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nust logo blackAn initiative which has the full support of Newcastle United has been launched by fan groups Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) and NUFC Fans United working together with Newcastle West End Foodbank..

The initiative, entitled 'NUFC Supporter Foodbanks', is to be kicked off with a launch event to be held at Tyneside Irish Centre on Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7.30 pm with a special screening of the critically acclaimed film "I, Daniel Blake", shown with the permission of Director Ken Loach.

Admission to the event is free but any donations, raffle prizes, contributions will be gratefully accepted on the night. Fans are encouraged to attend the event to support this initiative.

Mike Nixon, who oversees the great work carried out by Newcastle West End Foodbank - the biggest of its kind in the country - will provide some background information in respect of the work they do prior to the showing of the film at 8pm.

Following the event, information with regard to match day collections at St James Park will be announced. Anyone willing to volunteer their assistance can contact NUST by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or NUFC Fans United by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A spokesman for the Project said;

'Having been inspired by Foodbanks set up by other fans around the country we have been working to set up a similar initiative in Newcastle. We believe this is a classic example of fans supporting members of their local community at times of need. We are particularly pleased that the initiative has the full support of the Club'


NUST Annual General Meeting

nust logo blackNUST's seventh Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 6pm. The venue is The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
The agenda for the meeting :

  1. Apologies
  2. Chair's report
  3. Treasurer's report
  4. Re-appointment of Auditors
  5. Any Other Business

The Annual General Meeting is open to all shareholding members* of the Newcastle United Supporters Society Limited (trading as Newcastle United Supporters Trust).
Proof of membership is required for entrance.

* Must be aged 16 or over, and a paid up to date member.



Whole Game Solution - FSF Survey

FSF-Logo-MEDIUMThis season, the Football League (EFL) will be consulting its 72 clubs on a range of proposals the 'Whole Game Solution' that affect the structure of the bottom three divisions as well as the English football calendar - including regionalising of the bottom two divisions, creating an extra division, a winter break and moving two rounds of the FA Cup.
The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) will lead a delegation of fans meeting the EFL next month and the 'Whole Game Solution' will be at the top of the agenda. 
With this in mind we would like to gather your thoughts on the 'Whole Game Solution' and the other issues it raises in order to take the views of genuine supporters to the EFL. To help us do this the FSF have launched a new survey here.  
NUST members are encouraged to complete the survey to let the FSF get as wide a response as possible from supporters across all clubs.



“Nobody dies in football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen.”

The 56 presented by LUNG Theatre  Photograph Joe PriestleyWith the new football season well under way Live Theatre will be kicking off September by presenting LUNG Theatre's award-winning play The 56 - a look at one of the darkest days in football history on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September.
At 3.40pm on 11 May 1985 Bradford City Football Club were supposed to be celebrating receiving the Division Three championship trophy – their first trophy in 56 years – in front of 11,000 jubilant fans before the start of their match against Lincoln City.
Instead it turned into a day of appalling tragedy. A small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade stadium. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze. Using over sixty real-life testimonies this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre pays homage to the 56 supporters who lost their lives and more than 250 who were injured and examines the solidarity, strength and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy.


Rafa Supports the Fans Film

Rafa and film team final Resize 3NUST are supporting the fans film being produced by Gateshead based film maker Zahra Zamorrodian. It's a film to be made about fans by fans for the fans and Rafa Benitez is right behind it too. Check out the following link
The Newcastle United manager is not the focus of the documentary, and neither is the team on the pitch, however, his decision to remain at St James' Park following relegation to the Championship is key to the positivity supporters are taking into this season. Likewise, Rafa has talked about the important part Newcastle's supporters played in his decision to stay at the club.

In his interview with Zahra for the documentary, Rafa also reveals the extent to which Newcastle supporters should be grateful to his daughters for encouraging him to stay. Asked if daughters had a major bearing on his decision, Rafa says: "It's true. My family wanted me to stay because I was two years in Italy, six months in Spain. So for them, to stay in England was really important. 
"They follow the social network, they have Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, all these things.

