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      Wednesday
      Aug132014

      TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 & PUBLIC MEETING

      Date - Wednesday 24th September 2014

      Time - 7.00-7.30pm

      Location - Legends Lounge, South Stand, Elland Road (above Billy's Bar)

      - All Shareholders and members are welcome

      A draft agenda has been proposed and would like to give an opportunity for Shareholders and Members to contribute to the agenda. If there is anything you wish to add to the agenda please let us know as soon as possible by email to Trust Secretary, Paul Keat, HERE.

      Following the AGM meeting at 7.45pm Shareholders and Members are welcome to stay for the Public meeting having the opportunity to take part in the regular Q&A session with the board regarding any issues they wish to raise.

      There will be a buffet available on the evening and our own dedicated bar with a selection of drinks available for purchase. 

      For those who are unable to attend, we are planning on broadcasting the meetings live and and for it to be available later on the Trust Listen Again page. Further details and links will be given closer to the date.

      Alternatively, you can ask your questions via our Twitter feed or on our Facebook page, or by emailing us HERE!

      We look forward to seeing you there.

      PLEASE NOTE: No new shareholder applications will be allowed until after the AGM

      Thursday
      Jul312014

      LUST Update: Millwall Discussions Show Progress

      Over the past few weeks the Trust have been in discussion with Millwall FC, British Transport Police, Met Police and the Millwall Supporters Trust in advance of our forthcoming away fixture following the seemingly avoidable events at the fixture over previous seasons. We are pleased to report that there has been progress between all parties involved in anticipation for our opening day fixture on Saturday 9th August, 3.00pm K.O..

      Last season saw congestion and 'kettling' of our fans at London Bridge station, leading to many fans being bitten by Police Dogs. There has also been unacceptable chanting about the tragedy in Istanbul. The purpose of these discussions is to try to improve the match day experience of everyone attending, from both clubs.

      The outcome of the discussion is as follows;

      London Bridge 
      The station is still having a major overhaul and is still causing problems for passengers in general. There will be a Police presence at Kings Cross and London Bridge. British Transport Police (BTP) said the majority of pubs around London Bridge are welcoming of away fans.

      The Trust asked about dog deployment, BTP said they would use all tactics depending on the scenario. We have stressed that we hope they consider their tactic in using this method of 'control' very carefully beforehand this year, especially when considering recent history.

      The Trust also pointed out the 'kettling' onto one tiny platform last year causing frustration and pushing from the back causing surges and disorder as those at the front got bitten. The Trust have, therefore, agreed to assist with communication on the day in working with the BTP Match Commander using both LUST's and BTP's twitter accounts to communicate updates as they happen throughout the day. We encourage all supporters travelling on the day to watch for announcements to facilitate safe movement before and after the match.

      We encourage all travelling support to consider that QPR, Spurs and West Ham all at home playing in pre-season friendlies on the same day so there could be cross over at Kings Cross.

      Millwall FC
      The Club stated the biggest issue last year was flares by Leeds fans leading to two arrests and banning orders. The Trust asked for the Club to discourage fans from using Istanbul chants and for their ground staff and the Met to be proactive to prevent this from re-occurring. 

      The Trust will contact the Club before the match for updates which will be passed on through our social media.

      Alcohol will be served up to kick off.

      Parking around the ground is poor and it is recommended that anything on display indicating the vehicle belongs to Leeds fans is removed.

      The Met
      They have spoken to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the chants. The advice given is it is not an offence.  The Trust view is that any scenario must be examined in context, such as manner of behaviour, whether any other actions are involved rather than simply the words used.

      The CPS did accept that throat slitting gestures and stabbing gestures are arrestable and 2 fans were arrested for this last year. The Met will try to get something in the programme notes regarding these chants. The Met were approachable and gave feedback that the call was of benefit.

      Millwall Trust
      The Millwall Trust were very approachable and gave assurances that they could get messages out to their members and are genuinely supportive of our work.

      We are pleased to have been able to have these discussions and will continue to seek opportunities with other Clubs in the future during the 2014/15 season.

      Our 'Away Days' section will be updated shortly with a guide for travel to the game. 

      Fans are reminded to use the 'Ask Steve' section on the Trust website to report any incidents before during and after the game.

      Thursday
      Jul102014

      LUST: Do you have what it takes to join the Board?

