Tonight, we are welcoming Swindon Town to the Abbey Stadium. I first became aware or Swindon when they won the League Cup by beating Arsenal in 1969 on a muddy pitch at Wembley. What Ian Darler would have made of the that pitch that day wouldn't leave much to the imagination. It shows how much the pitch technology and importance the pitch surface has become. It is also one of the reasons why the national side is doing so much better nowadays.
During the summer the Fans Led Review commenced and the interim findings and recommendations have been forwarded in a letter from Tracey Crouch to Oliver Dowden. Follow the link here to read the letter
This Independent Review is a comprehensive examination of the English football system with the aim of exploring ways of improving the governance, ownership and financial sustainability of clubs in the football pyramid, building on the strengths and benefits that the game has.
Following extensive engagement with fans and stakeholders across the whole football community, on which the foundations of this Review have been based, this interim set of findings and recommendations sets out the direction of travel towards the final recommendations. Further substantive work will take place over the coming months to feed into the Review's final report in the Autumn.
It is really important for supporters, clubs and the game itself that the right conclusions are reached.
One of the projects started over the summer was the Amber Belles and below is an update by Emma Smith who is one of the originators of the scheme.
Over recent months the Amber Belles facebook site was gone from strength to strength and over 140 members. The group now has its own twitter account . The following has been written by Emma Smith one of those who set up the group to provide a fuller update.
The Amber Belles are a group of female U's fans. We are a supportive community and have a safe social space for us to talk football and share our love for the U's.
As well as our main hub on Facebook, we can now be followed on Twitter: @theamberbelles. With new Associate Membership of the FSA, we look forward to connecting with other fans groups and sharing ideas and experiences with them. We'll be meeting with members of the Lady Imps in September, when we play Lincoln City.
Some of you will know about the #HerGameToo campaign. It might cause an eye-roll from some, but most of us will agree that verbal and physical abuse on women and girls is never acceptable. Sadly, it does happen at football matches as was seen in results of their recent survey. Some of the things female fans have endured is sickening. This is why #HerGameToo is so important for the current and next generation of female football fans. Let's look out for each other, and please report any abuse.
Back to happy news! We've been talking with Gareth Daniels about stocking some female-focused items in the club shop and he's been very supportive of this. Now that we have a logo, we can use it on Amber Belles merchandise too. I hope to have more news about this soon.
Up the U's!
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