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Comment: United we stand – divided we fall

6 years ago

Each and every opinion poll tells you that an overwhelming number of fans think Newcastle United under Mike Ashley is something they’d like to see end.

If you don’t rate opinion polls, phone a friend.

I/we can’t tell you to boycott or not, only you can make that decision.

If you stay away, or indeed if 50,000 of us stay away, will it see the Ashley regime crumble in front of our eyes? Unlikely.

With fringe benefits of millions of pounds of free advertising for his retail empire and now profits every season, the owner clearly won’t be in any hurry to get rid of his golden goose.

I’ll not be there on Sunday and I hope many of you will also make your own personal statement by missing the match. If you go to the match then that’s also fine, not that you needed my permission  either way.

The point is of course that everybody has got their very own line in the sand.

In modern (Mike Ashley) history it maybe was the Keegan debacle that made you say no more, or Dennis Wise’s appointment, or relegation, or JFK getting the job (either time), nit trying in the cups, or renaming St. James’ Park, or selling Andy Carroll, not building on fifth, not buying a single player last season, selling Cabaye…and so on.

Maybe you have now reached your own line in the sand or maybe you are going to wait and see which way the sand blows on Sunday.

I just hope Sunday goes off as a unifying day for Newcastle fans and without friction, whether you boycott or not. Hopefully a reaffirming of our supporters as one United entity.

As I say, I do hope many of you will give it a miss and lay down a marker for Mike Ashley. All of us need to remember though that this isn’t our only date with destiny, there will be many others that follow unless there is major change at Newcastle United.

It isn’t all or nothing on Sunday, it is just the start of hopefully a more collective voice and one that will take this Spurs boycott as a starting point, whether or not they take part on the day

Mike Ashley has been at the club a long long eight years and one day he won’t be here, this boycott is a symbolic protest and obviously the bigger the numbers then the bigger the symbol.

All campaigns need a beginning and there will be plenty time I’m guessing for all of us to join in, if something is worth fighting for then sacrifices may have to be made, to make Mike Ashley take notice it is going to take more than a one-off protest.

United we stand – divided we fall.


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