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Supporters’ groups call on new minister to press on with reform

More than 100 supporters’ organisations from across England and Wales have co-signed an open letter to Nadine Dorries MP, the new secretary of state for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The letter welcomes the minister to the role and encourages her to ensure the Government fixes football governance via the Fan-Led Review. The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) is meeting with the secretary of state soon.

“Football clubs are at the heart of their communities, cultural institutions which bring a sense of identity, pride and belonging for millions of people every week. They deserve protection,” says the letter. “We know that you will receive the final report from Tracey Crouch MP later this year, and would urge you to retain the commitment to independent regulation.”

Tracey Crouch MP is leading the Fan-led Review of Football Governance and her interim report was clear that radical reform is needed to change the power structures of the game and protect clubs from rogue owners, including the need for independent regulation.

More than 100 FSA-affiliated and associated supporters’ groups in the men’s and women’s game, including those from clubs at the top of the sport to non-league level, have co-signed the letter.

If your supporters’ group would like to join the FSA and co-sign the letter, or if your group is already a member, please contact the FSA and we can add your organisation’s name to the list of signatories.

Supporters’ organisations backing the FSA’s open letter:

100yearsofcoconuts (Cambridge United)
AISA (Arsenal Independent Supporters Association)
Arsenal Supporters Trust
Aston Villa Disabled Supporters Association
Aston Villa Women Supporter’s Club
AVFC Faithful (Aston Villa)
Bantams Supporters Trust
Barnsley Supporters’ Trust
Bath City
Billericay Town Supporters Society
Birmingham City Women Supporters Group
Blackpool Supporters’ Trust
Blue Union (Everton)
Bluebirds Trust (Barrow AFC)
Blues Trust (Birmingham City)
Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust
Brentford Independent Supporters Association
Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust
Burnley FC Supporters Groups
Bury AFC
Cambridge Fans United
Canaries Trust (Norwich City)
Cardiff City Supporters Club
Cards Trust (Woking)
Charlton Supporters Society Limited
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Chelsea Women Supporters Group
Cherries Trust (AFC Bournemouth)
Chesham United Supporters Trust
Clarets Trust (Burnley)
Colchester United Supporters’ Association
Crawley Town Supporters Alliance
Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust
Darlington FC Supporters Group
Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust
Everton Fans’ Forum
Exeter City Supporters Trust
FC United of Manchester
Forces2Canaries (Norwich City)
Foxes Trust (Leicester City Supporters Trust)
Fulham Supporters Trust
Gloucester City AFC Supporters Trust
Golden Pages Fanzine (Watford)
Grays Athletic Community Football Club
Hammers United (West Ham United)
Hartlepool United Supporters Trust
Hereford United Supporters’ Trust
Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association
Hull City Supporters Trust
Lady Imps Supporters Association (Lincoln City)
Leeds United Supporters Club
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust
Lewes FC
Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust
LGBeeTs Brentford
Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association
Liverpool Women Supporters Club
Love Football Hate Racism
Luton Town Supporters’ Trust
Manchester City Official Supporters Club
Manchester City Women Official Supporters Club
Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST)
Manchester United Women’ Supporters Club
Merthyr Town FC Society
Middlesbrough Supporters Forum
Millwall Supporters’ Club
My Old Man Said (Aston Villa)
Newcastle United Supporters Trust
Northampton Town Supporters Trust
Nottingham Forest Supporters Club
Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust
Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust
Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation
Plymouth Argyle Supporters Association London Branch (PASALB)
Plymouth Argyle Women Football Team Fans
Pompey Disabled Supporters’ Association (Portsmouth)
Pompey Independent Supporters Association (Portsmouth)
Pompey Supporters Trust (Portsmouth)
Port Vale Supporters Club
Portsmouth Supporters’ Club (Central branch)
Preston Supporters Collective
Pride Of Irons (West Ham United)
Proud Lilywhites (Tottenham Hotspur)
Punjabi Wolves
QPR1st Supporters’ Trust
Rainbow Blades (Sheffield United)
RamsActive (Derby County)
RamsTrust (Derby County)
Red & White Army (Sunderland)
Robins Trust (Cheltenham Town)
Rochdale Supporters Trust
Scunthorpe United Supporters Society (Iron Trust)
Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Trust
Shrimpers Trust (Southend United
Sky Blue Trust (Coventry City)
Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool)
STAR – Supporters Trust At Reading
Stoke City Supporters Club
Swansea City Supporters’ Trust
Swindon Town Supporters Trust
Talking Cherries (AFC Bournemouth)
The Ugly Inside (Southampton)
Tonbridge Angels FC
Torquay United Supporters Trust
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust
Trans Pennine Irons (West Ham United)
Truro Independent Supporters’ Association
Up the Clarets (Burnley)
View from the Allotment End (North Ferriby fanzine)
Viking Supporters Cooperative (Doncaster Rovers)
Watford FC Women Supporters Group
Watford Supporters’ Trust
West Ham United Independent Supporters Association
West Ham United WSC
Weymouth F.C. Supporters’ Association
Wolves 1877 Trust
Women Of Watford FC
Worcester City FC
Wycombe Wanderers Trust
York City Supporters Society Ltd

 

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