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Scunthorpe United appoint fan-elected director

Scunthorpe United has announced the appointment of a fan-elected director following a vote involving the Iron’s supporter groups. Neil Wright, chair of the club’s London and South East Supporters Club, will represent supporters’ groups at board level.

The club said Neil will “build and sustain a credible and beneficial relationship between United and our supporter base, ensuring the views, interest and aspirations of supporters’ group members and the wider fan base are taken into account.”

Neil said it was an honour to be elected, not only by his supporter club, but but also by the members of the other supporters’ groups involved in the process. 

“I’ve passionately supported this club all my life,” said Neil. “I was invited to join the board of the Iron Trust in 2021, a position I now also hold with pride.

“I look forward to working with the chairman and other members of the board to ensure that fan engagement once again becomes an integral focus within this club and moreover striving to ensure that we become a community football club once again.”

The club has worked with the Football Supporters’ Association and our affiliates at the Iron Trust to establish this role, and longtime fan activist John Needham, secretary to the board of the Iron Trust, hailed its arrival.

“It is ten years since the Iron Trust was set up and a key aim of the founding members was to have a fan-elected director on the board of Scunthorpe United,” John Needham (Iron Trust)

“The six fan groups at the club have worked together to develop a successful procedure for election and we are grateful for the advice and support of the FSA during the process.

“We are delighted at the election of trust board member Neil Wright and see it as a starting point in the club developing engagement with fans.”

Fan-led review of football governance 

One of the key recommendations of the Fan-led Review was for clubs to embed supporter organisations at the heart of clubs, so any moves in that direction are to be welcomed.

Other recommendations included the introduction of an independent regulator with enforcement powers to prevent the recurrence of such developments as the European Super League and the removal of restrictions on FA spending meaning more money redirected towards grassroots, non-league and women’s football.

Supporters still have a role to play by lobbying their MP to ensure that the Government features a commitment to legislation in the upcoming Queen’s Speech.

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