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GIVING A VOICE TO BRADFORD CITY SUPPORTERS

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By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 16 2020 08:44PM

Order one of our unique range of retro classic City shirts for yourself or as a present to a loved one, as these will be a real collectors' find.


Unfortunately the deadline for guaranteeing your shirt beeing sent to you before Christmas has passed but that shouldn't stop you from ordering one.


We have teamed up with Chablais Sport via John Uttley who is a York City fan and a keen supporter of the fans movement, who sell retro shirts, to come up with a range of classic City shirt designs to include the Trust and Bradford Central Foodbank logos.


With each shirt sold proceeds will go to the Supporters Trust and Bradford Central Food Bank.


It is vital that the Trust maintains an income from its members and City fans alike so that we can continue to fund community initiatives that can benefit supporters and the wider football community.


All sizes available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL

Long and Short Sleeves available

A name and /or number can be added free of charge

£35 including delivery


If you have any queries about buying and posting - whether that is in the UK or abroad, or any other enquiry please contact Chablais Sport at [email protected]


To have a look at the range of our branded shirts please click here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 8 2020 06:38PM

With four league defeats on the bounce including a round 2 departure from the FA Cup against the Latics of Oldham over this past period, the Bantams are at their lowest point of this season's campaign, staring precariously at the prospect of the dreaded drop.


It may sound like a twist of irony but perhaps Stuart and the team can count themselves fortunate that fans are not yet in the stadium as they would be hearing the wrath of frustration and disappointment from the stands.


It is unfortunate, but perhaps a predictable turn of events, since the Bantams have shown some evidence of determination and togetherness. The games against Cheltenham and Oldham in the FA Cup were an improvement and games we should not have lost. Luck, however is scarce when there is a lack of confidence and the evidence clearly shows opposing teams are taking advantage of our weaknesses.


We are in familiar territory here. There are a number of players expected to come back from injury as we approach the Christmas period, and we are hoping to sign up some key players in the January transfer window, but in the interim it will be hard work watching the team trying to salvage some desperately needed points. We hope in the fullness of time, that any new signing can help transform the team, and not fizzle into the background after a couple of appearances which is what we have become accustomed to in recent years.


It appears that our hopeful wish of resources that can complement Stuart will be available in the form of assistance with scouting and recruitment. This is one example of the material conditions needed that can give a favourable opportunity for Stuart, or indeed any manager to succeed in their role. The extension of Stuarts contract for another year shows a bold long term vision that may give some security to Stuart, allowing him to build a strong squad for the future. We understand that, at present, it is difficult see how that will come about and there is a growing deep dissatisfaction among some fans about Stuart's tenure as the manager.


Tough challenges

We welcome Ryan Sparks as the new Chief Executive. The timing couldn't be more challenging. Not only will he have the unenviable task of trying to arrest a Club from free falling into the Conference, but also it is such an unprecedented time for football. No-one could have predicted the impact of Covid, and now we are seeing discussion on the return of fans again back to stadiums at a time where we are all still abiding by locally tiered lock-downs due to the impact of the pandemic. There is little chance of Clubs generating extra income from fans returning but at the same time it is understandable there is an impatience from fans to return to watching at the ground. You can see the guidance of what the return of fans means here.  


Today, football is at a precipice. There had been growing ill feeling from EFL Clubs towards the PL about an agreed financial support package to be provided to the EFL when the PL were granted permission to restart in June, more than the agreed £125 million advancement of 'solidarity payments to the EFL and National League. In October, the 'big 6' had promised a £250m bailout required by the EFL to stave off a financial disaster among its 72 clubs as part of their 'Project Big Picture' proposal.


Now the PL and EFL have finally reached an agreement on a rescue package. The EFL Statement jointly concludes that League Two Clubs will receive a minimum payment each of £250,000, as part of a £30m grant to both Leagues One and Two Clubs. League One Clubs each get £375,000. The remaining £15m to be distributed using a lost gate revenue. See the detail here. There is £20m of additional grant money available but it will be means tested. It sounds like a lot and for us it is, but will it be enough for the long term? Our answer is no, but it will be very much welcomed as an emergency measure. £250,000 for League Two Clubs equates to just under 17% of the £1.5m Salary Cap which was agreed at the outset of this season. Our initial thoughts are that this is a step in the right direction.


