Ok, where to begin ?

I have followed The Mag for a few years now, and love to read people’s opinions when things are going well, even more so when things are going constantly bad.

When it is the latter, when you feel the pain, it is a small comfort to read that nearly everybody else is feeling it too. I am not one to put myself forward and am more than happy to listen to what everybody else is saying – but I feel I have to say something now…so here goes.

I live in the south, a horseracing place called Newmarket to be exact, in fact i was born and bred here. Luckily for me, my father is a “Byker boy” and I had the fortune to have Newcastle United rattled into me from a very early age,

Every Sunday morning would begin with my father thrusting a national tabloid into my young face telling me how David Craig wasn’t at his best, Imre Varadi was on form, a young Gascoigne had had a great game, Keegan, McDermott, Nattrass etc (you get the idea).

So I fell in love with Newcastle United, never went to St James Park until I was in my late teens, as back in the 70s and 80s Newcastle was a long way away for a family of six!!

I have lived through the 88/89 relegation, the Entertainers years, which as everybody knows was a fantastic time even though no silverware.

Everybody’s second team was the toon, a team to be proud of, all my replica shirts were worn with pride….fast forward to today and what do we have? Nothing in my opinion.

Now I write this article with some trepidation as I know there are some on here (in the comments) that will pick apart things I say, not clued up etc etc but as I say, this is just my take on things and I respect whatever people have to say, this is just from my heart.

I watched Rafa Benitez on TV on Wednesday night, thumped 4-0, he looked a broken man, a person that has fallen in love with the city of Newcastle, the fans, the club. He sees the potential of Newcastle United, the infrastructure, the fan base, what it could be…but what has he got above him?

A man that is not interested in the club, shows a total disdain to the whole city, the people of Newcastle etc. How thick-skinned can a man be to play with people’s emotions?

A total disregard for the whole area, he has only bought the club for his own ends, to be an advertising vessel for his retail empire, to bank the TV money, a man who would happily finish 17th every season just to reap the benefits. He constantly lies, undermines everybody around him, where is the respect for ex-players, Benitez (with his managerial credentials) etc?

Surely someone who enters the world of football treads carefully, has respect for people within the game, and respects the fact that he is the current custodian of a great club. But no, he shows no respect for anybody, laughs and sniggers and just bulldozes his way around.

I can only think he isn’t happy inside, the fact that he delights in causing people misery shows many failings, an evil, mistrusting bully.

Rafa will leave surely and who could blame him?

We just want a team to be proud of. We can’t compete with the Man Citys, Chelseas etc but Ashley could at least show some ambition to improve the team and give people a reason to enjoy football. Surely we will be relegated this time around, a third relegation under his tenure. And what manager worth his salt would want to take the reins? Only someone who can’t get a decent job and is happy to work under the constraints imposed on them.

I keep telling myself that its just football, that compared to the rigours of everyday life this is of no consequence…but I’m kidding myself.

It breaks my heart to see this all unfolding, the fact we have probably the best manager since our Sir Bobby and our owner just doesn’t appreciate the fact we have a man, who with the right, sensible investment we could finally build something again. It wasn’t that long ago when we were better than Tottenham, on a par with Liverpool. How far we have sunk under this owner.

This is the second time in a row we face Tottenham on the first day of the season. There are a few Geordies that get in my local and there are a lot of Tottenham fans also. We all put on our Newcastle tops and have banter with them, i haven’t got the heart or desire to go this time around.

So what is the answer?

I do believe that hitting Ashley in the pocket is the only way he will go, as all he understands is money, if he isn’t making money anymore, he will simply jump ship – but what with TV money now, his free advertising etc it won’t affect him.

I would love to sit down on the opening day of the season at home, switch on the TV and see an empty stadium, I do believe that would be bad for him as it would highlight the emotions and what was going on to a global stage, Rafa and the players would understand as they know where the fans lay the blame.

Something has to be done as things cannot get much worse.

Now I am not in any way encouraging this, or suggesting this as a way forward, but I do question if Mike Ashley fears for his safety over all this? History has shown us that people can only be pushed so far before something snaps, I have seen people in the comments hoping for death, terminal illness etc and though I would never condone or utter those words myself, it does show the level of contempt for this person. If a way can be found to hurt him financially then he will leave, what we do and how we do it, is more of a conundrum.

I await Bobbi, Ghostrider, Monkseaton etc (in the comments)  to ridicule me and that is fair enough.

This is just an article, my article, my hurts, my thoughts.

Here’s to a better future…

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  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Yes, You go through the whole gamut of feelings until at the very end left feeling numb by the whole experience.
    A lot of people I know have given up on the club until Ashley leaves and will not bother in the slightest till that day comes.
    It might sound like sacrilege but they are adamant that non of their hard earned will go to that man in any shape or form, And frankly you cannot blame them for that.

