At the Supporters Forum on February 6th, David Boston confirmed that Birmingham City FC had received no update from the Council on the proposal to impose parking restrictions in the streets around St Andrew’s on match days.
In 2011, Birmingham City was hit by a perfect storm of calamitous events: relegation, the owner arrested on money laundering charges and the manager poached by our rivals. It is experiencing the opposite at the moment.
On 4th December 2015, we published details of a new group of Birmingham City fans called ‘Blues4All’. One of their aims is to provide opportunities for young supporters to attend home matches for the first time and experience the atmosphere at St Andrews.
Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust was launched this month, on January 6th. It was registered with the Financial Conduct Authority on January 15th and it already has over 4,000 members. As someone who was involved in setting up Blues Trust, I have some idea of the incredible amount of work that the working group must have done in that short time. They were backed by the passion, support and encouragement of Bolton Wanderers fans. When a football club is in crisis, fans will unite to save it.
On 19th January 2016, the Government released its final report from the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Supporter Ownership and Engagement that was established by the Minister for Sport in October 2014.
Blues Trust welcomes the report that contains a number of recommendations which are designed to assist supporter ownership including opportunities to bid in an insolvency process, and additional funding set aside to help supporters’ trusts to prepare an ownership bid, when suitable opportunities arise.
On January 23rd, some Blues Trust board members will be meeting in the lounge at the Old Crown pub, in High Street, Deritend, to discuss issues to raise at the next meeting with the club and a few other routine items. We have invited our members to come along and give us their views and we also invite anyone else who is interested in joining or renewing membership in the trust