Black and White Together
For several years, a group of Derby County supporters had become concerned about the situation at Derby County FC, especially the apparently poor financial state of the club, its seemingly constant disputes with the EFL during the ownership of Mel Morris, and the lack of open communication with supporters and local media.
In September 2021, 14 of us created an informal group, which became Black & White Together. When the announcement came that Derby County was about to call in Administrators, we publicly launched on Twitter on September 19th, asking as many supporters as possible to follow us and create a large, free-to-access, united voice backing OUR club.
We pledge hard work to represent the best interests of all Derby supporters – we will be inclusive, transparent and we welcome and encourage membership of, and collaboration with, other supporter groups. We will share as much information about the club as possible, with all Derby supporters.
The rapid growth of our following to more than 2,000 fans resulted in our recognition by Derby County FC and we were invited to join the Supporters Charter Group, allowing us further opportunity to seek the transparency we believe Derby County fans deserve. Subsequently, Black & White Together was given Associate Membership of the Football Supporters Association, further validating our organization and the work we undertake.
Constitution of Black & White Together 11th March 2022
Black & White Together (BAWT) is an apolitical organization formed by and for supporters of Derby County Football Club (DCFC), in September 2021. BAWT is open and welcoming to all DCFC supporters, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or religion.
On that basis, it was decided BAWT would not be an open membership organization but would have a small, closed membership of 13 people, which would form The Committee.
The Committee consists of the initial founders and other members democratically agreed by the committee. There is no hierarchy or casting vote on The Committee and any decisions taken by The Committee are done so on a democratic majority basis. Every member will need to be re-elected by the committee within a period no longer than 5 years.
Details of the 13 elected committee members are available on request. In the event of a resignation from the committee, an election may be held to fill the vacancy. Committee members may propose new members but would require unanimous committee approval before such an appointment could be made.