Happy Xmas - Fergie dancing Gangnam Style #OppaFergieStyle

25 12 2012

Thanks to @AntonAlfy for this special festive MUFC greeting from Fergie

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Fans Forum - Away Tickets distribution

18 12 2012

Fans Forum Interim Update

A Working Group from the Fans Forum is currently considering proposals to review Away Tickets distribution. The agreed objective was to try to improve chances for regular season ticket (SP) applicants, including younger fans & families, who are not in LP while keeping current LP/Exec/ST structure. The WG includes representation from all ‘categories’ of away applicant.

So far we have sought feedback on issues and ideas through fanzines and analysed application data and other information provided by the club. After an initial discussion at the October Forum, last week we met with club officials to progress emerging ideas and had a very constructive discussion. The main ideas that we are now actively developing are a possible qualifying period for new season ticket holders, limited rebalancing of allocation splits, and some preference for new younger fans (Family and Under 21s). We are also looking at a number of options to control distribution, in particular to reduce tickets diverted to premium price sources, including a possible registration scheme/ID card (although we do not want to prevent face value exchanges).

All of those at the meeting, including club officials, strongly supported the long term retention of a Loyalty Scheme. However, a new emerging thought is whether the current Loyalty Pot should be opened up and made dynamic, based on more recent application history, with suitable protection for current LP. However this needs much more development and consultation on how it might operate, if indeed it is feasible.

We need to feed back to the next full Fans Forum due on 8th February but will communicate widely immediately after that meeting seeking views, including in particular on any proposals around the Loyalty Pot. While this update will undoubtedly lead to further fanzine debate please bear with us until February when we will organise a more structured discussion.

Fans Forum Working Group
17th December

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Football supporters needed!

14 12 2012


Got a strong opinion on the way football is run these days?

Think fans should have more say?

Feel like modern football is leaving you behind?

Or are you getting more involved ‘behind the scenes’ of football to try and make a difference?

 

 

Loughborough University are looking for passionate football fans to get involved with a piece of research they are doing about how supporters feel about football governance.

 

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“Cantona march” tonight before West Ham(H) meet 7pm outside Bishop Blaize

28 11 2012

20 years since the King signed for United - Cantona week culminates tonight before the West Ham(H) game with a march to the ground in honour of Eric. Meet outside the Bishop Blaize for 7pm and march departs for the ground at 7.30pm. If you want to join in bring your flags and get your Eric masks from the MUST stall (8 Sir Matt Busby Way) or inside the Red Square venue. (You can also get them by mail order online here)

 

Eric masks

Red Square opens at 16.00 tonight before the West Ham(H) game -  (and 3-4 hours before KO of every home game).

If you have any friends who'd like to sign up for a MUST Red Square card instructions are at the foot of this post.

Please note anyone registering now will have to wait until the next home game to collect their card as the list is about to be sent to the venue for the West Ham game.

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MUST has a special agreement for members with the massive new Red Square matchday venue near Old Trafford.

Red Square is a huge United fans pre-match venue with lightning quick bar service and food provided by Gourmet Burger Co.  It is located within the Victoria Warehouse complex which backs onto the canal, a stone's throw from Old Trafford, near the Premier Inn. Where is it? Here: www.victoriawarehouse.com/getting-here/

If you register using the link below you'll be able to collect a free MUST Red Square membership card.

The card  gets you:

  • cans of Fosters for the discounted price of £2
  • free entry to the venue - (normally £1 although this is not currently charged)
  • other special offers & benefits which MUST will notify you about match by match

Red Square opens 3 hours before every home game 

REGISTRATION FOR A MUST RED SQUARE CARD:
If you don't already have a MUST membership number (9 digits starting 1xxxxxxxx) you can get a free e-membership number here (then click on the confirmation link in the resulting email you receive to get your membership number):
www.joinmust.org/join/free.php

And then register for Red Square using your membership number here: 
http://action.joinmust.org/MUST-Red-Square

 

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Information for MUFC supporters travelling to Galatasaray(A)