    I am of the same opinion because to give him any money is to support his regime and that is of no use to anyone except him !

    • FatParosite

      NUFC is yours my friend. The fat scumbag is loaning it at the moment and your sacrifice is not un-noticed. You will get it back, you just need to tell everyone of your righteous cause. Because make no doubt… YOU ARE RIGHT. Give Ashley NOTHING.

  • Paul Patterson

    That’s why I believe recent events to be an Ashley cash grab.. Watch out for a 🚁 with Lascelles in it next Thursday..

    • FatParosite

      Too much still invested. Ashley can make 1/3 of the price of NUFC every season… Why would he give that up..???
      No expect Lascelles to go next Thursday & a double fresh swallowable LIE about a new takeover to shut the sheep up.

    • Clarko

      Pigeons learn quicker…

  • Tino11

    “I await Bobbi, Ghostrider, Monkseaton etc (in the comments) to ridicule me and that is fair enough.”

    Don’t worry about those TWO

  • Ed White

    Jason,

    Firstly thanks for the article and sharing from the heart, was a poignant read and regardless of some of the numpties on here you should be applauded for sharing how you feel…. and I echo most of it myself!i

    Born and raised in the Toon and following them it’s always been even a emotionally ride with not much joy at the end …. but that’s not why I do it… I do it because I am proud of my city, my roots and I want to have that sane pride in my team, regardless if we win out or not… I want passionate, exciting football that shows true Geordie grit and endeavour … which brings me to now…

    So I am an excited Geodie living in Vancouver, Canada and in some ways in these dark days for the club that helps…. I can watch the team every week on TV but don’t need to contribute to the coffers of the regime directly and don’t have the dilemma of support the team versus the regime… and when I do make it back for family reasons, every few years I will go to a game, last one was the championship thriller v Norwich.

    I want Ashley gone, his SD marketing tat gone and a sustainable viable owner that provides appropriate support and to be honest that is what conerns me most now…. as a person and businessman I cannot imagine Ashley enjoys the current experience, albeit he must love the returns but what does his exit position look like…. chances of a savour with 400mil plus are slim to none, so how does he leave, would relegation and a few years in the championship reduce the price to make us attractive, a fan buy out seems unlikely…. so definitely Ashley Out! But prosaically wish the debate would focus on the how…

    Toon Army!

  • FatParosite

    Those you speak of at the end of your article Jason are echoed in your thoughts of Ashley ‘I can only think he isn’t happy inside, the fact that he delights in causing people misery shows many failings, an evil, mistrusting bully.’

    Do not give those MankWankers even the dignity of a mention.

  • GlasgowMag

    Good article from a real fan with a good feel for our current plight!! Only way forward Ashley out!!!

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      A real fan he never goes ant not even going to the pub to watch it. He says his dad is from Byker if he was my son would have put him up for adoption.
      He is a disgrace to Newcastle United.

      • Superdooperhooper

        You’re a disgrace and you have zero credibility after lying about season ticket numbers

        • Sickandtired

          Zero credibility full stop! All he’s bothered about is if his jam, eaters get to be a club mascot again. Super fan you know ;-)

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          They cap the season ticket holders when four thousand left so not far off that now. Spurs going to be a sell out.

      • Mirandinha9

        If he was your son, he would have asked the Local Authority himself, if he could be put up for adoption! How is Derek doing?

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      A REAL FAN THINK HE HAS BEEN TO TWO GAMES AND SPENDS HIS LIFE AT THE RACES.

      • Ben Jones

        How dare you! His father was from byker and he used to tell him stuff when he was young, that counts for nothing? People like you who go week in week out home and away know nothing about what the real fan feels

      • Mike Adam

        By saying that you show what you are really about. I am totally against the troll movement, and like to hear everyone’s opinions but you now show your true colors!!!

  • Mirandinha9

    Classy article, echoing the sentiments of many. Poignant and utterly realistic.

  • Ben Jones

    ‘though I would never condone or utter those words myself……I’ll mention it incase it spurs someone else into something’

    • paul mclaughlan

      You and your puns.

      • Ben Jones

        ‘You’re not funny’

        More a translator

  • Toon River

    Very good article. I can understand people’s frustrations, but nothing will keep me away from games. An empty stadium is not what you need going into a huge season. In big games last season the crowd carried the players at times. On a personal note too, for me going to games is what it is all about. I know there are reports of a small decline in season tickets sold, but I don’t know anyone who has packed it in, and I’ve been going for years. Nothing will keep me away. Owners, managers and players come and go. But it’s the fans that make a club, because they stick around. I just hope we get a striker in or its going to be a long season. 6 days left of the window, with Mitrovic gone we should have the funds now to get a decent one in. Get one signed!!

