The fans of Shelbourne FC are looking to replicate the example of clubs such as Premiership outfit Swansea, establishing a Supporters’ Trust in an effort to give the loyal fans a voice in how their club is run.

It hasn't been all fun and games along the Tolka the past few years. After becoming the first Irish team to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League back in 04/05, and eventually losing out to Spanish outfit Deportivo 3-0 on aggregate, Shels’ Premier League license was revoked in 2007 and were demoted to the second tier of Irish football. Following four years in the wilderness, the Drumcondra-based club finally returned to the Premier division in 2011.

After an indifferent season this year, finishing lower-mid-table and crashing out of the FAI Cup 3-0 in a replay against Derry City, manager Alan Matthews came under fire from supporters after his poor behaviour, to put it lightly, following the semi-final defeat. The beleaguered supporters are now looking to stake a claim in the once-great club, and secure the future of their beloved outfit.

The initial meeting of the Trust, held on Saturday October 16th, was met with a hugely positive response. Over fifty people arrived to show their interest, including Lord Mayor Cllr. Naoise O'Muiri, Finian McGrath TD, Senator Averil Power and Cllr. Damien O'Farrell.

Speaking to Campus.ie, steering committee member Lee Daly explained how the group have “met with members of the board of management, supporters groups and fans, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive...our aim is really to have everyone working together for the good of the club, and its fans”.

Anyone interested in pledging their support to the trust can do so online at www.tinyurl.com/shelstrust. Considering the financial struggle of Ireland’s soccer teams and the division itself, it should be in everyone’s interest to support our indigenous sides at any opportunity.