NUST Conference Report
It’s ironic that in the week that Newcastle United banned the three local newspapers from the club, and then banned the Supporters Trust from the Fans Forum after only one meeting, there was a successful conference about fan engagement just across the road.
Thursday 24th October saw the NUST conference take place at Newcastle University Business School. After weeks of chasing up a great group of speakers and making sure we had the teas, coffees and biscuits sorted out and our posters and banners were up on the walls, our Chairman Norman Watson kicked off proceedings with some interesting opening remarks about the aims of the Trust.
He told around 80 delegates that we wanted to provide the right vehicle to give supporters the chance to buy a stake in the club, if the opportunity arose. In the meantime we would continue to try and engage with the club on behalf of fans.
NUST Open To Healing Wounds
NUST were approached by the Newcastle Chronicle for an update on the issue of the Trust being banned from the Fans Forum after the inaugural meeting in September.
NUST board member Colin Whittle spoke to the Chronicle’s Neil Cameron and explained that the Trust are committed to constructively working with the club in any way we possibly can.
If Newcastle United reconsidered their decision to ban NUST from future Fans Forums then we’d be happy to take part again and represent our members in interaction with club officials.
However, this would only be on the understanding that NUST reserved the right to ask the sometimes awkward questions our members want us to ask on their behalf, as well as having the ability to report back to the membership and the general public with an overview of what went on at any future Fans Forums we were represented at.
Joe Harvey Fundraiser
The Fairs Club have arranged a talk in featuring Tony Green, Keith Dyson and friends. The talk in is on Thursday November 21st at The Barking Dog, Kings Road North Wallsend NE28 9JJ.
All of the funds raised go towards the Joe Harvey appeal. Newcastle United have granted permission for a plaque commemorating the former manager and player and true Geordie legend, to be displayed at St.James’ Park following a campaign from ‘The Fairs Club’ to get Joe the recognition he deserved as a loyal servant of 37 years at Newcastle United.
Tickets are available for £10 each from organiser Bill Bruce on 0775 357 3613 or by emailing email@example.com.
The Trust has made a donation to the Fairs Club on behalf of our members, but personal donations can be made by contacting Bill Bruce.
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