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Fans gather for annual meeting with Club Chair, Cliff Crown, in attendance

25 January 2022

Last week, the Brentford FC Supporters Trust (Bees United) held their annual general meeting in the Oxford & Cambridge Lounge at the Brentford Community Stadium. Alongside the delegation of members in attendance, Brentford fans from 14 different countries joined the session via BlueJeans by Verizon, the Club’s Official Virtual Meetings and Events Partner.

Ireland, Israel, Thailand, USA and South Africa were amongst the nations represented with all fans in the room or online, via BlueJeans, being able to participate in the formal resolution votes that took place and the Q&A with Club Chair, Cliff Crown.

The evening began with a dedication to Peter Hayward who sadly passed away recently aged 67 before the report from Bees United Chairman, Stewart Purvis. Stewart discussed a number of topics including their involvement in the Government’s ‘Fan-Led Review’ of English Football.

He said: “Building on the achievement of our predecessors in creating BU’s ‘Golden Share’ in the Club, we set out to persuade Tracey Crouch MP to recommend some of the aspects of the ‘Brentford model’ for other clubs. We gave direct evidence to Ms Crouch and her advisers and we were also invited to meet the Secretary of State at the time, Oliver Dowden MP. who in an interview with The Times called Brentford ‘a model club’.

“We were delighted that in her recommendations to Government Ms Crouch called for a Golden Share at English clubs to safeguard a total of six ‘heritage items’. BU will continue to monitor developments.”

As reported on the Bees United Twitter feed, the group re-elected John Scott and Stewart Purvis to the board of Bees United in accordance with the Society’s rotational policy as part of the formal business of the night. Cliff Crown closed the night by taking a range of questions from the floor and online covering transfer plans, ticketing, and future plans for the stadium.

To read more about the Bees United AGM, click here.

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