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Secrets of the fixture compiler

Ian Todd, the FSF representative on the Fixtures Working Party, sheds some light on the process by which ‘the fixure computer’ comes up with something that never fails to cause grief and annoyance for some…

Supporters Summit 2013 – how was it for you?

On Saturday 22nd June the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) teamed up with our friends at Supporters Direct (SD) to bring fans together at St. George’s Park, Burton, which is the FA’s football centre. Around 300 fans attended.

And finally… bad first touch? You’re off!

Didn’t think you could be sent off for a poor first touch? Think again. Ukrainian U21 captain Olesandr Noyok receives his second booking just four seconds after his first yellow. Why? A terrible first touch of course.

Do you work in football? Have you recognised the benefits of diversifying your workforce?

Kick It Out, The Work Foundation and 7 Bedford Row are hosting a free seminar on current business examples which prove the benefits of diversifying your workforce.

Bristol City propose ‘rail seats’ at Ashton Gate

Bristol City could become the first club in Britain to incorporate safe standing rail seat areas into their ground if a proposed £40m development of Ashton Gate goes ahead (rail seats take up the lower tier in the above image).

Wycombe Wanderers back Safe Standing Campaign

Wycombe Wanderers are the 25th club to officially back the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Safe Standing Campaign. The campaign has support from the top to the bottom of professional football in the English league system.

And finally… striker scores bullet header

South Africa look set to miss out on Brazil 2014 thanks to a bullet header from Bernard Parker…into his own goal. “Oh my God,” the Kaizer Chiefs striker almost certainly didn’t say as it ripped past his own keeper.

It’s in the clubs’ interests to listen to fans on prices

Writing in Wednesday’s Independent, Football Supporters’ Federation Chief Executive Kevin Miles (left) explained why hundreds of fans came together to march on the Premier League’s HQ and why it’s in the clubs’ interests to listen…

Hundreds march on Premier League HQ in protest at prices

Hundreds of supporters marched from Regent’s Park to the Premier League’s HQ yesterday in a show of protest at ticket prices, organised by Spirit of Shankly. They were joined by fans from dozens of clubs and the Football Supporters’ Federation. The Guardian’s Sachin Nakrani explains more…

Fans march on Premier League HQ

Today’s protest by Spirit of Shankly (SoS) at the Premier League’s headquarters highlights what fans have been saying for years – ticket prices are too high at too many clubs.

The appeal of Doncaster Belles

Doncaster Belles demotion from top-flight women’s football has caused a bit of a stir. So what’s going on? FSF National Council member Tim Hillyer explains.

No thank you for the music

“The fashion for blaring out pop songs is killing the real source of stadium atmosphere: the noise of the fans,” says Duleep Allirajah. This article initially appeared on spiked, and is reproduced with thanks.

European Football Fans’ Congress (Amsterdam, 19th-21st July)

Football supporters from across the continent will come together for the sixth European Football Fans’ Congress (EFFC) in Amsterdam from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July. The EFFC is organised by our friends at Football Supporters Europe and they explain what it’s all about below…

And finally… Ronaldinho – cheat or cheeky?

Ronaldinho: “I was cleaning my mouth and the referee played on. It was not rehearsed or anything, no, it was luck.” Erm, we don’t think lack of rehearsal exempts you from cheating, does it? Watch it and weep.

Football League clubs vote to “explore” safe standing trials

More than two-thirds of the Football League’s 72 clubs voted in favour of a motion to explore safe standing trials at their annual general meeting in Portugal on Friday 7th June.

You can’t put a price on advice

Dean Morton, a Sheffield United fan based in Liverpool, tells his story which shows the value of getting some proper legal advice should you find yourself in trouble at the match…

The Lager of Life

The following is an excerpt from Issue Nine of The Blizzard – The Football Quarterly. Available in both digital and hard-copy formats on a pay-what-you-like basis (digital copies are available for as little as 1p each), it has fast established itself as must-read publication dealing with all manner of issues in the beautiful game from around the world. In this exclusive excerpt of ‘The Lager of Life’ from the upcoming Issue, Tim Vickery looks at the dangerous passions that the game can unleash, and asks whether it’s football’s fault.

Supporters Summit 2013

The FSF has teamed up with Supporters Direct (SD) to bring football fans together on Saturday 22nd June at St. George’s Park, Burton, which is the FA’s lovely new home. Both organisations’ AGMs will also take place that weekend (the FSF’s on Saturday afternoon, SD’s on Friday evening).

Premier League’s record revenue – but will fans feel any benefit?

Premier League clubs’ revenue reached a record £2.4bn in 2011/12, according to football finance experts Deloitte. In total the revenue of the top 92 clubs in English football exceeded £3 billion for the first time. But will fans benefit?

Tick£t Pric£s – Fans to march on Premier League HQ

Spirit of Shankly will demonstrate outside the headquarters of the Premier League and Football League in London on 19th June in protest against the spiralling cost of attending football matches. Fans of ALL clubs are invited.

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