The Role of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) in the Modern Football Industry

The Role of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) in the Modern Football Industry

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre,
Birkbeck College,
Torrington Square,
London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 14th December at 6pm

Given by:

Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF)


In this seminar Malcolm will examine the history of the football supporters’ movement in the UK, its perceptions of itself and the key events which affected its development over a period of 80-100 years. He will examine the background to the establishment of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) in 2002, the parallel rise of the Supporters Trust movement, and the relationship between the two. As well as looking at the key issues on which the FSF campaigns, Malcolm will give a personal view of the current role of the FSF in both domestic and international football; its strengths and weaknesses; the nature of the relationship with key bodies such as the Football authorities, Government, the Police and Local Authorities, and possible future development of the supporters movement.

Malcolm Clarke has been the first Chairman of the Football Supporters Federation (FSA) since its formation in 2002 following a merger of the Football Supporters Association and the National Federation of Football Supporters Clubs. Prior to that he was the Chair of the FSA, and had been on its National Committee since 1996.

He has been a match-going football supporter for almost 50 years. He is a Stoke City season ticket holder who also has a very strong allegiance to York City .

Outside football, he is a self-employed social researcher and quality consultant who also sits on a number of public bodies including The General Social Care Council, The Information Tribunal and a Primary Care Trust. This follows a career in senior management in Local Government and the National Health Service (NHS).


  • FSF website
  • International website
  • The Fans Blueprint for football (can be downloaded from the FSF website)
  • FSF magazine – “The Football Supporter” formerly ” FSF News”
  • FSF reports on specific issues (available on request)

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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