We all have our point of no return, the moment when enough is really enough, when it comes to what Mike Ashley has done to Newcastle United.

Of course, many of us don’t realise that we do have this point of no return, until it suddenly hits you.

One fan, Colin Jackson, has reached his own point of no return, until Mike Ashley leaves the club.

This is his excellent response to the latest letter from the club after they extended the season ticket deadline yet again – sadly I think far too many of you will be nodding in agreement as you read through.

(NB: Mr Tickle isn’t Colin’s pet name for Mike Ashley, it is the name of the Ticket Office Manager – the letter sent out in his name by the club, reproduced below)

Dear Mr Tickle,

Thanks for your letter but I will not be renewing until Mike Ashley severs all ties with the club.

I will set out my reasons as follows but in my mind, no one at the club will read on, so this has probably been a bit of waste of time (just like the last seven or eight years supporting this club). 

I’m 35 years old and have gone to the games since I was 5. The connection with the club was immediate. It affected my life, when the team won I enjoyed life that little bit more. When we lost, that was the weekend cancelled – it meant that much.

My love for the club isn’t driven by success (obviously!), it was the connection I had with it. That feeling of being part of something when those lucky players ran out before the game, they were representing me and regardless of what league they were playing in, they were my club and I felt part of it.

Then Mike Ashley walked in. A bloke that clearly doesn’t get it, doesn’t want to get it and simply sees it as another revenue stream – possibly driven by the embarrassment of allegedly purchasing the club without satisfactory due diligence – good businessman eh?!

From that point on, the club has stumbled from one embarrassment to the next, football decisions – Joe Kinnear (not once but twice), relegation, selling decent players, replacing them with nothing, cup performances, tolerating John Carver. Off the pitch  – Wonga, renaming the stadium, relationship with the media, ignoring fans, misleading fans, just to name but a few.

And at every stage, making supporters feel like an inconvenience, time after time after time.

One man is responsible for this, the Owner. And now it’s personal.

That man cannot have anymore of my money which includes season tickets, cup tickets, strips, sports direct – none of it.

Mike Ashley has actually done something that I never thought possible, he has broken my connection with the club. I would imagine thousands of others feel the same and until he goes, I will not return.

In your letter to me you state that the club is always appreciative of the fans… Really? The reality is the club has spent the last five years making it difficult for supporters by constantly failing to communicate with them, feeding them scraps of information like old meat to a stray dog.

He has even turned the fans against each other. There is now a view out there that those that attend next season are very much part of the problem, they are tolerating this man, his decisions and his ways. Even those that remain employed by this man, including you, are perceived by some as also being part of the problem. I can absolutely understand the theory. 

I thought, just maybe, that Ashley would get a fright at the end of another disastrous season and start to think differently – the interview was a start but then he reverts back to type with the North Korean style coverage of the McClaren appointment, this simply makes us the laughing stock once more.

Another irony is the language has changed, suddenly it’s our club. It’s not, it’s Mike Ashley revenue toy. 

So in summary, I will not return until that man disappears, please delete me from your records or feel free to get in touch when that man removes himself from SJP where he doesn’t deserve to be.

One day, Ashley will be brought down and this is the only day NUFC can live rather than just to exist for the TV money.

No more stunts to pull.

Yours,

Colin Jackson

Ex season ticket holder

(See the letter below put up on Twitter by one fan @youngin_uk)

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(ED: Deadline day (well the third deadline day after two extensions – read about that particualr episode of desperation HERE)

You can follow Colin on Twitter @ActionNUFC



  • IainT0842

    An excellent letter and one that 100% sums up my own feelings. How long are people prepared to facilitate this parasite? I jacked my season ticket in last year after 12 years and (like the author of this letter) will not be back until he has gone.

  • Paul Patterson

    WELL DONE THAT MAN!!!!

  • arpeco19

    Good response to a “begging” letter. Let’s see how many others do exactly the same..

