Mike Ashley followed up his appearance last week at Selhurst Park by showing his face today at St James Park.

The club’s owner attending  his first home match in 13 months, the last time being  the 2-0 defeat against Spurs in August 2017, the weekend when his disgraceful Sky Sports ‘interview’ with David Craig was aired.

Today he could see in the flesh just what a shocking lack of investment has done to Newcastle United.

Leicester strolled to a 2-0 victory and little wonder.

Rafa Benitez’ biggest signing is the £12m for Matt Ritchie and that was 26 months ago to play in the Championship.

In that same time period, Leicester have signed 14 players for more money.

As well as the disgraceful state of the squad, Mike Ashley was at his worst before the match.

The latest protests took place ahead of the game outside the Sports Direct shop at St James Park, ahead of an open protest meeting on Wednesday night (see below).

Mike Ashley disgracefully sending in people to take down the Rafa Benitez and Kevin Keegan banners that were hanging outside the Gallowgate end (see video below).

The Mag – 27 September 2018:

The campaign against Mike Ashley and his ownership of Newcastle United continues.

Various sustained initiatives online have clearly created problems for the NUFC owner’s retail empire so far.

Whilst the first on the streets demonstration of the new season took place on the opening day, around two thousand fans protesting before the Spurs match outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle city centre, on Northumberland Street. This was repeated, with Newcastle supporters asked to gather before the Chelsea game.

The focus then shifted for the Arsenal game, with Newcastle fans protesting outside the last remaining Newcastle United (Sports Direct?) club shop at St James Park.

This Saturday, Newcastle supporters are asked to do the same, with fans asked to meet outside the shop at St James Park at the Gallowgate End, starting at 2.15pm and ending at 2.45pm, allowing people time to get in for kick-off of the Leicester City match.

There is also a second public open meeting  next week, organised by the Magpie Group (a collection of NUFC fans/groups), with all Newcastle fans invited to come along.

The meeting is at The Labour Club (11 Leazes Park Road NE1 4PF) just down the road from St James Park.

Admission is free and it takes place at on Wednesday 3 October 2018, doors open at 6pm and the meeting starting at 6.30pm.

There are three guest speakers:

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, her constituency included St James Park.

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, he chairs the all party parliamentary group for football supporters.

Whilst also appearing is Kevin Miles, the Chief Executive of the FSF (Football Supporters Federation).

Get yourself along if you can make it.



  • Paul Patterson

    Parasite!!

  • Tweed Mag

    Spoilt child.

  • Kenny

    Like to see them take a banner off me

    • Cockneytrev

      Correct,,,👏👏👏👏

      • panther

        One million percent agree

    • Cockneytrev

      Last year West Ham fans protested at the directors box, a proper protest,, look what’s happened,,£100 mil spent,,
      We have to many fracking Gandi s supporting the club now,,

      • Chuck D

        I agree but West Ham fans have the media on their side. Imagine the headlines if we had “stewards physically assaulted by Newcastle fans…..”
        We need to box but box clever as ours is a war with few allies.

        • Cockneytrev

          Well standing outside his shops with a sports Redirect banner has done nothing,, people think its his company were advertising,,

        • Cockneytrev

          I’ve emailed my MP, nothing, I’ve emailed, minister for sport and culture, nothing, emailed the PL and FA, nothing ,, we need to crank it up,,, today when they are pulling someone’s flag was the Ideal time to let them know, tell them to keep off the flag,,,it doesn’t belong to Ashley,,,

      • graham18

        Yes becos that is in London or near enough.half the media and people in london probably don’t know where Newcastle is-they are like politicians

        • Ron

          Down a bit from Scotland, keep the sea on your left!

  • Joselu has had his worst and what I hope to be his final match in a Newcastle shirt! Honestly, even Nile Ranger could have done better (perhaps not but you get my point)! Perez again looked like the only player cabaple of producing something but he was very well marked. Ritchie, Atsu, Kenedy and Shelvey never entered the opposition box with the ball! That is how bad we are. Neither Rafa nor anybody can produce miracles with a team that can’t get a shot on target unless from 70 yards out!

