The #IfRafaGoesWeGo Newcastle fans initiative is going from strength to strength.

Already there are now (Sataurday morning) more than ten and a half thousand are following the Twitter account @IfRafaGoesWeGo which was only launched on Thursday.

Yet another crisis under Mike Ashley and yet another Newcastle fans initiative has emerged to try and challenge the darkness this club owner continually casts over Newcastle United.

For supporters wondering what it is all about, the people behind #IfRagaGoesWeGo have made a press release to the media which you can read below.

Yes, Mike Ashley may well hold his hands up straight away and admit his ‘mistakes’, then properly commit to supporting Rafa Benitez in strengthening the playing squad, revamping the failing Academy, and make a start on the new training complex that he (Ashley) said was essential five years ago, if Newcastle United were going to be able compete.

However, just in case that doesn’t happen…lets get behind #IfRafaGoesWeGo

With fans having asked what this is all abut, the initiators of #IfRafaGoesWeGo have attempted to explain exactly what they are all about with this press release to the media;

Who are we?

We are fans of Newcastle United Football Club. We love our club. We love our city.

We are brothers and sisters. We are mams and dads. We are sons and daughters. We are grandparents and grandchildren. We are friends. We are best mates.

We’ve had enough of Mike Ashley and the way he runs our club. We respect and value Rafa Benitez.

We think (we fear) this could be his last season as our manager. We will do everything possible to keep him here. Failing that, if he goes we go.

We are a fans movement. We are a platform for all voices. We want to be a force for change. We want to inspire action.

We are the fans.

Why now?

For too long, Ashley has mis-managed our football club and failed to even consider the potential of what could be achieved.

We have a manager who fits. A manager who, like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, understands the fans, the club, the city. A manager who would help us to realise some of our potential with the right backing.

A manager who will honour his contract and, if he leaves, he will have tried everything in his power to change the toxic regime that Ashley thrives on. We will know then that it’s time for us to say “no more”. We will leave as well.

What are we going to do?

We aren’t going to just sit here until May, watch Rafa leave and then follow.

We believe in positive action.

We’re grateful for the contact we’ve already had from groups/organisations who have the best interests of Newcastle United fans at heart.

Our focus will be on four main areas in partnership with those who want to work with us.

  1. Direct action/protests at and around St James Park
  2. Direct action/protests in connection with Sports Direct
  3. Lobbying, talking to and working with people and groups who can improve the situation at Newcastle United
  4. Marketing and Publicity – making sure that everyone hears our collective voice.

We will be seeking support from individuals and companies in terms of both funding and helping to promote the action being taken.

Our priority is to do everything possible to ensure that Rafa Benitez is the Newcastle United manager for many years to come.

#IfRafaGoesWeGo



  • Leicester Mag

    Maybe the Mag can get off the fence stop providing little more than a platform for a cabal of $hitstirrers and put it’s weight behind this.

    • Leazes.

      Thats a big ask as the writers appear to be journalists who support Man United :(

    • Toontaff

      I’ve signed up to their campaign.
      I wonder how many of the abusive keyboard warriors above do?
      So far they have 10,900+ signed up. It may not have any effect but it has to be worth a go.

  • TheNutJob

    the only pressure group that stands any chance at all against the Fat Gringo
    is the 52,000 that go to St James, empty the ground on live tv and he may take notice, then again knowing the guy, he may not.
    🐷🐷🐷

    • Ba ba.

      Makes more off TV we are irrelevant

      • JonMag

        you really are thick aren`t you, an empty stadium impacts on his
        business, it`s called bad publicity. idiot

        • Ba ba.

          Helmet

        • Ba ba.

          Bad publicity? This is a man who runs zero hour contracts.. Showed utter contempt at a commons committee, drank twenty pints and threw up in a fire he does what he wants he thrives on bad publicity you daft cntt

          • TheNutJob

            bad publicity made him make massive changes to the work conditions of his employees, or hadn`t you noticed ?

          • Ba ba.

            Only because the government got involved or didn’t you notice?
            Fans not turning up will make no difference only thing that may work is violence like the west ham fans… I’d gladly have a mass pitch invasion and storm the directors box but that ain’t going to happen as people talk but no action

        • Toontaff

          Pot, kettle………….You really are a hard keyboard warrior!

