GEN0053_Red_Square_Newcastle_United_NUFCThere were a reported 72 Newcastle United fans who officially made it to the match in Moscow tonight and Alan Pardew has paid tribute to them after the match.

Pardew has also asked for the fans to fill St.James’ Park and be the proverbial twelfth man, this is what he said about them to the Newcastle United TV Channel;

“We saw a few of the fans in Red Square earlier today, nice to see them, a great effort because it wasn’t easy to get here.

It wasn’t one of the greatest games because we were both technically sound and limited the chances.

Hopefully pleased with the result and they’ll have a safe journey home.

We’re going to need a lot of fans in St.James’ Park because they’ll make a difference, they are a really good team with four five top top players”.

Personally, I think it would be a great PR gesture, and the right thing to do, if Newcastle United refunded each of those 72 fans £XXX of what they’d roughly have paid to do the trip. These are the real hardcore fans and a gesture like that would represent another big step in closing the gap between Mike Ashley/the club and the supporters.

The club will have the details of the 72 so it isn’t like they are opening the floodgates for where there’s roubles there’s a claim.

At the very least why not invite the 72 into the directors box for the home leg, it would create the kind of positive publicity you just can’t buy.

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20 comments
SGM
SGM

Your protests would make a huge impact on the club, but for one thing, Gate receipts are a fraction of a clubs income, so a club doesn't need to keep them happy, they are now no longer courted, in fact they are becoming a problem, all clubs in the Prem. now discourage individuals in favour of corporate.

v0ices
v0ices

@SGM a rather large fraction of a clubs income don't make it sound like pennies when its tens of millions, not to mention all the associated income from merchandise etc. The mans greedy cut his profits and he will sell up so he can take his money elsewhere for a better return. That's not taking into account any penalties sky or BT may have written into contracts regarding empty grounds. Staying away may not work but going will just continue to feed the fat mans wallet and justify his tenure as custodian of our club.

SGM
SGM

@v0ices @SGM Merchandise has been sold off, internal catering has been sold off, even the match-day programmes.Individuals need marshalling and crowd control is becoming expensive, corporate is far more profitable. And i believe its Sky that feeds the wallet. if you want to hit his Wallet cancel your Sky subscription.

1957
1957

It's always nice to read Chris's articles, wish I could do as well. I don't always agree with them but they are a blessed relief from the rehashed Chronicle rubbish and the efforts from the let's write anything so everyone can slag off the regime crew.

I still go to the match, not because I'm a particular admirer of the clubs business plan, but because it's time I get to spend with my son who lives out of the area and travels home for each home game. Oddly for some we still enjoy the games and the chance to interact with the supporters around us, some of whom we have sat with for many years. None of these are contemplating a boycott, because we all feel it will have no effect on Ashley.

A boycott of SD would have as much effect as the mackem's Sugar Puffs effort years ago, SD is a national company and our small corner of the world is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things

mentalman
mentalman

Finally a decent article.

I would disagree with you on the success of the 60minute walkout simply because there was a 69th minute walkout to. Hats off to the guys who arranged the walkout but then a seperate group came along and decided to do their own walkout 9mins later which turned both into a joke. I can remember watching it on TV and on 60mins the commentators said is this the arranged walkout or is it just a load of geordies going for a pie.

Why couldn't eveyone just agree to leave at one point, it would have made a much bigger statement.

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Top artucle, puts my writing to shame. Excellent points

Rangers1ST
Rangers1ST

@MikeAshleyLies Boycott wouldn't work anyway with the TV £ you get. Only way to be rid of him is a collective vilification of SD by fans.

andy_emmers
andy_emmers

@MikeAshleyLies Excellent article - see it all over the fan pages, all want action but end up falling out over preaching their point of view

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

I always presumed these Mills and Boon articles were written for 'the Ladies' or ex-pats reminiscing over salad days fare...