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NUFC Fans United Meeting Was A Good Start

12:17 am, Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

NUFC Fans United say they are an umbrella organization for all supporters and all supporter groups, and we must say we’ve been impressed with them over these last two weeks – especially with their professionalism.

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Newcastle fans at the meeting on Monday night

There’s nothing like getting things done to gain some credibility with fans, and actions speak louder than words.

The organization has worked with Newcastle officials to get the iconic gates repaired, refurbished and returned to St, James’ Park and that was excellent news – it even looked like everybody was working together for a common cause. :D

And now just after a week of Joe Kinnear’s shocking appointment as our new Director of Football, they arranged a meeting with Newcastle fans and two of Newcastle’s officials, to have some good communication about Joe and about other things too.

The very fact that the meeting was accomplished in about 90 minutes was a success in itself, and it was good to see Newcastle’s head of Media Wendy Taylor and the new Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall arrive early at 4:30,  and then stay to talk one on one with the supporters until after 10:00 pm..

That shows they are taking all this very seriously, and after all it’s their job, but credit goes out to the two of them.

Newcastle fans are very proud of their club, and very passionate about their club – and very annoyed at the moment about their club.

So it probably wasn’t surprising there was a lot of heckling and anger expressed at the meeting – but while that is understandable, it just doesn’t help things.

NUFC Fans United have been successful so far in being low-key, productive and professional, and this is the only way forward if real communication is going to be possible with representatives the club.

And while it would be good to have these larger meetings at regulay intervals,  real progress can also be made behind the scenes, where say a small group of six supporters could meet regularly with Wendy Taylor and Lee Marshall.

And that small group can communicate what the fans are thinking – and comments on any blog will quickly show what’s on the minds of  Newcastle fans.

But we are encouraged by the meeting, and maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that some real progress can be made to vastly improve the communications between fans and the club.

We certainly hope so, and it was a good start on Monday night, where over 250 fans turned out for the meeting – that’s a good turnout.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joe Blog // Jun 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Just read JayK’s views plucked straight out of Breiviks manifesto.

    JayK, you need therapy, lots and lots of therapy.

  • 2 Whoarya.com // Jun 26, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    This is a worry under 400 radicals does not represent the fans and any poll of under a 1000 is just media hype.

    JFK is a Panto, Mike Ashley has made unpopular decisions, some of which are mistakes but he has done a lot of good and a few nut jobs shouldn’t be allowed to force him out.

    This site is as guilty as them

    Sad Ed very sad

  • 3 Owldman // Jun 26, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I cannot believe that fans have such short memories.The bad old days of Freddie Shepard, when we were on the slippery slope to oblivion, all those fans who want Ashley out should get real.You cant force someone to sell something they own.the only way to get him to take notice is to hit him in the pocket, so either dump your season tickets and stop buying his merchandise .stop buying his over priced drinks in reanamed Shearers Bar, how many of you who were at that meeting will do that ? Not many I think.John Hall has said he is shocked by the events,he is as much to blame as Shepherd when he dived away to his villa in Portugal with a pocket full of cash .To his credit Shepherd did urge him not to sell his shares to Ashley but he did which meant Freddie had to sell as well.We should all be very wary about what we wish for or we could end up in a Rangers/ Hearts situation.Nufc are in sound financial position why should we throw it all away just to satisfy the wishes of a handful of spiteful supporters.

  • 4 winnynufc // Jun 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    All i will say is & my Q’s to Ashley is……. How & why for the last 6-7 years have you stayed silent??? Why do antaganise the 50,000 that turn up week in week out by making crazy decisions?? What are your’s & the Clubs ambition’s???

    For me these 3 Q’s are the least that should be answered instead of the owner taking a vow of silence against the people who make this clubs heart beat!!!!!!!!!!

    HWTL!!




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