LATICS may currently reside in a different world to Greater Manchester’s big two who had chosen to join (and swiftly depart) the European Super League, but the repercussions will be felt across the pyramid.

The ESL highlighted the greed in the upper echelons of the game with ‘legacy fans’ being placed at the wayside and competition being disregarded when the billionaires were presented with a money-making opportunity.

Not only had it brought this greed into popular perception, but something else shone in the face of the breakaway division: the power of fans. Without widespread condemnation from across the footballing world, and the protest of those clubs’ fans, the plans would have likely been passed through and the game changed forever.

And out of the shadows of a proposal so ludicrous it lasted a mere 48 hours, cross-party support for a chance of footballing governance has emerged. Latics and other clubs at this end of the pyramid have faced perilous times due to their ownership for many decades, yet it’s taken this for unanimous support to come.

Last season, the Athleticos placed a banner on the Rochdale Road End. It read: “Stolen from the working class. Destroyed by industry. Save football. Return clubs to supporters. Introduce 50+1!”

Fans across the country should heed that message and put pressure on the government to enact legislative changes. A review of footballing leadership will take place and, hopefully, meaningful action will come from it.

At Boundary Park, supporters’ discontent has perhaps never been clearer. Be it the numerous protests before the pandemic or the reactions on social media, it is clear that the vast majority don’t support those in charge of the club, but fans don’t have the necessary say.

Sure, Trust Oldham have a seat at the board and Push The Boundary regularly meet with club representatives, but there is nothing concrete giving supporters ultimate control over their club.

It is no wonder that the German model, in which members – usually supporters – hold the majority of the voting rights has gained prominence. It stopped Bayern and Dortmund from joining the ESL, it results in lower ticket prices, clubs have safe standing and so much more.

With football in a fractious state, the opportunity has now arisen for real change to the way in which our nation’s game is run. Those in power should make the necessary changes to give control of clubs to those who are the most important: the fans.