And they were telling me 'Listen, the fans love you. You have to stay. You have to stay for them. You have to win for them.'
"For one or two weeks, they were pushing and pushing."

For Zahra, that kind of insight into the influence fans can have, even remotely via social media, adds important context to the film.

And, when she came up with the concept of recording the season from the fans' perspective, it was because the club is at such an interesting point in its history. Zahra says: "The feeling around the city, the positivity, the fact that more than 35,000 season tickets have been sold, all that stems from Rafa's decision to stay.
"And it's that feeling of hope and a re-connection with their club that makes Newcastle fans of such interest to me as a filmmaker.
"Really, the timing of this documentary is all down to Rafa. He's given Newcastle supporters belief and we want to record that positivity, and the way they deal with the disappointments that naturally happen.
"Like Friday night's result at Fulham. As a fan, that was a setback, but it's interesting from a filmmaker's perspective to see how those disappointments are handled."

In Rafa's interview with Zahra, he also directly addresses fans and asks them to support both the film and his team.
Rafa says: "I am trying to support this [the film]. I think it's important to do this film for the fans, about the fans, and I think that you will enjoy it.
"I will say to all of you, stay keeping and supporting the team. Stay behind the team and the players, they will appreciate that.
"And you will be a crucial part if we go up. It depends on you. We can try our best but you can make a difference."

'We Are The Geordies' will follow a small number of fans, who will be the film's main focus, and document home and travelling black and white support. The film will feature an unusual mix of professionally filmed interviews and footage, interspersed with 'camerafan' footage, where supporters contribute their own phone videos of match day. Have a look at some preliminary footage from the Fulham game.

For Zahra and the 'We Are The Geordies' production team, Saturday's (13th August) first home game of the season will be hugely important.
Zahra adds: "The Huddersfield game is massive for us because it's massive for the fans.
"It looks like it will be a record Championship crowd, which is amazing and really sums up why these supporters are so interesting.
"We'll be in and around St James' filming and we're hoping to receive a lot of 'camerafan' footage that really captures the day.
"Everything from breakfast and the Metro journey, to the flags in Gallowgate and post-match pub. Really, whatever makes your match day, match day."

'We Are The Geordies' is not a Newcastle United project, however, the club is very positive about the concept of a film about its fans and has offered support wherever possible, including access to St James' Park.

For more information, and to contact Zahra, please visit
Or follow the project on Twitter (@GeordiesFF) and Facebook (

Photo and film links provided by FNA Films


About the fans, for the fans, by the fans!

NUFC fans credit Singe Vert Photography ResizedThe Trust attended a really interesting meeting on Friday night hosted by Fans United at the Irish Centre in Newcastle. A Gateshead filmmaker has announced plans for a new and very personal project - and she is asking Newcastle United fans for their help.
Zahra Zomorrodian produced the successful comedy, 'The Stagg Do,' which was shot in Northumberland and released in 2014.

Her next film will be a documentary about Newcastle United's upcoming season but almost all the action will take place away from the pitch, focussing instead on the fans' match day experiences. Have a look at a short film here to hear a bit more about her ideas -

As well as looking for a small number of fans to be the main focus of the film throughout the season, Zahra is also asking supporters to become 'camerafans' and to contribute their own footage of match day.

Zahra, the film's producer, explains: "This film is very much about fans, not football.

"I find it fascinating trying to understand what makes men and women, all over the world, care so much about Newcastle United.

"Why do fans get up in the dead of night to travel to away games, or watch the match on telly from the other side of the world. Those are the stories we want to explore.

"The idea came to me when I was talking with a Liverpool fan about Rafa Benitez and how different everything about the club feels this year. There's a positivity which has been missing for so long and I want to capture that."

The documentary's working title is 'We Are The Geordies' and it will feature an unusual mix of professionally filmed interviews and footage, interspersed with 'camerafan' footage.

