It’s gone right off then hasn’t it? I think we all got a bit distracted by the World Cup and suddenly the startling reality of another transfer window of misery, austerity and neglect hit home, exacerbated by the early closure of this year’s window and hammered home definitively by Rafa’s statements in Ireland suggesting he couldn’t stick this nonsense for much longer. The campaign #IfRafaGoesWeGo was swiftly born and I’d naively hope that this is something we can finally all come together on.

In the past, it has to be said that we as a fan group, have blown our chances at rattling Mike Ashley through a lack of solidarity.

A projected walk-out against Cardiff (final home match of 2013/14) fell flat when we couldn’t agree what minute to rack off in, with the 60th v 69th debate a bigger story than the protest.

Whilst the boycott Spurs match campaign the following season was well supported, but met with disdain from other fans, who feel any failure to attend a game is unbecoming of a supporter.

Hopefully, lessons have been learned and people who still had patience during the Pardew era, will largely have been worn down. The likely threat of losing Rafa, returning to our previous state of existential hopelessness and tearing headlong towards a third relegation, is surely enough for even the daftest, most sycophantic troll to appreciate that the Ashley era at Newcastle United is miserable for people and using the emotional connection with the club as a means to extort people. However, I think there are a few basic guidelines we could do with adapting this time, such as:

Show each other a bit of respect:

NUFC is becoming the sporting equivalent of Brexit, with fervent leavers calling out staunch remainers for their unwillingness to see the correct point of view.

Can people not get that some other, perfectly nice, decent fans might have a different situation to cater for?

The one I keep thinking of is the parent of a small child who has fallen hopelessly in love with NUFC and is going through the stage of living from match to match. You may have the principles to walk away yourself but you can’t do it to the child. It might be Ashley’s version of United but it’s still Newcastle United. Conversely, if you choose not to get involved in any protests, displays or stay aways because you feel it is counter productive then fine, but allow the people expressing themselves through action the chance to make a difference. If it works on any level, you’ll benefit from their efforts.

Plenty of notice:

Around the time of Boycott Spurs, every w..ker and his Alsatian had a tirade about how we should all miss the Stoke game because they look like Sunderland, or boycott Chelsea because Dennis Wise played for them. If matches are to be used in this way it needs to be co-ordinated well in advance, so people can make a choice without compromising plans. If a boycott is well advertised before tickets go on sale, fans can choose a different game if they’re attending sporadically, or plan other events around the demonstration. Which brings me to:

Prepare for the worst:

I have mentioned a boycott above and, to be honest, I am going on record as saying that as things stand this should be something that is done. The January transfer window is the absolute last chance saloon for Rafa Benitez and his chances of taking NUFC forward. A well positioned mass non-attendance of a (preferably) televised game some time around early December (West Ham) would, in my opinion, be an excellent show of intent. Whatever people might say, the Spurs boycott jarred Ashley to act, and I think we could get far more momentum this time round.

There is another reason I’m suggesting this though, that many won’t have considered.

I would advocate missing a game and spending the afternoon doing something that you would likely find yourself doing next season instead, should you walk away with Rafa next June. Support lower down the pyramid would be an excellent option, as the boycott could benefit local clubs while its success could be measured not only by the empty seats at SJP, but by swollen attendances at Blyth, Whitley Bay, Hebburn Town etc. If you have family members playing at grass roots get along and see them.

If the situation has spoilt football for you, see if Falcons are at home, or support your local rugby club.

If none of that applies, go to the Metro Centre then, but bear in mind that this is your alternative to watching Newcastle at St James. You may regret not doing it years ago, or you may conclude that deep down you just can’t go through with it. Come crunch time in 2019, whatever option you choose is fine, it’s your life and no one has the right to tell you how to enjoy what you’ve worked for.

Just maybe though, with a bit of solidarity, a bit of planning, maybe a bit of luck, things can work out better for us all.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Not going to happen,
    there will always be those who make a stand & there`ll always be those that will attend the matches come what may.
    Ashley knows that & will continue on his path of asset stripping.

    • JD

      target Sports Direct in your spare time

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        No worries there, i already have

        • Wor Lass

          Shame about the socks, though!

          • TheNutJob

            stopped buying them

        • JD

          If everyone goes into Sports Direct website and puts thousands of items in the bag to buy later, after it will say out of stock, stopping people from purchasing. Obviously your going to buy it 👍🏽

          • Tino11

            Yesterday I had thousands of football tops in my basket, the max is 999 per size if fully in stock. I kept refreshing my baskey every 20 minutes, my total was over £427,000!

          • Wor Lass

            You nutter – I like it, though. Unfortunately, @TheNutJob already spent that much on trainer socks.

          • Leazes.

