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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jul 1 2021 06:53AM

The news that Mark Truman, former Joint Manager with Conor Sellars up until the end of last season, has now become Assistant Manager to Derek Adams from the 22nd of June is a positive news story.


It is a very good gesture that the Club has looked after the previous joint managers after they were released of their duties and offered opportunities within the Club.


It is great that they supported Conor Sellars when he chose to further his career elsewhere by funding his UEFA Pro (Level 5) license coaching course. We obviously wish Conor all the best for him in fulfilling his career ambitions.


Mark Trueman had recently taken up the role of ‘first-team link coach’, on a three-year deal when initially offered a role at the Club after his short-lived senior managerial experience.


We wish him the very best of success in his new Assistant Manger position at City.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 25 2021 07:36AM

Online panel meetings for the Government Fan-led Review have now taken place across all the FSA PL, EFL and National Game (Non-League) Networks.


Supporters of the EFL League One & Two clubs gave evidence to the Government Fan-led Review Panel, chaired by Tracy Crouch MP on the 15th June.


In an FSA EFL League One & Two pre-meeting a couple of weeks earlier, fan reps of Trusts with the greatest concerns and with some of the biggest success stories shaped up the presentation of evidence to the Fan-Led Review panel.


These involved clubs such as, Leyton Orient, Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic, Hull City, Grimsby Town, Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle.


The issues came under the subject areas of:

Ownership

Protected Assets

Fan Elected Directors (FED) and Supporter Directors

Transparency & Financial Oversight

Fan Engagement


You can see a potted summary of the evidence provided by supporters highlighting the issues that have taken place at their Clubs here.


You can see a summary of evidence of issues highlighted that had taken place at Championship, Premier League and Non-League.


A leading delegation of FSA representatives gave evidence to the Fan-led Review panel on the 16th June to summarise their / our comprehensive proposals for the future of football, which look at all aspects of the running of the game.


You can see a full and comprehensive list of these proposals here.


An interim report will be made available in July 2021, with the final report published in October/November time 2021. The report will cover all clubs who compete in the English pyramid system.


Submitting evidence

When compared with other Clubs in League One and Two, the Trust felt that there were other Clubs that have had far more compelling situations and relationships with their Trusts in recent years than us. However, if you feel Bradford City deserves special significance to be looked at by the Advisory Panel in relation to fan-engagement, ownership or financial, you can submit your evidence to the DCMS, by sending it to this email address, [email protected]. There is no official deadline, but it is recommended your evidence be sent as early as possible.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 18 2021 08:06AM

Bradford City Supporters Board (SB) has put out a survey to all Bradford City’s fan base to help define its integral structure while encouraging more activity to help it grow and do more in support of our Club.


Founded in 2012, the SB is made up of selected individuals and representatives of fans groups, such as the Trust, various travel clubs, Bradford Disability, Friends of Bradford City and more. It has an opportunity of representing a wider section of the Club’s fan-base with your input into this survey.


You can take part in the survey here before it’s too late!


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 11 2021 10:32AM

The Supporters Board (SB) was founded in 2012 and developed by former Head of Operations, David Baldwin. It is an important piece of Fan Engagement which is made up of selected individuals and representatives of fans groups, such as the Trust, various travel clubs, Bradford Disability, Friends of Bradford City and more.


In 2014 the Government launched an Expert Working Group (EWG) on issues relating to Supporter Ownership and Engagement. The EWG Report, 2016, had cited our SB as an example of good practice See here.


The Supporters Board meets once a month allowing the Club to inform the SB of any recent developments while also giving those fans the opportunity to feed back ideas of their own and their respective membership and other Bradford City fans and stakeholders.


The SB is reaching out to the entire Clubs’ fan base to help define it while encouraging more activity to help it grow and do more in support of our Club. You can take part in the Supporters Board Survey here.


Note: ‘Club led Fan Engagement’ such as Supporters Boards are a minimum form of fan engagement expected by the EWG as the pyramid table indicates below.


*Supporters Direct (SD) produced a guidance document in approximately 2017/18 called ‘Engage! How Football Clubs Can Win With Football Supporters’, and our Supporters Board was a case study, pg 13.



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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 8 2021 08:06AM

The Trust welcomes Derek Adams as the new Manager at Bradford City


Derek Adams became the new Manager at Bradford City as of Friday 4th June 2021, and we wish him the very best of luck in his immediate goal of getting the Bantams out of League Two.


It has been a successful coup for City of bringing Adams to us whilst still under contract with Morecambe FC, where he led the Shrimps to League One through the Play Offs, beating Newport County 1 -0 on the Bank Holiday at the end of May.


Adams, who has signed a new three-year deal with City, has a history of working well under pressure and getting teams promoted, such as, Ross County, where he started his managerial Career and more recently, Plymouth Argyle.


We hope that paying the ‘compensation clause’ for acquiring an, ‘in contract’ Adams pays dividends for the Club. It hasn’t been the most conventional way of bringing a new manager to Valley Parade.


Since the release of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars on the 10th May, speculation had continued to mount. The Club statement on the manager situation, 10th May, suggested the Club had been looking and found someone already. Those predictions were proven to be right.


The Trust would like to see continuity and long-term stability now we have landed on such a proven manager in Derek Adams, whereby all the resources possible are at his disposal so that he can get the best out of the team from his selection.


We would like to thank Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars for their sterling efforts, jumping into the breach with no first team managerial experience, steering us from the drop zone and within touching distance of the Play-offs.


Here’s to Derek Adams leading the Club to promotion next season and building on that success with us for as long as possible.


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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jun 2 2021 08:41AM

The impact of the European Super League (ESL) prompted a speedy response from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to appoint a Chair of the Government’s Fan-led Review in early March, former Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, and the Terms of Reference (ToR), see here, were published on the 22nd April.


The Fan-led Review was an election manifesto policy of 2019 of the Conservative Party, that leading figures within the FSA have been lobbying for since, and in April encouraged football fans to lobby their MP to get behind an Early Day Motion (EDM) to be heard before Parliament calling for support from MPs who back the FSA’s reform proposals, and to make sure that fans are put front and centre of the Fan-led Review. To date 36 MP’s have signed up for this EDM. See more of this here.


On the 22nd of May Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary announced an Advisory Panel, and is comprised of a broad range of representatives of the game, and includes FSA Chief Executive, Kevin Miles. The full Fan-led Review panel is here.


A series of online evidence sessions has already begun with all FSA’s member supporter affiliates and associates at every level of the game, giving an opportunity to present their ideas and experiences to the panel throughout May and June.


An interim report will be made available in July 2021, with the final report published in October 2021. The report will cover all clubs who compete in the English pyramid system. See more here.


Here is our Fan-led Review Guide. You can also see our Chair’s letter to Hilary Benn MP here.


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