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Whose club is it? (Friday 29th April, Newcastle)

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Our affiliates at the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) have asked us to spread the word about “Whose club is it?” – a fan ownership conference they’re running on Friday 29th April 2016 (noon – 5.00pm) at Northumbria University’s Rutherford Hall. NUST tell us more…

NUST have a great line up of speakers coming along to Whose club is it? on Friday 29th April. 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.

Committed Newcastle United fan Ian Mearns MP will help us to understand what our MPs can do for football fans. Fans involved in fan ownership across the country will share their experiences at Hearts, Carlisle United and Leeds United while David Harker, Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club, will tell us about community ownership in the world of first class cricket.

We have long advocated the position 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, which exists for the benefit of its supporters, the city and the local community it serves. A club that works with its supporters, the city council, local businesses and seeks to work with local clubs to develop and retain talent in the region. In particular, a club which strives for excellence on and off the pitch.

We feel that the Club already has the basic preconditions for success under new ownership:

  • Large fan base with a regular attendance of over 50,000;
  • Stadium of sufficient size and quality with the option to expand;
  • Located at the heart of the City;
  • Significant future growth opportunities are available in developing new commercial sponsorship and overseas markets;
  • Capable of maintaining the investment level needed for continuous team development;
  • History and tradition, both in Europe and at home.

The Board of the Trust are working to form an alliance of those interested in securing the future of Newcastle United as a community owned club and who are willing to help secure that aim. At the moment we do not believe we have a willing seller. We do believe, however, that at some point a transfer event will occur as the present owner seeks to leave. We believe that we must prepare so that we are ready and able to intervene financially in any future partial or full sale of NUFC.


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