Supporters’ representatives: Let’s have a heated debate…
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. The three-one win over Carlisle United was welcome and deserved. It wasn’t the most thrilling game we’ve ever seen, in fact at times it would have been more enjoyable painting a seat and watching it dry. However, you cannot moan about a win which keeps the Town in touch with the play offs and able to roll over sides who don’t offer much in exchange. I would say well done to the two hundred or so Cumbrian fans. A fine effort. If you’ve ever been to Carlisle you know how far it is. Warm woolly hats off to them.
At half time there was an exhibition boxing match. Oh how we wished it was between members of our board who, it appeared, were scrapping about the future of the club. That scrap is now over and we have a new owner and chairman. How many is that since last Christmas?
Surely we wish Lee Power well. Why wouldn’t we? We all want what’s best for our team and a secure long term future for Swindon Town. There’ll no doubt be phone-ins and forums and the like, but there’s only one real question. Is our beloved club safe? That’s it. Please Mr Power, give us the genuine reassurance we need and let’s get on with it.
This brings me to the thorny and sometimes vexed question of supporter representation on the Board of Directors. There’s been much talk of it of late. How it would be the answer to so many of our problems. How we’d all know what’s going on behind closed doors. How we’d all have a real say in the future of the club.
Really though would we? Who would be this representative? How would you qualify? What makes one fan more able to represent supporters’ views more than another? Then when it really comes down to it, what notice would an owner really take of someone who, perhaps, has no voting powers (excuse the pun). If they did have a vote they may still be outvoted. Also would they really know what all 7,000 regular fans want?
Let me say here and now. I’m not and have never been convinced of the value of a fan sitting on the board.
If someone could persuade me with an argument that the supporter’s representative would have a real say in the future of our club, I might consider it worthwhile. Perhaps this isn’t a popular view. That doesn’t bother me. Nor do I worry if it’s not a modern view.
It seems to me the best way to move forward is to always be ready to challenge when necessary from the outside. After all, if the fans representative isn’t doing what some lobby groups want they surely would want him or her out. We pay our money and we support. We buy cars but we don’t demand a voice in the Ford, Chrysler etc boardroom. Why should it be different at a football club? I don’t have the money to put in apart from my season ticket and cost of away travel. If I was the owner, my first statement would be if you want control then where’s your cash?
I’m ready for that heated debate.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON.