Football Supporters' Association logoGovernance: a hot topic

The well-publicised crises at Bolton Wanderers and Bury are far from isolated cases. The founding of the Football Supporters Association is a potential watershed in the governance of clubs, says Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher.

On Saturday 29 June 2019, the hottest day of the year up to that point at a mere 33 degrees, Dons Trust Board (DTB) vice-chair Rob Crane and I enjoyed the air conditioning of a conference room in central London.

We were there, along..

Head-and-shoulders photograph of Mark DavisWelcome back!

Dons Trust Board chair Mark Davis summarises the key activities at board level that have taken place so far this summer.

First of all, I’d like to welcome you all back to a new season – our final season at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. Whilst this football club belongs in Merton, TCRRS has felt to me like a place that for the past 17 years we have been able to call home. There are many things I will miss..

AFC Wimbledon badgeSlowly but surely

Dons Trust Board vice-chair Rob Crane explains why there have been delays in making announcements about the progress of the crowdfunding initiative to help meet the cost of our new stadium.

Welcome back to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the start of what, all being well, will be our final season here before returning home to Wimbledon – and what an amazing achievement that will be.

In 2002 we were told that AFC Wimbledon would not be “in the..

Holding the club board to account

Dons Trust Board vice-chair Rob Crane explains how the Dons Trust works with the Football Club Board to keep everything moving along on the correct course.

Most Wimbledon fans, I would hope, know that the Dons Trust is the organisation that owns AFC Wimbledon. But on a day-to-day basis, how does the elected Dons Trust Board hold the (unelected) Football Club Board to account?

Traditionally, the split has been that the DTB looks after the strategic direction of the club,..

Bristol Rovers programme coverThe number one jersey

Dons Trust chair Mark Davis used yesterday’s matchday programme to talk about a change at the top at AFC Wimbledon. The following is a slightly edited version of the article.

Today I have commandeered the From the Boardroom page, for this one programme only, to report on the recent change in the number one slot at AFC Wimbledon. I’m referring to the position of chief executive officer, rather than goalkeeper, but I’m hoping this change proves to be as positive for..

Club volunteersGiving something back

Dons Trust Board member Jane Lonsdale reflects on the importance of letting our volunteers know how much we appreciate the work they put in.

I recently took a phone call from Blackpool Supporters’ Trust seeking our advice. They were putting out a plea for volunteers to help get their club back on its feet as soon as the receiver had officially taken control. They wanted to learn from our experiences of working with and recruiting volunteers.

It was a reminder..

Dons Trust SGMThe April SGM

Mark Davis, Chair of the Dons Trust Board, runs through the topics that will be discussed at the first Dons Trust meeting of the year.

I will shortly be writing to members to invite them to a Special General Meeting to be held on 17 April. These meetings are at the heart of the Dons Trust Board’s accountability to the membership. Members get to approve (or not) some important decisions and have a chance to quiz the DTB on the..

A computer-generated image of the new stadiumAn update from the Chair

Mark Davis, Chair of the Dons Trust Board, has a round-up of progress on various fronts at the club and the Trust.

In my programme page for the Boxing Day game against Plymouth Argyle, I set out what our newly elected Dons Trust Board (DTB) members could expect over the next year. Now is a good time to summarise how 2019 is shaping up so far.

First of all, with four of the nine elected members new to the DTB,..

The matchday experience

Dons Trust Board member Cormac van der Hoeven hopes that in the coming weeks supporters will feel reassured by visible changes around the stadium.

The UK footballing landscape has had a particularly troublesome few months. In December last year, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused during a Premier League match against Chelsea, while some fans of our eventual FA Cup conquerors, Millwall, were recorded using a racist term that is derogatory to the Pakistani community in their fourth-round tie.

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Hannah Kitcher Dons Trust Board MemberGetting our priorities right

Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher has news of the Board’s priorities for the year ahead, and which members will be overseeing which areas.

On this page in the West Ham programme in January, I said that I’d share with you my targets as a Dons Trust Board (DTB) member. By sharing our targets with members, you then have something to hold us to account for. I admit that I did promise to do this by the end of February,..