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Why a Supporters Trust is the Right Thing for Bolton Wanderers

There's a big meeting on Wednesday night - it's imperative that we all take part

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So tonight is the big meeting.

In order to provide some explanation, in case the reader is unaware, and as per

A Supporters' Trust is a democratic, not-for-profit organisation of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice for supporters in the decision making process at a club, and strengthening the links between the club and the community it serves.

It doesn't matter who is behind the push to form a Trust - the fans need to be heard. Now is the time to bring about that change.

BWFCST will actively promote the establishment of links with the many Wanderers fan groups via social media in order to ensure that the views of all fans are sought. This will help to ensure that BWFCST will be a democratic and sustainable organisation with the aim of uniting the Club, the fans and the wider community for the benefit of all.

This is key. It's for us all - whether you live in Bolton or Birmingham, Alabama. Whether you were born in Horwich or Tasmania - all Bolton Wanderers fans are invited and all Bolton Wanderers fans will be treated equally whether you have been to one game, a thousand games, or whether you have never been to a single game. This isn't about the superfans who go every week, this is about us all together.

We are all as one.

Now the fans have long complained that they are ignored, that they are treated as blind followers and most distressingly as mere customers. The creation of a Trust would be a step to bridging that gap.

So are you prepared to put your money where your mouth is? It's easy to sit back and mock - but if people sat back and did nothing then of course nothing would change.

Working alongside existing Supporters clubs and groups, the aim is to bring the fanbase together in a democratic way to enable a positive change to face whatever challenges the future may bring.

Nobody is pretending that a Trust is the answer to all our problems, but can we really call ourselves supporters if we stand idly by and allow this chance to pass? The answer is no, of course not - so I implore you to pay attention to Wednesday's meeting. Follow the live blog. Follow the @BWFCST twitter account and get involved.

This is OUR club. YOUR club. Be part of a positive movement. Be part of the change.

Get your tickets now via, with the meeting to take place on Wednesday at 7pm at the Reebok Stadium.