Read our latest newsletter with news from our Conference and series of Roadshows.

The Scottish Fans December Newsletter

It's been a busy month in the Scottish Fans/Supporters Direct Scotland HQ

Hello all,

Thanks very much for taking the time to read the latest news from what we're doing to give Scottish football fans a voice. 

November was an extremely busy month for us with our Supporters Direct Scottish Fans Conference 2012 held at Falkirk Stadium last week and a series of Roadshows which we ran to give you, the fans, the chance to have your say. Last week we also launched our joint survey with the SFA, SPL and SFL, more details of which can be seen below.

As the debate on the future of Scottish football intensifies, the National Football Survey gives you, the fans, the chance to have your say on the major issues affecting the national game.

The National Football Survey is a collaborative effort by the Scottish FA, Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football League and Supporters Direct Scotland to seek meaningful feedback from the lifeblood of the game. Issues such as league reconstruction, national team performance, rules and regulations, and the matchday experience are all covered in the most comprehensive survey ever carried out in Scottish football.

The survey represents another significant step forward in improving Scottish football and is in keeping with the recommendations of the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish Football commissioned by the Scottish FA in 2010.

Whether you are a Scotland supporter, a fan of an SPL side, SFL side or simply an armchair spectator, the National Football Survey ensures your voice will be heard.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “The National Football Survey is essential in canvassing the views of supporters across the country, regardless of what level of team they follow. The Scottish FA has undergone significant modernisation with the implementation of a new Performance Strategy, Compliance Unit and the rolling out of a new board structure, including the formation of the Professional Game and Non Professional Game Boards.

“None the less, we are committed to continuing that programme of change as laid out in the McLeish Review of Scottish Football. The global economic crisis has had a considerable impact in the financial health of the game in this country and with league reconstruction at the top of the agenda, it is important we listen to the people who make Scottish football the unique, passionate and proud national sport that it is – the supporters.”

Neil Doncaster, Scottish Premier League Chief Executive: “Scottish football has approached a watershed and through the National Football Survey supporters have a great opportunity to share their views and make an impact on all areas of the game. It is the platform to tell us exactly what the game means to you and your family, what you most enjoy, and where you would most like to see improvements. 

“The events of the summer proved how powerful the voice of the supporters is. We are keen to hear their views on all areas of the game and the survey provides the platform to express their views.”

David Longmuir, Scottish Football League Chief Executive: “The input of the supporters has arguably never been more valued or important than it is now. Scottish football needs to be rejuvenated and the only way this can be done successfully is with the support of our fans.

“The age of social media has given all supporters a voice like never before and that voice must be listened to. The National Football Survey will enable all of us to hear that voice and move forward with a product that is exciting to existing fans and a new generation of supporters.”

Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland: “Already I have been hugely encouraged by the openness of the three bodies who collectively lead Scottish football. This year in particular has reinforced the need for football to listen to its most important constituency, the supporters.

“Already SDS has held a series of positive roadshows and with the help of the Scottish FA, SPL and SFL, these will become more important as the discussions on league reconstruction develop. Through SDS, the supporters have a voice at the top table of the game. Through the National Football Survey, the fans have the opportunity to have a meaningful input into the future of our national game.”

The National Football Survey will be open until Friday, December 21. Have your say on the future of Scottish football and you will have the chance to win:

♦ A pair of tickets for ALL remaining Scotland home FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers (Wales, Croatia and Belgium)
♦ Two pairs of tickets for each Scotland home FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifier (2 winners per match)
♦ One of four signed footballs
♦ One of four Scotland Supporters Club memberships
♦ One of four Scottish Football Museum tours


You can take the survey and have your say here

Monday the 26th of November saw David Longmuir present his plans for league reconstruction and appear on a top table with Pat Nevin, Gordon Smith and Tom Boyd at our Glasgow Roadshow held at the Arches.

The night kicked off with a vitally important message from our Cause of the Month 'Prostate Cancer' who are benefitting from sales of Paul Goodwin's 'Saving Scottish Football' the sales of which all go to the charity. You can purchase the book from here.

Following Mr Longmuir's presentation, there were questions surrounding a range of issues including summer football and kick off times asked by those attending and discussed by the top table which made for a great debate.

The night was a great success and many thanks must go to everyone that came along and contributed, our top table of special guests and the Arches for hosting the event.

Pictures from the event can be seen on our Facebook page.


Scottish Fans are delighted to announce that Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, Paul Goodwin's second book 'Saving Scottish Football' is now available to buy.
This is the first book to take account of the current state of Scottish football since the demise of Glasgow Rangers FC.
Paul convened a panel of Scottish Football experts to take stock of the game as it stands and to come up with proposals for its future. There are contributions from highly leading coaches such as Alex Smith, Jocky Scott, Sandy Clark, Davie Hay and Jimmy Calderwood as well as respected pundit Des McKeown.
Goodwin and his panel of experts look in detail at issues such as the role of fans in running football clubs, a winter break, a complete restructuring of the system to make football a summer sport, community schemes, the draft system of clubs choosing players, club partnerships, financial controls, ground sharing and other initiatives to form a strategy to save Scottish football.
Saving Scottish Football: What We Need to do Next challenges the way football is currently being operated in Scotland. The book confronts some of the biggest issues in the sport and with the help of a panel of experts delivers solutions to how football in Scotland can be improved.
The book is a not-for-profit project and all money raised will go towards Prostate Cancer Research.

You can buy the book from


The 25th of November saw the 10th Annual Conference at Falkirk Stadium.

Guest speaking at the event were Steven Pressley, David Longmuir, Professor Stephen Morrow, David Lampitt and our very own Paul Goodwin and it was the head of Supporters Direct Scotland that kick started proceedings.

He was followed by Steven Pressley talking about what he would change in Scottish football which didn't disappoint! He in turn was followed by David Longmuir who was presenting his plans for the future of Scottish football.

The University of Stirling's Professor Stephen Morrow posed questions regarding finance within the game and its future and the morning's guest speeches were concluded by David Lampitt who gave an overview of Supporters Direct's achievements in 2012.

The afternoon's proceedings were based around training sessions from Supporters Trust who attended the event well.

Pictures from the day can be found here and videos and futher information will be available from the website shortly.

If you attended the event, please fill in this quick survey.


We're pleased to announce that Football Memories are our Cause of the Month for December.

Football Memories is a product of Alzheimer Scotland’s pioneering work on their Football Reminiscence project. 
The project was launched two years ago and trains volunteers to spend time with people with dementia who have an interest in football, talking about teams and matches from the past and working with images and memorabilia to stimulate memories. Managed by the Sporting Memories Network, the project is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum, and is supported by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery and BUPA Care Homes.

As part of our partnership with Football Memories, you can send your best football memories to for our Pinterest Board.
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