Newcastle fans launched their latest protest on Saturday afternoon.

The previous two home games had seen well attended protests outside the Sports Direct store on Northumberland Street.

Before the Arsenal kick-off though, it was the only remaining club (Sports Direct) shop that was targeted.

The Newcastle fanbase asked to join those organising the protest, to make clear what they think of Mike Ashley and his running (into the ground) of Newcastle United.

I was there supporting the protests and I thought it went really well.

Great organisation and Newcastle fans making sure this issue stays on both the local and national agenda.

We aren’t going away and this time there really is no alternative to Mike Ashley at last selling up.

This Sunday morning I have seen some excellent coverage and images of the protests, all good stuff.

However, I have seen a growing number of NUFC fans/protesters getting frustrated that not everybody feels the same as they do,or at least not as passionately anyway.

Don’t let it get you down, nobody said it was going to be easy.

This is a super rich multi-billionaire who is desperate to keep hold of the football club, it plays a key part in his retail empire and wealth increasing.

When trying to gather ever more support for the protests, Newcastle fans have to remember the 80/20 rule.

Whatever your cause, no matter how just and obvious, there will be those who will be swimming in the opposite direction. It is just life.

For those of us who were around in the Kevin Keegan management (first time) era, the team could win 5-1 and yet inside SJP and in the pub afterwards, there were still a small minority who would only want to talk about the goal that had been conceded, not the victory and the five goals Newcastle had scored. A bit like those clowns who still say Kevin Keegan ‘lost’ the Premier League in 1995/96, the reality of course was that he performed miracles in taking a team heading into the third tier in 1992, into one that only four years later went head to head with Man Utd and failed by just a whisker to win the Premier League.

Back to today and the protests against Mike Ashley.

Don’t get angry or frustrated with those who can’t see, or don’t want to see, that now is the time to do everything we can to get rid of the NUFC owner.

newcastle fans

Concentrate on the positives and keep on trying to persuade everybody that anything is possible if enough people come together.

However, that DOES NOT mean everybody. Reality is that this doesn’t happen, ever, anywhere.

I always remind people of the 80/20 rule in this situation.

Basically, you have to accept that in most circumstances, there will be 20% or so of people who you will never convince. The message is, there’s no need to stress about this, it is just how it is.

Instead, you have to concentrate on the overwhelming number who do agree, or who are prepared to be convinced. These are the 80% or more who will join with you and try to make things happen.

Having been involved in similar before, I know how hard it is to keep going. The last thing you need is people telling you it is all a waste of time, or even worse, that you are wrong.

The issue for a lot of the Newcastle fans who don’t agree with the anti-Mike Ashley protests, is that in their eyes, they see any protest being against the club they love. They don’t like to see any (more) negativity attached to NUFC. They may well hate Mike Ashley but they just don’t want to see  crowds protesting outside St James Park, or even worse, suggesting they don’t/can’t go and watch their team play.

Protesting fans just have to carry on and concentrate on those of a like mind, work together and don’t worry about those who aren’t going to help.

Fifty thousand fans all have their own idea on who should be in the team, so why should it be any more simple when it comes to club politics?

A one match boycott of a live TV home match has to be on the agenda. Early October will see the live TV matches for December and January announced. Very quickly a game has to be agreed upon and fans invited to join that one game boycott, announce it early before match by match tickets go on sale and before anybody books/pays for travel and accommodation.

I think there is every chance that we could get St James Park half full, maybe even down as low as 20,000 inside it.

Not quite an 80/20 but if that was achieved then it would be a massive message to Mike Ashley, yes maybe 20,000 inside St James Park BUT 30,000 having stayed away (in effect many many more because thousands of Newcastle fans have already stopped going because of Ashley).

It isn’t about convincing every Newcastle supporter, it is about convincing enough that will make the difference.

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  • kingfisher

    The 80/20 rule? 80% of fans do nothing but moan,protest and complain yet still turn up at SJP to give Ashley their money, and more importantly their support.
    Only 20% of us are proactive and actually do something.Myself and many others will never return to SJP while this man continues to destroy OUR club !🐏🐑🐏🐑🐏🐑

    • Leicester Mag

      Own worst enemies acquiescence is support whatever way it’s dressed up.

    • CKO

      ‘Only 20% of us are proactive and actually do something’

      By do something you actually mean do nothing. Imagine being proud of not supporting the club you support.

