Alan Shearer has revealed that the nine friends he goes to the Newcastle matches with have decided they’ve seen enough.
The Newcastle legend has shared a box with his nine NUFC supporting mates for a number of years but they’ve decided to call it a day.
Speaking on a Radio 1 phone-in, Alan Shearer cast doubt on whether he was still going to go to matches now that his mates were packing in, when replying to Newcastle fan Kelly who called in and said she was giving up her season ticket.
“I am a season ticket holder and a box holder myself, with nine other guys.
“We have had a box for the last few years and my mates are not doing it any longer, so they are not up for buying the box this year.”
Match of The Day:
“It’s very difficult for me to go anyway because obviously of Match of the Day on a Saturday evening, so I struggle to go to get to the games.”
“It stops me from getting to St James’ Park with my mates on a Saturday but if I do get a Saturday or Sunday off and I can go then I do love going.”
“It isn’t great at Newcastle at this moment in time but we’re fans and we do love Newcastle United
“Hopefully because of what happened last week (avoiding relegation) and staying in the Premier League, hopefully things start to improve.”
Interestingly, Alan Shearer’s situation is a carbon copy of what so many other Newcastle fans have increasingly faced.
More than any other club (in my opinion), going to the match for most Newcastle supporters is about so much more than just the 90 minutes of football.
Many of you will identify with the former NUFC number nine because matchday is when you meet up with your mates and family, Newcastle United is very much a ‘social club’.
With the stadium in the city centre, more than any other major club the day bgins not ay 3pm (or whenever kick-off time is moved to) but when you meet up with friends/family in the hours before the game.
As life under Mike Ashley has ended up sinking ever lower, many groups of fans have seen people throw in their season tickets because the football is so rubbish and/or they can’t face giving Ashley another penny. As the numbers shrink, those remaining also begin to question why they should keep going.
Attending the match esfor most of us equals having a laugh with and keeping in touch with mates, if they no longer go then what is the point?
It is a sad position for everybody but when the mates of a Newcastle legend like Alan Shearer have had enough, then you know just how low the club has sank under Mike Ashley.