Momentum is growing in a concerted community effort against Mike Ashley.

People on Tyneside (as well as our black and white brothers and sisters further afield) have had quite enough of Ashley’s stewardship of Newcastle United.

The launch of the #IfRafaGoesWeGo initiative has helped galvanise both support for the manager and protests against the owner.

The club’s official Newcastle United Fans Forum released a statement in support of Rafa Benitez and condemning the lack of support from Mike Ashley, now the fight is heading to the House of Commons.

Chi Onwurah is a Newcastle United fan who just happens to be MP for the Newcastle Upon Tyne constituency that includes St James Park.

Tuesday will see her present a petition to the House of Common, raising the concerns of Newcastle fans, and it stating; ‘The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United FC.’

This petition also has the support of fellow North East MPs Ian Mearns, Mary Glindon and Ian Lavery.

Some may question what is the point of this?

Yes, it won’t (unfortunately) lead to Mike Ashley holding his hands up and walking, or the House of Commons kicking him (and other unscrupulous owners) out of the club, but the point is to keep on adding extra layers of pressure.

The more and more negative publicity that can be sent Ashley’s way, and the way he acts with regard to Newcastle United broadcast to a far bigger audience, all the better.

The NUFC owner’s actions have left fans with very little choice, this summer’s events (or lack of them) have just rubber stamped the fact that he has no interest in the long-term health of Newcastle United, or indeed not even the immediate health of the club.

Good to see local MPs stepping up and supporting their constituents.

The petition to be presented by Chi Onwurah states:

“Football is an integral part of Newcastle upon Tyne’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing – fans of Newcastle United are heavily invested both financially and emotionally in the success of the team.

“The current manager Rafa Benitez needs the support of both fans and the club’s owner, this support should include investment in players, training facilities and community engagement.”      

“The owner Mike Ashley has not made this support forthcoming.

“The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United FC.”



  • Gallowgate Dave

    The weak willed FA, the “custodians of the game” should hang their heads in shame at this news. They’ve allowed many of our football clubs to be sold out to owners who exploit the communities that our clubs are supposed to represent. There’s never been more money in football and yet I’ve never felt so distant and removed from my own club.

    • Peaky

      You’re right…this also applies to FIFA which has already been proven with Blatter….look at the way Infantino was up Putin’s arce at the World Cup….the governing bodies are corrupt to the core.

    • Leazes.

      Yes it isn’t just us…..other clubs too.

    • Gary Linney

      Well said GD!

  • Billmag

    Agreed every little bit of bad publicity won’t go down well with the shareholders at 💩 Direct.

  • Peaky

    Water off the fatfuck’s back….

    • FatParosite

      You see every time some brilliant thinker comes in and tells us what we are already aware of the wind starts to die down from our sails. Just be positive, instead of nay saying. Not you per say Peaky.

  • Ron

    The FA must do more vetting before allowing anybody to walk in to buy a club. Surely at least 1 brain cell must be a prerequisite!

  • Mrkgw

    Best of luck to this MP. Mike Ashley won’t like the adverse publicity.

    • Peaky

      They should also discuss the reintroduction of capital punishment while they’re on…crimes against a whole city.

      • Mrkgw

        The misery caused has been immense. The region loves its football and this odious man and regime for that matter, have let us all down in the biggest way possible. They are a disgrace.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Utter rubbish.

          We’ve not competed since 2003/4 season

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            [email protected]@k Off Blobby, he`s dismantling the club

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Genuinely, how? we have far more assets than ever. For players, the fans and Rafa wanted a minimum of a striker, a Kenedy and a Keeper. we’ve already bought 2 out of 3 and a striker is likely by next week.

          • Ki’s ‘avin a laff

            You predicted a net spend of £20m in this window. Pitiful in itself as an expectation, do you still think we will achieve even that?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I did, if this Lascelles talk is right, I’m going to struggle.

          • Wezza

            Just block the Lee brother troll mate he gets off on making people angry. Dont give him the satisfaction.

          • Mark Potter

            You angry at what someone says? Words. Opinions. Views. And expressed clearly, logically, and without abusing people. Did you never grow up?

          • Mrkgw

            What are you talking about? This present regime are far worse than things ever were under the Hall/Shepherd partnership. Stop being antagonistic.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            How are you measuring “far worse”?

