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      Thursday
      Feb262015

      Trust Survey Results - February 2015

      Earlier this month we sent all Shareholders and Members an 11 question survey on a number of subjects. We did this to gauge your opinions and to shape the mandate for the Trust.

      We are pleased to give you the results of the survey, as follows;

       

       
       

       

       


      There was a considerable amount of comments on each of the survey questions, all useful and many entertaining ones.

      You can download all 91 pages of the full report HERE.

      The Trust will use the results of the survey and work to the wishes and desires of Shareholders and Members alike as indicated by the results of the survey. Further planning and actions on a number of the questions are currently underway and updates on our progress will be detailed here and if you have anything you wish for us to be involved in please feel free to contact us directly by email at chairman@lufctrust.org.

      Wednesday
      Feb252015

      High5it Competition - 2 Tickets to Watford (H) 29 Feb 2015

      Want to 2 hospitality tickets for the Watford home game on Saturday 28th February courtesy of High5it?

      We'll be sending out an email, with 3 very simple Leeds United related questions, to all Shareholders and Members of the Trust later this evening to give you all an equal chance to make the tickets yours.

      You will have approximately 48 hours to give your answers with the winner being drawn at random from all the winning entries on Friday after 5.00pm with the winner being notified shortly afterwards with all the arrangements for the day.

      If you're not currently a Trust member and want to enter then it's easy to do so, just follow this link HERE and you can select to join FREE or become a shareholder for just £5 per year (payable through PayPal).

      So, come and have a go if you think you're clever enough. You never know, it might just be you!

      Good luck!

      About High5it

      The High5it app has been created by 10 football fans, not a Football Club, Bookmaker or Huge worldwide corporate operation, with the idea that the vast majority of fans understand great football and want to be positive about it.

      We also started to realise it was becoming very easy to be , and slightly popular to be , negative about what we all love to watch every Saturday and sadly even negative towards the players who play it, via comments in the stadium and or social media .

      High5it has a simple message behind its creation , if you want to be positive and support the football team you follow, then pick up your phone during or after the match and give the player or players a High5 , to say that pass , tackle , save , goal or overall performance is what football is all about and well done

      This then creates the fans top 5 most appreciated players and the player with the most High5s from supporters is that games MOTM.

      From this we can also create team of the week for each division, best supported team of that week etc.

      These are unique stats not created by anyone other than you the supporters.

      All clubs will want to be known as the best supported club that week and as this is a percentage it might surprise the big boys – imagine that!

      How many times do we all see a player completely run the game only to hear that some TV pundit has given MOTM to the sub who came on and got an equalising header in the 89th minute – High5it is all about understanding and interacting with the game .

      Fans that use High5it can do so without ever being asked to pay for the pleasure and all further promotions offered to users will be for them to accept or decline.

      At the moment we randomly select 50 people each week to win £50 winners are notified and can already be seen on our social media platforms – will you be one of next weeks winners

      The most important people at any football club are the supporters and this is often overlooked. Ultimately if we can show the club you love that 25,000 of you made “Roy Race “your MOTM the club will listen to you and when they do they will want to interact with you via the High5it app and you will benefit massively from club offers on merchandise, tickets and maybe special player events – Go and meet “Roy Race” at the club because you’ve High5’d him every match for a month!

      The more of you supporters who use High5it the more you’ll get out of it

      High5it’s goal is to one year host the “High5it supporter’s player of the year awards “from the stats you create and invite as many of you as we can along to meet the players on the night.

      So in short, it’s free and easy to use and gives you a worldwide platform to have your say on what you see on the pitch without any opportunity to be negative and you will receive promotions direct to your handset for doing it.

      You can help make High5it grow and be a success with your clubs supporters – it can only be positive for fans, players and clubs!

      T&Cs

      1. The promoter is: Leeds United Supporters Trust whose registered office is at 35 Copley Hall Terrace, Halifax HX3 0TS.

      2. Employees of the Leeds United Supporters Trust or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

      3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

      4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are included at the top of this page.

      5. Closing date for entry will be at 5.00pm Friday 27th February 2015. After this time/date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

      6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

      7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: 

      8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

      9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

      10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. The prize is not transferable to any other Leeds United home game during the 2014/15 season, or any other thereafter. Travel to and from Elland Road is not included in the prize so winners must have their own method of transport.

      11. Winners will be chosen:

      1. at random all winning entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents,
      2. winning entries will be examined by an independent adjudicator appointed by the Promoter.

      12. The winner will be notified by email and telephone within 3 hours of the closing of the closing time/date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 60 minutes of notification by email, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

      13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

      14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

      15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

      16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

      17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

      18. The winner’s name will be available 10 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Leeds United Supporters Trust, 35 Copley Hall Terrace, Halifax HX3 0TS.

      19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. All entrants must be over 18 years old or over.

      20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Leeds United Supporters Trust and not to any other party. 

       

      Friday
      Feb132015

      Trust Statement: Leeds City Holdings

      The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust was both surprised and dismayed to learn of the winding up of Leeds City Holdings (LCH) yesterday (Thursday February 12, 2015).

      The former ‘parent’ company of the club and current 5 per cent shareholder was placed in the hands of the HM Official Receiver over an outstanding amount of £45,000 owed to Mark Taylor, former legal council and Leeds United Director.

