Derby day advice

10 09 2013

Police have outlined their strategy for ensuring the Manchester derby passes off peacefully.

Officers from GMP met with representatives of Manchester City and 
Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium earlier today to discuss matchday arrangements.

At the meeting was Dale Haslam, redsaway.com editor and Manchester United Supporters’ Trust committee member with responsibility for away match ticket issues and related matters.

Here is what fans can expect on matchday.

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Match report - Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United (Premier League, Liberty Stadium, August 17)

24 08 2013

By Paul James

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A proud week to be a MUST member and a Manchester United Supporter

03 08 2013

What a great week to be a Manchester United fan - and a proud one as a MUST member. 

Old TraffordThe listing of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value after a long campaign by MUST is an historic moment for the club and for MUST too.

You'll find the background to this story by clicking the links further down this email but we have an important message for all members first

We'd like to thank all those who actively supported this campaign but all the thousands of other MUST members around the world also played their role too. Just by joining MUST you increase our collective influence to speak as a UNITED voice.
MUST's strength and ability to tackle supporters issues and concerns comes from the large number of local and international reds who care and feel passionate about Manchester United. Without your support nothing would be possible. 
 

We often get asked by members what can we do to help MUST?  
 
Join MUST - www.joinmust.orgIf there is one simple thing you can do today to help MUST it's to ask just 3 fellow United fans to join as free e-members at this web address:  www.joinmust.org
 
United We Stand - Divided We Fall - The number of United fans standing together behind one banner is crucial - which is why we have the counter on the front of our site.
 
We're at 194,000 currently. Let's get it past 200,000 first. If everyone recruited just one new member we'd double that total www.joinmust.org
 

Full members are the backbone of MUST - join today

If you really are committed to our cause and you shares our objectives please consider joining as a full paid member. We're a non-profit organisation and we depend on membership fees and donations to cover much of our running costs. See details below or click here to join or here to renew.

 


Old Trafford - An Asset of Community Value - background stories

Impassioned plea to list Old Trafford from family of James W Gibson - the man who saved United http://bit.ly/17oz8Kt

Approved - MUST’s nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value http://bit.ly/1ebThHx

Generous praise for MUST from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government http://bit.ly/1aYn1YJ



[2] Join MUST as a full member 

While basic membership of MUST is free, when you join (or renew) as a FULL member you become a voting member of the Trust. In the 2013-2014 membership year we are also offering:

  • the 2013-14 collectible MUST membership certificate (this year's will have a tribute to the fantastic 27 year career of "the Boss" & our fantastic 20th League Trophy win
  • the 2013-14 collectible MUST membership badge (with a reference to the magnificent achievement of the club's 20th championship win)
  • a collectible badge featuring the retiring Paul Scholes - "The complete midfielder, my toughest opponent" according to no less a player than Zinedine Zidane
  • print editions of MUST Read our member newsletter
  • £1 in withdrawable share capital

 

 Picture of certificate and badges (not to scale).

 

MUST membership pack 2013 - 2014

 
 

MUST membership fee is £15 UK and £20 Europe/ROW.

JOIN HERE: https://www.joinmust.org/join/

If your membership has expired:

RENEW HERE: https://www.joinmust.org/members/renew.php

 

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Generous praise for MUST from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

31 07 2013

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:


"I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club, as an Asset of Community Value. The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government, gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most."

"Many of our great cities - including Manchester - are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them."

"The new community rights we have introduced have insured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example."

Eric Pickles weclomes ACV listing of Old Trafford

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PRESS RELEASE: Approved - MUST’s nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value

31 07 2013

Trafford Council has approved the listing of  Old Trafford (MUFC football ground) as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act.

This follows its nomination by MUST - the Manchester United Supporters Trust www.joinmust.org

Old Trafford having the status of an asset of community value means fans could be the first to know if there were to be a proposal to sell it, and even have an option to buy it.

The registration scheme was made possible by the Localism Act (2011) with the Asset of Community Value legislation coming into force last September.

Council representatives made the decision on Wednesday afternoon after a consultation period.

During the consultation period, lawyers acting for Manchester United formally objected and the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust sought legal advice in response.

MUST’s legal team tabled a document rebutting United’s arguments and clearly impressed the council panel with their arguments.

A MUST spokesperson said: "We welcome this news – and believe both Manchester United and other football fans should too."

"While we appreciate the owners have no current plans to move or sell Old Trafford, this is a decision that helps to protect fans' interests in the long term, as no one knows what the future holds."

 "We are extremely grateful to our legal and other advisors, supportive councillors and MPs, Supporters Direct and our hard-working representatives and members who have backed this bid from the start."

"We hope this gives confidence to supporters of other clubs that they can pursue this route and we are grateful to Oxford United's Supporters Trust (OxVox), who set a precedent with the approval of their own stadium."

"We still aim to build a more positive relationship with Manchester United and do not envisage a difference of opinion on this issue will hamper that."

"We are looking forward to a successful season both on and off the pitch."

