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68 Sporting Minutes - 68 Years of Your NHS

NHSNUST are happy to endorse this letter from Dr Chris James and encourage every football fan to spread a much needed NHS smile.

"Dear Football Fans,

2016 marks 68 years of the NHS and we write to you in hope that you may be able to help us in organising a small gesture to help with morale, which unfortunately finds itself at rock bottom.

We are aware that the NHS is a heavily political beast and with the current Junior Doctor contract dispute we understand that people have strong views as to the rights and wrongs of this. We do not write to you to sway you either way on this issue. Rather we are asking for you to join us in celebrating the efforts of 1.4 million workers, not to mention the many who came before us over the last 68 years, in providing free world-class healthcare for all, regardless of means or status, from cradle to grave. We believe that is a beautiful ideal that is celebrated far too infrequently.

We would ask that on the weekend of 23/24th April 2016 you join us in celebrating those 68 years of service with a minute of applause on the 68th minute of fixtures nationwide.

Morale is at rock bottom in the NHS. We are a service at breaking point and it is only due to the goodwill of the incredible staff that we are able to continue to provide safe patient care. As a Junior Doctor it is an absolute privilege to work alongside the consultants, nurses, physios, occupational therapists, pharmacists, porters, cleaners, managers and a host of others who make the NHS the service that it is today. Furthermore, it remains a privilege to provide this service 24/7, 365 days a year and it is for the right to do so safely that we find ourselves in dispute with this government.

I do not, however, ask you to support our cause as Junior Doctors. I do not ask you to apply political pressure or make political statements. I would simply ask that you help us spread a much needed NHS smile to combat the tears and frowns that I am seeing all too often on the wards of a once great institution.

Football is the great leveller and brings so much joy to so many millions. A one minute ovation on the 68th minute of 6 premier league games across the weekend of 23/24th April could spread smiles across 1.4 million NHS staff and hopefully spread a few onto the faces of their friends and families as well.

With Hope,

Dr Chris James"


Black 'n' White Europe Competition Winner

BlacknWhite EuropeThe winner of our Toon, Toon, Black 'n' White Europe Competition was Mark Abernethy from Wallsend


Black 'n' White Europe Competition

BlacknWhite EuropeToon, Toon, Black 'n' White Europe is a new book just out which is the third in a trilogy of Toon travelogues following on from Toon Tales and Toon Odyssey taking us from victory in the 2012 Algarve Guadiana Trophy, to the Quarter-Finals of the 2012/13 Europa League campaign, and ending up runners-up in the Schalke Cup 2014. The book is available from most good stores and websites.

The authors Peter Cain and Barry Robertson have donated a copy for a NUST competition. To win just email your name and address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 21st December 2014 and the first out of the hat will win.


British Transplant games in NewcastleGateshead

British TransplantThe British Transplant Games, to be held in the region from 30 July to 2 August 2015, was launched last week by Kaylee Davidson-Olley the UK's first successful baby heart transplant survivor and gold medal winning transplant athlete from Houghton-le-Spring.

The four day event held across Newcastle and Gateshead not only celebrates the achievements of athletes who have received transplants but highlights the continued need for organ donors in the North East and across the country. Pictured are some of the athletes with 2015 LOC Chairman Graham Wylie and Newcastle Eagles star Fab Flournoy at the launch.

Cllr Ged Bell, a former board member of Newcastle United Supporters' Trust and cabinet member for investment & and development at Newcastle City Council said:

"This is another great example of Newcastle and Gateshead working effectively together and demonstrates how influential we can be at attracting high profile events.

"It is an incredible accolade for our region that the games are coming to NewcastleGatehead and seems very fitting that this year's event will take place on the doorsteps of the Freeman Hospital, responsible for saving so many lives through its pioneering transplant surgery.

"I know that both athletes and visitors to the region will all receive a fantastic reception.

At the launch event, Lynne Holt, Transplant Sport Trustee and Transplant Co-ordinator at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, said:

"In the North East alone there are currently more than 300 people waiting for transplants. On average 300 people in the region per year receive a transplant but sadly around 30 people die waiting. None of us would want to see a family member or friend suffer in this way and so I'd encourage everyone to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, share their wishes with their family and potentially help make a difference."

For more information or to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives TEXT: SAVE to 62323, visit or call 0300 123 2323.


Webster Winner

gavin-webster-ticketsThe winner of two tickets to the see Gavin Webster tonight (Friday 3rd Oct) at the Tyne Theatre was Lesley Wallwork.

For all those who didn't win you can still  Book HERE for a great night out.


Gavin Webster Competition

gavin-webster-ticketsWin two tickets to the Tyneside comedy event of the year/season.