    • Ram Kishore

      I think the only shot on target we had was the shelvey’s long range effort

  • Tomb

    How much did Alan Pardews record signing cost? Managed a 5th place finish.
    Leicester have spent big in the last few years but didnt to win the league. Vardy cost a million. Mahrez 400k. You can do quite well on a low budget. Burnley are a good example from last season

    • Cockneytrev

      Fluked second place

    • Clarko

      And look what Benitez has bought with €142.65m…

      • Cockneytrev

        Ashley hoop licker👅👅👅

      • Paul Patterson

        I thought the trolls were quiet…

        • Clarko

          How am I a troll for stating a fact?

          • jack

            You didn’t state a fact you gave total money spent,, not the actual net spend

          • Clarko

            You don’t know what the word ‘fact’ means…

          • Toon Arnie

            You don’t know what net means …..

          • Clarko

            ‘Net spent doesn’t tell you how much Benitez has spent on players, it tells you how much Ashley has spent on players dummy. Why won’t you acknowledge what Benitez has done with the €142.65m that he has spent? Or are you just going to keep ‘ignoring’ it?’

          • Paul Patterson

            How much (NET) since promotion?

          • Clarko

            How am I a troll?

          • KRS1

            #clarkoliveswithhismum

          • Toon Arnie

            Unbelievable. He’s made a profit on transfers in his time here you spanner.

          • Clarko

            He’s spent €142.65m on players in his time here.

            #letstalkaboutit

          • Toon Arnie

            … and brought more than that in to the club.

          • KRS1

            #clarkoisavirgin

          • GlasgowMag

            Your facts are similar to Ashley’s creative accounting!!🤔🤔😂😂

          • Rabid Dog

            I need to ask, why do you bother? It seems as though you only post to be controversial, knowing full well it will stir a reaction. It’s clear most people do not either agree with you or actually want to read your comments, hence the number of “blocked” comments that appear after you posts.

            So…. Why bother?

          • Clarko

            Because the truth is important.

          • Rabid Dog

            So it’s a public service you are performing?

          • Clarko

            The truth is important.

          • Rabid Dog

            Oh yes I totally agree. But why is it so important for you specifically? What is the motivation for you to continually push the opposite opinion in spite of all the criticism you receive?

          • Clarko

            If you agree that the truth is important why are you asking me why I post it?

          • Rabid Dog

            You clearly are not getting it. WHY do you feel the need to post?

          • Clarko

            No, I did get it and I answered your question twice, because the truth is important. Why didn’t you answer my questions?

          • Rabid Dog

            WHY do you need to post the truth? And keep being ridiculed for it?

            And actually I’m sorry. I meant to write “opposite of general opinion”

            Some of your criticism is valid but it gets consumed because you consistently take the opposing position regardless.

            You appear as the awkward family member no one wants to entertain. You should maybe dial down the 1 sentence replies and submit full article to the mag.

          • Clarko

            Because the truth is important… You can keep asking the same and keep capitalising the word ‘why’ but the answer is still going to be the same.

            All of my comments are valid, I would challenge you to counter any argument, comment or criticism you don’t agree with and we can talk about it and I can tell why it’s valid.

            You need to stop telling people what to do and maybe do something for yourself, you’ve just spent the whole night asking the same question over and over again, what does that make you?

          • KRS1

            You need to f##k off you sad wizard and warlock virgin c#nt

          • Ron

            You’re feeding his habit, he ne needs to go to bed – school on Monday.

          • Carverlier football

            No idea what he’s writing because he’s blocked, but I imagine it’s to do with his childhood. My ex is a psychologist and it’s almost always about the childhood. Possibly starved of attention, maybe his mother didn’t hug or praise him enough. Somewhere along the line he learned he got more attention for negative behaviour than for positive, and has carried this forward into the rest of his life. After all, he gets more attention and is more well known for antagonism on here than he would be if he were posting reasonable rational opinions. Sorry, the hour’s up…

          • Toon Arnie

            It is yes so why ignore it and peddle your own boring agenda ?

