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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.

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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: 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)
  • Lord Taylor of Warwick (Non-affiliated)
  • 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

Promoting LGBT+ representation and combatting discrimination in football (Thursday 13th May, 1pm) To mark 2021’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, both the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Football Supporters and for Global LGBT+ Rights joined forces for a panel featuring Damian Collins MP, Chris Paouros (co-chair of Proud Lilywhites and Kick It Out trustee), Luke Tuffs (manager of Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club) and ex-rugby star Gareth Thomas.

Fan activism & the women’s game – a new era (Tuesday 27th April 2021) 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? With Tracey Crouch MP, D-M Withers (Bristol City Women FC board member at Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust), Rodney Cyrus (On And Off Pitch Podcast) and Suzy Wrack (The Guardian)

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.

  • If you have any further queries, or you are an MP / Peer who would like to join the group, email: [email protected]

FSA news

#GetOnside: FSA to increase women’s representation

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ICYMI: Indian nutmeg

This week’s edition of #ICYMI comes to you courtesy of this lesser-spotted full-body nutmeg, by Delhi FC’s Laiwang Bohham during their match against Corbett FC in the I-League qualifiers. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen anything quite like this…

Fan reps meet Premier League – Autumn 2021

Supporter representatives from top-flight clubs met with the Premier League in late September to discuss a range of issues which impact match-going fans – including the return to grounds, Fan-Led Review of Football Governance and the impact of TV picks on match-goers.

FSA statement: Newcastle United takeover

The Premier League's decision to approve the PIF takeover has reopened the debate about who owns our football clubs.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe