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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.

Under Offer

After a period of speculation it appears that an offer to purchase Newcastle United has been made on behalf of Amanda Staveley and PCP Group although the exact details of the offer, believed to be in the region of around £300M and subject to various conditions, are obviously unknown to anybody other than those closely involved in the deal.
Mike Ashley has publicly stated his desire to sell the club and hopefully now that an offer has been made, both parties can come together and reach a deal on terms acceptable to both sides.
For our part we would ask Mr Ashley to consider, given his stated desire to sell the club, to take a realistic and pragmatic approach to the offer in the hope that a deal can be concluded within a reasonable timeframe – particularly in light of the opening of the transfer window in January 2018.

We hope an imminent sale can usher in a new era at Newcastle United.
In the meantime we urge our supporters to continue their backing for Rafa and the team. Whilst we can have no influence as to what happens off the field in relation to negotiations over the sale of the club, our continued support to the team will be vital in forthcoming fixtures, starting at home against Watford on Saturday.

Saturday Night Live

Negotiations are underway for the new TV contract and there have been suggestions in the media that the new deal will include Saturday night games. The Trust are not aware of how serious this proposal might be and have been contacted by other Premier League Trusts and the football Supporters Federation (FSF) to support fans’ opposition to Saturday night slots. The following is the statement issued by the FSF and agreed to by the Trust Board.
The FSF notes with concern media reports of a possible significant increase in the number of Premier League matches to be broadcast live under the next three-year broadcast deal from 2019.
We re-affirm our opposition to any increase in the number of games to be televised live, and while we reluctantly recognise the imposition by Ofcom of a minimum of 190 live broadcast games per season – half of all games, and itself an increase of 22 per season over the current arrangements – we remain firmly opposed to any increase beyond that number.
Any additional broadcast games would mean even more changes to kick-off times away from 3:00pm on Saturdays, with an impact of both uncertainty and inconvenience to the match-going fans, especially away fans, whose passion is a huge component of the “product” that broadcasters want to buy and sell.
It is our hope that any increase in the number of live TV games can be accommodated in existing broadcast slots, and reaffirm our call for the interests of match-going fans to be considered when selecting and scheduling games. Particularly in the event of a new Saturday evening TV slot being created, we urge clubs and broadcasters to give due consideration to issues of geography and travel, and to invest some of the huge broadcast revenues into supporting the attendance and contribution of match-going fans, especially away fans.

Loving the Toon

The Trust was recently approached for help by Streetwise Opera, a homelessness charity. They wanted stories from Toon fans about their love for NUFC to incorporate into a production they are planning for April 2018 and we were happy to help.
Homelessness is on the rise. Welfare budgets continue to be cut. Fundraising is harder than ever. Homeless people need more than a bed and a roof. They need to be heard, to be recognised as someone
of worth, to learn new skills, and to feel wanted by a society which often finds it easier to look away.
Streetwise Opera provides weekly singing and acting workshops in homeless centres and arts venues across the country, increasing participants’ wellbeing and social inclusion, helping them develop the skills and confidence needed to reintegrate into society.
They have an upcoming major production, Tell Me The Truth About Love. Directed by Olivier-award winning Bijan Sheibani, it will be performed in April at the Sage Gateshead. It tells the story of 100 years of love on Tyneside, celebrating the rich offering of the North East – its talents and history.
The story will be told through the medium of a wedding, with audiences the wedding guests. Love in its many forms will be showcased as the bride, groom, best man and even a long-lost cousin break into song and tell their tales.
The show is inspired by variously funny and heart-breaking local tales, from passion aboard the Tuxedo Princess to a die-hard fan’s devotion to Newcastle United. The production will also feature new music created by composers Will Todd and Anna Appleby, and local songs including Jimmy Nail’s Big River and Bridie Jackson’s Final Lullaby.
Find out more about the production and how you might be able to help at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/loveopera

NUFC FANS FOODBANKSUNITY IN OUR COMMUNITY!

Pre Crystal Palace match we rocked up as normal, 1pm, at the NUFC Fans Foodbank stall opposite Nine Bar –plastic bag in hand with this week’s donation- in order to report in for volunteering duties.
As usual, a steady stream of fans dropped by with donations, others calling by to drop some change in the collecting tins. As well as being a great cause the stall has become a hub of pre match activity with many fans having a good chat when calling by, either about the forthcoming match, or indeed any number of other NUFC related topics.
On Saturday pre Palace, local reporters George Caulkin and Luke Edwards were spotted, along with Mike Martin from NUFC fanzine True Faith, I Daniel Blake actress Sharon Percy. NUFC Fans Foodbank enthusiasts Bill Corcoran and Steve Hastie were both there chatting about all things NUFC.
Together with all of the willing volunteers led by the ‘Boss’ Mike Nixon it makes for an interesting couple of hours before the match…….and then around 2.30ish the highlight of the day.

The lads and lasses from Wor Hyem and Wor Flags came marching along Strawberry Place, flags flying, carrying banners, singing at the top of their voices and at the front carrying a new Banner ‘Support NUFC Fans Foodbank’, to call in on their journey from the North Terrace pub to the Gallowgate via NUFC Fans Foodbank stall!

Very emotional I have to confess, and what an atmosphere when they arrived at the Foodbanks stall to hand over their donations and collections as well as the banner ‘Support NUFC Fans Foodbank’.
There followed plenty of backslapping, hand shaking, singing and even Foodbanks leader Mike Nixon was hauled in front of the banner for a photograph. Thanks to Wor Hyem/Wor Flags and the North Terrace it’s greatly appreciated. Fans working together!
I felt really proud to be part of what we are doing for those within our community less fortunate than ourselves. Unity in the Community!
NUST BOARD
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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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