FIT AND PROPER PEOPLE: THE LIES AND FALL OF OWNAFC by Martin Calladine & James Cave
In 2019, an app called OwnaFC hit the market promising football fans the chance to by and run their own club. Just a few months later it collapsed leaving customers hundreds and thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Fit and Proper People tell the story of the business that was supposed to revolutionise the game, the people who lost out and the violent consequences suffered by those who tried to hold OwnaFC to account.
The book uncovers how poor regulation and the financial structure of English football makes clubs easy prey for unsuitable owners and how time and gain, the fans are left to pick up the pieces.
With the aborted launch of the European Super League, there is finally widespread recognition that billionaires, venture capitalist, broadcaster and tech business must no longer be allowed to dictate the future of the game.
Fit and Proper People is a powerful expose of the state of football and a call to properly protect clubs and to involve the people who really love them – the fans – in how they are run.
Read our review here: Book Review – Fit (footballbookreviews.com)
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. January 2022. Paperback: 352 pages)