As a long time Mag, I look at the calls from my fellow supporters to boycott Spurs with mixed emotions.
On the one hand I say good on you, but on the other, I think, what took you so long?
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It’s been claimed the derby defeat is the straw that broke the camel’s back – all I can say it’s been a pretty strong camel. It all seems a case of too little too late.
If the reason people are backing this boycott is because of the club’s recent lack of ambition, or the transfer policy, or because the club’s good name is being dragged through the mud by an owner who simply doesn’t care about the club, then I fear they might not have been paying close enough attention to NUFC’s recent history.
It’s not as if the way our fine club has been run in the two decades since the halcyon days of Sir John Hall and Kevin Keegan has really been any different to this current model.
It would take too long to recount all the horrible things done by Fat Freddy or by Ashley, but suffice to say that when critically examined, any perceived ambition, good stewardship or good PR up to the point Ashley announced his business first approach, have been just that – perceptions. A string of false dawns, empty promises and smoke & mirrors.
If the true measure of a desire for change is a successful boycott, or indeed any kind of significant dip in support, our fans have shown in the recent past that they don’t really mind a club which has no ambition, or indeed one which holds its supporters in open contempt. Which is why I fear the boycott will be a failure.
I’ll not be there (at the Spurs game) but then again I say that as someone who stopped going to the match, or putting money into the club, long before Ashley even arrived.
Maybe that means I’m not a true supporter, but I can tell you the pride and passion I felt at the prospect of a Liverpool vs. Newcastle fixture in times gone by was almost visceral. For Monday night needless to say, the feeling ranges from apathy to dread.
AshleyOut.com claims this is just the beginning. Well, let’s hope so.
Let’s hope whatever they have in the works, if they hope to even begin to wake the current crop of match-going support from their slumber, it’s going to have to be better planned and better executed than any protest that has gone before it. By a long way.