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AWAY FANS SURVEY

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 

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Parliamentary debate on Safe Standing

Supporters will know, from previous articles, that NUST are in favour of the introduction of Safe Standing and have long been supportive of the FSF ‘Stand Up for Choice’ campaign .Following the refusal by Government of the application to introduce Safe Standing at West Brom momentum has been gathering behind the campaign.
On Monday ,25th June 2018, a parliamentary debate will take place on the issue of Safe Standing in the Premier League and Championship following an e-petition "relating to allowing Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing" which resulted in over 112,000 signatures in support.

If you wish to encourage your MP to take part in the debate please follow the following instructions;
Visit www.writetothem.comEnter your post codeClick on your MP’s nameComplete the online form and make your case for standing at football
At a political level the Government have recently indicated they are prepared to review their position and following a recent meeting with fans groups, attended by a representative from NUST, the opposition have agreed to introduce a policy in favour of Safe Standing.
There is no doubt that times are changing and the issue of Safe Standing is now high on the agenda.
We’ll keep you informed.
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SEASON TICKET RENEWALS

NUFC announced a new season ticket renewal procedure yesterday and whilst those on long term deals are unaffected it’s clear that for many fans the new pricing structure is a cause for concern. Whilst in general over the years the club has promoted an affordable pricing strategy there are concerns amongst fans that have contacted NUST that they are being ‘priced out’ of watching NUFC. Of concern to many fans is the prior lack of communication to supporters about the changes. Presumably the new structure has been under consideration for some time, yet the matter was not raised for discussion at the end of season Fans Forum. The clubs biggest asset is its fan base and NUST would urge the club to listen to those supporters affected, and if required deal with matters sympathetically on a case by case basis as a reward to its loyal supporters.
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FIXTURE LIST 2018/19

The fixtures for next season were announced yesterday with our kick off being at home v Spurs .A difficult first month but as usual we get to play everyone twice!

Other key dates have us at Liverpool on Boxing Day, home against Man U on New Years Day, and finishing with a trip to Fulham.
Of course, it’s all subject to the heavy caveat that TV fixtures have not been announced….so just take the fixture list as a ‘general guide’. If you haven’t seen them they are repeated below;
11.08.2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 18.08.2018 Cardiff City (a) 25.08.2018 Chelsea (h) 01.09.2018 Manchester City (a) 15.09.2018 Arsenal (h) 22.09.2018 Crystal Palace (a) 29.09.2018 Leicester City (h) 06.10.2018 Manchester United (a) 20.10.2018 Brighton (h) 27.10.2018 Southampton (a) 03.11.2018 Watford (h) 10.11.2018 A.F.C. Bournemouth (h) 24.11.2018 Burnley (a) 01.12.2018 West Ham United (h) 05.12.2018 Everton (a) 08.12.2018 Wolverhampton (h) 15.12.2018 Huddersfield Town (a) 22.12.2018 Fulham (h) 26.12.2018 Liverpool (a)
29.12.2018 Watford (a) 01.01.2019 Manchester United (h) 12.01.2019 Chelsea (a)
19.01.2019 Cardiff City (h) 30.01.2019 Manchester City (h) 02.02.2019 Tottenham Hotspur (a) 09.02.2019 Wolverhampton (a) 23.02.2019 Huddersfield Town (h) 27.02.2019 Burnley (h) 02.03.2019 West Ham United (a) 09.03.2019 Everton (h) 16.03.2019 A.F.C. Bournemouth (a) 30.03.2019 Arsenal (a) 06.04.2019 Crystal Palace (h) 13.04.2019 Leicester City (a) 20.04.2019 Southampton (h) 27.04.2019 Brighton (a)
04.05.2019 Liverpool (h) 12.05.2019 Fulham (a)
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NUFC FANS FOODBANK UPDATE

The NUFC Fans Foodbank held its final collection of the season before the Chelsea home game, but aware that hunger doesn’t stop at the end of the football season, those behind the initiative, including NUST, decided to consider collecting at events during the close season.
Led by stalwart Bill Corcoran, the team of volunteers earmarked the Magic Weekend Rugby tournament at St James Park on 19th May for their first collection. Although they were not able to set up on their normal spot-and collected further along Strawberry Place- which had been turned into a fan zone –it was a very lively area with fans of all of the clubs mixing in what was a friendly atmosphere! NUST Board member Colin Whittle turned up for volunteering duties on what was a very warm afternoon and reported that it was strange collecting outside Nine Bar ,but without knowing anybody milling around the ground. The team put in a canny session from around mid-day until around 4pm and raised over £140. Highlight of the afternoon was when a band appeared ,trumpets etc. ,playing La Bamba ,to be met by a hearty chorus from the volunteers of ‘Rafa Benitez’ much to the amusement of the rugby fans.

The next event on the calendar was a gig down at the 02 by The Farm on 2nd June. Frontman Peter Hooton is very much involved in the Liverpool fan scene and after various conversations from local Mags and a few strings pulled, the band and venue allowed NUFC Fans Foodbank volunteers Bill Corcoran, Steve Hastie and Colin Whittle to set up in the warmth of the venue itself .It was a great night with contributions from gig goers and the Band themselves. Because quite a bit of publicity had been generated many of those attending also arrived with food donations to add to the money collected. After collecting the trio were able to watch the gig-All Together Now!
Next up? The Three Ed Sheeran concerts at St James Park on 8th, 9th and 10th June .Plenty of publicity about the Foodbank collections resulted in those attending the concerts having plenty of awareness of the initiative. Setting up at 5pm each evening –again further along Strawberry Place –volunteers collected until around 8.15pm each evening. Once again NUST turned up for volunteering duties each night and reported that there was an electric atmosphere around the whole event with volunteers acting as ‘ambassadors’ for the City, directing those attending the concerts to the appropriate stand as well as answering a host of other questions…the highlight being ‘can you tell me where the Alan Shearer statue is please?’ Together with the proceeds of a raffle at Nine Bar preceding the concerts a total of £1910.00 was raised over the course of the weekend.

It’s important to remember that the need to feed the hungry of our Region continues all year round and it’s great to see NUFC Fans Foodbank helping out at events in the close season. Particular praise to all those volunteers who give up their own time to help out….and of course to everyone who has contributed in any way.
The NUFC Fans Foodbank continues to be open in the Grainger Market each, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm, to accept donations. If you are in Newcastle please call in, all donations are gratefully accepted.
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POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR SAFE STANDING

Ahead of the Parliamentary debate on 25th June the Labour Party came out in support of Safe Standing. At a press conference held at QPR’s Loftus Road shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan announced the party’s support saying;
‘It’s time for change. Labour’s decision is the result of in depth consultation with football clubs, fans and safety authorities .we want to give the power to fans, clubs and local safety authorities to allow for a small area inside a stadium to be designated for safe standing, clubs, fans and local authorities know their stadium far better than anybody in Whitehall-the decisions should rest with them’

The policy decision followed on from a positive consultation discussion with representatives from supporters groups, including NUST Chair Peter Fanning, earlier in the week.
The Government also said it would review its position on Safe Standing with a spokesman stating;
‘We recognise that technology and stadium design has evolved since the all seater policy was introduced and the time is right to look at the issue’.
This is all happening ahead of the Parliamentary debate in parliament on 25th June .We await the debate with interest.
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WINTER BREAK

Last week the FA/Premier League/EFL announced the introduction of a winter break in English football for the first time, commencing from the start of the 2019/20 season.
Due to take place in February with a two week winter break seeing a round of Premier League games split over two weekends with the FA Cup 5th round -remember that? – moving to a midweek .5th round replays will be scrapped to be replaced with extra time and penalties to accommodate the change.

Interesting to see that whilst the FA pressed ahead with its plan to introduce the winter break the research from Football Supporters Federation (FSF) carried out in its 2016 survey as part of its ‘Whole Game Solution’ showed that match going fans were largely opposed to its introduction-37% being ‘absolutely opposed’ to a winter break, 24 % being ‘broadly opposed’ to the idea.
An FSF spokesman said; ‘we are disappointed that supporters views have been outweighed by other factors in the decision’.
Whatever your view-for or against a winter break- there’s no doubt that moving the fifth round to mid -week will create potential travel issues for supporters…as if we don’t have enough already!….and how long before clubs embark on lucrative winter break ‘tours’? One to watch .
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Safe Standing Update

