Only very rarely have I seen Newcastle fans come to blows with each other.

Pretty much every time there have been similar background factors involved.

Sometimes it has been when the team is failing on the pitch but even when that has been the case, it has almost every time been when there are problems happening off it, especially with the club owner(s).

Away matches are more often than not when passions run the highest.

Regular away travellers are amongst those who are most committed to supporting NUFC and usually the ones who take things most to heart, plus not many travel away and don’t have a drink or two…

As I say, thankfully Newcastle fans fighting amongst themselves isn’t common, but times such as when John Hall was attempting to replace the then existing board and Mike Ashley’s treatment of Kevin Keegan, are prime examples.

It isn’t necessarily about the fans wanting different things, usually it is more about what they think is the best way to bring it about.

Which brings me to Newcastle fans in the modern day, rather than trading blows on the terraces, it now tends to be keyboard warriors trading blows on social media.

Less painful if you get hit but arguably even more frustrating…

Whereas arguments used to be more or less restricted to matchdays – before, during, or after games, now it is obviously 24/7 for people to have a go at each other.

Not difficult to guess what is at the heart of any argument between Newcastle fans these days, I have only two words to say…Mike Ashley.

Apart from trolls and those who are barking, everybody wants rid of the NUFC owner.

How best to do it though?

The supporters are split. Either anything is worth trying, or the alternative view is that what’s the point because nothing will make a difference.

I have no problem with either camp and  indeed I constantly veer between the two standpoints BUT nothing justifies having a go at each other.

Mike Ashley is the only enemy here, well he and his willing minions who are constantly dragging our great club down.

All Newcastle fans should have a little respect for each other.

Many are calling for boycotts of season tickets/matches, others say don’t buy the new strips, no more buying pies and pints is the call from some. As for Sports Direct, some supporters want their fellow fans to avoid it at all costs.

All of this is fine but don’t feel you have a right to start calling somebody because they won’t do as you want them to.

By all means say what you are doing and ask you to join them in boycotting matches, kit, pints, and Sports Direct, but who is anybody to tell someone else they are a disgrace if they don’t do as they are told.

This works as well the other way of course, nobody should get grief just because they are staying away from matches, whether because of Mike Ashley or whatever.

It all feels very much like the hardcore smoker who packs in, often they go from thinking they should have the right to still be able to smoke anywhere they want, to then overnight suddenly believing nobody should be smoking anywhere.

Back to Newcastle fans and I think the worst ones for calling those who are still going to matches (and also maybe scoffing pies and pints) are those who aren’t affected. Usually people who live away and who can’t get to matches regardless.

It is easy for them to tell others what they should and shouldn’t do, as it doesn’t impact on their life.

For those Newcastle fans who go to games it is usually a massive part of their social life and temporary escape from the usual stresses and strains of life with family, work and home life.

Trying to bully them to give up their matchday routine is the lowest of the low. Fair enough if you want to set an example and try to persuade others but just because you have now reached your breaking point doesn’t then mean others fans also have, anybody who decides to stop (or start again) going has to make that decision themselves.

If  it was as simple as everybody missing one game and Mike Ashley then guaranteed to be holding his hands up and selling the club, I would like to think we’d be left with only a handful of people inside St James Park.

That isn’t reality though and we are faced with a situation whereby a billionaire has hold of Newcastle United and is desperate to keep hold of it, no matter how many times he pretends to put it up for sale. The help it gives Ashley’s retail empire is totally underplayed by most Newcastle fans in my opinion, Newcastle Unite dis the gift that keeps on giving for SD shareholders, of which Ashley holds a roughly two thirds share.

Who knows what, if anything, would make Mike Ashley sell Newcastle United.

Maybe nothing would. Ashley clearly would rather risk another relegation than lose a battle of wills with Rafa Benitez, so like a spoilt kid, every chance he would see this club in the gutter rather than ‘lose’ to the fans.

This doesn’t mean give up, if you think boycotting matches or whatever will help, then go for it. Don’t though call others traitors because they won’t dance to your tune. Try to persuade by your sacrifices (as the excellent MAOC (Mike Ashley Out Campaign) did), as well as the ashleyout.com initiative) but don’t take your frustrations out on other Newcastle fans.

In this era, no big Premier League club has been sold due to pressure exerted by boycotts.

Man Utd fans were desperate to get rid of the Glazers and protested long and hard but got nowhere, they have been in control at Old Trafford for two years longer than Ashley at Newcastle.

Arsenal fans have been moaning for as long as anybody can remember about both Arsene Wenger and increasingly the owner(s) but they haven’t had any impact.

At Liverpool, Hicks and Gillett unified the fans (and Rafa) against them but despite their protests nothing could be done, until luckily for them the American pair ran out of money and were forced to sell.

At none of these clubs have there been successful mass boycotts of matches or anything else.

The Premier League functions with big clubs having an overwhelming percentage of tickets sold as season tickets, the reality as well being that in most cases there are plenty willing to take the place of those who give up.

Just look at Newcastle United, I know loads of people who have packed in because of Mike Ashley, can you imagine just how many people could potentially want to go to games if Ashley left and the club was ran along ambitious lines?

Bottom line is, if somebody still gets a buzz/pleasure out of actively following Newcastle United then good luck to them, you can’t be having a go at them to give it up and stop going until Mike Ashley leaves, with every chance he could be here for the next five, ten, twenty years.

Frightening I know but sadly it is now coming up to the 10th anniversary of Kevin Keegan being forced out, and then Mike Ashley promising to sell the club after the fans kicked off.

