Walsall Supporters for Change (WSFC) was founded in early 2019 amid growing disquiet amongst supporters regarding the operation and leadership of Walsall Football Club.
This unrest highlighted the widely perceived institutional mismanagement of the club, stemming from a lack of investment in the playing side, the increasingly poor relationship between Walsall FC and supporters, and the substandard facilities and level of customer service offered at the stadium.
Central to these concerns was the ongoing £400,000+ annual rental arrangement for the Banks's Stadium between the club and then-Chairman Jeff Bonser, a lack of communication from the club on this and other matters, and a marked decline in attendances.
As such, WSFC was created in order to provide a new and independent vehicle to challenge the club on important issues and offer a fresh and proactive voice for Walsall supporters.
In the summer of 2019 Walsall Supporters for Change became an Associate Member of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and applied successfully to join monthly Working Party Meetings held between Walsall FC and supporter-run organisations.
Following the departure of long-standing Chairman Jeff Bonser in July 2019, WSFC has pledged to support the leadership of the new majority owner, Leigh Pomlett.
We continue to challenge the club on key issues including the ownership of the stadium, and represent our members and fellow supporters in what will hopefully be a bright and progressive era for Walsall FC.
To view our Constitution, please follow this link.
Welcome to WSFC. We are an independent, FSA-accredited fan group representing supporters of Walsall Football Club.
Walsall Supporters for Change (WSFC) is a grassroots movement focused on raising the concerns of supporters with Walsall FC and improving relations between the club and fans.
A fledgling movement, WSFC is not linked to any existing or previous groups/protests led by Walsall supporters, though we look to carry the spirit of past campaigns.
WSFC is an open platform committed to transparency. All correspondence with Walsall Football Club will be made public through this website and the minutes of any formal meeting will be published for open viewing.
With a detailed range of short and long term objectives, WSFC is committed to continued and sustained activity. We believe that only through patient, persistent and determined action can lasting change be achieved.
Though the movement will be focused on making Walsall FC recognise the concerns and expectations of supporters, this will be conveyed in a respectful manner.
All communication with the club will be direct but polite, and any membership drive or awareness event will be conducted through co-operation with the club's safety and security personnel, where necessary.
A civil approach should also be extended to fellow supporters opposed to or not associated with the group or any activities organised by WSFC.
WSFC is a campaign open to all Walsall fans. If you'd like to become a member, please click here to join.
Through sustained and peaceful awareness campaigns and improved engagement with the club, our goal is for Walsall FC to recognise and facilitate the following key objectives.
» Facilities, Services & Match Day
» Improvement of the basic facilities available to supporters at the stadium
» More efficient day-to-day customer service offered to supporters, including match days
» Better quality of refreshments and catering available to supporters on match days
» Commitment to improving the quality of stewarding for home and away supporters
» Engagement with supporters on how to improve the overall match day experience at the stadium
» Communication & Community
» Commitment to open and transparent communication with supporters
» Consultation of supporters and supporters' groups regarding club issues (match day experience, etc)
» Engagement and consultation with supporters regarding club merchandise
» Evidence that the club is working to attract and engage the next generation of Walsall supporters
» Indication that the club is being adequately promoted across the borough
» Ticketing & Pricing
» A revision of ticket pricing that makes attending games more affordable for all supporters
» Offering ticket packages that are more attractive for supporters attending as a family
» Scrapping of over-complicated pricing structures and needless match categorisation
» A commitment to offering regionally competitive ticket pricing, especially for young supporters
» Improvement in the marketing of ticket initiatives, particularly one-off promotions (Friend for a Fiver, etc)
» The future of Walsall FC
» Clarification of timescales regarding the re-uniting of the club with the freehold
» A clear plan of how the club intends to stem falling home attendances
» Measures implemented to re-build the club's youth development set-up
» Tangible evidence of the club's ambition to achieve promotion to the Championship