When a Blues Trust Tweet asked if the Swans Trust model was the way forward for others, the first answer that came to mind was, “I hope not.” I was thinking of the reason why Swans Trust got started, which was that the club was in crisis mode. Following relegation to the Third Division it was sold for £1 in July 2001 and had several changes of ownership the next season. The club was in turmoil and the fans joined together to save their club.
If Birmingham City gets to a similarly desperate situation I’m sure that Blues Trust will recruit a lot more members. It could happen, let’s face it anything could happen to Birmingham City. Things are bad now but they could get a lot worse; our club could end up teetering on the verge of extinction. However, I hope that we don’t have to go down that route. If possible I’d like to get to where Swansea City is now without having to plumb the miserable depths that it has endured.
Since I first saw the question in that Tweet, Blues Trust has added a copy of the Swans Trust presentation to their site (click here to download it). Looking at it has made me wish that I could have heard the talk that went with it. Although we are, at present, facing a very different situation to the one that prompted the formation of Swans Trust, I think there is a lot that we can learn from them. One message that comes over in their presentation is the hard work and time involved in running Swans Trust. I’m not sure how much Blues Trust can achieve with only seven board members (four elected and three co-opted). They are busy men and can’t devote unlimited time to trust work. So I would suggest that one of their priorities should be an effort to find more people who will be willing to stand for election at the next AGM.