The 2011 Supporters Direct Conference: A Preamble

It’s the day of the annual Supporters Direct Conference in Chester, and one issue seems likely too hang over the day’s festivities like a black cloud: funding. Now is probably not the time to rehash the events of last month, but it is worth reflecting upon the uncertainty that continues to envelop the organisation. Since we last wrote on the subject, little seems to have changed. The Supporters Direct Has My Support Facebook group has over 2,000 members and, as we mentioned before, several articles in the press made it quite clear that the decision of the FSIF – some might say, in other words the Premier League – to withdraw its funding has been shown up for what it is. Seventy-eight MPs have signed Early Day Motion 1909, which “on the Government to reaffirm its support for Supporters Direct and its aims by making representations to the Premier League to rescind its decision”, but at the time of writing we seem no closer to the FSIF reversing its decision. The pressure must continue. It’s hardly as if there isn’t still considerably more work to be done. One of the defining features of the five years of Twohundredpercent has been the continuing drip, drip, drip of football clubs getting themselves into a pickle. Just two days ago, for example, a statement on the official website of Northern Premier League...

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