'We Are The Geordies' will be directed by James DeMarco, while Keith Bell ('Dog Soldiers,' 'The Descent' and 'Harry Brown,' which starred Sir Michael Caine) will be executive producer.

It is not a Newcastle United project, however, the club is very positive about the concept of a film about its fans and has offered support wherever possible, including access to St James' Park.

Zahra continues: "Technology today means that almost everyone has a phone they can record and share HD video footage from.

"Ten years ago, what we're proposing wouldn't even be possible but now we know there are thousands of potential 'camerafans' at every game. People who can film a short bit of their match day and share that with us.

"You only need to look at YouTube and see the thousands of videos of football fans chanting, celebrating and doing all the daft things that make up a match day.

"The energy and excitement in some of those videos is incredible and we want to include that raw energy and passion in this film."

As well as documenting both home and travelling black and white support, 'We Are the Geordies' will also explore NUFC fan clubs around the globe, capturing the fanaticism of fans living thousands of miles away from St James' Park.

Given the short time before the start of the season, Zahra is keen to move things as quickly as possible and she is asking Newcastle fans, wherever they are based, to get in touch and help spread the word.

Zahra adds: "What we really need now is for fans to get on board. We're looking for a number of supporters to become the core of the film as we follow them over the course of the season. And they can be based anywhere in the world.

"Fans can also help by investing in the film through our Kickstarter and we're trying to raise an initial £20,000 through that, though the actual budget is £300,000.

"We're also talking to investors and the feedback we're getting is fantastic. There's a real sense that this is the right project, at the right time.

"We'll be tracking supporters to the Burton Albions and the Rotherhams as Rafa tries to deliver us back to the Premier League.

"As a Newcastle fan myself, I'm not naive. Things feel positive now, and there's a real sense we're moving in the right direction, but anything could still go wrong for us.

"We don't know what this season will bring and that's the beauty of this film. All the drama, the highs and lows, are still unknown. I can't wait to start filming and gathering together material from fans.

"My hope is that the film's climax is our promotion but that's out of our hands. As ever, as fans, all we can do is continue to support the team as we always have and that's what I want 'We Are The Geordies' to convey."

For more information, and to contact Zahra, please visit

Or follow the project on Twitter (@GeordiesFF) and Facebook (

At the Trust we think this is an exciting project about fantastic Newcastle fans, made by Newcastle fans and we'll be trying to support the film makers where we can.


NUST - Supports The Singers' Corner!

nust logo smallThe Newcastle United Supporters' Trust notes the increased mood of optimism amongst supporters despite the club's relegation to the Championship. This can only be due to the fantastic news that Rafa Benitez has agreed to stay at United and that the club has agreed to scrap a failed model for running the football side of Newcastle United Football Club.

Part of this new mood of optimism has led to a grass-roots movement of those who want to sing in support of Rafa and the team congregating in the Corner section of The Gallowgate. At the last home game of the season v Spurs the support for the team and Rafa was excellent and most of it was generated by supporters in The Corner whose vocal support for the team was infectious and created a brilliant atmosphere. Who will doubt that the positivity generated by the loud, vocal support created the environment for a great win and influenced Rafa that Newcastle United is the club for him? That can be repeated again and again this coming season.

Therefore the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust supports completely the move of supporters who want to sing to congregate in The Corner section but also in the Gallowgate lower tier and on the east side too (or as close as possible). NUST believes this can only be a positive development and one which will help Rafa and the team claim promotion back to the Premier League over the 2016/17 season. Our club's supporters are its greatest assets in so many ways. On match-days we want to be part of the effort to get three points rather than be simple paying customers.

Going forward, NUST hopes the Box Office, the Supporters Liaison Officer, the Fans Forum and everyone at Newcastle United FC will do everything it can to facilitate this positive development.

No-one should confuse the loud, vocal support for the team and manager as bad behaviour and NUST also believes supporters in that part of St James' Park have a responsibility to behave responsibly and uphold the good name of our football club.

