ALMOST a year ago, the Government appointed a Select Committee to look into issues surrounding football governance.

Last week the Government’s response to the Committee’s report was published and, in an unprecedented move, the Government has given the footballing authorities only four months (by February 29 next year) to reach agreement on a plan for next season.

The full response can be accessed via but it is worth highlighting some key recommendations relating specifically to supporters.

“The Government believes that every club should have a dedicated and mandatory supporter liaison officer.

“Furthermore, that every club should officially recognise the relevant supporters groups or trusts and keep an open dialogue with them.

“They should hold official and regular annual general meetings at which these groups are invited to take part and at which appropriate financial and other information can be shared and consulted upon.”

The Government also urges the football authorities to consider ways to actively encourage and incentivise methods of including supporter representatives on the boards of clubs, although it goes on to say that the authorities should also consider ways of achieving this role in an advisory capacity.

This section of the response concludes as follows: “Whatever the way that representation is achieved, we believe that there is every reason to think that clubs are stronger because they have supporters at the heart of the club, not weaker”.

Both the Patrons Club and the Supporters Association have an open dialogue with Town but it will be interesting to see how this might be formalised further. A lot of food for a lot of thought.

Meanwhile, more immediately, we have two more away trips next week.

Firstly, it’s a relatively short trip to Scunthorpe next Tuesday. The HTSA coach is priced at £10 for members and will leave the stadium at 5pm.

The following Saturday (October 29) sees another long haul, this time to Yeovil. Departure time is 8am with the members’ price at £18.50.

As usual, seats can be booked at the cabin this Saturday or by phone or text to 07926 165863, alternatively by email to