1. Supporters Direct was set up in 2000 and is what's termed a 'government initiative'. We aren't even a quango however, and we have cross-party support from Tories, Lib Dems and Labour. We're an independent organisation, funded by a grant that we used to receive from the Football Foundation, and now receive from Sport England (around £325k pa). In Scotland, the Scottish Executive funds our work (£90k). Our members are the supporters trusts we help to set up. We are, like our members, an Industrial and Provident Society, which means we're owned by those members.
2. In response to Unc's queries, no, I don't own Supporters Direct (SD). As I said, it's an IPS - a bit like a Co-Operative.
3. I'm not sure what you mean re: Wealdstone, but we've had nothing to do with any of what's happened or is happening at Wealdstone. I presume you're referring to the problems with their ground.
4. If a group of fans approach us and want our assistance in setting up a Supporters Trust, we facilitate that. The organisations adopt a set of model rules that we and our solicitors, Cobbetts (based in Manchester), sponsor. From then on they are independent organisations that seeks to gain an influence in their club.
5. We work in English football (including Welsh clubs in the English senior pyramid) and in Scotland. Although we've helped to set up some Rugby Union and League trusts, we aren't funded to do so.
6. We provide a start up grant of £2,000 to pay up to 50% of those costs for each trust.
7. We charge an annual membership fee of £50 after the first year - a trust in its first year of membership doesn't pay anything. Our members voted to bring this in two years ago at our first AGM.
8. We don't charge anything else.
With regards to Hx, at no time did I say anything I consider to be libellous or otherwise. I merely stated a series of facts about what happened, the structure of ownership, and then expressed my opinion that I don't think clubs should be owned in that way. You may think I'm full of sh*te, but I don't think I am, and many, many other people across the game, not just fans and the people I know in supporters trusts, agree with me.
I'm always happy to enter into a debate about it, no problem. And I certainly wouldn't go around intentionally slurring people, and if I had by mistake, I'd be more than happy to apologise.