Supporters Direct Media Briefing 6 November 2015

Here’s the latest media briefing from Supporters Direct.

Supporters Direct News Mail – October

Welcome to the latest Supporters Direct news mail!

Welcome to the October edition of our monthly news mail, bringing you all the headlines from the Trust movement.

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We are deeply saddened to hear that Brian Lomax OBE passed away on Monday.

Brian was the inspiration behind the Supporters’ Trust movement through his work at Northampton Town in the early 1990’s, becoming the first supporter elected director of a football club after the supporters and community rallied round to save the club in 1992.

This pioneering approach led to the Football Task Force report in 1999 recommending the widespread establishment of Supporters’ Trusts to replicate this work. Brian was instrumental in the formation of Supporters Direct for this purpose and was appointed our first Managing Director. He would later become Chair of the organisation.

In both positions and throughout SD’s existence, Brian’s skills, experience and warmth have been at the heart of our movement, and in him, we had our truly inspirational founding father.

His role in changing the way football is run was recognised with an OBE for services to the game in the same year as he stepped down as Chair, 2009.

Despite all these accolades anyone who knew Brian will remember him above all as being a kind, humble and caring man. His life touched and inspired many people, and his legacy will live on.

RIP Brian

Brian’s funeral will be held on Friday 20th November at 12.00. It is being held in St Marys Church, The Rectory, 2 Rectory Ln, Barby, Warwickshire CV23 8TZ.
Emily and Catherine (his Daughter and Wife) wish the funeral to be open to all (they are also happy for people to wear football shirts if they wish). They do not want flowers but will be collecting donations for a charity (yet to decide which).

If you would like to pass on your condolences or would like to share any memories of Brian, please email us as we are collating messages for Brian’s family.

Also if any of our clubs are marking Brian’s passing at a forthcoming match, please let us know.

Other notices

SD governance review
We would like to say a big thank you to all of our members’ who completed the SD governance review survey. Your views are important in this process so we were grateful to receive so many responses.

If you have any questions about the review, please contact us

SD model rules
Could we remind all supporters trusts and supporter owned clubs that SD Model Rules belong to SD and are registered as models with the Financial Conduct Authority.  If a supporter group contact you saying that they would like to use their rules as a basis for themselves, please do not give them permission but refer them to Jacqui Forster (07736 184 282).  SD can then deal with their case in the most appropriate way for that supporters group.

Thank you for your kind assistance in this issue.

A big thanks…
We would like to say a big thank you to FGR Supporters Trust and Kidderminster Independent Supporters Trust for their donations to Supporters Direct.

Your continued support is much appreciated.