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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 10 2019 04:34PM


Dear Members,


As many of you will know, we are affiliated to the Football Supporters Association (FSA), which means all of you BCST members are affiliated members of the FSA. Being a member gives you the opportunity to vote in FSA matters from time to time and now is one of those opportunities. So don't miss it! If you are not yet a Trust member please click on the Membership link here.


Every year at the FSA AGM, affiliated members vote a number of nominated candidates onto its National Council.


The FSA now have a vacancy on the FSA National Council for a representative from our EFL League 1 and 2 Network, and voting is now open. That means YOU can vote!


There are four candidates standing for the vacancy – Manny Dominguez, Peter Leatham, Mark Porter and Robert Whittaker - their election statements can be found at this link.


Voting is open now at this link, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 17th September which means there is not much time left.


You may vote for only one individual. The result of the ballot is subject to ratification at the meeting of the EFL League 1 and 2 Network on 19th September.


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 5 2019 08:21AM

In this month's issue...

Live Bantam coverage on the radio

The Save Bury FC petition

FSA National Council Elections with our very own BCST representative standing!

But first...


On The Pitch

The Bantams have been showing signs of struggling to find their form of late, but with six league games gone into the season, with 2 draws, two wins, and two defeats in that order, it's hardly time to panic in our view. We said at the outset that we felt life in League Two will be hard with every team wanting to take out the favourites for going up. We thought it would be tough, but not too tough we hope.


City have signed on a 2 year deal, Harry Pritchard, and loan signings, Dylan Connolly, from AFC Wimbledon, and Aramide Oteh, from QPR, all before the transfer deadline. Lets hope they give our team another dimension in our endeavor to develop a consistent effort to ensure that they can have a season that we can all be proud of. This is the first full season Gary Bowyer is in charge of the squad. Lets give him and the team our full support ahead of our home fixture against the Cobblers.


Live Radio Coverage

In recent years we may have all struggled to find radio coverage to listen to the Bantams when we can't get to games, whether we have the latest technology or the old frequencies. This season it's even harder! With the Pulse being eaten up by the bigger fish media station, the Bauer Media Group in February this year, and dropped live football coverage altogether for this season. According to Wikipedia, the group are is a German multimedia conglomerate based in Hamburg.


These media takeovers of local radio stations are occurring all too often and have a detrimental effect to the local communities they are supposed to serve, dropping services that are not deemed profitable to them.


To try and make a difference we wrote to John Grogan, MP for Keighley, who has earlier this year tabled a motion on the declining local content in the broadcast output of local radio stations. We also wrote to other Bradford MPs, local newspapers, The T&A, and Yorkshire Post, as well as 'The Local Radio Group' and the Football Supporters Asssciation (FSA. See a copy of the letter below.


EFL BRING BACK BURY FC

On the 27th August a football club was expelled from the league for the first time in in 27 years. It is tragic that this sorry episode has been allowed to happen. Bury fans have had support and solidarity in the hope that they can rebuild their beleaguered club. They had support from thousands of fans last Saturday from across the country that clapped on 27 minutes. Here is something that we can all do - Sign a petition to save Bury FC here.


EFL League 1 and 2 Network elections

As many of you will know, we are affiliated to the FLA, which means all of you who are members of BCST are affiliated members of the FSA. If you are not a member of BCST and would like to be one, join here, and then you can vote in these elections.


Every year at the FSA AGM, affiliated members vote a number of nominated candidates onto its National Council. The FSA now have a vacancy on the FSA National Council for a representative from our EFL League 1 and 2 Network, and voting is now open. That means YOU can vote!


There are four candidates standing for the vacancy – Manny Dominguez, Peter Leatham, Mark Porter and Robert Whittaker - their election statements can be found at this link.


Voting is open now at this link, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 17th September.


You may vote for only one individual. The result of the ballot is subject to ratification at the meeting of the EFL League 1 and 2 Network on 19th September.



We hope you've liked the news round up we have provided you with. Please support us by liking and sharing it on social media by following the link to it below.


Thank you for supporting us from all of us on the BCST Board.



By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 19 2019 12:32PM

Dear Members,


Before we go to the round up, we would like to congratulate the Bantams in celebrating our first win of the season and at home as well in defeating the Latics of Oldham Athletic by three gals to nil. We hope that we can take confidence from that and bring it to Stevenage tomorrow so that we can take their scalp as well.


Fans for Diversity

This is the campaigning arm of Football Supporters Association and Kick It Out that supports fans and clubs initiatives that draw wider communities into football at grass roots and professional levels. The campaign has a simple aim – to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure that all fans can feel safe and welcome at football. Football is the world’s greatest game and it is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any feature.


Fans For Diversity is putting on a conference on 20th September, and we are inviting members to come. It will be held in London at Amnesty International, New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA. It will be from 12pm (lunch), with a 1pm start, and close at 5pm. To find out more and register for the event click here.


