A Members' Update
By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jan 21 2019 08:43PM
We are looking forward to getting stuck into this year, so here is a sketch
of what we are looking to do.
It was extremely disappointing to watch our team fizzle out in the first half against what appeared to be an ordinary Southend side that included former City player Timothée Dieng, and being one goal ahead in les than a minute. But City being City huffed and puffed without any edge about them allowed Southend to take the advantage and score again. The second half saw more of the same and after seeing Southend’s forth goal go in it prompted many of us to get up and head for the exits. It appears normal service has resumed and the positive results throughout December and early January are nothing but a fading memory. Let’s hope David Hopkin can inject a new dose of fight in the team to ensure we can pull ourselves away from the drop zone towards safety.
Off the pitch, we are still intent renewing our relationship with the Club by seeking a constructive dialogue with Julian Rhodes and his team, and we have sent Julian a letter expressing this. Please see below for the letter image.
Issues such as the Club’s finances, the leasing of the ground to Gordon Gibb, and issues of the match day experience such as safe standing, season-tickets and equality and diversity within the game and our community are very important to us and we would like to assist the club in providing ideas that can develop a greater kudos amongst the fans and the Club which we feel will benefit both parties. Indeed we have sent a letter to the Club addressed to Julian Rhodes requesting this.
In terms of community activities we intend to be involved in the Kick It Out campaign challenging discrimination, in all it’s forms and also promoting inclusion and diversity in the game such as promoting reciprocal deals as part of the Away Fans Matter campaign on match days but for both home and away fans in the form of cheap match day tickets or free away travel, with the idea of encouraging other clubs to participate and do the same for us and theirs. We want to raise the profile of food banks on matchdays as other Trust’s and supporters groups have already begun doing. And we also support the idea of the Club having SLO’s (Supporter Liaison Officers) too that are intended to build bridges between the club and its fans in a variety of ways. We want to support the Club where we can and work with them in developing these ideas so that they can be realised.
And as well as promoting women at the game and women’s football we want to support football in the community with the long term aim of creating a Supporters Trust hub.
If you would like to become a Trust Board member and be part of developing the Trust in moving it forward please let us know through going to our website or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.