16:43, Tue 13 Mar
COPIED WORD FOR WORD FROM OUR FORUM
A message to ALL football fans, regardless of which club you follow;

Blackpool Supporters Trust has recently created a government petition with the following aim;

The Government must introduce an independent regulator for English football. We urge the Government to introduce an independent regulator for English football, charged with ensuring the highest possible standards of governance for all clubs.

The troubles we have endured at Blackpool FC during the Oyston ownership are well documented and make unbelievable reading, which has culminated in the Oystons being made to pay Valeri Belokon over £30m.

Blackpool FC has become a by-word in the football community for mismanagement and crisis, and yet after a period several years, nothing has been done. The EFL shows no sign that it understands what its leadership role in this area should be, and as it clearly can’t - or won’t - rise to the challenge, then we feel that the Government must step in to lead the process of fundamental reform that is clearly needed.

Blackpool is not the only club in such circumstances. Other 'crisis' clubs include AFC Wimbledon, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Leeds United.

Football clubs are too precious and too much a part of the fabric of our national life, to be left to the mercy of unregulated and often unscrupulous ownership. They need the protection of a robust regulatory framework that offers a range of sanctions against wrongdoers, mechanisms that allow problems to be confronted before they become deep-rooted and a governing body that has the desire to use it.

As football fans, I would ask that you join us in trying to bring about change within the game and hopefully prevent future owners from loading clubs with debt and running clubs into the ground.

We are all fans and we should stick together to ensure the clubs we love are owned and managed properly.

The petition can be found here – [petition.parliament.uk]

Thank you all for your support and if you have Twitter, please feel free to tweet this or add on Facebook - get this message out there!!
If you are a member of any other of your club's fans forums, please post this on there to spread the word – we, as fans, are all in this together.

Please let us know if you sign it by adding a comment.

You can also sign the petition if you are browsing as a guest on this forum.

MODS: please could you make this a sticky for us, we need all the support we can get

Football without fans is nothing

Good luck for the rest of the season :-)
Last edited by Tangerino on Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:03 am, edited 2 times in total.
[petition.parliament.uk]
16:53, Tue 13 Mar
Signed!

It’s an utter disgrace what’s happened to our game.
17:10, Tue 13 Mar
and Wolves should be exposed
20:33, Tue 13 Mar
Fulham and Cardiff?
Old MacDonald had a farm. EU, EU... Oh.
23:31, Tue 13 Mar
Signed
05:52, Wed 14 Mar
Signed
08:40, Wed 14 Mar
Signed! Fully support this. I think it's a disgrace what the Oystons have done to your club. The FA, Premier League, and EEL show scant regard for fans and we need to work together to force change.
08:56, Wed 14 Mar
Join the Trust.
09:17, Wed 14 Mar
Perhaps you can cite other clubs as examples of failures as well including us and Portsmouth to name a couple more. Signed also!
09:24, Wed 14 Mar
How on earth can you include Fulham but not Portsmouth or Birmingham?

Signed anyway
We deserve our club back

H-Bomb

"Oh Nikola Zigic"
09:29, Wed 14 Mar
Signed -Not that Itll make a scrap of difference I fear .
The old boy network is still in this day and age far stronger than countless thousands of football supporting scrotes like us .We are just a necessary evil which sometimes impinges ,just an infinitesimal ammount, on ther cosy little world
The heir of Maldini
and Wolves should be exposed
What for?