Newcastle United Supporters Trust have called on the club to look after their loyal supporters.

In the latest disgraceful episode of taking football fans for granted, almost a month after the Premier League Live TV matches for April were announced, this week saw Newcastle (and Everton) supporters discover their game had been moved to a Monday night (from Saturday 21st April to 8pm Monday 23rd April).

The decision reached by the Premier League, Sky Sports and both Newcastle United & Everton.

The one missing factor being any consultation with, or regard for, fans.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) have now written to the club (see below), asking them to take responsibility for supporters being left out of pocket by the late change, fans having believed it was safe to book non-refundable travel and accommodation with the April Live TV dates having already been confirmed.

In a letter addressed to Managing Director Lee Charnley (as well as Head of Marketing Communications Lee Marshall), NUST say that with each club banking an extra £1.1m each thanks to the match moving, surely it is the right thing to do to use a small part of that cash to ensure no supporter is penalised.

This is the letter that was sent (via email) on Friday afternoon by NUST Vice Chairman Peter Fanning.

FAO Lee Charnley

FAO Lee Marshall

‘It’s good to hear that there’s a fan’s forum planned for April.  It will be only two days after the rescheduled match between Everton and Newcastle

You will no doubt realise the reaction there has been to the changed date and the Trust would ask you to consider how you can help fans affected by the new arrangements. 

I know the club have indicated that fans who have bought tickets but who now can’t get to the game can get a refund on their ticket and we are grateful for that. 

We would ask the club to go further though and recognise that fans may also have incurred costs on travel arrangements and possibly accommodation and we would ask that you put arrangements in place for those costs also to be reimbursed. 

This would include fans who cannot get to the rearranged game and also those who still go to the game but who incur costs through having to rebook tickets and or accommodation.

I realise this is not normally available to fans but this has been an unusual situation. 

Newcastle fans loyally follow the club all over the country.  This season in particular has already seen a disproportionate number of our away games rescheduled for TV.  Fans are sensible enough not to make their travel and accommodation arrangements until the TV schedules are confirmed. 

This time the game has been rescheduled after the TV games for April had been announced and after the club had sold tickets. 

In meetings with Richard Scudamore he has said to us that clubs have the final say on whether a broadcaster’s TV “pick” is OK.  On that basis NUST would ask the club to recognise your responsibilities towards the fans when you agreed to the rescheduled game. 

It has been suggested that a televised game is worth £1.1million [to each club], compensating the relatively small number of fans who will have incurred additional costs will be a very small part of that amount.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you will see this as an opportunity for the club to take a lead in rewarding loyal fans for their continuing support.’

Peter Fanning

Vice Chairman

NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust)

You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterfanning9 and to find out more about NUST you can visit their website here

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    more chance of Rafa signing Messi than Fatty helping the fans out

    • ghostrider

      But he has helped the fans out, hasn’t he? The issue is with selective memories of fans, not anything against Ashley.

      • Danimal

        Yes, he’s helped out by removing any shred of fun or pleasure from following the club.

        • ghostrider

          No he hasn’t, at all. That’s in your mind and you create that by following a path of others to come to a conclusion that’s basically not a reality.

          The man doesn’t walk past your home creating a racket.,
          He sits in the seat watching the game and doesn’t create hooliganism.
          He let’s the club run from in house and people simply do not like it because they want his money.

          It’s a hatred of him that blinds the enjoyment of watching the team or being part of the club.

          It’s like falling out with a good friend who was the joker of the pack and now you sit among him and your other friends but suddenly his jokes are not funny anymore. Why?
          Because you fell out with him and have no wish to allow him too see that his jokes make you laugh.

          It’s similar to Ashley. Most people go along with the hate but the reality is, he’s not the terrible man he’s portrayed to be and could have been even better if he’d never suffered the vile treatment from a section of fans.

          I’m a fan but if that had been me you wouldn’t be getting no presents from me, either.

          • East Durham Mag

            Yes a right fan ny

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you are in serious need of medical attention.

          • Wor Lass

            Bully! Ha ha …

          • Wor Lass

            “He lets the club rrun from in house …” Good one!

          • ghostrider

            It’s a good one because it’s the truth.
            Too many fans expect him to use his own pocket money.
            One time he would have but it’ll take some serious change in fans to encourage him to do so.

          • thewildchimp

            Monty Python mafia style “encouragement”?

          • Gareth Marshall

            You don’t actually believe this bile which you spout, do you?

            You must be off your rocker!