  • Excellent letter. I am concerned however that many fans still believe this ”lack of due dilligence crap ” It’s was all lies to excuse [ in the fan’s minds ] fatty’s loan to the club .Remember ,the slug is nothing but a jumped up spiv market trader.

  • BillytheFish

    Great letter, but sadly as he states they would not have read it…

    I gave up mine when the loan shark deal was done, and I now mostly attend only a few away games and sit with the home fans, with the odd home game when it suits me.

    I am not sure Mike Ashley could ever build bridges with us the fans as he has smashed them all with his actions and decisions.

    We Geordies are a proud lot from fighting stock, and to a man feel this bloke has disrespected and degraded us in some way, like he has touched up the wife, and now he must pay……

  • jack1x

    Here , here Colin Jackson

  • Kevin Halliday

    Another on board the Ashley Out train. Plenty room for plenty more. Welcome aboard Colin.

  • Adam_B

    well said Sir

  • Ring around Uranus

    Good letter, but you will never divorce yourself fully from the club. I gave my season ticket years ago when I witnesses one of our star players of the time roll up a £50 note and light it like a cigarette not once but twice cos his hanger on ‘mates’ laughed the first time. Nothing to do with Mike Ashley but never the less, that was my breaking point.
    I still read the papers for news of ‘my club’ I still watch the televised games and twice last season took a mates season ticket.
    I often wonder what stops me forming an aligence to another club.. I lived in Ipswich for a while and used to attend games at Portman Road but it just wasn’t the same even though Ipswich had a better team than Newcastle at the time.

  • JohnyH

    Excellent

  • LeazesEnder

    I don’t think Mr Tickle got the letter…. it got delivered to the ‘Mag’ instead…..

  • LeazesEnder

    Ring around Uranus That’s Rob Lee for you…. flash with cash.

  • ArtyH

    Now that is a very concise the and well scripted letter, which I think many fans will identify with. I wonder how many s.t holders have renewed? I feel pity fot their stupidity but also anger that they are backing the parasite who owns the club at present, which I hope will be short lived, there must be someone who would see the potential here. The club has been milked for fortunes in the past, but when the team was worth watching everyone thought it was a price worth paying, but not now. The club is a goldmine if run right, and the fans are loyal, sometimes thats a problem, like now, but I believe things will come to a head this season, he needs to be pushed out of our club.

  • TheBoneYard

    great letter and got me wondering how many have not renwed……………….so had a look on the NUFC website to check the availability to purchase a season ticket……a fair few sections were similar to this –

  • kuromori

    TheBoneYard I wonder what the famous waiting list looks like nowadays.
    Maybe Mr Tickle can spin this in the club’s favour: “Mike did promise to bring down waiting times for a Season Ticket, and he’s done just that. (Do I get paid now?)”

  • Mark Brooker

    Extremely Well put , Think this does reflect the views of many fans. Although I have not been a season ticket holder for a number of years I have gone fewer times each season losing a little more passion each year. I for one don’t fall for Ashley’s staged interview at the end of the season and certainly won’t be renewing membership or buy any merchandise from the club.

  • TheBoneYard

    kuromori TheBoneYard with the added slogan……’pick a seat, any seat’

  • Porciestreet

    Hey Fatty, did you ever get the impression that perhaps you did’nt have as many “friends” as you thought you had…? Those that stick with you are “clingons”and the rest of the North East despise you with a vengence. It probably won’t matter a 5h!t to you but when the big bump comes, it will be all the sweeter for the rest of us. Your goin down you Lardy London git.
               Ashley oot.

  • Capricorn2049

    And all credit to you Mr Jackson for writing so articulately about what many fans must be thinking. Could this be mass produced and then posted through all households in Newcastle in an attempt to persuade more fans to boycott SJP?

  • ArtyH

    In the short term I think as fans we should agree that if no creditable signings are made to strengthen the team and I mean in the region of £60m as that is what most would think is neeied to complete the task, we should boycott home games and picket the entrances, peacefully of course. That would be shown live on sky tv first day of the season and show we mean business and it would also  drive the message home we want our club taken care of by a different careful cari g owner who knows something/anything about football.

