Newcastle fans will continue their protests against Mike Ashley before today’s match, another mass demonstration planned for 1pm outside Sports Direct on Northumberland Street.

Alongside all of the online and on the streets protesting, one influential Newcastle fan is refusing to be cowed or intimidated by Mike Ashley and his minions.

Chi Onwurah is MP for Newcastle Central and last month (24 July 2018) she presented a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of constituents.

The petition highlighting the disgraceful way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United.

This was countered with a letter ‘from’ Mike Ashley (no doubt prepared by Keith Bishop or one of his other minions) to the Culture Secretary, and made public by Ashley’s people on 7 August 2018, which attacked Chi Onwurah and laughably claimed that he is an excellent owner of Newcastle United (read it HERE).

In response to that Mike Ashley letter, Chi Onwurah responded, saying she wasn’t going to let the matter lie and would be writing to Jeremy Wright (Culture Secretary of State) to pursue the matter further.

She has now indeed written to Jeremy Wright and good for her, Chi Onwurah is really pushing the issue.

The letter is dated 24 August 2018 and has been also published on her personal website, reproduced below (the jaunty angle is how the letter was scanned on Chi’s site, not our own work!).

Powerful stuff as the Newcastle Central MP asks the Secretary of State to ‘Initiate an investigation into the financial relationship between Mr Ashley, Sports Direct, NUFC and Newcastle United Foundation.’

mike ashleymike ashleyThe Mag – 7 August 2018:

Mike Ashley has been feeling the pressure.

Newcastle United fans fighting back against an owner who as been an embarrassment in the 11 years (and counting) at St James Park.

This summer has been yet another opportunity wasted, Mike Ashley ensuring yet another relegation struggle instead of any kind of potential progression for the club.

Part of the protests saw Newcastle Upon Tyne MP Chi Onwurah present a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of constituents (see below).

The petition pointing out how disgraceful his time at Newcastle United has been.

Earlier today we featured a letter that Mike Ashley has put into the public domain, a letter addressed to the Culture Secretary that attacks Chi Onwurah and claims that he is an excellent owner of Newcastle United (read it HERE).

Not taking it lying down, the MP whose Newcastle constituency includes St James Park, has replied to Ashley’s laughable letter.

Chi Onwurah via her personal website:

“I am pleased that Mr Ashley has finally decided to speak about his investment in Newcastle United, even if it is to the Secretary of State rather than the numerous fans, media and others who have attempted to engage with him over the years. My own attempt is here. His office responded by instructing me not to contact him again.

“However, his letter does not address the central point: the lack of investment in Newcastle United players which has left the club with one of the lowest net spend figures in the Premier League.

“The petition I presented is merely a reflection of the concerns and strength and depth of feeling of so many Newcastle United fans who contacted me as their Member of Parliament. I was particularly concerned by the ‘If Rafa Goes, We Go’ petition, knowing how important role Newcastle United plays in the lives of many of  my constituents I do not feel they should have to choose between their club and its ownership. A quick review of social media will show the petition was received overwhelmingly positively received by fans unable to get Mr. Ashley’s attention by other means.

“I’m very upset to hear that abuse has been directed at Sports Direct staff.  I invite Mr. Ashley to join me in my longstanding efforts ensure the proper regulation of social media.

However Mr. Ashley knows very well that the calls to boycott Sports Direct existed long before my petition and are generally connected to his appalling behaviour as a business owner rather than his record as a football club owner.

“Also at no time have I criticized the Newcastle United Foundation which does wonderful work in the community and whose funding is not, as Mr Ashley implies, entirely a consequence of his ownership.

“I will be writing to the Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright, to offer a meeting with myself and Newcastle United fans so he can judge for himself the depth of feeling on this issue and the crucial importance of football to my constituents

“Finally Mr Ashley knows I am a fan of Newcastle United as well as the MP for St James’ Park. I boycotted the ground for three years because of his choice of Wonga as a sponsor. I admit to being motivated in part by my support for the club and desire to see beautiful Premiership football continue to be played at St James Park.”



