Who are we?
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) seeks 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 Trust will act responsibly as a guardian of the future of Newcastle United. If the Trust believes that the Club is being run incompetently and not in the interests of the supporters the Trust will not be afraid to criticise. The Trust however, will not exist just to be critical; the Trust will also be about helping the club, tapping into the skills and expertise of its members and offering solutions.
The Trust is ran by its members. Every member is eligible to stand for election and to vote for candidates for the NUST board which will be accountable to all NUST members. The Trust is legally registered and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Any money raised or shares bought will belong to all members equally. The trust produces independently audited annual accounts and provides regular updates to members through meetings, newsletters, emails and website.
We now have members in 35 countries.
Read the latest news from the Trust
Thank you to all members who filled in our member survey.
4,806 members filled in the survey in the allocated two weeks and we are thrilled that so many members took the time to make their views known to the Trust.
The Trust exists with the goal of enhancing supporter involvement in the football club. While we are working hard to try and realise our passionate belief in fan ownership of the club one day, we want to be able to accurately and regularly feedback the views of members to the football club.
From the survey it’s clear that as a Trust we are not doing enough to encourage women and fans under 24 and over 50 to take up Trust membership. That is something the Trust will act on with urgency. We want to be a vehicle for all fans regardless of age, gender or location in the world.
To that end the results in the survey were interesting in terms of member location. A majority of members who completed the survey reside in the North East but there are a good number of members based outside of the North East and the in the rest of the world. We’re keen that NUST represents fans wherever they’re located. Newcastle United is a global community.
Fans responses on tickets and match attendance was split. The Trust represents both non-season ticket holders and current season ticket holders fairly equally, with 40% of members attending a first team away game next season. The Trust should be there for fans who attend and don’t attend whether that’s due to location, cost, or personal boycotts of St James’ Park.
A massive 91% of supporters are not satisfied with the current communication from Newcastle United towards its supporters. This is a message we hope the club take note of as communication between club and supporter should be better than it is. We hope the club take on board the feedback and a new transformative communication strategy is put in place for the good of the football club and its supporters.
In terms of the proposed boycott by fans of the Arsenal game the results were unequivocal 84% in favour. When results were filtered to show only members who are current season ticket holders the figure drops to 67% which is still a clear majority of those members surveyed. The Supporters Trust does not assume to tell any member how or when to support the club, each members views are their own. We hope the football club take in to account the dissatisfaction of the memberships views ahead of the new season.
We are hoping to meet the club in the coming weeks to discuss the survey results and a host of other topics that are important to the support. Supporters Trust board will continue to work for its members. Elections are forthcoming for positions on the board and we will be communicating the process in due course.
Thanks for reading. If you aren’t yet a member then please sign up and have a voice within the Trust. Myself and the rest of the board want to hear from members. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org any ideas or questions you have.
Sunday the 7th of July welcomed the second Pav Cup football match between Newcastle Legends & Dunston FC.
We won’t dwell on the scoreline too much (8-2 to Dunston) as it wasn’t about the scoreline, it was about family, friends and football fans, young and old.
After a murky grey sky in the morning, glorious beaming sunshine lit up the afternoon. The pitch looked in tip top condition and the fans waited to get a glimpse of their heroes from a bygone day.
For many, this was the only chance that some parents had to share the experience of seeing some ex-Toon players have a kick around on a pitch with their children, and reminisce about happier times.
Before kick-off we all shared a minute silence for the great Pavel Srníček and you could have heard a pin drop followed by a great roar and cheer from the waiting spectators.
NUST had the honour of holding the ‘Pav is a Geordie’ flag (centre circle) during the minute silence and were there with a banner to meet supporters. We talked through what we are hoping to achieve in the future and intend to listen to the concerns that the supporters have.
A huge thank to Geordie Signs (geordies-signs.co.uk) for supplying the £1 membership banner and to Newcastle Legends (@NCLE_Legends) for allowing the Trust to join in with the day to celebrate a truly great goalkeeper.
This article was originally published on The Mag
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust has been around for ages.
It’s done good work, indifferent work and sometimes no work.
Some people don’t know what it is, others are weary because of failed fan movements that have come before us.
This is a new Newcastle United Supporters Trust with a new board in place.
We came together in January with the simple goal of rebuilding the Supporters Trust making it into a key fan organisation, untainted by the past and excited by the future.
The Supporters Trust exists to represent you.
It exists to give Newcastle United supporters a voice where they have none.
From issues such as safe standing, ticket prices, away allocations and accessibility and inclusion at St James’ Park – we are your best bet.
We work with the Football Supporters Association (now the FSA, formerly the FSF) on fan issues and our membership drives our agenda. We are a wholly democratic institution where one member is only one vote. No individual has more of a say than any other.
I didn’t join the Trust with any designs of ever joining the Trust board or leading it. Any member can stand for election and any member can join the board. It’s an organisation that belongs to you, not me or anyone else.
We have a brand new website ready very soon with log-in functionality and we will take votes on matters through that and by email.
We will be holding public meetings and doing our very best to represent our 4,000 strong (and rapidly growing) membership.
Ultimately, our aim is to own 51% of Newcastle United.
That might not be realistic in the Premier League, but then we will want to work with any new ownership in the future to give fans a say at board level in the running of their football club.
We need a vibrant, committed and huge membership to do that. So join us. We need you.
Alex Hurst (Chair of Newcastle United Supporters Trust)
To join Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) it is only £1 for a year’s membership – Go HERE
Or to become a member for life it is £10 – Go HERE
Our commitment to you
a club that will work with supporters on fan issues and will recognise their value as the long term custodians of the club;
a club that will work with our MPs, the City Council and local businesses to play its part in regenerating our area rather than simply billboarding a national sports retailer;
a club that will work with local football clubs and schools to develop local talent and keep that talent in the North East;
a club that says we can compete, we will compete, we don’t reward mediocrity, we strive for excellence and to be the best we can be in everything we do.
VIDEO: Colin Whittle goes into some detail about what a supporters trust is, what Newcastle United Supporters Trust does, how we can work together to achieve our goals and make Newcastle United a better experience for all fans. Safe standing, food banks, ticket prices and more.
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