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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Feb 24 2020 01:49PM

The Trust welcomes Stuart as the Clubs' new manager. He is part of the fabric of Bradford City and is probably the ideal candidate to progress the team. Stuart will be well supported with the backroom staff. With 4 games in; drawn one, won one and lost 2, it is plain to see that he and his number 2, Kenny Black have their work cut out in turning things around, and fans will have to be patient.



It is a shame however, that Gary Bowyer didn't work out. This was his first full season in charge, and to his credit, alright, the football wasn't brilliant to watch, but he did help the team reach third at one point which is an achievement in itself.



The negative support in the crowd and online prior to Stuart's arrival was counter productive to what everyone wants. Contrast that to the support Stuart and the team received for his first home game in charge against the Mariners. The atmosphere then was absolutely fantastic. It is more likely the players will respond better to a positively charged atmosphere at home rather than a negative one.


To make Stuart McCall a success story at City, he needs us, the fans to get behind the team 100%

For him this will be third time lucky. We wish him every success in his bid to take us up.


The Trust Board

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jan 28 2020 08:44AM

Dear Members


Fon't forget we have the AGM & Fans Forum tomorrow, Wednesday 29th January in the Lexus Suite, on the floor of the 1911 reception. Doors will open at 6.30. The AGM will start at 7pm and all the papers including Agenda, Finance, Chairs Report etc will be available.


The Fans Forum will follow after a short break and will be an opportunity to put questions to City legend Ian Ormondroyd.


Sally Thackery, Chair of the Women's team as well as our sponsored Women's team player Maisie Norde, so you will be able to find out about developments about the Women's team.


And of course we hae a raffle and we will be auctioning a signed City shirt. Money will be raised for the Women's Team and BCST.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jan 21 2020 05:49PM

Dear members,


Don't forget that our AGM & Fans' Forum is just next Wednesday, the 29th January, starting from 7pm onwards.


If you can let us know that you'll be coming, we would be very grateful.


For the Fans Forum we have Ian Ormondroyd coming as well as Sally Thackary who is Chair of the Women's team who will be bringing a player the Trust Sponsors, Maisie Norde.


Also, we are extending the deadline a couple of days for members to submit their nomination form to be a committee member as our first notice about our AGM came out a little later than expected.


We know there are some talented people out there that could bring some dynamism to the Trust - if you have ideas which you can follow through about building the Trust and giving it a greater productive impact on the Club and supporters alike then come and get involved.


Members have been sent the documents including the nomination form that were sent out with the first notice. These were the draft Agenda, the minutes of the 2018 AGM & of course the Committee/Board nomination form, just in case you couldn't download them via email. Please check your emails if you are a registered member of BCST. The emails maybe in your 'Spam' folder. If you have not been able to download the 'Word' Documents we sent with the emails please let us know and we can send them directly to you.


Thank you for your valued support of the Trust and we hope to see you on Wednesday 29th.


Best wishes from all the BCST Committee


By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Jan 15 2020 05:22PM

Dear Member,


You are cordially invited to the Supporters’ Trust AGM which will take place Wednesday 29th January 2020 in the Lexus Suite, 1911 Reception Floor, Valley Parade, Bradford, 7pm. The Doors open at 6.30. Light refreshments will be available.


We include a copy of the draft agenda. Full information regarding the meeting papers and final agenda will follow in due course.


If you have an item of “Any other business” for consideration please email contact@bcst.co.uk by Monday 20th January 2020. Please note that AOB items can not be accepted after this deadline.


The AGM will be proceeded by an open meeting to discuss BCST aims for the coming year.


All Bantams Fans are welcome, although as usual only Trust members are able to vote on BCST Motions.


Fans Forum

Our Fans' Forum will follow immediately after where special guests; City legend and Chief Exec of Bradford City Community Foundation, Ian Ormondroyd, & Bradford City Womens' team Chair, Sally Thackray will be present to answer questions such as Ian's playing career, or generally for both, about the Women's teams and community engagement work.


Join the Bradford City Supporters’ Trust Committee

We are always on the look out for members to bring fresh ideas and expertise.


If you are a current Trust member and would like or be interested in putting yourself forward for election to the BCST Board, please see the attached nomination form which includes all of the necessary information.


Nominations must be received by Monday 20th January 2020 and we look forward to hearing from you.


Please note that all members with an email address will be sent this email via contact@bcst.co.uk to your inboxes so please check your 'spam' folders if you cannot find it. From this email you will be able to downloade a 'Word' version of our AGM 2020 Draft Agenda, Minutes of the 2018 AGM and the Nomination form for the Trust Board.


We would be grateful if you could confirm your intention to attend the AGM and/or Open Meeting in advance due to availability of the room.