            You can order more than 999

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Into his 12th season now. Ashley would have got nowhere near that were it not for the utterly supine nature of most of our fans. Go to the not606 site to read the views of some of them. Still going on about supporting the team not the regime, and the importance of the ’12th man’.

      Sad.

      • Leazes.

        There was some guy on the chronicle site saying that the new striker was a fantastic goal poacher, probably on the basis of the chronicles youtube sample….. ignoring the fact that he doesn’t score double figures…..

        • FatParosite

          In Bishop’s (not really experienced) opinion I’m sure it’s all true.

  • Roblee07

    Jamie I really think that enough is enough. I really like rafa and wish he could be our manager for years to come. However I do feel that the rafa situation is an elastoplast over a gaping wound. This summer was the litmus test. I never beleived him but ashley said rafa can have every penny the club generates. Low and behold when the time comes he manages to hide all the cash with accounting instruments. That is not including the damage sports direct does to corporate income. He cannot be trusted. We cant just take action to force his hand in the short term. Ashley MUST be removed. We have to accept that it might relegate us or harm us in the short term but with him the football club is a dead duck and not a sporting club. if we get together we CAN get him out! ASHLEY OUT!!!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Is that Monkseaton in the back pulling down a banner

  • Wezza

    That is 12 years now instead of 8 and it hasn’t changed it has gotten worse!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    It’s funny how some people (most in fact), think that staying away will have a positive effect. My view is that he doesn’t care one bit about the size of the crowd. I’m not even convinced that someone with his money, sees the financial side as important, as people think he does. No, to me it’s about pure vindictiveness and an aim to destroy the club. Break the fans and that’s it. It would be more effective, everyone in the area getting rid of Sky TV! They might then, stop brown nosing him.

  • TheFatController

    Given Ashley aim is to further SD through the club, surely the disruption of SD is the best strategy.

    SD has shareholders who can bring pressure to bare on Ashley, and thus if the business performance or brand is affected, Ashley will be brought under pressure by people more influential on his wealth and position than we are.

    You really want them at AGM’s questioning of the platform being worth it any longer.

    Also, why doesn’t one of the sites that has sales function mail order make a toon shirt with SD’s biggest rival as sponsor, that you could wear to the match? Make the Sky shots of the crowd interesting ….

    • mentalman

      There’s more non newcastle fans in the country than nufc fans so i dont see how we could possibly affect anything to do with SD.
      Add to that most people even nufc fans would put there own money before the club its hard to see it working

  • Tino11

    Here’s an idea for the fans who sit near the SD signs at the back;

    Get a large Blue ‘H’, ‘I’ and ‘T’ printed on bright white material, cover up the P,O,R,T,S part of the sign and everyone can see what you’re left with…….

    • Ben Jones

      ‘Someone else do something so I don’t have too’

      • Tino11

        ‘Someone else be a bell end so I don’t have to’

        • Ben Jones

          Glad you’ve admitted it.

          • Tino11

            Glad you’ve admitted it.

          • Ben Jones

            I know you are but what am I

            What is this? Skool?

          • Tino11

            I hope you get the help that you need.

          • Ben Jones

            I hope you get the help that you need.

          • Tino11

            Anyone who hides their comment history must be ashamed of the trolling comments they have previously said………

          • Ben Jones

            You’ll be able to find all of them if you look hard enough, if the effort is not worthy then why should I make it easy for you?

          • Tino11

            Congratulations you are the first person on my block list, at least Munkpie, Bobbi and Clarko are very occasionally funny, you’re not.

          • Ben Jones

            But..

            No..

            Please..

            If I thought my opinions would get me blocked by you I would have agreed with everything you say

            Way to ruin my day dude

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            Only little kids say ‘dude’ and if everyone blocks you nobody will see your pointless comments, whether you were agreeing with the other person or not.

          • Ben Jones

            Haha. Love the name dude. Love it, especially as you’re pushing for everyone to block me while at the same time showing you just can’t resist

            I have the same opinion of olives dude, can’t stand the taste of them but find them strangely moreish

          • FatParosite

            Will the Mag just block this Ben Jones clitoris please…??

          • KRS1

            Congratulations, you are pri*k of the week. Usually an honour bestowed on Mongseaton Muppet, but this week it’s you. Well done

          • Ben Jones

            Yes but when the awards are given based on the opinions of pri*ks then it becomes an honour to be proud of

          • KRS1

            Excellent, as you are so proud of your award I will enter you in a number of other categories that I think you have a good chance in:
            1. Man least likely to get a girlfriend
            2. Biggest troll award
            3. Man with the strongest wrist
            4. Fewest friends award

            Good luck, we’re all rooting for you!

          • Ben Jones

            If a guy down on his luck called you a loser would you take much from it in regards to reflecting on his words?

