Fans Uniting Can Unlock The Potential Of Newcastle United
I was heartened to read some comments on this website encouraging supporters to join Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), though I’m biased as someone who believes in ‘fan power’ and ultimately that supporters should have a say in how their club should be ran, preferably with a legal ‘share’ in their club.
Under the banner of national organisation ‘Supporters Direct’ NUST are a registered co-operative with an elected Board whose ultimate aim is for Newcastle United fans to own a share, or all of our club.
There has been plenty of jumping up and down over the years about the Ashley regime and we’ve heard calls for boycotts/protests , the lot. Message boards/internet are full of fans suggesting that supporters should do ‘x,y and z’ but it never happens….and in general protest groups do nothing other than protest!
The problem is we keep rocking up and putting money into Ashley’s pocket. I think we’ve probably all come to accept that nothing bothers Mr Ashley in any event, so even if fans had the stomach for mass protest/demonstrations etc the chances are it wouldn’t bother him.
However, things are slowly changing in football . The German Model of ‘fan ownership’ has been shown to work, just look at the success of their domestic and national teams. We need to be a part of that change and whilst that may mean accepting in the short-term , at Newcastle, there is nothing of substance we can do, in the long-term we need to show we (the fans) should be an integral part of our club.
Ashley will not be here forever. He stills wants to sell, there’s just no buyer yet. The only ones here for the long game are us, the fans. Rather than jump up and down in despair at what goes on at our club we need to get together as a responsible group to show that when the change comes, whether it be through a new owner or from a regulatory body, we are ready and should be a part of the set-up. The club has so much untapped potential and it’s the supporters who can unlock it.
We are here for the long haul, it’s so much more than a business.
Newcastle United, it’s our life. I’ve just joined the Trust, come on let’s sign up en masse!!
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