With Scots heading to the polls today, football may not be uppermost in our minds - but one manifesto pledge should make us sit up and take notice: the SNP's "Fans Bank" proposal, which builds on an SD Scotland research paper:
We’re getting tired of saying this, but we’ll say it again… The fans don’t want this. The fans have never wanted this. The fans aren’t mentioned in this announcement. Football without fans is nothing. twitter.com/OfficialSLFL/s…
SD Scotland are a member of the Scottish FA's Congress as the supporters representative
SD Scotland's Scottish Supporters Network represents over 14,000 individuals and an overall membership of over 20,000
"I'm a Dunfermline supporter, and had it not been for the guidance of SDS I might not have had a club to support any more. The fans are the focal point of any club, and must be allowed to have their say."
"There is simply no debating that some of the best literature and talk over the past few years on the governance of the game has come from Supporters Direct."
There are 4 supporter owned clubs in Scotland (with a further 4 on the road to supporter ownership)
"Scottish football needs the fans, it needs Supporters Direct, and it needs to involve its fans properly and constructively."
91% of respondents to our Scottish Football Supporters Survey believe that community ownership can work in Scottish football
“The annual Scottish Football Supporters survey has again provided invaluable insight on what matters most to the fans. We will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that as many fans as possible can enjoy our national game.”
Ian Maxwell, Scottish Football Association CEO
"The SPFL recognises and supports the important role that SD Scotland has to play in representing the views of supporters across the country."
Neil Doncaster, SPFL CEO
"SD’s work in helping fans pursue supporter ownership is valuable to the game and their communities and this game gives us a chance to celebrate the movement."
Ian Murray, MP