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SQUADRON: Active Support Update

Recently, many of you would have seen a decline in numbers in The Squadron and the emergence of a new group on the southern terrace who call themselves NCL. We realise that this situation has created a lot of confusion for people, so we would like to clear a few things up.

According to FFA guidelines an active support group must meet the following basic requirements:

– They must be in an enclosed, ticketed area (not General Admission, for example).
– Security must check all ticket holders.

We have and still do strongly oppose the strict enforcement of these rules because we believe it is against the spirit of free and spontaneous active support. However, they are the rules the FFA applies to all clubs and as long as the Jets are in the A-League they have to abide by them.

There can only be one designated active supporter area, and for us that is the seats on Southern Hill behind the goals.

On Tuesday afternoon we had a meeting with the club and NCL about the future of active support for the Jets.

For the record, we are more than happy to (1) combine with NCL to allow both groups to leverage numbers and experience for a united and better active support or (2) step aside and allow for NCL to become the main active support group.

Regrettably, and contrary to previous statements from NCL, they do not wish to become the official supporter group and abide by the previously mentioned restrictions. NCL also made it clear that they do not wish to work with The Squadron or even take over the current active support on the Southern Hill.

While we accept and have always defended the right for people to support the team how they want but we understand there are safety concerns that the stadium and the Jets must manage including the location of active support groups.

We encourage anyone and everyone to form a united front in supporting the team. The Squadron name was never meant to describe a specific group of supporters, it instead applies to all Jets supporters. Wherever you are in the stadium, we want everyone to be united in lifting the team and letting everyone know they are in Newcastle.

See you all in the stands!

Merry Christmas To All

We would like to wish all Jets players, staff and supporters, Squadron members, Jetstream listeners and contributors, as well as newcastlefootball.net visitors and regulars a very Merry Christmas.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable Christmas Day with their families and friends, and we look forward to seeing you all on Boxing Day for the W-League and A-League fixtures.

And if you don’t celebrate Christmas – enjoy the public holiday 🙂

SQUADRON: Active Support Ticketing Update

The Squadron FSC Committee representatives met with Newcastle Jets and MJ Stadium officials on Thursday 10th November.

We wish to thank all supporters who contacted us with feedback regarding active support issues. We have been able to negotiate the following items with respect to active support:

  • Anyone holding a Jets membership anywhere in the stadium can gain entry into the active support bay at any time without a specialised ticket by simply showing your members card. This negates the need to swap your membership outside the stadium for a specific squadron ticket prior to the match. This will also allow free movement into the bay during the match for those supporters who wish to join in during the game (subject to capacity)
  • The active support area will be monitored and access will closed off when capacity is reached. If you wish to join active support, you will need to enter the bay prior to it being closed to prevent overcrowding
  • A common sense approach to children purchasing squadron tickets from ticket windows who won’t be required to submit details if accompanied and purchasing with a parent/guardian
  • Unfortunately we were unable to get any amendments to purchasing tickets online, only single adult tickets will be available via Ticketmasters website. This is due to Ticketmaster’s system.
  • Squadron tickets are available for sale at any ticket window at the stadium on gameday, however there will continue to be a dedicated active support window at the Southern entry gates.

We hope that these measures remove some of the barriers supporters have previously experienced when trying to join active support, and that this will have a positive effect on numbers for future games. We must also sincerely thank both club and stadium  officials for their willingness to work with us to improve the experience and attendances for active supporters.

See you for the F3 Derby on Sunday!!!

The Squadron FSC Inc, Committee