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The Trust exists to provide a way for the fans to get their voices heard by Newcastle United FC. We’re not a protest group, we want to develop formal links between supporters and the Club and to be a positive influence on supporter issues.

EVERTON AWAY REFUND

We recently wrote to the club following the late scheduling of the Everton away fixture suggesting compensation for those supporters who were out of pocket due to the re-scheduling. To the clubs credit they have come forward with an offer and have released the following statement with details of how to apply for compensation;

‘’Supporters who were left out-of-pocket following the rescheduling of Newcastle United’s match at Everton can now apply to the club for a financial gesture.
The fixture was originally set to take place on Saturday 21st April but was moved to an 8pm kick-off on Monday 23rd April after being a late selection for live broadcast by Sky Sports.
The club announced in April that it would fully refund match tickets returned more than 72 hours before kick-off and would also look to ease the financial burden for fans who had booked non-refundable travel or accommodation before the switch of dates.
In addition, supporters who retained tickets bought before the rescheduling were each given a £5 voucher to be redeemed on food and drink at Goodison Park concourse kiosks.
How to apply
Supporters who had pre-paid for non-refundable, non-transferable travel or accommodation can apply here: https://nufc.typeform.com/to/GNiWHQ
Please note that you must have your travel or accommodation documents ready to upload from your device in order to complete your application.
How the process will work
All details provided will be used exclusively by Newcastle United to analyse out-of-pocket expenses for the match at Everton.
The club will consider each application on its own merits and may contact you if further information is needed.
Once all applications have been assessed, the club will contact each applicant directly to confirm whether or not the claim has been successful and, if applicable, how much will be received.’’

FANS FORUM MEETING

The NUFC Fans Forum took place last week on Wednesday 25th April 2017 and NUST were represented by Peter Fanning. A copy of the minutes of the meeting can be found at;
https://www.nufc.co.uk/media/37051/fans-forum-minutes-250418.pdf

We will produce our account of the meeting to be published in the near future once fans have had an opportunity to digest and debate the official minutes.
NUST

SAFE STANDING-PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

We recently reported on the issue of Safe Standing and the reaction amongst supporters following the Sports Ministers decision to reject the application by WBA to install Rail seating at The Hawthorns claiming that Safe Seating was only being promoted by a ‘vocal minority’.

A parliamentary petition was promoted by Safe Standing supporter Jon Darch and in next to no time the magic 100,000 signatures required to consider the matter for a Parliamentary debate was reached. In fact figures continued to rise and the petition gained more than 110,000 signatures.
It has now been confirmed that the issue will be debated in parliament on 25th June and further information is awaited.
Whilst Crystal Palace became the first Premier League club to come out and publicly support the Safe Standing petition ,after discussions about the subject of Safe Standing at last week’s Fans Forum it was pleasing to see NUFC join in the debate and raise awareness of the issue amongst our own fan base.
We will provide further updates once information is available.
NUST

Safe Standing Update

We recently reported on the issue of Safe Standing and the reaction amongst supporters following the Sports Ministers decision to reject the application by WBA to install Rail seating at The Hawthorns claiming that Safe Seating was only being promoted by a ‘vocal minority’.

A parliamentary petition was launched by Safe Standing supporter Jon Darch and in next to no time the magic 100,000 signatures required to consider the matter for a Parliamentary debate was reached. Indeed signatures continue to rise and the petition is the fastest growing Parliamentary petition at this moment in time. Earlier this week Crystal Palace became the first Premier League club to come out and publicly support Safe Standing. It was also pleasing to see NUFC, after debating the matter at last night’s Fan Forum ,tweeting out a link to the petition in order to encourage further debate.
Will the matter now be debated in Parliament? Well co-incidentally the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee –who oversee the introduction of e-petition debates in parliament –is Gateshead MP and fellow Mag Ian Mearns MP who also happens to Chair the All Party Parliamentary Group for football fans which is debating the very issue next week.
We clearly haven’t heard the last of this and await further developments with interest!
NUST

Fans Foodbank Meets Fans Foodbank

The whole concept of starting off a supporter Foodbank at Newcastle United came from the fact that fellow FSF members from Everton and Liverpool had started something similar on Merseyside which was proving to be successful, namely Fans Supporting Foodbanks.
Aware that the problems being faced in the North West would be no different to those faced in the North East, the fact that our own West End Foodbank was the biggest in the country, and on the back of the exposure nationally from the film “I Daniel Blake” we decided to do something about it. In today’s society it’s a disgrace that foodbanks are needed but while they are, we were confident the football fans family would do what they could to help.
Soon, NUST Board member Colin Whittle was meeting fellow fans Bill Corcoran and Steve Hastie from Fans United and the whole NUFC Fans Foodbank grew from there.