      • Paul Patterson

        In the Premier league..?

        • Clarko

          How am I a troll?

      • Superdooperhooper

        That’s nothing by PL standards. And what about the money brought in from sales? Net spend ?

        • Clarko

          I’m not talking about ‘PL standards’ or net spend. I’m talking about what Benitez has bought with €142.65m.

          #letstalkaboutit

          • Superdooperhooper

            Ashley is the main problem not rafa though rafa isn’t beyond criticism. Why quote figures in euros anyway?

          • Clarko

            So let’s criticise Benitez because he absolutely deserves some.

            I get the fees from transfermarkt and they store those fees in euros.

          • GlasgowMag

            You provided a list on another article of Rafas so called buys!! you also never answered my question what is the value of the revenue generated of outgoing players during Rafas time at the toon can you please answer my question????

          • Toon Arnie

            Clarko / CKO gets really confused with net spend so just tends to ignore it and cherry pick other issues. Ignore him, he’s not capable of an adult debate. I

          • Danimal

            He’s bought lots of players, spending a lot less than the transfer fees and wages of the players that were sold (after Ashley’s latest relegation). For that, he has built a promotion-winning team, which went on to get 44 points in a Premier League season. Those two achievements, with a considerably less valuable set of players, seem quite impressive. You talk as if he was in a position to spend 142m euros/pounds on half a dozen 24m players, with the accompanying hefty wages commanded by such players. He wasn’t in that position because: 1. that type of player doesn’t join a Championship club. 2. we have needed more than half a dozen players in that time. 3. the owner doesnt allow transfer fees over a certain amount. 4. the owner doesn’t allow wages over a certain amount. It is ludicrous to keep declaring net spend and player sales irrelevant. It’s like starting a conversation about how much you like Hitler’s moustache but refusing to discuss other aspects of his character and behaviour.

          • Clarko

            ‘He’s bought lots of players’

            #letstalkaboutthem

          • Danimal

            I did – the ‘lots of players’ won promotion and then finished 10th in the Premier League. Just checked, yep, there it is, in my second sentence.

          • Billmag

            Wasting your time with him mate he’s been peddling the same 💩 for the last couple of weeks.

          • Clarko

            Me:
            Let’s talk about the players

            You:
            We won the Championship

            😂

          • Ram Kishore

            U r definitely not being flexible in your debates. U keep focussed on one aspect of the situation alone ignoring or avoiding other factors

          • Clarko

            Not one person has addressed the €142.65m and that was the subject. You can’t enter a debate talking about a completely different topic, that’s not how debates work.

          • Ram Kishore

            You also fail to enter into debate with other topics.. have u thought about it ?

          • Clarko

            1) That’s not true, I reply to comments that other people make all of the time.

            2) Why would I debate a topic that I don’t care about? Why would I debate a topic that I’m not fully informed on? Why would I debate someone who I agree with?

            3) You didn’t address my reply, you have ignored it and wrongly accused me of something else, I’m going to make this clear, not one person addressed the €142.65m spend and you cannot enter into a debate talking about a completely different subject.

          • Ram Kishore

            I think one of the post did clearly explain that €142.65m was used to get us promoted in the first attempt of asking and 10th place finish.
            The word ‘accuse’ is a bit strong to this place.
            I was merely pointing out in your inflexibility in venturing to other issues. Because many have pointed out it.
            Yes, as u have pointed out, u may be uninformed in those topics or you dont care about.
            Rafa has spent 142.5m and he has wasted it on very normal players. I have always acknowledged it.
            He seems to be convinced on playing them again and again.
            Playing same 4411 formation not switching to other formations like 433 for which we have players to play.
            Which Rafa isn’t, shows him to be a bit stubborn.
            What answer do u really expect for that 142.5 spent?
            I think one of the post explains it a bit. It must be Danimal’s i suppose.

