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FANS SUPPORTING FOODBANKS

The NUFC Fans Foodbank is now well established here at NUFC, setting up opposite the Gallowgate End every home game, as well as operating from a Unit within the Grainger Market .Last year saw the first National Fans Foodbank Conference hosted here at NE1 with attendees from a variety of fans groups from up and down the country, with speakers from Everton, Liverpool, Celtic as well as our own NUFC Fans Foodbank. The Conference inspired fans of other clubs to set up their own match day collections and the movement appears to be growing.

It is credit to football fans up and down the country that they have got behind this initiative and here at Newcastle we are proud of the contributions made our supporters .NUST are happy to have played a part in our own NUFC Fans Foodbank and we will continue to assist where we can.

This year’s national National Fans Foodbank Conference is due to take place in Liverpool on 19th October and we are pleased to report that we will have an NUST representative in attendance. We will report back on progress that has been made by fans since last year’s Conference.

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True Faith Live 3: How To Take The Fight To Ashley

True Faith have announced their latest “True Faith Live” event which will be held at the Tyneside Irish Centre on Thursday 11/Oct/2018 with all proceeds from the night going to support the NUFC Fans Foodbank.

The previous events in September 2017 and February 2018 were very well organised, sold-out and a worthwhile night of debate and discussion about our beloved Newcastle United.

Our very own Colin Whittle will be attending as a speaker alongside lots of other noteworth NUFC writers.

For further information and to purchase a ticket, please click here.


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FANS FOODBANK

NUFC fans have been more than generous in their contributions since the setting up of NUFC Fans Foodbank at the beginning of last year. As well as match day contributions supporters have individually been looking at many weird and wonderful ways of supporting the NUFC Fans Foodbank link with WestEnd Foodbank. The latest fundraising effort includes a cross channel swim by Mark Brown.
Here’s a message from Mark;
‘Between 29/06 and 02/07 I will be having a go at swimming the Channel. Absolutely no guarantee I will make it to France, but I’m in a good position to give it a good go. I have been in the sea at Tynemouth almost every day for the last couple of months and done a few big swims over in the Lake District, so now it’s just down to the weather and conditions on the day!
It’s something I have always wanted to do but thought it would be a great opportunity to support a good local charity as well. If you have a few quid to spare for Newcastle foodbank, a charity which provides food to the many who are affected by food poverty here in the north east, it really would be greatly appreciated.’

Good luck Mark! NUST

SAFE STANDING UPDATE

As previously reported, a Parliamentary debate took place on Monday 25th June in relation to Safe Standing. It turned out to be a well-attended, interesting debate with those in attendance by and large demonstrating that they were up to speed on all of the relevant issues including one of our own, Gateshead MP and NUFC fan Ian Mearns who spoke up in favour of Safe Standing. Momentum is gathering and we await further developments.
If you missed the debate it can be watched via the link below;
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/7860c4f1-7b1e-49da-84c8-5ffe5917515f
You can read the transcript of the debate here;
https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-06-25/debates/8A09C8B2-14D5-4E2D-8F3E-1D7FF3838818/FootballSafeStanding
Research on the subject can be accessed via the following link;
https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CDP-2018-0147
Finally if you want to view the petition itself which sparked off the Parliamentary debate please click on the following link
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/207040

The Government have announced that they are undertaking a review on the issue of Safe Standing and the Opposition have recently announced that they support its introduction .We will update once we have more to report.
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Parliamentary debate on Safe Standing

Supporters will know, from previous articles, that NUST are in favour of the introduction of Safe Standing and have long been supportive of the FSF ‘Stand Up for Choice’ campaign .Following the refusal by Government of the application to introduce Safe Standing at West Brom momentum has been gathering behind the campaign.
On Monday ,25th June 2018, a parliamentary debate will take place on the issue of Safe Standing in the Premier League and Championship following an e-petition "relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing" which resulted in over 112,000 signatures in support.

