So, the first meeting of the Fans Forum took place on Monday night, 23rd September at St. James’ Park and it was an interesting meeting. It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to sit down with two Directors of NUFC and question them about the accounts, transfer policy, the appointment of Joe Kinnear and the Wonga deal. Fair play to the Club representatives for being there and trying to answer questions from fan representatives as best they could.
Who was there?
The line up from NUFC included Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), John Irving (Finance Director), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Steve Storey (Head of Safety and Security), Stephen Tickle (Box Office Manager), Kate Bradley (Head of Newcastle United Foundation). It was chaired by Lee Marshall (Supporter Liaison Manager) and he was assisted in facilitating the meeting by Bob Moncur, Club Ambassador.
As well as the great and the good from the Club (no sign of the main man of course but nobody expected that!) two Wonga representatives were there to talk about their “partnership” with NUFC.
I won’t list all of the fans representatives (14 of us) because you can go on the Club site and see pictures of all of us and the Club will also be posting the minutes of the meeting. This report is my perception and views of how the meeting went.
What did we ask about?
After some introductions we were invited to raise any questions we wanted to the two Directors. The following is a summary of some of what was covered:
- The Clubs five year plan was given a knock by last year’s poor league performance but it is to establish the Club in the top ten of the Premiership;
- Mike Ashley has no real intention, desire or ambition to sell the Club;