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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Parliamentary Group Calls for Supporter Representation

Supporters Direct, the organisation representing over 150 supporters’ trusts in the UK, welcomed a series of recommendations (on 21st April) from the Parliamentary All Party Football Group (APFG) calling for greater and more formal supporter representation at football clubs, using the already successful model of supporters’ trusts – a model already seen widely in the top four divisions. The report calls for the introduction of supporter representatives on the board of every club, and that this representative will be elected and sit on a Supporters’…

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Paul Birch Trust fundraising collection

Villa and West Brom may be big rivals on the pitch but former players of both clubs are joining forces on Saturday to raise money for the Paul Birch Trust. Members of both former players’ associations have volunteered to help with collections all around Villa Park for our former midfielder, who is battling cancer. Among the ex-Villa men with collection tins will be Charlie Aitken, Gordon Cowans, Des Bremner, Kenny Swain and Garry Thompson who, of course, also played for the Baggies. In all, 19…

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Thank you to Neil Heitzman

It is with regret that we have to announce that after many years of service for the Trust as the Press Officer, Neil will be resigning his post after making a life changing decision to relocate abroad. Neil has been a key director in liaising with the media, none more so than during the Randy Lerner takeover where the phone was constantly ringing. The Trust Executive thank Neil for his service and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future. If…

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Update AGM: Venue Change

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of the Trust’s control, we have to announce a change in venue for the Trust AGM on 8th May. The Holte Pub will now be closed on 8th May, so the venue has been changed to the Doug Ellis Box 9. Access will be gained via Villa Park Reception in the North Stand Car Park. Notices will be put on the Holte Pub doors just in case to re-direct members. After the formalities of the AGM we will relocate to…

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Trust AGM date annoucement

The Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be on the 8th May at 1930 in the Drawing Room at The Holte Pub.  If you have not been,  this is a good opportunity to see the refurb’d venue. The formal notice will be issued shortly to Trust members.  Non-members can attend the AGM if they notify the Company Secretary in advance at [email protected]

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