Kick It Out on racist reaction on twitter and an upward trend in reported discrimination

We now come to why we must celebrate diversity over reactive division in our society. It came to our attention that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was racially abused on social media following Chelsea’s EUFA Super Cup match You can see Kick It Out’s Twitter statement here. This incident highlights an increase in reported cases of discrimination by a third from the end of last season. For further reading see the Kick It Out website here.


Clubs in Crisis

Moving on to another unfortunate situation, and we not only have Bolton Wanderers in financial difficulties, but we now have the Shakers – Bury FC, one of the EFL’s oldest clubs in danger of folding too. Channel 4 News have done a very good piece on the plight of Bury and Bolton, featuring FSA’s Chair, Malcolm Clark. Check it out here.


With all the TV money coming in, and the Premier League certainly getting the lions share, the FA Premier League could easily be in a position to redistribute the wealth in the game far more equally, together with greater accountability of football owners it would bring about healthier competition of the clubs and sustainability all round.


FSA statement on the urgent need for proper independent regulation amidst ongoing Bury crisis

"The need for better regulation isn’t just staring us in the face – it’s just done a two-footed tackle from behind on a rival striker and nutted the referee." Please read here to find out more.


"Cash is at the dark heart of this plan" - Enjoy the Premier League while it lasts

There is a well written article in The Independant recently about changes under foot to create a European super league. Not like we've not heard this before in years gone by but talks in Europe are at an advanced stage about how it will affect the PL and other top European leagues from 2024. Of course it's about global TV audiences not the traditions of supporters. The domestic impact invariably could be huge. Read more here.


Fan reps meet EFL executives - Summer 2019

Fan representatives from the EFL's three divisions met with then outgoing chief executive Shaun Harvey and other senior league officials in London on Friday 24th May. Read more here.


Away Fans Feedback

As some of you may know, the FSA (formerly known as FSF) conducts an annual survey in which it asks fans for their feedback on their away trips around the country. Since it began back in 2012, more than 20,000 fans have taken the time to give us their opinions. The 2019/20 survey is now live. You can access it here.


Liverpool fans push back against club’s trademark move

"After a magnificent summer of optimism and celebration for LFC, it is hard to contemplate such a controversial ill-thought out move"


Liverpool supporter group Spirit of Shankly have challenged the club to justify its attempts to trademark the word "Liverpool" and "the blatant monotisation of our football heritage". Read more here.


Notts County fans raised more than £4,000 to cover unpaid wages at the Club

Back in July fans rallied round their club to raise money for unpaid wages as the National League club faces ongoing financial issues and has been led by Notts County FC Supporters Association through a crowdfunding campaign. Read more here.


Lobbying for privately funded police at football is deeply concerning

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being asked to lobby politicians for a change in the law to allow police forces to charge clubs more for football policing. This will put more severe financial strain on smaller clubs. Read more here.


And finally, FSA AGM round up

The AGM passed a motion that BCST formerly backed, Motion 1: Club Licensing System - calling for an independent regulater of football clubs and their owners. Read to find out more about the day's events here.


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 8 2019 04:21PM

Dear Members and Supporters,


The Trust has been made aware that there has been understandably much hype from the Cleethorpes press coverage on the issue of football hooliganism, Police intervention and how it will effect local derbies. Our League Two fixture with Grimsby Town is on Saturday 10th.


We understand that this match has been identified by the Police as ‘Category C’ fixtures, which mean they are games most at risk from potential problems with fan behaviour, and why it was moved to the earlier time of 1pm.


At recent West Yorkshire Police Football Independent Advisory Group (IAG) meetings with football supporter representatives from across the region, the Police have talked at length about the potential risk about how they visually make a presence during their match day surveillance of supporters on their way to the ground. South Yorkshire Police in years gone by have been criticised for how they have dealt with high profile fixtures and West Yorkshire Police representatives told us that their aim is to change the way they see them – they no longer want to see football fixtures as public order events but as the sporting events they are. West Yorkshire Police want to be seen in the community enabling supporters access the game. This is a step in the right direction. We accept Police requests to move the fixture times if it is a measured and reasonable one well in advance, but what no-one wants to see is an over the top visual presence which may conflagrate any tension that is already there.


Let’s be clear, football hooliganism; negative reaction and hostility towards any groups of people is not just a football issue but one of society too. Fan unity from the vast majority, campaigning and uniting together around our football clubs and our communities is what is needed to prevail.


Unity is strength


Manny Dominguez

Bradford City Supporters Trust

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 2 2019 04:10PM

Are you ready for another season of watching Bradford City, now in League Two? Let’s brace ourselves for another rollercoaster ride!


