Sports Minister announces £1.8m grant to Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct Press Release: 13/10/2006

Sports Minister announces £1.8m grant to Supporters Direct

The Minister for Sport, the Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, today welcomed a new three year funding deal from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) for Supporters Direct (SD) starting from 2007/08.

The new deal, worth just under £1.8 million pounds, is testament to the enormous growth and success of the organisation which boasts over 140 trusts in England, Scotland and Wales and 14 clubs in trust ownership or control.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn said: "It is the loyal supporters on the terraces who will always be the beating heart of sports clubs. I am delighted that this new funding deal will help extend the influence of football Trusts in local communities while increasing and developing their role across all sports.

"This is a tremendous vote of confidence to Supporters Direct and the vital work sport fans have achieved through SD over the past five years."

The increase in funding will enable SD to provide a significantly enhanced level of support to supporters' trusts, to help them build their capacity and help them deliver an improved level of governance and financial control within their clubs….

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Dedication & Blessing of Memorial Garden Extension

We recently published a feature about the Garden of Rememberance at our ground. Due to a growing number of fans wishing to be commerated there, the garden has recently been expanded.

Before the new area comes into use, a brief dedication and blessing will be performed. This will take place prior to the Southampton game this Saturday at around 1.15pm, and be conducted by Club Chaplain Bruce Nadin.

All fans are welcome to join the occasion.

Our original feature which details the location of the garden can be read here



Trust Reacts to Renewed Mandaric Speculation


Following Milan Mandaric recently severing all ties with Portsmouth, The Foxes Trust has reacted to the renewed speculation linking him to a takeover bid for Leicester City. 

Ian Bason, Chairman of the Trust said “Obviously for any individual or team of investors looking to run a football club, Leicester City is an attractive option, with first class facilities ready made for Premiership football. The club has recently been run as a tight ship, keeping debt under control, while being undercapitalised, so that combination means it is a desirable proposition. The new Sky deal further increases the attractiveness of taking a mid table Championship club back to the Premiership” 

Bason added “We would welcome any investment that is in the best interests of LCFC, its supporters & local community. However we would need to see the detailed proposals of any potential major investor, should they come forward, before commenting further” 

Bason continued “Should a bid be launched, we would not make any snap decisions on backing a bid based on the reputation of any individual, we would need to look in detail at such things as plans for owning the stadium, ensuring fans won’t be priced out of attending games, as well as the more glamorous topic of funds for players……

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Hard Fought Point Deserved

Birmingham 1 City 1 

Well you can't say that City are not fighters, they played magnificently. In the first 10 minutesthey would have scored if Elvis Hammond had been on the pitch. We do badly need some height in the box. The only thing we appeared to be lacking is a goal scorer. Hume (and Fryatt) are both fast but don't have a heading ability.  

The first half our defence was like a brick wall. Every time Birmingham launched an attack McCarthy was there, (whether it was left, right or centre of the box). In my opinion he was certainly man of the match.



Skipper McCarthy starring role (picture courtesy of Raymonds/

A very close second to McCarthy had got to be Logan, he made two magnificent saves in the first half and again several more after the break. Their goal was lucky, we relaxed for a couple of minutes. I was still confident that we would go on to win the match with the fighting spirit we displayed (as usual)….


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U’s happy with a bore draw?

City 0 – 0 Colchester United 

City’s poor home form continued with a 0-0 draw at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday. Make no mistake this was not a good game and the boos at the final whistle were well deserved. Colchester set out to make it difficult for City on the back of a good run but both sides were lacking in the quality required to score. 

Free tickets swelled the attendance to over 22,000 but the biggest home crowd of the season were sadly subjected to a performance as bad as anything we have seen since the summer break and certainly were not entertained. 

Conrad Logan played well for a clean sheet on his home debut and with some excellent kicking reminded everyone what City lack with Henderson or Douglas play in goal. McAuley also had a decent debut at the back but it is further forward that City looked desperately weak. 

Fryatt could have scored a couple on another day and O’Grady tried to put himself about but it was a lack of chances created, and City’s complete and at times embarrassing inability to keep the ball which was cause for concern and reduced the game to mediocrity. With brief spells of respite there was no rhythm to the play, no movement off the ball, no support for the strikers, no incisive passing, no creativity and certainly no goals….

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