Football Governance, Finance and Supporter Ownership

In January 2013, the Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee (“CM&SC”) issued an ultimatum to the game of English Football that it should make certain necessary reforms within 12 months or face possible legislation.

That report can be accessed here

On Monday 25th November representatives of the FA, the Premier League and the Football League appeared before the All Parliamentary Group for Mutuals – a group of MPs and a Lord, with special interests in sport in general and football in particular.

Steve BakerWe were invited to attend this hearing and Keith Blagbrough and Alan Cecil were there on behalf of the Trust Board. Before the hearing started, Keith and Alan were able to meet up with Steve Baker MP for Wycombe (pictured right), who later posed a very good question to the assembled panel. Steve is very supportive of what we have done at Wycombe Wanderers and it was good to welcome him and his wife Beth as our guests on Saturday for the Preston FA Cup tie. We hope to see Steve at another of our matches in the New Year.

This hearing had been called to see what progress ( if any) had been made  following the publication of the January report. To be honest, the answer is ‘ not a lot’ although the football authorities are taking credit for establishing the Supporter Liaison Officer role at every club!

It will be interesting to see what the CM&SC do next!

In the meantime, Supporters Direct , who also gave evidence to the MPs, did on the same day launch their own paper Supporter Share Ownership: recommendations on how to increase supporter share ownership in football.

You can read the full report here Supporter Share Ownership – Full Report  or a summary here Supporter Share Ownership – Summary Whilst the case study used in these reports is of the supporter trust takeover at Portsmouth FC, there are lessons to be learned from that for them and others and some good ideas which we will now be following up.