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Happy Christmas Eve

The latest round of television games were announced on Thursday and will see 24 matches broadcast live throughout December.
Earlier this month there were reports that broadcasters were proposing to show live Premier League games on Christmas Eve. Rumours surfaced that Newcastle’s game at West Ham was being considered. Peter Fanning, NUST Vice Chair contacted the Head of PR at Sky Sports to be told that things weren’t finalised but Christmas Eve was a Sunday and they had a commitment to subscribers to show football on a Sunday. NUST joined with other supporter organisations across the country, and together with the Football Supporters Federation, lobbied against the idea. Last week in a meeting with supporter representatives, attended by Peter Fanning, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said that no 4pm kick-offs would be allowed on Christmas Eve, but that other broadcast slots were still being considered.
The broadcast schedule for December announced on Thursday contains no Christmas Eve kick-offs. The Football Supporters’ Federation said: "Fans will be relieved to see that broadcasters and the Premier League have backed away from the idea of a Christmas Eve fixture. It was never popular with match-going fans and we’re happy to say they have listened – more of the same in future please!
"Top-flight clubs receive billions from broadcasters and more of that revenue should be used to help fans with travel when games are rescheduled for TV."
This is a great example of fans working together to get our

voices heard and fair play to the Premier League and to the broadcasters who have listened to our concerns and done the right thing.
Peter Fanning
Vice Chair

FANS FOODBANK CONFERENCE

Following the success of Supporter Foodbanks in Merseyside, Glasgow and more recently our own NUFC Fans Foodbank the Football Supporters Federation arranged a conference at St James’ park on Friday 13th October. Fans of a host of clubs attended and including other local clubs, Sunderland, Boro and Hartlepool.
It was particularly impressive to see a huge Scouse contingent which consisted not only of football supporters but representatives from a number of agencies and their lead Councillor-all who had appeared to be working closely on their foodbank and other related Projects
The day kicked off with introductions from Kevin Miles, CE of the FSF and local MP Chi Onwurah before handing over to Gateshead MP and lifelong Mag Ian Mearns, who explained his role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Football Supporters.
There then followed a session with representatives from Merseyside led by David Kelly from Everton and Ian Byrne from Liverpool who explained the work they did in setting up their own Supporters Foodbank and their integration with agencies and within their own community. A wide range of questions and comments from the floor followed with many attendees outlining their own experiences.
A session from Celtic Foundation followed on how the issue of Foodbanks had been approached north of the Border. It was particularly interesting listening to their speaker from their own Foodbanks,Tara, who described how she had progressed from homeless, living in a car, to volunteering, and now to running a number of Foodbanks in and around Glasgow.

The final speaker was Mike Nixon, of our own West End Foodbanks explaining the role they play in supporting the local community, and talking about the assistance NUFC Fans Foodbank have given since the whole idea of setting up a supporter Foodbank was first mooted around a year ago. Our own NUST Board member Colin Whittle talked about how the idea moved from inception to reality and Bill Corcoran echoed the feeling of the floor about the contributions fans can make and the difference being made by NUFC Fans Foodbank.
The main aim of the whole day was to enable fans to learn from others and share experiences for the greater benefit and there was no doubt that this aim was achieved. A working group was established consisting of representatives from Newcastle, Celtic and Merseyside in order to progress things on a national basis.
The whole event showed the power of football fans working for the greater good of their communities and bringing those communities closer together .It was a privilege to be in attendance but there’s more work to do!
NUST BOARD

