Just a few little bits and bobs we wanted to share with you which we thought might be of interest.


Long-term reader and occasional contributor, Graeme Pringle dropped us a  line with Rangersbadgesome interesting titbits on Mike Ashley’s goings-on at Rangers. We thought we’d share them with you:

I appreciate Rangers problems aren't ours, but there's a common 

Their retail deal with Sports Direct is one issue:


Rangers fans are planning a demonstration before tonights game, which is 
being broadcast live on BBC. It'll be interested to see how much vitriol 
is directed at the board. I personally believe that with co-ordinated 
action from both Rangers and Newcastle fans, we could get this bloke out 
of both clubs.


He's acquiring security over some significant and valuable assets 
(stadium and training ground) for a loan which the club are unlikely to 
be able to service. As a result, they default and he ends up with the 
assets for two relatively modest loans of £3m to date and £10m proposed. 
He's already got the merchandise and stadium naming rights. Either the 
club goes under, or it sings to his tune.

Money makes money, but the sheer greed is indicative of all that's wrong 
in football (and the world) today.

Graeme Pringle. 

Many thanks to Graeme for dropping this well-constructed piece of information and his take on matters. We are happy to publish material like this and get it to a bigger audience. Just drop us information here – editor@https://true-faith.co.uk


The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting at the Nustbadge1Mining Institute on Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne this coming Wednesday at 21/January/2015 at 7 pm. The Mining Institute is opposite the Union Rooms. It’s a wonderful piece of North East social history.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is the ONLY members-based fan organisation we have that anyone is entitled to join. It is open, democratic, it has a proper constitution, correct elections and it is affiliated to the national network under the governance of Supporters Direct. It provides audited accounts, minutes of meetings and all of its activities are published via the Trust website. It is absolutely open and transparent. Anyone can stand for election to the board.

All of the Trust board members are volunteers. No-one receives any remuneration or is paid any expenses despite many incurring personal costs on Trust business. Trust members give up their time completely freely and expect no reward. Which is just as well, as they won’t get any.

It is one of the most active and prominent Trusts in the country and it has established links with local government (a City Councillor sits on the NUST board) and it has excellent relationships with the Northern Group of Labour MPs. It enjoys an excellent and constructive relationship with the Football Supporters Federation and has worked collaboratively with the FSF on several local and national initiatives and campaigns.

I’m a board member myself and whilst I am proud of the NUST’s achievements, I recognise there is much to be done and like many of you reading this I am as impatient for change at our club and across football generally as you are.

The NUST will grow stronger with greater membership and greater positive participation.

You should join the Newcastle United Supporters Trust and you should come along to the AGM this coming Wednesday.



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Once again, our match-day newsletter, THE SPECIAL has increased its circulation this week and is now being enjoyed on match-days by more supporters than ever before. We have some of our longest-standing writers contributing to THE SPECIAL in the shape of our Deputy Editor, Gareth Harrison, Alex Hurst, Mark Brophy, Guy Hannay-Wilson, Wallace Wilson and yours truly.

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