Everything should be done to support and build upon a real and genuine attempt to provide Rafa and the team with brilliant, active support from a part of St James' Park traditionally known to do that.

If you want to join the singers in The Corner, contact the Box Office – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your details and they will switch your season ticket to those areas.

You could telephone the Box Office on 0844 372 1892.
Or you could visit the Box Office and make the appropriate arrangements there.


NUST Relegation Statement

nust logo smallLike all fans of Newcastle United Football Club we are dismayed about the club's relegation from the Premier League. Sadly this was all too inevitable in our opinion. In 2013 NUST were banned from the Fans' Forum for daring to call into question the management of Newcastle United Football Club and its apparent lack of ambition. The issues we raised with the club at that time still remain unanswered and after years of chronic mismanagement the club has been once more relegated from the Premier League. We consider that this relegation was completely avoidable and we are left once again to question whether or not OUR club is being run for the benefit of Newcastle United and its supporters or simply for a businessman who now admits he regrets 'getting into football'.

Whilst none of us can change the past, all supporters can influence the club's future. The loyal fans of Newcastle United deserve much more and we urge all fans to now demand more. We must seek a positive change that will lead to this great club back into the Premier League as a force to be reckoned with.'

We applaud Rafa Benitez for his valiant attempts to save the club from relegation and NUST call upon the owner and Managing Director to make every effort to ensure Rafa Benitez remains at the club and is provided the same level of financial commitment given, belatedly, to Steve McClaren.

This will inevitably mean the current 'governance' of the club being overhauled from top to bottom and more control being given to Rafa, the introduction of a professional Board of Directors with experience of successfully running a football club and added supporter representation at Board level.


Whose Football is it? Event

nust logo small"Whose football is it? A discussion and debate on reconnecting north east football clubs to their communities". NUST's Peter Fanning is a panelist for this interesting event held before Sunday's match.

This event, organized in partnership between The Northern Correspondent and the Baltic Centre will take place at BALTIC Level 1 on Sunday 15th May from 10.30am to 12.30pm - the morning of the final day of the season. The discussion will consider questions such as:

  • How does football shape the identity of a region like the north east, and cities and towns like Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities for football in the north east?
  • How might we reconnect football with north east communities?
  • What role could football play in regenerating our region, and meeting its needs?
  • How successful has the north east been in integrating football into other areas of public and cultural life?
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration and partnership?

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead
  • Roger Domeneghetti, author of From the Back Page to the Front Room
  • Sarah Munro, director of BALTIC
  • Peter Fanning, Newcastle United Supporters' Trust
  • Dr Kevin Dixon, Teesside University sports sociologist
  • Luke Edwards, Telegraph's north east football reporter
  • Lois Stonock, researcher and curator
  • Charlie Tims, researcher
  • Michael Martin, editor of True Faith fanzine
  • Kate Bradley, chief executive, Newcastle United Foundation

Come along and join in the debate.
For all the details of the event


Trust Launches Community Ownership Statement

DSC 0306Newcastle United Supporters' Trust last week publicly launched their statement of intent setting out their ambitions for Community Ownership and what it means for the future of Newcastle United.

See a copy of Community Ownership Statement here

At a conference held in Newcastle, attended by football supporters from around the country, different ownership models were discussed and the role of supporters in owning their clubs was passionately debated. The Trust has long advocated that supporters should have a greater role in the running of football clubs. We believe that Newcastle United should be a club at the centre of our community, existing for the benefit of its supporters, the City and the local community it serves. A club that values its supporters as long term custodians of the club, a club that works with our local MPs, the city council, local businesses and seeks to work with local clubs to develop and retain talent in the region. A club that strives for excellence on and off the pitch.

The conference heard Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters Federation, report on what the Government's Expert Working Group had recommended. More importantly he opened proceedings by explaining that whatever legal minefield surrounds supporters buying their football club, it was recognised the world over that this is not about legal and technical business issues. There is an emotional context to the world of football that recognises that football clubs belong to football supporters.

