Day: July 23, 2011

The Supporters Direct Briefing Papers In Brief

Last week we were at the annual Supporters Direct conference in Chester. As well as the AGM, and other workshops and sessions, Supporters Direct launched two briefing papers – Financing Supporter Community Ownership and Business Advantages of Supporter Community Ownership in Football. These briefing papers were the third and fourth papers that Supporters Direct launched this year, following in the footsteps of the papers launched earlier this year – Developing Public Policy to Encourage Supporter Ownership in Football and Developing Football Regulation to Encourage Supporter Ownership in Football. For those people that were unable to attend, we provide a quick guide to the four briefing papers launched this year. The first two papers were launched at Westminster in May, at an event attended by over 30 MPs, across each of the three main political parties in the UK. The first was Developing Public Policy to Encourage Supporter Ownership in Football, and aimed at mainly at politicians, and looked at how the government has incorporated a requirement in the coalition’s Programme for Government to “encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters”, and how existing laws and new laws such as the Localism Bill can be used to help push the co-operative movement within football, suggesting that clubs, as well as club facilities should be considered as “Assets of Community Value”...

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Some Late Questions to Start the Scottish Premier League Season

Lightning indeed strikes twice in the same spot, but this still remains a less reliable proposition than seeing the Old Firm finishing one on top of another in any given Scottish Premiership season. Despite this, the engagement of a new campaign in the Scottish top flight prompts enough questions in need of answering that makes the competition worth a mention. It might be a bit cliché, though, to consider this new season as one where the league and its clubs find themselves on the brink, for the same could be said about so many years of football north of Hadrian’s Wall.Also, with so many topics surrounding Scottish football taking seemingly an ice age to be settled, the questions to focus on instead should be ones that can be resolved more easily at the parks. For it is there, where the drama unfolds on those grass pitches that soon turn to dirt patches and later to soggy snow bogs, that attracts fans to this game. It is there, about a silly game in which players kick a ball around that dreams are dashed, hearts lifted, voices roared silent, and sometimes noses bloodied, where these answers will be found. How Will The Referees Fare? Last season, the life of a referee in the Scottish league was unpleasant at times. When a manager was not publicly questioning your decisions after a match, your colleague...

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Video Of The Week: The 1993/94 Premier League Season Review

This week’s Video Of The Week takes us all the way back to the second season of the Premier League, and the first signs that a football dynasty was being built. Manchester United had won the previous season’s title with a tiny bit to spare, but the following year they went on to complete the double, the first club to do so since Arsenal in 1971. Even then, though, few people had too much of an idea of just how dominant the club would become. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Swindon Town were spending their sole season in the Premier League and conceding one hundred goals in the process, whilst Everton, Manchester City and Spurs were all getting a little closer to the relegation zone than they might have liked. Our thanks, as ever, go to the original uploader of this video. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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