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Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust Aiding Nottingham Forest Fans

Fighting the good fight

Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust has been employed by their Nottingham Forest counterparts in helping act as an independent advisor during their upcoming Election Management Group (EMG).

The Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust was officially formed last Thursday night at a public meeting and our very own ground has been brought in to perform a role similar to that served by the Portsmouth group back in the early days of our own efforts to set up a Supporters' Trust.

In what was believed to be an unsolicited approach to BWFCST, I have been advised that other Supporters Trusts offered to help, but NFST preferred to engage with ours, which is testament to how we/they are perceived in the wider world.

According to the Nottingham Post, the creation of a Nottingham Forest Supporters' Trust follows concerns about "high ticket prices, a decaying stadium and average football", with all but one voted for the formation of the supporters' trust.

Of course, towards the tail end of 2015, Bolton Wanderers resided in the lower reaches of the Championship with spiralling debts and no end of off-field crises. The Club had been openly for sale for a period of time, without a serious buyer being identified.

As per their website, on 6th January 2016, a meeting was held at the Macron Stadium. Approaching 1,000 fans gathered on that night to vote unanimously for the formation of a Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust.

In association with Supporters Direct, the Trust registration procedure was commenced on 7th January 2016. Pledges were then taken online to allow the supporters to register their membership commitment and within a week, membership pledges were approaching 4,000.

On 15 January 2016, the Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust formally came into being, when registration documents were issued by the FCA. Progress soon saw membership pledges past an incredible 5,000, with current estimates being around the 6,000 mark.

Good luck Nottingham Forest fans and good luck Zach Clough. We still miss you.