The reckless and manipulative way that Mike Ashley runs the club, almost guarantees that there will be another relegation along very soon.

Only this time there may well not be a Hughton or Benitez in place to mastermind an instant return to the top tier, fans will then by their own accord say enough is enough and walk away, until Ashley then walks away.

I have always thought it will only be when Ashley totally wrecks the club that he finally sells up and nothing tells me this will change now.

A sad and depressing thought but until that happens, everybody should keep on doing what they want to do and co-exist in harmony on and off the terraces.

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  • Steven05

    Out of the thousands of Newcastle fans more intelligent than me – surely somebody out there can think of SOMETHING that will make a difference/get him out

    He’s rich and stubborn etc – but he’s just one man

    • JonMag

      I can, but it`s illegal

      • Icky (Heaton)

        👊 I bet many had a similar thought, lol.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      A buyer with £350m will get him out that is all so you are all wasting your time and will only damage team morale.

    • Desree

      Simple. Don’t go to games. When fans actually stood up to Ashley he sanctioned 90m in transfers and hired Benitez.

      Then he gets Rafa to commit and locked in for 3 years and guess what, Ashley reverts to type.

      Every fan knows what needs to be done.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    You lot on the mag love it, gives you more clicks letting all the trolls on like Monkseaton to clog up this while proper fans get banned

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Would go and visit Jezza in the nut house and ask if there are any spare rooms as you come out with some rubbish.

  • SH.ER

    What makes our fans think an empty stadium will make Ashley sell?
    Boggles my mind, for years to keep reading that, boycott matches??
    It won’t matter, you will only damage your team morale
    Let’s say half the stadium is empty next season? That’s just a dip of £10m to £15m in gate & matchday income …
    Look at that photo, everything is wrong with it, everything
    Simple question, how an empty stadium is louder than 52k chanting Ashley out in every game? EVEN when the team is winning & in front of Sky & BT cameras = overseas broadcasting
    This’s how you embarrass the owner & force him out
    Calm down a bit with the Benitez chants & let’s target our voices against Ashley this season …

    • JonMag

      Newcastle is his biggest advertising outlet, you have an empty stadium
      every time Nufc are live on Tv & that`ll shake the Fat [email protected]@ ok

      • Les Higgins

        Regardless of how many people are in St’ James’ – even if its zero – I t is only empty in Mike Ashley’s eyes when there is not one single sports direct logo in there !

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      You are there to support a team which finished tenth not sing anti Ashley stuff. I for one never sing protest songs during a game. If you do you are supporting the opposition.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He is the opposition a bet you and your brother sang glazers out plenty of times when you were at old Trafford supporting your club

      • TheFatController

        What about that time you sang with Frank and Sammy D Jr in Vegas ?

        Or did you just meet them in the lift ?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      We can’t even get a half decent atmosphere nowadays how do you think we can get more than a couple people singing Ashley out?

  • Mark Davies

    A very well out article. As Steven05 says below we need to think of something that we can all agree on to show our angst.

    As Ive mentioned in previous posts infighting and name calling each other gets us nowhere and probably gives Ashley a great laugh.

    Divided we fall, United we stand!

    • Peter C

      And so say I,

  • JonMag

    A fans revolt at West Ham this summer certainly rattled the cages of the 2 Nonces that own it
    they`re on a £100m spending spree, protests & boycotts do work if you do them properly

    • Shipcote Willy

      Agree Jon but our fans will never do it. The fans also got rid of Wenger because the e board didn’t like the way empty seats were affecting the brand. Ashley wouldn’t like empty seats behind his adverts

      • Leicester Mag

        Spot on a half empty Emirates made a huge statement

        • Ron

          Ashley wouls see it as half full though

      • JonMag

        he`d brick it

      • Geordiegiants

        I’m not saying all but most of the people that attend our ground are not fans, they are spectators interested in their social life.

        • Ram Kishore

          So everyone who spends money and goes there is a mere spectator ..
          It’s a bit silly..

          • Geordiegiants

            No everyone that spends money with him are the cause of the problem though.

  • Leicester Mag

    You sanctimonious ar$e to suggest those who live away protest because they can and are unaffected. I’ve spent 25 years living away and held a season ticket for most that period and 15 years before that. The Mag now seems to be little more than a sh3t stirring e rag, interested only in stirring the pot rather than making any attempt to drive change.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Written by jumped up little gimps who have no affinity with the club paid to stir up fights & serve this bile.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Leicester Dave stills goes home and away every game so he could give you a lift if you buy a season ticket and Karl from Derby. Sadly Dave from Stafford packed it as he got dementia and took up walking.

      • TheFatController

        And Steve from Uttoxeter? Jeremy from Burton?

        • Big Hairy Man

          And Mancunian Monkfish.

          • TheFatController

            Straight to number one of hilarious posts on here!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The excellent M.A.O.C . who got us relegated with their demonstration against Hull City when a single point would have kept us up. Instead the distractions that game sent us down so yes excellent for the people who hate Newcastle. For Mike Ashley to leave we need a buyer yes a buyer but let this sink in we have not got one not even for three hundred and fifty million. Yes someone at half time got grief for buying a pint (the money goes to Sodexo not Ashley) so enjoyed sorting that one out. I also enjoyed ripping them leaflets up in Bar Loco the morons headquarters.
    On a happy note season tickets went on sale today for all areas of the ground so have a look and buy one now.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      You & your fat brother are really thicker than a whale omelette.

