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Newcastle United Fans Forum becomes even bigger joke

1 year ago
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The official Newcastle United Fans Forum is a shambles.

Not in terms of the Newcastle supporters who give up their time to try and improve the lot of the fanbase overall.

Rather, it is the sheer lack of goodwill that the football club approaches the whole thing with.

Instead of honest and transparent interaction with the fans, it is simply used to try and put out the Mike Ashley PR message, that is of course when it actually meets…

The Premier League rules say that clubs should regularly interact with their supporters.

The Newcastle United Fans Forum is supposedly how our club satisfies that requirement.

An official Premier League document laid out in September 2017 what each of the 20 PL clubs were doing in terms of interaction with tir fans. No doubt this information was supplied by each of the clubs.

This is what the NUFC listing said:

‘Newcastle United

Fans Forum

The Forum meet quarterly and includes 16 fan representatives, most of whom are randomly drawn
from applicants who meet the criteria for each category.

Four groups have permanent representation on the Forum, including the Supporters Trust and the Disabled Supporters Association.

The club are represented by the Managing Director, Head of Marketing & Communications and other senior staff members.’

Since that September 2017 announcement/document from the Premier League, these are the dates when the Newcastle United Fans Forum have met:

25 April 2018

24 September 2018

That is it.

Indeed that is the sum total of meetings since 29 June 2017 and from what I have been told, the next one won’t be until sometime around the end of this season or later.

So in two seasons/years there have been two meetings, rather than the eight quarterly meetings that the Premier League understood would happen. The claims of meeting quarterly are about as believable as Rafa Benitez getting ‘every penny’ to spend on the squad.

The club have regularly postponed/cancelled meetings, sometimes with very little notice.

There was a meeting scheduled for Tuesday 12 February 2019 but some of the supporters on the Newcastle United Fans Forum were going to Wolves the night before for the Monday live TV game, so asked for that to be postponed as they would get back in the early hours and have work, so not the best preparation for a meeting on the early evening.

The club postponed that meeting and said they would quickly come back with another date…but never did.

So at the moment it has become a yearly meeting, once a season getting the chance to meet club officials.

I hear the club are talking about a revamping of the Newcastle United Fans Forum. Meeting the supporters more than a token once a year would be a good start…

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