Apart from my trip to the dark side a few weeks ago to watch the New York Red Bulls, my season ended over two months ago. Last season I managed to shoe-horn in 104 games in 14 countries between 1 July and 7 May. Nine weeks is a lifetime in football. But finally we had football back in our weekends. Our first game of the season ticked so many boxes. Lewes game; new ground and the chance to win our first bit of silverware for five years. Bring on the Supporters Direct Shield!
Supporters Direct do a fantastic job across all levels of football. Many fans of the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City or Chelsea will probably never have heard of them. But they work tirelessly in helping clubs rebuild and create sustainable business models for the future. They have focused their efforts on clubs who have gone through financial “trauma” but their assistance is available to everyone and to celebrate their work each year they hold a conference where clubs, fans, members, owners and just about anyone who cares about the game attends. Last year it was in Chester and had an address from William Gaillard, UEFA’s Director of Communications no less at the conference. This year it was the turn of London to host the show. Continue reading