      Are you Pardew in disguise?

      • TheFatController

        watch your wife if he is…

    • Ba ba.

      Aye the distractions not the fact we were pony…. 👍

      • SuperDesHamilton

        And didn’t Danny Guthrie get sent off as well? That’ll be our fault

        • Ba ba.

          Correct but it is our fault

        • Brian Standen

          No. But what a cruncher!

          • pedrodelgardo

            It was a disgrace and selfish.

          • Brian Standen

            Can’t argue with that at all

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Broke the kids leg didn’t he?

    • TheFatController

      Why don’t you take the boycotting fans at The Hull game to court for compensation (lost PL earnings, a hefty sum no doubt)?

      You’d have to prove that nothing else influenced the relegation that season, there were no other contributing factors. Which I’m sure you can do?

      Easy money for you therefore.

  • TheNutJob

    Brighton have just made their 6th signing in this window, Bournemouth are spending £57m on 2 players & Liverpool have just agreed £66m for a keeper
    where`s our money going Fatty ??

    • Shipcote Willy

      JUst heard Nottingham Forest pundit say they have spent £70m this window too. We won’t compete with anyone

      • TheNutJob

        desperate times Willy

      • Jezza

        Although our club is now raking in record profits we can’t even match the spending of any clubs in the Championship now. Give it a couple of years and we won’t even have the biggest transfer budget on Tyneside. Even Gateshead will be outspending us.

      • Geordiegiants

        Why haven’t they took Jack, they are desperate for him according to Karanka.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Be careful what everyone says on here as well. Monkseaton is a grass

    • Leicester Mag

      Mispelt drop the gr

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      I take all the flack on here and gladly put up with but no idea what you on about. Been banned twice from this site before so the boot is on the other foot.

      • TheFatController

        Ban 1 – 1623 after a derby game
        Ban 2 – 1893 after the name change to United

  • Leicester Mag

    No doubt Monkfish would have called the Jarrow Crusade a pointless protest led by Communists, just to pick a fight.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Him and his brother are from near Manchester so he’s probably never heard of it!

    • JonMag

      that lad has his head so far up his a$$ he can see through his mouth

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      A poor comparison people starving to a club punching above their weight
      in the history of the club. However people on here will never be happy.

      • drc74

        thats cos a, fat cockney sxxnk guzzler

  • Geordiegiants

    I don’t care what anyone says, their is not a single business in the world that can continue without its customers. Look at Ratners as an example.

    • Anonymouse1

      you didn`t buy anything off him, did you

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha ha lol nah no cheap tat hear.

  • Toon

    Mike Ashley or Lee Charnley? Who do people think typed this dribble? In other words spend all your money on NUFC tickets, refreshments and merchandise. As for all you naughties that refuse to sanction Ashley, keep your mouth shut, your not even from the area, The Rag hitting new lows

  • Brian Standen

    Great balanced article – the ones who disagree will be the ones hiding behind an alias. – see below

    • JonMag

      what you implying

      • Brian Standen

        Well in my considered opinion the article is balanced and fair, there is too much sniping, name calling on here- fact!
        But the fact is most people hide behind a pseudonym, making threats and calling people out!

        I am open book, I detest Ashley , strangling the club, but no different to the 70s & 80s chairman etc, but I still go!

        Reason why? I always have and he is not going to stop me!

        And for the record my comment was not aimed at you …..

        • Mark Davies

          Completely agree Brian. You and the article above make complete sense. Thats not brown nosing either its just agreeing with someone as I dont with many on here or them with me haha

          • Geordiegiants

            Just thought I would let you know, you sent me a reply earlier and I got it through email but the mag never published it.

          • Mark Davies

            Cheers mate. I had to repost it but not as a reply to you. Havent a clue why. Cheers

          • Geordiegiants

            👍.

        • TheNutJob

          I can`t see any threats, a few wind ups here & there but no threats

          • Brian Standen

            Well possibly your right. Except of course for Leazes who openly threatened me on here before a home game on here…., but oddly enough despite him knowing my pre match routine ( same every game) he failed to show!

          • Mike Adam

            Of course he didn’t show.

        • Peter C

          In my opinion also, I agree with you regarding the article.

          I’m also anti Ashley, but some of the comments on this site go to far.

        • Toon Barmy

          Why do you detest Ashley?, you are still getting to enjoy your ” match day experience” and i thought that was all that mattered to most people.

          • Brian Standen

            Same reason you do – strangling the club like many owners and chair persons before him

          • Geordiegiants

            So why don’t you stop him Brian?

        • Billmag

          Yes well said Brian after supporting this club for nigh on 60 years getting called a troll is disgracefull.

          • Brian Standen

            And totally not deserved. I just get the feeling that the ones who snipe about those who go simply were not around when times were really bad ( or good), dilapidated stadium, forward line of Rafferty and Shinton…… need I go on?
            I got no problem witn anyone who does not go because of Ashley , but I been going to long to change now…… if that makes me part of the problem then so be it’

          • Billmag

            Stick by your beliefs Brian it isn’t easy to drag yourself away from something that’s a way of life.

          • Brian Standen

            I always will do and you know what is great, the article provoked some good debate which is what football should be about!
            Too much vilification on here at times but I can live with that but would much rather debate sensibly with someone!

    • Dean Wilkins isn’t an alias?

