I have been thinking about people power since the Big IF rally last Saturday. As I wrote in my last post1, I was more impressed by the 45,000 people who turned up in Hyde Park than I was by the big names on the stage. Yes, it helped to have Bill Gates as a speaker but it wouldn’t have been impressive without the crowd, people who had put aside their differences to work together on one issue. It set me dreaming about what could be achieved if football fans could set aside rivalries and unite to fight for the future of the game we love, if Birmingham City fans could march alongside Villa fans to protest about the problems caused by foreign owners who don’t listen to fans.
There are some signs of this kind of thing happening and the Spirit of Shankly group of Liverpool fans has received a lot of support from fans of other clubs for the demonstration it is organising next week. The demonstration is against the spiralling cost of attending football matches and will take place in London on June 19th, the day the Premier League fixtures are announced. For details see the Spirit of Shankly website2.
If you are interested in meeting fans of other clubs to talk about issues that affect us all, the Supporters Summit provides a great opportunity to do that. It is organised by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation and is being held at St George’s Park, the home of the new National Football Centre. You don’t have to be a delegate to attend; you can do what I’ve done and just register as an individual fan not representing any organisation. It takes place in just over a week’s time but registration closes on June 14th so check out the Summit website3 soon if you are interested.
If you want to talk about Birmingham City FC and Blues Trust then there’s a chance to do that at their Open Meeting on June 23rd. Details are on their website4. I’m planning on going to that too. I must admit I’m feeling rather pessimistic about the immediate future of the club and don’t feel that Blues fans can do much about that at present. But I do want to hear what the trust board has to say.