We have kept in contact with our fellow fans from Merseyside to learn from their experiences and both our home games against them resulted in donations being received from Everton and Liverpool fans groups under the banner of Fans Supporting Foodbanks. Furthermore, when the FSF organised a national Fans Foodbank conference in October hosted by NUFC once more our Scouse friends attended en- masse with a donation for NUFC Fans Foodbank. We remain grateful that they contributed to our own worthy cause.
It has always been our intention to reciprocate the kind gesture from fellow fans, especially since they inspired the idea in the first place. On Monday evening we were able to provide a donation via NUST Board Member and True Faith editor Alex Hurst who visited

their collection point prior to the Everton match and was able to exchange stories of the work being undertaken and the support provide by NUFC fans in our own great City.
NUFC Fans Foodbank will be back for Saturday’s game. We are proud to be involved in this initiative and grateful to all those who have contributed or been involved in any way. Our thanks go out to our fellow supporters who have made the NUFC Fans Foodbank such a success and to fellow fans on Merseyside for providing guidance and advice.
Football fans working together for a common cause! Hunger doesn’t wear club colours.

Jacqui Forster 1962 – 2018

It was with great regret that we learned of the death of Jacqui Forster yesterday after a long illness. Our sympathy goes out to her friends and family at this difficult time.
Those involved in the Supporters Trust movement will have been well aware of Jacqui’s long involvement with Supporters Direct and when it was proposed to start up a Supporters Trust here at Newcastle United Jacqui was the officer appointed to help with the whole process. Her easygoing manner and pragmatic way of working made the whole process easier. Although an avid supporter of Altringham she did confess to having a soft spot for NUFC through a family connection.
As well as assisting with the setting up of NUST, Jacqui was also able to provide a great deal of help and support when we decided to make an application to have St. James’ Park recognised as an Asset of Community Value under new legislation that had been introduced. At that particular time only a few applications had been made in respect of football stadia and Jacqui was able to guide us through the process resulting in a successful application.
The Supporters Trust movement has lost a great advocate. RIP.

Safe Standing Petition Update

We reported last week that following the decision of Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to reject the application by WBA to install rail seating at The Hawthorns a parliamentary petition to raise the issue had been started by Safe Standing campaigner Jon Darch.

In less than a week the petition has gained more than 70,000 signatures making it one of the quickest growing parliamentary petitions ever.
In circumstances where 100,000 signatures are obtained then there is an obligation to have the matter discussed in parliament. Given the growth of the petition in such a short period it is only a matter of time before the petition reaches the magic 100,000 signatures figure.
If you haven’t signed to date please consider doing so; petition.parliament.uk/petitions/2070
There is no doubt momentum is gathering and the matter is worthy of further debate at the highest level.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST

NUFC FANS FOODBANK DONATION STATION

The NUFC Fans Foodbank initiative has been ongoing for just over a year and the collections before NUFC home matches have been well documented, and are part of the match day experience for many.
What has been less well documented is the NUFC Fans Foodbank donation station which is based in the City Centre’s Grainger Market. Opened at the end of last season, in an effort to receive donations from fans in the close season, the initiative has carried on continuously, and is currently based within the Grainger Market at Alley 2, Units 49-50 and is open from 10am on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

At the time of writing almost £10k has been collected and the aim is to reach that sum by the first anniversary of the donation stations opening which was on 28th April 2017.
Please feel free to call in, make a donation, and have a chat with the volunteers who all give up their time for free and love a visit. It’s great to see fellow Geordies supporting their own community in times of need!
Newcastle United Supporters Trust

AWAY DAYS-EVERTON

NUST reported last month that our away game against Everton had been moved to Monday 23rd April at short notice, after tickets had been applied for and many fans had already booked travel and accommodation for the original fixture date which had been due to take place on Saturday 21st April.
What came as a major surprise to ourselves was the fact that only a couple of days prior to the change being announced we’d been at a meeting with the Premier League discussing the Spurs away game and when it might be scheduled.
In any event there was an uproar from fans regarding the late change of fixture and we wrote to the club with representations on behalf of supporters who had been inconvenienced by the late fixture alteration.

