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  • What is the Fans Forum? Open

    What is the Fans Forum?

    The Fans Forum is a body consisting of supporters and senior club officials which meets during the season to discuss all areas which affect those who follow the club.

    It was reintroduced in 2013 to enhance communication between fans and the club, enabling fans to give those who make decisions and implement services a fuller understanding of their views and the issues which affect them.

    The result is constructive dialogue between those who are passionate about the success of Newcastle United.

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  • Who sits on the Fans Forum? Open

    Who sits on the Fans Forum?

    There are 16 forum seats occupied by supporters; each representing a broad group of the club's diverse fan base, with 12 individual supporters and four fan group representatives.

    This is to enable as wide a spectrum of support as possible to contact a Fans Forum with individual circumstances similar to themselves, giving everyone the ability to raise agenda points and to read the result when forum minutes are posted online.

    Representatives Notes Length of occupancy
    NUFC Fans United Awarded to NUFC Fans United Permanent
    Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) Awarded to NUDSA Permanent
    Newcastle United Supporters Trust Awarded to NUST Permanent
    Away fans Must be a frequent traveller to away fixtures Two years 
    Black & White members Any member (including non-season ticket holders) Two years 
    Corporate member Any corporate seasonal member One year remaining
    East Stand Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the East Stand Two years 
    Equality representative Open to all supporters One year remaining
    Gallowgate End Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Gallowgate End Two years
    Leazes Stand Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Leazes Stand Two years
    Long distance traveller A match-goer who travels more than 50 miles to SJP and attends at least five home games per season One year remaining
    Milburn Stand Must be a season ticket holder (over 18) in the Milburn Stand Two years
    Over-65s Must be 65 or over and a season ticket holder at SJP One year remaining
    Supporters Clubs Newcastle United London Supporters Association Permanent
    Women's representative Must be a female season ticket holder One year remaining
    Young persons (U21) representative Must be 18-21 or under and a member or season ticket holder One year remaining 

     

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  • How are seats allocated? Open

    How are seats allocated?

    There are four groups which are guaranteed representation:

    • NUFC Fans United - an independent coalition which aims to unite supporters' voices
    • Newcastle United Supporters Trust - a democratically elected group of supporters with Trust status
    • Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) - a democratically-elected group which has been affiliated to the club since 1998
    • Newcastle United Supporters Club London - formed in 1964 and consisting of a large group of fans based in the South East of England

    There are 12 individual seats open to fans, with the final representative for each seat drawn at random from all relevant applicants.

    Fans can apply for any of the 12 seats but must fit within stipulated criteria (i.e. Milburn Stand STH must have a season ticket for that stand throughout their tenure). This is to ensure there is fair representation for as many supporters as possible and to negate any overlap.

    Why are representatives drawn - not selected or voted for?

    To ensure the Fans Forum at Newcastle United is as fair as possible, we examined the models of a number of professional clubs across Europe and have consulted fans, supporters groups and the Football Supporters Federation.

    We believe a draw is the fairest method of selection for our forum. Other clubs have faced criticism for selecting or shortlisting representatives who fit in with their own agenda, with the mechanics of written, voted-for applications at others effectively leading to popularity contests.

    We believe that you don't have to be able to justify your support in eloquent terms to sit on our forum. Providing you can commit to attending all Forum meetings and agree to the terms of our Members Guide, we believe you should have the same entitlement to a place as anyone else.

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