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Liverpool signs contract to officially establish its new Supporters' Board

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool signs contract to officially establish its new Supporters' Board

LFC is leading the way in fan engagement with a legally enshrined Supporters' Council.

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At a historic moment where there are calls for change in the partnership between clubs and fans, Liverpool signed a contract to officially establish its new Supporters' Council and held an inaugural meeting with the 16 representatives of the Supporters' Council.

In a legally binding commitment by Liverpool to structure strategic engagement with supporters, strengthen dialogue and increase fan involvement in decision-making processes, fundamental to securing the future of the club.

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The Reds announced their intention to make this contract in December 2021, following extensive consultation with representatives of Spirit of Shankly (SOS), the club's official supporters' foundation, and the commitment to engage with fans will now be enshrined in the club's constitution.  

Liverpool FC has committed to consult and engage with fans on key strategic issues such as the match day experience, ticketing arrangements and fan consent on two heritage elements. The Fans' Board representatives are mandated to represent all fans of the club in this engagement process and have been chosen from organised Liverpool FC supporters' groups.  

The representatives are 10 members elected from Spirit of Shankly and six members elected from other supporters' organisations or experts in their field. The representatives will serve a two-year term.

The 16 members

Joe Blott - Spirit of Shankly committee member and chairman of SOS
Graham Smith - Spirit of Shankly committee member and SOS vice-chairman
Ted Morris - Chairman of LDSA
Paul Amann - Chairman of Kop Outs
Jo Goodall - President of Liverpool FC Women Supporters Club
Lee Foley - OLSC Glasgow (elected by OLSC Group Chairs)
Paddy Fitzsimons - Spion Kop 1906 
Harinder Singh - Independent Candidate
Anna Burgess - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Mohan Singh Randhawa - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Lucy Rimmer - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Mark Johnson - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Melissa Fallon - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Phil Rowan - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Roy Bentham - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Chris Owen - Spirit of Shankly Committee Member
Following the vote of the 16 members, Joe Blott has been elected chairman. A vice-chair will be elected in the coming weeks.

The Board will meet four times a year with the club's executives and senior staff to discuss strategic issues and have an open dialogue. The president and vice-president will also meet annually with the board. This evolution of fan engagement comes ahead of the forthcoming fan-led review, of which the UK government is expected to provide further details soon.  

 


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