      There are no more than 2 authors on the MAG
      Fake site run for hits by WUMS

      • Brian Standen

        Well that’s rubbish. Anyone can write. I sometimes do!
        There are no professionals to my knowledge

  • Peter C

    An article which I totally agree with, in every respect

    Lets stop metaphorically, fighting amongst ourselves. Because we all see things, through different eyes.

    • Anonymouse1

      who`s doing the fighting

    • Megatron1505

      Ok PAL …..or should that by hypocrite ?

      • Peter C

        Does it make me a hypocrite, that I believe everyone’s entitled to an opinion,
        no matter that I may disagree with it.

        Even someone like you, PAL.

        • Megatron1505

          No PAL, it makes you a hypocrite that you talk about stopping fighting amongst ourselves after aggressively attacking my opinion on another article. A hypocrite and a cvnt.

          • Peter C

            Seem to have hit a roar nerve. And the C doesn’t stand for the expletive you’ve used. What does Megatron stand for, are you over 6 years old.

            I retract the sh#te word, for utter rubbish.
            Hope that doesn’t offend your sensibilities to much. PAL

          • Megatron1505

            So you are a hypocrite and a cvnt, good to know 👍

          • Peter C

            Takes one, to know one, as they say!

    • Geordiegiants

      Does that translate as let’s sit and do the same as the spectators have done for the last 11 years……………… fuckall?

      • Peter C

        I actually agree with you, a boycott of matches is probably the only way of getting Mike Ashley to sit up and take notice.

        I want him out, as much as the majority do. But you just can’t dictate to others, and insist on, that they do your bidding.

        We don’t live in a totalitarian state.

  • Anonymouse1

    latest rumours. West ham to go for Rondon, Fulham to go for Kevin Mbabu £10m

    • Geordiegiants

      Mbabu looked good, but like Mitro he obviously had floors in his attitude or application.

  • TheFatController

    So your opinion that it is fans who live away that are ‘the worst’ at criticising those that won’t stay away as a boycott is based on what you think, as you say, or on empirical research?

    Is it that you read a couple of specific comments on here from a sample of say, 2 or 3, and generalized it to apply to a fan base I believe to be around 250k or so (according to Lambias in his time)?

    So you ask people not to be judgemental of others, then judge a specific section of the fan base as being worst offenders ? Probably unfounded given you’ve not researched the views of any fans who live far away from the ground.

    The irony…

  • FatParosite

    This is utter bollox. The ‘Fans’ that go to the SJP, who consume his tat, eat over priced pies and drink the pumped pi$$ are at fault, are just as guilty as Ashley is. ‘Support the team not the Regime’ mantra “Reality control,” they called it: in Newspeak, “doublethink.”

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂

    • Geordiegiants

      You are 100% right, if any other business in the world went on like that you just wouldn’t use it, and guess what………………….?
      It would have to change or fold.

  • TheNutJob

    Ryder of the ronnie,
    “Rafa had a £40m budget but that was pulled when he didnt sign a new contract.
    he goes on to say “Newcastle bid £20m for Plea”
    can you see the flaws ? no budget but Newcastle bid £20m, how is this guy a sports journalist

    • Peaky

      They are also saying Origi may be an option ???? Didn’t want to come last year so why would he now ???? Wouldn’t go near him tbh…

      • Jezza

        Ha ha, I knew we’d be linked with a loan move for Origi before the summer was out. It’s all so sadly predictable.

        • Peaky

          It’ll be Abraham next no doubt ?

          • Geordiegiants

            They recon Bas Dost is a canny bet.

          • Peaky

            Wouldn’t put past us ending up with the Salami again….

          • JonMag

            A fit Slimani is better that the tosser`s mentioned

          • Geordiegiants

            He looked a decent player when he was fit.

          • Geordiegiants

            Good chance by the looks of things.

          • Jezza

            If we can get him on another pay per play deal then it’s a very realistic possibility. That’s probably what Rafa was on about when he was adamant about getting a striker before the deadline.

        • JonMag

          beg, steal or borrow that`s what the Fat [email protected]@k`s turned a great club into

  • TheFatController

    Haha, I’ve had my post criticising the hypcrisy in the article taken down – i pointed to the irony of asking that people dont judge supporters, whilst soon saying he thinks fans who don’t live near the ground so can’t go are the worst offenders….but hey, let’s not be judgemental …

    the mag censors posts that show their writers can sometimes be poor in their analysis of subjects?

    So much for free speech.

    • Geordiegiants

      I had a reply posted to me and it came though on email, but it wasn’t printed on the mag. It’s this platform, it’s a pisstake.

      • TheFatController

        I thought we’d gone all 1984! Maybe you’re right yes. Mark isn’t Big Brother thankfully …

  • Scott Robinson

    Dreadful article, how old are you? “Trying to bully them to give up their matchday routine.” I have never see anyone really ‘bully’ another toon fan, even online. It is all tongue in cheek like Leazes’ off the cuff and straight to the point comments, which are usually spot on and come as ‘take it or leave it’ in your face. Monkseaton takes it on the chin, but does he cry ‘Mam, I am being bullied’. Only the most weak kneed, hysterical, lily livered, obsessive tin foil hat wearing, cult like, fanatic, takes offence and feels bullied. It is only a game of football not a ‘real’ religion and we all have our different views, so why be so easily offended and feel BULLIED. Please come forward those who feel ‘bullied’ and we shall arrange all manner of unhelpful therapy, like a day trip to the Stadium of Light with your brand new shiny toon top on.

