Think twice before you spend a single penny that is related to Newcastle United. When you buy a Wonga top and justify it to yourself by saying “I’m financially supporting the club” you should look a little deeper and I think you will be surprised to find out that your money may not even be going to Newcastle United.
There is an interesting article on True-Faith today that would seem to indicate that your hard-earned cash is in fact going to support Sports Direct and not Newcastle United Football Club. NUFCdirect.com (the club’s online shop) is run entirely from Nottinghamshire and has no links to Newcastle whatsoever, which would seem to suggest that there is no relevant link between the purchaser (you and me) and Newcastle United Football Club. So if I buy club merchandise, who is getting the money and in what proportion? Well that is a question that Michael Martin of True Faith posed to the club, and this is the response he has received from that loveable PR ‘guru’ Lee Marshall,
Thanks for the email and apologies for the delay in getting back to you – I’ve been away from the office for a few days so I’m playing catch-up.
Given the suspicion that you mention, I think it’s worthwhile bringing this up as a discussion point in the Fans Forum so I’ll put it on the agenda for the benefit of all fans. Probably worth having all the details published by the club so everyone can get an understanding of how it works.
PR and Supporter Liaison Manager
Newcastle United Football Club
The notion that Lee Marshall does anything ‘for the benefit of all fans’ is laughable. It is even more laughable that the club intends to divulge the fact that money that is supposed to be going to the club, in fact goes to Sports Direct. This is nothing more than delaying tactics by Mr Marshall given how the next Fans Forum is a month away, and the 1 party that could have been representative of the what actually happens at Fans Forum meetings – Newcastle United Supporters Trust – has been barred from future Fans Forum meetings.
Can we rely on the other members of the Fans Forum to accurately represent the next meeting? After all, FansUtd did not even accurately report the true nature of their last meeting in their own minutes, so can they be trusted to truly reflect the Fans Forum meeting?
Can we rely on the club to accurately report the true nature of the relationship between nufcdirect.com and Sports Direct?
It will more than likely just be an absolute washout.
If the club think they are getting away that easily, they have another thing coming. More and more people are beginning to realise that all is not what it seems at Newcastle United. If your money goes to Sports Direct and not Newcastle United, then what are you wasting your money for?
Food for thought.
What also is incredibly interesting from the article in true faith that jumped out at me, is the revelation in the Sports Direct annual accounts for 2013 that Newcastle United PAID Sports Direct £500k for ‘Related Party Transactions’ – what this phrase means is beyond me.
So not only does Sports Direct receive free advertising that would cost any other company millions, but they are also getting paid by our club! For what? What is Newcastle United receiving from Sports Direct that could possibly warrant any form of payment?
Like I said, think twice before you put any money into this toxic sewer that is masquerading as out football club.