Watching the Toon’s trip to America from afar, one thing that has struck me is that I don’t think I have a seen a single new Newcastle strip worn by our fans.

I noticed this in initial photos that were being beamed back but thought maybe it was just pot luck that I’d seen those ones.

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However, as time has gone on I have seen image after image and still not a single sighting.

In fact the only people I have seen wearing new official Newcastle gear in the States are the players…and it’s not like they have a choice.

When you consider the new third (pink and blue) kit was released four weeks ago and the home black and white one eight weeks ago, it isn’t as though supporters haven’t had time to grab one.

Plus of course the new strips are available over in America as well, at the very least online if US-based fans don’t live near anywhere an outlet that sells them over the counter.

At one time fans would have busted a gut to be wearing the new Newcastle shirt, especially if they were getting a chance to meet and greet with the players as has been the case on occasions this trip.

It is with a pride I see these images of fans wearing any Newcastle shirt but the new ones, mixed with disappointment at the predicament Newcastle fans find themselves in.

Pride because so many are taking a stand against both Mike Ashley and the sponsor who appears on the shirt, mixed with the disappointent that these are the lengths so many fans are driven to – so fed up with what is happening at the club that they can’t bring themselves to give the club owner the cash.

In fact anybody who didn’t have any idea of the background to this, may well think that a failed bank that ceased to exist a number of years ago was still our current sponsor.

Here are a selection of photos from the excellent Toon Army America Facebook page:

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Newcastle shirt collection spans the years

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The northeast bank and beer from yesteryear

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Pretty sure that token W**** one is last season’s…

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Good old Northern Rock with the W**** boys