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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Embargo’d: Minutes of meeting with Paul Faulkner

The below minutes are of meeting held with Paul Faulkner, AVFC CEO. The minutes have been approved to be released to members and on this website by Paul Faulkner, and are subject to an EMBARGO that they are not to be circulated or to appear on any other Villa websites. We apologise for the delay in issuing the minutes of this meeting. NOTES ON MEETING 8 JUNE 2010 Paul Faulkner Robin Russell David Woodhall Peter Warrilow What are the plans for the North Stand? Currently…

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Martin O’Neill’s Surprise Resignation

The Aston Villa Supporters Trust would like to place on record their appreciation of Martin O’Neill’s tenure at Aston Villa Football Club over the past four years. Martin has managed to achieve a level of consistency not seen in recent years in that we, as a Club, have now qualified for European competition for three years in a row, and narrowly missed out on silverware last season, being runners up in the Carling Cup and semi finalists in the F.A. Cup. We would like to…

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Fans hit out at increased kit changes by clubs

Villa fans have been critical of the new home kit (e.g. checks) and the extraordinary delay in getting the replica kits out for sale missing vital commercial revenue at the start of the season. However, this is yet another kit change when the Villa originally had in its fans’ charter a 2 yr cycle; however, this was changed without consultation with fans, as the Trust pointed out years ago. The BBC have now highlighted this issue across all PL clubs when the PL’s original charter…

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UEFA announces Supporter Liaison Officers at clubs

Supporter Liaison Officers at clubs already exist in a limited number of European countries and primarily help improve the dialogue between the fans and the clubs they support. Most importantly, SLOs must be credible with fans, and therefore should have experience with and contacts to the networks in the fanbase at the club. The introduction of a new UEFA licensing requirement from season 2012/13 for all clubs to have an operating Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) marks an important new chapter in club to supporter relations…

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