Wolves fans have opted to convert their two decade old fans’ parliament into a supporters’ trust – a move they say will give them a greater say on the club’s critical issues.
From the end of July the newly-formed Wolves 1877 Trust will replace the Wolves Fans’ Parliament, and supporter representatives say the move will provide them with a greater independent voice and a membership open to all.
The trust will hold meetings several times a year and will create sub-groups to examine ticketing, developments at Molineux and other issues which impact match-going fans.
“Everyone involved is excited about this change of direction, which was voted for by Parliament members,” said former Parliament chairman Neil Dady. “Many Premier League clubs, including the so-called top six, have trusts in place and we hope to achieve a higher level of consultation by going down this route.”
The trust is aiming to build upon the work of the Wolves Fans’ Parliament which was established in 2006. The Parliament was involved in several high-profile consultations with the club on rail seating, kit choices, ticket prices and matchday operations.
“The trust will be open to all supporters,” Neil said. “So there won’t be the accusations we sometimes faced with the Parliament about it being a closed shop.
“Democratic elections for the senior positions will be held every year and there will be the extra credibility of us having a say at national level, as well as a local one.”
Wolves 1877 Trust will be represented at national level via participation in the FSA’s Premier League network. The trust’s first full AGM will be held within 12 months of its launch, with all members able to stand for election to the committee
The trust’s interim chairman Sam Payne said: “This is a really good time to launch the trust, with the Fan-led Review of football governance now underway.
“The Fans Parliament had run its course, but we should not forget its many achievements as we take this next step.”