    I disagree with sodomy, the LGBT intolerant ‘Gay’ mafia, Islam, Europhiles, Communist Corbyn and those who put brown sauce on their sausage sarnies. I can evidence why from the fact their is no evidence of a ‘gay’ gene and an Ashington coal miner in a dress doesn’t make one naturally and biologically a lady. I can argue the rest, but I don’t bully anyone. I can see why those who are brainwashed by certain agenda ‘feel’ bullied, just because someone points out the logical facts.

    Forums should remain places where freedom of speech might just offend the hysterical and where the hysterical sometimes are still allowed to post and express opinions, even if half-baked. But who really ‘feels’ bullied on a football forum???? Time to stay offline and wrap yourself in cotton wool, or find another forum or even another hobby. IT IS JUST A GAME, if you don’t believe me “outside” and I’ll persuade you!

    • TheFatController

      I confess I did get accused of something like bullying once on here – someone wrote positively about Ashley, a reply criticised the writer as too pro Ashley, I answered that reply with ‘no wonder, it was actually written by his mum’

      Later the writer told me I was wrong to mention his mother as she had passed a few years ago….

      Guilty as charged, m’lud.

    • Geordiegiants

      Regardless of any gene, anyone in this world should be allowed to be who and what they want. You say you don’t like Islam, I don’t personally, it’s a degrading outdated form of control. So is telling people they can’t be who or what they want to be.

    • paul mclaughlan

      They reckon most anti-gay people are really gay. You down the triangle this weekend?

      • Jezza

        Good point. The other thing is that most bigots deep down really don’t like themselves. They find it a lot easier to hate other people for being black or brown or gay or trans than they do to look too closely at their own personal faults and failings.

  • DeadToiler

    Totally agree with the article. Some of the previous comments confirm this. People more bothered about arguing and proving themselves “right”.

  • Superdooperhooper

    It’s simple. If you don’t like it don’t go . If you do go don’t complain. You can’t vote tory then complain about the bedroom tax and universal credit

    • JonMag

      is that some kind of sexual act, your handle

      • Superdooperhooper

        No it’s what we called Mike hooper our keeper in the nineties

        • JonMag

          Ok

        • Megatron1505

          He wasshit though.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Yes an ironic title. He was just about to take a goal kick and some fella near me bellowed at the top of his voice SUPER DOOPER HOOPER! Funny how these things stick in the mind

          • Billmag

            He ended up being a doorman at one of the boozers in Easington Village.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Really ? I knew he went to the mackems and didn’t get a game . Which is worse not getting a game for the mackems or being a bouncer in Easington? I dunno

          • Billmag

            I couldn’t believe it when I saw him,this was a few years ago mind and he had a bit of a belly on him, but the lad was good crack I said to him what’s happened to you Mike he just laughed and said you have to make money somehow, I shook his hand and wished him well canny lad poor goalie though.

          • Jezza

            Ha ha yes, like Mick Mahoney Super Goalie back in the 70’s. He wasn’t super either!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      No bother Stalin

      • Superdooperhooper

        How am I stalin then?

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Telling people what they can & can’t do

          • Superdooperhooper

            No.. My comment was about hypocrisy not telling people what to do

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Don’t cry, it’s just an opinion

      • Jezza

        Do you really consider anybody who doesn’t like Tory policy to be a Stalinist? That is a very extreme attitude to take and definitely not what I’d expect from a fellow Newcastle supporter. We Geordies are a proud working class people raised on the industries of mining and ship building. From the Jarrow Crusade to the miners strike, no region of the country has suffered more from elitist Tory misrule. Let me tell you I would consider voting Tory to be an even bigger betrayal of my Geordie roots than suppoprting Sunderland.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Cheers for the unwanted history lesson 👍🏻

          I was referring to the posters attitude telling people what they can & can’t think…like a dictator.

          I haven’t and never would vote Tory, not that it has anything to do with anyone

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Jezza is a Sunderland supporter he has admitted it.

  • JonMag

    65 quid for a shirt some chinks knocked out in a sweat shop for less than a fiver
    and the poor [email protected]@ker will be on $6 a week & a bowl of rice a day.
    shameful
    Puma manufacture in China & Indonesia taking advantage of the poor,
    just like the Fat [email protected]@ker who owns Nufc

  • Peaky

    Can someone on this platform take it once and for all I don’t want a fuc*ing IPhone X…..🤬🤬🤬

    • JonMag

      why not

      • Peaky

        Nowt wrong with the phone but the redirection when trying to post is doing my bloody heed in….

        • TheFatController

          Take a look at these offers on the latest Samsung handsets.

          Unlimited data too.

          • Peaky

            Adverts are taking over the world….Google IS Big Brother…

        • TheNutJob

          you`re like me then, wor kid say`s i`m a luddite anything technical turns to schitt when i use it
          😂😂😂

          • TheFatController

            That’s because, like Putin and elections, Monkseaton Mugpie is messing with your tech….

          • TheNutJob

            the mad Mugpie

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I only have a nokia do not do technology.

        • Big Hairy Man

          Have you tried installing Adblock plus? Works for me

          • TheNutJob

            that`s the answer

          • Peaky

            No but will give it a go….cheers.

    • TheFatController

      How about this latest Samsung…?

      • TheNutJob

        IPhone 8 project red, best phone i`ve ever had

        • Jezza

          Ha ha, best phone I ever had was one shaped like a car at my flat in Edinburgh in the 80’s. Left it in the flat when I moved back South of the border. Wish I’d taken it with me.

      • Peaky

        Noooooooooooooo….

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha lol, it gets right on your wick!