If you wish to encourage your MP to take part in the debate please follow the following instructions;
Visit www.writetothem.comEnter your post codeClick on your MP’s nameComplete the online form and make your case for standing at football
At a political level the Government have recently indicated they are prepared to review their position and following a recent meeting with fans groups, attended by a representative from NUST, the opposition have agreed to introduce a policy in favour of Safe Standing.
There is no doubt that times are changing and the issue of Safe Standing is now high on the agenda.
We’ll keep you informed.
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SEASON TICKET RENEWALS

NUFC announced a new season ticket renewal procedure yesterday and whilst those on long term deals are unaffected it’s clear that for many fans the new pricing structure is a cause for concern. Whilst in general over the years the club has promoted an affordable pricing strategy there are concerns amongst fans that have contacted NUST that they are being ‘priced out’ of watching NUFC. Of concern to many fans is the prior lack of communication to supporters about the changes. Presumably the new structure has been under consideration for some time, yet the matter was not raised for discussion at the end of season Fans Forum. The clubs biggest asset is its fan base and NUST would urge the club to listen to those supporters affected, and if required deal with matters sympathetically on a case by case basis as a reward to its loyal supporters.
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FIXTURE LIST 2018/19

The fixtures for next season were announced yesterday with our kick off being at home v Spurs .A difficult first month but as usual we get to play everyone twice!

Other key dates have us at Liverpool on Boxing Day, home against Man U on New Years Day, and finishing with a trip to Fulham.
Of course, it’s all subject to the heavy caveat that TV fixtures have not been announced….so just take the fixture list as a ‘general guide’. If you haven’t seen them they are repeated below;
11.08.2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 18.08.2018 Cardiff City (a) 25.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 01.09.2018 Manchester City (a) 15.09.2018 Arsenal (h) 22.09.2018 Crystal Palace (a) 29.09.2018 Leicester City (h) 06.10.2018 Manchester United (a) 20.10.2018 Brighton (h) 27.10.2018 Southampton (a) 03.11.2018 Watford (h) 10.11.2018 A.F.C. Bournemouth (h) 24.11.2018 Burnley (a) 01.12.2018 West Ham United (h) 05.12.2018 Everton (a) 08.12.2018 Wolverhampton (h) 15.12.2018 Huddersfield Town (a) 22.12.2018 Fulham (h) 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a)
29.12.2018 Watford (a) 01.01.2019 Manchester United (h) 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a)
19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h) 30.01.2019 Manchester City (h) 02.02.2019 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 09.02.2019 Wolverhampton (a) 23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h) 27.02.2019 Burnley (h) 02.03.2019 West Ham United (a) 09.03.2019 Everton (h) 16.03.2019 A.F.C. Bournemouth (a) 30.03.2019 Arsenal (a) 06.04.2019 Crystal Palace (h) 13.04.2019 Leicester City (a) 20.04.2019 Southampton (h) 27.04.2019 Brighton (a)
04.05.2019 Liverpool (h) 12.05.2019 Fulham (a)
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NUFC FANS FOODBANK UPDATE

The NUFC Fans Foodbank held its final collection of the season before the Chelsea home game, but aware that hunger doesn’t stop at the end of the football season, those behind the initiative, including NUST, decided to consider collecting at events during the close season.
Led by stalwart Bill Corcoran, the team of volunteers earmarked the Magic Weekend Rugby tournament at St James Park on 19th May for their first collection. Although they were not able to set up on their normal spot-and collected further along Strawberry Place- which had been turned into a fan zone –it was a very lively area with fans of all of the clubs mixing in what was a friendly atmosphere! NUST Board member Colin Whittle turned up for volunteering duties on what was a very warm afternoon and reported that it was strange collecting outside Nine Bar ,but without knowing anybody milling around the ground. The team put in a canny session from around mid-day until around 4pm and raised over £140. Highlight of the afternoon was when a band appeared ,trumpets etc. ,playing La Bamba ,to be met by a hearty chorus from the volunteers of ‘Rafa Benitez’ much to the amusement of the rugby fans.