16 11 2012

We have been liaising with Greater Manchester Police regarding away match travel and they have asked MUST to circulate the following information:

  • The MUFC ticket collection point will be on the first floor of The Pointe hotel, which is 100m from Taksim Square. A representative from GMP will be present and will be happy to answer any questions or advise of any changes to the match organisation.
  • Coaches will be laid on from Taksim square to the stadium. We are unsure whether these will be free or whether there will be a nominal charge. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes. GMP advise us that they believe this to be the best and safest route to the stadium – the coach route appears safe and without obvious ‘pinch points’. The coach will drop fans inside a secure area at the stadium, avoiding potential contact with home fans outside the stadium.
  • Taxis can be taken to the stadium, but be aware that traffic is likely to be heavy so this may not be any quicker.
  • It is possible to take the underground Metro to the stadium. However GMP tell us that this is not well policed and they do not consider it a safe way to travel to this match.
  • The stadium will be open 2 hours 30 minutes before kick-off and flags are welcome. However no flag poles or pyrotechnics will be permitted and we believe stadium security searches for these items will be thorough.
  • No coins are allowed in the stadium. Stadium security will be looking to confiscate these on entry. Payment at kiosks in the stadium is by paper money only and change will be given in tokens that can be redeemed afterwards.
  • GMP have been told that there will be a 30-45 minute hold back after the final whistle, but would not be surprised if this was nearer to an hour.
  • Coaches will be laid on from the stadium back to the centre afterwards.

To receive future away match travel information please register here:
https://www.joinmust.org/join/free.php
 
Also keep an eye on www.redsaway.com
 

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Information for MUFC supporters travelling to Liverpool

20 09 2012

The following statement is being circulated to Manchester United supporters travelling to Anfield for the match on Sunday. We do not intend to make any comment aside from this statement.

Information for MUFC supporters travelling to Liverpool

Reds going to this Sunday's match against Liverpool at Anfield are being asked to keep the aisles clear.

Last season, Liverpool City Council reduced United's allocation to 1,965 in an attempt to address the problem of United fans blocking the aisles.

The move - accompanied by a widespread publicity campaign from United and its fans' groups - worked and the council was satisfied safety problems had been reduced.

At Sunday's match, they have not sold any seats on the back two rows of the away end, as they offer a severely restricted view, which leads to migration.

This has meant United have lost 186 seats, meaning our allocation is 2,814.

In order to avoid a return to a sub-2,000 allocation, United fans will need to keep the aisles clear as the blocking of these gangways is seen as a serious safety issue.

United supporters' groups continue to work with the relevant authorities and the Football Supporters' Federation to secure higher ticket allocations for the large number of reds following the team away from home and have had a number of successes recently including the higher allocation at Anfield this season after the paltry 1,900 allocation last year.

Fans will also be aware that there has been significant interest in the media about offensive chanting and gestures in reference to the Hillsborough and Munich disasters that befell the two clubs. As a consequence, we understand that Merseyside police and Liverpool stewards will be looking to take action against any individuals identified as engaging in this type of behaviour, whether they be United or Liverpool supporters.

Given the reaction to Saturday's chants of "always the victims", many United fans have pointed out that the song is not a reference to Hillsborough, which has also been acknowledged by Sir Alex Ferguson at his press conference. However in the current context, regardless of the motivation, it clearly may be perceived by Liverpool supporters, sections of the media, and indeed - judging by feedback - some United supporters, as inappropriate on Sunday.

It is not the role of MUST to tell any United supporter how to support their club but we do wish to reiterate the position of our organisation. We agree 100% with the statement made by Sir Alex Ferguson and wish is to leave no room for doubt - we unequivocally condemn chants mocking the Munich air crash, Hillsborough and indeed any other human tragedy.

 
//ENDS


MUST - www.joinmust.org

MUST is the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust, a not-for-profit organisation with 180,000 members stretching around the world

Our Inspirational Dream
Manchester United FC owned by the fans and run for the fans.

Our Greatest Imaginable Challenge
To create the opportunity for all United fans to share in the ownership of their club, inspiring the participation of at least one million supporters.

