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Newcastle Fans – Marching On Together?

8 years ago

I am all for the greater good of our club but with regards to the planned protest march on the 19th October before the Liverpool game, I really don’t think it will do anything.

In simple terms, we are going to get maximum 1000 people (and that’s if its a better than expected turn out) for this protest march.

They are all going to march through the streets of the city shouting stuff like “Ashley out” or “cockney mafia out”. The only people paying any attention to them will be the Sky and BT cameras because it will make the hour build-up coverage to the game that little bit more exciting for the viewers watching at home.

What honestly are we expecting from this march? To walk past the ground, look up at the window to see Ashley crying? To just before kick-off get an announcement that Ashley has put the for sale board back up outside the ground?

I am not knocking the people who are taking part in this protest because we all want the same thing but we are all going about it in different ways.

The problem we have is that some, or the majority of, people taking part in the march will get to the end and then say “oh are we finished” and leg it to the stadium where they have given Ashley £45 for the privilege of watching the team play. That stadium will be full on that day and it’s all that Ashley cares about.

Plus the whole protest is just one horse being punched away from being made into a laughing stock and the whole thing gets turned on the majority of fans that actually want the greater good for the team, plus Ashley will be made to look a victim from the southern press.

The TV cameras will be looking for those people that have never been inside the stadium but have “expert analysis” on all things Newcastle based. You know the ones stood outside the stadium randomly 4 days away from a game, the tv cameras go for them every time, it makes me cringe.

I am by no means an Ashley sympathiser, I want him out just as much as the next man, but it’s the not going into the stadium that will have this effect. Not some march past his office by a bunch of people.

Good luck to those involved and I really, really hope to be proved wrong.


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