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Mike Ashley Once Again Laughs In The Faces Of Newcastle Fans

8 years ago
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You may have seen mentions this week of a ‘ceremony’ taking place before the West Ham match, unveliing gates which once stood at St.James’ Park.

The gates only stood for around ten years after then Chairman Gordon McKeag had them erected in 1988, before a decade later Sir John Hall had them ripped down to make way for stadium development and abandoned them on a compost heap at his Wynyard estate.

The club press release includes the following;

‘The gates which formerly stood at St.James’ Park from 1988 until the expansion of the Milburn and Leazes stands under Sir John Hall, have been returned to the stadium and will stand as a symbol of the strong relationship between Newcastle United and its supporters.’

Well you can fool some of the people some of the time…

It is laughable to talk about a ‘strong relationship between Newcastle United and its supporters’ while at the same time treating us all like mugs, taking away the singing section, renaming the stadium, going into partnership with a payday lender, charging Newcastle fans a surcharge to travel away, plus making non-season ticket holders pay an extra £30 if they want to buy just one away ticket.

Sadly some fans are happy to go along with this charade surrounding the ‘iconic’ gates. Actually should they not be referred to as ‘The McKeag Gates’ as surely he should be taking the credit as he put them up?

However, the biggest irony is one that we have pointed out [intlink id=”32784″ type=”post”]week[/intlink] after [intlink id=”33006″ type=”post”]week[/intlink] recently.

On the very week the club are making a song and dance about unveiling the ‘Iconic St.James’ Park’ gates, they have yet again (as they have done every other week) sent our their weekly newsletter to thousands of fans and the address on it is;

Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4ST

I am coming to think that they really do believe that they can fool all of the fans all of the time, or probably more basically, they couldn’t give a damn.

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