Public seminar: Moving the Goalposts: some realities of democratic football governance

Unfortunately this talk has been cancelled as the speaker, Richard Hall, is unwell. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Date: Tuesday October 29th

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Place: The Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln (map)

This is part of our free, monthly public seminar series. Everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more about the Social Science Centre.

From 1999-2009 Richard Hall was the Chair of the Walsall Supporters Trust. The WST worked closely with the New Labour-funded, Supporters Direct to advocate for supporter participation in the governance of Walsall FC. The WST was initially constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee and then became a more democratic Industrial and Provident Society. In this time it became the tenth largest shareholder at the Club and was engaged in education projects based around literacy in local schools, focused on the Walsall Til I Die project. Richard also worked with Supporters Direct and the Foxes Trust at Leicester City on literacy projects in City/County schools in Leicestershire. The politics of football almost destroyed his love of the game, and he documented this on YouTube as disillusioned Saddler.

In this session Richard will discuss the aims of the WST as a co-operative, democratic venture, and will highlight its successes and its very real failings or shortcomings. One outcome may be a better understanding of the narrative of locally-rooted institutions like the SSC and how they sustain themselves over time.

Richard Hall is a member of the Social Science Centre and Prof. of Education and Technology at De Montfort University.

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