The next event on the calendar was a gig down at the 02 by The Farm on 2nd June. Frontman Peter Hooton is very much involved in the Liverpool fan scene and after various conversations from local Mags and a few strings pulled, the band and venue allowed NUFC Fans Foodbank volunteers Bill Corcoran, Steve Hastie and Colin Whittle to set up in the warmth of the venue itself .It was a great night with contributions from gig goers and the Band themselves. Because quite a bit of publicity had been generated many of those attending also arrived with food donations to add to the money collected. After collecting the trio were able to watch the gig-All Together Now!
Next up? The Three Ed Sheeran concerts at St James Park on 8th, 9th and 10th June .Plenty of publicity about the Foodbank collections resulted in those attending the concerts having plenty of awareness of the initiative. Setting up at 5pm each evening –again further along Strawberry Place –volunteers collected until around 8.15pm each evening. Once again NUST turned up for volunteering duties each night and reported that there was an electric atmosphere around the whole event with volunteers acting as ‘ambassadors’ for the City, directing those attending the concerts to the appropriate stand as well as answering a host of other questions…the highlight being ‘can you tell me where the Alan Shearer statue is please?’ Together with the proceeds of a raffle at Nine Bar preceding the concerts a total of £1910.00 was raised over the course of the weekend.

It’s important to remember that the need to feed the hungry of our Region continues all year round and it’s great to see NUFC Fans Foodbank helping out at events in the close season. Particular praise to all those volunteers who give up their own time to help out….and of course to everyone who has contributed in any way.
The NUFC Fans Foodbank continues to be open in the Grainger Market each, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm, to accept donations. If you are in Newcastle please call in, all donations are gratefully accepted.
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POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR SAFE STANDING

Ahead of the Parliamentary debate on 25th June the Labour Party came out in support of Safe Standing. At a press conference held at QPR’s Loftus Road shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan announced the party’s support saying;
‘It’s time for change. Labour’s decision is the result of in depth consultation with football clubs, fans and safety authorities .we want to give the power to fans, clubs and local safety authorities to allow for a small area inside a stadium to be designated for safe standing, clubs, fans and local authorities know their stadium far better than anybody in Whitehall-the decisions should rest with them’

The policy decision followed on from a positive consultation discussion with representatives from supporters groups, including NUST Chair Peter Fanning, earlier in the week.
The Government also said it would review its position on Safe Standing with a spokesman stating;
‘We recognise that technology and stadium design has evolved since the all seater policy was introduced and the time is right to look at the issue’.
This is all happening ahead of the Parliamentary debate in parliament on 25th June .We await the debate with interest.
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WINTER BREAK

Last week the FA/Premier League/EFL announced the introduction of a winter break in English football for the first time, commencing from the start of the 2019/20 season.
Due to take place in February with a two week winter break seeing a round of Premier League games split over two weekends with the FA Cup 5th round -remember that? – moving to a midweek .5th round replays will be scrapped to be replaced with extra time and penalties to accommodate the change.

Interesting to see that whilst the FA pressed ahead with its plan to introduce the winter break the research from Football Supporters Federation (FSF) carried out in its 2016 survey as part of its ‘Whole Game Solution’ showed that match going fans were largely opposed to its introduction-37% being ‘absolutely opposed’ to a winter break, 24 % being ‘broadly opposed’ to the idea.
An FSF spokesman said; ‘we are disappointed that supporters views have been outweighed by other factors in the decision’.
Whatever your view-for or against a winter break- there’s no doubt that moving the fifth round to mid -week will create potential travel issues for supporters…as if we don’t have enough already!….and how long before clubs embark on lucrative winter break ‘tours’? One to watch .
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We seek to benefit our football club and its supporters by channeling the passion of its loyal supporters into a forward-thinking non-profit organisation that is a legally constituted, democratic, not-for-profit Supporters Trust.

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