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 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

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 18 2017 11:25PM

"We can't cap away ticket prices because there isn't any TV money" - what excuse will the EFL and its clubs come up with next? #TwentysPlenty.

Championship Clubs should have no excuse now in keeping match day prices over £20 pounds. They should set the good example to lower League Clubs in keeping their match day prices affordable.

Every midweek Championship match will be shown live on TV under a revolutionary new five-year £600million TV deal.

The new Sky TV package, which will run from the start of next season, will use the broadcaster's interactive platform so viewers can choose which game to watch.

All 72 EFL clubs will also be allowed to screen live any matches kicking off outside the Saturday 3pm window, apart from those being shown live on Sky.

Read more here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 18 2017 10:55PM

This is good news! Think of our long distance Tuesday evening EFL trips, or re-scheduling K.O.'s to suit TV audiences rather than fans at short notice unfavourable for the away team. Tom Tom Watson the Shadow Sports Secretary talks about flexible, more affordable rail tickets when matches are re-scheduled. But Labour should also argue that the football authorities and TV companies have to implement policies where the powers that be have to do more to avoid such problems if we get a Labour government.

Read more in The Guardian article

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 18 2017 10:41PM

I quite like this story, not because of what happened but because it is a timely reminder that something as a innocuous as having a couple of drinks and arriving at a football ground can on occasion have an unnecessary consequence and this cautionary tale shows that as football fans we do need to be more aware of our rights.

"Everybody should know their rights and thinking you’ll never need them is naïve" - FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks with a cautionary tale of a female fan who with an impeccable record who found herself in trouble with the police...

To learn more click here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Sep 18 2017 10:38PM

More data from the biggest fans' survey by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) in five years, and three-quarters of those surveyed weren't FSF members.

Almost 8,500 fans took part in our National Supporters’ Survey – last held in 2012 – to give their thoughts on the state of football ahead of the new season.

Two-thirds of fans think top-flight clubs are focusing too much on their global brand

Only one-third feels their club cares about them and their views

Nine out of 10 want supporter representation on their club’s board

The findings reveal that only one-third (32%) of fans feels their club cares about them and their views, while more than two-thirds (68%) said Premier League teams focussed too much on their global brand to the detriment of their local fan base. This is despite the fact 51% of fans surveyed live within 15 miles of the stadium.

69% of fans say they started supporting their team because it was their local club. More than three-quarters (78%) also said it was important their club had local players representing it.

90% of fans want a greater say in how their club is run and believe there should be supporter representation on their club’s board.

Eight out of 10 fans (77%) keep up-to-date via their club’s official website and 72% follow official social media accounts for the latest news.

The price of tickets is still a cause for concern, almost one-fifth (17%) said they probably or definitely won’t be renewing their season ticket for the forthcoming season.

More than one-third (37%) said they were attending fewer games now than they used to, with expensive ticket costs being one of the most cited reasons (36%) alongside work and family commitments (37%).

Seven out of 10 fans want the FSF to continue to campaign on ticket prices.

Safe standing continues to be a popular choice with 80% of fans saying they believed this was a key issue on which the FSF should continue to campaign.

To find out more from the FSF fans' survey click here.