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Whickham Parochial Win 3rd JUSTNewcastle Tournament- Press Release

PRESS RELEASE           DATE 26th JUNE 2015


Whickham Parochial Winners

On Wednesday (24th June) 120 children from Tyneside were involved in a high quality football tournament, thanks to JUSTNewcastle, with the help of our partners; Newcastle Community Football, Show Racism the Red Card and Phoenix Taxis at our third annual schools soccer 6 tournament.
The event at the Westgate Centre For Sport in Newcastle, featured 16 different teams from schools across the north east.
Newcastle Community Football made sure everything ran smoothly on the day and that the matches had the right balance of commitment but also fair play.
The schools involved ranged from those on both sides of the Tyne and the football was of a very high standard.
The competition ended up with an excellent Whickham Parochial (pictured in yellow) beating Milecastle (pictured in white) 5-3 in the final. (Milecastle were also last years runners up). The other semi-finalists were South Street, Gateshead and Our Lady & St Anne's RC.

NUST / JUSTNewcastle 3rd Annual Soccer 6s Tournament - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE           DATE 19th JUNE 2015


JUSTNewcastle (NUST's Junior section) in conjunction with Newcastle Community Football are holding our second Schools' Soccer 6s Tournament on Wednesday 24th June at Westgate Centre for Sport football pitches.

16 school teams from Newcastle and Gateshead will be taking part in this years tournament which is sponsored by JUSTNewcastle and organised by Newcastle Community Football at no cost to the schools. The teams consist of Year 5 and Year 6 combined teams of both boys and girls.


Whose Club Is It? - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE           DATE 21st May 2015


"What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It's not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It's a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father's hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love."

We've all read the great Sir Bobby Robson's views about what makes a football club. As an aside, what would we give to have Sir Bobby at the helm right now? I'll never tire of his great description of what it's all about. So where are we now as we approach the end of the season in the middle of a relegation battle that just shouldn't be anything to do with us? We've watched a run of defeats against Sunderland, a record number of consecutive league defeats, pathetic performances on the field week after week.

But more than that, off the pitch is there any light at the end of the tunnel? We have a hierarchy who run the club like a branch of Sports Direct, are happy as long as we finish in the top 17, believe mid table (we wish!) mediocrity is worth more than cup success and are happy to treat the club we love as a marketing and advertising tool for the owner's main business interest.

Is it any wonder that we've reached a tipping point and fans who have loyally supported the club for a lifetime are now refusing to go, cancelling season tickets and taking to the streets in support of boycotts and protests. Who would disagree with the banner at Leicester stating that we don't expect a team that wins everything, but we demand a team that tries? It's the whole philosophy and culture of the club that is wrong and that starts from the top.


Phoenix support Newcastle United Supporter's Trust - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE           DATE 15th May 2015


phoenixlogo1Phoenix Taxis, the largest electric and hybrid taxi company in the UK, is delighted to sponsor The Newcastle United Supporters' Trust for the year.

The Northumberland-based taxi company is backing the Trust, which strives to benefit both the Football Club and its supporters by channelling their passion into positive action and activities.

Alex Hurst, managing director at Phoenix Taxis, said: "We're delighted to be supporting the Trust. As a lifelong Newcastle United supporter, I fully support and believe in the fantastic work they do in building strong links between the Club and its supporters. As part of the sponsorship, we will be offering loads of fantastic deals and competitions for The Trust members."


Political football – what can our MPs do for us? - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE           DATE 24th March 2015

POLITICAL FOOTBALL - What can our MPs do for us?

sdlogoThis month Supporters Direct (SD) launched its manifesto in a ten-point plan aimed at all political parties. It calls for a shake-up in football governance. SD point out that football clubs are not simply businesses and supporters are not simply consumers and to involve them in a democratic and structured way leads to better decision-making, which benefits both club and community.

It would like to see more clubs controlled by supporters and the wider community. The full document can be seen here

NUST agrees with Supporters Direct when they say that governments and sports governing bodies have a crucial role to play in enshrining these principles in regulation and legislation. We have stated before that we don't think improved governance in football will happen as a result of self regulation.

We have previously reported that the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee published a series of recommendations in 2011 and 2013 which, although largely accepted by the football authorities, have never been implemented. This is unacceptable.

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