            We finished 10th last season, did ok. We finished 13th in 2007

          • Mrkgw

            Given that it was our first season back, 10th was ok. But, we should never ever, have been relegated in the first place. For a club of our size, we should be top seven, at least. Lets see where this fire sale gets us. Ashley and his cronies have squeezed every ounce of enjoyment that we had following this club and for that, we need rid. ASHLEY OUT!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So much for wanting a team that tries!

            Which fire sale? The players going out are the ones that are not wanted by the manager. The players coming in have so far been expressly desired by Rafa and fans alike.

          • Mrkgw

            Thus far, Merino has gone, Mitro looks likely, Mbemba, Colback. Rumour has it that Gayle may go, Lascelles. We have let a number of reserves leave also. and a price has been suggested for Armstrong. Meanwhile, we have a loanee and a goalkeeper. Where is the investment there? The club is operated in the cheap and with a perception of continual recession. Worst of it is that this is ‘our’ chosen club – we can’t simply pack up and follow another. Mike Ashley is missing a trick. Cast your mind back to the KK era and that roller coaster whereby there was a frenzy for anything Newcastle United. We were near enough every other supporters ‘second’ club. The cash generated through that i.e. merchandise, tv deals at that time etc would have been favourable. Ashley seems reluctant to wake the sleeping giant. Why? Only he knows the answer to that one. But, if he wishes to continue with this current offering, then it is high time that he did the decent thing and sold the club. As frankly, he is making a real old hash of things at the moment. And moreover, making many of us intensley miserable in so far as following this club is concerned.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            OK, so out of those listed, the manager, who picks the team wants to keep Lascelles and he’s not going to be sold this year. Every team sells surplus players, it’s the way teams develop.

            Most of on this very forum said at the start of the window, we need a striker, someone of Kenedy’s class and a keeper as good as Martin Dúbravka. So far, we’re 2/3 of the way to satisfying those requirements and it looks like we’ll have a new striker next week.

            To try to create the KK years is fantasy. This is exactly why fans of other clubs think we are deluded. The KK side that got us to 3rd in 1993 cost very little. Clark, Watson and Robie Elliott came through, Lee, Sellers, Vennison, Bez, Pav, Allen, Brace and errm Mathie all cost under £1m (I think Only Lee cost more than £500k) with just Beardsley & Cole costing more than £1m.

            It’s a different market now. To get a team to challenge costs £20m each for a defender, £50m each for a midfielder and £80m + for a forward. On top of that, you need a reserve for each positions you are spending £1bn on a business that he can’t get sold for £350m?

            Surely you can see the folly in trying to compete in that manner? The way to do it is slowly and hope for a bit f luck.

          • Ram Kishore

            I thought we wanted players like Mbemba, selz, colback, Mitro, Merino who were unwanted or wanted to leave to be sold ..
            Yes we should have brought in signings early in the window, our club’s management is slow in buying and getting deals done.
            I thought the fire sale of unwanted players was something everyone wanted and agreed on?

          • I Think Therefore I Am, Will

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          • Wezza

            Fleckman, ghost rider they just troll under their different IDs. Very sad excuse for for human being what’s more they are Tory lovers so they were bound to be all over this!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Putting the Fat [email protected]@k in a wood chipper would solve the problem

  • robbersdog

    Can they revoke his British citizenship and deport him to another continent?

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s all a case of being a fit and proper owner and allowing the club to be competitive, which he currently isn’t. Legally I don’t think MP’s can doing anything, but I hope something gives . .

    • Coble’s Return

      I don’t think that the “Fit and Proper Owner” test is particularly difficult to pass. Unless you are a serving convict or insolvent, there doesn’t seem to be much of a hurdle to overcome. Being an odious [email protected] seems not to concern the EPL or the FA.

      I agree with the “layers of pressure” in the article above. I can’t see any one action being enough to convince Ashley that life would be better without our club, but constant pressure from different directions may just make him realise that he doesn’t want this any more.

      • FatParosite

        Sorry wrong thread.

    • MP01

      The “fit and proper” test looks at the owners financial means to support the club.

      i recall Simon Jordan discussing it on Talksport and basically saying how ridiculous it is. He mentioned that they do not look at the incoming owner’s ability to manage/run the club. You know its bad when an owner/former owner ( i cant be bothered looking him up…lol) is criticising the checks in place on ownership of a football club.

      • Mark Potter

        If you buy a house, the authorities don’t check you are a fit and proper person to own a house. By definition if you have the money to pay the seller, or can persuade a bank to lend you the money, then you are a proper person. The only legal exceptions are minors, and people who have lost their minds.

