Issue 9 – September 1989

As civil war engulfed NUFC back in 1989, a boycott of matches was organised, could it ever happen again?

As John Hall battled to change the way Newcastle was run, the ‘Supporters For Change’ was formed and organised a boycott of matches. Whether it played a part in eventual changes that took place we’ll never know, what is clear is that thousands of fans did stay away from home matches and was a pointer for the future in terms of fans’ capacity to organise, ‘Save Our Seats’ and the Newcastle United Supporters Trust(NUST) coming in later years.

In the modern day, the vast majority of match going supporters buy a season ticket which makes a match boycott so much harder to attempt, particularly when they have the lure of a ‘ten year deal’.

 

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