  • Toontaff

    Looks like Leazes has managed to get the main man to come out!

    • Leazes.

      You haven’t been watching closely enough, Mark has woken up and like Harald Hardrada and knows the moment….

      ‘Tyr’ momentum.

      • Leicester Mag

        He’ll need to avoid Stamford bridge though …

        • Leazes.

          I was looking for a way to include it but I thought better.

          • Wor Lass

            Maybe you could do something with words sounding slightly like Tostig.

          • Leazes.

            Ah you know about Tostig…. no….that didn’t end well.

          • Wor Lass

            I often wonder how much of a fairer society might have evolved in Britain if Harold had beaten the Normans.

          • Leazes.

            Well Newcastle wouldn’t have a New Castle and we would be supporting a Club called Monkchester United….

          • Wor Lass

            Pons Aelius Rovers! As long as it wasn`t Monkseaton Magpies …

          • jack

            As king Harold said I’ll give you six foot of earth , or maybe a little more to fit your size

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    Good on her!

  • TheFatController

    I do think the reason Ashley gives us interest free loans is to save the club (and thus him) money.

    But that decision also allowed him to take away a lot of transparency.

    He hasn’t needed to explain (give transparency) on the value of the stadium advertising. Or as Chi states the free ride and revenue the SD store at the ground enjoys. Or any other ‘trade off against interest free loans’ financial arrangements the club has with his other busines interests (eg deal with Puma – how do we know what SD have agreed with Puma that relates to a ‘mutually beneficial deal agreed’ on their status as kit supplierto NUFC)?

    Would anyone be surprised if any of the above ‘arrangements’ are not in the interests of the club? And all because we have no view and shouldn’t need to because he provides his own business with interest free loans.

    If it all doesn’t sound above board, read into that what you will…

    • Leazes.

      He’s giving himself the loans to pay off his bills….. but its the fans who really pay because that’s where the money is coming from.

      There’s nothing transparent in NUFC accounts…. or the operation as a whole, you can see a shrinking club though.

    • Lord

      I agree and would add that after the recent Rangers podcast I believe the advertising revenue is a drop in the ocean. The NUFC accounts only show money that is routed via our club; it doesn’t tell the story of revenue streams that have been completely given away and thus don’t need to be recorded.

      The last set of accounts were very opaque and clearly designed to make us look like we are doing worse than in reality.

      Q: Why would a business owner do that – most owners want to show success (particularly if you are looking to sell your business)?

      A: To justify continued lack of investment whilst other revenues get siphoned off.

  • Leazes.

    Ashley claimed the NUFC foundation shows that the club has taken social responsibility seriously….really?…..

    ……he’s put nothing into it other than sell each seasons worn strips in online auctions raising £20k… costing nothing to the club and making fans pay for shirts that in ten years time people will say ‘who’ when they read the names? All clubs do it, but the claims are stretching the ‘generosity’ bit!

    …….Contrast that with the 3/4 Million he blew in one night in Aspers Casino on his windfall for selling the clubs centre forward Carroll, and reportedly tipping the staff £10k.

    Likewise claims of ‘Investment’ are nothing of the sort… the purchase of the club and its assets aren’t investment at all…. and piling up debt to pay back to yourself for relegation that he created is scandalous when he counts that as investment too!

    He has methodically and deliberately stripped the club of advertising, merchandising, land and players under the nose of the press while telling them that hes invested a quarter of a billion!

    Don’t pee down my back and tell me its raining!

    • Sing in the Leazes

      hear hear!
      beautifully put Leazes old chap.
      all true and all to the point.
      how on earth are you STILL having to write this though? how is there anyone on this site who doesn’t acknowledge these facts?
      paid lackeys and henchmen aside…
      how does anyone else out there still not get it???