          • ghostrider

            I believe everything I say otherwise I wouldn’t bother.
            One man’s junk is another man’s treasure and you’re welcome to think what you like but never ever be under any impression that what you say to me has any effect in forcing me to tread the path of least resistance.

            I say what I mean and I mean what I say whether it’s accepted by the few or by the many, or rejected by the same.

            Until you are personally armed with all the truth’s of Newcastle United football club then you are of a theoretical opinion. A best guess mindset or maybe simply following the mass mindset by proxy.

            Feel free to argue it but what I say will always stand for me.

        • Wezza147

          Oh look, a bad word said about Ashley and the P.R goon(s) appear like magic!
          Another 1.1M for his pocket no doubt.

  • relaxed

    I doubt very much if anyone would get anything back off Ashley even if they were wearing a mask and pointing a gun at him

    • ghostrider

      Are you trying to say he hasn’t helped the fans out?

      • nufcslf

        No, he has just forced those of us that were true fans miles away and been left with sh*t clueless morons like yourself to show up and support his very lost cause. Over to you.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Sounds like your definition of a true fan is my definition of a glory hunter

          • nufcslf

            If I was a glory hunter I would have been back home and shot the fat c**t before now. He isn’t worth the time, effort or air fair fortunately. Still shouldn’t own a football club that he has no interest in making competitive. The man was probably bullied, not allowed play football at playtime and this is pathetic stab back at the football world. Why Rafa stands by him is beyond me.

        • ghostrider

          He hasn’t forced you anywhere. You forced that upon yourself.

          • nufcslf

            Just don’t see in any future in Sports Direct United. A soleless pile of shyte until fatty falls off the face of the planet. The fact that the football has been as shocking as the way the clown runs the club the last 11 years just doesn’t fill me any passion whatsoever.

          • ghostrider

            The football has been shocking at times but that’s not down to Ashley. It’s down to the manager and coaching, no matter how it’s dressed up.

            Lately the football has been much better by the same players, so is this down to Ashley or down to the manager and coaches?
            You can’t have it both ways in the blame game.

            The club is well run. This is something many fans will not accept because they believe well run is fighting in the top 5. It’s not.

            We are well run. We hold our own. We are nobody’s fool like years ago. We operate within our means and do not hinge the clubs existence on big spending whims.
            We used to do that and look what happened. We nearly went to the wall before Ashley came.

            By all means hate the man if it makes you feel better but a lot of the hatred stems from media hype and the classic messiah idolisation and living in the past.

            Feel free to argue it but this is what we’re dealing with. It’s a basic embarrassing ongoing frenzy of hatred.

  • Geordiegiants

    I can give you the reply to that email now.

    • Andrew

      “Reply”? Don’t be daft.

      • Geordiegiants

        Exactly, that was my reply.

  • Paul Cannell

    If Ashley refunds fans any money, I’ll say something that rhymes with my name.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Is that changing Paul to Fck…..?

    • Wor Lass

      We sold Macdonald for Cannell, doo dah, doo dah ….

  • Wor Lass

    OK, the club is going to benefit to the tune of £1.1 mill so a bit of compo to loyal fans wouldn`t go amiss although it would be coming out of Rafa`s “every penny” that he might get to spend. But what about Sky and the PL? The article casts a bit of a shadow on the two clubs for the decision but the driving force will have been provided by those two money-grabbing institutions. It should be mandatory that if they decide to move a game they have to compensate all fans with financial commitments to the original KO time/date.

    • Mal


    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      They are refunding tickets

      • Wor Lass

        But that`s just the law of the land – you can`t sell someone tickets for an event that isn`t going to happen. The clubs have no choice in that. They really should get together with Sky and the PL to compensate fans who, in good faith, pay for transport and accommodation to attend an event that THEY decide to suddenly change. They all make more than enough money out of it to do that comfortably.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I just think it’s difficult to administer. Hire a van, book a train, overnight hotel stay, charter a flight or simply live in Liverpool and this is a local game, how do you compensate?

          All they can do is buy back tickets or maybe run a free coach from Gallowgate to Lever pool?

          • Wor Lass

            I agree it wouldn`t be easy to administer and it would be open to abuse but they all need to at least try to do something to show they care about the fans. As it stands, there is nothing but silence which comes over as lofty disdain.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    The club have already said they will refund the ticket price if you can’t make it. There is not a story here, it’s not Nufc that need to apologise.

  • nufcslf

    Good luck, fatty doesn’t give a sh*t about you or football in general.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great stuff but this is not Everton or Newcastle ;s fault they tried to block it but were over ruled due the contractual arrangements. Every one in Newcastle please cancel Sky now .