    • GlasgowMag

      Toon river, name should be more like our club is being sold down the river and on this boat the fans are the slaves!! Now do you really attend the games!!! 😂😂😭😭

      • Toon River

        Yeah mate, I’ve had a season ticket for 23 years. I go to lots of away games too. Not as many away games as I used to mind.

        • Sickandtired

          23 years and you know NO ONE who has cancelled? You’re having a laugh.

          • Toon River

            Nah mate, I genuinely don’t know anyone who has not renewed and I expect to see the same faces again against spurs. I think the people who actually go to games will tell you the same thing. It’ll be full against spurs, it always is mate.

          • Sickandtired

            Can’t agree with you on that. Most of us commenting on here have stopped going.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I know one who has cancelled and he is tight with money otherwise hundreds keep the faith.

          • Tino11

            Meet you in the Monkseaton Arms tomorrow or sunday for a pint?

          • Brian Standen

            My match going mates has dwindled from 9 to 4 is three seasons – not due to money due to being fed up!

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Dream on about Rafa having funds to sign a decent striker. Haven’t you been following the last two months ?

      • relaxed

        He has been trolling a lot longer than that
        first post under that user name

        • Toon River

          I’ve literally signed up about ten minutes ago. The paranoia is strong with this one. Take your tin foil hat off mate and let your head breathe

      • Toon River

        I still think we’ll get one. Even if it’s a loan I definitely think we’ll get one. We have to really

    • Toon Barmy

      “Get one signed!!”, what are you going to do about it if we don’t?.

      • Toon River

        I’ll be gutted mate, but I still think we will to be honest. I watch a lot of bundesliga games and Muto is a very good player. If we get a proven goalscorer I reckon we’ll be in a decent position. Who knows he might hit the ground running

  • Superdooperhooper

    Spot on . An empty stadium would shock ashley and his paymasters sky to their core . As for clarko bobbi Monkseaton etc they’re a bunch of tory voting accountants with no soul or passion

    • Ben Jones

      That doesn’t add up

    • Big Hairy Man

      And Ben Jones

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Spurs will be full mark my words and this poster never goes to games like most on here. Great news that Spurs despite being on the telly early kick off, a third of supporters on holiday, no students and category A prices is going to be a sell out how I love it that the fans back the club.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Yeah all the sheep and the day out squad will be back but I won’t while that greedy fat slug is the owner. I’m a true fan

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          If you are a true fan go Saturday and Spurs.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Not a chance. I’m not lining that fat slugs pockets

          • toonsteve

            Are you taking the bet offered or backing down?

      • Christopher Smeaton

        what was the bet you were touting on here monkseaton? about net spend? i just want to refresh everyones memory before transfer deadline day

  • Mrkgw

    Very well said Jason. Your words echo the sentiments of the majority of Newcastle supporters, myself included.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First off all what a self centred supporter you are and you say your dad comes from byker he should be ashamed of you. we finished tenth last season, signed five players more to come and all you do is moan. if you were my son would have put you up for adoption a long time ago, under mike ashley we have a 16% record in the top division against a 25% record under any other chairman, you sound like a spoilt brat who only supports the team in good time in fact you make me sick not just you but dean wilkins, chris holt and jonathan from london i just hope and pray you stay away for ever as we do not need the likes of you. i cannot be fairer than that

    • GlasgowMag

      Well done Monky boy knew one of the chuckle brothers would make an appearance sooner rather than later!!!😂😂😭😭

    • Toon Barmy

      You are a narrow minded, egotistical, ignorant and disrespectful idiot, i cannot be fairer than that.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        How am I disrespectful when his dad has brought him up not to go to games when things get tough not that they are as we finished tenth. He asks for an empty stadium that is treason against ones city and he would hang in the old days for that.

        • Toon Barmy

          I also implied you were ignorant, your reply proves my point.

        • Superdooperhooper

          Forgotten your medication this morning ? Ranting about hanging and treason ! It’s your carers I feel sorry for

        • magpie 1969

          Simon your cracking up son

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Your dad will of wished he shot blanks looking at how you turned out

    • KRS1

      Being rude about people’s families – real big man you are. In the unlikely event you did find a woman stupid enough to have kids with you I feel sorry for your kids.

    • KRS1

      I bet your kids are properly ugly

    • Tony English

      Everyone has picked their pint up and moved away from the table.

      You’re on your own.