  • Leicester Mag

    Good to see the Mag playing their role in the struggle. There is no going back, no more chances, he needs to be driven out and every legitimate means possible leveraged. The game is rotten in so many ways but nowhere else aside from perhaps Charlton is there such a deliberate cynical disregard of every vestige that makes football the game we love. The pathetic muellings of a cabal of D list nobodies aptly shows the depths he and his lager swilled chumps will stoop to. Over by September only if he drags his carcus out of St James along with a skip full of direct tat hoardings.

  • Jimblag23

    It’s great we have somebody championing us. If she manages to help in any tangible way against assley, they’ll be a statue of her next to Shearers.

    • Leazes.

      It took Shearer 10 years to get off the fence, when most people could see what was happening….. better late than never.

      Even when Ashley tore his name off the Gallowgate Stand he was impassive….

      Did you realise that his statue is actually on Council land not under the clubs approval unlike the Robson Statue.

  • Paul Patterson

    Keep it going, the more negative attention he gets the better . .

    • ghostrider

      Here’s something for you to think on.

      Go compare…go compare.
      How bad is that bloke singing that?
      How much does everyone want to gag that annoying bloke?

      But weirdly it gains plenty of audience and it sticks….right?
      Because it’s so negative.

      Now, if you think the protests over Ashley and the negativity surrounding his brand is going to make him bow down, have a think on how much more advertising he’s getting, even if it does appear to be negative in the eyes of Newcastle fans (some).

      The fans aren’t making him squirm, they’re actually putting him firmly on the world map.

      Soon enough it will backfire on the protestors.

      • Lord

        If you believe that Ashley thinks the invasion of SD’s Twitter feed by our supporters and that letters to Ministers asking for financial transparency / investigations into club ownership contribute to ‘good publicity’, then I believe you are misguided.

        • ghostrider

          Who mentioned good publicity?
          Notoriety and bad publicity can breed a much bigger audience to create the very thing the few want to destroy.

          The operative words are “the few”…

      • Toonarden

        Maybe we should all stand in Northumberland Street singing his praises then? Are you for real?

        • ghostrider

          No need to stand anywhere singing his praises or anything else about him.
          Support Newcastle United which is why you are a fan and supporter in the first place, with him or without him………… With rafa or without Rafa…………….. With one generation or without them…………… With all your unconditional love………….. The black and white blood in your veins………….. or has it all changed in this day and age from the earlier times?

          Because my support and being a total fan is simple…… I am Newcastle United for life and I’ll take the good with the bad……. I’ll take the rough with the smooth……… I’ll take the bad with the bad and the good with the good.
          I’ll take anything thrown at me and them some more and still I’ll unconditionally support and be a fan of Newcastle United.

          If the squad costs 25 pence then that’s my squad for my club who I support.
          If the squad cost 25 trillion then that’s the squad I support that is part of Newcastle United at the time.

          And so on.

          I say, be careful what you wish for….but I’m 1005 sure that those that wish for change and get a horror story will be the ones that pretend they didn’t want the change…apart from the odd few who will be so hell bent on depriving their face of that nose, because they will not want to appear to look wrong.

        • jack

          Just ignore him mate ,he’s an idiot

        • TheFatController

          He’s a troll, block him.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Fantastic. He’s really beginning squirm the fat gimp & it’s great to see. His minions are panicking & I hope shola is hanging his head in shame

  • robbersdog

    It’s all water off a duck’s back to Mike Ashley; throughout his entire business life he’s had enemies, and he thrives on conflict. He’s not going anywhere, he’s not going to change and we’re stuck with him for the foreseeable future.

    • Alex

      You’re pathetic.

      • robbersdog

        I merely stated the undeniable fact that a letter from an MP isn’t going to drive Ashley out of our club. We’re all on the same side here, so there’s no need to be such an abusive little [email protected] Unless, of course, you can’t help it.

        • Alex

          Undeniable, eh? The first letter got Ashley in a tizz, as has previous involvement of various MP’s and Commons Select Committees. He doesn’t like it one bit, and every little kicking he get mounts up. And one day a little straw like this might just break his back. On the other hand, your total apathy and saying we’re “stuck with him” is exactly what WILL allow him to stay longer.