    • Leazes.

      Correct

  • Shipcote Willy

    Sorry to say this but it will be another embarrassment as there will be a full house whatever happens. You just have to read the boards to realise most fans won’t stop going whatever happens and all other protests have been damp squibs. Ashley won’t respond to to it and will probably be more determined to carry on the way he is. Now his beloved shops are a different matter and he and his shareholders would hate protests there.

    • Leazes.

      …damp squib fans are the problem….they need a rocket up the donkey

    • FatParosite

      You’re perpetuating myths my friend. Empty seats = Ashley WILL be unsettled. I 100% guarantee it. Sustained empty seats will have Ashley’s TV money seriously reduced. I 100% guarantee that too.

  • Paul Patterson

    As long as any protest doesn’t find it’s way INSIDE the ground during a match, then this can only be a good thing.
    In Rafa we trust!

    • Leazes.

      Are you an expert in campaigns?

      There are no rules….and relegation salad is the only fare with this owner and its being served INSIDE.

      The teams who run the media are made up of fans of London and Manchester clubs and the MOTD lot from Salford quays media city totally ignored the protests last year…. they blanked them, the flags didn’t work because the media wouldn’t play ball…. it has to be done without them….DIRECTLY to the problem…. fans who don’t care…..ignoring the media!

  • Fisherking

    How many of those who have signed up are season ticket holders or go to the match regularly because arm chair supporters there are a few aren’t telling me to give up the toon

    • JonMag

      nobody`s telling you to give up, just keep supporting the fat [email protected],
      you idiot

      • Toontaff

        Why do you insist on calling other Toon fans idiots on a Toon blog? Can you not disagree without being such an idiot, yourself?

        • JonMag

          [email protected]@k off, dimwit

          • Toontaff

            I think you’re a complete clown. You’re calling me a dimwit for asking you why you need to abuse Toon fans. A keyboard warrior to boot. Pathetic.

          • Leazes.

            That’s the spirit

        • Leazes.

          I don’t know why moose doesn’t just use the block button on the trolls

          • Toontaff

            Moose? Trolls? Block? Not sure what your reply to me is all about, sorry. I am a Toon fan, interested in any news about my club, but also sick of reading posts from so called fans, abusing other fans. Far too many childish, abusive posts from keyboard warriors.

          • Leazes.

            Well we are plagued by trolls here, its one family using loads of names, I guess he thinks you are a reincarnated troll….. I just block them when they start trying to defend Ashley….thats the give away really!

          • Toontaff

            I am not defending Ashley. I have had an account on here for many years but rarely comment. No doubt there are some trolls, WUMs, mackems etc on here, but there are also genuine Toon fans and due to some articles, fans from other clubs. Some comments are embarrassing and give our club a bad name ! Posters like JonMag need to grow up and stop abusing others online. I assume he’s the same one on the Chronicle’s comments doing the exact same.

          • Leazes.

            Some disguises are pretty thin and some self control thinner but its succinct barrack room banter mostly.

      • Ba ba.

        He’s an idiot for supporting his club?
        Explain idiot!

        • JonMag

          look it the mirror, that should explain it to you

          • Toontaff

            Do you have a mirror?

      • benton mag

        I don’t support Ashley I want him gone any way that’s possible but I support Newcastle and have done for 48 years have been beaten up for supporting the mags and will. Continue to fight for my club and city to give it the fearful repetition it used to have back in the 70s and 80s

  • Peaky

    Fatso is revelling in all of this….it’s like pouring fuel on the fire……he desires notoriety….

    • Leazes.

      You think so….. not when its going to target his shops and his family.

      • TheNutJob

        to target his family is a step to far

        • Leazes.

          Not at all, I suggest writing letters.

      • Peaky

        Him personally and all his businesses can be targeted to within an inch but his family should be left out of it.

        • Leazes.

          They are part and parcel of the problem, his son in law manages his property portfolio including Strawberry Place Land which was stolen!

      • foggy

        I’m all for targeting the FCB & SD but his family should be left out of it.

        • Leazes.

          His son in law manages the land which was stolen…. legitimate target

  • Leazes.

    You can’t let the tail wag the dog, a minority of antisocial people on social media, there will ALWAYS be some going against whatever anybody is trying to do.