  • Paul Patterson

    Dyer situation?

  • andewalsh

    ArtyH It’s not the money anymore. 60 70 80 milliion whatever. The line has already been crossed, arguably at Kinnear’s first appearence. The line has been crossed again and again and again. When will you ever learn to ignore the lies this man shits out?

  • ArtyH

    andewalsh ArtyH I know what you mean mate and agree, but we all dont think the same, some will still buy s.tickets and further line his pockets. I just suggested an alternative to think about,  he needs to be kicked out of our club now before he destroys it completely.  Talking to footy fans on holiday and they all say he would not be tolerated at their club. They all said he has no interest in football,  just profit,  they are correct of course, but it is down to the fans to get him out. Pity though some will not be told or are happy with the [email protected] served up. It has  to end.

  • Demented_Man

    Cracking response to Newcastle’s latest begging letter, or should that be Pyongyang on Tyne’s latest begging letter?

  • TonnekToon

    excellent response to the Club, but its wasted on the powers that be , we all know they don’t really listen or CARE .

  • geordie4567

    This looks good, hit fatty where it hurts him most. His wallet.

  • magpiefifer

    Well put Colin.I am an ex-season ticket holder and also vowed not to return to SJP until Ashley goes.I gave my season ticket up 4 years ago,and while it hurt so much at the time I have no regrets and feel for those who are being sold down the Tyne by the contemptible owner of our beloved club.
    I have bee a fan since 1954 and I only hope I live long enough to see Newcastle United become a club to be proud of again (Ashley-free!).

  • magpie9

    The biggest party on Tyneside will be “Ashleys Gone Party” hope it comes soon!

  • magpie9

    devonbay True, the man is too crafty & mean not to had a good look at books before buying the club off a a man in hospital bed.

  • toon tony

    Great response Colin, that’s the feeling of a lot of us. NO MORE MONEY paid in to the FCB ‘ s pocket. ..UNITED WE STAND. ASHLEY OUT.

  • fromtheheed

    Walked across the Tyne bridge holding my fathers hand, said ” Dad my legs are tired “, ” Just about there son “replied my dad, then he lifted me onto his shoulders and I witnessed the FA Cup being held aloft as the bus turned off Northumberland St. The cheering, the noise and joy of all those people lifted my spirits.
    From that day I too became a Newcastle supporter.
    I am now 65 and still working, having made a bet that if Ashley signs McClaren I’d buy a Leicester City shirt, God! Have I fallen out of love with Newcastle, NO, I’m just like any other Geordie, your born a toon fan it’s in the blood. I have not renaged on what I said, but the bet was also dependent upon signings.
    Well, it’s not looking too promising so thanks to Ashley I may be wearing a blue top, with my newcastle shirt underneath of course,
    The point is I too will no longer play fiddle to Ashleys lies nor buy anymore replica shirts or patronise SD. The grandchildren will have to wear my old ones.
    I can’ t come to terms what this regime has done to our club, I pray Ashley drops down dead before me.
    Please give us some hope.

  • Alsteads

    Hey fella. I don’t think it would be shown on sky. Maybe a brief mention by one of the pundits. FCB has done a deal with sky I bet to keep a lid on things and in return he gives them exclusive access. An interesting one as FCB obviously thinks he can manipulate the media to protect his shxte empire. Sky may get a shock if things turn nasty next season and they get caught up in all the bad press.
    Who the fxxk does FCB think he is?

  • Demented_Man

    fromtheheed Fine words, friend.

  • braith52

    IainT0842 
    we have given our season ticket after 12 years I have never been so disenchanted with NUFC all because of FCB . I used to buy replica shirts when a new came out . the sharper FCB is gone the better for all NUFC fans .

  • ronwx

    Mike_Ashley_Out NUFC NUFCTheMag excellent letter. Totally agree. Anyone noticed how we haven’t bought anyone . .again.

  • CheekyTOON24

    Well done, well said and about time.