Newcastle United is not an exclusive #club that thrives on petty localism. There is no initiation process involving Greggs pasties, being shirtless or drinking pints while staring at bridges.
The third TF Forum took place at Tyneside Irish Centre on Thursday 11th October and NUST were glad to contribute to what was a fascinating night, supplying both a compère (Colin Whittle) and a panel member (Norman Watson). All in aid of a very worthy cause ,the NUFC fans food bank.
The night began by TF’s Alex Hurst introducing NUFC Fans food bank champion Bill Corcoran, who explained the role of the food bank and the contribution from NUFC fans to this great cause. The Magpie Group Chair Wallace Wilson and member Adam Widdrington then followed with a short explanation about their contribution to their own campaign so far.
The main event then followed, with the first panel comprising of local based journos George Caulkin of the Times and Luke Edwards of the Telegraph responding to questions about the current situation at NUFC, their thoughts on the state of the club, Rafa’s own position and future, as well as a number of other NUFC related matters.
After a short break to announce the raffle prize winners and to allow the appreciative audience time to refill, the second panel convened, and consisted of award winning journalist David Conn, representatives from Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly , Jay MacKenna , and Rangers Sons of Struth, Craig Houston as well as former NUST Chair Norman Watson and TMG’s Wallace Wilson.
Both Jay and Craig spoke at length about struggles with their owners and the action they had taken, whilst David Conn spoke about the wider issue of football governance in the game. Both Norman and Wallace brought a local slant to the proceedings. The audience appeared to be both captivated by the stories they were hearing and inspired to hear the stories of fellow football fans in their struggle against poor owners.
We would urge fans to listen to the whole evening which is available on a Podcast via True Faith NUFC Podcast, donations to go to NUFC Fans food bank.
All in all, a great night with more than £2k raised to support NUFC Fans food bank. Thanks to all who gave up their time to take part.
For the last five years the Football Supporters Federation have carried out an ‘Away Fans Survey’ in order to record the experience of fans following their club away. Feedback from supporters allows the FSF to gather information about such areas as pricing, facilities, stewarding and much more. Last season’s survey was completed by more than 3,800 away fans-Southampton being rated highest in the Premiership.
The survey provides the FSF with an enormous amount of feedback on how fans feel they are treated and the data is shared with clubs in order that they can consider how they can improve the ‘away experience’ for fans.
We’ve not been without our problems here at NUFC with many of our longest trips being moved for TV scheduling and further problems being created by the short re-scheduling of the Everton away fixture –which caused NUST to seek compensation from the club for fans -and the never ending saga of our trip to Tottenham.
If you want to make your voice heard please fill in the survey which can be accessed via the FSF website; www.fsf.org.uk
“The club apologised for delays in the regularity of Fans Forum meetings. The club … hoped that supporters ………. would acknowledge how committed the club has been to communicating openly as part of the Forum.” – extract from Fans Forum minutes 25th April 2018.
This is what the club said in April at their first meeting for over 18 months. They’re supposed to arrange at least two meetings per year but this hadn’t been happening. At the request of the Supporters Trust representative on the Forum they agreed to diary a programme of future meetings, the first being Tuesday 28th August.
On Monday 27th August the club sent out a message cancelling the meeting.
This at a time when there has been considerable unrest amongst fans and huge media attention about all matters Newcastle United. Protests and fan group meetings, disgraceful inaccurate statements being made by so called pundits and questions being asked at Government level about the ownership and management of our club. Could there ever be a more important time for the club hierarchy to meet with fans and discuss openly their ongoing concerns?
They’ve said they are committed to communicating openly with fans. Actions speak louder than words, however, and the Fans Forum would appear not to rank high enough in their priorities.
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