Trust Statement – 17th May 2024

The Shrimpers Trust was pleased to work with Anna Firth MP on composing some questions for yesterday’s final oral evidence session of the Football Governance Bill Committee.

Whilst we hope that the takeover by COSU completes soon, it should not be forgotten that Southend United FC has been, and remains, a glaring example of bad football club ownership, and of exactly what the Independent Football Regulator will be protecting against.

The Shrimpers Trust has worked hard to position our football club as a poster child of the necessity for improved regulation in football, and it has been heartening to hear Southend United FC and its recent plight being held up as an example in the Government response, used as examples in Bill evidence sessions, and mentioned in Parliament. Southend United supporters have all played a part in this landmark moment.

We are pleased that politicians of all parties appear to be prioritising community, culture and heritage over the private ownership rights of a few individuals to treat our football clubs as their personal playthings. Whilst it’s unfortunate that something as dear to so many people as football is under a spotlight for unsustainable governance and operations, there is hope in legislation from Government to protect, reform and regulate one of the most important things that the UK has given to rest of the world.

Whilst the Bill continues its journey through the legislative process, we would like to reiterate our continuing eagerness to feed in our experiences and thoughts. The Bill must be robust, and the Regulator must have the teeth necessary to do what is intended and be free from cynical influence and vested interests.

Finally, we’d like to acknowledge and thank Anna Firth for her tireless work on this subject. As the local MP for a football club in existential crisis due to bad governance and ownership, her voice on the Football Governance Bill Committee is an important and timely one.

The Shrimpers Trust Board

Previously issued Statements can be found below.

Trust Statements
Trust Statement – 17th May 2024 Trust Statement – 10th May 2024 Trust Statement – 5th April 2024 Trust Statement – 2nd April 2024
SUFC / Southend Council FAQ’s – 20th February 2024 Trust Statement – 17th January 2024 Trust Statement – 23rd December 2023 Trust Statement – 11th November 2023
Trust Statement – 8th November 2023 Trust Statement – 3rd October 2023 Shrimpers Trust & Irons Trust Joint Statement – 2nd October 2023 Trust Statement – 2nd October 2023 – Dereliction & Decline
Supporters Group Statement – 21st September 2023 Membership Drive – 20th September 2023 Trust Statement – 19th September 2023 Trust Statement – 8th September 2023
Trust Statement – 4th September 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 1st September 2023 Trust Statement – 30th August 2023 Trust Statement – 23rd August 2023
Supporters Group Statement – 4th August 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 26th July 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 25th July 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 22nd July 2023
Supporters Group Statement – 18th July 2023 Trust Statement – 14th July 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 14th July 2023 Trust Statement – Letter to the National League – 13th July 2023
Supporters Group Statement – 12th July 2023 Trust Statement – 10th July 23 Supporters Group Statement – 5th July 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 6th June 2023
End of Season Report 22/23 Supporters Group Statement – 17th May 2023 Supporters Group Statement – 4th May 2023 Open Letter to Southend Council Planning Officer – 02/05/23
Supporters Group Statement – 28/03/23 Ron Martin & Tom Lawrence Answer Your Questions – 28/03/23 Open Letter to the Leadership, Executive, Councillors and MPs of Southend on Sea – 20/03/23 Trust Statement – 17/03/23
Supporters Group – SUFC 2022/23 ST Survey – Update – 16/03/23 Supporters Group Statement – 13/03/23 Supporters Group – SUFC 2022/23 ST Survey – 13/03/23 Trust Update – 08/03/22
Supporters Group Statement – 28/02/23 Trust Statement – 24/02/23 Letter To The APPG – 18/02/23 Anna Firth, MP Answers Your Questions – 17/02/23
Trust General Statement – Feb 2023 Trust Statement – Anna Firth, MP Meeting – 10/02/23 Supporters Group Statement – 31/01/23 Supporters Group Statement – 27/01/23
Trust Statement – HMRC Adjournment – 22/01/23 Trust Statement – HMRC Adjournment – 18/01/23 Supporters Group Statements – Nov 2022 Shrimpers Trust Confirm Loan – 15/11/12
Trust Statement – Winding-up Petition – 09/11/22 Trust Statement – Transfer Embargo – 01/10/22 Trust Statement – Non-Playing Staff Wages – 22/09/22 End Of Season Report – 21/22
Trust Statement – Work Starts On Fossetts – 08/07/22 Trust Statement – We Love The Club You Idiot! – 08/12/21 Trust Statement – Time For Reflection! – 12/10/21 Trust Statement – When Is Enough Enough? – 03/10/21
Trust Statement – Tom Lawrence – 21/05/21 Trust Statement – SOS Rally – 29/04/21 Trust Statement – 24/04/21 Trust Statement – 20/03/21
Trust Statement – SUFC Finances – Sept/Oct 2020 Trust Statement – 05/03/20 Trust Statement – 31/01/20 Trust & SZ Meeting with Ron Martin – 12/10/12
Trust Statement – 24/09/12 Darlington – Back From The Brink – Jan 2012 Aldershot Town FC – 12/01/12 HMRC Winding-up Petition – 03/08/11
Barry The Parrot Does East Fife – 18/07/11 Supporters Direct Public Statement – 13/06/11 Season Tickets – Price Increase – 29/03/11 Club Pay Back Trust Loan – 28/08/10
High Court Hearing / Club Loan – 04/08/10 Letter To Sainsbury’s – 02/07/10 Club Loan – 01/07/10 Winding-up Petition – 03/06/10
Paul & Rob’s Big Day Out – 21/04/10 High Court Hearing – 15/04/10 Loan Extension – 02/03/10 Ron Martin’s Blog – 31/12/09
Help The Trust End Polio Now – 10/12/09 Trust Statements – Oct/Nov 2009