          • Clarko

            ‘Rafa has spent 142.5m and he has wasted it on very normal players.’

            That’s the answer I expect, although I would replace the word ‘normal’ with poor. No one will say it. Danimal refused to say it. Denial.

          • Jonas

            just so I knpw

            tell me that if Rafa had a budget similar to other PL clubs that he’d have bought Joselu and gone into a season with an on-loan from a relegated club non-prolific forward.

          • Clarko

            Abraham was his number target in the summer where he brought Joselu in, Abraham ended up getting relegated with Swansea and is now playing in the Championship with Aston Villa.

            Rondon was his number one choice striker this summer, Benitez got his man, that man being a non-prolific forward from a relegated club.

          • MadMag83

            Don’t feed the troll mate. ‘It’ transfixes itself on minor details and applies flawed logic. You’re wasting your time engaging in a discussion with ”it’ as ‘it’ is incapable of seeing the bigger picture, probably because ‘it’ is either a troll with severe mental impairment, or some sort of moronic, malfunctioning chat bot.

          • Ron

            Stop it – don’t waste you’re time on the troll, say good night, it’s way, way past his bed time.

          • Sickandtired

            F’n promotion, that’s what! The owner has allowed purchases which have ensured two relegation’s and more than likely a third coming.

          • Clarko

            I believe Benitez was in charge when Newcastle got relegated…

            I believe that money was spent on Mitrovic who has scored 5 goals in 7 games for newly promoted Fulham. I believe that money was spent on Wijnaldum who played in the Champions League final last season for Liverpool. I believe that money was spent on Thauvin who was valued at €83.7m by the CIES Observatory earlier this year…

      • jack

        2.6 m net spend per season under Ashley, youre an idiot Clarko

        • Clarko

          Not talking about net spend, I’m talking about what Benitez has bought with €142.65m.

          #letstalkaboutit

          • Danimal

            I just glanced at your hash tag thing and saw ‘tit’. How apt.

          • Clarko

            Isn’t that what you always do? See what you want and ignore the rest?

            #letstalkaboutit

          • Danimal

            Says the ‘man’ who point blank refuses to acknowledge the relevance of net spend and of having a lower cap on transfer fees/wages than other clubs.

          • Clarko

            ‘Net spent doesn’t tell you how much Benitez has spent on players, it tells you how much Ashley has spent on players dummy. Why won’t you acknowledge what Benitez has done with the €142.65m that he has spent? Or are you just going to keep ‘ignoring’ it?’

          • Ron

            Your milk is getting cold good night

          • Sickandtired

            And the total of sales?
            Blocked, again.

      • GToon

        Hey Clarko, Harry Potter is on tv now. Why don’t you don your Hogwarts cloak, get yourself some milk and a biscuit and watch it. Leave the football talk to the grown ups.

        • Clarko

          I’d rather talk about what Benitez has bought with €142.65m.

          #letstalkaboutit

          • Sickandtired

            He bought promotion first of all, did he not? He’s also been allowed to spend less than he has made the club.

          • Clarko

            That’s exactly what he did, he BOUGHT promotion.

          • Tomb

            It was the mosr expensive squad ever in the chanpionship at the time. Not net spend as we sold sissoko and others but he had a good squad to work with at that level. Still had to get results which he did.The problem is it hasnt been improved since promotion.

          • Clarko

            Results which he was expected to get. It wasn’t special, it wasn’t a miracle.

          • cmrowley

            Please tell us, what has he bought with his 142 million over 4 transfer windows.

