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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Listen to the Debate: Clubs as Co-op Structures?

Dave Boyle, CEO of Supporters Direct, will be on the Politics Show in London talking about the Government’s commitment to support co-operative ownership structures. The programme starts at 12:00, and Dave Boyle will be on after 12:30. The show will available on iPlayer afterwards. Dave Boyle will also be on Panorama on Tuesday 8th June (“Man Utd – Into the Red” 10.35pm BBC1) talking about football finances and the problems within football.

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Football needs to change. The politicians agree. Now lets make it happen.

A national conference is to be held (12-13 June 2010) to allow football fans from across the country to offer their views on the Government’s commitment to giving supporters a greater say in the running of their clubs. The conference is being organised on the back of a growing political consensus about the potential for football fans to buy out their clubs by setting up co-operatives, similar to those that already own and run clubs like FC Barcelona and Hamburg SV. The new Coalition Government…

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UEFA President / SD welcome Fan-Share proposals

Following the recent Red Knights moves at Man Utd, Liverpool fans wanting to buy the Club, as well as the Portsmouth administration issues, football fan ownership has been in the spotlight. This has been further added to by the announcement by Labour to transfer 25% ownership to supporters via Supporters’ Trusts. This has been welcomed by UEFA President Platini. As David Conn adds in his article, good news but a little too late after all the good work in the early years of the Football…

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Villa’s Football League Centenary flag (1988) on EBay

The Supporters Trust has for sale on Ebay an item where the proceeds will be put towards the statue of William McGregor which is due to unveiled at Villa Park this Saturday. To access EBay page, click here. This was the flag carried by Allan Evans, as Villa’s representative at Preston Cathedral in 1988 with representatives of the other 11 founder members of the Football League. It has been donated by the Football League and there is a letter to this effect which is included in…

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McGregor Statue to be unveiled by Lord Mawhinney

Lord Mawhinney, Chairman of the Football League, is to unveil the William McGregor statue at Villa Park this forthcoming Saturday prior to the home game against Spurs.  The ceremony is due to commence at 4pm outside the Directors entrance, Trinity Road stand.  William McGregor was a Director of Aston Villa Football Club and moreover is credited with being the brainchild behind the formation of The Football League. The Club and Supporters’ Trust have been committed to honouring his massive contribution to English and World Football…

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