Well here we go, or maybe don’t go…I have forgone the pleasure of a night away in Liverpool, to enjoy the game in the comfort of my local club and lovely chilled beer!
The reasons? Could it be the £52 ticket price, or the restricted letter box view, or maybe because the game is on TV? No, for me it is the fact we are now total sh*t and I think we will get a right tonking.
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If I was to write this article tomorrow then who knows what I would be saying. If any game needs boycotting it is this one, once one of the most exciting fixtures in English football will be watched tonight by the smallest Newcastle away following in PL history, fair play to the boys and girls who go.
Talking of boycotts, it was a breath of fresh air seeing the start of the Ashley Out campaign, already it has attracted widespread media attention and the possible boycott of the Spurs game is interesting
What I hate about all this however is the division amongst our own ranks, for the record I have not ever boycotted before but I won’t be attending the Spurs game, I feel it really is now or never. However, I can’t accept fans who do attend being called scabs by others, people should be allowed to do what they see fit.
And the bottom line for Ashley is money anyway, and the fact a lot of non-attendees have prepaid via season tickets will probably just make him more smug in the short-term, what is needed is a long-term sustained media backed campaign to get under his skin.
Last week I stated that I believe the club will change spending policy in the summer, but for me by then the damage will be done, the club could lose fans in their droves, Ashley has it in his own hands to repair this once and for all.
Instead of rolling out his puppets like Lee Charnley or indeed ex-players like Bobby Moncur, he needs to speak himself, in public in person, and state his intention to spend £100 million ( about a tenner to me and you) and buy the players to compete, with a decent head coach in tow.
We don’t want to be the plastic clubs like Man City, or the manufactured Man United, but we want to compete, have something to look forward to, go into a game knowing a Wembley appearance or top 4 spot is a possibility sometime.
When Ashley first arrived he bought the Bigg market a drink, he promised star signings and ground extensions, in fairness he tried by doing what we wanted, sacking Allardyce, bringing in legends like Keegan and Shearer, but it failed, since then it has been more or less continually downhill.
This season and last have been virtually identical, a brief ray of sunshine where we looked threatening, before a post-Christmas decline into oblivion, another season where so much was wasted, remember we bloodied the noses of some good teams pre-Christmas…..Man City, Spurs, Liverpool etc
Newcastle United are indeed the gravy train of the premier league, and current premier league whipping boys, will we go down? Possibly, but I don’t think so, it is 3 from QPR, Burnley, Sunderland, Hull and Leicester.
New owner, new manager, new players, new outlook, roll on the cricket season.
I can’t finish without mentioning the Sunderland ability to self destruct, each time they beat us they then tend to go on a losing streak, Saturday was both enjoyable and spectacular, well it would have been had it not been cemented by a sickly smugness from a certain individual.
Interestingly, the Palace hat-trick hero was Yannick Bolasie, a player with immeasurable amounts of unpredictable ability, akin to a certain player the manager fell out with up here, I wonder how long it will take for him to become Pardewed?
Please don’t anyone say Pardew is now a good manager, he has had these peaks before, but the slump will follow…..mark my words.
3 points tonight anyone……8/1 at the bookies!