      • Sickandtired

        If he’s a 20%er then he’s indicating he is doing something, along with voting with his feet.
        It’s sad that you you don’t feel proud that anyone is prepared to stand up against the fat parasite. If it’s good enough for KK – not setting foot inside St James while Ashley is still owner – then it should be good enough for you to accept.
        I suspect you do nothing at all except whinge about everything.

        • CKO

          He’s not standing up against anyone, he’s not doing anything, he’s just trying to excuse himself for not attending matches while trying to s**t on the fans that do.

          The fans that are protesting are the ones doing something, they are the ones that are standing up against the owner, not him.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Absolutely bang on. I’m sick of seeing posts slating fellow fans as “sheep” because they go to the match when most of the comments seem to be from those that watch on TV or live out of the area and wouldn’t even go anyway. The revenue to Ashley from TV is £123 million, the revenue to Ashley from gate receipts is £25 million yet they pretend they have the moral high ground sitting watching at home. The fans that need applauding are the lads and lasses giving up their time to organise and participate in protests despite facing ridicule from fans who just moan that it’s futile. It probably is because thousands find it easier to moan than actually commit to something that could make a difference. I also think a mass boycott would work too mind but realistically that’ll never happen as there’ll always be those who feel that’s a step they can’t take due to their love for NUFC. So to everyone moaning pack it in and get along to every protest instead. If we are United we can drive this [email protected] out.

          • Sickandtired

            That I agree with. Stop whining and sniping at each other and DO something.
            If you are against Ashley and attend the match then you have no reason at all not to also be able to attend any protests on the same day.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Absolutely agreed.

          • Geordiegiants

            How can people be decked out in his gear paying him exactly what he wants then whinge about it? It’s beyond madness man!

          • Sickandtired

            The fans protesting are a minuscule number in relation to the supposed hatred of Ashley ownership.
            How many at the SD shop protests? How many at the Magpie Group meeting? Can I ask, where you at any of such events?
            As always, our supporters make lots of noise but few bother to actually do anything at all.
            That is the point.

          • CKO

            No that’s not the point, you’re changing the entire subject of the argument. I’m specifically talking about people like @kevt53:disqus pretending like they’re taking action and doing something important by not going to games while s******g on supporters that do go and support their team. This has nothing to do with numbers.

          • Sickandtired

            No, lad. The actual argument here is doing something against Ashley.
            As I said in another comment, going or not going to the match is an individuals choice. However, when there are organised protests arranged on match day, then there is no excuse at all for not making the effort to join in.
            The numbers so far prove that the vast majority can;t even be bothered to do that.
            So, really, all they are doing is still going to the match and nowt else.

          • CKO

            And now you’re changing it again. You were wrong, get over it and learn to read.

          • Sickandtired

            Stop being juvenile. This is an article about fans protesting, or not. The comments are on the same subject.
            I have asked you a few times now – what form of protest, rebellion or dissent do you show against the regime?

          • CKO

            You can’t read.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            You make some fair points and I agree with the majority of this comment but it’s not only the responsibility of match going fans to support the protests, it’s the responsibility of all fans, match going or not. You’re having a go at a match going fan who appears from the lack of response not to have attended the protests but you don’t seem bothered about non-match going fans who slag fellow fans off calling them sheep but do nothing constructive themselves. It comes back to the point of the article. Everyone who loves the club should get out and be part of the protests (where possible, I usually join the protests but I’ve been away and missed 2 of the 3 matches and was working for the Magpie Group meeting, that’s why I admire those that give up their time especially when they have family, work, life etc) and ignore the knackers who can’t be bothered/somehow still think Ashley is a good owner.

          • Sickandtired

            Funny. We agreed with each other further down these comments.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I think we agree on more than we disagree to be fair. We both want the same thing, to be rid of Ashley. I just tire of the insults to match going fans on this site when many are from those that do nothing constructive and tell us everything is futile.

          • kingfisher

            How is stopping going to the match until Ashley leaves pretending ?

          • panther

            because they want people like us to get rid of him, while they keep paying him

          • kingfisher

            Spot on Panther

          • Geordiegiants

            Exactly, it’s like banging your head off a brick wall!