With thanks and best wishes.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 14 2019 07:32PM

In this issue…


BCST Fans Forum / AGM 2019

Fans Diversity Conference report

BCST sponsorship of Bradford City Women 2019/20

FSA Council EFL League 1 & 2 Network Election Result

Incidents at Grimsby

West Yorkshire Police Football Forum

BCST Structured Dialogue progress

FSA Awards 2019 shortlist: Vote Now!


But first...


On The Pitch

Second in the table! The results show we can score goals in this league despite some performances being not too great, and lets face it, most fans will take 3 points over performance- it doesn’t have to be pretty as long as we win, and hopefully be consistent as we go into the festive season where fixtures will pile up over that period. It is great that Gary Bowyer seems to be settled at City and has been able to bring in his players and introduce his ways and have respect with the players.


BCST Fans Forum / AGM 2019

We have come round to that period in the year when we make preparations for putting on our Fans’ Forum and AGM which is scheduled for early December or in January of next year.


The great news is we have City veteran and Chief Exec of Bradford City Community Foundation, Ian ‘big stix’ Ormondroyd who has agreed to a be a guest speaker to our Fans Forum but we have to confirm a date before we can guarantee this. We will give you notice of a date as soon as we can.


The AGM or Annual General Meeting, is the main fixture in the year when we meet and consult you the members, reaching democratic decisions about how best we can take the Trust forward. Linked to this we can also confirm that we are in the process of putting out a major consultation via ‘Survey Monkey’ on a whole range of issues, ranging from cost to membership and benefits to campaigns and what your interests are. To find out more click here.


Fans For Diversity Conference 2019

On the 20th of September, our Chair, Manny Dominguez went down to London on behalf of the Trust to attend the first conference of the Fans For Diversity campaign programme of the FSA and Kick It Out. To find out more click here.


BCST sponsorship of Bradford City Women 2019/20

We are pleased to say that once again the Trust has been able to sponsor a First Team Player for Bradford City Women’s Football Club. We feel strongly about supporting the community side of football, not just the professional game, and BCWFC certainly deserve our backing.


The Club, like all women’s football clubs at this level, is run completely voluntarily – and the team pay to play. Nationally women’s football has finally been given a boost by the FA. The Women’s Super League is completely professional while the Championship Clubs are largely so. To find out more click here.


FSA Council EFL League 1 & 2 Network Election Result

On Thursday 19th September our EFL League 1 and 2 Network met, and elected Manny Dominguez from the Bradford City Supporters Trust as the Network’s third representative on the FSA’s National Council.


Manny sits alongside Antony Wilkinson (Blackpool Supporters’ Trust) and Roger Ellis (Sky Blue Trust) representing supporters in EFL Leagues 1 and 2. To find out more click here. You can see this article on the FSA website here.


Incidents at Grimsby Town

On the 10th of August the Bantams travelled to Cleethorpes for their first away fixture of the season at Blundell Park. Grimsby Town had completely sold out its 1,800 capacity to traveling City fans in this 1 – 1 draw. But the incident we are highlighting was not the events on the pitch unfortunately but in the away section of the ground. The ground was teaming with police, but less so was the number of stewards at that end who were struggling to control the crowd. To find out more click here. For further reading on the FSA's 9 point plan to improve stewarding click here.


West Yorkshire Police Football IAG

In August BCST among other supporters groups in the West Yorkshire area were invited to an Independent Advisory Group Jointly set up by West Yorkshire Police and FSA.


The intention of this group is to consult and discuss a variety of issues that are predominantly about match day issues. These can be issues such as parking up in and around the grounds, issues relating to Supporters Coaches and away fan travel to the match day experience before during and after, and relate to how the Police deal with incidents, and we discuss how we can take things forward, learning from previous experiences. These meetings are on a monthly basis. To find out more click here.


BCST Structured Dialogue progress

The Trust is part of the Supporters Board that meets the Clubs senior officers on a monthly basis – we have a structured dialogue in place here which also has a Terms of Reference – this is about what can be discussed and the structure of the group and meetings. To find out more click here.


FSA Awards 2019 shortlist: Vote Now!

The Football Supporters’ Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware – voting is open now, so fans can back their favourites. To find out more click here, or you can vote on the FSA's website article here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Nov 12 2019 11:12PM

On the 20th of September, our Chair, Manny Dominguez went down to London on behalf of the Trust to attend the first conference of the Fans For Diversity campaign programme of the FSA and Kick It Out. He said, “I was inspired by how many delegates were there from so many Trusts and identity-based affiliate and associates Clubs and organisations of the FSA. It was such a positive atmosphere, and one of the best things about it was the networking – sharing experiences with other groups".