The refusal earlier this year of the Government to reject West Bromwich Albion’s application to pilot rail-seating technology at the Hawthorns catapulted the whole issue of Safe Standing into the public arena to a degree that supporters could hardly have anticipated. The club had asked for permission to install 3,600 rail-seats at the Hawthorns in both the home end and part of the away end. The application had the backing of both the local Safety Advisory Group and West Midlands Police but Sports Minister Tracey Crouch rejected the application – a decision described as ‘short sighted’ by the club-whilst claiming those in favour of Safe Standing to be in the ‘vocal minority’.
The decision came only a week after a delegation from Liverpool supporters Group ‘Spirit of Shankly’-following on from their membership voting in favour of rail seating following a consultation exercise last year- visited Celtic Park to observe the operation of Rail Seating at Celtic and described the visit as a ‘positive experience’.
The FSF has been long campaigning for the return of Safe Standing, co-ordinating its member groups to demonstrate support for its campaign, and encouraging positive engagement with stakeholders in the debate including fans themselves, clubs, the FA, EFL, Premier league ,ground Safety Authorities ,Police and the DCMS.

As a result of the refusal of West Brom’s application and the subsequent comments from Sports Minister Tracey Crouch claiming those in favour to be in the ‘vocal minority’ Safe Standing campaigner Jon Darch promoted a petition to ‘allow Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing’. The petition collected over 112,000 resulting in the matter being listed for a Parliamentary debate on 25th June 2018.
Ahead of that debate in order to obtain the views of supporters Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin -Khan has called a meeting of national supporter organisations, which will take place in London tomorrow, and NUST will be in attendance represented by Chair Peter Fanning.
On the Eve of the meeting the Government announced that it was starting a review of all-seater stadium policy in the top two divisions stating ‘the time is now right’ to look at the law in this area.

There is no doubt that momentum is gathering and changes are likely in the near future. More information to follow!
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PRE -SEASON FIXTURES

As supporters await the release of next seasons fixtures later this month details of our pre-season schedule have already been released. Here’s some dates for your diaries;

Tue 17.07.2018 St. Patrick’s Athletic (Ireland) (a) @ Richmond Park, Dublin, 7.45pm. Friendly. Tue 24.07.2018 Hull City (a) @ KCOM Stadium, 7.45pm. Friendly. Sat 28.07.2018 FC Porto (Portugal) (a) @ Dragao Stadium, Porto, KO tbc. Friendly. Wed 01.08.2018 team tbc (a) @ venue tbc, KO tbc. Friendly. Sat 04.08.2018 FC Augsburg (Germany) (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Friendly.
Ticket details are yet to be released but potential trips to Ireland and Portugal have already been subject to plenty of discussion amongst fans!
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NUFC FANS FOODBANK-OUT AND ABOUT!

It has been a pleasure to be involved with NUFC Fans Foodbank since its inception in February 2017 with NUST Board members Colin Whittle and Mal McLean regular match day volunteers. Match day collections are now well established and the response from supporters has been unbelievable, donating both cash and food. Unity in the Community! Newcastle fans supporting those less well off in our community.
However, now the football season is at a close, alternative ways of raising funds are being explored by NUFC Fans Foodbank…after all hunger is not a seasonal thing.
The Donation Station at Newcastle Grainger Market is now well established opening on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm- if you want to help out please drop in!-and brings in a constant stream of contributions but more is needed.

So the team behind NUFC Fans Foodbank have been out and about.
Firstly to St James Park for ‘Magic Weekend’ Rugby…a strange experience in the sense that it was a totally different crowd, and the well – established volunteers turned out to be ‘strangers in their own city’ not being able to chat to our usual regular contributors.
Then last weekend we were pleased to be able to set up at the ‘The Farm’ gig at the O2 with Bill Corcoran and Steve Hastie. There was a great response from those attending the concert and the band themselves. Thanks to everyone who made that happen. A great experience .All Together Now!

What next? Well its back to St James Park this weekend, setting up at the usual spot opposite NINE Bar before the Ed Sheeran concerts. A different crowd perhaps, but hopefully one that will be fully supportive of the cause. If you are reading this article, and you are aware of people who are attending please let them know about NUFC Fans Foodbank, hopefully they will be willing to contribute. Every little bit helps!
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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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