Frequently Asked Questions
Blues Trust is an organisation for fans of Birmingham City Football Club, run by fans of BCFC. It works to ensure fans have a true voice in the things that affect our club and how it is run.
Blues Trust was registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 21st February 2012 and is by law required to produce annual, independently examined accounts.
The Blues Trust Board is made up of elected Board members, some of whom were appointed at the Trust’s last Annual General Meeting (AGM). We are always looking for help with research and development. Elected Board members are to serve for a minimum period of two years.
It is the leading advocate for supporter ownership, better fan engagement, cheaper ticket prices, the choice to stand at the match, protecting fan rights, good governance, diversity, and all types of supporter empowerment.
The FSA has helped to establish supporters’ trusts at many clubs and it helped us register our Rules on 21 February 2012.
Please visit the Members Information page in the Members section here.
There is also a page of Membership FAQ’s here.
All Trust Board members are volunteers and do not receive any remuneration for the work they undertake on behalf of Trust members.
Whilst we believe that the Birmingham City Board and employees should be allowed to run the club without interference, we also believe that as temporary custodians of the club, they have a responsibility to engage with Birmingham City supporters in an equal, mutually beneficial partnership.
Given the uncertainties over Birmingham City’s finances and ownership, we would like to ensure that supporters have a structure through which they can work with the club both now and in the future. We believe that, whilst the club’s Board have a duty of care to run the club in the interests of the supporters, we as fans have a duty to make sure there is an open and transparent mechanism in which problems can be addressed and issues dealt with. The Supporters’ Trust model is a successful way that allows supporters and football clubs to work together.
The accounts of BCFC currently show that the club is running at a loss. The club would be classed as insolvent without the statement from the owners that they will not call in the loans within the next year. This means that a change of heart from the owners could cause an insolvency. The Trust’s legal position and organisational structure ensures that if the club becomes insolvent then the Administator is required to consider proposals from the Trust – in such dire circumstances the Trust may be the only organisation able to save the club (This is the ultimate reason for maintaining the Trust.)
If the recommendations from the recent Fan Lad Review are adopted, something which is looking increasingly likely, then all clubs including Blues will be required to significantly strengthen their engagement with its fans.
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