        • TheFatController

          You’re not on the same aide as me surely, you weasel,’ live on knees not die on feet’ coward.

          “I won’t kick mike in the balls because he he’s not going anywhere so why bother. I like an excuse to do nothing and sit eating pies and contributing nothing to society too whilst undermining the people with bottle and gumption out there”

          Get back in your ‘there’s no point to all this’ hole….write to Keith bishop and tell him it might as well all blow over by Sept for all the good it will do.

          We fight on.

          • robbersdog

            That dementedly aggressive rant is rendered unintelligible by the flurry of incorrectly deployed single and double quotation marks.

            You come across as a parody of someone who is both semi-literate and mentally unstable; although sadly for you, it wasn’t a spoof, you’re the real thing.

          • TheFatController

            if was an aggressive rant, but not demented s

            You’re just spineless and weak or a troll.

            I can’t be shamed by your shaming comments as you’re not credible to me. To me you’re a coward.

            But you do seem spineless and don’t like to face up to this fact. That’s understandable, don’t get upset, maybe get a spine?

          • robbersdog

            I posted a comment which was highly critical of Ashley, and 100% accurate, and you go absolutely berserk and launch into an aggressive, abusive rant – which you’ve now all but repeated. As I said, you just come across as mentally ill. Calm down and stop making such a fool of yourself.

            Oh, and by the way, if you’ve got the guts to call me a coward to my face, just let me know, and I’ll be happy to oblige. Very happy.

          • TheFatController

            Coward.

          • robbersdog

            Clearly irony isn’t your strong point you cowardly sack of sh*t.

          • TheFatController

            Let’s meet, as you’ve suggested a duel, why don’t we meet one night at the 3 Bulls, and I choose the weapons?

            I have some spare plutonium so I choose thermo nuclear devices each.

            What time suits?

          • TheFatController

            And what on earth are you on about with trying to shame me over wrongly deployed qualitative marks.

            Let alone its pathetic, they are actually directly deployed.

            You don’t need a qualification in english language to know they aren’t correctly deployed, but I do, and they are.

    • Carverlier football

      That’s the spirit. Easily the most upvoted comment I’ve put on the Mag by far was the quote, popularised by JFK, about apathy ensuring the triumph of evil. Keep up the fight everyone!

    • Toonarden

      Yeah that’s great. Let’s just chuck the towel in.
      Ashley thrives on people like you.

      • robbersdog

        Actually, he thrives on people like YOU, but the irony in that appears to be lost on you.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Surely the answer is tobuy him out. A serious takeover, not a bunch of bedsheet wavers and middle aged men singing songs about another middle aged man.

        • James Hopkins

          How can you buy something, when it never been for sale?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The easiest way is to make an offer.

            Why don’t you think he wants to sell? So far, we know he’s turned down a £250m offer.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      That’s the spirit you spineless little coward

  • FatParosite

    Bishop has work to do and looks like the storm will take us into October and beyond. Your powers of perception are seemingly worthy of the S*** Direct brand, Kieth.

  • Not really beneficial for us. Mike is cutting it on the edge as we speak. Nobody in the North East can afford to fund NUFC besides Ashley right now. I’m all fine in pressuring him to sell but we risk him cutting off even further funds vital to keeping the club in the top flight. Without that, we can nevee hope to sell.

    • Carverlier football

      Rubbish. Why would they have to be from the North East? And arguably the club would be easier to sell outside the top flight because Ashley would be a more motivated seller.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        eh? He’s a motivated seller anyway. The club is set up for sale.

        Rather than put off would be buyers by representing our fans as an homogeneous group that can turn on a brand, we should be encouraging investment.

        • jack

          The club isn’t up for sale

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I think a serious offer will see the back of Ashley. Nothing to do with bedsheet wavers or an MP wasting public money, the position has been for some time, a serious bid will be accepted.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He’ll sell to a serious offer. There is little motivation to keep the club but he isn’t giving it away.

