dark.

“Stroll on GSB” – thousands turn out against West Ham owners

Thousands of West Ham United fans turned out ahead of their game against Southampton at the weekend to protest against the club’s increasingly unpopular owners.

She Believes Cup – late announcement

The She Believes Cup kicks off this week, but there are likely to be fewer England fans following the team at the annual invitational tournament organised by US Soccer than previously. 

FSA National Council meeting – February 2020

Earlier this month the elected supporter representatives on the FSA’s National Council (NC) met to discuss the organisation’s ongoing work.

#ICYMI: Espanlol

Wolves progressed through the to the last-16 of the Europa League with relative ease this week, beating Espanyol 6-3 over the course of two games. Their Portuguese winger Pedro Neto had a glorious chance to round the tie off in style for the midlands club but made a total hash of an open-goal chance. Plonker.

FSA Cymru update: March 2020

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2020 – which will of course be concentrating on the build up to Euro 2020 but we’ll first be looking at the minutes of our recent meeting with the Welsh FA (FAW).

Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action 2020

Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’, which help highlight the positive initiatives undertaken by clubs, sporting venues and their governing bodies to improve access for disabled fans, will run from Saturday 29th February to Sunday 15th March.

SD Europe AGM: supporter reps launch ‘Fans Matter’ project

Supporter representatives from across Europe met in Belgium recently following the launch of the continent-wide “Fans Matter” supporter engagement campaign.

“Genuine fear for safety” – Manchester United fans raise Bruges concerns

Manchester United fans have written to the Mayor of Bruges over the treatment they received in the Belgian city during their Europa League fixture last week.

“Turn your back on VAR” – Wolves fans call for action on VAR

This season saw the introduction of VAR into an English league for the first time and it’s fair to say it has not been well received. The FSA will have more work on VAR coming up in future, but for now here’s Neil Dady from the Wolves Fans’ Parliament talking about the impact it’s had on match-going fans…

#ICYMI: Getafe the floor

You may be surprised to learn that Ryan Babel is still playing football and similarly (and pleasantly) surprised to see him taking the mick out of one of the most irritating parts of the modern game – feigning injury. After going shoulder-to-shoulder with Babel, Getafe’s Allan Nyom throws himself to the ground in comically over-the-top agony. Needless to say our former Liverpool and Fulham man was not impressed.

Hope for Basingstoke in their quest to return to the town

It’s not unusual for clubs to groundshare at non-league level. While each set of circumstances is unique, it is always distressing when a club is torn away from its local community and left with no option to play away from their traditional home. 

Bristol City latest to commit to rail seats as standing revolution continues

Bristol City are set to become the latest club to provide their supporters with standing accommodation after they unveiled plans to install just under 1,200 rail seats at Ashton Gate.

Disability access in non-league “encouraging” according to first-ever club survey

A ground-breaking survey of non-league clubs carried out by the FSA and disability campaign group Level Playing Field has shown disability access is improving, but there is still some way to go.

#ICYMI: Marçal Marceau

Some spectacularly clownish defending is the subject of this week’s #ICYMI – watch as Lyon’s Fernando Marçal thunders a clearance into his own net just as his side was on the verge of almost clearing a PSG attack.

Political football: The FSA in Westminster

The Football Supporters’ Association was in Westminster last week meeting MPs to reconstitute the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters (APPG).

Crewe Alex fans hit fundraising target to secure stake in the club

Crewe Alexandra supporters are celebrating after raising £250,000 in three months – enough to secure a stake in the club.

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