    • Jezza

      I haven’t even got a normal mobile phone never mind a smartphone. Never been interested in the things.

  • TheNutJob

    I`m off oot for a drink, bit of Chanel allure sport on, the barmaids love it.
    😂😂

    • Geordiegiants

      We just use old spice on the high street and their knickers hit the floor.

      • Wor Lass

        Those that wear them, that is!

  • Billmag

    Certain poster’s on if you don’t agree with them you get called a troll,Lee brothers from Manchester it’s pathetic, the same people that spreads this poison are maybe troll’s themselves I mean why disrespect someone that has a different opinion, this forum used to be good banter nothing nasty just good banter but that’s been lost Im afraid all because certain poster’s stand people’s opinions. And by the way I’m no Ashley lover I detest the man for what he’s done to my club.

    • Wor Lass

      I disagree with Monksatan on Ashley and I do take the pi$$ now and again but he has every right to come on here and express his opinion. There are plenty of people out there who think like him. I don`t hold with blocking anybody – unless they are genuinely offensive to you, I suppose – I think a bit of banter should be enough. It`s the arguments and gallows humour that make these sites worth coming on to.

      • Geordiegiants

        Mugpie is the only person I have blocked, I’m not into this Lee brother stuff, but Mugpie is definetly not a Newcastle fan.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Sorry to disappoint but in the top fifteen fans of Newcastle if you must know. The club keep a league table.

      • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

        Well said, I mainly post negative 💩 comments, tho my hatred goes deep, very deep, as over a decade ago, I found myself with no work, as the position that was there for many years – disappeared, same for some great colleagues, as jobs vanished – no myth, boohoo us, not!
        Tho I do believe each to their own, whether I like it or not, fans will always do what they want, again and too right.

        Tho I will always have fond memories of watching the ground go up. It’s amazing what a Greg’s sausage roll can do in buttering builders up, just to be that bit more nosey – I loved work then, might not have been the best salary, but my heart was always in it, hangover or not 😉
        My biggest problem is I know for a fact that the incumbent regime – does not have the club, including the great fans, at heart!
        Lol, just watching TV & news now – SD sales have took a hit? 85mill loss 😁nee wonder we can’t afford a striker. Tho sales up 😢 again, least the good thing is, helped paid for by our club 😜

    • SuperDesHamilton

      What a troll & Lee brother…

      • Mike Adam

        You stir with a mighty huge stick

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Me stir? Never.

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s blatant banter Mike!

          • Mike Adam

            Sure some is, but some also goes too far. Maybe I am just missing something again, but why are people like me and others called trolls and real trolls like Des are not singled out? And the over the top, inappropriate things he says to get a reaction from others are not considered trolling?

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t think Mr Hamilton goes over the top he just wears his heart on his sleeve.

          • Mike Adam

            Well my friend again we disagree! Saying things like, ” don’t you have anything better to do on a Saturady in America, Like a school shooting?” is absurd to me! And is way beyond banter. Yet myself and others are called trolls for having a different opinion, but this “blatant banter” which appears only to be said to get a reaction is jolley good. Saying what he said to me has nothing to do with wearing your heart on your sleeve. There are certain lines that should not be crossed, but it appears that in this cyber world of “banter” anything goes and nobody should take offense. Is that correct?

          • Geordiegiants

            No comment!

          • Mike Adam

            So I guess anything is fair game on these forums apparently. And if the children on here don’t like it they block you.

          • Geordiegiants

            I know what you mean, but some days we all get pissedoff and rant and rave wether it be on here or in life in general.

          • Mike Adam

            Sure, but I am not going to be nice anymore. Why should I? I will wear my heart on my sleeve and dish out the same banter that I receive from the experts and troll police and so on. Should be fun!!!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Jezza has dementia and gets confused. How he came up with the Lee brothers is any ones guess. However hope to meet Fleckmen at Cardiff or another game and also Jonathan Coyne one of the militants on here.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          At old Trafford?

    • Mike Adam

      You are so correct Billmag. Keep on posting mate, no matter what the experts call you, I certainly will.

      • Billmag

        Cheers 👍👍

  • Martin

    It was the sight of the half empty Emirates stadium that spooked the Arsenal owners into getting rid of Wenger. They acted within a matter of months after years of dissent from Arsenal fans. It would actually be very very easy to get rid of Ashley. Just stop going for a few games. However, if you are not willing to do this, there is no point moaning as nothing wil change. From Ashley’s perspective, why should he spend more if the stadium sells out when he behaves as he currently does? There is no need for him to do so.

    • Geordiegiants

      He is pushing even further now with season ticket prices etc………………..Still the sheep will flock.

  • RoboRat

    As the author mentioned you are never going to get all disgruntled supporters agreeing on the best course of action. However, it might be easier to get a significant percentage of supporters to stay away from one high profile game which is scheduled to be broadcast on sky. Say manu or arsenal at home. That would send a strong signal and would be beamed across the world.

    • Geordiegiants

      The problem is, most of the FANS have already give it up, these lot now are only interested in their social life. It’s as obvious as the nose on Phil Thompson’s face how to get rid, they couldn’t give afuck though, they are happy sitting like mutes doing fuckall.

      • Marice Pertle

        Did you even read the article?

