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      Thursday
      Oct302014

      Cardiff City (A) - Additional Information

      We've been in touch with Cardiff City over the last week or so regarding our game on Saturday 1st Noivember and have been sent the email below with additional information from Adam Gilliatt, Cardiff City SLO (Supporters Liaison Officer), for the game;

       

       

      You may be aware of some of this already but please distribute to your fellow Leeds fans so all attending on Saturday will be aware.

      There will be a RVP for all coaches and minibuses travelling to Cardiff on Saturday.  They are asked to be at Junction 33 of the M4 for 1330 hrs.

      Parking for the coaches and minibuses will be located within the away compound located outside the away turnstiles.  We charge £8 per car, these also park within the away compound subject to availability.  If the compound is full our stewards will direct cars to an alternative parking area which is 250 yards away.  

      We have a dedicated team of stewards who will be there to accommodate you upon your arrival and hope you all enjoy your visit to Cardiff City Stadium. 
      There will be alcohol on sale in the ground with gates opening at 1330 hrs.

      Please see the attached map showing the preferred and quickest route for visiting supporters travelling by car to access the away compound.

      If there is anything else you would like to ask please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Kind Regards

      Adam Gilliatt
      Supporters Liaison Officer / Stadium Department
      Cardiff City Football Club

      Cardiff City Stadium | Leckwith Road | Cardiff | CF11 8AZ 

      Further details are available on the Away Days section of our website for all fans travelling to the fixture by Car, Coach or Train. 

      We would like to thank our board member Steve Clay for making this contact and anticipate further liaison with away clubs at fixtures in future facilitating additional information which we hope will prove useful to all travelling fans in future.

      Board members will also be meeting our counterparts at Cardiff City Supporters Trust and a representative of South Wales Police before the game in discussing the arrangements for fans for the return fixture at Elland Road on Saturday 11th April 2015. 

      Wednesday
      Oct222014

      LUST Statement on Racism

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust condemns all racism in football without hesitation.

      Leeds United fans have been at the forefront of fighting discrimination in the game - proven by LUST's long-standing support of the Kick It Out campaign - and they will rightly be concerned by the serious allegations made by Cameron Jerome.

      However, Giuseppe Bellusci is entitled to the full FA / Football League process, which we hope will be resolved quickly, accurately and fairly. Until the outcome of that process, it is not right for the Supporters Trust to comment further.

      Tuesday
      Oct212014

      Can the people's game come back to the people?

      There is something nearly reassuring that we now have annual  studies of the cost of football. Examples like the BBC Sport “Price of Football 2014” have become part of the football supporters’ landscape and yet, despite the scrutiny process,there is a depressing inevitability of what the studies show.

      Year after year the cost of football rises. It matters not that the income of clubs explode like a rocket heading for the sky (no pun intended) propelled by TV income. Ticket prices continue to rise, with three figures for Premier League tickets not unusual. We get this frustrating information so regularly we perhaps already have become immune to the shock.

      What do we expect? Player’s wages, across the divisions, are out of control, agents still siphon off significant amounts, investment in spectator facilities is billions behind transfer fees and even when there is fan-related investment, the motivation spurred by the corporate end of the market. The people’s game has been hijacked by business; titles are secondary to turnover, qualifying for the Champions League is now bigger than a cup win.

      Does it really take a back-bench MP (Tim Farron, Lib Dem) to point out that third kits are a rip-off and an insult to fans? Well no, we have all known this for years, but his interjection gives the media an excuse to spend a small amount of time exposing the inherent greed before reverting to type, fawning over players, managers and owners.

      Leeds United supporters don’t need studies, statistics and statements to point out the disconnection between players and real life; after all we still ache from the pain of a League 1 journey atPremier League prices. Recent decisions to not continue the crippling pricing policies of the Ken Bates/Shaun Harvey era have only really allowed the cost of season tickets to move closer to divisional norms, but we still pay excessively when you consider the football we watch.