For Sale

First thoughts, about time too………then BUT we’ve been here before. The Club’s been up for sale and taken off the market several times before and in truth has always been for sale at the right price. This time feels like it might be for real though and fans should be excited at the thought of an owner who will be prepared to take the Club forward as a football project rather than using it as a billboard for their main business interest.
Whoever the new owners are, make no mistake it’s still OUR club. Owners, Directors, Managers and players are all transient, the support remains as the constant.
What the Trust wants is an owner who will position the Club in the local community in a way that recognises that the fans, the City Council and the local MPs are not the enemy. That working together with our world class manager we can take the Club to the next level, and beyond. We don’t want to accept mid table mediocrity as our goal, we want our team to win trophies, to compete at the highest level and to set standards of excellence that our support deserves.
We want owners who will engage with the fans in a meaningful way and will allow the fans voice to be heard at the highest level in a way that helps to influence Club policy. With a change of Government fans may get representation at Board level, new owners at Newcastle could take the opportunity to get ahead of the game and offer that without waiting for legislation to force the issue. We will want to make representation to any new owners about the benefits of committing to the principles of being a Community Club.
In the meantime we are watching with interest what happens. Mr Ashley has said previously that the Club was for sale, and then hasn’t sold it. He’s said he’s here for the long haul and won’t leave until we’ve won things, and now we’re up for sale again. During his time the Club have been taken to Tribunals twice, lost both and been criticised for the quality of their evidence and they are currently under investigation by HMRC.
We understand that Mr Ashley’s people are suggesting that a sale could happen by Christmas. Let’s hope we are all looking forward to a fantastic new year in 2018.
NUST Board

Fans Foodbanks event – SJP

The NUFC Fans Foodbank is less than one year old and it’s accepted that it’s been a resounding success. Supporters and our local community have bought into the concept of helping our own whether by contributing to match day collections, to the donation station at the Grainger Market or supporting one of the NUFC Fans Foodbank fundraising events such as the rock night or the TF transfer forum evening. The club have come on board and both Rafa and Isaac Hayden have provided wise words in support .There is no doubt that the work being undertaken by NUFC Fans Foodbank have inspired supporters up and down the country to consider following in our footsteps.
Here at NUST we have been contacted by a number of fans groups asking for advice about setting up similar initiatives. We’ve given advice and support where we can but the growth in interest for Supporter Foodbanks has led to the Football Supporters Federation setting up a conference at St James Park this Friday 13th October.
Supporters from up and down the country will be attending to listen to a range of speakers and learn from other fans groups who have set up their own support for Foodbanks. Whilst we gained our inspiration from what supporters were doing in Merseyside with ‘Supporting Foodbanks’ we hope that the efforts of NUFC Fans Foodbank will inspire other supporters.
If you are free, get yourself there…check out www.fsf.org.uk for details ….you never know there may also be a surprise speaker!
NUST

Xmas Eve Football

Just over a week ago NUST became aware via our network of links with other supporter groups that consideration was being given to Sky moving fixtures to Christmas Eve ,which this year is on a Sunday .Under their deal with the Premier League Sky can choose to move two fixtures at their discretion to 1.30pm and 4pm on a Sunday.
Initial rumours came about via a request that had apparently been made to Arsenal as to whether or not they had any objection to their home game against Liverpool being moved to Christmas Eve.
Premier League Trusts/fan groups quickly jumped into action agreeing a joint statement which opposed the moving of games to Christmas Eve not least because of the logistics of travel for both home and away fans, at that time of the year.
Given that we were due to play West ham away on 23rd,our game immediately sprung to mind as one with the potential for being moved leading to the obvious travel problems which would arise from such a move, especially to the 4pm time slot. It’s fair to say the televised fixtures haven’t been kind to us this season so far, Brighton/Swansea and Southampton all having been moved to a Sunday 4pm KO slot.
Pressure has been quickly brought to bear upon the football authorities by fans groups –we ourselves have written to both NUFC and Sky-and led by the Football Supporters Federation we attended a meeting with the Premier League today where having listened to our representations they have agreed not to take up a 4pm televised game on Christmas Eve. A small victory so far but it just goes to show what fans can do when working together.
We’ll update once we have further information later this month.
NUST

