Tuesday, December 19, 2006

24 Supporters Trusts In The Premiership & Championship

There is a misconception that Supporters Trusts do not belong in the higher echelons of football however, that has not stopped a lot of Supporters Trusts being formed and playing a positive part in the future of their respective clubs.

Not many people would know how many Supporters Trusts exist in the higher echelons of UK football so after doing some research and checking my findings with Supporters Direct yesterday, I thought I would list the clubs in the Premiership and Championship who have active Supporters Trusts:-

Premiership (7)

Aston Villa
Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur

Championship (17)

Coventry City
Crystal Palace
Derby County
Hull City
Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Leicester City
Luton Town
Norwich City
Plymouth Argyle
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield Wednesday
Southend United
Stoke City

As well as the 24 Supporters Trusts from the top two English leagues (listed above), every Scottish Premier League club has a Supporters Trust and I've listed them below for your additional information:-

Scottish Premier League (12)

Dundee United
Dunferminline Athletic
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
St Mirren

In addition to the Supporters Trusts listed who have already formed and are active there are more planned to follow in their footsteps. I am lead to believe that over the course of the last year or so supporters at least two Premiership clubs and one Championship club have either been planning to launch a Supporters Trust or are already some way down the path.

Clubs in the top two leagues of English football without Supporters Trusts working with them are already in the minority and it is only a matter of time for this to be the case in the Premiership. Next time someone asks you about active Supporters Trusts you can now tell them how common they are especially "higher up the tree".

During next year we plan to launch a Manchester City Supporters Trust which we want to become a beacon to others whilst playing a positive part in the future of our great club. Perhaps more important than that the proposed trust will have a democratically elected board to represent the aims and expectations of its members (the greatest supporters in the land).

If you haven't already checked out Supporters Direct's website please take a look here http://www.supporters-direct.org/

Best wishes



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