          • Clarko

            Joselu, Murphy, Manquillo, Hanley, Sels, Lazaar, Clark, Gamez, Atsu, ect…

            #letstalkaboutit

          • GToon

            Mostly he has bought his third or fourth choice player to replace the players being sold by Ashley once a profit can be made. Very few of the players are better than the ones that are sold as Ashley won’t allow Benitez to spend what the club makes. It’s the equivalent of your mate Harry Potter having to sell his magic wand every transfer window and being given a cheaper one that can’t do that magic required to keep us up each year. Btw Harry Potter dies in the end.

        • Cockneytrev

          😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

        • GlasgowMag

          Try film4 this would be be a good game to volunteer our current owners/dodgy presenters/trolls/PR team to take part!! “Hunger games” 😂😂🤣🤣

        • Ron

          Can’t watch the end – gone to bed.
          Even in Manchester they have bed times for children.

      • Billmag

        Change the [email protected]@@@ng record Cuckoo.

      • The BBC is FAKENEWS

        Moron

        • Clarko

          #FlatEarther

      • Sickandtired

        Try looking at what he wasn’t allowed to buy – or spend. You think F’n Joselu was top of his list? Or a loan striker this season when Ashley has a negative net spend ?
        Muppet.

        • Clarko

          No Abraham was top of his list, he got relegated while at Swansea last season and is now in the Championship with Aston Villa.

          Benitez did get his number one choice this summer though, Rondon…

    • Megatron1505

      So we should be happy with a negative £28m investment? Compare Pardews squad to this one and get back to me you fuckingplum.

      • Cockneytrev

        👏👏👏👏👏👏

    • Paul Patterson

      You can also do 💩 on a 💩budget..

    • Carverlier football

      So in the absence of actual ambition and planning for success we should be employing a strategy of hoping for an improbable fluke and be happy that club generated revenue is not being reinvested? Well that sounds like a wonderful idea…

      • Cockneytrev

        😂😂😂😂😂

    • TheFatController

      I think Lascelles and Dubravka fit into the ‘bought on a budget worth way more now’ category to which you refer.

      Unlike Leicester however, we don’t pay reasonable and acceptable sums for established talented prospects like Maguire so miss out on them and have to buy fillers like Joselu and manquillo

      Plus, we’re a good example from last season of a team performing well on a budget, we spend roughly the same as Burnley – they don’t have the pressure we do however as they’ve rarely had it so good.

      • Martin Rooney

        Leicester have told mahrez drink water and kante for alomost £200mn it makes a massive difference to budget

        • Big Hairy Man

          And Leicester’s owners are prepared to invest the the transfer money received into the squad.

      • Tomb

        It isnt easy it was a one off. Burnley as youve mentioned are probably the best example of getting by on a small budget however we should be aiming a lot higher than Burnley with respect to them

    • Jonas

      the mackems, Wimbledon, Coventry, Swindon and every other club in football history that has done if for sustained period of time suggests that ultimately you get relegated (as we already know) and rot at best.

    • Sickandtired

      Alan Pardew never signed anyone. Ever. Carr chose them all.

  • mactoon

    They took down the Keegan banner not the Rafa?
    I can’t even see what the banner they took down was from the video?

    If you want to make a difference, email Kevin Miles, the Chief Executive of the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) before the meeting on Wednesday 3 October and ask how he can take up the challenge of forcing Newcastle United to spend the TV money the way the Premier League suggests, “”The collective and central way the Premier League markets its rights and distributes revenues to clubs supports them in their efforts to develop and acquire talented players, build and improve stadiums”

    email info @ fsf . org . uk (without the spaces) for the attention of Kevin Miles

  • Peter

    “(Newcastle United) can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias – I promise you that.” Kevin Keegan 2010

    • nufcslf

      Other than down.

  • GToon

    Safe journey home Mike.

    • Danimal

      I wonder if he neglects the upkeep of that bloody helicopter like he does with our football club. Fingers crossed.

