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David Sharpe Testimonial: Request for Contributions

Professor David Sharpe has retired recently from a long and distinguished career as Director of the Bradford University Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit. His contribution to the foundation and success of the Research Unit, and its close association with Bradford City FC, will be honoured at a ceremony conducted on the pitch at Valley Parade during half time at the last regular home game of the season, versus Crawley Town on Saturday April 26th 2014. The club’s Annual Collection for the Burns Research Unit will take place as usual at the same game. Professor Sharpe’s successor as Director of the Research Unit is Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr. Ajay Mahajan, who will be present on April 26th to emphasise the passing of the baton to a new leadership of the Research Unit, which remains very much ‘in business’.

It is intended as part of this ceremony to present Professor David Sharpe with a testimonial volume including memories and appreciations of the work of the Research Unit over the years, and his role within it. If you would like to put forward material for possible inclusion in this volume, please submit it by email to contact@bcst.co.uk or by surface mail to:

Professor Sharpe Testimonial Volume

c/o Supporters’ Board

BCFC

Valley Parade

Bradford

BD8 7DY

Contributions should be submitted by Monday 31st March 2014. Please include personal contact details in the submission (phone number plus home/email address). Contributions may be edited for inclusion in the volume. By all means contact me at either address above if you would like further information about the project.

News from Supporters Direct – Feb 2014

MPs Committee: Football authorities ‘complacent’. Time for Government to legislate

Time to get tough on football authorities, say MPs

An all-party group of MPs has called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the way that football club owners behave towards supporter groups. APPG Special Hearing of the attitudes the Football Association, Premier League and Football League exhibit towards the ownership of clubs, MPs have called for them to be directed to protect the interests of supporters.

The Group found that:

Contrary to the view of the football authorities, the type of ownership of football clubs makes a difference to how they behave and mutual ownership stakes by football supporters are a positive feature.

The football authorities should immediately drop their mistaken neutrality to club ownership and actively encourage supporter ownership.

Supporters Direct should receive stable and predictable funding from the proceeds of football instead of suffering damaging delays.

Certain football assets with a value to the community should be protected by law, including club colours, club name and home ground ownership.

As a result of the lack of action from the football authorities, Government should now legislate for the changes it wishes to see in the ownership and Governance of the Football industry. A draft Bill should be prepared urgently.

This report follows a year after a comprehensive investigation into the Governance of football clubs, undertaken by the Culture and Media Select Committee. It reflects the frustration felt by many at the inaction of the football authorities in addressing the key recommendations of that Select Committee report.

Group Chairman Jonathan Evans MP said,

‘We are all aware that following the Select Committee report the Government was looking to the football authorities for some action within a period of about 12 months. Yet we encountered a complacent attitude to supporter ownership from the Football Association, Premier League and Football League, which each insist on maintaining their ‘neutrality’ on issues of ownership, regardless of the evidence.

This cannot be allowed to continue. Supporters are the life-blood of the game and yet we see their interests second place to even the most transient of club owners.

Action must now be taken and a draft Bill should be prepared urgently to take forward the measures promised by the DCMS in 2013. Each of the political parties should also prepare detailed plans for their election manifestos, aimed at addressing the inherent weaknesses in this dysfunctional system once and for all.’

Save The Date | Supporters Summit 2014 | Wembley Stadium

Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation will host the joint annual Supporters Summit in London at Wembley Stadium on 26th July, 2014.

The event brings fans together from across the UK and Europe from clubs and supporter organisations to debate the issues at the heart of the game. Trust Members can attend as we are affiliated to both organisations.

Last year’s Supporters Summit, held at St. George’s Park, included debates on Governance, Ownership, Transparency, Ticket Pricing, Discrimination and Safe Standing. The full programme for the Supporters Summit 2014 is currently being finalised and will again include high profile figures from football, sport, media and politics.

The AGM’s of both organisations will be held the evening of Friday 25th July

National Football Museum in Manchester

We'd just like to let all City Fans know about the fantastic exhibition "Game Changers: 125 Years of the Football League". The exhibition features aspects about Bradford City and specific objects relating to the history of the club.

The National Football Museum in Manchester is the home of football’s greatest stories and the perfect place to catch up with football’s ‘story so far’.

Throughout the 2013/14 season, the museum is home to Game Changers: 125 Years of The Football League. Celebrating the anniversary of the world’s oldest football league, this new exhibition explores the major personalities and events that have defined the game as we know it.

From William McGregor’s Victorian vision, to the great moderniser Herbert Chapman, through the post-war heroics of Stanley Matthews and the sixties superstardom of George Best, Game Changers follows the steps to the modern day league and its millions of dedicated fans. School reports and letters home from George Best, kindly loaned by his sister Barbara McNarry, offer a rare insight to a global superstar.

Each Football League team has sent one special item to the exhibition, to show the club’s history and achievements and Bradford City have sent Jimmy Speirs’ FA Cup winners medal from 1911.

Visitors can also get close to some of England’s most iconic moments: from the heavy woollen jersey worn in the world’s first international game (vs Scotland) in 1872, to iconic shirts worn by Bobby Moore in 1970 or Diego Maradona in 1986. And of course 1966 is included…it may be 48 years of hurt but the Jules Rimet trophy is still gleaming in the museum.

From the Penalty box to the commentary box, visitors can prove they’ve got what it takes to mix it with the greats as well as their mates, with videos and certificates to download after the visit thanks to Football Plus+. For those who prefer watching to playing, a unique film, ‘Our Beautiful Game’, is an unmissable highlight. Charting a month in the life of English football at all levels, it’s sure to remind anyone why they fell in love with the game. Hope you have a great visit.

Free admission. Open 10am – 5pm Mon-Sat: 11am – 5pm Sundays. Call 0161 605 8200 for info.

National Football Museum Cathedral Gardens Manchester M4 3BG

www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

Twitter @footballmuseum

facebook.com/NationalFootballMuseum @125GameChangers

Football Supporters Federation Divisional Meeting

Football Supporters Federation Divisional Meeting

16 February 2014 – Billy's Bar, Leeds United Elland Road

To all Bantams Fans (with apologies about the venue), we'd like to let you know that the next FSF Yorkshire Divisional Meeting is to take place on Sunday 16th February 2014 (12.30pm) at the Billy's Bar at Leeds United's Elland Road, LS11 0ES.

Agenda

1. Safe standing

2. Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets Campaign

3. Brazil World Cup

4. Other work carried out by FSF since 2014's Supporters Summit/AGM

5. Details on annual conference 2014

6. General discussion on other football matters

If you have an interest in any of these subjects, please feel free to go along. There is a finger buffet to keep you going until you can make it safely back to Bradford.Manny Dominguez will be there on behalf of the Trust and will be reporting on it in due course in City Gent.

The Bradford City Supporters Trust Board

The current Board consists of 10 members:

Mike Thompson Interim Chair

Manny Dominguez Vice-Chair/Communications

Richard Farrar Society Secretary

Ben Hoole Twitter Communications

Georgina Webster Minutes Secretary

Mick Levycky Membership Secretary

Russell Waldron Treasurer

Mike McNally Projects

Alan Carling * Projects

Garry Brumfitt* Projects

* Denotes Co-opted Board Member

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