June 30, 2009 by alunparry
AFC Liverpool’s First Ever AGM
If you like your football with a dollop of socialism that means the fans own and control your club….
If the Premier League makes you feel like a mere customer…..
If the news that a footy player gets £250,000 a week for something you’d do for free makes you reach for the vom bucket……
… then you’ll be interested to hear the latest on AFC Liverpool.
The non league club, which I founded last year, has just had our first AGM this weekend, held at the Liverpool Supporters Club in Walton Breck Road.
The club is a co-op meaning fans are equal owners of the club simply by paying just £10 membership.
So the fans get to decide the sort of things that Hicks and Gillett decide on their own up at Anfield. Socialism in action!
At the AGM the fans put motions forward about the future direction of the club, decided who the board members are, and decided the level of ticket prices. Imagine that at a Premier League club!!
Remarkable First Season
It’s been a remarkable first season for a brand new football club started and run by “mere fans”.
We have 14 junior and community teams – not just a first team and reserves.
Our youth system challenges some professional league clubs which have been in existence for over a century. Big heads up to Sean and Russ in particular for that.
AFC Liverpool won the First Division Trophy adding immediate silverware to the trophy cabinet. (The official cup final song written and recorded by me is at the top. Ta to Louis Dowling for doing such a boss vid).
Even our match programme, edited by Steve Horton, walked away with the league’s Match Programme of the Year award.
On top of that, loads of our junior teams won their leagues, adding even more silver to the pile.
Derek Goulding, the first team manager said: “Many of our players have often dreamt of running out in front of the Kop at Anfield.
“Our supporters this year were magnificent. Running out at grounds all over the North West the players never tired of seeing the massed red banners and hearing the fervent singing and backing they received.”
Paul McCombs, the club’s Chair said: “In keeping with the community ethos of our club we have decided to keep our gate prices at the same as last year for the coming 2009 / 2010 season.
“For £5 Adult, £3 OAP, £2 Child, you can watch a successful team with its heart in the community of Liverpool.”
Those wanting season tickets get their footy even cheaper. Seventy quid for an adult season ticket and fifteen quid for kids. That works out as 88p per match for Under 18s.
Stick that in yer Premier League and smoke it!!