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APPG for Football Supporters

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters aims “to represent the interests of match-going football fans and to support the aims and objectives of the Football Supporters’ Association”. The FSA is secretariat to the group.

The cross-party group is chaired by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns (Labour), a season ticket holder at St James’ Park, and aims to strengthen the voice of football fans in Parliament and help influence things for the better. APPG members are match-going fans with a big interest in the game.

NEXT MEETING

Fan activism & the women’s game – a new era

Tuesday 27th April 2021 (1-2pm) – Zoom registration below

In recent years the profile of women’s football has exploded as the Women’s World Cup is bigger than ever while, domestically, interest in the WSL continues to grow, despite the challenges posed by COVID. These developments have been mirrored in the stands with new supporters’ groups organising and emerging at an incredible rate, resulting in the formation of the FSA’s Women’s Football Network.

What are the campaign priorities for fan groups in the women’s game? What role do fans have in growing the game? Do clubs put match-goers or the TV audience first? Can fans fend off the hyper-commercialisation which afflicts the men’s game? Our panel discussion will tackle all this and more…

Speakers:

  • Tracey Crouch MP – chair of the Women’s Football APPG, ex-sports minister, FA-qualified coach and Spurs fan.
  • D-M Withers – Bristol City Women FC board member at Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust and co-host of the Bristol City Vixencast.
  • Rodney Cyrus – Hosts the On And Off Pitch Podcast, Manchester United fan and Fans for Diversity rep on the FSA National Council.
  • Suzy Wrack – football writer for The Guardian, FA-qualified coach and multiple FSA Writer of the Year nominee.
  • (Event chair) Ian Mearns MP – APPG for Football Supporters and Newcastle United fan.

***HOW DO I ATTEND? REGISTER VIA THIS ZOOM LINK***

This All-Party Parliamentary Group event is co-hosted by the APPG for Football Supporters and the APPG for Women’s Football. As this is an APPG event MPs and Peers will be invited to submit questions for the panel in advance while FSA members and individual fans are welcome to attend as guests and submit questions via Zoom’s chat function.

APPG MEMBERS

Group officers

  • Chair: Ian Mearns MP (Labour)
  • Vice chair: Alex Norris MP (Labour)
  • Vice chair: Damian Collins MP (Conservative)
  • Vice chair: Damian Green MP (Conservative)
  • Vice chair: Jason McCartney MP (Conservative)
  • Vice chair: Jo Stevens MP (Labour)
  • Vice chair: Matt Western MP (Labour)
  • Vice chair: Rachel Hopkins MP (Labour)
  • Vice chair: Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative)

All APPG members:

  • Alan Brown MP (SNP)
  • Alex Norris MP (Labour)
  • Bill Esterson MP (Labour)
  • Chi Onwurah MP (Labour)
  • Chris Green MP (Conservative)
  • Chris Matheson MP (Labour)
  • Chris Stephens MP (SNP)
  • Clive Betts MP (Labour)
  • Clive Efford MP (Labour)
  • Damian Collins MP (Conservative)
  • Damian Green MP (Conservative)
  • Dan Carden MP (Labour)
  • Dawn Butler MP (Labour)
  • Derek Twigg MP (Labour)
  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Labour)
  • Gareth Thomas MP (Labour)
  • Gavin Newlands MP (SNP)
  • Ian Blackford MP (SNP)
  • Ian Byrne MP (Labour)
  • Ian Lavery MP (Labour)
  • Ian Mearns MP (Labour)
  • Ian Murray MP (Labour)
  • James Sunderland MP (Conservative)
  • Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrats)
  • Jason McCartney MP (Conservative)
  • Jeff Smith MP (Labour)
  • Jo Stevens MP (Labour)
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP (Labour)
  • Justin Madders MP (Labour)
  • Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative)
  • Kate Hollern MP (Labour)
  • Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour)
  • Lord David Triesman (Labour)
  • Lord Faulkner (Labour)
  • Lord Goddard of Stockport (Liberal Democrats)
  • Lord Pendry (Labour)
  • Matt Western MP (Labour)
  • Mike Amesbury (Labour)
  • Mike Hill MP (Labour)
  • Owen Thompson (SNP)
  • Rachel Hopkins MP (Labour)
  • Richard Holden MP (Conservative)
  • Rosie Cooper MP (Labour)
  • Sharon Hodgson MP (Labour)
  • Stephen Morgan MP (Labour)
  • Toby Perkins MP (Labour)
  • Tony Lloyd (Labour)
  • Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative)

Previous meetings

Mass extinction event? (20th October 2020) – We heard from football finance expert Kieran Maguire on where football has gone wrong in the past and what can be done to save it. Kieran presents the Price of Football podcast, teaches the Football Industries MBA (University of Liverpool Management School), and is a regular guest in the national media on this subject.

APPG AGM (5th February 2020) – FSA chief executive Kevin Miles gave a run down on the latest news relating to football governance, standing at the match, and more. The APPG looked at events for the upcoming year and identified football and policing costs, facial recognition technology and its use at football, Qatar 2022, agent fees, and Fans for Diversity as subjects they’d like to hear more about.

Club emergencies – How do we prevent more Burys? (4th September 2019) FSA chief executive Kevin Miles and vice chair Tom Greatrex launched our comprehensive Improving the Regulation of Professional Football Clubs paper.

What is the future of lower league football? (9th January 2019) Accrington Stanley majority shareholder and chairman Andy Holt told MPs that not enough revenue trickles down the leagues, with the Premier League’s solidarity payments to the EFL being received predominantly by Championship clubs with League One and League Two clubs receiving far smaller amounts.

Safe standing: Coming to a ground near you? (1st May 2018) Celtic FC’s Ronnie Hawthorn (Head of Safety, Security and Operations) explained how well the rail seat area worked at Celtic Park to interested MPs.

Fans for Diversity – because football is for everyone (24th January 2018) Launched in 2014 Fans for Diversity has led the way, supporting the creation of new groups around the country, helping unlock the passion and desire many had to engage with their local clubs and traditional supporter base. The event launched our Annual Review.

​Football and TV: Won’t someone think of the fans? (12th December 2017) THST co-chair, FSA National Council member and (then) FA Council rep Kat Law has led supporter efforts in lobbying broadcasters to be more considerate towards the needs of match-going fans. She outlined what role supportive MPs could play.

Can the FA reform itself? (15th March 2017) A Commons debate on football governance saw a motion of no confidence in the FA’s ability to reform and backed proposals to increase supporter representation on football’s governing body. The FA’s Robert Sullivan appeared in front of the APPG to discuss the merits of FA reform.

FSA news

FSA statement: Government fan-led review

The Government today announced the launch of its promised fan-led review. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport secretary of state Oliver Dowden told the Commons that the recent European Super League proposals left the Government with no other option than to act.

Fans of “Big Six” united in condemnation of breakaway Superleague

Supporters from across English football – including fans of the “Big Six” – are united in their condemnation of plans for a breakaway European Superleague.

FSA Statement: European Superleague

Following reports in the media today that 15 of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea from the Premier League – have agreed to form a breakaway European Superleague, the FSA issued the following statement:

#ICYMI: It’s a cracker

The NIFL Premiership provides this week’s buffoonery where Glentoran snatched a late draw at home to Coleraine thanks to this quite unbelievable own goal from Josh Carson. Poor lad.

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  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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