Harlow Labour leader looks to the future of football at Fair Game conference

Football / Sat 18th Mar 2023 at 02:44pm

THE LEADER of Harlow Labour attended the Fair Game conference hosted at Chester FC last week and discussed the importance of the cross party supported white paper on reforms to the governance of football.

Chris Vince said: “Let’s be honest, our current system is broken with clubs at the top with vast amounts of cash and others nearly breaking the bank to try to compete with them. As a Leeds fan this is something that is all too familiar to me. Sadly when teams are struggling it’s the women’s team, the youth teams and the community work which are the first to go.

We heard from Labour MPs Lucy Powell and Alison McGovern who have been strong supporters of greater financial regulations as well as Mark Palios owner of Tranmere Rovers and closer to home, one of the directors of Cambridge United, Ian Maher.

As a keen cooperator I was particularly interested in hearing more about fan run football teams and it pains me to say as a Leeds fan that FC United of Manchester are leading the way on this, albeit because they were formed by fans following the Glaziers take over of Man Utd.

Ultimately we do need to support our grass roots clubs if they were to survive. The sad testament of a Bury Town fan now director of Bury AFC shows what can go wrong. The argument that greater regulation and potentially wage caps will hamper our teams in Europe is a moot point in my view. currently the top prem teams are out-spending their European rivals and it may be unpopular but personally I would rather see British clubs progress less far in the champions league if it meant smaller clubs didn’t go bust. By the way Leyton Orient are also a member of the Fair Game group.

“Football is more than a sport, it’s part of the community. I know how much my fellow Harlow Town supporters have missed going to the football on a Saturday afternoon. Imagine if like Bury Town this was a permanent situation.

“Fortunately I am confident Harlow will come back stronger!”

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3 Comments for Harlow Labour leader looks to the future of football at Fair Game conference:

Edward Vine
2023-03-18 17:58:45

Grassroots and seedbed clubs are still vastly under funded. It's as important if not more so, to get more people of all ages playing the game and sports than watching for the good health of the nation.

Peter Dewey
2023-03-18 22:06:17

Glad to see a team called Harlow Town got a mention.Remember them? In this age of everything being visible in the media communications and modern technology, Why is it there is not any information available on what is happening to our lost football club? If the owner is serious about its future surely he would enter some form of communication with its supporters to keep them informed and on their side.Instead nothing a lost team,lost club,lost supporters and no future, It just conjures up ideas of mismanagement , fraud, money making bleeding the Club dry at the expense of Town, Remember previous problems in the Danny Norris days .No one in Authority or Officials seem to be interested.Prove me wrong! Has the pitch been rectified yet???

Brian wilson
2023-03-21 19:15:24

Harlow town had a football team in the 70s my wife travelling around the countryside because harlow foot is finished

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