OSA visit St George’s Park for FSF AGM!

Sunday the 2nd of July, four members of the NCFCOSA committee represented the Supporters Association and the views of Notts’ fans at the FSF annual general meeting.

The AGM document can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Coverage of Sunday’s event can be discovered on our Twitter feed, find us on Twitter @NCFCOSA.

Photographs by Joshua Collishaw, for reuse contact [email protected]

The OSA committee members present at the FSF AGM were:-

  • David Akers
  • Patricia Akers
  • John Terrington
  • Joshua Collishaw

NCFCOSA voted in favour of every motion announced, (see FSF AGM document). Including the boycott of The S*n newspaper, for every football club with regards to the Hillsborough incident and reporting around this incident from The S*n newspaper.  The FSF now recommends affiliated supporter groups & trusts to call on retailers newspaper vendors to stop the sale of this newspaper.

Motion 2

Boycott of The Sun newspaper

On 15th April 1989, a disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield led, ultimately, to the deaths of 96 innocent fans who had left home that morning to watch a football match. Those fans, whose ages ranged from 10 to 67 years old, were unlawfully killed that day. Survivors who many as we know have also taken their own lives or had lives irrevocably changed since Hillsborough too.

Contrary to the facts, the Sun published a front page story with the banner headline ‘The Truth” which contained blatant lies.

Here are just a couple of the lies:
Some fans picked the pockets of victims.

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Drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked workers as they tried to rescue victims and police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon.

This was printed in a British national newspaper!

It is sobering to compare the behaviour of those who were in positions of responsibility and public trust with the dignity and courage displayed by the fans on the day and by the families of the 96 who have continued since 1989 to fight for justice whilst coping with the loss of their loved ones.

The FSF recognises and will not forget the hurt and distress caused to the people of Merseyside and to the wider football family by the lies and smears printed in The Sun, and, in particular, the distress caused to the families of the 96.

Neither will the FSF forget The Sun’s refusal to apologise properly for the hurt it caused.

The FSF also recognises that Liverpool fans suffered in this instance but that it could have been any set of fans.

For these reasons the FSF and affiliated supporters groups and trusts call on all retailers and vendors of newspapers in [area name here] to stop selling The Sun.

We applaud the group called ‘Total Eclipse of the Sun’ for their endeavours to rid off the streets and in the football community’s of this newspaper.

Proposer: Spirit of Shankly

Seconder: Everton Supporters Trust

Amended motion proposed by the National Council

The FSF requests its and affiliated supporters groups and trusts to call on all retailers and vendors of newspapers in their area to stop selling The Sun.

 

Furthermore, on behalf of Dougie Pullen (SLO), we proposed two motions ourselves – in which, the NCFCOSA Chair proposed to the audience:

Motion 9
Professional match officials in the EFL

The FSF proposes that sufficient budgets should be set aside for ALL EFL match officials to become fully-funded professional officials and that research into how match officials can be assisted through technological support should be accelerated along with identifying an improved means of ‘real time’ communication with spectators, the media and other interested parties.

Explanation: The performance of match officials has been under constant scrutiny during the 2016/17 season and there is no doubt that in the professional game, the need for professional officials who are dedicated to their increasingly demanding role, has never been greater. It makes no sense that a professional sport should be controlled by amateur officials.

Proposer: Notts County FC Supporters’ Association

Motion 10

Scheduling of fixtures

The FSF proposes that the EFL should take into account the convenience of visiting fans whenever possible during the scheduling of fixture lists, by capping the distance that has to be travelled to attend a mid-week evening game. No evening game should be more that two hours’ travelling time away.

Explanation: Little, if any, consideration is presently given to the cost and inconvenience to fans of long-distance travel to mid-week league games. As a consequence, many fans cannot travel to such games due to work or educational commitments.

Proposer: Notts County FC Supporters’ Association

Amended motion proposed by the National Council

The FSF proposes that the leagues should take into account the convenience of visiting fans whenever possible during the scheduling of fixture lists, particularly by striving to limit the distance that has to be travelled to attend a mid-week evening game to two hours travelling time wherever possible.

Both motions were passed to the National Council.

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