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LUST Annual General Meeting & April Meeting Minutes
14th May 2006

The April board meeting minutes are now available for download. In addition the board agreed to hold the annual members’ meeting on 6th June 2006 at 5.30pm at Benyon House, Leeds. It was further agreed that a speaker would be invited, preferably someone closely related to the Club.

The April 2006 Board Meeting are available to download here.

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Reply From FA Regarding Youth Players
27th April 2006

On 16th February 2006 Leeds United Supporters Trust received a letter from the Football Association in response to our concerns about Chelsea poaching two young players from the Leeds United Academy. The trust issued a press release to about the issue and the full letter sent to the FA can by clicking on the link below. The reply from the FA assuring us they were working with the club to resolve the issue can be seen at the bottom of the page.

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LUST February Board Meeting Minutes
27th April 2006

Leeds United Supporters Trust are scheduling their next annual general meeting for early June 2006, more details about time, location and agenda will be posted on the website soon.

In the meantime the minutes from the February 2006 Board Meeting are available to download here.

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LUST Protest Against Chelsea Luring Youth Players
25th January 2006

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust has written to the Football Association to protest about press revelations that Chelsea Football Club has allegedly offered cash inducements to lure under-16 Academy players away from Leeds United.

In his letter to the Director of Corporate Affairs at the FA, John Cave, Vice Chair of Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, calls for rigorous procedures to be put in place to prevent a few leading clubs stockpiling young talent at the expense of other less wealthy clubs.

“Clubs like Leeds United spend a great deal of money on Academies, nurturing young players,” says John Cave. “If, after some three or four years, the best players are then lured away by big clubs like Chelsea, without suitable compensation, why bother?”

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Win A Copy Of The Chief’s New DVD & Guided Tour Of Elland Road
8th November 2005

Leeds United Supporters Trust (LUST) are looking to continue their support of the clubs recent campaign to Kick Racism Out of football with a competition that could see a lucky winner receiving a copy of the new Lucas Radebe DVD ‘The Lucas Radebe Story’ as well as 2 Tickets for the official guided tour of Elland Road. 5 runners-up prizes of The Chiefs DVD will also be awarded.

In support of the clubs Kick it Out campaign LUST helped facilitate the Albert Johannesson exhibition at the Leeds Cooperative store in Beeston. Albert was the first black player to play in an FA Cup Final (1965) and died in tragic circumstances 10 years ago. This new competition now helps celebrate another black Leeds United legend from more recent times – The Chief – Lucas Radebe.

*UPDATE* – 14th December 2005
The draw has been made and the winners announced. Adrian Burke was the lucky winner who will be receiveing a copy of the Lucas Radebe DVD and also two tickets for a tour of Elland Road.

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Hull City Travel Restrictions
8th November 2005

Leeds United Supporters Trust (LUST) are extremely disappointed to hear that the West Yorkshire police intend to introduce both travel and numbers restrictions for Hull City fans traveling to Elland Road for the News Eve fixture next month.

LUST agree wholeheartedly with the statement put out by Adam Pearson the Hull City Chairman when he says that they should receive the tickets to 10% capacity of the crowd and that they be allowed to travel to the game by whatever means they wish.

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Make Leeds United Affordable Again
24th October 2005

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust is launching a new campaign to persuade Elland Road to lower its ticket prices.

“The present generation of fans just can’t afford to watch their team any more” says Trust chairman, Michael McGowan.

In an opening move next month the LUST website will introduce an online survey to get the feel for a pricing structure that will bridge the gap between profitability for the club and affordability for supporters.

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Membership Competitions
20th October 2005

To encourage new memberships applications LUST are running two competitions. If you join LUST now you could get your first years membership completely free or even win 4 match tickets for Elland Road.

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Albert Johannesson Exhibition
26th September 2005

A new exhibition in honour of Albert Johanneson, the former Leeds United Player who died 10 years ago this week, opens at the Leeds Co-op food store in Beeston on Tuesday 27th September. Albert Johanneson was the first Black player to appear in an FA Cup final at Wembley, for Leeds United against Liverpool in 1965, and this new exhibition by Paul Eubank celebrates his life. The exhibition has been arranged by Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, as part of its ongoing commitment to local community support, in partnership with Leeds Co-operative Society, and ties in with the Kick it Out campaign to kick racism out of football.

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Leeds United Ticket Prices
15th September 2005

The single most contentious item that fans have reported continues to be the ticket pricing structure that was introduced by the club this season. This has been seen as a primary cause of a substantial drop in attendances at games coupled with a consequent reduction in atmosphere and one assumes revenue. We are aware that the financial position that the club has found itself was the cause of the increases and that in the long term it will be the fans that will have to pay for the continued on the field recovery to be maintained.

*UPDATE* – 19th September 2005
We have now received a reply from the clubs Chief Executive Officer Sean Harvey. View the whole article for full details of the official response from the club.

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Park & Ride Scheme At Elland Road
5th September 2005

LUST has set itself up to be ‘critical friend’ to the club and has now approached them with a number of ideas. Our latest initiative regarding a Park and Ride scheme has come about after a chance posting on Waccoe when I asked for ideas. I have now sent the following letter to the club about this subject and am looking forward to what they have to say about it.

*UPDATE* – 15th September 2005
We have now received a reply from the clubs Head of Membership Development John Hemmingham, read what he had to say on the idea by clicking on the link below.

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Away Game Travel Restrictions
28th July 2005

LUST have been concerned for some time about the impositions imposed on our away match travel arrangements by certain Police forces and the clubs apparent acceptance of them. To that extent we have now drafted and sent the following letter to the club. We are not holding our breath on this, but are concerned about those fans who reside away from the catchment area of the ‘official’ supporters coaches and therefore maybe unable to support our team.

*UPDATE* – 1st August 2005
We have now received a reply from the clubs Chief Executive Officer Sean Harvey. View the whole article for full details of the official response from the club.

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LUST Initiative One, Match Ticket Packages
3rd July 2005

Two weeks ago Leeds United Supporters Trust (LUST) sent the following letter to Ken Bates as a proposal to increase LUFC cash flow AND help those fans who live away from Yorkshire or who cannot simply afford a full season ticket. As yet we have not had a reply from the club but are releasing this statement to solicit some sort of response from the fans as to what the general consensus was of our idea.

*UPDATE* – 15th September 2005
We have now received a reply from the clubs Head of Membership Development John Hemmingham, read what he had to say on the idea by clicking on the link below.

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LUST Newsletter, April 2005
18th April 2005

Welcome to New LUST. Since the launch of the trust football at Elland Road has entered a new era. Players, managers, directors, and chairmen have come and gone and the only constant has been the fans.

We are almost at the close of our first season in the Championship League with new players, new directors and a new chairman in Ken Bates. What is not new is the loyalty of Leeds fans who have continued to turn out in droves, young and old, from all sections of the Leeds community and many travelling great distances.

We are about to kick off a new era for both LUST and Leeds United. We want to expand the number of people involved in running the Trust, and get more hands on deck to carry out practical work.

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Leeds Co-op Teams Up With Supporters
22nd February 2005

Leeds Co-op has teamed up with Leeds United Supporters’ Trust for a unique project that aims to rally city and community interests around the fortunes of the football club.
“Elland Road is a natural focal point that brings together all groups who, for one reason or another, care about Leeds,” says Alan Gill, Chief Executive of Leeds Co-op. “We’d now like those groups, from all aspects of city life – from the Council and the University to businesses and local youth organisations – to become part of a revitalised Leeds United Supporters’ Trust.”

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