We don’t have a secretary at present since our last one resigned due to time pressures. So we are looking for someone who has time to do the work. The ideal person would be someone with experience of acting as secretary for some organisation such as a school board of governors. Supporters Direct provides training for supporters’ trust secretaries so experience is not essential but the person appointed must be willing to take responsibility. An efficient secretary makes a huge contribution to the smooth running of the trust but mistakes can have serious consequences. If you know your Birmingham City history, you may remember that it was a mistake made by the club secretary that kept Birmingham City out of the F A Cup in 1920-21; he forgot to send in the application form.Read More
Steve McCarthy (Blues Trust Chairman) and I recently attended a training session on assessing the financial health of a football club. It was led by Dr John Beech, Honorary Research Fellow Coventry University, with Kevin Rye, of Supporters Direct.
John Beech’s research interests include insolvency and indebtedness of football clubs, commercialisation of sports and corruption in professional football. He discussed several key concepts, such as the three overlapping versions of what people mean when they talk about ‘the club’. It can mean the pride, identity and history that its supporters uphold. It can also mean the company/owners that run the club. And thirdly it can mean the playing staff.Read More
The idea of setting up a Trust for Birmingham City supporters originated in the summer of 2011. A group of fans met together to find a constructive way to react to the news of the club’s financial problems, and asked Supporters Direct for help in setting up a Trust. One requirement was to register a legally binding set of rules.Read More
Blues Trust and Hollywood Monster are co-sponsoring the book signing by Dave Langan in the Royal George from 12-1 pm Saturday, November 3rd. He will be signing copies of his autobiography Running through Walls.Read More