        If this applies to buying trainers, TVs, cars, houses, farm land, shops and garages, newspapers, Sky, Vodafone, Northumbria Water and Northern Rock, then why not a football club? If you have the money to buy it, then you are a fit and proper person. That’s the rules in a capitalist economy. When you are exercising your right to spend your money, then why should the state get involved? I’m not saying that’s right or wrong. But it is the way it is.

        There is only one rule applied, and that is that you cannot have significant interests in more than one club.

  • Andynufc

    Good. Keep showing Ashley for the greedy little wheeler dealer that he is. He shouldn’t be anywhere near a PL club as he has 0 footballing ambition. He’s a noose around this clubs neck and he’s choking the life out of it. I can live without trophies but when season after season there is no ambition to compete with anyone, I can’t as a fan accept that and neither should anyone else who work and put their hard earned money into the club while that fat slug just sits on it!

    • Mark Potter

      Yet we came tenth? This is where the emperor has no clothes. “I can live without trophies” but can’t someone please give us a successful club that wins a trophy. We deserve it! And I’ll stamp my foot so everyone knows it.

      And if they don’t give us a club that competes for trophies, then hope that the club is so unsuccessful it “does a Sunderland” getting twice relegated, and flirting with administration. Cos that’s a sure pathway to bring success to a club.

  • 1957

    During the last period of Conservative government, our last unscrupulous owner got a knighthood… and subsequently made a huge profit on his minimal investment in the club.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      This one is Liebour but I really don’t think there is any place for government to be involved in private enterprise.

      • Gallowgate Dave

        I’d argue a football club shouldn’t be considered merely as a “private enterprise”. If a business were to antagonise or let down its customer base the customers can simply cease to shop at that company and if they alienate enough customers the business will cease to exist, an example of market forces acting as they should. You can’t just stop supporting your team and start supporting another team (well some fans can but the less said about that sort the better) so if you are treating a football club merely as a “private enterprise” then it’s a monopoly and we have laws in place to prevent them as sensible folk recognise this is not a good byproduct of rampant, unchecked capitalism. Name another business where you can treat customers (fans) with such utter contempt and not go out of business? Football is a sport first and a business second. If we forget that we might as well go and watch the FTSE go up and down instead.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          There is an elasticity in demand within football. Whilst i take your point, I don’t think we need regulation as you may need in an essential product with a monopoly supplier.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            No Bobbi competition laws don’t just exist for essentials like food and water, it’s only football that considers itself above the law as FIFA demand that governments have no say in football governance so the cartel can exploit people’s love for the game as well as pay no tax. Competition and monopoly laws date back to medieval times and even your great hero Maggie recognised their importance. Ashley is exploiting the club and our weak willed “custodians of the game” the FA don’t have an idea or inclination of how to stop it.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            As I say, I see your point in that it’s not just a normal consumable where there is a vast market and options. It’s just the idea of the state dictating how a football club should be run,we could end up with a very homogeneous product.

            Exploiting is a strange word for the MP to use, you’ve also just used it. I’m not winding you up, how do you call it exploiting?

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Well I’m not really advocating that the state dictates how to run a football club. What I’m lamenting is that the FA as the supposed “custodians of the game” have proved so weak in preventing greedy owners exploiting people’s passion for the game to the point where it may need to come to state or legal intervention. It’s not just our club, look at the court case against the Oyston’s at Blackpool which found they’d asset stripped the club and they were ordered to pay £31 million. They were only exposed as there was another shareholder to take them to court. Ashley on the other hand privately owns our club so my guess is we’ll never know the full extent of his exploitation but it doesn’t take a genius to join some of the dots and at least get an outline of the picture. Owners should be viewed as custodians of a club as without fans the club is virtually worthless (other than the existing assets). One of the things I believe should be mandatory and enshrined within the laws of our game is fan involvement at board level to reduce the likelihood of this corruption occurring. As I’ve said it’s a sport first and a business second. It can’t just be considered business as no other business gets to treat its “customers” with zero respect without serious repercussions.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Oyston at Blackpool is a long way from Mike Ashley at NUFC.

            I’m genuinely asking the question, what do you think Ashley has done wrong here? Exploiting fans is quite a claim and I just can’t see how fans are being exploited at NUFC. We pay less than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man U for season tickets. About the same as Saints, Bournemouth, Brighton, West Ham , Crystal Palace and more than Burnley & Huddersfield…is this exploitation?

