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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 9 2018 12:14PM

Dear Members,


Thank you for your support in these changing and testing times for all of us.


We would like to explain that the Trust, is a community society that is part of a wider body of football supporters held together through a national organisation that has the best interests of football supporters at it's core.


Supporters Direct and Football Supporters Federation that we affiliate to have now merged but will remain separate entities for the foreseeable future. The unified national supporters movement and supporters trusts share principles that put fans first through their policies that we adopt every year.


Structured Dialogue is a key policy that we have always adopted as a way of working with the clubs that we love and support as a way of achieving the best for YOU, the fans, whether it is to improve the match day experience or ownership of a club.


At our meeting tomorrow, Monday 10th December, we will have Deborah Dilworth (EFL Network Manager) from Supporters Direct, up from London, so if you would like to find out more please come along.


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 7 2018 06:08PM

We live in very fluid and interesting times watching events happen around the world and as a Bradford City fan it is no exception. The news of Edin Rahic's departure was timely as coincided with the deadline of the City Gent deadline, so we thought it would be good to use our contribution (below) to review events and our position and respond to you directly.


But before you go on to read that, please allow us to quickly plug our AGM & Open Fans' Meeting on Monday 10th December at the Midland Hotel from 7pm. We do have a special guest coming up from London to address you also called Deborah Dilworth who is the EFL Network Manager for Supporters Direct.


Bradford City began the season with


· a new and untried team;

· a new and untried ‘Head Coach’, rather than a traditional manager;

· the departure of certain trusted professionals behind the scenes;

· an apparent determination to centralise the control of the club in the hands of the

Chairman, and...

· a new business model that emphasised the development of young players, leading to the impression

that we would become a nursery club for other teams. The accent throughout was on a clean slate,

and on youth over experience.


This was a high-risk strategy. Each of these new approaches involved some element of risk, but in order for the club to succeed all these approaches had to come good at the same time, and the chances of that happening were very low indeed. It is worth noting that if this new strategy had worked out against the odds, the owners of the club would be hailed accordingly for bringing a whole new model to the English Football League.


In the event, this did not happen. Results on the field failed to materialise despite an early change of Coach, and the club began sinking towards the bottom of the League. A growing disconnect developed between the supporters and the club, with an increasingly vociferous campaign of opposition to the owners.


This was the diagnosis of the club’s difficulties presented to the Bradford City Chairman by the Supporters Trust in October, when he agreed to meet us to discuss the situation. Trust members and other fans had put forward a large number of questions that were collected together, collated, and presented to the Chairman under three main headings:


· What were the reasons for the decline in the club’s fortunes since January?

· What was the club’s thinking on the current crisis?

· What were the remedies and prospects for the future?


It is fair to say that Edin Rahic answered these tough questions politely and directly, and there was no flinching from the fans’ opinions. There was none of the fraught communication that has sometimes occurred on similar occasions in the past. A report of the meeting was published by the Trust, and it was agreed to continue the meetings as a constructive response to the club’s predicament. A schedule of dates for these meetings was pencilled in, stretching into Spring 2019.


It was mentioned at the meeting that the Chairman had been in touch behind the scenes with Julian Rhodes. A few days afterwards, it was announced that Julian had become involved more directly at the club in order to support the owners’ efforts to reverse the downward drift. It has just been confirmed at the time of writing that Edin Rahic has now stepped down as Chairman, and that Julian Rhodes has been appointed as Interim CEO.


As Bradford City fans we appreciate the key positive role played by the Rhodes’ family. It would be a huge understatement to say that their efforts and commitment have contributed enormously towards keeping the club going through two administrations and three relegations. More recently, they appointed Phil Parkinson, and presided as majority shareholders over the history-makers’ season of 2013.


The return of Julian Rhodes has been a timely move. It has enabled the club to draw more directly on his vast knowledge and experience, and it served to connect the club more closely with fans. It will be a matter for history to understand how the club’s current predicament was allowed to arise. The important point now is not to dwell on the past but to move forward, and to direct all our energies into the battle that the club faces on the pitch at a time when the fans are needed the most.


The magnitude of the task ahead cannot be downplayed– from assuming that we would be play-off contenders every season, all eyes are focussed now on avoiding relegation. As John Hendrie said so powerfully in his resumed column in the T&A, it is a moment for everyone with the club’s interests at heart to work together to help ensure a tolerable outcome to the season.


If the mood has changed in a positive direction off the field, a number of the original questions remain largely unanswered:


· Is David Hopkin effectively the manager now rather than a Head Coach?

· Has the balance changed between the recruitment of young players and more

experienced professionals?

· Has the balance changed between investments in the first team and investments in infrastructure?

· Is there enough professional support on the administrative side of the club?

· Is the majority shareholder Stefan Rupp still committed to his financial involvement?

· What is planned for the January transfer window?


… and then the question that fans can hardly bear to ask:

· How bad do the finances look?


These questions will continue to be a matter of concern to all supporters, even as the club hopefully begins to progress in the right direction. And other questions will no doubt come to the fore of supporters’ minds as the coming weeks unfold. The Trust’s view is that it is much better all round if the answers to these questions come from solid information exchanged in a professional setting, rather than through a cacophony of gossip and rumour conducted so often these days through social media. The professional alternative is what ‘structured dialogue’ is all about. The club is obliged to undertake this according to the rules of the English Football League that were passed in 2016. It is especially important in the current situation at Bradford City, where there is an urgent need to give fans all the information they deserve to know, in a way that respects the necessary safeguards on confidentiality and the interests of the club. Reassurance amongst supporters that they know what’s going on – what the basic plans are and where the priorities lie – will be a big factor in itself in helping us to survive in League One, and to progress thereafter.