MUST is the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust, a not-for-profit organisation and an Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Financial Services Authority (30024R) under the name I-MUST Limited with offices at MUST, Trafford House, Chester Road, Stretford, MANCHESTER M32 0RS

 

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Red to support the team, Green & Gold to defend the Club

24 08 2012

[1] SUPPORT THE TEAM, DEFEND THE CLUB

[2] Fulham Fans in show of Green & Gold solidarity

[3] Equip yourself with a Green & Gold Kit bag - £10 - non-profit

 

[1] SUPPORT THE TEAM, DEFEND THE CLUB

As Manchester United supporters by definition we all support the team - you can take that as RED.

But it is at least as important to DEFEND the Club too. Our history, our fans and our future. Green Gold is a powerful symbol which shows not only do we support the team but we will also stand up to defend the Club.

Red to SUPPORTHE TEAM

Green & Gold to DEFEND THCLUB

This video slideshow nicely illustrates this in a visual way - please share this with friends on social media.

http://youtu.be/k4hrQ1j24HM

 

[2] Fulham Fans in show of Green & Gold solidarity

At the match tomorrow - assuming the Glazers' security don't try to suppress free speech once again - a sizeable number of Fulham fans will be showing Green & Gold in the away section tomorrow. Due to increased ticket pricing Fulham are only expecting to bring about 500 supporters but we expect at least one fifth of them will be attempting to bring in a Green & Gold scarf. That is an incredible gesture for away fans who naturally first and foremost want to support their own team of course. We didn't ask them to do this. They approached us with the idea.

This is a tremendous show of solidarity. If a group of away fans can do this United fans should use it as a spur to up our game and rebuild the powerful Green & Gold campaign over the coming season.
 
Dan Crawford Communications and Media Director of Fulham Supporters Trust said:
 
"Fulham Fans are grateful for MUST's support during our campaign to return Fulham FC to Craven Cottage. Our own campaign has reached a successful conclusion with the club being granted planning permission expanding the stadium to 30,000.
 
Like fans at many clubs I've become increasingly concerned over recent years by the activities of owners like the Glazers abusing our clubs and the loyalty of the fans for their own ends. The fans are the lifeblood of any club and parasitic owners like the Glazers are draining that lifeblood away.
 
Supporter participation in ownership is the way forward to protect our clubs and their fans from exploitative owners. 
 
MUST has run a fantastic campaign so far drawing admiration from likeminded fans of rival clubs all over the world.
 
The Green & Gold colours are such a powerful symbol - with their historical link going back to the roots of the club and showing fans' desire to defend their club and its history. While we remain rivals on the pitch we wanted to show our solidarity with this campaign and encourage United fans and indeed all fans at all clubs to support each other in the fight for fans to reclaim their clubs."


[3] Equip yourself with a Green & Gold Kit bag - £10 - non-profit

Whether you are going to the game or watching elsewhere get yourself equipped with a Green & Gold Kit from MUST.

Although merchandise is a key source of fundraising for MUST this is entirely non-profit because it is of greater importance to spread the message through Green & Gold.

You can get your own Green & Gold Kit for just £10 either at the matchday stall (at number 8 Sir Matt Busby Way tomorrow from 2-3 hours before kick off) or mail order via the MUST shop here

This kit contains the following:-

  • A Green & Gold Wristband 
  • A Green & Gold MUST badge
  • A Green & Gold Car 'Kit' Window Sticker
  • A Green & Gold Scarf badge
  • A Green & Gold 'GO' Glazers Out badge
  • A Green & Gold 'GO' Glazers Out sticker

Plus your choice of one of the following:-

  • A Green & Gold scarf
  • A Green & Gold beanie hat
  • A Green & Gold Car scarf

(subject to availability)

http://mustshop.org/products/MUST-G%26G-Kit.html

 

Support the team - with your Red & White. Defend the club with your Green Gold. The two sit side by side.