  • Stephen Paylor

    An empty stadium would not hurt Ashley too much. A boycott and protests outside of SD stores and any other Ashley business would. Share prices are very sensitive to this kind of thing. Pickets and banners putting people off shopping there is the way to really hurt Ashley

    • Sickandtired

      Agree. Said it for some time now – they way to hurt him is to hurt SD. Their shareholders have far more power than we do.
      Damage the brand and you possibly damage the share price and market sentiment. Let’s see how much they enjoy the free advertising when it’s bringing bucket loads of [email protected] down upon them.

      • Ben Jones

        Also shows any potential new owners what will happen if they don’t toe the line with the fans demands . win-win

        • Paul Patterson

          D!ck

          • Ben Jones

            ‘Do what we say or we’ll [email protected]@k your company up’

            ‘Hi Mr potential investor, it’s a great club,great city and of course, great fans’

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Exactly, our fans can be very precious.

  • Scott Robinson

    Palace and West Ham and newly promoted Fulham all have something exciting going on and they are the bottom half and newly promoted. Bigger than NUFC? What is exciting about NUFC? Answer the fact we have a world class manager and then what. What exactly has Ashley done for our club except make mid table seem a success, avoiding ANY cup run and avoiding a third relegation? Some here are indoctrinated into the Sports Direct theology where Michael Ashley is ‘god’, but in football terms he should be in a strait jacket. He has ruined NUFC end of and those who defend him are simply asylum seekers as defined: An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental disabilities, who require organized supervision or assistance.

    You must have a mental disability to support Ashley. The Sports Direct Cult where Mike is ‘god’. Time to wake up …

    “Mam, iron me tin foil hat,…”

  • Big Hairy Man

    I would rather see a full stadium absolutely slaughtering Sh*te Direct on live TV. Making televised games toxic for Fatty’s brands would make him think.

    • relaxed

      An empty stadium would say a lot more than 52,000 could ever say

      • Big Hairy Man

        Quite possibly but unfortunately it’s unlikely to happen. I can see maybe 5000 or 10000 boycotting. If home games become detrimental to his brands his whole purpose of owning NUFC becomes null and void.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Support the club it’s your duty.

          • toonsteve

            It s yours. Everbody else has smelt the coffee!

          • Andy Mac

            Which club would that be then ?

      • Jonas

        A huge JD sports flag by gallowgate flags would be nice.
        funny how that will contravene PL rules but nothing Ashley does will.

  • Steven05

    Thanks for the article Jason – a fantastic read

    Ashley will be gone one day. And hopefully he will take a few of your new friends in this comments section with him

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      We do not need supporters who do not stick with us through the bad times
      of finishing tenth in the Premier League. Are you really certain your father is from Byker if so he did a poor job a really bad one. My son and daughter would never disgrace the town as they have been brought up with respect please stay away forever.

      • workid

        Their mother must be a canny lass because they didn’t get it from a reprobate like ye!

      • Superdooperhooper

        You’re a proven liar just like your mate mike . You’ve had two weeks to reply to me about the season ticket numbers and still nothing

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Been on holiday and there are just over four thousand season tickets left. However when it gets to four thousand they stop selling them as keep them back for match day sales. You know nothing.

          • Superdooperhooper

            You said there were 79 left right or wrong?

          • Wezza

            Just block him mate, he is proven to be a MUFC supporter who trolls this site with his brother. They get sick kicks off winding us up and enjoy getting a rise out of us.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Seventy nine in the Strawberry Corner approx. 4,500 left as it stands with 25% of them in the family enclosure.

          • toonsteve

            You still banned?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Where from St James’s or away games no back on both fronts.

          • drc74

            CXCKSTER,HOW U DOING, STILL TAKING IN THE COCKNEY SPXNK I SEE, DOES DADDIE TASTE GOOOOD

          • KRS1

            Which imaginery person did you see in the lift on your holiday, you fantasist d*ck

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Been to more games than you ever will do not that you go. Protesters out support the club.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He lies about where he drinks & who with I found him out yesterday and it’s killed him

      • KRS1

        You are without doubt an absolute wan*er. Please do us all a favour and f*ck off

      • Paul Patterson

        A troll speaks .

      • Tony English

        Hope you’re pleased with yourself. Hope you’re chuffed at finding a place to spew out another paragraph of bile. A genuine lad says his bit and you decide to be an ar se.

        Totally unnecessary.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          A genuine lad trying to stir up trouble at the Spurs game when Rafa and the team need the fans support. He wants protests which means it will unsettle the players and help Spurs. He is not a supporter and I will have a go at the likes of him and others who do not support the team

          • Tony English

            “I will have a go at the likes of him and others who do not support the team” …he is advocating having a go at the very person who can offer better support to the team.

            The personal insults regarding family are unnecessary.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Have a go 😂😂😂😂 love to see you have a go

      • Superdooperhooper

        So would you disown them if they didn’t support nufc?