          • CKO

            Can you read? We’ve been through this and it’s in the comment you’re replying to…

            ‘By do something you actually mean do nothing. Imagine being proud of not supporting the club you claim to support’

            ‘I’m specifically talking about people like kingfisher pretending like they’re taking action and doing something important by not going to games’

          • panther

            the fans that go? the complicent cowards who will bend over and take it

          • Ron

            It’s Clarko – just block him

        • phildene

          Well said!
          We both had the 10 year deal but started missing the odd match (and I’m talking years ago!) then within a short time cancelled our DD’s notifying NUFC of cancellation and not been back since. We are totally against Ashley, totally against paying him anymore money and were fed up with the horrible morgue like feeling on match days in the stadium-it was shocking! We’re supporters of NUFC but watch on tv.
          Ashley is killing our club off and if the sheep can’t see that, they’re blind!

          • CKO

            You watch on TV do you? Because that doesn’t put money in “Ashley’s pocket”…

          • panther

            that moneys already going there because people like you didnt make a stand ten years ago against him, I just stream the games

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sorry I detest Ashley same as you but he makes 5 times more from TV money than he does gate receipts. You just keep insulting fans by calling them sheep on here and pretend you’re wisely sitting on top of the moral high ground. The ones making an effort are the ones that do their best to organise and attend protest of any description whether they are match going fans or not. They have my respect.

          • Toon

            It not about the insignificant gate reciepts, that’s just a sheep excuse

          • Gallowgate Dave

            So you’ll have cancelled your Sky Sports subscription, never bought merchandise, attended The Magpie Group Meeting, attended all the protests outside Sports Direct and helped close Keith Bishop and Sports Direct Twitter feeds then?

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s myth that gate money is nothing, that’s what he wants you to believe. Just work it out yourself and see how many million he gets from it. My estimation is a third of our income. So that’s not just a drop in the ocean.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sorry Geordie but that’s incorrect. Gate receipts are about £25 million and total turnover this year will be in the region of £180 million. The TV will make up about £125 million, that’s where match going fans importance to the money men is now, mainly to help sell their product to a global TV audience, full stadiums just look better. I’d never argue that an empty SJP wouldn’t be damaging for Ashley, it’s still 14% of our (his!) income and nobody wants a 14% income decrease and obviously it helps sell the TV package. My argument is with fans calling me a sheep who then buy Sky Sports/BT etc (which is 5 times as valuable to him), still buy merchandise, didn’t attend protests, didn’t attend Magpie Group. I understand exactly why those fans don’t attend but unless you don’t attend AND cancel Sky Sports/BT, do all the protests etc you have no moral high ground to lecture others, let’s be honest it’s also a bit meaningless as you know for a fact not going to the match is a step too far for some people. I’m all for driving the [email protected] out but unless you somehow manage to unify 50,000 to all do a permanent mass walkout until Ashley sells, and name calling by some on here certainly won’t achieve that, then you have to explore other solutions. Mass protests would work (look at the recent Sports Direct AGM and Ashley’s reaction, the other shareholders are sick of adverse publicity and we play a part in that) but again we need more than 1,000-2,000 protesting, it’s far more of an achievable aim than people stopping going to the match though.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but we have to start somewhere Dave. It starts with 1 or 2000 then it its 3,000 and so on. It’s no good what so ever going to the match decked out in all HIS merchandise, drinking his beer eating his pies and buying his products (Match tickets, boxes, corporate events, etc.) then sitting whinging that he is the problem.
            Just like if you put your hand over someone’s mouth and nose and starve them of oxygen they are finished.
            Stop giving the fatcunt money, he is finished it’s simple.
            It’s all he is after and all you are doin is giving him it.
            There is loads of fans like me that want to go back, I have 2 young boys I would love to take. I would invest money and go back given the chance, but to give to someone who has a total disregard for humanity is wrong morally in its self never mind our local community that he is ripping to bits. Blind faith is just ridiculous Dave and he is taking the pee and still you keep giving to him.
            It’s not difficult to grasp.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I haven’t bought any merchandise in 10 years but that’s beside the point, you’re acting like you are telling me something I don’t know about Ashley. I agree with you mass boycotts probably would achieve a sale but mass protests would do the same but are (in theory at least) far more achievable as some could never be persuaded to boycott. Me throwing my ticket in alone is meaningless. I could argue the same point to you on protests as you do on a boycott, start small and build. The difference is I understand your position and wouldn’t name call you even though you don’t protest. I’m sick of being called a sheep by those who do nowt constructive except a meaningless gesture of throwing in their own tickets albeit I recognise your sacrifice, I really do.