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead, speaking as both a Member of Parliament and a lifelong Newcastle United fan explained how he was hoping to raise the profile of football supporters as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporter Issues. In a week when the brave families of the Hillsborough 96 had shown that the voices of football supporters can be heard above the voice of the Establishment, Ian confirmed that he would be working to help ensure that football supporter issues would not be ignored and wherever possible he will ensure access to Ministers is available.

Frank Beattie told us about the realities of having a place on the Board at Carlisle United and the lessons learned over the years as owners changed and new agreements with supporters were put in place. "Build a war chest, build bridges and work with whoever you have to," said Frank but his overriding message was... "you must work in the best interests of the football club."

We then heard about some amazing goings on at Leeds United. Howard Nelson didn't have time to cover the whole Leeds United back-story through their recent list of owners whose actions have been questionable to say the least, and continue to be so. He did list for us the ownership options that are out there and have been explored by the Leeds Fans United Consortium:

  • Benevolent billionaire – few and far between and invariably bring "ego" baggage. (Don't we know it!)
  • Large Corporate – "brand" issues and shareholder responsibilities.
  • Leeds fan base – lacking depth of funds.
  • Wealthy Leeds fan in partnership with the fans – "the dream ticket."

We may think we have problems with our current owner, part of Howards message was "be careful what you wish for".

Brian Cormack and Garry Halliday then told us the fantastic story of the Foundation of Hearts. They've saved their club from administration and have a plan for the fans to own the major shareholding in five years. Their current owner is a fan, bought the club to save it from an allegedly crazy Russian owner, and is selling it to the fans as they raise the money. Interestingly, one of their first actions was to change the club's sponsor........from Wonga!

We then heard about what is probably the most successful major sports club in the north east region which was saved by its fans and the local community, Durham County Cricket Club. David Harker, Chief Executive, outlined for delegates the journey the club had been on. They've moved from a minor county club operating on an amateur level to a premier professional club at the top of their game. In cricket, it's clear that a connection with the fans is essential even though their ongoing development has meant the introduction of different people taking the club forward with external investors now being the major shareholders.
David asked an important question which reflected much of what had gone before..."Do you need a point of crisis to create the momentum for greater fan involvement in club ownership?"

What would be our point of crisis? TV money and UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules mean there is less chance of clubs in the top levels of football facing financial ruin. Even relegation is unlikely to be regarded as enough of a crisis to require fans to become Toon saviours.

What the Supporters' Trust does want is to form an alliance of those interested in securing the future of Newcastle United as a Community Club. We believe the basic preconditions are in place and the club can be run successfully and developed further using its own income and resources. What we need is an owner willing to engage with fans and to recognise their responsibilities to engage with the local community and play a part in regenerating the city of Newcastle and the Tyneside area rather than simply showcasing the business interests of a sports retail company.

Our statement of Community Ownership sets out our vision and we will continue to work to identify those who are interested in forming an alliance to take the vision forward. Contact the Trust at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you believe you can help.


NUST Conference - This Friday - Places Available

LogosThere's still time to book your place at our Conference on Friday. The conference is open to anyone - not just NUST members. There's been a lot of interest from around the country and NUST members and non-members who are interested in taking part in the debate are encouraged to come along and have your say.

We've got a great line up of speakers:

Kevin Miles, the Chief Executive of the Football Supporters Federation spent many an hour in the Government's Expert Working Group and he'll be giving us some insight into what their report means for us all and how we compare with fans of other European clubs.

Ian Mearns MP and committed Newcastle United fan will help us to understand what our MPs can do for football fans.

David Harker, Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club will tell us about community ownership in the world of first class cricket.

Fans involved in Fan Ownership across the country will share their experiences at Hearts, Carlisle and Leeds United.

Copy of the full Programme here.

Get in touch as soon as possible by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and book a place.

The conference takes place in Rutherford Hall, Northumbria University starting at 12.30pm. until 5.00pm. and is free to attend.

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