Police Praise Newcastle Fans After Anti-Ashley Protest March
The scheduled protest march before the match against Liverpool went ahead as scheduled.
Organisers had hoped for a thousand marchers while press reports said that ‘Club Insiders’ believed they’d be lucky to get a hundred.
— Northumbria Police (@NorthumbriaPol) October 19, 2013
Eyewitness reports gauged the actual turnout at around six hundred which on those pre-march estimates some would make the eventual turnout either a score draw or narrow win for the marchers v Ashley.
Northumbria Police reported as follows via their Twitter account;
“Protest march now entering Leazes park after peaceful and good natured march through Newcastle city centre. All roads now open.
As expected, the NUFC protest passed safely and peacefully and was good natured with those involved now dispersed.”
By my reckoning the march was a massive success and in terms of numbers anything over a few hundred would have been a bonus.
The real success is that it was carried out in a good natured and peaceful manner as the Police have been happy to confirm.
The march was always going to be symbolic and not an end in itself. It was never going to drive the owner to suddenly sell up, this event is simply drawing a line in the sand that Newcastle’s fanbase is unhappy with much of what has happened at the club under Ashley and there is no belief that the club can ever properly move forward under his ownership.
Fifty thousand inside the ground and ‘only’ six hundred on the march is not a vote of confidence for Ashley. It is more confirmation that marching isn’t for everybody and the applause from those lining the streets for the marchers backs up the idea that the vast silent majority support the march and the overall belief that so much is wrong at Newcastle United.
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