The Yellow and Blue Discussion Series

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The Yellow and Blue 10-Point Plan will be discussed in detail through a series of panel discussions.

The Discussion Series has three objectives:

These will take place via Zoom with each call concentrating on a number of the points. It is hoped that as many people as possible will be able to listen in and take part, but it is recognised that not everyone can do so.

The Plan was developed by a group of Dons fans in consultation with a range of stakeholders. The aim of which is to inspire a new direction for the Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) has made it clear that it wants to have a strategy discussion and the Plan is a contribution towards that. Others may have different views and are also free to make their own contributions.

Equally, it is possible the Plan could form the basis for a manifesto for someone who wants to stand for election to the DTB.

Ultimately it will be for the democratically-elected members of the DTB to make the decision about how the organisation moves forward.

The Plan covers 10 different points. These are not the only points of discussion for the future direction of the DTB or club and other people may consider that there are other points which they think need to be debated.

It is also the case that this is not an ‘all or nothing’ document. People are free to agree or disagree with individual points to a greater or lesser extent. Some of the points raised might be far less controversial than others.

Discussion Series

2nd August - Standing up for football - Points 4, 5 & 6

Session Details

Date:

2nd August 2020 - 5pm BST

Topic

Standing up for football - Points 4, 5 & 6

Chair

Kevin Borras

  • Journalist and broadcaster.
  • Co-presenter of football podcast, Time Added on For Sausages.
  • Dons supporter since 1978.
  • Dislikes racial intolerance and olives.

Y&B Representation

Adam Procter

Panel Members

Glenn Moore

  • Lecturer on sports journalism at City University.
  • Former football editor of Independent.

Anwar Uddin

  • Diversity and Campaign Manager for the FSA
  • Assistant manager of Aldershot Town

Dons Trust Board Member

Luke Mackenzie

Alastair Brown

Zoom Link

Discussion Points

  • How are AFC Wimbledon perceived in the wider footballing world?
  • What do we mean to other clubs and the footballing world, what should our USP be?
  • Are football clubs under threat from owners?
  • Should we forget franchising?
  • Can we be a beacon for the wider fan movement?
  • What could that mean? Should we even care?
  • And how would that benefit the Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon?

19th August - Making ethical work - Point 10

Session Details

Date:

19th August 2020 - 6:30pm BST

Topic

Making ethical work - Point 10

Chair

Hazel Potter

  • Freelance bid and procurement consultant
  • Bristolian who found a convoluted route to the Dons
  • Season ticket holder for 10+ years
  • Decades of football activism
  • Passionate about fan ownership

Y&B Representation

Adam Procter

Panel Members

Lucy Siegle

  • Reporter for the One Show.
  • Founder of the Observer Ethical awards.

Paul Jeater

  • Author of the Unique Solution: The first year of AFC Wimbledon.
  • Chair of the Eastern Region of the Green Party.

Dons Trust Board Member

Hannah Kitcher

Alastair Brown

Zoom

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Discussion Points

  • Is this the time to be ethical?
  • Can it be made to work economically?
  • Is there a niche out there for AFC Wimbledon to exploit?
  • Should this be part of our USP?
  • Can we afford to not be ethical?

30th August - Celebrate our history - Point 2

Session Details

Date:

30th August 2020 - 5pm BST

Topic

Celebrate our history - Point 2

Chair

Jill Stratton

  • Wimbledon fan since 1987
  • Matchday volunteer
  • Currently facilitating discussions on how we celebrate our history at the new ground

Y&B Representation

Mark Lewis

Panel Members

John Scales

  • Premier League Footballer
  • FA Cup Medal Holder
  • Capped 3 times for England

Will Nightingale

  • AFC Wimbledon Player and Captain

Dons Trust Board Member

Alastair Brown

Zoom

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Discussion Points

  • What are the benefits of celebrating our history?
  • How can we do it? Is it worth it?

6th September - Strengthen our links in our local community - Point 3

Session Details

Date:

6th September 2020 - 5pm BST

Topic

Strengthen our links in our local community - Point 3

Chair

Lou Carton-Kelly

  • First chair of the Dons Trust
  • Former Operations Director AFC Wimbledon
  • Former Director & Vice Chair Supporters Direct
  • Current resource manager & Special Projects for global architecture company

Y&B Representation

Matthew Couper

Panel Members

Stephen Alambritis

  • Leader of Merton Council
  • Former head of Public Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Former Commissioner at the Disability Rights Commission

Xav Wiggins

Dons Trust Board Member

Alastair Brown

Zoom

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Discussion Points

  • Why should we bother?
  • What is the potential?
  • What could an integrated local football club look like?
  • Can we make it work for us financially?
  • Is there a new financial model we can adopt?

13th September - Improving the way the Dons Trust works - Points 7, 8 & 9

Session Details

Date:

13th September 2020 - 5pm BST

Topic

Improving the way the Dons Trust works - Points 7, 8 & 9

Chair

Sean Fox

  • Founding member of the Dons Trust
  • Member of numerous Dons Trust working groups
  • Member of the WISA committee (2001-2010)
  • Currently elected Trade Union Official for UNISON in North London

Y&B Representation

Niall Couper

Panel Members

Dave Boyle

  • Former Chief Executive of Supporters Direct
  • Ex vice-chair of Football Supporters Federation

Damian Woodward

Dons Trust Board Member

Hannah Kitcher

Alastair Brown

Zoom

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Discussion Points

  • How do we make being a Dons Trust Board member more appealing?
  • How do we make the board more accountable?

27th September - Ensure fan ownership - Point 1

Session Details

Date:

27th September - 5pm BST

Topic

Ensure fan ownership - Point 1

Chair

Nicole Hammond

Y&B Representation

Niall Couper

Panel Members

Julian Tagg

  • Chairman Exeter City FC
  • Chairman CITY Community Trust

Kris Stewart

Dons Trust Board Member

Alastair Brown

Zoom

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Discussion Points

  • Should we even bother?
  • Does our history matter?
  • Could we put the genie back in the bottle if we sell up?
  • What are the benefits of fan ownership?
  • Can it be made to work financially?

Each Zoom call will take the following format:

It is expected that the debate will be polite. To that end, we recognise that all those contributing are Dons fans. No one fan is better than another, no matter how long they have been supporting or how many games they attend per season. We respect the right to disagree but require that you play the issue not the person. Therefore any contributor making comments that are personal in nature will be ejected from the discussion. We also ask that there is no swearing and that all contributors use their real names. Whilst we all understand that feelings about MK and those behind the franchising are strong and there will be a specific discussion about relations with them (and other discussions will allude to them), the rule about personalised attacks and swearing should also apply to these discussions.

After the discussion has ended, the proposers may decide to update the Yellow and Blue Plan. A record of the chat together with notes of the points made will be given to the DTB and a recording of the discussion may also be embedded on the Yellow and Blue 10-point plan website.