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Thank You to Paul Goodwin

September 30, 2014

PGatDFCTHE Sontrust Board was very sorry to hear that Paul Goodwin, who for two productive years has been head of Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS) – which links together Trusts and other fans’ groups across the country – has left SDS “to pursue other interests”, as a press release puts it.

Paul (pictured here on his last but one visit to the Rock) has attended and spoken at the last two trust AGMs, met with us on numerous occasions, and has been a great support and encouragement to supporters groups throughout Scotland, including the Sonstrust.

A Partick Thistle fan (none of us is perfect!), Paul put huge energy and resources into helping save Stirling Albion before taking up the SDS post and overseeing a significant overhaul and refocusing of that organization. He has played a significant role in assisting clubs and trusts in crisis, brought in important new commercial deals with his marketing expertise, got SDS into the headlines, and played a key part in promoting fan and community ownership throughout the game – meeting opposition from some who have a strong vested interest in the status quo.

We wish Paul all the best for the future, and hope that he will continue to be able to contribute to the positive development of Scottish football in the future. The ongoing shape and funding of Supporters Direct Scotland, which is still finally accountable to SD in London, is now uncertain. SD “has appointed Andrew Jenkin as Acting Head of Scotland while we discuss a number of options for the future management of SDS”, according to the news release from its CEO.

We also know Andrew, and wish him well in his interim post. The Sonstrust Board is monitoring the situation closely and will take decisions about its affiliations in the light of developments. In our experience Paul Goodwin played an important part in making SDS an increasingly effective organization which could both collaborate with others in Scottish football and take initiatives to strengthen supporter and community involvement. We hope that the proactive side of SDS’ work, including its involvement in Community Interest Companies and other models beyond the trust (provident society) one will not be lost.

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