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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.

SAFE STANDING-PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

Supporters will be aware from previous NUST articles of the recent high profile surrounding the Safe Standing Campaign and in particular of the Parliamentary petition which has now gained over 111,000 signatures, passing the 100,000 required to have the matter considered for debate in Parliament.

The government have now released a statement in response to the petition which is detailed below;
‘’The Government believes that all-seater stadia are currently the best means to ensure the safety and security of fans at designated football matches in England and Wales.
The Government thanks all the football supporters who made their views known through this petition.
The Government believes that all-seater stadia are currently the best means to ensure the safety and security of fans at designated football matches in England and Wales, while continuing to work closely with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and football authorities to consider advances in technology and data that may enhance the existing policy.
A debate in Parliament on this issue has been tabled for 25 June, when the nuances and complexities of sports ground safety will be covered in more detail.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’’
As previously reported the issue is to be debated on 25th June 2018.We will report on any further developments.
NUST

NEW CHAIRMAN AT NUST

After a period of 8 years as Chair of NUST Norman Watson has taken the decision to stand down from his role, but will continue his involvement with the Trust as a member of the NUST board.
Norman, who joined the Board of NUST in 2010 and was immediately elected to the role of trust Chairman, has overseen a variety of issues in the role and has to navigate a way through the turbulent relationship between the club and its supporters under the ownership of Mike Ashley.
His decision to step down from the role coincides with an upturn in the clubs fortunes under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez , who has consolidated the clubs position after promotion to the Premier League.

Norman, commenting upon his decision, stated;
‘I’ve enjoyed my time as Chairman of NUST although obviously there have been some difficult times on the pitch, with two relegations in that period. It has been a pleasure to be involved in initiatives such as the formation of our own Credit Union, the setting up of NUFC Fans Foodbanks, and the regular interaction with supporters who have requested help and support from NUST. Perhaps the most frustrating thing is being unable to brief our fan base on various ‘buy out ‘ proposals over the years where NUST have been ,understandably, signed to confidentiality agreements .I’m looking forward to continuing my role on the Trust Board and wish Peter all the best in his new role’.
Taking over the role of Chairman will be current NUST Vice Chairman Peter Fanning who has worked closely with Norman over the years and is the present the NUST lead on a number of initiatives. As well as being the NUST member of the Fans Forum, Peter leads on engagement with the FSF, Premier League and Sky TV as well as being the first point of contact at the Trust for many fans groups up and down the country.
Peter, commenting upon his decision to take up the role of NUST Chairman said;
‘I’d like to thank Norman for his stewardship of NUST in what has been a difficult period over the years. Following his decision to step down from the role I was delighted to be nominated to take over the position and will look to carry on his good work over the years. In particular I am looking to ensure that NUST carry on the outstanding community work that has been undertaken in recent times and continue to build the relationship between the club and its supporters’

Stepping up to the role of joint Vice Chairman will be current Board Members Michael Carling and Anthony Armstrong ,both who will be known to the NUFC fan base because of their respective involvement with True Faith fanzine and Wor Flags.
NUST would like to thank Norman for his contribution in the role of Trust Chairman and wish Peter all the best in his new role.
NUST

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
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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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