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      Policing of 2016 pre-season friendlies

      The Trust has received the following communication from West Yorkshire Police and its Dedicated Football Officer/Operational Planner for Leeds United:

      As it's that time of the year again and LUFC have 2x pre-season friendlies this weekend, could I please ask if you have any bookings for either of the games;

      Friday 22nd July - Guiseley v LUFC 19:45hrs
      Saturday 23rd July - Peterborough v LUFC 15:00hrs

      Depending on the number of coaches for Peterborough there may be a need to RV and get escorted in.

      The Trust is happy to publicise such communications in general in order to give fans notice of potential issues but we do feel it is time to state it is a touch over the top to be suggesting escorts into pre-season friendlies. The issue of differential policing for football fans is one the Trust, supported by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, will be raising across a series of levels over the forthcoming season.



      Statement. Complaint made against the Trust Chair (Updated).

      The Trust updates on a complaint made:

      Further to the original update in italics below. The Independent Chair of the Trust's Election Working Group (EWG) has adjudicated on the complaint after receiving information from the complainant and the Trust Chair. The complainant and the Board of the Trust have been informed of the adjudication which includes the line "concluded my investigations into this issue and conclude there was no deliberate attempt to prevent you from seeking nomination."

      The Trust has received a complaint from an existing Shareholder, Mr Mark Jordan, to the effect that he wrongly was prevented from standing for the Trust Board through the 2015 AGM process by the actions of the present Chair, Michael Green. The Chair denies this accusation.

      Mr Jordan has indicated through correspondence that he intends to circulate his accusations and other potential defamatory statements publicly (and also accuse the Chair of threatening him with legal action, something the Chair is more than happy to defend his right to do given Mr Jordan's extensive history of complaints and accusations towards the Trust) and involve non relevant third parties (in this instance Leeds United Football Club). The Trust wish it to be known that we will follow all correct processes, as advised by Supporters Direct, to have the complaint fully investigated and that the Chair will not be involved in this process other than defending himself. However it is a completely different matter where possible defamatory public statements are threatened. The Chair reserves the right to respond accordingly if such statements accrue and the Trust reserves the right to defend the integrity of the 2015 Elections Working Group (independently chaired). Any action the Chair takes will be paid for by himself.

      The Trust will be making no further statements on this complaint until investigation process is complete. The Chair will continue to perform his ongoing duties (unless advised otherwise).

      Ends. Updated 15/07/16.


      Leeds United Supporters Society 14-15 Accounts.

      How shareholders access the 14-15 accounts in advance of the 2016 AGM.

      Following enquires to the Trust if any shareholder wishes to see the draft 14-15 accounts they can do so by the following process:

      * Email chairman@lufctrust.org requesting to see them.

      * Indicate you are a fully paid up shareholder (and if so required show proof) and provide a correspondence address that matches your Shareholder details.

      * Await the arrival of a hard copy in the post.

      The 14-15 accounts are with the FCA, when they put them up on their website (or they are seen at the 2016 AGM, whichever is later) we will put a link on to them on this website. It is not appropriate for the Trust to put up a web version yet as they have yet to be presented to the Shareholders at an AGM.





      Sponsorship of Leeds Ladies FC Player.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust (LUST) is proud to announce sponsorship of the Leeds Ladies full back Catherine Hamill for the 2016-17 season.

      Catherine is an exciting, attacking full back who, in the best Leeds footballing tradition, has worked her way through the Leeds Ladies development structure to become a first-team regular.

      Pacey and powerful, she is a nightmare for opposition attackers who find her hard to get past, while also offering support for the team’s attack when necessary.

      Furthermore, she never shirks a challenge and is 100 per cent Leeds to the core.

      LUST chair Michael Green said: “Over the last couple of years and at a time when Leeds United continued to disappoint on and off the pitch, Leeds Ladies have shown how real footballing progress can be made when there is organisation, a plan and purpose of thought off the pitch that aligns with on-field efforts.

      “We think Catherine displays the tenacity and ideals that Leeds fans respect and admire, and think she is a perfect fit for the ethos of the Trust.

      ”We wish her and the team all best for a successful season and look forward to seeing them progress further.”

      It should be noted that no LUST shareholders funds were used for the sponsorship of Catherine. The cost has been covered by personal donations from Trust board members who wished to show their solidarity and appreciation for the efforts of the Leeds Ladies team, management and board who are all pulling together to forge a bright future for at least one of "we are all Leeds aren't we" footballing teams.


      Goodbye 15-16, we stay Marching On Together.

      Another turbulent season has come and gone at Elland Road, and yet, no matter what has happened over the course of those 46 games we’ll still be optimistic for the start of the next one.

      The Leeds United fan base is in a strange place at the moment with protests and counter protests taking place, but rest assured we are still all longing for the same thing - a successful football club.

      We are firm believers that a successful club needs a strong supporters trust, and after a period of unseen hard work and restructuring, the Leeds United Supporters Trust is in a position to re-engage with our members. Over the summer we will be reaching out to our shareholders and members to gauge opinion and listen to your questions and concerns with the goal of helping to push this football club forward.

      Football without fans is nothing, and we remain committed and focused in standing up for all Leeds United fans in these continuing difficult times.

      For day to day communications, you can follow us on Twitter at @lufctrust and visit our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/lufctrust/ .

      If you have any questions, comments or concerns you would like to raise with the Supporters Trust, you can contact us via the contact form on our website or send us an email at chairman@lufctrust.org and we will respond as quickly as we can.

      We face another pre-season filled with uncertainty; ownership, management and playing staff but we will strive to keep you as well informed as possible while taking on board any comments you might have.

      Leeds United Supporters’ Trust is a fully democratic organisation. Upon joining the Trust as a shareholder you will own 1 share in the organisation and will have the right vote on all Trust matters at our Annual General Meeting.

       If you would like to join the Trust as a shareholder or would like more information, you can visit our shareholder page here http://lufctrust.squarespace.com/ .

      We look forward to hearing what you have to say.

      Adam Willerton (Social Media and Engagement Board Member) for Leeds United Supporters Trust.

      One Voice, Your Voice.