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Joan Ryan welcomes Labour’s plans to give fans a voice in every football boardroom

Joan Ryan enthusiastically welcomed Labour’s new policies to give football supporters a voice in the running of their clubs.

The plan, announced by Clive Efford MP – Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister – on 17th October, offers supporters of individual clubs the right – as part of a single accredited supporters trust – to:

  • Appoint up to 25% and no less than 2 of the directors on the board.
  • Buy up to 10% of the shares when a club changes ownership, if desired.

This would amount to the biggest legislative change in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs, since the game was introduced, and would make owners of clubs more accountable to their supporters.

 Enfield Town FC’s supporters’ organisation, along with similar fan groups from 94 other clubs, has helped the Labour Party to draw up these proposals and the Party will continue to consult with supporters on the details of their plans. 

Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:

“I am delighted by Labour’s policies for the future of football and that Enfield Town supporter’s group took part in the consultation.

Enfield Town has always been a trailblazer for supporters’ rights. It was created by one of football’s first supporters’ trusts and I was proud to be a founder member in 2001. Since that time, the club has built a successful organisation with the help of fans, volunteers and local people.

They have shown what it is possible to do when fans are put at the heart of their club.

Labour’s plan to give more powers to supporters and make clubs more accountable to them can change the way football is run.

Fans will no longer be an afterthought, as prices are hiked up, grounds relocated and clubs burdened with debt. Giving fans a stake in their clubs will ensure their voice is heard by the owners of the clubs too.

This will be good for football and for football fans.” 

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