Following events over the past month, we wish to issue the following update to our members.
Following a statement published on the Often Partisan website on 13th March 2014, Blues Trust wishes to make the following statement.
Blues Trust, the supporters organisation for fans of Birmingham City Football Club, wishes to make the following statement following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Club president Carson Yeung.
Ashton Gate has become the first stadium in the UK to install a section of”safe standing” rail seating.
Bristol City FC, a confirmed supporter of rail seating, has installed a demonstration block of rail seating at Ashton Gate as an example of its benefits in a bid to give others an idea of what could be expected if legislation was changed. One of Blues Trust Board members, Paul Smith, attended the unveiling event at Ashton Gate last week. (See his comments below).
A spokesman from Bristol City FC said that if the Club is given the relevant permissions, it could be a great opportunity for Bristol City FC to become the first club in the Football League to install rail seating, as well as becoming a showcase for other teams up and down the country.Read More
Time to get tough on football authorities, say MPs.
Supporters Direct reports that an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) of MPs has called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the way that football club owners behave towards supporter groups.
An APPG Special Hearing – Football Report (called “What is the vision for the future of supporter-owned football clubs?”) [link to a PDF of the document] of the attitudes the Football Association, Premier League and Football League exhibit towards the ownership of clubs, MPs have called for them to be directed to protect the interests of supporters. The objective of the hearing was to look at the current state of football supporters’ trusts and what assistance they need to develop further.
You can read the whole Supporters Direct document on their website at the following link here.Read More
To All Supporters of Birmingham City Football Club
We are, and we are sure you are, dissatisfied with the financial situation that prevails at our club. Do you want to see a change in ownership of BCFC to an alternative that could offer more long-term stability and a sustainable future for our club?
Recent press reports indicate that the current regime may eventually want to sell the Club. Or, some think that if the financial situation gets any worse, the Club could be forced in to administration. A number of supporters have indicated that there is a case for collective supporter share ownership, or part ownership, primarily via the supporters trust model. Some feel that in any of the above eventualities, we should be ready to consider all ways to collectively acquire a shareholding in BCFC, if indeed shares become available. Supporter ownership of football clubs is a concept that has increased in popularity, credibility and profile in the UK in recent years. The histories of Portsmouth and Swansea are only two cases in point where their supporters’ trusts raised large amounts of capital from a relatively small fan base.Read More