Villa fans opinions wanted

The Football Supporters’ Federation are conducting a short survey so that we can accurately gauge the opinion of fans up and down the country. We hope that you have got a minute spare to complete our first survey of this kind, which has only two questions, to let us know your views on footballer’s wages. We’ve had thousands of fans from clubs up and down the country filling it in, but at the minute Villa fans are somewhat under-represented in our responses, and we want…

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Football company rules to be examined by MPs

  MPs are to investigate how professional football in England and Wales is governed to see if it requires government intervention to reform it. The cross-party committee will examine whether there is too much debt in the professional game. It will also look at whether the rules requiring owners to be “fit and proper persons” are adequate. Sports managers, club representatives and fans are among witnesses expected to be called by the committee. The inquiry has been prompted by the rows relating to debts at…

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Too big to fail to notice

An insightful piece by Dave Boyle, Supporters Direct When clubs like Chesterfield and Exeter became owned by crooks, people didn’t seem to care that much, because neither were big clubs, like Liverpool. When Portsmouth’s owners turned out to have been functionally innumerate, or broke, or maybe to not even exist (or maybe all of those things), people didn’t seem to care much because Portsmouth were just a small club which seemed bigger just by dint of the league it played in. It wasn’t a big…

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German fans rally to protect fan culture

Thousands of German football fans came together last Saturday in a mass demonstration to make clear their opposition to rising ticket prices and the commercialisation of the game. The peaceful protest, titled Zum Erhalt der Fankultur (For the Protection of Fan Culture), was attended by fans of approximately 50 different clubs and an estimated 6,000 attendance was claimed by organisers. The event was supported by Football Supporters Europe of which the FSF is an affiliated member. Clubs from the first, second and third divisions of Germany’s…

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Supporter ownership, the view from Liverpool

Joint statement from the Spirit of Shankley and ShareLiverpoolFC Spirit of Shankly-ShareLiverpoolFC welcomes the likely end of Hicks and Gillett’s ownership of LFC, regardless of the current attempts to prolong this process. At this stage we remain open minded about any new ownership regime. However our long held view that supporter ownership is right for Liverpool Football Club remains unaltered. The aspiration amongst supporters to become part of the ownership of LFC by investing our own money and to have our interests represented in the…

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Be part of the debate

Communication lies at the heart of strong relationships – with good communication comes engagement and a sense of belonging  – poor communication and we all switch off. The  Aston Villa Supporters Trust are galvanised to improving our communications across as many channels as possible, in the digital age these can be many and varied. But we want to hear from you, we want to engage you and most importantly we want to know what you think! We hope we can welcome you the Supporters Trust family. So please…

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Press Release: Welcome Gerard

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust welcome Gerard Houllier to Aston Villa and hope that his knowledge in previous roles as both a coach and technical director will enable him to build on the nucleus of a good team we already have in place at the club. At the same time we wish to place on record our appreciation of all the work undertaken by Kevin MacDonald since the resignation of Martin O’Neill and hope he continues the excellent work for the reserves and youth team…

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Vacancies: Your Trust Needs You!

To have experience as a Director of a legal company and to mix it with football sounds ideal?! We are searching for Volunteers (Unpaid): A number of Trust Directors and non-elected support roles are required to be filled. If you have spare time and/or need to add a new dimension to your CV to make yourself more marketable (e.g. students finding it difficult to land their first role in the job market), then join us to gain job-related experiences. There are 4 elected and 4…

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