Archive for October, 2009

Renaming of St James’ Park…

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Personally speaking, I like them about as much as I like any other team wearing black and white stripes, but I’ve got a huge amount of sympathy for their fans right now.

“What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”

Read the full article from today’s Times here.

Football’s trusts must keep the faith

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

By Matt Slater

“You must never run a football club based on what somebody might shout at you from the stands.”

Given the nonsense I sometimes spout about the “size” of my club (and therefore what division we should be playing in) this advice was possibly the most important message to come out of last week’s slightly subdued Supporters Direct Annual Conference.

I say subdued because delegates from the 150+ supporters’ trusts active in the UK assembled in Birmingham eager to trumpet how far the fan-ownership movement in football (and more recently rugby league) has come but mindful that the last year has witnessed a few bum notes.

Read the rest of this intetresting article at:

Rovers Down South

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Rovers Down South, who you may recognise as John McGlynn’s kit sponsor this season, are now expanding.

Recruiting supporters across England and Wales their aims are to:

  • Coordinate the efforts of the exiled community for the good of the club
  • See if they can help others to home games, if they can’t get there themselves
  • Promote the club however they can, and have a good time in the process