Everton fans Council – How it started

How the Council started:

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A discussion at a Shareholders’ Association Executive Committee meeting on the lack of influence and communication Evertonians in general have with the custodians of our club led to the idea to contact the various local and regional supporters clubs, fanzines, and prominent web sites to see if there would be interest in forming a body which might help to represent them ‘en masse’ to the club.

Two Committee members took on the task of making contact, and floating the idea. They emailed as many contacts as they could dig up, then followed up with phone calls and a letter. They spoke to Evertonians across the UK and around the world who devote some of their spare time to organising their clubs, generally receiving positive feedback on the idea.

A meeting was arranged for 28 August 2004 to get everybody together in the same room to discuss their concerns, form the body, and move forward. We asked each club to send 1 or 2 members who could represent them. About 50 people from all parts of the UK turned up.

One idea floated in the meeting was that of a Supporters Trust. There were people present who have long advocated a Supporters Trust for Everton and who had previously investigated the concept. There were other people who’d never heard of Trusts before, and some who were firmly set against them. No final decisions were made, but there was at least a level of interest in the idea.

The next meeting (again at the old Supporters Club on City road), before the Spurs game on 2nd October, the committee had arranged for members of the Spurs Trust and representatives of Supporters Direct (including the chair Andy Burnham MP) to come along and give their perspective on Trusts. They had also persuaded the new Chief Exec., Keith Wyness, to come along and introduce himself and answer questions.

Disappointingly, the turnout this time was much lower – about 30, we are not sure why. Our good start to the season and corresponding league position probably had an effect – no crisis, no motivation – as well as differences in the why the committee publicised the meeting.

The meeting discussed the Trust idea further again, some were in favour, some against. A motion was proposed that the committee investigate further and report back to the council before Christmas. The meeting voted, and the motion was passed.

The result of the committee’s investigations will be presented to the next full Council meeting on 4 December (Croft’s Social Club, City Road, starting at 12.30).

Involvement of the Shareholders Association:

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The Council arose from the initiative of some members of the Shareholders’ Association. However, anyone who was at the first meeting will agree it was made quite clear that having brought people together non-shareholders, or at least non-members of the Association, should be in the driving seat. The Council is the supporters organisation, it’s purpose and future must be decided by the members.

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