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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 11 2019 10:25PM

On the 10th of August the Bantams travelled to Cleethorpes for their first away fixture of the season at Blundell Park. Grimsby Town had completely sold out its 1,800 capacity to traveling City fans in this 1 – 1 draw. But the incident we are highlighting was not the events on the pitch unfortunately but in the away section of the ground. The ground was teaming with police, but less so was the number of stewards at that end who were struggling to control the crowd.


What occurred during our goal celebration was fans standing in the exit isles falling into supporters in the disabled section. This was raised at a recent Supporters Board meeting, and it was felt that it would be helpful to write to Crewe Alexandra’s Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) to ask about preparations regarding their away disability section in advance of our away trip to Gresty Road. There was no response.


However, we learned to hear from Port Vale Supporters Club (PVSC) that fans of Port Vale upon their travels to Blundell Park on the 24th August had issues with the stewards as well. At least 3 fans were ejected from the stadium on match day without justifiable cause. Two youths and one lady were removed from the stadium for gesturing to the home fans, who were doing the same to them. The ejection of two young men it is believed were ejected for gesturing at fans in the home disability section of the ground. We as in BCST and PVSB decided to write jointly to Grimsby Town, describing our experiences and putting forward suggestions we would like to put forward in the hope to improve the match day experience for visiting teams throughout the rest of the season.

We will report if anything comes back.


Our joint suggested proposals are:


a) A review of the training received by stewards with reference

safety issues caused by standing in stairways

attitude to away fans and their role in making a pleasant match day experience

b) A review of the risk assessment of away disability stand, particularly where a large away

following is expected.

c) A review of the area of the stand used for away fans particularly how close to home disability

stand and the view offered to away fans.


For further reading on the FSA's 9 point plan to improve stewarding click here

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 11 2019 10:08PM

On Thursday 19th September our EFL League 1 and 2 Network met, and elected Manny Dominguez from the Bradford City Supporters Trust as the Network’s third representative on the FSA’s National Council.


Manny sits alongside Antony Wilkinson (Blackpool Supporters’ Trust) and Roger Ellis (Sky Blue Trust) representing supporters in EFL Leagues 1 and 2.


Manny said: “I’m really looking forward to representing League One and Two fans, fighting for a better deal on all fronts, especially on affordable football for all and having a genuine choice to stand or sit with the availability of rail seating/safe standing.”


The EFL League 1 and 2 Network also sat with the FSA’s Championship Network to debate a range of important issues including clubs in crisis, away day pricing, standing, flexible rail tickets, the implications of a mooted European Super League on the EFL, and more.


The results of those discussions will be taken to our formal EFL Supporter Engagement meeting where fan representatives discuss key matters with EFL executives. That meeting is scheduled to take place in early December. You can see this article on the FSA website here.


You can see Manny's Supporting Statement below.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 11 2019 09:46PM

We are pleased to say that once again the Trust has been able to sponsor a First Team Player for Bradford City Women’s Football Club. We feel strongly about supporting the community side of football, not just the professional game, and BCWFC certainly deserve our backing.


The Club, like all women’s football clubs at this level, is run completely voluntarily – and the team pay to play. Nationally women’s football has finally been given a boost by the FA. The Women’s Super League is completely professional while the Championship Clubs are largely so. However, at the levels below these two, the voluntarily run grassroots clubs like Bradford’s continue as before, with no extra help. We are so keen to support them because we want everyone to feel they can have a proper and managed go at playing football whoever they are.


The Junior teams are now under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of BCFC, with BCWFC retaining responsibility for the First Team and the Reserves. Obviously it is important for their development that the girls and young women in the Juniors are shown a clear pathway to the Senior setup provided by BCWFC.


If you would like to offer your support to the women’s club please contact them directly via their website here, or go and watch one of their games on a Sunday afternoon at Eccleshill! Look here to see their fixtures.


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.



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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.