Julian Rhodes was unfailingly courteous in the past in his dealings with supporters’ groups. The Trust Board is confident that he will honour the commitment made by the previous Chairman of the club to continue the series of meetings with The Supporters Trust. This will enable members of the Trust and all fellow fans to put forward the points that concern them most, and receive their answers directly from the club.


Together in City!

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 29 2018 01:45AM

Dear Members,


We are now very pleased to confirm the rearranged date for the BCST AGM and

Open Fans Meeting.


This will take place on Monday 10th December 2018 at the Midland Hotel, Bradford

(the Conference Centre), with room for up to 100 guests.


To assist with preparations, we would therefore be very grateful for confirmation of your intention to attend in advance.


Arrangements & Agenda

7pm to 7-45 pm: AGM to report on Trust activities to members and complete formalities for which a copy of the draft Agenda is attached for your reference, with individual reports to be circulated on the night.


8pm to 9-30pm: Open meeting to provide opportunities from the floor to discuss the current position of the club & Trust activities moving forward. This will include an opening address by our Guest Speaker, Deborah Dilworth (Supporters Direct/Football Supporters’ Federation Network Manager to the EFL).


As always all City fans are very welcome to attend, however only members are able to vote. There will be opportunity to check your BCST membership status and/or join on the evening.


There remains time for nominations to join the Bradford City Supporters’ Trust Committee and strengthen the extent to what we can achieve together.


If you are a current Trust member and would be interested in putting yourself forward for election to the BCST Board, please see the attached nomination form which includes all of the necessary information.


In view of the revised AGM date final nominations must be received by Wednesday 05th December 2018.

If you have a love for the Club, a specific community interest or business skill we would very much like to hear from you.


• Please see the jpg image below for the draft agenda.

• Please see the jpg image below for the Nomination form for the Trust Board.


Word documents are accessible for members via email sent. Please check your 'Spam' folder if you cannot find your email.


Please be mindful of what you need to say and always remember to be respectful of opinions and of everyone in the room. We are all attending in the best interests of the Trust and indeed of the football club we all support.


Yours with optimism and fraternal greetings as always,



Manny Dominguez


BCST Chair






By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 22 2018 09:41PM

Supporters today (Thursday 22nd November 2018) met in central London to finalise the merger of the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct into one unified organisation at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).


Around 100 supporter representatives from clubs across the country came together to rubberstamp plans which were initially discussed at both organisations’ annual conferences in July.


A new chair, vice chair, National Council, and Board has been elected and Kevin Miles was appointed as the organisation’s new chief executive yesterday.


FSF chair Malcolm Clarke was elected as the chair of the newly-merged organisation which he said can give fans an even more effective voice in how the game is run. SD chair Tom Greatrex was elected vice chair of the new organisation.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 22 2018 09:10PM

We are very pleased to say that for the fourth year running we have sponsored a

player at our women’s football club. As you know, this is an entirely voluntary and

amateur setup, with Bradford playing in the third tier of women’s football, the

Northern Premier League.

Off the pitch the women’s football club has had to deal with a number of challenges.

The stalwart Charlotte Stuart who had enjoyed success as player/coach for the first

team, decided to take a break from the Club to return to playing football. Charlotte

had been involved from a young age and was a major influence on the development

and training of the junior side. The junior side has been so successful that this

season there are 120 junior players. ‘The clear pathway from the Under 10s to the

First Team is one we are very proud of as a club and we aim to provide as many

girls with the opportunity of creating a career at Bradford City Girls as possible!’

Mark Brier, who had been appointed first team coach earlier in the summer,

departed after failing to win a game. He has been replaced by Meg Lawson and Toni

Butcher. They oversaw a promising 4:1 win over Farsley Celtic in their opening

fixture although results have not gone so well since. However the pair have a solid

reputation from their coaching of the reserve team in previous seasons and this is

helping to bring in new signings for a much depleted team.

We wish them every success and are proud to play a part in the development of

girls’ and women’s football in our city.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 18 2018 06:55PM

Dear Members,


There is still time to put your nominations to stand as a Trust Board Member...


If you are both open and fair minded and feel you can contribute in any way you can, you should stand.


You may have good listening skills, and be articulate in getting a point across with reason and understanding; You may have good skills in reading and writing; Have ideas about how we can reach more supporters through our publicity, or ways of approach sympathetic small businesses, pubs, cafés into supporting us by provide benefits for all our members, then come and play your part.


If you are good with figures, or interested in youth development, community initiatives such as women’s football, and widening the Club’s support base, please get involved with us! If you have ideas, lets hear them.


We encourage you to play your part in this growing movement!


Please see attached nomination form below...

You can send us a word attachment of the details you need to fill in required to be a Board Member if you cannot write on the form itself.


The Committee meets once a month to discuss business and our relations with the Club. It is not a prerequisite for committee members to attend all the meetings as we understand we all have other pressing needs in our lives, but if you can make a commitment to coming to some of them that would be great. You may find that you have particular interests and that you may develop some work around those interests.


We will hopefully bring you a confirmed date of the AGM / Open Fans Meeting

by 5pm tomorrow (18.11.2018).


You can only stand if you are a member. If you are not a member please join via the 'membership' link.


If you experience problems joining this way please contact us via the 'contact' link.



Yours fraternally



Manny Dominguez


BCST Chair