About the Trust - Governance

BST’s Governance Sub-Committee is campaigning for an overhaul of the current ‘governance structure’ within football. Unlike countries which operate independent licensing systems for their clubs and competitions ‘governance’ in the UK is far less straightforward. In reality (although the footballing authorities might dispute this) governance duties are conducted jointly by the FA, the EFL and the PL and to a lesser extent the IFO (Independent Football Ombudsman). This system is heavily geared towards protecting the interests of club owners and not supporters. Apart from encouraging the FA to make some minor changes in terms of board representation in 2018, the UK Government is reluctant to intervene – this needs to change.

To date BST’s activities have included : lobbying local MP’s (Gordon Marsden, Paul Maynard, Cat Smith and Mark Menzies); working with local councillors Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Borough Councils ; holding meetings with the EFL and attending their Structured Dialogue Meetings ; lobbying the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) ; working closely with supporters organisations SD (Supporters Direct) and FSF (Football Supporters Federation) ; setting up on-line petition for an Independent Football Regulator ; supporting the Fans Not Numbers (FNN) Campaign ; producing a Case Review Model for a joint EFL / FA / DCMS enquiry into what can be learned from the experiences at Blackpool FC.

BST believe that the High Court’s damning verdict in December 2017 on the behaviour of the owners at Blackpool FC demonstrates that more needs to be done to ensure the wellbeing of our clubs – the judgement should provide the legal basis and framework for a thorough investigation – the footballing authorities are preventing this from happening.

We welcome any assistance or input from groups or individuals keen to help us protect our historic clubs from rogue and unsuitable owners.

Remember your club is only one bad owner away from being a ‘crisis-club’.


Report from QC regarding Owners and Directors Test

Email to Shaun Harvey RE Owners and Directors Test

Letter from Mark Menzies MP to EFL on behalf of a BST member - January 2019

EFL Letter Shaun Harvey - March 2018

EFL/BST Meeting Invitation Letter - March 2018

DCMS reply - March 2018

Paul Maynard MP EFL Letter - February 2018

DCMS Tracey Crouch standard response to Allan Oldfield Fylde BC - January 2018

Cat Smith MP Letter - January 18

Blackpool Council to Theresa May - September 2017

Blackpool Council to Karen Bradley - September 2017

Blackpool Council - Notice of Motions Football by Tony Williams

FA letter to Chris Matheson - April 2017

Response from Andrea Jenkins MP - March 2017

DCMS - letter to Tim Farron MP - November 2015

Syed Ali DCMS - November 2015

The Football League Letter Shaun Harvey to Crouch - October 2015


Recommendations for regulatory reform of English football - May 2017

APPG Special Hearing Football Report - 2014

DCMS Football Governance Follow Up Report - January 2013

SD_The Social Value of Football paper - November 2008

Christian Mueller Germany Licensing