      • ghostrider

        The mere fact that anyone and everyone now knows what the fans are like if they don’t get their own way….nobody will invest unless it’s for major gain, where they are simply not bothered as long as they quickly make their bucks.

        Be careful what you wish for.

        • Lord

          I don’t remember Liverpool fans’ vociferous protests putting off a change of ownership. They seem to be doing alright now.

          • ghostrider

            Doing alright as in what?
            What have they won in the 11 years since Ashley took ownership?

          • Big Hairy Man

            I think you’ll find that they are in a far better place than us.

          • ghostrider

            A far better place as in what?
            Better players?
            I agree with that but then again they’re winning nothing and buying 75 million defenders and 68 million keepers.
            And still getting nothing.

          • Big Hairy Man

            I wonder when we will be in a Champions League final. By the way they are currently top of the EPL in case you hadn’t noticed.

          • ghostrider

            Currently top means nothing at this stage.

        • Big Hairy Man

          Nobody will invest because the club is not and never was for sale.

          • ghostrider

            So therefore what’s all the protesting about?

          • Big Hairy Man

            To make his ownership of NUFC toxic for S***** D***** which is his sole reason for being here. The limit of his ambition for the club is PL survival at minimal cost. The football is purely incidental.

          • ghostrider

            14 out of the 20 clubs are in it for premier league survival, so what’s your point?

          • Big Hairy Man

            So you agree with Ashley that the limit of our ambition should be survival. Some fan you are.

          • jack

            They all get caught in the end , same with maxwell

          • Cockneytrev

            Here here,,👍👍👍

      • Sickandtired

        Hasn’t been, twice before. Same old noise, yet here he is still.

    • TheFatController

      Oh, I think you’ll find, despite your naive attempt to get people to stop bashing Ashley, that he’s quite happy to splash the cash if he’s in any danger of not being on the PL gray train.

      So don’t worry about that, he’ll always do the bare minimum required. How do you think he ended up employing Rafa? Because he wanted a world class manager to fit his world class investment strategy?

      • No really worried about that, it’s just that we all know what he’s like. I do believe he doesn’t want the club anymore, but still feels he can make a good profit each year. With 200m invested in the squad an 100m in the grounds we could be doing what Liverpool is doing right now in 2-3 seasons. We all know Ashley will never do that, unless someone buys NUFC, we are stuck with him and that’s it. His evaluation of the club is fair, as there is huge potential.

        • Sickandtired

          My house is potentially worth £1 million. That’s what I think anyway.
          I still can’t figure out why no buyers are calling…

    • Sickandtired

      Which funds would those be then?

      • In general, just paying staff and all the facilities stuff. That is not by far a small sum. I don’t know anyone in the North East who can afford those, or I’m wrong?

        • Sickandtired

          The ‘business’ pays for the staff – the few who are left after he downsized. It’s called operating costs.
          He’s spent nowt on facilities or improvements.
          Ashley himself pays for nothing. Are you really this stupid or purposefully trying to be a troll?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    All that will happen is that will turn into a petty war of words between Ashley’s people and Chi Onwurah.
    Personally I feel she will get sick before Ashley will and this will go nowhere with her employers re-iterating the need to pull her head in and continue being an MP !

    This is the man the government couldn’t get to attend meetings they requested with him to which nothing was done for some reason.
    Add to the fact there will never be any investigation into him because Mike Ashley represents the cold uncaring psychopathic corporate business world that they have all been guilty of creating.
    He is one of theirs in reality and any attempts that have been made in the past to bring him to heel are mere “Lip Service” !

    • Leazes.

      No they did get him to attend…. I would hope we could get an investigation into his finances concerning the club. and then ultimately change the laws on football club ownership not just for United but for all fans.

      It was Hall who didn’t do due diligence when selling to this Chelsea fan!

    • Billmag

      Any bad publicity for fatty is good, it doesn’t matter how small you think it is.

    • jack

      If the taxman were to be involved he would have to attend , and his financial dealings definitely need investigation

      • Big Hairy Man

        It was the taxman who eventually collared another despicable character. Al Capone.

