Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Introduction

Hi I'm Ollie Goddard I am an avid fan and shareholder of Manchester City. This is my blog detailing my and a few fellow fans' efforts to establish a Manchester City Football Club Supporter's Trust. Supporter's Trusts are set up to promote and support the concept of democratic supporter ownership and representation though mutual not for profit structures. They are also set up, to promote football clubs as civic and community institutions and work to preserve the competitive values of league football in the United Kingdom and promoting the health of the game. I, many fans and shareholders feel that such an organisation should be put in place at our great Club. We have raised the possibility of a Supporter's Trust with the Club but it is clear at this present time that the board have no intention of becoming involved with one. On 15 August 2006 I was informed that "there are no current plans to be involved in setting up such a trust" I did ask if the club would ever consider working with a properly constituted Supporter's Trust but as of today I have not received an answer. According to the latest figures available approximately 5,000 individuals and nominees currently own 33% of the club but do not have a representative on the board or a voice. A Supporter's Trust does not require the backing of the Club. Supporters Direct a Government backed agency to promote Supporter's Trusts are currently supporting our bid to set one up.

3 Comments:

At 12:50 pm, Blogger TheGOS said...

Hi Ollie,

I applaud your efforts and in support your endeavours I will carry a link to your blog from my own at www.grumpyoldsods.co.uk

Kind regards

The GOS

 
At 2:54 pm, Blogger Thad Williamson said...

Bravo Ollie for taking on a hugely important initiative. Clubs should be community institutions controlled by supporters, not vehicles for profit extraction by absentee ownership. Making City a community-controlled club would set an example for the rest of English football.

I would suggest you enlist writer David Conn of the Guardian, a Blues fan very sympathetic to the Supporters Direct concept, to support and publicize this effort.

I'll link to here frequently from futbolpol.wordpress.com.

cheers,
TW

 
At 8:07 pm, Blogger Ollie said...

The Gos and Thad, thank you for your support it is very early days but we will see where this take us. By the way Thad, I have exchanged a few e-mails with David Conn and he is aware what is in the pipeline. His books and input has been very helpful.

 

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