      With Chairman Gary Cooper departing at this years AGM in September, a number of other Board members have been considering their positions and feel that it is the right time to step aside and let a new team push the Trust forward. However, a number of the existing Board have committed to stay on after September and provide the all important consistency and historic knowledge that will prove invaluable to any new team.

      Before departing, the existing Board would like to hear from all interested shareholders that would like a place on the Board.

      In the first instance we would ask those of you who are interested to email us at chairman@lufctrust.org answering the following 4 questions;    

      1) What do you understand about the Leeds United Supporters Trust?    
      2) How do you feel in taking on the responsibility of representing over 9,000 members?
      3) What is the main reason for putting yourself forward for this opportunity?    
      4) Do you have any experience in similar roles? Please give further details and examples.

      - Please include your name and a contact telephone number with your application
      - The closing date for applications is Thursday 24th July 2014.

      The Board will process all applications as quickly as possible.

      Constitutionally only Shareholders are able to sit on the Board however, members can upgrade by visiting the website HERE and following instructions.

      We look forward to hearing from you and considering your application.

      Please note: We will look to inform those considered within 7 days of their application. If you have not received an email reply after 7 days then your application was not successful. 

      Friday
      Jun202014

      Statement from the Chairman

      Since October 2009 it has been my privilege to serve as Chairman of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, working with some of the most honest and genuine people I have ever met. It has been a tremendous journey, and in more ways than I could have ever imagined the experience has mirrored the ups and downs that as Leeds fans we understand better than most. I have always done my best to voice the opinions of our members to the club, to the media and to anyone who has had an interest in Leeds United, and I have done so with purpose and conviction. I hope that the members of LUST appreciate that.

      Back in 2009 the Trust had 224 members, was disregarded and discredited by the club’s owner Ken Bates, and while it had good people on its board it didn’t feel like it was realising its potential. It was with that in mind that I joined and became Chairman, with a refreshed board and a determination to rebuild the Trust into a strong, credible organisation fit for the purpose of tackling the circumstances that the club and its supporters found themselves in. I am very proud to have been part of the team that built the Trust into what it is today: an organisation with a membership of over 9,000 and the ears of the local authority, local MPs, central government and the media, but most importantly with the ear of the club.

      We have achieved everything we set out to achieve and more. As a board our members could have asked little more of us, and as Chairman I couldn’t have hoped for more than we have achieved. In this respect I feel that my journey has come full circle and that now is as good a time as any to stand down, take a rest and hand the stewardship of one of the largest and most respected supporters’ trusts, not only in the UK but across Europe and the world, to someone who can continue to raise its profile, serve the best interests of its members and work with a new owner. The Trust faces new challenges, and having represented our members under two former owners to the very best of my ability I feel I can stand tall and proud of my efforts, and hand over the job to someone else.

      To my fellow board members I would like to express my sincere thanks for all of the time, the effort, the hard work and the dedication you have shown and given freely. It has not always been easy - we have tested each other’s patience at times, and the differences in opinion have often been as great as the results we have achieved. But quite simply I could not have wished for better people to support me and serve our members than all of you who have served on the board with me for the last near-on five years. My thanks to you all.

      To our members, who in their thousands have given us support, it has been an honour to serve you. I have not always agreed with the mandate you have asked us to follow, and I have had strong reservations about some of the opinions you have asked us to voice on your behalf, but the purpose of the Trust is to give you a voice - one voice, your voice - and I have always tried to make sure my personal opinions have not deterred me from making your opinions the priority and making sure they are heard. For giving me the opportunity to do that, and for giving me the kind of support that has been a source of great strength to me, I will always be so very grateful. You truly are the best supporters in the world.

      In many respects I got a lot more than I bargained for when I came to the chair. I knew it would be difficult, I knew that with my head above the parapet I would get shot at, and I expected to be the subject of a fair amount of personal attention, but I had no idea how much my family would be affected by it all. Had I realised the extent of the suffering I would be putting them through I probably would not have taken on the role at all. To my soul-mate, Kirsty, who has suffered more than most and paid a price for my ambition and for the ambitions of thousands of Leeds fans, I can only say thank you for supporting me all the way through this. Nothing can ever repay the debt of gratitude you are owed. To my kids, who have lost out on my time, my attention and often my patience while I struggled to serve our larger Leeds United family, I am forever grateful to you and love you all dearly.