Sustain The Game

In the post match interview after the Carlisle defeat, Stuart McCall was right saying that leadership in general in football is not there. Earlier in November, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee, Julian Knight MP, in reference to the long awaited rescue package, said, “We are losing patience. Fans have waited a long time for a solution that would safeguard their clubs but all they can see is squabbling at the top of the game. Football and its followers deserve better. The current fiasco in reaching an agreement isn’t about the lack of money, but lack of leadership." This lack of leadership was shown on the 20th of November when the DCMS Committee, where the DCMS Select Committee grilled the PL, EFL and FA, where Richard Masters (PL) and Rick Parry were questioned on funding the EFL, and a possible football governance review. Watch the debate here.


The Football Supporters Association (FSA) have been lobbying MP's calling on the government to kick start it's 2019 Manifesto pledge to initiate a 'fan-led' review which we believe must be delivered now in order to enact new legislation on football governance.


The 'Sustain The Game' campaign initiated by the FSA, earlier this year, calls for urgent action which begins with the government's 'fan-led' review. The campaign is based on five key principles and aims to, protect clubs, increase transparency, implement strong independent financial controls, strengthen the football pyramid, and increase supporter engagement. 


You can see those 5 principles developed here.


The FSA has made a series of proposals to the FA, and has had the backing of the of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters. You can see these proposals here.


These are bold, and dare we say radical reforms compared to the cultural norms of allowing football to sort-out its own house and accepting the domination of the free market within the game. It is clear football needs a massive overhaul, and regulatory restructuring that would see a massive redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottom to give every club the chance to compete as opposed to let the strongest survive philosophy that is upheld today. The 'greed is good' culture can only be swept away and a sound future for all football clubs can only be achieved through the human solidarity and collective strength of football supporters. We cannot solely rely on the powers that be in football or the politicians in parliament.



With best wishes and stay safe.

 

From all of us on the Bantams Supporters Trust Board

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 8 2020 06:35PM

As England moved out of it's second lockdown, and into local tiered lockdowns last week, we have seen the first steps of fans returning to stadiums in elite sport since March, along with a return of fans to non-elite sport at Steps 3 and below of the non-league pyramid who had been attending matches since earlier in the autumn.


We thought it would be prudent to pull together all the official guidance into one place, to dispel any myths you might have heard and provide you with the official information that pertains to you.


Government guidance

All elite sport conforms to the Government’s snappily titled ‘Elite sport Stage Five – return to competition: safe return of spectators‘ guidance, which has been produced by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA). This guidance mandates the limits you may have read relating to capacities allowed depending on local area – 4,000 in Tier 1 and 2,000 in Tier 2, or 50% of capacity (whichever is lower).


Continue reading here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 8 2020 06:14PM

Executive summary

This guidance, in conjunction with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s (SGSA) technical guidance SG02, supports the return of spectators to sports competitions in the COVID tiering system in effect from 00:01 on 2 December, Given this return will lead to the movement and congregation of relatively large numbers of people, Event organisers are expected to meet their responsibilities in delivering safe, controlled events, in line with national and local public health directions.


The tiering system permits the following spectator numbers. These must be validated against the SGSA guidance (Green Guide 6 and SG02) on calculating safe capacities in any specific venue.


Continue reading here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 8 2020 06:03PM

With the welcome news that some supporters will be permitted to attend football matches across the EFL, Clubs are busy making final preparations to their stadia and matchday protocol, to ensure the safety of all those who will once again be in attendance.


While a return to matchday routines may feel familiar to many supporters, the procedures Clubs now have in place, at point of sale, through to arrival at the stadium, concourse etiquette, and watching the match, will all likely be different from anything supporters have experienced before.


Of course, the responsibility is on us all within the game to maintain high safety standards, and it is important that all attendees play their part in maintaining a vigilant approach to all matchday safety processes, inside and outside the stadium.


Continue reading here.

By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 8 2020 05:51PM

The EFL and the Premier League have today concluded negotiations on a rescue package and distress fund to address the immediate financial challenges faced by EFL Clubs arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A fund of £50m in the form of a grant and monitored grant payments has been agreed for League One and Two Clubs while the Premier League will provide a further financial commitment to assist the EFL in securing a £200m loan facility that Championship Clubs will be able to utilise interest free.


Continue reading here.