 

 

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Media Release: MUST response to Robin van Persie signing for Manchester United FC

17 08 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday 17th August 2012

MUST - the Manchester United Supporters Trust - statement on the news of the signing of Robin van Persie

Duncan Drasdo, chief executive of MUST said: "It's really exciting news for us as United fans to see a top quality player, in Robin van Persie, sign for Manchester United. Of course we have always backed Sir Alex Ferguson's exceptional management skills to the hilt so this is great news for our members and Manchester United fans around the world."

"Robin van Persie is quoted today as saying 'Manchester United breathes football. This club is the perfect match for me' . That is exactly how we feel as supporters too. We live and breath Manchester United with a passion. We support the team and defend the club through thick and thin. We are looking forward now hoping for a spectacular start to the season at Everton on Monday night and perhaps a debut goal for RVP would be the icing on the cake"

ENDS//

MUST - www.joinmust.org


MUST is the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust, a not-for-profit organisation with 180,000 members stretching around the world

Our Inspirational Dream
Manchester United FC owned by the fans and run for the fans.

Our Greatest Imaginable Challenge
To create the opportunity for all United fans to share in the ownership of their club, inspiring the participation of at least one million supporters.

MUST is the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust, a not-for-profit organisation and an Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Financial Services Authority (30024R) under the name I-MUST Limited with offices at MUST, Trafford House, Chester Road, Stretford, MANCHESTER M32 0RS

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Caption contest - RVP G&G

16 08 2012

Ideas for a caption for the below picture?

Please add your suggestions as comments below:

 

 

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What Do PT Barnum and the Glazers Have in Common?

16 08 2012

According to Wikipedia, it wasn't the legendary showman PT Barnum who coined the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute", but let's not this question of authorship get in the way of a good story.

We've recently come across article in the Wall Street Journal (yet another paper by everyone's favourite Australian media tycoon) in which lawyer Marc Jaffe who helped the Glazers structure and sell the Manchester United to the investment (and whose other clients included the WWE) provides a behind-the-scenes look at the IPO.

Jaffe said it was a challenge to sell the club to U.S. investors, who are less versed in soccer than European counterparts and who find the Premier League that Manchester United plays in somewhat opaque. But he said the goal was to convince potential investors that the company was “a global powerful brand a name that meant something off the field.” ... Jaffe said the company chose the U.S., after examining a possible IPO in Singapore last year, because the U.S. offered more liquidity.

Apart from his artful explanation of why the Singapore float was abandoned (is it fair to call the objections to the voting structure and general antipathy toward the Glazers' unrealistic valuation a "liquidity problem"?), Jaffe unabashedly trumpets the benefits of the confidentiality of the process.

Jaffe also said the recent JOBS Act proved helpful to Manchester United by allowing it to have confidential discussions for months with the SEC. He said he felt other “emerging growth companies” probably have different reasons for using the JOBS Act, but that it helped the 134-year-old Manchester United too. “It was terrific because the minute we filed the press went nuts,” Jaffe said. “For me the ability to file confidentially and have that period of couple of months before going public was a great, great advantage.”

In effect what the Glazers have done is exploited a piece of legislation that was very recently passed by the US Government (quite serendipitously for the Glazers) to reduce some of the more onerous requirements for small business to going public under the presumption that this would help these businesses get the capital they needed to get up and running during these difficult economic times, presumably as well because they would create jobs for Americans. The Glazers were rightly excoriated by two of the architects of recent financial regulations designed to add stringency and investor protections, not take them away.

In other words, the reduced reporting requirements and the usual smoke and mirrors tactics helped yet the Glazers and their advisors (led by Mr Jaffe) hoodwink even more people.

(Curiously, he offers no explanation why Morgan Stanley pulled out as an underwriter. Perhaps they were a little better "versed in soccer"? Or were they the "smart money"?)

So... if you were wondering how these IPO things happen, here's a glimpse under the covers.

And to those of you who are wondering about the provenance of that quote about suckers being born every minute, we humbly offer this suggestion:

Get a copy of Mr Jaffe's family tree. With comments like these there must surely be a genetic link.

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