Newcastle Fans United Issue Statement


The Newcastle Fans United Group have today issued a statement which we would like to get out to Newcastle fans everywhere.

Newcastle United Fans

Peter Lee, who is a spokesman for the group, whose aim is to have the fans buy the club, issued the following statement this morning:

Newcastle Fans United are progressing well with their bid to buy the club for the fans. We have over £1M pounds pledged already with no plan visible to the fans.

Of course, we have to keep our plans close to our chests until the time is right. We need to ensure that the correct legal structure for fan ownership is put in place and this is our priority.

Once that happens, we can offer far more detail to those who remain sceptical. Scepticism is positive because it keeps everyone focused on the task in hand and allows us to cover all the angles.

Once we reveal more details of the funding and the backers for this we will expect a torrent of financial support. Our organisation is inclusive of every supporter, every group and every individual no matter whether they agree with what we are doing or not.

How can we not be? We are doing this not only for every Newcastle fan, but for every fan of football.”

Peter Lee Spokesman
NEWCASTLE FANS UNITED
Connecting Community and Club

The scheme requires a total investment of around £300M and the initial idea was to get 300,000 fans to give £1000 each.  But of course there are also those who want to invest a lot more than that, and Peter has already been put in touch with a number of those people who want to invest a lot more than £1000.

£1000 specifically buys you a vote and you will receive an ownership share certificate.

This is separate organization to the Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC), and we would at least hope that both groups would be talking to each other.

Comments are welcome, and these will be viewed by Peter and his colleagues so please be specific with any questions.



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67 comments so far

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Obviously I love this idea, but I think the share prices are much too high. I simply cannot afford 1,000 pounds.

    I remember seeing a proposal where there were 100 pound memberships. Why not that?

    FANS SHOULD OWN THE CLUB!

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  • JOhn

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #2

    i think this is a good idea, i just have some doubt whether it can be put in place quick enough, it needs to backed and publised through the largest media outlets possible

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  • lee

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #3

    it il never happen….. good idea but i dont think that that many people have that amount as spare cash

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  • Tom Mo.

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #4

    STUPID. Will never work…. How are you gonna buy the expensive players you all want so bad?!?

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  • bri

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    FFS DROP THIS STUPID ROMANTIC NOTION NOW IT IS A NON STARTER 1M RAISED JUST ANOTHER 349M TOGO GIVE IT UP ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Touching and thought provoking speech,
    while potentially a great idea I can’t see how it would work in the present climate, would you vote who you wanted to buy and sell and who you want in the team? it sounds like a regular day at the office for nufcbloggers. 🙂

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  • wolfhound

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    how could we possibly compete ,pay outlandish weekly wages …….whens the last time a newcastle player earned their money

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  • Xsico golden boot

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love this to work but for alot of fans 1000 is too much but if you had say you can buy upto 1000 starting from 100 pound alot more interest would be generted I wish you luck mr Lee

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  • valle

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Im sorry to break the news to you, but we simply wont reach our previous highs without an investor with allot of cash for team strenghtening takes over… We should be top 4 contenders, nobody could argue that and we where when Bobby where here, but we wont get there again without a 100 million investsment to get us on the road.

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    i like this idea but is it possible i know i cant afford it

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  • 51times

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Do you all seriously believe owners put their own money up for transfer funds? Listen, with fan ownership all the money made by the club goes back into the club. Wages, transfer funds etc are taken care of.

    And to the peasants complaining that we’d be voting for who plays etc have you even read the savenewcastle FAQ? Have you ever heard of Real Madrid or FC Barcelona? Have you looked into the idea in deph at all?

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  • pak-toon

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #12

    what time is the game?

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  • Spyro

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #13

    This nonsense is still going on then, lol.

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Peter if you are reading this:

    Love your support and idea mate. However like many fans i dare say to hold a degree of scepectisim.

    Nether the less i wish you all the best in a very good cause in my opinion, not sure if the wife would agree.

    My question is:

    Is there a time limit on when fans can purchase the vote / share for the £1000?

    Or can i or any other fan purchase this in a years time for example, if you are successful?

