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Friday
Mar102017

Newcastle United away day guide

Getting to St. James' Park

By car

At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and follow the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along the A184, veering left onto the A189. Head over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from where you will have a good sighting of the ground. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard), which will lead you to the Gallowgate end of the ground. There are a number of car parks in the vicinity and there are around 400 spaces at the Newcastle College Car Park, which is between 15 and 20 minutes away.

By train

Newcastle Central Rail Station is about half a mile from St. James' Park and a walk takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Those wishing to walk should head out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and along Pink Lane, crossing Westgate Road at the top. Walk up Bath Lane and turn right on to Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie’s Bar, under the Chinese arch. Take a left onto Gallowgate and St. James' Park is on your right.

By bus

Supporters can also take bus numbers 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 to the ground from Berwick Street, which is directly across the road from Newcastle Central Rail Station.

By air

Newcastle Airport is about seven miles away from the City Centre. The airport has its own Metro station next to the passenger terminal and it takes 23 minutes to get to the City Centre (£2 single, £3 return - £3.80 during peak time or £3.50 for a 'day saver;). Supporters should change at Monument Metro Station for a metro to St James Park Station.

Tickets

Fulham fans wishing to travel to St. James' Park need to contact Fulham's ticket office this afternoon - there are no on-the-day away ticket sales at St. James' Park for this fixture.

Away pubs

As St. James' Park is in the city centre, there are a number of local pubs, bars and clubs to choose from. The pubs closest to the Newcastle Central Railway Station, such as 'A Head Of Steam' 'The Lounge' and 'O'Neills,' usually only admit fans if away colours are covered up and many have refused to allow children inside. The nearest Wetherspoons is called the Union Rooms on Westgate Road.

Thursday
Mar092017

Trust urges Fulham fans to take part in supporter survey

The Fulham Supporters' Trust has been notified by our national governing body, Supporters Direct, that the Daily Mail are undertaking a survey of football fans on club ownership, the influence of supporters and the governance of the English Football League (EFL).

The Trust encourages all Fulham fans to take the short survey to ensure that it is as representative as possible and supporters can also send Fulham-focused feedback to us via info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com. Supporters can take answer the questions anonymously by clicking on this link.

The Fulham Supporters Trust is proud of our structured relationship with Fulham Football Club, which was highlighted for special praise in the recent Department of Culture, Media and Sport report on the progress of the football expert working group, and we would like to build on this strong foundation in the months ahead. 

Thursday
Mar022017

Trust sends message of support to Leyton Orient fans

The Fulham Supporters' Trust wishes to send a public message of support to supporters of Leyton Orient as the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust prepares for a special general meeting this evening where they will launch plans to save their football club.

The Fulham Supporters' Trust greatly appreciated the support of the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust and Orient fans gave our successful 'Back to the Cottage' campaign and has forged strong links with LOFT through our national afiliates, Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters' Federation. The Trust has followed with increasing concern the runious regime ran by Francesco Becchetti and was alarmed to learn of the winding up petition served aganst Leyton Orient yesterday.

The Trust wishes LOFT every success with tonight's meeting and stands ready to assist in whatever way possible to ensure that Orient's proud 136-year history is prolonged and the interests of loyal supporters - the lifeblood of the club - are put front and centre of the club's recovery effort.

Tuesday
Feb282017

Trust's dialogue with Fulham Football Club commended in Government report

The Fulham Supporters' Trust's structured relationship with Fulham Football Club was recognised as an example of best practice in engaging with supporters by the Government.

A report on progress after a year since the report of the Government's Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and engagement published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport stated:

At Fulham FC, the Fulham Supporters' Trust sends a delegation from the Trust Board to a monthly meeting with the Chief Executive (and other club officials as appropriate). The club recognises the suitability of the Trust for structured dialogue with the club's supporters, with the Trust able to raise any items of significance and the notes published and widely distributed. This structured relationship has greatly increased communication and trust between the club and Fulham supporters.

The Fulham Supporters' Trust are pleased that the success of our structured relationship with Fulham Football Club has been recognised in this important report and believe that continued engagement will deliver further benefits for Fulham Football Club and our supporters.

 

Monday
Feb272017

Preston North End Gentry Day at Craven Cottage, 4 March

Preston North End fans have designated this weekend's fixture against Fulham as their annual Gentry Day - and North End supporter Geoff Ollerton, one of the organisers, has kindly provided us with this explanation of the day's history.

WHAT IS GENTRY DAY?

North End Gentry day is a fan organised event and is in memory of any Preston North End follower or player who may have passed away in the last 12 months.

The Gentry term was first used by third division championship winning manager Alan Ball Snr in the early 1970s stating to the Press after a game that "Preston fans are the best, they're the gentry".

This inspired a number of PNE fans to don bowler hats and even pin stripe suits at Deepdale and especially amongst a loyal band of away supporters.

In 2005 supporters organisation The Preston Supporters Group (PSG) arranged the "Return of the Gentry" in memory of John Tracey, a member of the original PNE Gentry who sadly passed away. This was a massive success and even saw North End's players wearing the famed bowler hats on the pitch. 

In 2008 with the support of PNE-Online and other supporters groups, PSG decided to make it an annual event for all North End fans and the people of Preston to remember anyone they may have lost during that season/year.

Last season over 4,500 North Enders travelled the short distance to Horwich with huge numbers donning suits and bowlers and supporting Gentry Day with the players once again getting involved in the day.

Gentry Day has now become a proud tradition for the folk of Preston and it's football club and has been well received by supporters of all the clubs chosen as hosts over the years.  

We are sure all supporters will once again will be pulling out all the stops to make this season's Gentry Day at Fulham a great day in the PNE fans' calendar. A football special train has already sold out.

As ever the football club and the Lancashire Post will be backing this fan led event to help spread the word of The Gentry.

You can read more about The Gentry at gentryday.uk or you can follow us on twitter @pnegentry or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gentryday/