Posts by Margaret

Blues Trust: 2014 Annual General Meeting

Posted on 15 Oct 2014

StAndrewsfloodlitBlues Trust 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday November 8th, 2014, before the home game with Cardiff. Non-members are welcome to attend but only trust members can vote.

Four candidates have been nominated for election to the board: Steve McCarthy, Emma-Louise Hodgson, Peter Bull and Chris Walker.  Their Candidate statements can be viewed here.  Since there are fewer candidates than places available on the board, there has been no postal vote. The chair of our Election Management Group, Roger Ellis will put the candidates before the meeting for the approval of members.

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Book Review- “Punk Football: The rise of fan ownership in English Football”

Posted on 18 Sep 2014

punkfootballPunk football only shares one thing in common with the music scene from which it derives its name and that is its do-it-yourself approach. This book provides a summary of the fan ownership movement, outlining the way that some supporters moved from being just very loyal customers and became stakeholders, with a say in how their clubs are run. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the movement that gave birth to AFC Wimbledon and breathed new life into Swansea City. It explains the rationale behind supporters trusts such as Blues Trust.

In 1992, Northampton Town supporters set up a trust to raise money to save their club and to secure a say in the way it was run. Before that, fans of other clubs had raised money to help their clubs survive financial crises but the Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust was the first fans group to use the money to buy a share in the club. They got two seats on the board and a say on how the money was spent.

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We need help

Posted on 29 Aug 2014

bluestrustlordkBlues Trust needs a secretary and more board members.

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.

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Assessing a Club’s Financial Health

Posted on 10 Jul 2014

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.

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Why Blues Trust has rules

Posted on 6 Dec 2013

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.

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