      • toonsteve

        Time you woke up to reality, Simon?

      • Brian Standen

        Why have a go? Why not respect his opinion?
        Also the idea above in the comments is excellent I would be happy to help out by printing the first 1000 leaflets.
        It only takes a few doing that and the job is done!

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Would leaflets get rid of Ashley no. Any protests would mean supporting Spurs as it would unsettle the team. Rafa wants the supporters behind the team against Spurs this bloke wants an empty stadium. He is stirring up trouble when we need a good start as are other people on here and it will only make things worse. I hate the protesters with a passion and so do my mates.

          • Mike Adam

            But why the personal attack and insults on a man’s family???
            You want your opinion respected, then respect the opinion of others!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            See you weren’t in landmark you absolute liar

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Your son & daughter don’t exist

  • Davidelder888

    Couldn’t of put it better myself. Good article it looks like the majority are finally waking up.

  • Jonas

    Nothing to pick apart for me mate.
    only to add support to it.

  • Ben Jones

    It was the bit about pain that made me tap into this article.

    • drc74

      BDNDAS, DENDIE DOODLE DOO, HOWS DADDIES SPXNK TASTING

  • Leicester Mag

    I wouldn’t worry about any brickbats from the resident tagnut trolls a good article

  • Westdentoon

    Great article. Looks like you hooked a few trollops in the process.👍

  • mactoon

    I would love to see the fans turn up to a game and put signs on the back of their seats before leaving during the second half saying

    “ASHLEY OUT.
    NO MORE
    FREE ADVERTISING
    FOR SPORTS DIRECT”

    That sort of protest shown on TV would hit home

    • Sickandtired

      How about a banner which say’s ” Ashley, where’s the SD advertising money you promised two years ago”…

      • mactoon

        “ASHLEY OUT.
        NO MORE
        FREE ADVERTISING
        FOR SPORTS DIRECT
        EVEN THOUGH YOU
        PROMISED
        TO PAY FOR IT
        TWO YEARS AGO”

        • Sickandtired

          LOL, there you go!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          There was a payment made in the last accounts. £500k

          • Wor Lass

            Was that specifically itemised as SD advertising payment or have you deduced that that`s what it was for?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It’s in the SD accounts, £500k paid to Nufc but SD’s accounts are not over a football season.its possible that the figure for a full season is closer to £800k (bear in mind this is the championship & just the SD element)

          • mactoon

            You mean this bobbi?

            Section 26
            Advertising and promotional services were provided to SD International PLC and subsidiary companies, being companies associated with the ultimate owner of the company Mr MJW Ashley (no payment for the advertising is mentioned)

            The company made sales of £572,000 and purchased goods to the value of £1,281,000 from Sports Direct. The balance owing to NUFC Ltd was £180,000. The balance owing to SD was £418,000

            I can’t see any payment of £500k from SD to NUFC, the above payments are nothing to do with the advertising as far as I can see?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’ll take a look at their accounts when I have a minute but that looks along the right lines. NUFC providing advertising and promotional services in their year to Feb /Mar 2017.

            The payments are irrelevant, the billing is important although it seems all but £180k was been paid.

          • mactoon

            The payments are at the centre of the discussion. The section I took that from was about related companies but just says we provided advertising to SD. It doesn’t say they paid anything for it. The second paragraph doesn’t relate to the advertising.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            To be noted, there would be a financial transaction. Otherwise it would not be noted

          • mactoon

            Notes in financial accounts don’t necessarily have to refer to a financial transaction. For example the note in the previous accounts stated the club had provided advertising for SD for which they had received no renumeration. In the latest accounts I cant see any reference to SD paying any money for advertising.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            True, there doesn’t have to be a financial transaction but usually notes are avoided if there is nothing to tell. Interesting that there is also mention in the previous year but not a reference in NUFC’s account s

          • mactoon

            I think the main reason it was mentioned was because SD International (the company as opposed to just Ashley) expressed the intention of agreeing a fee with the club in order to start paying for the advertising but it never happened. My guess is the company didn’t like the bad reputation ashley was giving them so wanted to pay as a sort of public relations exercise but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Ashley who blocked it.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            No, I don’t think that is the reason, accounts do not have notes in them for PR.

            Why would Ashley block Nufc billing SD? He owns 100pc of us and 53pc of SD. The issue there is the fact SD are a ftse listed company.

            I’m not sure if the note is to do with NUFC charging for advertising but the nite is there.

          • mactoon

            You misunderstand. I don’t think PR is the reason for the note, forget the note for a minute.