We are not getting too giddy with optimism for a quick return to League One despite being the bookies favourite. No, our feet are firmly on the ground. It has to be said however there is much cause for optimism; Gary Bowyer has made some astute signings, 10 in all. Two of them have been talked about among fans; Bradford Born, Clayton Donaldson, from Bolton Wanderers (valued at £315k), and Ben Richards-Everton from Accrington Stanley (valued at £135k), and both were free transfers, in fact 6 out of the 10 were free transfers. Indeed, Matt Palmer is on loan until the end of the season from Rotherham, and Taylor French and Jackson Longbridge, from AFC Sudbury and Dunfirmline Athletic respectively, had signed for undisclosed fees, and Adam Henley has experience playing in the US. Another factor for optimism is that Gary Bowyer and the Club have been keen for the players to be introduced to what it means to play for the Bantams and the Club have introduced ‘heritage’ numbers on kits below the crest to signify the number of players as they had come to play from the Clubs’ first season in 1903. This is something borrowed from cricket and rugby and we are the first football club to introduce it in the professional game. After the previous seasons disappointment there will be a high expectation of players playing for the shirt, and with much more settled football club, commitment and consistency will be key to Bradford City’s success on the pitch this season.


There are quite a few fixtures which are re-acquaintances: Grimsby, Oldham, Cambridge and Newport County - remembered by older City fans, spring to mind, and then there’ll be some new grounds we’ve not come across; Forrest Green and Salford City being the only two. Remember our seasons in League Two, we spent 6 difficult years there, so we know from experience how difficult it can be. If we do go up, great! But if we have a reasonably good season and finish in a top table consolidation position that will be promising too. The main feature we want to see is a big collective effort from the team.


Club relations

It has to be said that we were disappointed with Glenn Ackroyd stepping down from his volunteering roles within the club, including fan engagement. He was certainly one of the most progressive of Club representatives we have worked with. He was all for ‘structured dialogue’, he was passionate about it and many of the ideas that flow from it such as having a designated Supporters Liaison Officer. This role is for someone who is able to act as a bridge between Club and fans and works with other fans groups, is active in contacting fans groups supporting opposing teams ahead of match day and facilitating arrangements on the match day itself. He was passionate about establishing a ‘fanzone’ area at VP and keen for the Supporters Board to develop. But that said, the Supporters’ Board will continue and we will continue to develop a positive relationship with Julian Rhodes, putting forward supporter-based initiatives that can have a positive effect all round.


Community

We already hit the ground running with this last season; we had a good intervention in the Kick It Out event on Good Friday at home to Gillingham with a leaflet, and I thank the lads and lasses from Bradford City Disability Supporters for helping to distribute the leaflets with me.


We also have a working partnership with Bradford Central and Bradford Metropolitan Foodbanks, and we have set up a ‘Go-Fund-Me’ page which is here. We may also organise a foodbank event at one of the home fixtures, hopefully with the backing of the Club. The Gills Supporters Trust has already donated £60 to the Just Giving page.


We also want to work with Supporters clubs, including those that put on coaches, not just from a Supporters Board perspective but so that we can introduce a fun element to the Trust, and with the support of said groups we can work together in putting on events and community initiatives, charity work and so on.


New Board Members for the Trust

As ever, we are always in need of new members of the Trust Board – it is the leadership of our Supporters Trust as a democratic organisation. We would like to reach out further and have a visible presence at Valley Parade on match days, put on more social events and so on, but to do this we need new people to get involved.


If you have experience of things like, community activism, running a football team, meeting people, organizing events, writing, putting in funding applications. If you have some time to give a little back then we would love to hear from you.


Please contact us here, or email us at contact@bcst.co.uk if you would like to be a Board Member, want to discuss ideas, and find out more in general about us.


Yours fraternally


Manny Dominguez

BCST Chair


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 19 2019 09:34AM

Bradford City fans are all set to support the City’s Foodbanks in a pledge to help

Bradfordians who have hit hard times and are struggling to feed their families.


Football fans across the country have been active in promoting awareness of foodbanks over the last 2 years and we have now been working with two foodbanks in Bradford.


We can all agree that foodbanks should not exist in a developed country that in 2019 is the 6th largest economy in the world but unfortunately the impact of austerity with declining household incomes, increased job insecurity, it’s detrimental effect to public services and benefits, it has increased the burgeoning wealth gap between rich and poor.


There is much poverty in the city of Bradford and we are working with two foodbanks; Bradford Central Trussel Trust Foodbank, and Bradford Metropolitan to raise awareness of the poverty and inequality in the city with the view to having a food collection event on a matchday at Valley Parade. If it is popular we can run it periodically during the football season as fans of other clubs do.


If you would like to give a financial donation to Bradford Central and Bradford Metropolitan then you can contribute by going to https://www.gofundme.com/bradford-city-fc-supporters-amp-bradford039s-foodbanks