FRANCHISE FANS RED CARDED
(Monday 6th June 2005)
Red card for franchiseMK Dons Supporters Association has been has been officially prevented from joining the Football Supporters' Federation following a vote at the annual FSF Conference and AGM held on Saturday 4th June in Cardiff. The application from the Milton Keynes based group had been referred to a National Conference vote after the membership application had failed to be agreed at local or national council level.
A motion proposed by the FSF National Council called the Conference to approve a statement saying "It reaffirms its total opposition to football franchising and the decision to move the the former Wimbledon FC away from its community. It believes those in Milton Keynes who wanted a Football League Club in their City should have put their energy and resources into suporting Milton Keynes City FC, which has now ceased to exist, in an attempt to rise up the football pyramid, just as the old Wimbledon FC and other clubs did and as AFC Wimbledon are now attempting to do." The motion continued by saying that acceptance into FSF membership at this time of the MK Dons supporters group "would send out completely the wrong message about the accepability of football franchising before we have won the battle to ensure that this can never happen again."
An ammendment to the motion was also proposed by the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association which called for the history and honours of Wimbledon Football Club to return to their rightful owners, this being suggested as the community of Wimbledon and/or AFC Wimbledon. This was also carried by a majority vote of individual and affiliate members present.
Other business at the Conference saw Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust Board member Martin Hamilton elected to serve on the National Council of the FSF for the first time. An individual member of the FSF, Hamilton, was also at the Conference representing Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club who are affliated FSF members. He joins fellow Wanderers supporter Ian Blacklidge on the National Council of the FSF. Blacklidge attends national and southern division meetings as an individual member and was elected to National Council at the 2003 annual Conference and AGM.

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