Do You Want To Own A Football Club?

Ever thought you could do a better job of running a football club than some of the chairmen or owners out there? Here’s your chance!

Every football fan on the planet one day has dreamt, or still does dream, of being a professional footballer. Well, that is a dream that doesn’t have any grounding in reality for 95% of people. But what about owning a football club? That might sound crazy, as it takes an awful lot of time and money to run a football club, and in most cases there is no profit in it.

As we have seen, though, fan ownership is a growing phenomenon in today’s game; Wrexham FC of course are the latest club to be owned by the fans, and follow the likes of Ebbsfleet United and AFC Wimbledon in being run by the supporters. The idea is that each shareholding fan is involved in every decision that the club makes, with the final decision being taken on a democratic majority vote. This in theory means that the long term future of the club is safe as every fan takes their vote seriously, and uses it in the best interest of the club.

What if you could be involved in this? Well, that is the idea of new project Run The FC. Currently, they are looking for 50,000 members, although this may be revised at a later date. The idea being that you sign up as a member of the site, and when the magic number is reached, each member, or “pledge” donates an initial £20 each, and then a £2 monthly subscription. This money will then be used to either buy an existing club, or to start a brand new club from scratch. This then gives you an equal voice in the day to day running of the club, with every member getting one vote each.

On the site, there is a forum for you to offer up any suggestions you may have regarding potential clubs to buy, or any ideas for the site itself. There is also a fortnightly podcast, keeping you updated on all the latest news and info on RunTheFC’s progress.

Sound good? Then head over to RunTheFC and join up! You can also follow them on twitter: @RunTheFC, and Facebook. If you have any questions about the project, this link might help. Or alternatively, just contact them direct via twitter or Facebook.

It is a really interesting idea, and one that deserves attention. I for one am on board, as I would love to be a part of the future of a football club, with an equal say in what goes on. Who wouldn’t!


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

Posted on February 1, 2012, in UTL Archive and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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