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St Mirren completes five-year journey to become fan-owned club

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ST MIRREN have today completed their five-year journey to become a fan-owned club. The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) have bought out the remaining shareholding of chairman Gordon Scott to become majority (51%) owners of the Buddies. The deal helps to safeguard the future of the club – formed in 1877 – by placing […]

Volunteering Case Study #1: Stenhousemuir FC

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As part of 2020’s research project on volunteer management in Scottish football, funded by our friends at SD Europe, we spoke to Stenhousemuir FC about their “Community Help Initiative”. We saw this as a fantastic demonstration of how quickly and powerfully a football club can respond to community need if everyone is aligned around a shared […]

Fans Bank: the culmination of years of hard work

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With Scots heading to the polls today, football may not be uppermost in our minds. Our decisions about which box to mark our cross in will be complex, weighing up a broad range of issues. But one manifesto pledge should be highlighted as it directly affects the future of our game. When the SNP announced […]

ESL – after the dust has settled

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During the chaos of the attempted breakaway by 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs we proposed a better way forward, drawing on the work of SD Europe and Football Supporters Europe, and based on the principles of sporting integrity, protection of domestic football, recognition of fan culture, fairer revenue distribution and sustainability, and dialogue with fans […]

European Super League – Could There Be A Better Way?

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The idea of a European Super League has been around for a while, but has sent seismic shockwaves through the sport over the last 24 hours. With 12 clubs named already, a further 3 apparently to be announced shortly, and 5 more to be invited to breakaway, this proposal has sparked protest from every side […]

Giving Volunteers The Space To Make A Difference

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Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, Supporters Direct Scotland were selected as a recipient of the first SD Europe Fund, for a project studying the approach to volunteer management in Scottish football. Whilst we had to change the project methodology, and put some activities on indefinite hold, we were able to continue work on this when […]

Football Without Fans Is Nothing

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When Jock Stein originally spoke about the importance of fans, he probably didn’t consider that it would become part of the universal language of football more than 40 years later. It is so powerful an idea that it is routinely misquoted (the full quote is below) and often mis-attributed to any one of the Scottish […]

Scottish Cup and Euro 2020

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As the season nears completion, a number of issues affecting fans have featured prominently in media reports over the last week. Firstly, this Saturday’s SPFL matches and Scottish Cup fourth round matches have been rescheduled to avoid a clash with Prince Philip’s funeral at 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Despite matches being played behind closed doors […]

April 2021 Newsletter

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Our April newsletter is now live, covering the following topics: B Teams in SPFL League Two? The end of the strangest season ever draws close… Bet Regret is back Support our 2021 activities … and our regular news round-up If you would like to subscribe head over to scottishsupporters.net to sign up.

March 2021 Newsletter

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If you do not subscribe already you can read our March newsletter here, and if you would like to subscribe head over to scottishsupporters.net to sign up.

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