          • Geordiegiants

            Your telling me you know the reason he stays, but keep giving and going??? That’s why people are calling you a sheep, how can you sit there saying you detest him, then go again next week or season giving and giving and giving to a man that only wants your money?? Your Asia ally saying it’s because everyone else is and they aren’t going to stop, so your not, and you take offence at being called a sheep?
            I’m not trying to insult your intelligence, but you know the reason behind being called a sheep and what that stems from?
            I take it that you do, so why be insulted at being called a sheep? Your doing exactly what they do! Lambs to the slaughter.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sorry Geordie but we’ll just never agree on this. I think you’ve just thrown in the towel despite knowing your sacrifice doesn’t make a blind bit of difference (again though I understand it) but when it comes to doing something constructive like attending The Magpie Group or joining the protests you’re nowhere to be seen, (I wonder if you’d also commit your own money to any initiative for fans to try to buy a stake in the club in future?), instead preferring to snipe at match going fans who clearly just love the club/footy/pints/mates/family/city/all of the above. The way you feel about me (and others) going to the match is the way I feel about you not still going but joining the protests. The fact remains that if 50,000 fans united and boycotted or 50,000 fans united and protested they’d probably both work but I genuinely think it’d be easier to achieve enough disruption by mass protest than it would to convince a mass boycott. Whether we agree with each other is irrelevant, we both have our own opinions. I’ve tried not to insult you and your position though.

          • Geordiegiants

            Dave, listen to what your saying.
            You have said that what I’m doing will work if everyone joins in. That’s what you have said. Then you are saying I’m doing nothing. So if everyone does what your doing, what would happen?
            Nothing like what has happened for the last 11 years. Lets see what happens if everyone does what I do for 11 games never mind years.
            Your logic is absolutely mental, because everyone else is going it’s makes it ok for you?????? Howare Dave wake up man and stand up and be counted.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            We’ll go round and round in circles here until one of us falls asleep…

            Of course if everyone boycotted it’d work, a club can’t exist without its fans. At the same time your sacrifice is meaningless because you know for a fact that it only has meaning if everyone boycotts simultaneously and you know that’s a step too far for thousands of people. I’m not sure why you are struggling with the logic to be fair Geordie unless you are just replying without reading.

            That’s why I’ve always thought protests have more chance of success as you aren’t asking people to stop supporting their team, you’re asking them to protest against a malicious owner. This also requires mass engagement though, not a smattering of 1,000-2,000 fans.

            We want the same thing, our views differ in the methods of achieving it. You’ll never convince me I’m not more realistic than you though as you are asking fans to stop supporting their team, they can’t do it. You might as well ask them to not love their kids or stop saying yes if the wife offers a blow job!

            Sadly though neither of our preferred courses of action will work as not enough fans do either.

          • Geordiegiants

            My sacrifice isn’t meaningless, it’s moraly correct. I know I’m doing the only thing that will work, I’m not just following the pack because it’s what you do. I’m standing up for what’s right regardless of how you put it. I’m not going to be a hypocrite, every single fan that goes and gives him even one single penny then sits and moans and complains, is whats called a hypocrite. I stand by what I know is right no matter what, sometimes (quite a bit) even if I have to make sacrifices.

        • kingfisher

          Extremely well put Sickandtired.Doing something no matter how small is better than doing nowt.
          The longest journey starts with one small step . 👏👍

      • kingfisher

        Stopping going after 50 years is hardly nothing CKO.
        There are more ways to support your club than turning up at every home game.
        Every fan who protests, every fan who stays away, every fan who has a go at Ashley in the club or pub, is as good a supporter if not better, than all those who back Ashley by turning up .

        • CKO

          No it is, it’s the absolute definiton of nothing, you’re doing nothing and you’re trying to s**t on fans that go and support their team (not Ashley).

          • kingfisher

            Sorry CKO. I’m not s*****g on the fans who turn up.I think their loyalty is misplaced, and I think that they are wrong to go, but that is just my ( and many others) opinion.
            Just because we have different opinions does’nt mean I’m s***** on anyone !

          • CKO

            Now you’re just lying because you know that you’re in the wrong:

            ‘80% of fans do nothing but moan, protest and complain yet still turn up at SJP to give Ashley their money, and more importantly their support’

            You’re absolutley s******g on the fans.

          • Sickandtired

            Calm down man. If the majority of attending fans also turned up at organised protests on match day (there’s been two) then you would have a point.
            Sadly, the numbers prove the opposite. So, did you join in either of the protests or attend the Magpie group meeting?

          • Toon

            He is right though, why spend your money on season tickets after 11 years of Ashley laughing at you and totally taking the p***

          • CKO

            That’s not the point, learn how to read.