    Once again all the best.

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #15

    i disagree and think we would be able to compete in the transfer market coz its not just a 300,000 people payin 1000 each there will also be a lot put in to the club from richer shareholders

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  • hitman

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #16

    its a none starter,by what come oot the day looks like we might have a new owner by next week.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #17

    d-e-p-t-h (as in out of)

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  • King-Habib

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #18

    this is the worst idea since the george forman grill
    p.s ed speed is a legand

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Hitman .. what were you getting all aggy with me the other night about ? .. howay man, im only messin .. !? ..

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  • murvar

    Sep 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Anything is possible – but this isn’t, I fear. Do they come to us 300,000 share owners when they want to buy a top player? The challenge isn’t over when they buy the club – that’s when the challenge would start!

    I’d rather we stuck to bashing Ashley until he raises the white flag and gets out once and for all. In the meantime, here’s a nice pot-shot at him in a very funny article on Soccernet, which has a belter about tonight’s opponents towards the end.
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=574699&sec=england&cc=5739&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos3

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  • archie Brand

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    What can I say?
    This is extremely sad.

    That people so far out of touch are allowed to use a keyboard………….

    So how do you start up your own football team with no experience whatsoever?

    Is there a government department that do grants and offer advice?

    I hope the sale goes through soon so that our new chinese/ nigerian/ arabic owners can put a stop to this bizarre nonsense

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Any one know the starting line up.

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  • reillers

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #23

    It takes billions these days, not millions, but BILLIONS to run a club succesfully. Now I don’t know about ye, but that’s a wee bit out of my price range.
    I don’t know about over there, but here at the minute moneys a wee bit tight with the free fall of our economy. I just don’t have the money.
    All the best though.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Perhaps a share issue by the new owners? A maximum of say £50 to £100 quid? Then we can all afford a piece of the pie and be finacially part of the club. I would to see, some miracle, Newcastle City Council municipalise the ground and then lease it back.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I run two cars, two kids, a wife, a mistress, ebay…….I’m always f-o-o-k-i-n skint.

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  • AlexW

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    nah bollocks to this

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  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #27

    love my George Foreman…couldn’t imagine reheating pizza w/o one, not to mention the pizzanini

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #28

    you’ve gotta love how players like john beresford still use the term “we” when talking about newcastle united.
    those were the glory days. and they still class thesmelves as a part of the club, Newcastle as “their club”.
    watching the build up to the spurs game now, howay the lads.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Weren’t Rupert Murdoch’s lot going to buy a club years ago? they must be worth a few quid.

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  • Nickies Butt 1000

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Do not want any Fan Owned club otherwise we’ll end up even more in debt than we even are and turn into Leeds United. Fan Owned Club Na am ok thanks.

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  • Jinal

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    TEAMS

    NUFC: Shay Given, Fabricio Coloccini, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Michael Owen
    Subs: Steve Harper, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, David Edgar, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger

    THFC: Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, Didier Zokora, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Vedran Corluka, Jamie O’Hara, Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate
    Subs: David Bentley, Darren Bent, Gilberto, Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Fraizer Campbell, Ceasr Sanchez

    Referee: Chris Foy

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t rub it in KK, us peasants only have poor man’s Sky (freeview) 🙁

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  • Nickies Butt 1000

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    I have Sky + 😀 na not really jus normal sky

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  • Nick C

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #34

    First match at SJP I have missed willingly since 1991. I feel dirty.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Cheers Jinal, don’t look too bad….

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  • Spyro

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    It is pathetic how Tottenham keep King in the side just to play the top four and important cup games.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Check out the subs benches though 🙁

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  • Jinal

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone know what is up with Jose Enrique?

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  • Nick C

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Just heard the back of SSN when I got in from work. Said summat about Ashley nearer his sale, then about shortening odds on KK and Venables?!
    Anyways I had me 3 yo boy jumping all over me at the time so I think thats what it said…

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 24, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle’s not megalopolis like London…there’s no way that this could happen.
    If there were 5-6mill people living in Newcastle then it could be possible.

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