      To those who have sniped, snarled, lied and judged from afar, and who will probably take a great deal of pleasure from my decision to stand down, I hope one day you have the pleasure of realising what ‘Marching On Together’ actually means. The Trust will go from strength to strength long after Gary Cooper is gone and will continue to represent its members - Leeds fans - which is a source of great comfort to me.

      Thank you to all who have supported me. I will always be proud to be a LUST member, and will continue to fulfil the duties of Chairman and to support the board in any way I can, but will stand down at this year’s AGM satisfied that I have achieved all I set out to do, knowing that LUST is in great shape and ready to face new challenges.


      It really has been emotional.

      Gary Cooper

      Proud ‘moron’ and ‘dissident’

      MOT

      Friday
      May302014

      LUST Members Survey May 2014 - The Results!

      A week ago we sent out a questionnaire to our members, to gauge your views on various matters relating to our club at the moment, and to get a feeling for how you wish the Trust to represent those views to the club's owners over the summer.

      We have been delighted by the response. Well over 1,600 of you took the time not only to complete the questionnaire, but also to add many comments and questions of your own, concerning the topics covered in our questions and much more besides.

      Please see the results below of the specific questions we asked you - these will form the basis upon which the Trust’s board will proceed on your behalf in the coming weeks and months.

      1. Do you wish for LUST to continue to pursue answers about the club's current financial situation?

        Count
       Yes 1513
      (95.10%)
       No 37
      (2.33%)
       Unsure 41
      (2.58%)
       Responses to this  question 1591

       2. Do you wish for LUST to continue to pursue answers with regards to the impact on the club's financial situation of previous owners Ken Bates and GFH?

        Count
       Yes 1371
      (87.05%)
       No 133
      (8.44%)
       Unsure 71
      (4.51%)
       Responses to this  question 1575

      3. Do you support the sweeping changes Mr Cellino is making to the club's structure?

        Count
      Yes 824
      (52.55%)
      No 107
      (6.82%)
      Unsure 637
      (40.63%)
      Responses to this question 1568

      4. Is the future of Thorp Arch important to you?

        Count
      Yes 993
      (63.25%)
      No 265
      (16.88%)
      Unsure 312
      (19.87%)
      Responses to this question 1570

      6. Are you content that GFH/IIB/Envest continue to own 25% of the club?

        Count
      Yes 31
      (1.98%)
      No 1432
      (91.27%)
      Unsure 106
      (6.76%)
      Responses to this question 1569

      7. Do you wish for LUST to continue working on its proposed ‘Fan Share’ scheme?

        Count
      Yes 1243
      (79.22%)
      No 87
      (5.54%)
      Unsure 239
      (15.23%)
      Responses to this question 1569

      8. Do you wish for LUST to engage Mr Cellino in discussions about the 'Fan Share' scheme?

        Count
      Yes 1258
      (80.28%)
      No 104
      (6.64%)
      Unsure 205
      (13.08%)
      Responses to this question 1567

      9. Are you concerned about Mr Cellino's forthcoming legal issues in Italy?

        Count
      Yes 653
      (41.75%)
      No 652
      (41.69%)
      Unsure 259
      (16.56%)
      Responses to this question 1564

      10. Do you support Mr Cellino as owner of LUFC?

        Count
      Yes 1129
      (72.33%)
      No 70
      (4.48%)
      Unsure 362
      (23.19%)
      Responses to this question 1561

      11. Do you wish for LUST to continue an honest and clear dialogue with the club, such as our recent meeting with Mr Cellino?

        Count
      Yes 1535
      (98.46%)
      No 12
      (0.77%)
      Unsure 12
      (0.77%)
      Responses to this question 1559

       

        Premier League
      Championship
      League 1
      League 2
      Conference
      Non-League
      Total
      Please rate this survey 513
      (34.18%)
      837
      (55.76%)
      117
      (7.79%)
      15
      (1.00%)
      9
      (0.60%)
      10
      (0.67%)
      1501
      Average
      1.8


      The file containing the mass of comments made by our membership runs to over 100 pages and will be passed in its entirety to the club’s owner. The link to download the full survey results is below (.pdf file size 2mb).

      Mr Cellino asked for an honest and open relationship with the Trust, and he now has much honest feedback to consider. We look forward to discussing your views with him.

      Many thanks once again to all who took the time to respond.