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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 20 2018 03:48PM

An ongoing & exemplary contribution to the Bradford City community which extends beyond the fierce competitor on the pitch. We can only echo the messages of support to Stephen Darby and his family following his diagnosis.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 14 2018 05:32PM

Dear Members,


We are writing to update you since our last statement.


We are aiming to meet with Edin Rahic as soon as can be arranged to discuss the issues that concerns supporters and we would like to consult with you in the process.


We acknowledge and welcome Edin's apology letter in the Telegraph & Argus, dated 12/9/2018, as a step forward, and we also recognise the suspicion that exists. Whilst many fans are still angry after were we are under the joint owner's tenure after two years, we don't endorse nor believe protests will be productive at this stage.


Edin has said he looks forward to meeting with supporters groups / season ticket holders and provide opportunities to ask questions, so we would like to take him up on his word. With this in mind, we would like to take the opportunity to ask you, our members, what you would ask Edin. If you could get your questions in as soon as possible we will be very grateful.


We hope to organise a supporters meeting to discuss any progress we make shortly.


Yours sincerely


Manny Dominguez

BCST Chair


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Aug 31 2018 03:07PM

Dear Friends and Members,


Firstly, I do apologise for the Trust's lack of communication. Personally I've had to deal with a situation where I and other fellow work colleagues were made redundant so I felt I had to have a break with the strong organisational ties that I have in public life, and this includes the Trust.


Secondly, the disappointing second half of last season and all the issues surrounding the Club ownership the appointed Head Coach and the reported stories amongst supporters as to how the Club has been run had me not looking forward to the start of the season at all.


However the win against Shrewsbury had me turning up to the first home game of the season against Barnsley and as I watch, it just had me thinking this is just a continuation of the poor form we had during the end of last season! We looked an average side in League One. The following games have shown little improvement and despite the slender 1 - 0 win against Burton, and the last home defeat to Wycombe was the worst performance I've seen in a long while.


It is clear from comments in social media that fans of Bradford City are getting restless following reports in the national press about the business model of the club, and because of the performances on the pitch. The Supporters Trust shares these concerns, and will seek opportunities to discuss the full range of issues with representatives of the club. If you would like to be part of this process, please make your views known by replying to this message.


The Supporters Trust is an independent democratic membership based supporters organisation lead by an elected board or committee of members to collectively steer the Trust. Our key objective (formed in 2002) during the periods of stability has been to have a good relationship with the Club. This has not always been easy with the Club playing a game of 'smoke and mirrors'. Since the the development of the Supporters Board in 2012/13 this has largely continued. The Trust and Supporters Board would like a 'structured dialogue' that the EFL sees as as requisite for all it's member Clubs and indeed this 'Fans' Engagement' is included in Bradford City's 'Club Charter' on its website. Whilst it is fair to say that the Club have engaged with the Supporters Board (that the Trust is part of) and there was a big 'Fans Forum' in February after the sacking of Stuart McCall, the commitment to have a meaningful dialogue is still sadly lacking at this point in time whilst results have been poor.


The Trust has always attempted prove itself to be a safe pair of hands for the Club to work with and it has often had reservations about issues that could undo any trusted relationship in the form of any campaign.


One of the distinct features of the Trust is of course it's ability to campaign and this has been during the club's periods of financial crisis. Our long term aim is to own a significant share of the Club or even a majority share. There are some Trust's that even own their clubs. Fans' collectively and democratically owning a football club for the benefit of it's supporters is an ethos that many Trusts do share. They came about as a result of crisis in the early '90's and Supporters Direct, formed in 2000 following a recommendation of the Football Task Force, to encourage the formation and development of groups of fans to take ownership stakes in their club. Since then SD has overseen the creation of more than 200 Supporters’ Trusts in the UK and has helped more than 50 sports clubs either reform under or convert to community ownership after all we do believe that collectively fans are the largest investors in the game.


As part of the Localism Act 2011 we do have the ability in making an application to the Local Authority to safeguard Valley Parade as a Community of Asset Value (CAV). The principle of it is that it keeps it listed safe until if it comes up for sale, communities will be able to gain extra time to bid for the ground. When we have discussed this we have thought it may be preferable to do this if and when our Club becomes the owner of our ground.


In Germany football fans have a controlling stake in their football teams in a legal way, at least the majority of them in the Bundesliga 1 & 2 do as there are loopholes 3 clubs have gone through to void themselves to be run this way. In the UK MP's have discussed the German model.


Today's wealth in the modern game coming largely from TV money has attracted medium to big business individual, partners and consortiums from across the world to have a dabble in the beautiful game to buy a club and imagine themselves basking in the adulation of the fans buying their club success after investing as little as they possibly can themselves.


