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Portsmouth Supporters' Trust - Explained

I'm glad to see that a few people read the message about our upcoming open meeting to discuss the possibility of starting a Supporters Trust at Portsmouth. Those of you that have commented were mostly sceptical as to the point of a trust, so let me tell you a few of the things that got my interest.

There are over 150 STs (Supporters Trusts) in England and Scotland, representing Clubs that vary in size from Dorchester Town to Arsenal and Rangers. There are currently around 110 STs that have shareholdings in their Clubs. Exeter City is probably the largest Club that is controlled by its Trust but you don't have to own it to influence it. For that matter, how close have we come to administration this summer; who is to say it won't happen again? If it did, an established Trust could prove to be very helpful for Club and fans alike.

A Supporters' Trust is a democratic, not-for-profit organisation of supporters committed to strengthening the voice for supporters in the way their Club is run and ever improving the links between the Club and the community. It is independent from the Football Club.

A Trust is regulated by the Financial Services Authority and must provide annual accounts, meaning that it is completely transparent.

Although there is no ceiling on contributions, the suggestion (to be agreed at the meeting) for a minimum join-up fee is £1 (yes, one pound) but every member has the same voting rights whatever they contribute.

A properly constituted ST would seek to influence the Club on behalf of all supporters and to improve the perception of the Club within the community.

A committee, including Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, will be elected regularly (usually every 12 months) ensuring that the people that speak on our behalf will be chosen by us.

Supporters Direct will help with advice and funding necessary to form a proper constitution and to get it legally registered.

So I would ask you to keep an open mind and, if possible come to the inaugural meeting on 25th November, 7.30pm at the Railway Rifle Club, Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, Portsmouth. PO4 0AW.


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Writer: Ken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 8 2009

Time: 3:00PM

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Thanks Ken for answering fans questions about the trusts. Never thought I would see the Magpies (Dorchester) and Arsenal in the same sentence!!
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08/11/2009 19:30:00

Sounds good.
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09/11/2009 01:12:00

Bloody great idea, was thinking about Pompey yesterday after seeing the results and thinking that the 60m that the club was sold for probably equals about one years salary for players/staff etc. I was thinking along the lines of the players buying the club which I know in todays footballing society was plain stupid but this has merit. maybe it could be doubled up with a bit of extra cash with a season pass or something.
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09/11/2009 06:15:00

This actually sounds like a great idea.
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09/11/2009 18:17:00

Hmm . . . interesting. Not sure I quite understand in what way it's going to influence the club? Would our current owners take any notice? Peter Storrie would, but then already does take on board supporters' views - so I'm not sure what extra this would bring?
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09/11/2009 21:17:00

Would the Trust be able to buy a share in the Club (however miniscule)? If so, would we have a representative on the Board? Obviously, we would not have significant voting rights, but our presence would open up the currently secret machinations to public view. However, if we don't get a place on the Board (or at least get copied on the Minutes) I am not at all sure that I see the difference between a Trust and a traditional Supporters Club. Can anyone explain?
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10/11/2009 12:30:00

Yes.....very good point e r.. I don't want to down in yet, because the idea is good, but I just can't see the board allowing any real power that could influence decisions. Especially the crew we've got in charge at the moment, it's like dealing with MI6
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