Fans Supporting Foodbanks

NUFC Fans Foodbank started off as an idea kicked around at an NUST board meeting and grew from there .Nobody could have anticipated what a success it has turned out to be nor how it continues to grow. From a launch night at Tyneside Irish Centre in early 2017 with a screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to match day collections, a donation station at the Grainger Market, a rock night, and a successful fundraiser with local journalists. Supporters have bought into the concept of helping people in our local community who are less well- off and it’s grown from strength to strength. More importantly, the club have bought into the whole concept-from Isaac Hayden visiting West End Foodbanks to Rafa making a financial contribution at last month’s TF fundraiser.
We’ve been approached by fellow supporters up and down the country who are looking to do something similar in their own areas. We’ve tried as best we can to help them with some ‘handy hints’. Of course here in Newcastle our link with WE Foodbanks has given NUFC Fans Foodbanks the assistance it needed-professionals showing us how to organise collections and directing us as to where we can best help. In addition we do have 52k going through the turnstiles at each home game so we’ve certainly got the numbers willing to contribute.
Anyway, there’s no doubt the profile of Foodbanks has risen nationally due to what has been happening here at Newcastle. As a result the Football Supporters Federation (FSF), who NUST work closely with in a number of areas, have arranged a national conference to take place at St James’ Park on 13th October to discuss football’s role in aiding Britain’s foodbanks.
The conference which is being sponsored by the club will include input from various foodbank organisers, MP’s and local councillors to enable fans to learn more about the challenge facing foodbanks and how they can link up with supporters.
We’re looking forward to meeting fans from up and down the country who are looking to set up Fans Foodbanks in their own areas and offering assistance where we can.
For more information please visit the FSF website at www.fsf.org.uk
We’ll see you there!

Supporters say No to Christmas Eve Football

Football supporters know all too well the impact that changes to the fixture schedule can have. Plans are rearranged and often expense incurred when a match is moved to accommodate cup football or TV scheduling. We have very little, if any, say, despite being the most put on stakeholders in the game.
Representatives from the Premier League Fans Group have recently started to meet with Sky Sports and BT Sport to put forward supporter views on such changes, and to look at ways we can mitigate this impact.
However the news that has broken this week that Sky plan to fill their ‘Super Sunday’ TV slots as usual, despite it falling on Christmas Eve, is hugely disappointing and frustrating for supporters. The discussion has been dominated by the likelihood of an Arsenal v Liverpool fixture on 24 December, but choices have not yet been finalised and any club is still available to be chosen for a televised game.
This is wrong and no fixtures should be scheduled for this day. Supporters will be faced with the unenviable task of deciding between family, friends and loved ones and any pre-existing plans for this time of year and continuing their loyalty and support for their club.
Club staff would also face similar difficulties. Public transport shuts down early on Christmas Eve and travel may be at a greater expense. Made to work, their plans and priorities will challenged in pursuit of a TV programme. These staff aren’t the well paid millionaires, but the catering, hospitality, stewarding and security personnel required to fulfil a fixture.
This extends further to police, local authorities and others who will have to work to facilitate such a change.
None of these people, like supporters, shares in the Premier League riches or has Premier League lifestyles and wages. If this happens, it would be more take, with little given back.
This must not be allowed to happen, not this season and not in future seasons. We are more than willing to work with the broadcasters and the Premier League to avoid such pitfalls for the benefit of all. We don’t want this to be the ghost of Christmas future.
Now though, the decision makers must show this is indeed the season of goodwill. Sky, the Premier League and clubs have to recognise that yes there is a TV slot available, but football on Christmas Eve is unacceptable and a step too far.
Supporters should be included in any decision-making process when such drastic changes are to be made. This is not something we are taking lightly. We have already successfully campaigned for cheaper away tickets and will continue our work to ensure match-going fans are treated as fairly as possible.
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Arsenal Supporters’ Trust
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Manchester United Supporters’ Trust
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust
Black Scarf Movement
Watford Supporters’ Trust
Burnley FC Supporters’ Groups
Swans Trust
Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association
Stand Up For Town
Stoke City Supporters Council
Cherries Trust
West Ham United Independent Supporters’ Association
Clarets Trust
Foxes Trust
North West Sussex Seagulls
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