        • Sickandtired

          No it wasn’t. It was the FBI – he was charged with tax offences though.

    • TheFatController

      Who was the lookalike he paid to attend in his place then ?

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        For a long time he just ignored them and got away with not attending and doubt whether his appearance was nothing but window dressing.
        No investigations will ever be made against this bloke unless it somehow suits the governments interest.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    This Labour MP is just trying to curry favour for vote. The letter appears in the press before it even gets delivered. I think the MP should try writing to here pathetic leader and suggest he stop being anti-Semitic.

    • Billmag

      Typically Bobbi choose’s a deft deflection using the Labour leaders woes instead of focusing on Ashley’s lack of transparency in the running of our club, and by the way I don’t think she needs to canvas for votes she has plenty of support in this area a lot more than your hero that’s for sure.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Anyone can get elected with a red rosette in the city & ‘burbs of both Newcastle & Sunderland, so yes, there is not much she needs to do. However, it’s just crass populist canvassing.

        • Al’s voice of reason

          It might be populist canvassing true, but what does the anti semetic views of a labour leader have anything to do with what this MP is trying to achieve regarding the running of NUFC and the treatment of newcastle fans around the world?
          No one on this site cares about your alternative agenda bonny lad.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What is she trying to achieve apart from a bit if cheap publicity?

    • jack

      Absolutely ridiculous what you’ve written

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        ??

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Bobbi hates anyone working class & not white. That’s how he comes across on here anyway. Snipes & digs all the time he hasn’t the bottle to just say what’s he really means

    • Ken

      You are talking rubbish again, do you have any more thinly disguised racist comments to make towards her

      • robbersdog

        How is that racist?

        • Ken

          It was a comment he made in a previous article a couple of weeks ago that was tacist

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Racist comments? Explain?

  • Carverlier football

    Keep it up, keep it up, keep it up! I wonder whether, in order to make it more difficult to ignore, she should get MPs onboard from other constituencies who’ve had their community damaged by unfit football club owners – MP for Charlton, the relevant MP for Glasgow (Rangers still haven’t fully unpicked Ashley’s damage), Blackpool, and so on

    • ghostrider

      Rangers were totally damaged before Ashley threw his hat in.

      • Big Hairy Man

        Damaged but not totally. He finished the job. That’s why the Rangers fans despised him.

        • ghostrider

          He didn’t finish any job. The job was already finished. Rangers were done for.

          • Big Hairy Man

            They sold their soul to the devil and paid the price.

          • GlasgowMag

            Yip bit like John Hall and we are still suffering the consequences!!😱😱

          • Sickandtired

            Nowt like it at all. They had a very dodgy chairman who did an even dodgier deal with Ashley.

          • ghostrider

            The devil was not Ashley.

          • Big Hairy Man

            Yes it was.

          • Oldgeordie

            Talk to some Ranger’s supporters and get their opinion. They will give you the facts. I think you will find they don’t agree with you.

          • ghostrider

            That’s fine of they don’t agree. I will have my opinion whether it’s agreed upon or disregarded, just like anyone else is free to have theirs in the same vein.

          • GlasgowMag

            Yes Rangers were done and the asset strippers were circulating looking for more blood that’s where your boy Mike comes in!!!

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        They certainly were holed below the waterline. Ashley just fired a few extra torpedoes

        • ghostrider

          Actually, Ashley came with the welders but Rangers fans and certain big wigs decided to use their own tack welders to hold the club together for a while.
          And it will be only for a while.

  • Wezza

    Game over soon!

  • panther

    Keep piling on the pressure, workhouse of Fraser

    • Leazes.

      Workhouse of Fraser…. yes their customers will surely be shopping in Bins shortly….

      • Sickandtired

        “Bin Dippers”. I’m surprised Ashley hasn’t rolled a line of stores out with that name yet. ‘Coming to a high street near you’….

  • Colin Brumwell

    She is tilting at windmills ,it sounds more like a self promotion and I doubt the Government will intervene