        • JonMag

          Don`t be silly, nobody reads that shyte just the headline
          as it`s the same old krap just a different day

          • Geordiegiants

            Bang on Jon!
            🔨
            😂🤣😂🤣😂

      • Brian Standen

        And it’s faceless comments like that, that I detest the most!
        Happy sitting like mutes? Really check the work by the flags groups – it’s an insult to call them which you just did!
        As for social? Yeah I see mates at the match, mates I went to school with 40 years ago, some mates no longer with us sadly, People I travelled away with for longer than I care to remember through far worse climates!
        Your faceless comment in my humble opinion is insulting !

        • Geordiegiants

          The flags thing is a halfarsed attempt to up the atmosphere, it’s not a protest, apart from the odd thing that has zero effect and doesn’t even get shown on tv. You can go for a pint any time with your pals. You could even go to the same bar while sitting in protest at the odd match.
          Yes sitting like mutes, the place is like a library, everyone should be up in arms making it clear they aren’t happy, most sit taking it saying shitlike, he’s not stopping me going, I’ve never missed a match for…………, or I need my points or I’ve had my seat for…… He doesn’t want anyone to stop he wants your money and fuckall else, he wants you to keep doing exactly what you are.

          • Brian Standen

            First of all before you comment have a read. I never mentioned anything about protest – I mentioned sitting like mutes – the fans group try to create a decent match day atmosphere, unlike the toxicity in your reply!
            Pints with mates is easy I do most nights, but match day mates and old school friends is often different groups – maybe you can count your friends on the fingers of a Dalek!
            But as my original comment said the people who react the most are faceless, nameless keyboard warriors!

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s your answer, faceless nameless warriors? Does it matter who I am? I’m speaking the truth, and it hurts.
            Again you could go with your match mates on match day for a pint. If you have to go, DO SOMETHING! Don’t just sit like nothing is wrong.
            He wants you to try and make an atmosphere and pretend nothing is wrong and support his toxic empire. Howare man Brian you aren’t that daft are you?
            What can’t you see? You are doing EXACTLY what he wants. EXACTLY!

          • Brian Standen

            Listen. Like I said. I have seen it all before , Jesus in the 70s the fans even hounded out club legend Joe Harvey, countless demonstrations against different boards! Did it make a difference then? No!
            Apart from a few years under Keegan and SBR the club has been stagnant for 50 years!

            The only thing this club has to be proud of was the unwavering support, sure crowds were lower but so was every clubs – Man Utd struggled to get 40k at times!

            So if you question my intelligence then I’m
            Sorry but your wrong, question my opinion without the faceless name calling and I will happily debate anytime!

            Ashley is a top tosser in my eyes, but no different to many of his predecessors!

          • Toon Barmy

            Ashley is not preventing you from doing something you obviously enjoy doing, so why in your eyes is he a top tosser?

          • Brian Standen

            For the same reasons you detest him!
            What you all in my eyes fail to see is that we have seen it all before, he is just the latest in line!

          • Geordiegiants

            I’ve never called you anything, you may of took some general post personally, but I’ve never called you any thing. Ashley is a tosser?
            Can I ask you a series of questions and answer honestly, not to me but to yourself?
            1 What does Ashley want out of our fans?
            2 Why has Ashley bought our club?
            3 What is Ashley’s only concern in life?
            4 What does Ashley give to Newcastle?
            5 What do you get for your loyalty to his company?
            6 Would you buy a product at any other company that treat you like this?
            7 If nobody was giving him money would he be here?
            8 Could an organised protest get him out, IE a boycott of not spending money with him.
            9 Is there one single company on this planet that could survive without customers?

          • Brian Standen

            Wow a lot to answer so late
            However let me indulge you
            1- nothing, he is not reliant
            2- he bought it as a toy thinking he could do more with it
            3- money. Namely his own
            4- nothing at all now, he tried initially when Chris Mort was in tow but once he realised he was out of his depth his motives changed
            6- hard one to answer! Have I shopped at SD- yes! My household budget dictates where I shop! But rightly or wrongly I see NUFC the same as I did in the 70s
            7- definitely not , but the money is from the likes of sky not the fans!
            8- I doubt it because of reasons mentioned in previous questions
            9- obviously not , but while NUFC does give him clearly free advertising, the income stream for SD is not anything we can do anything about! If we boycott SD it would have miniscule effect, the rest of the world would take no notice

            I hope that sort of answers your questions sensibly- just a footnote….. I have no doubt that lots of folk on here shop st SD if they need stuff! Family budgets will dictate that

          • Geordiegiants

            Without going into to much depth, you seriously think he wants nothing out of our fans? This myth that stadium income is nothing is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard. £40m is not a drop in the ocean even to a billionaire. It’s about a third of total income. Why do you think Tottenham, Arsenal etc etc are upgrading their stafiums? You sound like your brain washed to Brian. Like I’ve said to another writer, there are followers and leaders, if your happy to sit there and continue to let this happen then that’s up to you, I will never takeshit from people like him, never mind pay someone to cuntme off.
            One word answers to those questions above are
            1 money
            2 money
            3 money
            4 nothing
            5 nothing
            6 no
            7 no
            8 yes
            9 yes

          • Brian Standen

            Firstly I don’t send anyone up, I answered as I saw fit!
            Forgive me for not being an accountant but I calculated the stadium income at nearer £20 million, although I’m sure some expert would corrrct me!
            If you think an empty stadium will change things look down the road- yeah it got rid of Ellis Short but at what cost? It attracted 2 small time nee owners Chas & Dave whose only financial commitment is to give Ellis Short the proceeds of future parachute payments – they are debt free on paper but financial turnover will drop by about £100 million with very limited income
            An empty stadium will put off any buyers who have serious wealth it will attract chas and Dave wannabes !
            Our opinions differ but it is now good debate

          • Geordiegiants

            I get where your coming from with the two wombles that have bought the inbreds, but we are a different kettle of fish, a different animal. Every buyer will run it as a business these days, that I have no problem with, but Jabba is taking thepiss and that’s putting it politely.

