Welcome to the Scottish Supporters Network newsletter, brought to you by Supporters Direct Scotland. This newsletter aims to bring our members closer together and better informed of news and best practice from across the network.

Walter Smith, 1948-2021

Scottish football comes together today to mark the passing, and celebrate the life, of Walter Smith.

A giant of our game, known best for his two spells as manager of Rangers and for his time as manager of the Scottish national team, Walter Smith passed away last week at the age of 73.

Scottish football has lost a legend. His private funeral today will be followed by a public memorial service at Glasgow Cathedral on November 19.

Pledge your support for climate action at The World COP!

Supporters Direct Scotland, along with our fellow members of the “Cooldown – The Sport for Climate Action Network”, welcome you to take part in “The World COP” at COP26 in Glasgow. Everyone is invited!

When: 2-4pm Sunday 7th November 2021
Where: Toryglen Football Centre (near Hampden Park), 480 Prospecthill Road, Glasgow, G42 0BY


  • To bring people interested in Sports for Climate Action together, as well as those wishing to understand and engage further
  • To promote “Cooldown – The Sport for Climate Action Network
  • To develop plans for real climate action worldwide with Pledgeball and The Ball in 2022 and 2023


  • Fair Play Football round robin tournament facilitated by Spirit of Football
  • Small-sided (5-7 a side)
  • Randomly mixed teams made up on the day
  • All participants warm-up together
  • Each Game = 7-10 minutes
  • Each team to play multiple games
  • Respectful gestures, integrated celebrations, #JustForFun
  • Everyone is invited to play or support regardless of age, ability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, football club supported etc


We would be grateful if you could register to let us know that you’re coming along.

To do this, we’re asking that you make a sustainable lifestyle pledge through our partner Pledgeball.


What quantity of emissions can the World COP players collectively pledge to save?

Have Your Say On Streaming

Supporters of SPFL clubs are invited to give their thoughts on streaming games during periods of Covid restrictions by completing this survey: https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/streaming-spfl-games-covid.

The survey results will be used to inform an MSc Sports Management dissertation study which investigates supporter perceptions on the experience of streaming games, the value of streaming in comparison attending in-person and the sustainability of offering streams of games. The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete.

Help us strengthen Scottish football

Like most organisations, the financial pressures on SD Scotland intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, and posed a real threat to our ability to continue our work with supporters groups and grassroots sports clubs. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic we began re-thinking our business model, and were working to expand our commercial activities. Our goal was, and remains, to reduce our reliance on grant funding whilst continuing to advocate for greater supporter engagement and involvement in the governance of our clubs and of the national game.

However, the commercial environment has changed and this has impacted us significantly. We have therefore expanded our Patreon crowdfunding programme, and any contributions (as small or as large as you can afford) that you are able to make to our work will make a massive difference to us. We have introduced three new tiers, with merchandise featuring our "football without fans is nothing" graphic in order for us to recognise your contributions:

  • Bronze tier supporters (donating £5 per month) will receive a sticker
  • Silver tier supporters (donating £12.50 per month) will receive a coffee mug
  • Gold tier supporters (donating £20 per month) will receive a t-shirt

Patreon supporters automatically become Associate Members of SD Scotland:

  1. You’ll be joining a network of fans and supporters groups working to ensure that supporters' voices are heard and influence positive change within the game.
  2. Receive regular updates on issues affecting Scottish football and/or its fans.
  3. Get free access to our events such as Annual Supporters Summit.
  4. Get involved in the democratic structures of Supporters Direct Scotland as one of our three Associate Directors.

Sign up as a Patreon supporter here.

And finally...

Articles, podcasts and videos from the archive

As part of our objective to better connect fans, share best practice within Scottish sport, to promote supporter dialogue and promote sport clubs through which positive societal change can occur, here we share some relevant recent stories.

  1. Clubs Can’t Tell Fans How To Support The Team
  2. Yes Sir, Hampden Can Certainly Boogie!
  3. Why Are Fans Not Being Consulted Regarding VAR?
  4. Let’s Have Away Fans In All The Grounds!
  5. We Need To Keep Flares Out Of Scottish Grounds
  6. COVID Passports will enable large crowds to continue
  7. Scottish Football Needs To Do More!

You can also check out our back catalogue of podcast episodes and subscribe to Behind The Goals using your favoured ‘podcatcher’ here, and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

Supporters Direct Scotland are committed to helping football supporters enjoy responsible gambling; for many this is an integral part of their match day experience.

We have selected GamCare as our recommended support service for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. GamCare operate the National Gambling Helpline (whose advisers are available on 0808 8020 133 or via web chat at www.gamcare.org), provide treatment for problem gamblers and their families, create awareness about responsible gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to responsible gambling within the gambling industry.

Supporters Direct Scotland

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