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Angels join Campaign to Reboot National Game

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Fair Game pledges to bring solutions to Governance, Sustainability, Integrity and Community

Tonbridge Angels today (27th May) become the eighth team to join the coalition of football clubs working together to improve governance of football in England and Wales.

 The Angels signed up to Fair Game, which already boasts Accrington Stanley, Bury AFC Cambridge United, Grimsby Town, Luton Town, Newport County AFC and AFC Wimbledon as members. The group will be working together to find long-term solutions to governance structures, sustainability, integrity and community issues currently in the game.

 Fair Game seek to influence and work with the government's fan led review, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, to ensure the opportunity for fair, lasting change is taken.

 Dave Netherstreet, Tonbridge Angels Chairman said today:

 “This is really a once in a lifetime opportunity to save the game we love and change the way football operates.

 “The demise of the likes of Bury and Macclesfield, and the recently proposed European Super League are real wake-up calls.

 “The Premier League, the EFL and the National League are all run by the clubs, and it is up to us to step forward and make that difference. But we can only succeed if we come together.

 “It is time to put aside our rivalries and for clubs to work together and turn the game that we love into one that is sustainable.

 “So today, we are calling on as many clubs to step forward and join us and plot a path that transforms the game and secures the longevity of our clubs and puts fans and the communities they serve first.”

 Niall Couper, director of Fair Game and a board member of the Dons Trust, owners of AFC Wimbledon, added: “It is obvious that football needs to change. And we are delighted that Tonbridge Angels have decided to join us. 

“Fair Game is firmly committed to delivering real change. 

“Fair Game is not a breakaway, but we believe it will be the breakthrough the game needs. Over the next few weeks we will be holding a series of open workshops and developing detailed and realistic solutions to football’s problems.”

To tune in to the sessions visit https://www.fairgameuk.org/events and register.

 The four principles which Fair Game wants clubs across England and Wales to sign up to are:

  • Sustainability
     A financial structure that is fairer and more responsible
  • Integrity
     Greater recognition of, and protections for, current competitions
  • Independent regulation
     Regulation that rewards and encourages good management
  • Community

Embedded and structured fan engagement at all clubs



Published Thursday 27th May 2021 (last updated Sunday 30th May 2021)