      Solutions and what the future holds will always be difficult to articulate; after all we are becoming conditioned to the mantra “spending equals success”. However,there are basics that even the most corporate-thinking football executive should understand. If you price the average supporter out of the game, when the day comes (and it will) that TV and sponsorship isn’t covering the consequences, you will find yourself owning large empty stadiums no-one is filling. Italian football is already in that cycle of decline, English football threatens to be not far behind.

      For many season ticket holders who live away from Leeds, their loyalty may wobble at the £100+ a game costs for home games. Football and the clubs need to think twice before trying to extract the last drop of blood from loyal supporters. A whole generation of people with below-average incomes are already lost to the game, the fear is only the well off will be able to enjoy football in the very near future. That would add tragedy to what is already a sad situation. The people’s game once meant something and if football is to prosper over the next 10 years it needs to regain that long-lost title.

      There have been recent announcements regarding the integration of fans into club ownership structures. The Labour Party led the way last Friday saying that if elected back in to government, it would oversee "the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the advent of the game" when it came to fan representation on clubs boards.Today the Government has unveiled a ‘Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert group’, aimed at promoting supporter-owned clubs. In either case, we hope that the influence of fans bringing real information from the stands will make a difference.

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust has campaigned for real engagement with fans for the last three years(1)(2)(3) and has been involved with the all-party select committee for Culture, Media and Sport. We are pleased that the collective voice of the fans has been listened to.

      We encourage all parties to work for the benefit of the fans. Don’t we deserve it for the long hours on the motorways, the incessant queuing, the inconsistent stewarding, not to mention the at-times absence of a ready supply of chicken balti pies!

      Whatever and whoever provides the voice for the fans in each club, we wholly advocate these efforts. Democratically elected representatives should be encouraged and supported in a collective push for the good of a club, while listening to individual voices. This can only be a good thing. This is the future of our game. The gauntlet has been placed for the politicians to make it happen. If they don’t then what will fans do next May?  

      Thursday
      Oct162014

      For Fans going to Rotherham Utd. (A) tomorrow

      Our Policing, Safety and Stewarding board member, Steve Clay, has been speaking this week with Rotherham United Stadium Manager/Safety Officer, Paul Davis, regarding tomorrows game at The New York Stadium.

      He has asked us to pass on the following information which will help all travelling fans to have a good 'off the pitch' experience for the game;

      · Please arrive early to avoid delays at the turnstiles. Alcohol will be on sale pre match.

      · There is no parking on site at NYS but there are plenty of privately owned car parks close by.

      · Please travel with plenty of time to spare as there are road works on Centenary Way and Main Street which are two major access roads serving the stadium.

      · Please ensue you sit in the seat you have been allocated. If someone is taken ill and we need to get first aid to attend then it will delay our first aid staff if gangways are blocked.

      · Stewards will be happy to assist so please ask if you have any queries.

      · There may be a short hold back of supporters at the end of the game. This will enable us to allow us to disperse all supporters safely at the end of the game.

      · The Twitter feed for Policing and Safety announcements regarding the game is @police_rufc.

      · Hope you enjoy your evening and your first visit to New York Stadium.

      Paul Davis - StadiumManager/Safety Officer, Rotherham United F.C.

      We would like to thank Paul for his assistance and look forward to our first game there. We hope it is a good experience for all travelling fans and that we return home with 3 points.

      Additionally, travelling fans can make use of our AWAY DAYS section by clicking HERE, which has travel plans and an interactive map if you're going by car or train and instructions from West Yorkshire Police for organised minibus or coach travel, including RV point details.   

      Thursday
      Oct162014

      LUST: Football League should consider the fans

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust calls on the Football League to end unnecessary speculation about the future of our great football club regarding their pending decisions on the club’s current owner, Massimo Cellino.

      For too long owners and football administrators have failed to consider the consequences of their actions on loyal Leeds United supporters. Trust members are frustrated that uncertainty has yet again been introduced to Leeds United and the resulting instability that creates for the club's business operations and the club's 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 call for an urgent, unbiased, and final resolution that is in the best interests of Leeds United AND its supporters, unfettered by the past or vested interests.