    Just have to believe in what you are doing and keep going #IfRafaGoesWeGo

  • Big Hairy Man

    What will put pressure on Ashley most is sustained protest INSIDE the ground, especially during live TV games. The chants of “FCB get out of our club” don’t seem to bother him. What will bother him is visually and vocally ridiculing S***** D***** and associated brands. If TV games are toxic for his brands his ownership of NUFC will become pointless to him, unless of course he just hangs on just out of spite.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Absolutely. We’ve always had it in our power to hit Ashley where it hurts – Sports Direct. He bought us to advertise his brand globally but 50,000 placards held up highlighting his shoddy business practices and his exploitation of our club beamed globally would embarrass the hell out of him. Boycotting is ineffective because there will always be people who can’t face not supporting their team and it frustrates me when people on here think staying away from something they love rather than fighting for it somehow gives them the moral high ground, especially when they are having a go at match going fans. Get in the ground and fight back.

  • TheNutJob

    i joining the boycott, not buying any more trainer socks
    😠😠

    • Peaky

      ✊✊✊

    • Leazes.

      Well done they shrink after one wash so I’m told, you could sacrifice them by burning them in the back garden or putting them on a BBQ to flavour your favorite summertime treat in a bap with plenty of ketchup.

    • Geordiegiants

      Well done nutty you can get them for £5 online anyway.

  • Geordiegiants

    I would go with anything that will unite the fans. The thing that gets me the most, is all of the fans that think it’s a permanent thing. Boycotts etc are temporary, nobody is asking them to not go for ever.

    • Leazes.

      You know what….a lot of people have renewed their season tickets thinking the Rafalution would take off….’one more chance’…. they’ll troop along again and go through the same miserable experience as last year but now they’re feeling foolish for having done so, hopefully they can give some added voice now.

      • Geordie Cruyff

        I renewed my ticket because I’ve supported them for 30 years. ‘Fans’ like you make real fans cringe, trust me. Nobody is enjoying the current set up, but true fans don’t insult other fans, especially for going to games! If you don’t go, what have you got to moan about? You aren’t spending anything, the club don’t owe you anything. Your opinion is irrelevant to be fair mate. Stick to watching the match in the pub and pretending you are a fan.

        • Leazes.

          Sorry junior but you are part of the ongoing problem….. and I don’t appear to be alone in casting insults…. I’m a partizan and you are a soccer fan…that’s the difference!

          WAKE UP

          • Geordie Cruyff

            How am I part of the problem? Mike Ashley won’t stop me supporting the club. You and your friends on here should just start a personal page up so yous can whinge all day. All you do is call people “trolls” when they have a different opinion to you. Or you throw insults about like children. You try to sound like you are the voice of the fans, trust me you are not. Just block me like you do everyone else hahaha. Pathetic

          • TheFatController

            Interesting that you claim to know Leazes is not the voice of the fans.

            I reall want an irony emoji as there is so much irony on this site it’d get a lot of use.

            Ok, I can’t quite trust you just saying that fans don’t agree with Leazes, so maybe furnish us with the proof that everyone thinks going to the games is ok and not damaging the club by allowing Ashley to continue to run the club minimally beyond survival ?

            A survey maybe? Rafts of anecdotal evidence perhaps? A signed petition ?

          • Leazes.

            Guess who it is? New name….

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Of course he isn’t the voice of the fans, he doesn’t even go to games hahaha. I’m just waiting for the rest of the tin foil hat brigade to pop up. Nobody likes the regime. But plastic fans like leaves should stick to watching the match in pubs because proper fans don’t want to hear their poisonous drivel

          • Toon Barmy

            Why don’t you like the regime? the regime is not stopping you from enjoying your “match day experience” and at the end of the day i get the impression that’s all that matters. You imply i am a plastic fan and my opinions are irrelevant because i no longer go to games, i followed Newcastle home and away when i was younger which i think entitles me to an opinion, it’s not my fault personal circumstances prevented me continuing going to games. I wonder how many people going to watch Newcastle now, will continue to follow NUFC once they have their “match day experience” taken from them?

          • Toon

            Idiot, the jokes on you pal! Spending cash for Ashley while he bends you over and laughs. Ashley will stay while fans like you go, can’t miss out on a pint and go the match, let me guess you bleed black and white!?

