Supporters Liaison Officer project update
Since the first workshop was held in Berlin back in October, the UEFA Supporters Liaison Officer project has gathered pace, with the publication of the official handbook (prepared in cooperation with Supporters Direct), and the beginning of the project's second phase. SD will be playing a key role in the coming weeks and months, particularly in the area of providing advice to national associations and individual clubs/groups. Some clubs have already begun to appoint SLO's, including Portadownand Ballymena United. The handbook is available to read in English, French, Germanand Russian. For more information, visit the Supporters Liaison section of the Supporters Direct website.
Community club A.S.D Aquilotto Cavese off to a winning start
After launching at the end of October, A.S.D Aquilotto Cavese had their first competitive match last weekend, and it could not have gone any better. The trip to Cantenna Trentinara ended in a 5-0 victory for Aquilotto, who were formed as a community-based football club, with SD Affiliate Sogno Cavese playing a key role right from the start. To find out more, visit The People's Game (Italian), our website (English) and the club's Facebook page. To watch highlights of the game, click here.
Det Nye Brøndby launch En Stemme til Alle campaign
After witnessing their club become increasingly less transparent, accountable and democratic in recent times, Det Nye Brøndby have, in conjunction with two other supporters' groups, launched the En Stemme Til Alle (A Voice For All) campaign. As well as this initiative, DNB have also recently published an in-depth analysis of the club's financial situation, which is part of a wider report on the club. To read more, click here.
Cork City promoted!
After reforming under supporter ownership in 2010, Cork City recently capped a fantastic year when they secured the Irish First Division title and promotion to the Premier League, with a final day 2-1 win at second-placed Shelbourne.
A 90th-minute winner ensured that it wasn't the most relaxed of afternoons, but all involved at the club can now look forward to top-flight football in 2012. To read a piece written by SD's own Kevin Rye about the growth of supporter ownership in Ireland, click here. Congrats to all at Cork City!
A La Nantaise continue to grow
Following the recent unanimous vote to establish a company with the intention of purchasing shares in their club, SD Affiliate A La Nantaise have been featured in a number of French media outlets, which will no doubt aid the growth of supporter ownership in France. To read a Google Translated version of a Eurosport article about A La Nantaise, click here.
Ancona on the up
Currently sitting in 2nd place in the Girone F of Italy's Serie D (having been promoted from the Eccellenza last season), US Ancona 1905 are also enjoying a good 2011/12 off the pitch. The promotion meant that the club can now be recognised under Italian law as a limited company, something which has allowed the Supporters' Trust (and SD Affiliate) Sosteniamolancona to take an ownership stake in the club, the first ever Italian Trust to do so. To read an article (in English) on Ancona from this month's When Saturday Comes, click here. To read an interview with Sosteniamolancona president David Miani, click here for part one, and here for part two.
AAS address Derby controversy
Following the Lisbon derby between SL Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal at the weekend, SD Affiliate Associação de Adeptos Sportinguistas have been active in the subsequent debate over Benfica's decision to house the Sporting fans in a netted cage at the top tier of the Estádio da Luz – not the usual position for visiting supporters. AAS President Pedro Faleiro Silva has appeared on national radio station Antena 1, discussing the resulting disorder, the poor organisation of the new away section (pointing out the fact that Portuguese stadiums have been free of fences/barriers since 2004) and the factors which have led to the current controversy. The AAS have also issued a statement to the Lusa news agency, criticising the security arrangements and the behaviour of the police before, during and after the match.
Ha'Maktesh turn their hand to basketball
Named after the lost stadium (the name translates into English as The Crater), the Hapoel Ramat Gan FC Supporters' Trust managed in 2010 to stabilise the future of their football club in the Israeli Second Division, saving it from the threat of a merger. With the aim of developing the Trust and empowering the local community, Ha'Maktesh began a campaign to resurrect the club's basketball team, which enjoyed success in the past but went under in 1988. On October 10th, the new, community-owned club played their first match in the fourth division, winning 92-65. They have yet to lose a game. Ha'Maktesh are members of SD Affiliate Israfans.
As part of the United Nations International Year of the Co-operative, SD partner organisation Sandlanders Football will organise the first ever Sandlanders Cup, to be contested by eight supporter-owned clubs – four from Africa, and four from Europe. To find out more, click here.
Wrexham FC now supporter owned
Following an extended period of negotiations, the Wrexham Supporters' Trust this week finalised the acquisition of Wrexham Football Club, which has now become one of over twenty-five UK sports clubs to be majority owned or controlled by its supporters' trust. To find out more, click here.
Enfield Town move into new home
Ten years after being formed by supporters of the old Enfield FC, Enfield Town FC began life at their own QE2 Stadium with a 2-1 win in a friendly against a Tottenham Hotspur XI. To read about the journey that brought them there, click here.
FC United of Manchester granted planning permission for stadium
Last month FC United of Manchester were finally granted permission to go ahead with the construction of a new stadium in Moston. After the disappointment of the Ten Acres Lane plan being scuppered by Manchester Council, this came as a relief to all concerned. To read more about the news, and how you can get involved, click here.