          • Gallowgate Dave

            How do you know Oyston is a long way from Ashley? Ashley is the sole shareholder and as we aren’t a publicly listed company we can only glean limited information from the accounts at Companies House. Do you think Lee Charnley would turn whistleblower if Ashley was crooked? As I’ve said myself, our MP and many others are joining the dots that we can to form an outline, that’s all we can do. My argument is intervention like this shouldn’t be required if better safeguards were in place. I have no complaints with the actual amount I pay for my season ticket but do I consider it good value? No. I had a beautiful Chateaubriand in Toon with the wife and mates on Saturday night in great settings with great company, I know I can buy cheaper steaks at Aldi (which is sometimes fine too) but I wouldn’t have wanted to sit and have a BBQ in their car park just because it was cheaper.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The accounts give us enough to see ashley is not doing an Oyston. During Ashley’s ownership, the cash flows have gone from him to the club, not the otherway around. We have consistently run a wage bill that puts in 8th – 12th in the EPL which has been comparable with income. Transfer spending has been at a very similar level and the big change has been net spend where we have not bought many players at the end of their careers which must be a good thing?

            What this MP is doing is trying to make a bit of political capital and being rather stupid in she wants Parliament to be told that we aren’t buying any decent players. This is not a discussion for parliament. No intervention is required and I can’t imagine on how the intervention could work.

          • Derek Osborne

            You three should get together physically.Then you could blow smoke up each other arses and maybe drift even higher into the stratosphere, and even into outer space.
            I assume that you are, at heart, Newcastle supporters otherwise you wouldn’t be on this forum. Unless you are invading trolls.
            Perhaps you could write to the Financial Times and give them your views. Or you could come back to earth and give some constructive views that might help the Newcastle United plight.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Which “three” do you mean?

            I have the most constructive view / suggestion. A rest investment trust be formed, we get fans to put their own money in and raise enough money to buy Mike Ashley’s shares. £2,500 from 150,000 fans will be enough to buy him out and even create an additional transfer kitty.

          • Mark Potter

            Football is not above the law. As the club will find out if they are proven by HMRC to have deliberately assisted players to avoid paying taxes.

            If you are running a restaurant that provides basic food, plenty of people come through the door and buy your meals for a reasonable price, you are not exploiting them. And nor do you expect the government to get involved and demand you hire a chef with Michelin star experience to provide them with better quality cuisine. As long as you are not giving people food poisoning then MPs should keep their noses out.

            We have a loony tune as the leader of the free world sucking up to Putin, mis-speaking because he forgot whether Russia did it or not, the British government is going into meltdown, the NHS isn’t coping, there are people without jobs and having to live on benefits, food shortages could occur in Britain if there is no deal Brexit, as half our food comes from the EU, and five million ex-pats and pensioners land back in Britain needing houses, jobs, health care. You would think MPs have better things to do with their time than worry about the transfer policy of a football club.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            No-one is saying football is above the law. What I’m arguing is the FA are unfit for purpose as they’ve failed spectacularly to safeguard the interest of fans and the game itself. That’s why you’ve seen this MP now speaking up for her constituents instead. We all know the politicians can’t change anything meaningful anyway as FIFA insists on no government interference (to protect their cartel) but I am grateful she has highlighted the issue, it’s another voice against our owner.

            It’s difficult to debate you seriously when you compare a football club to a restaurant. There’s a market for both cheap and cheerful and Michelin starred restaurants but so what? People have wide and varied tastes so can freely choose any restaurant they please but (generally) they only have one football club, you’re more likely to change your wife than your team as the old saying goes so this MP recognises Ashley has a monopoly and there has to be safeguards in place to prevent exploitation. As I’ve said that’s the FA’s role but if you are going to suggest they do a good job you are certifiable. That’s why the MP has became involved and it’s not the first time politicians have declared the FA unfit for purpose.

            It’s difficult to argue with your 3rd point but as Arrigo Sacchi once said “football is the most important of the unimportant things in life”.