          • KRS1

            Thats why I wouldn’t reflect on your words. You are the definition on someone down on their luck. Guessing you didn’t dream of being a sad little keyboard warrior when you were growing up.

          • Ben Jones

            Define keyboard warrior in your view, to me it always meant someone giving it the big-un on the Internet claiming he would fill everyone in if he met them etc but maybe the definition has changed/that was never the meaning.

            Thanks in advance

          • Ben Jones

            I’ve a feeling it’s in the bag, yet more awards based on opinions of morons, trust me when I say I want them all

  • TheFatController

    Anyhow, the campaign seems to have stopped the trolls and apologists

    Maybe it’s dawning on them hardly anyone agrees with them? For a year they’ve written confidently on here unaware that their words were disagreed with by so many, so many now back the ‘we go’ campaign?

    It’s a pleasure not to have to read their ‘Ashely runs the club well’ …

    ..especially when you consider even Ashley himself disagrees with them!
    – I treated managers badly (poor owner admission)
    – we’ve made many mistakes (yup, poor owner admission)
    – we can’t compete (you guessed it, poor owner admission)
    – I won’t put any more money in (not quite Mansour then, Mike? Not even like Bournemouth !)
    – I will sell the club ( then proceeds to have a public spat with the only interested party, making other potential owners see him as an indiscreet, slanderous oaf- given he said Staveley made no bid, and then Staveley listed the three bids made in writing…)

    So, Mike admits he’s a useless owner and then the apologists come on here with their ‘specific actions overrules the general trend’ (eg we do spend money – in one or two windows – when threatened with boycotts or relegation only) and say he’s harshly treated.

    Even Ashley disagrees with his apologists. How retarded so you have to be to back a man who would disagree with you?

    • Tweed Mag

      Great stuff, excellent summary. We can expect a few more unconvincing posts by Ashley’s top team now and then, but they are desperate (mainly resorting to insults and abuse). ‘Busted Flush’ springs to mind.

      • TheFatController

        Yesh, I think the groups against Ashley are confirming to the apologists that, as they say in Life of Brian, ‘he’s not the Messiah, he’s just a selfish, exploitative, disrespectful, lying, backstabbing, lawbreaking, disruptive, slanderous, naughty boy’

    • kingfisher

      Excellent post Fat.

      • TheFatController

        Well, the food news is they won’t be able to say their usual ‘trust me you don’t speak for all fans ..’ nonsense.

        With the inference being that they do, naturally.

        Seems they had that wrong

    • Peter C

      Ashley is a down market, poor man’s Donald Trump, if there’s ever such a reference, to billionaires.

  • Tino11

    My Sport’s Dir**t basket today consists of Home and Away shirts from;

    Arsenal

    Man U

    Man City

    Chelsea

    A lot of stock gone but I still managed to save several of each, my basket if I was to proceed to checkout would cost me;

    £419,999.04

    I will refresh it throughout the day so the stock isn’t put back on sale.

    • Leazes.

      £2.0 bn

      • Tino11

        😄 That would involve a little more time than I have but I will certainly increase my basket to a couple of million when I get a chance.

    • FatParosite

      If we got 50,000 so called supporters to do the same every weekend Ashley would sit up.

    • Peter C

      What a cunning and devious strategy. If you had worked for Ashley, he would’ve probably given you a wage rise.

  • Jordi

    Just read a few comments on this website: Is this a football discussion board or a schoolyard?

    Grow up, stop calling each other silly names and have a go at the real enemy of Newcastle United, the FCB.

  • Jonas

    We all chip in, plausible deniability, and get a contact out on him – a near miss, deliberately so, would make him sit up and maybe go and rot away another club for a few years.

  • kingfisher

    It’s obvious from reading some of the posts on here that some (but not all) of the 50,000 who give Ashley their money,seem to think that by going to SJP and supporting ” The team, not the regime” that they are better supporters than the hundreds of thousands of fans who don’t go.
    Obviously there are many reasons why people don’t go, eg they live out of the area/country, they can’t afford it or they refuse to give Ashley their money etc.
    Whatever the reason is, you can still be a good Newcastle supporter without going to SJP.

    Thinking logically, the 50,000 who go regularly are in the minority compared to the hundreds of thousands if not millions of supporters who are spread throughout the world and it’s obvious from reading posts from these “exiles” that the majority are against Ashley.

    • Peter C

      Just because you can’t or won’t go to St James, doesn’t make you, any the less, a loyal and die hard supporter of the club. As you state, there are many reasons why people don’t or can’t go.

      I also believe you are right on your second point, the majority, don’t support Ashley in any way or form, apart from him being the owner, he certainly isn’t a fan of the club, it’s just another business and investment opportunity, for him to exploit.

      Keep the faith, Up the Magpies

      • kingfisher

        Well said Peter !!