There have been many campaigns in recent years where fans have taken to high profile campaigns if a large section of fans have seen their club owners unfit to run their clubs, and at a last resort the Trusts and other independent fans organisations have taken this path. Our West Yorkshire rivals Leeds have experienced this, as to have Blackpool, Man Utd, Hull City, Newcastle Utd, Coventry, Liverpool and more.


It has to be said though, a high profile campaign should only be the last resort where nothing more fruitful can be salvaged from having a dialogue with the club. If the anger towards the club increases and we cannot engage with the Club then holding a fans' forum will be organised inviting supporters' groups and supporters, where we can look at ways of making the Club listen to the fans views.


If you are a member and you would like to be become active in the Trust and if we have to come to the aid of our Club if and when necessary please get in touch. Likewise if you are not a member and would like to be involved please fill in the free online membership form.


Yours fraternally


Manny Dominguez


BCST Chair


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 9 2017 09:59PM

Dear Member



The Trust AGM will take place on Monday 20 November 2017 and I attach the Agenda. A copy of the Accountants Report (Agenda Item 5) will be tabled on the night and will be posted on the website after it has been approved.


Hard copies these papers, will be available for your inspection on the night.


If you have an item of Any Other Business, please email contact@bcst.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017. Items cannot be accepted after that deadline or from the floor on the night

We also hope you will join us to enjoy a social evening following the AGM; a Braford City Quiz

Night at the Wireless Bar from 8pm. Pit your knowledge of Bradford City against a Club Quiz Team


(£2 per player to enter).



The AGM starts at 7.00 pm (doors open at 6.45 pm) and the Quiz Night around 8.00 pm. All Bantams’ Fans are welcome, although only Trust Members are able to vote on AGM Motions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know if you intend to attend the Quiz Night following the AGM on 20th November – this will help us plan the accommodation for the night. Please email contact@bcst.co.uk



With thanks and best wishes



Manny Dominguez

BCST Chair




Bradford City Supporters Trust

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

7.00 pm Wednesday November 20th. 2017,

Venue: The Wireless Bar, 15 North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3JL



Agenda



1. Welcome and Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the AGM held on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

3. Matters arising from the Minutes (not elsewhere on the Agenda)

4. Membership Statement [see Meeting Papers]

5. BCST Report and Accounts to Year Ending 31 May 2017 [to be tabled]

The Trust Board proposes:

Motion 5.1 That the BCST Report and Accounts are accepted.

6. Auditing Arrangements for 2017/18

The Trust Board proposes:

Motion 6.1 That the membership agrees that no full professional audit for the year ended 31 May 2018

should be completed and instead that the Trust Board are instructed to arrange for an Accountants’ report

to be issued on the accounts by a Professional Chartered Accountant.

7. Election of Board Members [see Meeting Papers]

8. Secretary’s Report [see Meeting Papers]

9. Chair’s Report [see Meeting Papers]

10. AOB


Manny Dominguez,

Chair,

BCST,

November 2017

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Oct 19 2017 07:56PM

Last week Bradford City LGBT+ fan group celebrated its second anniversary and became the first UK LGBT+ fan group to be inducted into the Queer Football Fan club (QFF) network at their annual conference in Dortmund, Germany.


Over 80 people attended representing fan groups from Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and England.


QFF are an umbrella organisation representing LGBT+ fan groups from across Europe with the key aim being to aid inclusion in football and tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia where it exists in the game.


Lindsay England (Just A Ball Game?) and Bradford Councillor Richard Dunbar as founding members of the Bradford City LGBT+ fan group presented to the conference about the work that has been done over the past 2 years and how they intend to work more closely with Bradford City to ensure LGBT+ fans are truly apart of the Bantams family.


Lindsay England said: “Bradford City LGBT+ fan group are very honoured to become the first UK fan club to be inducted into the QFF. We look forward to working in partnership with other fan groups across Europe to ensure LGBT+ fans are included in all aspects of the game”


Councillor Richard Dunbar said: “This is great news for Bradford and is recognition of the good work that has gone on to make LGBT+ fans feel truly included at Valley Parade. Representatives from across Europe are impressed by Bradford City’s work on being a truly inclusive club and we look forward to working more closely on them on this agenda”


If you are interesting in being involved in the Bradford City LGBT+ fan group you can email bradfordcitylgbtfans@gmail.com for more information.


You can also follow the group on Twitter: @BfdCityLGBT

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 19 2017 11:16PM

Dear Members and Supporters,



We are inviting members and non-members to come and meet us on Wednesday.


It will give you a chance to ask us questions, see who we are and for us to find out about you your interests too. You may like to be a volunteer Board member and to find out what a Board Member is like.


So, if you fancy coming along, get the 20th September in your diaries and come to the Midland Hotel.


The meeting start time is 7.30pm. There is parking at the hotel and we will be meeting in the foyer to begin with from 7pm.


Hopefully see you on Wednesday.



Yours sincerely


Manny Dominguez


BCST Chair