Archive for the ‘Supporters Direct’ Category

News Round-Up from SD – 23/07/11

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

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News Round-Up from SD – 04/07/11

Monday, July 4th, 2011

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Supporters Direct Scotland Looks To Future Funding

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Supporters Direct Scotland have today issued a press release in response to funding challenges and the resignation of CEO of SD, Dave Boyle .

There is a groundswell of support for the organisation on Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag for Twitter is #savesupportersdirect.

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Supporters Direct Scotland Annual Conference

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Some members of the Raith Supporters Trust went along to the Supporter’s Direct Conference last Saturday at Hampden. The title of the conference was ‘The future of Scottish Football’ and there were over 25 Trust from clubs across Scotland – from Albion Rovers to both sides of the Old Firm. It was a great opportunity to meet other fans to hear what is happening at their clubs and to share ideas.

The most interesting part of the day was a panel discussion included David Longmuir (SFL), Neil Doncaster (SPL), Fraser Wishart (PFA Scotland), Gordon Thomson (Clyde FC) and Dave Boyle  (Supporters Direct). Fans again made it clear that they were opposed to the reconstruction of the SPL to a top ten during that discussion. The main thing to note from the response was the continued intransigence of the SPL to even think about an alternative model that doesn’t include playing each other 4 times. Neil Doncaster of the SPL came under a lot of criticism and it was clear that the SPL were effectively basing the whole reconstruction debate around the need to have 4 Old Firm games and 4 Edinburgh Derbies guaranteed. In a later session the details of the SPL pans were discussed and for most fans the assumptions they made about increased TV revenue as a result of the new set up were wildly optimistic and completely ignored the volatile nature of the broadcast market in the future. Fan interest and gate revenue appeared an afterthought.

There was also a fascinating session by Clyde FC directors who talked us through how they are constituted as democratic club with one member one vote. Their finance director talked about their budgeting approach and and how they only pay out what they can cover in revenue. The financial impact on the player budget of living within your means was clear for all to see as we know from recent developments at Starks Park. We were particularly impressed by their openness on the finances of the club – with their business plan and management accounts online and accessible to all shareholders. The chance to meet other Trusts was really valuable and we were delighted to play a part in helping make sure that the SPL heard the views of fans directly on their proposed reconstruction

News Round-Up from SD – 27/05/11

Friday, May 27th, 2011

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Changing Scottish Football For a Future Where Fans Matter

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A campaign blog (http://changingscottishfootball.wordpress.com) has been set up by Supporters Direct Scotland to give fans, Supporters’ Trusts and those with knowledge and experience of the game at the grassroots a say in its future across the country.

While there is still some resistance within SPL clubs to the current plan to restructure the league structure there is still a good chance that the plan will be passed at the next meeting of SPL clubs over the summer. We want to help send a message to all those in charge of SPL and SFL clubs that the fans do not want the current plan enacted and instead want to help develop a new plan that takes the views of the fans seriously and works towards making the leagues bigger not smaller.

If this is something you agree with we urge you to sign one of our campaign postcards and pass the message on through email, online forums and noticeboards to get as many of your fellow fans to sign one as well. We want this to be a campaign that represents the widest group of football fans possible and demonstrates to them that we are more effective when we work together for a common goal.

The survey SD ran earlier this year showed that 88% of fans are against the move to a smaller top division. Despite some movement in the original plan a 10 team top league remains on the table. Furthermore the plan doesn’t address the concerns of fans over the issue of financial stability or what UEFA have called ‘financial doping’.

The postcard can be signed online at: http://changingscottishfootball.wordpress.com/postcard/

News Round-Up from SD – 13/05/11

Monday, May 16th, 2011

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News Round-Up from SD – 29/04/11

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

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News Round-Up from SD – 08/04/11

Friday, April 8th, 2011

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News Round-Up from SD – 25/03/11

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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