        • Mark Potter

          How did fans who went to the games get treated with contempt? They were treated to 10th in the Premiership. We have a world class manager, and some very good players. 82 professional football clubs in the English league system came below us. And this includes three groups of fans supporting clubs which thought they were “established” in the top tier, but got relegated any way. They are all about to start a season in the Championship with only a very small chance of doing what Newcastle have uniquely done twice. Are all their fans treated with contempt by their clubs? By what right do Newcastle fans think they deserve to be higher than tenth? Some say that we deserve it because we have such great fans who stick by the club, yet they refuse to go to games and support the team. Their logic is lacking. “We should be higher than tenth, so let’s push for relegation(s).” It’s like saying we want to climb Cheviot, but we are not sure the leader is up to the task, so let’s all jump off the cliffs at Marsden, and hope he doesn’t survive, but we all remain fit and healthy. Some of them need to be sectioned.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I go to the games and I feel treated with contempt as do many fans. The way in which Ashley has alienated us is just too long to be bothered to discuss now so i’ll just list some recent gripes – Ashley is an absent owner, I believe he hasn’t been to a game since the opening day of last season, every club in the Premier League has broken its transfer record since 2015 whereas ours was broken pre-Ashley in 2005, every club’s record signing exceeds ours (even though we held the world transfer record just over 20 years ago) except Brighton and Cardiff (Brighton are said to be on the verge of breaking that too), never mind competing with Man City, we can’t compete with Huddersfield, Brighton, Wolves, Fulham, West Ham etc etc etc, broken promises to Rafa (yes I believe Rafa over Ashley as he is a court proven liar), treatment of the fans forum, we have an MD who is terrified of public speaking (a mixture of probably being out of his depth and being scared of being found out) who will only send emails or answer pre-prepared questions. The owner himself shows similar contempt for communicating with fans. You repeat the myth that Newcastle fans expect to finish higher than 10th which is rubbish. We are as fickle a bunch as any other fans to be honest but what any fan lives on is hope, hope that we are all working towards a brighter future for our club, anyone with eyes however can see our modus operandi is Premier League survival on a budget. 10th was achieved despite Ashley not because of him. This expectation myth is laughable, when people accuse us of expecting silverware it’s clearly their own agenda. How could anyone “expect” something that never happens year after year?

            Your Marsden comment is an interesting one. Of all the places you pick Marsden, bit close to Sunderland that one no? Does that betray your true allegiance?

      • 1957

        There is nothing they could do anyway did FIFA not threaten to suspend some African FA once for their government threatening to intervene in how that countries football was run?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Whilst state interference goes on, I don’t think it’s a desirable thing.

          Football, to me is the great meritocracy. Once the state gets involved, the level playing field is skewed and in sport, that is a disaster.

          • Mark Potter

            She’s not suggesting that the government run the club. She’s simply using (or more likely mis-using) Parliamentary procedure to try to make a point.

            But no-one has a right to attend football games of a successful club. How “fans” who don’t go and support the team are being “exploited” is difficult to see. How those who do go and buy their season tickets, at very reasonable rates compared to some other clubs, are being “exploited”, when they got more than what they paid for last season, with a team performing far higher than most expected and the doom sayers predicted (instant return to the Championship). They saw the team finish 10th and beat Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea.

            The people complaining are actually unhappy that the club did so well. It’s not that they expected relegation, most hoped for it, and many on this site would be happy to see the club “do a Sunderland” dropping two divisions and risking administration, in the hope that might force Ashley out. But they are the extremists. And I’m sure this MP really doesn’t want to see that happen. But like everyone else she has no magic wand to wave to turn the frog into a handsome Prince. Only another billionaire can buy out Ashley, and they are few and far between. And all the tweets and petitions in the world won’t change that fact.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Spot on, sport is a competition and not everyone can win.

            The woman is massaging her ego here.

    • FatParosite

      Yeah you’re right…. LETS JUST DO NOTHING

      • Mark Potter

        Most sensible thing you’ve ever said. Since you don’t have the money to buy the club.

  • Tweed Mag

    Not sure how one incompetent bunch of individuals (MPs) are going to be able to advise another bunch of incompetents, led by Ashley. Perhaps we could swop Penfold for Boris? Sorry, but I don’t think this intervention will help, other than to give SD further bad publicity. No doubt Bishop is on the phone to Trump as we speak . . .

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Spot on.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Every little helps, the more angles he`s under attack from the better

      • Tweed Mag

        Not sure he cares. Anyone else would have listened by now. Perhaps the weight of bad news stories will have an affect eventually. Fingers crossed.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          The more the merrier, bad publicity & the pressure increases on his schitty shops & his shops are all he cares about

          • Tweed Mag

            If the pressure is sustained, then all the better. MPs jump from one thing to another and today’s initiative is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapper. Ashley knows he can do what he likes, until his profits start to suffer. Even then he makes things up (eg a 72% fall in profit was described by SD as ‘good’). He has the skin of a rhino and the best hope we have is a serious buyer coming forward.

          • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

            Fully agree.

            Tho a fleeting thought I had was how I hope its wrong when they say ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity’

            Just loathe the fact this Stoma is talked about at all!

        • Coble’s Return

          I agree, but he and SD were embarrassed by the whole stand-off over the Parliamentary Committee no-show. It showed him for what he his to people who are not connected to the club. Even he looked awkward when he finally turned up. More of the same can’t be a bad thing.

    • MP01

      I don’t think anyone believes that this petition will go anywhere, but it does serve a purpose by increasing the pressure on the Fatman and demonstrates the level of discontent towards his ownership.

  • FatParosite

    Something needs to go to Scudamore as well as the FA..

  • benton mag

    She should keep out of it she’s not from here and doesn’t support the mags

    • FatParosite

      That does not help.

    • Gary Linney

      She’s shouting For the Toon, stupid! She’s MP for Newcaste Central and shes representing the City! It’s Ashley who should keep out of it…he’s not from here and he doesn’t ‘support’ the Toon! Ashley OUT!
      IRWT!!!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        MPs should keep out of private business.

        • morryJR

          What do you think MP’s are there for?
          To support their constituents when they are underpaid….ripped off and constantly lied to by the likes of Ashley.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ripped off? how? Underpaid? seriously, who are you talking about? Josulu?

            She’s just a Labour MP wanting to look important. Possibly scared of being de-selected by crackpot Corbyn and his team.

    • Mrkgw

      What a donut. Any bit of support is needed and the fact that she has taken the issue to parliament is commendable. She is a Newcastle supporter and we need to get behind our own and assist her in these efforts.

    • morryJR

      she DOES support the mags..she stopped renewing her season ticket when they chose Wonga to be their sponsor…and she invited Ashley to Westminster to discuss the underfunding situation a couple of years ago…which of course he declined.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        She was ok with the club being sponsored by alcohol companies, a finance house that cost the country billions or cable TV that preys on the poorest but draws the line at payday loans.

        Labour are hypocrites.

    • Freakoftheweek

      She’s from North Kenton

    • Tweed Mag

      She is a supporter and does want the best for the club. It is all about a coordinated, sustainable campaign which will eventually wear him down.

    • Leazes.

      She’s from Wallsend North Tyneside…. remind me where Benton is?

    • Dutch

      What a stupid statement. you seem to no nothing about her.

  • relaxed

    Well i really hope that this is the first of a coordinated and prolonged campaign to discredit and show the whole world what kind of a human being Mike Ashley really is, a cancer that needs to be cut out, or our club will eventually die
    Every NUFC fan and citizen of the north east should get behind and support the “if Rafa goes we go” protests and hopefully all the different fans and supporters groups eventually get together to concentrate our combined efforts to rid the club of this chronic disease.
    Ashley is morally and socially irresponsible to be running our club the way that he is, a man whose ethics have no moral duty or obligation to anyone or anything apart from his own personal bank balance
    Ashley get out of our club.

  • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

    Just rereading some SD rag articles 😢

    This surely below, is more as fitting today, sadly!

    “It’s voodoo retailing,” says one former executive colleague of Ash💩’s. “He makes money out of financial engineering. The buying and manufacturing is very simple and done in the dumbest way possible. There is no complexity. Everything is bought as cheaply as possible.

    I wonder, if ever, he’ll acknowledge that Football Clubs cannot be run in the ‘dumbest way possible’ which I doubt, as doesn’t suit his complex needs! LOL.

  • Mxpx

    Wonder if she can get him an asbo banning him from the city

    • Leazes.

      Doesn’t need to he’s not stepped a foot on Tyneside for over a year…. he said in January that he had no interest in the club.

  • Jonas

    Good. Something I’ve long suggested.
    if there is a yougov petition lets all sign it eh, no qualms.
    Don’t know what else can be.done but i hope it.doesn’t stop their with the local mps, being socialists, surely there is the motivation.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Socialists are basically lazy who leach off others.

  • Wezza

    This is great even if nothing is done, it is piling on the pressure.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Are you back from Oxbridge for the summer?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    A horrible woman for many reasons

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Because you’re a manc Tory you & your brother