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Why Supporters and Supporters Trusts matter

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

If you want a brief introduction to or a refresh of your thoughts on why supporters and supporters trust matter then Jim Chisem has written the piece for you.

Chisem opts for a historical approach to his piece and uses his team, Huddersfield Town, to highlight “… one, the symbolic function of football clubs as working-class or community institutions, and two, the central importance of supporters’ trusts in protecting and promoting these institutions and the complex ecosystem that surrounds them.”

As he takes us through two historical supporter involved turning points at the club he covers the formation of the Huddersfield Supporters Association, commenting that “Its founding members…realised early-on that the long-term future of the club—of any club—depends on the existence of a strong, independent body of supporters who are committed to holding the Board and ownership to account.”

Whilst taking a historical approach Chisem points out that we have much to be critical, as we have to be proud of, when looking at football history. However, this refreshing piece is quietly optimistic and recognises that while “… the supporters’ trust movement isn’t perfect… it’s fair to say we’ve made a lot of progress on the issues that matter.”

If you ever wanted to read an article to propel you towards being part of a supporters trust or to confirm why you already volunteer many hours of your time for your football community. This is it.

To read Jim’s article in full, click here.

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