            There have been several times when the SD shareholders haven’t agreed with Ashley’s actions in general and I suspect the aren’t happy with the bad press it brings for the company. The free advertising is just another example, it has angered a lot of fans and I am saying I think the reason SDI stated they were going to pay for advertising was to try to repair some of the damage this particular action by Ashley has done to their reputation.

            The note just documents the intention to pay in the accounts for clarity as it is a related Company transaction.

            None of the accounts say SDI have paid anything for the advertising since they stated they intended to do so.

          • Brian Standen

            How much do other clubs get for advertising Bobbi?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Bear in mind this was the Championship and I’ve not really looked at those clubs in detail. I’d have thought £1m would be exceptional as we were on TV a lot but the TV coverage is reletively low.

            In the EPl our peer group would be the likes of Everton who get about £4n a season according to their last accounts.

      • Geordiegiants

        Don’t know about you, but I don’t want a penny off him, I want him out.

    • Dom Morgan

      That is the best idea yet!!!!! This is the ultimate show of support for Rafa and the team, whilst making an incredibly powerful statement.

    • Geordiegiants

      What an excellent idea, even if everyone left ten mins before the game finished.

      • Brian Standen

        You know what. Even I agree with that ! A bit of careful planning and that could be achieved!

        • Geordiegiants

          Bloody hell Brian! You were the first person that sprung to mind as not doing it. I honestly thought people like yourself were going to be the problem, like I’ve said a million times before, I don’t have any issues with people going, I just have a problem with people sitting doing f’all.

          • Brian Standen

            I would go as far to say if someone asked me to print off say 1000 A4 leaflets I would be happy to do so! I don’t have the time workwise to lead anything like this but if a few of us printed off 1000 it would soon be enough!

          • Ben Jones

            Christ. No one ask him to do this

          • Brian Standen

            What you scared of Ben. It’s only £5 worth of ASDA paper and a bit of ink!
            If someone organises it properly I’m happy to do my bit!

          • Ben Jones

            Same reasons why trolling sport direct and the like is a bad idea, potential buyers of the club looking at what the fans are like, seeing how if they don’t get their own way they’ll try to trash companies associated with the clubs owner, it’s just not worth the hassle. What do you think them potential new owners think when after going through the accounts they can see he’s taken nothing out of the club and this is how the fans react?

          • Brian Standen

            Ben. I love good debate and if I’m honest your points are fair!
            Has he really taken nothing out the club? I guess cash wise you could be right!
            But his words on a sky tv interview were ‘ we are aiming for too 4 or a cuo’ – we promptly got relegated next season!
            Then he says Rafa can have all the funds generated – so TV money, season ticket money and incoming transfers!
            These are balanced by day to day running costs and player expenditure and I can read accounts and all I see is a huge profit! So where is this generated cash going?
            Potential new owners would see the fans are proactive in wanting a successful NUFC!
            He also shook hands on a deal with Amanda Staveley and then moved the goalposts! The handshake was in public and captured on camera!
            Whether her people are right for NUFC is subjective but I like many others are sick of Ashley!

          • Ben Jones

            I agree I think there is a healthy profit, but that’s only from last season, where’s it going? The clubs bank account, there seems to be a knee jerk reaction from fans that if we’ve received the money and have not spent it then it’s disappeared, why can’t it just be in the clubs account?

            Surely you’re attributing a handshake greeting/leaving gesture as a ‘do we have a deal’ handshake?

          • Brian Standen

            It was because one of Ashley’s people cheered with delight and shouted ‘deal done’

          • Ben Jones

            Good job he didn’t shout ‘fight fight fight’!

          • Brian Standen

            Sensible discussion a bit out your range?
            Anyway it’s pub time!

          • Ben Jones

            Not sure what to say to that to be fair, you want to believe Ashley reneged on the agreed deal, assuming there was a deal, when it could have been for any amount of reasons. The belief of people who despise Ashley that this club is a goldmine to him makes them jump to the conclusion that he doesn’t really want to sell, it’s my belief he can’t wait to get rid so him reneging on a reasonable deal makes no sense to me. We will never meet in the middle without more facts

          • Tony English

            I repeatedly tried to make the point a few weeks ago, any abuse or attacks on his companies by our fans is counter productive. He becomes more entrenched and will wring us out even more.

            Their is a Jim Jefferies monologue where he is talking about arguing with someone you hate…if they are a d1 ck and you react and act just like them, after a while people looking in will think you’re both just d1 cks.

            At the moment the majority of the press are seeing Ashley for what he is, whilst everyone else is investing the TV money… that’s enough, don’t give the press a chance to turn their focus onto us and give a platform to the “they just hate cockneys” brigade.

            We need to hang fire.