      Our understanding is that the Receiver will assess all LCH debts and assets. If no further action is taken, the Receiver has the right to sell company assets to pay creditors, and to terminate the employment of both directors and employees of the company.

      While it is important to remember the above holds for LCH and not the club, Leeds United is a main asset of LCH – and so the Receiver could potentially sell the club from its current owners.

      Following expert consultation, the Trust understands there are three potential avenues to avoid this:

      1. The company (or anyone else) can apply for the winding up order to be rescinded if the court did not have all the relevant facts when making its decision. Application should be made within seven days of the order being made.

      2. The company can appeal against the winding-up order. As a result of an appeal, the court can rescind the winding-up order, or otherwise vary its decision. An appeal should be made within four weeks of the order being made.

      3. Liquidation proceedings can be 'stayed' (ie. stopped), permanently or temporarily, on the application of the liquidator, the Official Receiver, a creditor or a shareholder. If liquidation proceedings are stayed permanently, the directors usually regain control of the company. An application to stay the liquidation proceedings can be made at any time after a winding-up order has been made.

      While option three would appear to have no time constraints, if four weeks pass and options 1 or 2 have not been exercised, it is unlikely that proceedings can be stayed.

      The Trust finds it disappointing that the situation has been allowed to get this far, providing further instability to the club. We encourage current Chairman Andrew Umbers to address the matter as soon as possible, so we can once again concentrate on the footballing side of Leeds United without further distraction.

      Chairman & the Board - Leeds United Supporters Trust

      Thursday
      Dec042014

      Football League Decision: In Leeds fans' best Interests?

      Over the last 72 hours we have once again witnessed our club thrown into turmoil by factors outside the control of the fans, players and employees that work so tirelessly to make the club what it really is.

      Whilst all the parties involved are quick to blame one another and those with a potential vested interest sit ready to swoop down like vultures ready to proclaim themselves as the latest saviour of the club, nobody seems interested in examining what is actually in the best interests of Football in general and specifically Leeds United and its long suffering fans.

      For their part, we would question the Football League regarding the timing of this latest action as it appears that it has been timed to cause maximum disruption to any plans that the management of Leeds United might have for the upcoming transfer window and the key fixture period between now and Easter. In terms of their governance, it is our opinion, that it would be much more constructive for them to spend time redeveloping their outdated Owners and Directors test so that it is more robust and fit for purpose. Times have changed over the last ten years and there are countless examples of the test failing to address modern day ownership issues with the current situation at Leeds United being the latest of these. Does it really make sense for the Football league to continue to spend time and resources pursuing the “Nelie” situation when their best case outcome is a three month ban from control of the club? Rather than demonstrating a determination to stamp out rogue behaviour it appears to the general public more as a witch hunt to satisfy their bruised egos. We do not suggest that Owners should be allowed to continue unchecked and are not calling for the Football League to ignore potential activity that would disqualify individuals from owning or controlling a club but, some form of common sense has to prevail and the Football League should also consider the effect on their own credibility and member clubs before imposing any actions. After all the Football League has a duty of care to its member clubs.

      Whilst he has publicly stated that he is running the club under proper rules we would call on Massimo Cellino to confirm that his activities outside of football are also as compliant and that Leeds fans can be assured there are no further actions lingering in the background waiting to surface. Should there be any doubt on this, in the same way that we urge the Football league to utilise common sense and abide by their duty of care obligations, we would further call for Massimo Cellino to make the proper arrangements to ensure that the club will not suffer any further as a result.

      ...and to those potential investors monitoring from the sidelines, we would remind them that whilst any attempts to buy the club would need a willing seller as well as a buyer, they should also be aware that our club is not a tradable commodity that can be bought at a bargain price and sold for a profit. Leeds United comes with a proud history and the supporters will only accept owners that are prepared to commit to maintaining and respecting continuity of those traditions.

      Monday
      Dec012014

      Leeds United Supporters Trust calls for quick action on Fit & Proper Persons Test

      In light of the decision of the Football League today to disqualify Massimo Cellino and the public response of Leeds United, the Leeds United Supporters Trust calls on both the Football League and Massimo Cellino to act in the best interests of the club and its supporters and not to engage in endless legal struggles that ultimately benefit no-one.

      For too long, football administrators and owners have failed to consider the consequences of their actions on loyal Leeds United supporters.

      Our members are frustrated that uncertainty has yet again been introduced to Leeds United and the resulting instability that creates for both the club’s business operations and its supporters. This lack of consideration needs to end and the best interests of Leeds United and the integrity of the Championship need to be protected.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust calls for an urgent final resolution to the “Nelie” matter that is in the best interests of Leeds United AND its supporters, unfettered by the past or vested interests.

      We further call for any independent disciplinary commission that is established to finish its business in the shortest possible timescale. The Massimo Cellino “fit and proper person” issue has been dragged out for more than nine months, it is imperative it does not drag on endlessly. Supporters from numerous clubs have long been aware that the FPPT has been a process unfit for purpose for some time, today’s events only go to re-enforce that notion.

      The Trust believes we are in uncharted waters and therefore asks that both sides bring clarity and honesty to their public statements and consider the supporters’ need for a stable club at all times.