Fair play to NUFC, who earlier this week announced the following;
‘Newcastle United have announced plans to ease the financial burden on supporters left out-of-pocket after the club’s Premier League fixture at Everton was rescheduled.
The fixture was originally set to take place at 3pm on Saturday 21st April but was moved to an 8pm kick-off on Monday 23rd April after being selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports.
The club is currently gathering information to fully gauge the impact of late fixture rescheduling on supporters with a view to making a goodwill gesture to those genuinely out-of-pocket and will share its findings with the Premier League, other clubs and broadcasters.
Supporters with non-refundable, non-transferrable, pre-paid travel and accommodation bookings are asked to retain relevant booking confirmation.
The club will confirm details of how to formally submit supporting documents shortly and once received, the club will communicate the next steps to applicants directly.
To assist supporters in getting to and from Merseyside for the rescheduled fixture, Newcastle United have made enquiries to charter a later train service from Liverpool Lime Street to Tyneside, however this has not been possible despite the best efforts of the club and the route operator.
As a further gesture of goodwill to supporters who bought tickets before the rescheduling and are still making the trip to Merseyside for the match, Newcastle United will be issuing a food and beverage voucher worth £5 per ticket sold for use at catering and bar kiosks at Goodison Park.
Relevant supporters will receive this voucher in the post alongside their match ticket(s).’
We will continue to work closely with the FSF and other fans groups with a view to influencing the ‘decision makers’ on the subject of TV scheduling. It is important that the views of supporters are considered .We will report back in due course.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST

SAFE STANDING UPDATE

The recent refusal of the Government to reject West Bromwich Albion’s application to pilot rail-seating technology at the Hawthorns has catapulted the whole issue of Safe Standing into the public arena. The club had asked for permission to install 3,600 rail-seats at the Hawthorns in both the home end and part of the away end. The application had the backing of both the local Safety Advisory Group and West Midlands Police but Sports Minister Tracey Crouch rejected the application – a decision described as ‘short sighted’ by the club-whilst claiming those in favour of Safe Standing to be in the ‘vocal minority’.
The decision comes only a week after a delegation from Liverpool supporters Group ‘Spirit of Shankly’-following on from their membership voting in favour of rail seating following a consultation exercise last year- visited Celtic Park to observe the operation of Rail Seating at Celtic and described the visit as a ‘positive experience’. The visit included attendance at the pre match briefing and questioning of safety staff about management of the rail seating section and their experience so far. Celtic are now in their second season of Rail Seating since its introduction,which has been praised by fans as helping to bring about a better atmosphere and positive match day experience.
The FSF has been long campaigning for the return of Safe Standing, co-ordinating its member groups to demonstrate support for its campaign, and encouraging positive engagement with stakeholders in the debate including fans themselves, clubs, the FA, EFL, Premier league ,ground Safety Authorities ,Police and the DCMS.

The Head of the FSF’s safe standing campaign Peter Daykin commenting on the decision to reject WBA’s application said ‘the whole tenor of the debate on standing has changed massively in recent years, so this really is a disappointing decision. West Brom have done brilliantly in seeking out a solution for those supporters who want to stand and those who want to sit’
Last year Shrewsbury Town were given the go ahead to install rail seating at New Meadow by the Sports Ground Safety Advisory Authority and ironically they could be facing West Brom next season –one club granted permission to install rail seating, one refused.
As a result of the refusal of West Brom’s application and the subsequent comments from Sports Minister Tracey Crouch claiming those in favour to be in the ‘vocal minority’ Safe Standing campaigner Jon Darch launched a petition to ‘allow Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing’. Within 24 hours the petition has collected almost 25,000 signatures with 100,000 signatures required for the petition to be considered for debate in parliament.
You can add your signature to the petition at;
petition.parliament.uk/petitions2070
Whilst supporting the FSF campaign ourselves for Safe Standing, whether you are in favour or against NUST would encourage fans to sign the petition. The matter is worthy of debate at the highest level.
Newcastle United Supporters Trust
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Who are we?

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is not a protest group, but a positive force for change.

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.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) seeks to benefit both the Football Club and its supporters by channeling the passion of Newcastle supporters into a forward-thinking organisation that is a legally constituted, democratic, not-for-profit Supporters Trust of Newcastle United.

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