          • Ben Jones

            Plus it just looks puerile, don’t get me wrong I can understand how people think they’re making a difference/their voice heard and I’m sure it’s full of lols and giggles but I can’t help thinking they should maybe have a little more thought on their actions and possible knock-on consequences.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Me and my mates would rip them all up done it before at Bar Loco and they did not want to know cowards the lot of them.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’ll come in and bounce ya pals all over bar loco all one of them

          • Brian Standen

            I look forward to the day – you and your mates must be so hard tearing leaflets up!

          • Brian Standen

            For the record I walked out early at the protest a couple of years ago

          • Brian Standen

            What I would add is this idea needs to be organised properly and possibly get some input from one of the fans groups! Prob too soon for Spurs game but would not take much planning

          • Geordiegiants

            I would say it’s very easy to sort out quickly, on a certain min agreed by the magpie group, everyone hold up a self printed with your own message, or even a standard A4 banner handed out at the Spuds game by the magpie group. As soon as the cancer gets wind he will be conducting searches so it will have to smuggled in. Also if they were sticky back they could then be stuck on to the seats as you leave at an agreed time.
            It’s a start!!

          • Brian Standen

            Totally agree but I think everyone should have the same agreed message – and A4 paper folds nicely into back pocket!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I hate the protesters would rip their leaflets up and gladly have words with anyone giving the team grief. So proud of the 21,000 who turned up today was great atmosphere both inside and outside the ground.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          How would that help the players. The last walk out on sixty minutes and sixty nine minutes was flop a handful of people.
          I have friends who support Whitley Bay a team in crisis. They go because they are FOOTBALL FANS something most people on here are not just glory hunters. How I long for the days of just jumping in the back of a transit most lads not even knowing who we were playing or half the players supporting their city. We finished tenth last season have five signings with more on the way. All this anti Ashley and Newcastle stuff does my head in. We have some of the worst supporters in the land if you can call them that. Anyway off to match now and the three bulls.

          • drc74

            MONKSTER, if u left ten mins early that would give u an extra ten mins too ride ashleys cxck, so every cloud

          • Brian Standen

            Aye and so am I! I love Rafa and everything he tries to achieve! But Ashley is just too far up his own backside ! Only cares about himself!

        • Wor Lass

          Brian, do you reckon there`s enough room in the concourses and under the stands for people to walk out for half time rather than during the match? Those messages on quite a few thousand seats would make a splash and there wouldn`t be any disruption for the players to cope with.

          • Brian Standen

            The upper east stand concourses are tight but newer parts are quite roomy !

    • Wezza

      Good idea that!

  • Gb1

    I don’t agree with those trying to put you down personally, but nothing new said in this article that hasn’t been said before. One day I hope it changes but have to accept its unlikely as any new owner would be investing as a business not the history and passion of the fans.

  • Toonfen

    Well said I totally agree, genuine fans do feel the hurt and its the hope that kills you! We must all stand United to rid our proud city of the leech!!! ASHLEY OUT!

  • Ron

    Really great article that sends out the right message, however listen to Rafa he wants the fans to get behind the team so a boycott or walkout isn’t the answer – I don’t know what is, but it’s not that. Join the protest groups and keep saying it how it is. I trully understand your anger and hate for our owner. Ashley out!

  • paul mclaughlan

    Oi oi Jason. Where boots in Byker is your dad from?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Byker grove

      • paul mclaughlan

        Wasn’t Byker Grove filmed in the west end?

        • SuperDesHamilton

          aye sure it was a nunnery in elswick of all places

    • jason bright

      hey Paul, my dad was born at 102, Dunn terrace. went to raby street school

      • paul mclaughlan

        I lived at 202 Ayton st. Not sure where Dunn terrace is/was.

  • Andy Mac

    Sadly Jason things have to get a lot worse before the parasitic claws will finally be prised off the dying carcass.
    We’ll have to do a dive of makem proportions before shiteforbrains sells up.

    • Ben Jones

      The mackems were spending more than they earned, consistently buying tat and selling at a loss and not addressing their external debt, that’s why they are where they are and the reason we are not is due to the exact opposite, please explain what you mean

      • Andy Mac

        Yawn

  • joseph harris

    I am a life long supporter, as long as Ashley is at the club I will never step a foot in “St James’s” again. Sad!!!.

    • Ben Jones

      Don’t be sad mate, it’s always a sellout so it’s not as if the seat is going to waste or that you’re missed at all

      • Wor Lass

        One day, fella, you might make a comment relating to football instead of the usual snidey wind-ups. I hope I`m sitting down when it happens.

        • Mike Adam

          As usual Wor puts it perfectly. One week, lets talk some football.

      • Tweed Mag

        Uncalled for comment. You continually reveal your negative outlook on life.