          • Brian Standen

            And I agree with you.
            It’s just I choose to carry on going, not gonna let him stop me doing what I want to do!

          • Geordiegiants

            Brian these replies might as well say baa, baa, baaa. It’s madness mate.
            You have been going to the match since Ashley come, you meet your pals in a bar and have a few pints before the match.
            Let’s say you drink a pint, 11 years ago that pint was 5.5% alchohol, then every year it drops by 0.5% alchohol. Would you keep drinking it because that’s what you have done for the last 11 years, or because they aren’t going to stop you drinking that beer?

          • Brian Standen

            I been going since 1970- missed a total of 18 home games since then!
            That is a hard habit to break – but in that time been so many hapless, hopeless people in the owners/ chairman seat!
            This is nothing new!
            I did not stop because of Westwood ( and yes he was a pirate), and this bloke ain’t stopping me now
            Players, owners managers come and go – fans are for life!

          • Geordiegiants

            So nothing will ever change. Just keep doing the same old, same old and the cycle will continue for your kids, Grandkids and so on.

          • Brian Standen

            long After Ashley is gone!

          • Ben Jones

            40m! 20m! What for? Stadium advertising? Are you crazy? We don’t take our stadium with us on away games nor do our fans walk around in replica St James parks, our shirt sponsor is worth 8m a year . The stadium advertising is worth 2m a year

          • Brian Standen

            I think he was talking about season tickets income, match day tickets. I just answered his question.
            Go shoot he who asked

          • Ben Jones

            Ahhh yes I see, sorry my mistake for not reading the thread correctly, I’m so used to seeing people talk about the alleged billion a year the club should be getting from stadium advertising I went into auto reply mode!

          • Brian Standen

            Nee worries – I sometimes do similar

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Matchday revenue tear ended 2017 was £23.4m the previous year was £24.7m so this year with the price increases should be over £25m subject to cup runs.

          • Brian Standen

            So we can disregard the cup runs?

          • Geordiegiants

            Brian are you trying to wind me up or being serious? This myth that stadium money is a drop in the ocean is utter folly.
            It’s around £40 million, thats probably somwhere in the region of a third of our whole annual income.

          • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

            I would of added a 10. Do you think MA has Newcastle ‘s best interests at heart.
            I know for fact it’s a No, and I honestly believe that once he’s earned all he has and helped advertised his noxious wares etc etc etc. he’d be happy to see the club gone!

            Altho, at least we could start again 🤔
            Makes you wanna cry in your 💩 S….. D….. white socks.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Got lots of mates in the flag group and they do lots of work on the Friday night three hours or more. On a Saturday they meet in a bar called the North Terrace but by one O’clock in the ground again to help what is a greats how of support.
          Ashley has created a singing section twice for them. The first time the fans abused it with anti Ashley chants. Lets hope they do not do it a second time. Still nighty four season tickets in the upper Gallowgate V and thirty six in block U if you want to support our great club. Season tickets for all areas went on sale today so get yours now.

          • Brian Standen

            Sorry but Until he invests or goes the abuse will keep on coming and intensify

      • Kneebotherm8

        Obvious as the nose on Phil Thomson’s face?…………😂😂😂😂😂………yup it’s a hooter and a half………must agree……

  • Westdentoon

    Sorry like but some people live in cloud cookoo land if they think that staying away for 1 or 2 games would get rid of the cancer.
    Its not the same situation as Arsenal, it’s the owner we want shot of, not the manager and staying away short term will do fcku all.
    Unfortunately we need need someone to buy the club as he won’t just walk away.
    Protests need to be direct and loud in and around the ground on match days with maximum exposure & slagging fans that go to the game still is well off side in my opinion.

    • Damon Horner

      I don’t see Ashley cutting his losses, accepting his times up or doing the fans a favour. The guy’s thick skinned and loves a gamble, if we suffer he’ll ride it out. It’s going to take cash.

      • Westdentoon

        Agree. Not a cat in hells chance will it shift him if fans stay away for a game or 2. I hear people on here saying we should follow Sunderland fans example! WTF! Do they really think we should act as they did? Sorry but an empty stadium just makes you look like a small club and does nowt for the long term future of the club..unless of course you think relegation to division 2 is progress.
        Liverpool fans didn’t stay away, nor did West Ham fans…The stay away arsenal fans had nowt to do with protesting, they are simply the plastic contingent that only go when they challenge for honours.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          You’re bang on. I do respect every fan’s right to make their own decision and I understand their reasons for staying away but 52,000 unified, vocal fans inside the ground protesting and embarrassing the hell out of Ashley, particularly if we’re clever and target his real love Sports Direct…imagine banners highlighting his dodgy business practices beamed across the globe such as % of zero hours contracts, flouting of minimum wage, MPs questions, vomiting in fireplace, Llambias “nasty” quote etc displayed defiantly all around the ground and beamed around the world on TV. That would take proper organisation and proper guts and would work if enough of us did it. I can’t believe some of the comments I’ve read about us following disillusioned Mackems examples or even worse plastic Arsenal fans. They didn’t stay away because they are principled, they stayed away as they are the worst examples of plastic, corporate, modern fans.