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TANGLED UP IN BLUE
I appreciate Rangers problems aren't ours, but there's a common denominator. Their retail deal with Sports Direct is one issue: https://twitter.com/RFC_Union/status/539538268057251842 Rangers fans are planning a demonstration before tonights game, which is being broadcast live on BBC. It'll be interested to see how much vitriol is directed at the board. I personally believe that with co-ordinated action from both Rangers and Newcastle fans, we could get this bloke out of both clubs. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-fans-plan-demo-ahead-4984238 He's acquiring security over some significant and valuable assets (stadium and training ground) for a loan which the club are unlikely to be able to service. As a result, they default and he ends up with the assets for two relatively modest loans of £3m to date and £10m proposed. He's already got the merchandise and stadium naming rights. Either the club goes under, or it sings to his tune. Money makes money, but the sheer greed is indicative of all that's wrong in football (and the world) today. Graeme Pringle.
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MEETING OF MINDS
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting at the Mining Institute on Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne this coming Wednesday at 21/January/2015 at 7 pm. The Mining Institute is opposite the Union Rooms. It’s a wonderful piece of North East social history.
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is the ONLY members-based fan organisation we have that anyone is entitled to join. It is open, democratic, it has a proper constitution, correct elections and it is affiliated to the national network under the governance of Supporters Direct. It provides audited accounts, minutes of meetings and all of its activities are published via the Trust website. It is absolutely open and transparent. Anyone can stand for election to the board.
All of the Trust board members are volunteers. No-one receives any remuneration or is paid any expenses despite many incurring personal costs on Trust business. Trust members give up their time completely freely and expect no reward. Which is just as well, as they won’t get any.
It is one of the most active and prominent Trusts in the country and it has established links with local government (a City Councillor sits on the NUST board) and it has excellent relationships with the Northern Group of Labour MPs. It enjoys an excellent and constructive relationship with the Football Supporters Federation and has worked collaboratively with the FSF on several local and national initiatives and campaigns.
I’m a board member myself and whilst I am proud of the NUST’s achievements, I recognise there is much to be done and like many of you reading this I am as impatient for change at our club and across football generally as you are.
The NUST will grow stronger with greater membership and greater positive participation.
You should join the Newcastle United Supporters Trust and you should come along to the AGM this coming Wednesday.
More information is here – NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST
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