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Newcastle United – The Spirit Of ’69

8 years ago

The mood inside St.James’ Park in recent months has been terrible, each successive match has seen fans sitting ever more resignedly sinking into their seats, waiting for the season to end.

The question is what to do, what can fans do that will help push things in a better direction?

With one of the richest people in the country owning the club it is a tricky one but can we let the season simply slide into the gutter without doing something?

Well we believe that rather than let the Cardiff match  follow that same pattern, we must at least give a symbolic gesture that sends a unified message that fans have had enough and need significant change in the way the club is run.

Whether you are going to continue turning up at St.James’ Park next season or not, we would ask all supporters to consider supporting the following initiative that NUST have put forward and walk out of the ground when the clock strikes 69 minutes on Saturday.

The contrast between that have a go attitude of 1969 when everybody at Newcastle United just gave it everything and ended up with a European trophy, couldn’t be a bigger contrast to the soulless lack of ambition we see today.

This one action won’t of course magically make everything great again but it would be a real positive if fans can come together in making this one small sacrifice.

A statement on behalf of the board of NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust)

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

‘As fans we have deep concerns at the direction Newcastle United are heading in, both on and off the pitch.

The vast majority of supporters are angry and frustrated but are divided as to what, if anything, can be done to positively influence Mike Ashley and those who run the football club on his behalf.

Some fans are prepared to hand in their season tickets, indeed many already have, and not return until they believe Newcastle United is once again heading in the right direction.

On the other hand, many supporters can’t see any circumstances under which they would/could stop supporting the team at St.James’ Park.

The most important thing at this time is that the fanbase stays United, all supporters have to respect each other and their own personal choice as to whether to attend matches.

However, this Saturday presents the perfect opportunity to send a clear message to Mike Ashley that fans, whether they are going to renew their season tickets or not, are United in their concerns for the direction the owner is taking the club in.

Sweeping changes need to be made or else Newcastle United is in grave danger of relegation in the near future, and what should be a great club, brought to its knees.

It is 1969 when Newcastle United last won trophy and we are asking all fans to consider joining us, by walking out of St.James’ Park when the clock hits 69 minutes on Saturday, and miss the last 21 minutes of our final home match of the season against Cardiff City.

Of course Mike Ashley can’t be held to account for 38 years of those 45 years of failure but how demoralising is it when the people who he employs at Newcastle United make plain the club’s priorities to do little more than try and survive in the Premier League and have no ambition to compete in Cup competitions. Under Ashley, the club has no strategy or plan to win anything and as such supporters have no dreams, however remote, to seeing our club win silverware or even come anywhere near to realising its vast potential.

We all love our club and a clear message needs to be sent out to Mike Ashley that changes are needed throughout the club, or else both he and all Newcastle United fans will be the losers.

Initial planning for this initiative was began last week and we know that since the Arsenal defeat there has been discussion of a possible walkout after 60 minutes, particularly on social media, but we feel that the 69 minutes is a powerful unifying message, harking back to that glorious Fairs Cup success.

The spirit of everybody within Newcastle United who embraced that European adventure and dared to dream, which led to the last silverware ever to arrive at St.James’ Park, no starker contrast could there be than the situation that all of us who love Newcastle United find ourselves in today.’

Both The Mag and true faith have also given the initiative their backing and we all of course support any fans who want to walk out in the 60th, 69th or even 1st minute!

Join NUST today and help make a difference.


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