      • graham18

        Agreed.just hope it doesn’t land on wor hoose

      • nufcslf

        Let’s hope so. It would only be a about f**king time card from me if it does go down

    • lupa

      Let’s hope he dosnt die at sea and leave us with no grave to dance upon

  • lupa

    The sheer arrogance of the c**t . Grinning every time the camera focused on his ugly fat face .says fk you .
    NUFC. fkucockneycant

    • graham18

      Just watch the FCB will probably sack Rafa to urinate us more off-dont under estimate this man.He has a long history of doing this to take the limelight off him but soon it will back fire bigstyle.

  • nufcslf

    Nothing but a total c**t and the same goes for the sheep that support him. This has f**k all to do with football which is all I care about in the first place. Death is too good for this piece of sh*t.

    • Geordiegiants

      The steward and the cancer.

  • killymag

    the steward in question seems incapable of extinguishing a cigarette

    • Geordiegiants

      If it had of been in my time and been my flag he wouldn’t of been walking out of that altercation.

  • Will In Despair!

    Those in charge should be held accountable for this 0dious goits takeover of this once great club!

    Shocking, it’s absolute threadbare!

  • nufcslf

    Absolutely no respect for any of the sh*t that sits in that section and not one questioning the fat [email protected] So many sheep, it is embarrassing.

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s about time someone done something about it.

  • joe mac

    stop f**king going!!! when will it fu**ing sink in!!! for fu*ks sake!!!!

    • Geordiegiants

      Never!!!!!!

  • Leazes.

    It was against the law when Stewards were told to confiscate protest material, and I’d say judging by the aggression of that particular Steward there would be grounds to prosecute him and the club for assault…..maybe it could be brought up at the next Fans Forum meeting and the club should issue an apology along with his supervisor.

  • Jonas

    die Ashley die
    (that’s the Ashley the, in German, for anybody precious)

  • Jonas

    Also, how can it be of no concern for the FA/UEFA/PL etc. To have an owner, in so many regards, so obviously working against the club he owns – its sabotage.
    Our managers and fans have to fight the owner to stop him f***king everything up, its absurd.

  • Mickey mouse

    Blog posts like this are a disgrace. Complete and utter unfounded propaganda served merely to attract clicks

    • Toon

      Very true, The Mag are a shocker for it ‘disgrace’, ‘must read’ all bad click baits

  • Pompey mark

    I want every football fan in the country to stop buying from sports direct .
    Newcastle fans deserve better you fat fuk 😡
    Season ticket holder at Pompey

    • Cockneytrev

      👏👏👏👏👏

    • Geordiegiants

      Well said m8! You know exactlynwhat it’s like. These vile cancers that consume our clubs need extinguishing.

  • Geordiegiants

    I can’t believe that the fans let that happen!!!! What has happened to our true geordie spirit?

    • Realist

      Newcastle in general has changed, it isn’t what it was the people aren’t what they used to be. It’s cause the snowflake generation has arrived. The town yesterday man protests about brexit islamaphobia the burka and Mike Ashley, lefty generation at it’s best trying to whip up controversy. Liverpool fans yesterday ‘justice for greenfell’ I mean cmon man Liverpool fans😂 offended by everything ashamed of nothing. Where is all the support for let’s say victims of networking grooming gangs in this country?! This country, Newcastle and it’s spirit is gone.

      • Geordiegiants

        This country is fuxked, the snowflake wankas are ruining our history and heritage. Our spectators are ruining our club and nobody is doing anything about it. The fatcunt is just sitting in amongst everyone laughing his head off and not one person sitting next to him has give him a clip.
        He wouldn’t of dared be anywhere near me or any real fan for that matter a few years ago. I would quite happily of taken a knicking for giving him a hiding.

        • Realist

          They’ve all been brainwashed by schools colleges universities unions the BBC etc there weak as pish. Mike Ashley seems the type who will dig his heels in even more and thrives of being hated.

          • Realist

            They stand on the monument shouting there agendas to try and goad people into confronting them. They hate it if they don’t get a row it’s a bad day out for them. I wouldn’t pish on them if they were on fire there irrelevant.