 
Notes to editors

Impassioned plea to list Old Trafford from family of the man who saved United http://bit.ly/17hICXZ

  • Manchester United now has eight weeks to formally appeal against the decision. We understand they have already indicated they wish the Council to review the decision.
  • If the club does appeal, Trafford Council would spend at least eight weeks considering it.
  • If such an appeal were to be unsuccessful, United could make a further appeal to the general regulatory chamber of the First Tier Tribunal based in Leicester.

Asset of Community Value
Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012, which were approved by resolution of both Houses and came into force in England on 21 September 2012.  Since the scheme came into force over 360 Assessment of Community Value have been listed.


MUST - the Manchester United Supporters Trust  www.joinmust.org

MUST is the independent Manchester United Supporters' Trust, a not-for-profit organisation with 194,000 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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Impassioned plea to list Old Trafford from family of the man who saved United

31 07 2013

James W GibsonOn the eve of the meeting to consider MUST's nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act Trafford Council have recieved an impassioned plea from the family of former MUFC Chairman and double saviour James W Gibson.

 James W Gibson used his own money to save the club from financial ruin twice and also rebuilt the ground after it was destroyed by war time bombs.

 His great nephew, Alan Embling, has written to Trafford Council supporting MUST's nomination and his letter is reproduced below:

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Club apology is just the ticket for moved reds

13 07 2013

Reds forced to move to make way for new Sky cameras have won a big victory and have been given hundreds of pounds worth of free tickets.

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United set for full ticket allocation at Swansea

11 07 2013

United's ticket allocation for the opening-day trip to Swansea will remain at 2,076 after MUST talks.

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Fans protest at Premier League HQ - MUST CEO in talks with PL CEO Richard Scudamore

26 06 2013

On Wednesday last week (19th June) a ticket price protest was held at the Premier League HQ in London. The protest was organised by Liverpool Supporters Union (SoS) but involved fans from clubs across the country. In fact one of our members - Kenny, a real character and livelong United fan - actually travelled down on the Liverpool coach decked out in his retro United shirt. That must have taken some bottle but he was well received. Everyone understands that for us to succeed this has to be separate from inter-club rivalries.


Football without fans is nothing


MUST was represented at the demonstration and MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo was invited, as one of a fans' delegation including a Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs fan plus the FSF chief executive Kevin Miles, to meet with Richard Scudamore and other PL officials.

Our primary objective was to impress the importance of the away fan to the English game and indeed to the value of PL TV rights. On that basis we need to nurture our away fan culture and look after this hardcore of supporters who contribute disproportionately to the atmosphere in our grounds. Scudamore was clearly in agreement on this but the challenge is getting the clubs to re-invest any of their own revenues to reduce away ticket prices. The cost is peanuts compared to the massive media rights revenues flowing into the clubs over the next few years but thus far they seem unwilling to compromise even though it is clearly in the clubs' long term interest too. 

Drasdo put forward a number of thoughts on possible solutions to explore further - essentially trying to find ways to secure a (tiny) pot of funds from the media rights revenues to use to reward those clubs who demonstrated best practice with regard to treatment of away fans (esp. pricing, location, allocation) so that it actually becomes in the clubs' financial interest to do the right thing. Another suggestion was to explore the opportunity for a new sponsor to become the away fans' champion - with funds ringfenced to reward only those clubs who meet best practice criteria on pricing, location, allocation and distribution of tickets.

We anticipate that these ideas and others will be explored further in future discussions with PL officials and fans now need to lobby their own clubs on these issues too. 

Football fans across the country are putting aside rivalry (save that for matchday) to work together on these campaigns. This unity of purpose has certainly got the authorities to sit up and take notice and is undoubtedly the way forward.

 

1999 European Cup Final Teddy Sheringham signed shirts and storyboard
MUST fundraiser here: http://bit.ly/14wYo1i

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Old Trafford - an Asset of Community Value - decision imminent

22 06 2013

UPDATE WEDS 24TH JULY - DECISION MEETING NOW DUE ON Weds 31st July - contact your local councillor today here: http://action.joinmust.org/OT-ACV

Following a meeting with Trafford Council last week we received clarification with regard to the process to evaluate our nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act (2011).

  Old Trafford - an asset of community value? 

 

The Strategic Lands Group will meet on 1st of July to consider MUST's application to list Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value.  
 
The decision is expected to be communicated to us to by 5th July.
 
The nomination has received unprecedented support from Ministers and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governmentall of the local Councillors and MPs within whose consituencies Old Trafford is located.

More details regarding the nomination can be found in these links:

MUST has nominated Old Trafford to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’:
http://bit.ly/10ct0ab

Secretary of State responds to MUST’s nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value:
http://bit.ly/Yc8mH9
 

Media coverage:

 

For info below is a selection of media coverage:

 

Business of Soccer: MUST and their “Asset of Community Value” 
 
Manchester Evening News: Manchester United Supporters Trust bids for chance to buy Old Trafford 
 
Secretary of State responds to MUST’s nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value 
 
Stretford & Urmston Messenger: Manchester United Supporters’ Trust bids for Old Trafford to become an ‘Asset of Community Value’ 
http://bit.ly/YwiAjm 

 

1999 European Cup Final Teddy Sheringham signed shirts and storyboard
MUST fundraiser here: http://bit.ly/14wYo1i

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