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Falkirk fans express concern over Club's proposed change in Board governance

Mon 31st Mar 2014 | Football Club Management

A decision by Falkirk FC to remove a board position held by the Falkirk Supporters Society (FSS) since 2002 has been condemned by the supporters group.

A spokesman for the FSS said: “In Autumn 2013 a survey of nearly 1000 Falkirk fans showed that 70% of supporters had a lack of confidence in the club’s leadership.  Since then the union of Falkirk Supporters Groups (Falkirk Fans) have been working closely with the Club to address the numerous issues raised by the fans.

“We have been in dialogue with the club for some considerable time to satisfy their, and our, desire to enhance fan engagement.  We believed our proposal to the Board - a more democratic structure with ‘one fan, one vote’ - clearly demonstrated a pathway to allow all Falkirk supporters who hold season tickets to become members of a new fans’ Society.

“Not only are we shocked and extremely disappointed that this was rejected but were astonished that our proposals have been taken and the Club now plans to establish their own undemocratic fans’ group.

“To be told in recent days that the FSS’s place on the Club’s Board, a position held since 2002, is being removed is a major disappointment to all Falkirk fans especially at a time when fans of all clubs are asking for better governance and financial transparency in football.  It is a real blow to independent supporters groups who are committed to the long term sustainability of their clubs.

“We have called on the Club to engage with, as a matter of urgency, Supporters Direct Scotland to try to come to a compromise in what has the danger of becoming a hugely damaging situation at the club.”

 

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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