Supporters Direct’s first managing director died aged 67
6 November ~ Brian Lomax, a Northampton Town fan and one of the most influential people in the modern supporters’ trust movement, died at the start of the week aged 67. In 1992, with his club close to bankruptcy, Lomax formed the Northampton Town Supporters Trust with two objectives: to raise money for his club and to ensure fans were represented in the running of the it.
Lomax’s legacy goes beyond just one club, though. He was central to the work of the Football Task Force, which included Labour MP Andy Burnham and led to the formation of Supporters Direct, of which Lomax became the first managing director. Ian King, of Twohundredpercent, has looked at Lomax’s influence on the game, while David Conn at the Guardian has also written about how the Northampton supporter put all fans first.