Monday, September 05, 2011

Swans flocking together: a lesson for us?

The latest post on the NUST blog comes courtesy of Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters Trust, who urges us all to keep the faith and believe that the dream of the fans having a significant stake in our club can become a reality. NUST's counterparts in south Wales control a whopping 20% share in the Swans, so it seems there may be genuine cause for optimism.

The similarities are there - a passionate fanbase repeatedly appalled at the actions of a delusional and dictatorial hierarchy. However, as Sumbler points out, the Swans fans' involvement came about as part of a last-ditch bail-out of a club in administration and in serious danger of going out of existence. This begs the question: would it take a equally grave existential threat for Newcastle fans to be motivated to mobilise in similar numbers and with a similarly fierce devotion to the cause? Let's hope we don't have to find out the hard way, and that NUST can find a less painful route into securing a stake in the club.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck in your efforts - the Club has history and tradition - too important for short term gain - would be great if FIFA (some hope!) said that supporters Trusts should have at least a 25% stake! All the best from a Swans fan who like all Swans fans - went to footballing hell and back!

7:37 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Thanks. Sadly, I don't hold out much hope of FIFA enforcing that - you never know, though...

9:50 pm  

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