          • Jezza

            He’s not a Newcastle supporter, marra, he’s a Manchester FC glory seeker troll. Just block him.

          • kingfisher

            Sounds like a good idea Jezz.Cheers

          • panther

            they are the vichy toon

          • panther

            that was supposed to go to kingfisher, not the vichy

          • Geordiegiants

            Jabba is the team, Jabba is everything he owns the lot. The badge, the name, the stadium, the team, the players, the shop, the food, the drink, the shirts shorts and socks, every single thing that you spend your money on goes in his pocket, every last single penny, what don’t you get? It’s all his not yours or your kids, your uncle aunties, mother or fathers it’s HIS, and you are feeding him so he is staying put until you stop feeding him. Simple as that!

          • CKO

            1) You’ve missed the point

            2) You’re assuming that I am ‘feeding him’

          • Geordiegiants

            The people that go are the ones doing nothing. They are sitting whinging and moaning, buying his tat and drinking his drink and eating his food paying to sit in his seats and pay to watch his football club, then half of them are going to protest outside his shops and trying to put people off buying from him. It’s like WTF!!!
            Then people like you sit defending them.

          • CKO

            While you do nothing and moan about Ashley on a online forum to the same three uninformed people…

            You’re s******g on your own fans, fans who go out and support the team when they play and who actively protest the ownership, you’re just pathetic.

          • Geordiegiants

            They are the ones doing nothing as I said before. They are feeding him, sitting moaning, wearing all his gear eating and drinking his goods. Who is keeping him here? Me? Im doing what’s good for the club and city, starving him of any of my money. Most of the “fans” you talk about are spectators sitting on their phones all match looking through Facebook.

          • kingfisher

            Absolutely spot on Geordie.CKO says you are s******* on your own fans? rubbish !!! The mans an oafish buffoon of the highest order ( and a troll)

          • CKO

            You’re doing nothing, just sat on a computer hating on other people.

          • Geordiegiants

            You really are thick! It’s not rocket science or brain surgery. Even Dave who doesn’t like to be called a sheep, admits that what I’m doing is the only way to get him out, but because everyone else isn’t doing it, he isn’t doing it.

          • CKO

            The only thing you’re doing is trying to excuse yourself from going to matches and you’re doing that by hating on everyone else. Like I said before, pathetic.

          • Geordiegiants

            You make it sound like it’s some sort of chore to go to the match? How is it easy to not go?

          • CKO

            They use their hard earned money to go to matches and support the team, they spent their weekend to go and watch the rubbish that Benitez puts out and then afterwards they go and protest against the owner. They are doing something, you’re not.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah I know “Im not” giving the problem the thing it wants.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah their hard earned money to give to who?

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Kingfisher we’ve had this conversation before and I totally understand why you don’t go but have you done anything except stay away from SJP? And do you have Sky Sports?

      • kingfisher

        No Dave,I don’t have Sky Sports. You say have I done anything except stay away from SJP?.Well being a 65 year old who has supported Newcastle for over 50 years and spent thousands of pounds supporting my team like many others,it breaks my heart not going,but I believe it would be hypocritical of me to be anti Ashley and despise his regime yet still turn up at SJP.
        If more people had the courage of their convictions and stayed away, then Ashley would be history now.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          As I always say I’m not going to knock you after 50 years of support for walking away, many of my mates have sadly done the same, and I’ll take you at your word that it isn’t easy for you. If you’ve given up Sky Sports and gone cold turkey ie you don’t just stream it for nowt and still get to watch it then I appreciate you are making a big sacrifice. I’d be interested to know if you’ve been constructive though and got out to join the protests and attended The Magpie Group meeting? If you have you have my respect, if you haven’t then I’m sorry but I can do without your false moral high ground position slagging me off and calling me a sheep when all you’ve done is effectively nowt (albeit I still recognise the sacrifice). No doubt your comment will attract more likes than mine but that’s because I think to our supporters eternal shame we have a vast majority of our fan base (match going or not) who love nowt more than a good whinge and to criticise others but when it comes to actually making an effort and trying to do something constructive most of them can’t be bothered and some of them even slag off those that do and just say it’s all futile. I have 2 young boys and I think our generations have failed to protect the next generations birthright and given Ashley a relatively easy ride.