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Like it or hate it. He owns newcastle, it’s his possession. Nowt is going to change that he wants it to change. You’ve either got to get on with it or keep whinging and moaning everyday

        • FatParosite

          ‘My dad’s bigger than your dad’. ‘I go to games I’m a better fan than you’. No you’re not you’re a proper sucker who justifies themselves through a holier than thou attitude and sanctimonious rhetoric in true ironic fashion. ‘I don’t like Ashley but his pies taste nice’ ‘I don’t like what WONGA stand for but look at my new shirt with the blue logo on it’

          Some people have made the sacrifice and don’t want to pay Ashley anything to take the club back you just want to go to games as some sort of badge of honour when all around you is eroding.spewing Ashley fortifying lies like ‘I support the team not the regime’ & ‘Be careful what you wish for’ & ‘We can’t change Ashley so why bother’

          Am I insulting you yet? I hope I am.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Not insulting me mate. I don’t get angry or offended by online comments. You are entitled to your opinion and you can say whatever you want mate, doesn’t make it true though.

          • phildene

            Couldn’t agree more! Well said.
            We made the sacrifice a few years back and although we miss going to the matches, we’re glad we cancelled our 10 year season tickets.
            My hubby made the biggest sacrifice of anyone as had gone for 67 years man and boy! Now that IS a huge sacrifice for a toonie to make. Yes he misses it very much, BUT, like myself, wasn’t going to put anymore money into Ashley’s greedy pocket.

            If he can do it, surely most of you on here can?!?

      • Geordiegiants

        I must admit, I was taken in with it all at the very beginning and bought my 2 boys a strip each. Needless to say, it will be a very long time until they get another.

        • FatParosite

          Don’t buy them season tickets either. One day when Ashley can’t suck any more out of the club you can go back & say you helped pack his bags.

  • Desree

    10000 followers. So what? That will translate to about 1000 who are actually intending to do anything.

    I truly believe that most fans don’t care either way.

    • Leazes.

      11.5k now

      • Desree

        If that is 11500 real fans AWESOME. Knowing how Twitter and social works, expect about 1% to take action Leazes.

        I agree with you and others, there needs to be a unified message and action.

        Staying away from the ground and making clear Rafa has the fans total support is something Ryder and Keith Downie can’t spin.

        • Leazes.

          Absolutely…..

  • Desree

    Just read we are interested in an out of contract, Mexican centrehalf, Reyes.

    That’s Lascelles replacement then.

    Jezza what are the tea leaves saying?

  • Mr wobert

    I agree with most of the sentiments expressed, but surely a total boycott of fattys love child( sports Direct) would be the most obvious 🎯

  • Jimmy_toons

    Just a couple of points to consider:-

    – is football better to watch on tv when a ground is bouncing and full to the rafters, or when half empty, echoing with a few people shouting and litter blowing around the pitch?

    -looking through history, when has ever sitting on your backside, typing a few e-mails and having a go at groups – who are mobilising themselves to try and change what they see as an injustice – ever achieved anything?

    Join up #IfRafaGoesWeGo, 11 wasted years, it’s time for a change.

  • Desree

    Protesting gives PR ammunition- Pardew Out. Did it work? Or Did the press side with Pardew and make the fans look like nasty pieces of work hounding out a poor innocent man.

    Staying away from the ground is the most powerful message fans can send.

    20,000 empty seats is louder than 52,000 moans.

    If people really want change, stay away, it sends a message to the world.

    And it worked at Rangers.

    I promise this. Protest in the ground and the world will mock you.

  • Clive Lancaster

    Should be asking the FA to investigate where the money has all gone. Should get them to refund all season tickets as Ashley has lied to fans and manager about availability of cash for transfers. Should investigate whether Ashley is a ‘fit and proper person’ to own a Premiership team and hold him to account.

  • Clive Lancaster

    Also we should choose a match at Gateshead or some such and all go there instead of St. James one matchday?
    Plus i still think rather than walking out why not arrange that for one match at least the fans stage a refusal to enter. Instead, all 52,000 fans support the team from OUTSIDE the stadium as loudly as possible for the whole match. That would really make headlines. Get the police on board somehow and get media to fly a helicopter above.