Independent Saddlers Supporters Association
Following the latest committee meeting of the Independent Saddlers Supporters Association, we would like to make all supporters of Walsall Football Club aware of our intentions regarding the Walsall Football Supporters Trust.
It was unanimously decided by our committee, that a proposal be put to Walsall Football Club, that ISSA be recognised as the main supporter representative group associated with Walsall Football Club.
ISSA will be asking the Walsall Football Supporters Trust board, to allow ISSA to take over the running of the Trust, and restore it to what it was set up to do, and how a Trust should be run, that is with the football club and its fan base first and foremost in its thought process in relation to everything it does. We would be seeking to Start a fresh with all current trust board members resigning their positions, with ISSA taking full control to move the trust forwards. It can no longer in our opinion struggle on any longer. We would meet all criteria that is required to run the trust and fully incorporate it within ISSA.
There are many factors that have lead us to make this decision at this time. I’d like to highlight these, so everything is out in the open, so that all Walsall Supporters know the facts.
It is our opinion that there should not be so many groups representing our fan base as there is at present. Walsall Football Club have also stated this on many occasions, especially within working party meetings. The excess of supporters groups, in our opinion came about because of the inactivity of the Walsall Football Supporters Trust, at a time when supporters wanted answers about the decline of our Football Club. Despite numerous requests by the club and other supporters groups to attempt to work in harmony, the Trust have totally dismissed this request, which has lead not only ISSA but other supporters groups to feel uncomfortable attending working party meetings with them in attendance.
The Walsall Football Supporters Trust, in our opinion does not have a fair representation numbers wise of our fan base. Has not moved with the times, and has stagnated, losing the respect of those it is set up to serve. Our proposal is very much based on the number of members, and the role ISSA plays not only with Walsall Football Club, but also within the wider community within the Borough of Walsall. It is our opinion, for all intents and purposes we are playing the role a Trust should already, in all but name.
- To promote Walsall Football Club
- To reunite lost fans with the club
- Capture the next generation of fans
- To support local grass routes football
- To offer support in the local community
Also to represent all supporters of Walsall Football Club. Whilst we can’t claim to represent the views of all Walsall Supporters, we certainly can listen and put forward your views to Walsall Football Club.
We also would like to work very closely with Walsall Football Club with our own contacts on a range of ideas, aimed at giving Leigh Pomlett all the help we can in reuniting the club with the freehold. As with everything we are trying to do, this will happen regardless of any outcome. We truly believe we have a hard working dedicated committee, with the skill sets to achieve our goals and benefit the club, long term.
We felt it only right that we informed you, the supporters before acting. We look forward to hearing all of your thoughts on the matter, whatever they may be. It is all about you, the supporters, it is you we aim to represent, you who that are foremost in our objectives.
The said proposal will be put forward to Walsall football club and the Walsall Football Supporters trust within the next two weeks. We genuinely request your feedback, good or bad, from you the fans.
Mark Cassell - Secretary