Former Tartan Army captain McAllister calls Scotland fans to arms

Date: 7th October 2015

Scotland, Liverpool and Leeds United legend Gary McAllister has urged all Scottish football fans to join the Scottish Football Supporters Association.

In the lead up to Scotland’s decisive qualifying double header against Poland and Gibraltar, the Scotland Hall of Fame member and former captain has urged all Scots to get behind the countries first fully independent fans organisation as well as the national team.

Now a coach at former club Liverpool, McAllister has supported the SFSA since its conception and has been present since its launch. He has written to all members and prospective members on the importance of all Scots joining together to fight for improvements in our game.

In an SFSA newsletter, he will tell current members; “I don’t just want Scottish football to survive – as someone who has been proud to captain my country, I want it to thrive”

“SFSA is the first independent network bringing together ALL fans in Scotland to “reclaim the game” and help make it flourish once more. We already have over 40,000 individuals signed up – but we need more. We need EVERY fan in Scotland on board.

“Why? Because supporters and all those involved in backing and funding Scottish football need a real say in how the game is run, at club level and within the football authorities.

“The Scottish Football Supporters Association really believes that if we pull together we can achieve a huge amount – a game run for and by those who love it most, community owned clubs, better facilities, more visibility for the game and more people involved in it.

I know that sounds ambitious. But as a former pro and now a fan myself, I know that’s what’s needed to make an impact.”

Joining the SFSA remains completely free, and it only takes a few minutes online to become a member and be a part of the biggest totally independent push for positive change in our game.

The SFSA remains the only organisation totally free from operational restrictions, which allows us to campaign for what really matters to fans without fear of reprisal. It also allows us to question the activity of football governing bodies, who should not be allowed to act solely in their interests rather than with fans opinions considerations in mind.

This has allowed us to speak up about human rights issues surrounding the recent friendly against Qatar, as well as running a successful ‘Refugees Welcome’ campaign which saw awareness and a banner raised at Hampden during the recent qualifier against Germany.

We have polled Scottish supporters on issues like Safe Standing and whether Hampden Park should remain the home of the Scotland national team, because we want to know what fans really believe. We have shown support for community ownership, which we believe can be the future of Scottish football for many clubs.

We have also backed campaigns run by other like-minded fan organisations, such as the FSF’s ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign which aimed to force clubs to lower excessive away ticket prices.

While we remain young, we have now already attained over 41,000 members who are determined to change the Scottish game for the better, as well as several group memberships from various Scottish clubs.

We are also the first fully independent Scottish fans organisation to gain membership of Fans Europe, Europe’s largest fan network, because we want to work alongside our European counterparts to work for wider change in football across Europe.

We implore you to join us here and help us to continue to speak with the supporters voice, your voice, as we try to take back and reclaim our game in the name of what really matters most to football – the fans.

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