For one night only the incomparable Gavin Webster, Newcastle's (Blaydon's) finest (and NUST member), is gracing the stage of the Tyne Theatre.

Friday 3rd October - Book HERE for a great night out and maybe just the odd reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for free, simply email your name and contact number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the deadline of midnight on Wednesday 1st October.


Punk Football - The Rise of Fan Ownership in English Football

PunkFootballHave you ever thought you could run your football club better than the businessmen in the directors' box? Punk Football is a book recently written by Jim Keoghan and tells the inside story of supporters who have done just that.

The book looks at how supporter activism emerged in the 1980s and how it matured into the modern-day supporter trust movement. It also looks at several clubs that have and adopted the supporter-ownership model.

From non-league FC United of Manchester to the Premier League's Swansea City, here's how to make the incredible journey from the terraces to the boardroom.

Initially intrigued by the rise of AFC Wimbledon, the supporter-owned club set up after Wimbledon FC's relocation to Milton Keynes, Jim Keoghan was drawn into a world in which fans have started new clubs, taken stakes in those they once followed and sometimes saved their clubs from extinction altogether.

The fan-ownership movement has touched every level of the game – a revolutionary force challenging the private model that has dominated football for over a century. There have been highs and lows, successes and failures, but through it all the dogged determination of fans to be more than paying customers has shone through.

Punk Football is a unique and original study of the political, social and sporting battles that have faced fans with the desire to run their own football clubs.

Punk Football is available to buy here


All With Smiling Faces - Competition

Allwithsmilingfaces300Newcastle United fans are invited to have their names included in a new football history book, alongside the names of Magpies greats such as Andy Aitken, Jimmy Lawrence and Colin Veitch and explore how Newcastle became United.

All With Smiling Faces, written by North East writer and Newcastle season ticket holder Paul Brown, takes a unique look at the first 30 years of Newcastle United, from the club's foundation as Stanley FC in 1881 to its triumphant FA Cup win in 1910. The book will be published in September by local publisher Goal-Post books. A website, featuring photos and videos related to the book, was launched this week at

The book pays particular attention to the club's fans, looking at what was it like to support Newcastle in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and exploring how the bond between the club and its fans has remained so strong to this day. And modern fans are being given the chance to have their names included in a special edition of the book.

Fans who pre-order All With Smiling Faces via the website will receive a special limited edition hardback, individually numbered and personalised with their names printed in the book. This special edition of the book costs £15 and will be delivered free in the UK ahead of publication in September 2014. NUST have one of these personalised books to offer for a prize. Just email your name and address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 20th July 2014 and the first out of the hat will win. (If you pre-order the book and win you will receive a refund)

Author Paul Brown says: "The idea of the book was to go right back to the roots of the club's support to try to find out why so many of us care so much about Newcastle United today. I've uncovered some fascinating material in the archives, and I'm confident even the most devoted Newcastle fan will learn things they didn't know. And as it's a book about the club's first fans, it's great that current fans can get their names printed in the book, to have their names recorded for future generations of Newcastle supporters to see."

The title of the book is taken from the lyrics of The Blaydon Races, the Tyneside music hall song that shares its Victorian heritage with Newcastle United and is still sung at St James' Park today. The cover features an exclusive painting by football artist Paine Proffitt.

The website address for information and orders is


Save The Date - Fans To March on PL / FL HQ - 14 August 2014

FSF-Logo-MEDIUMNewcastle United Supporters Trust  publicly endorse the Football Supporters Federation's call for a campaign for "affordable football for all" at a protest to be held on 14 August 2014 in London which will march on the Premier League & Football League's Headquarters in Gloucester Place. Full details of the protest is detailed here on the FSF's website

Football clubs, including our own grew out of the communities whose names they carry on their shirts and local people have sustained them through the good times and bad. However, clubs are charging grotesque amounts of money to watch football at a time when the game is awash with cash and times in the real world are very tough. Modern day ticket prices have all but priced out many less affluent supporters and this has to be wrong.

Newcastle United Supporters Trust unreservedly backs the FSF's campaign and encourages those who are able to attend the protest.

Similarly, the Trust would encourage supporters to sign the FSF's online petition to limit ticket prices to £20 per game - click here


Rangers Revisited - Fairs Club Event

barkingdogThe Fairs Club are holding a charity event - "Rangers Revisited" featuring Willie Henderson, Colin Stein, Willie Johnston, John McNamee, Jimmy Scott and "1 or 2 surprises". This will be held at the Barking Dog, Wallsend on Thursday 27th February 2014  at 7.30. Tickets are £20. All profits will go to the Willie Henderson Cancer Charity. For tickets contact Bill on 07753573613


NUST Harrigan Winner

Harrigan 1974The Harrigan T-shirt offered in our latest competition has been won by Scott Gillan of Benton.

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