        • Ben Jones

          Not at all, the poster claimed that he was sad he didn’t go anymore but it’s only himself that’s stopping him, that and if he’s not quick the tickets will be sold out

      • Mike Adam

        His opinion Ben, maybe you and others on here could express opinions without insults and names. I think that would go a long way since we are ALL NUFC supporters, supposedly! Enless you really are what some others on here claim.

        • Ben Jones

          Exact same people have claimed the exact same of you mate, be careful what you recirculate

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, they are the real trolls and complete frauds. I am on everyone’s side when it comes to having their opinions heard and respected. But there really should not be personal attacks or insults from any of us. After all we are ALL supposedly NUFC supporters.

          • Ben Jones

            There’s nothing in what I said that was incorrect or insulting, there will be a sell out for Tottenham and no one’s sitting in the ground disappointed that Joseph has once again decided off his own back he won’t be attending

          • Mike Adam

            Fair enough. It is his choice not to go just as it is yours to attend. It may correct, but whether you believe it or not you still made it personal. Look I cannot control what you or anyone else says and I am not a happy blocker. I just wish we could all show some respect and be alittle nicer as human beings since we are all on the same side, we just have different opinions when it comes to the club. That’s all.

          • Ben Jones

            I agree entirely even if my actions appear otherwise

          • Mike Adam

            Sorry, if your intentions were otherwise. Howay the lads!!!

  • Roblee07

    I believe it is best to allow the magpie group to formulate plans for getting rid of ashley so this is a suggestion that I hope reaches them. Boycott sky!! Match day revenue only goes so far but tv money is now king. Their reporting on ashley also disgusts me. Despite how far we have fallen in the ashley era we were broadcast the 7th most in the premiership last season. The top 6, then Everton then us. Putting pressure on sky might help them re-evaluate their priorities

  • Wor Lass

    Good read, Jason. OK, it`s all been said before but it`s a well written and heartfelt account and a reminder to us all of what`s been going on. Sadly, although many people have stopped going the pull is still there for many and the stadium will probably be full for the Spuds game. The only thing I could think of to change that would be the sale of Lascelles. I`m pleased to see that Monksatan didn`t disappoint you!

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Ok Jason, you’d have been disappointed if I didn’t reply.

    To pick you up a few points, he’s not made any money out of NUFC, he will only do so when he sells the club.

    Boycotts don’t work, poisonous atmospheres hurt the team. Boycotting when you don’t actually go anyway does not make a difference.

    However, to get rid of Ashley, the answer is to buy him out.Newnarket is nice, get your fellow mags to commit £2,500 to Newcastle united investment trust and we only need 150,000 investors, that will buy him out.

    That is the positive way.

    • Wor Lass

      Have you still got your dosh on a net spend, Bobbi? What was it? £20 mill? (the spend not your bet!)

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Still there with a few punters, I have one as simply a +ve, a £10m, a more than the 4 clubs below us. . I may have to cough up!

        • Wor Lass

          Are you on the sauce already – that`s a bit garbled. You`re not out with Geordigiants, are you?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            No, at the gym. I’ll reply properly later

    • S.G.M.

      Less than that! I’ll buy 20.

  • Tweed Mag

    Good stuff. Ignore the pessimists and those who insult your family. They clearly have serious problems of their own. An empty stadium is not the complete answer, but is part of it. Ashley’s god is money – once he has less of it coming in he will sell. I hope you do go to the pub to watch the game. Enjoy it no matter the result.

    • Ben Jones

      Pessimists = people who go to and enjoy the match and their club

      Optimists = people constantly spit blood on NUFC who want the fans to stay away and the stadium to be empty, most of these optimists want the club relegated in the belief it will shake the owner

      This is the world we live in

      • Tweed Mag

        In your world it might be. We have known for a long time you are on a different planet.

    • jason bright

      thanks Tweed, i was bracing myself for a backlash from a certain person but i have to admit i wasnt ready for the family insults lol!!! my father is very proud of me….oh well.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Monkseaton says he drinks in lamdmark (he doesn’t it’s a restaurant) go on match day and bounce him all over

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Any match day will be there 21,000 loyal soldiers there today made me very proud.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You weren’t, another lie your mask has slipped

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Just been to the match today 21,000 families, pensioners, woman, and people proud to wear the shirt of Newcastle United. They support their team and City something you will never never no about in your remaining days.

  • S.G.M.

    ” I do believe that hitting Ashley in the pocket is the only way he will go,”
    That wont work.
    Relegation to the Championship cost him upwards of 100mill. He’s still here!
    Empty Stadium?
    That wont work.
    Matchday revenue is a minuscule percentage of income, (look at Bournemouth,)
    NUFC Is the goose that will just keep laying the golden egg.
    Thanks to SKY,S World Wide Audience