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The next meeting of Harrogate Socialist Party will be on Tuesday 9th September, beginning 7.30 pm. All welcome!

Note that we now have a new venue for meetings – The Stone Beck pub, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate, HG3 2XQ

http://whatpub.com/pubs/HAR/7585/stone-beck-harrogate

Guest speaker will be Manny Dominguez from Leeds Socialist Party and Vice-Chair of the Bradford City Supporters Trust. Manny will be speaking about the need to reclaim football from big business and run clubs under democratic public ownership and control.

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For more information about the Bradford City Supporters Trust, see: http://www.bcst.co.uk/

The Death of the People’s Game

The Socialist Party pamphlet “Reclaim the game : The death of the people’s game”, examines the corruption of the Premier League and the pricing out of working-class supporters. The Premier League has taken greed to a new level and the money coming into football is concentrated in the hands of the Premier League clubs, with very little reaching the lower leagues or grass roots football.

Football (1)The pamphlet also discusses how football would be run without big business control:

  • The existence of all clubs, league and non-league would be protected. Football clubs are an integral part of working class communities
  • Clubs would be community run and non-profit making (as the majority already make a loss this would be a step forward)
  • Supporters would not just be involved in turning up to watch. Club members would be involved in the day to day running of their clubs through elected committees

 

To read ““Reclaim the game : The death of the people’s game”, see the following link:
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/ReclaimTheGame/ReclaimtheGame.htm

To buy a copy for just £3, visit the Socialist Party bookshop at:

http://leftbooks.co.uk

FC St. Pauli

A genuine example of a People’s Club is FC St. Pauli, based in the St. Pauli quarter in Hamburg. St. Pauli became the first team in Germany to officially ban far-right and nationalist activities. The club constitution opposes racism, fascism, sexism, and homophobia.

Football (2)The official website of St. Pauli can be viewed here:
http://www.fcstpauli.com/home/news

A Wikipedia article is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_St._Pauli

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Harrogate Socialist Party Stall

Our next stall will be Saturday 13th September at 11.00, Cambridge Street, in the town centre. More details to follow.  

 

 

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