          • kingfisher

            Good comment Dave.I hav’nt been to any recent protests but have done my fair share of protesting in the past.
            As you know I always make the point that an empty ground in front of tv cameras is the best way to go.As you say, it’s the next generation that will suffer,and I suppose it’s harder to stop going if you have kids who want to go and support Newcastle. It really is a sad state of affairs and who would have thought that when Ashley first bought us that we would be talking about protests and boycotts.As I say, a good comment 😆👍

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Cheers Kingfisher, appreciate the reply. I always find you spot on one on one but I wish you’d stop calling all match going fans sheep. Most of us detest Ashley but recognise TV revenue is 5 times more important to him, there’s also no point in throwing the towel in unless it’s a unified effort of 50,000 and as I say I have two young boys and I consider NUFC their birthright. They don’t want to hear about Ashley’s cynical manipulation of the finances. It’s also thousands of people’s link to mates and family and yet reading the comments on here you’d think that was a bad thing! I understand if 50,000 united under the same banner boycotted altogether it’d work but it’s never going to happen so chucking your ticket in feels meaningless. Besides it feels a bit cheeky berating other fans when you aren’t actually making an effort with the protests, I don’t doubt you’ve served your time mind. We’re both trying to make an effort in the best way we think, it’s just that differs in execution. That doesn’t make you a lesser fan but it certainly doesn’t make me a sheep. Let’s hope one day soon we’re both celebrating Ashley sodding off, the beer will taste pretty sweet that day!

        • Davey drape

          well done and well said.

          • kingfisher

            Cheers Davey. 😁👍👌

        • Geordiegiants

          I stopped when Keegan went, I will not spend a penny in any store he has. It causes arguments in the town and Metro with the wife but he will not get a single penny from me. He owns brands like doombar beer as well so if your Iike me be careful what and where you buy things and do your research.

          • kingfisher

            Thanks for that Geordiegiants,I didn’ t realise he owns doombar beer as well.It will only be a matter of time before he starts feeling the pressure and finally sells up.Great reply to CKO by the way 😁👍👏

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah it’s really hard work, but I will not spend a penny with any thing he has. The only time I’ve spent money since Keegan went is, when Rafa first came and it looked like he was going to start supporting and investing in the team, I bought my 2 boys their first strips.
            That was a fatal error and I won’t be making it again.
            He has his fingers in all sorts now so just be careful.
            I haven’t been to any demos yet, but I think if it becomes a serious thing then I will invest time and effort into doing what I can. I would certainly invest if the opportunity came along.

    • Leazes.

      Like Dean said there’s no point in turning on them, they are what they are…… this is the fifth largest conurbation in the country with one team.

      The ground should be a lot bigger but its adequate for a failing club…. that is how this club is run…. it panders to the unambitious…. because it can….its easy, too easy and with an undemanding passive clientele and an uninquisitive and passive local press it can continue for ever.

      All these people want is to go to a match see some quality opposition play us off the park and have a few pints before returning home in the vicinity of Esh Winning or Hetton le Hole to little wife who looks like Bella Emberg…. its their life…its their choice and they love it!

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Leazes.It is their choice and as you say, all they want to do is make a day of it, see a game of football and have a few jars.This is proved by getting maximum crowds in the Championship .
        The biggest weapon that we have against Ashley is staying away and until attendances drop significantly, I don’t think anything will change !

        • Leazes.

          Ashley must be wondering what will it take though ?

          • Toontaff

            Bella Emberg – haha!

          • Davey drape

            yep he is gambling season by season and keep on gambling and taking the pxxx until we fans get our act together

      • Jezza

        That last paragraph really made me laugh. As the saying goes “it’s funny because it’s true”.

      • Billmag

        Why . mention Hetton-le-hole, you where doing ok till the last paragraph.

        • Leazes.

          To wind up jezza

  • Leazes.

    Good shout Dean, A neat summation and psychoanalysis of the right wing mentality, its no good turning on them, they are always there, its their political raison d’être,

    …..just work around them, and keep the thing going….Ashley is here for the foreseeable future and the strip of the club is now down to the personnel, its almost as if he’s propagating it by seeing how far he can go to make the ‘passive’ fans finally look reason in the eye and start thinking.

    The maintenance bloke said last week that the club had a new plan which was imminent for the tunnel area….. lets see if S**** D**** is made more prominent as a permanent feature into the design…. that will be a clue towards Ashleys next decade of Russian roulette with the club. He seems quite happy the way things are.

    To me these fans are like the restaurant owners in Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, they can’t see that they are actually part of the problem, a major part in fact because with such a large passive fanbase this club can be run as a failure for a long long time, and it has been, and it doesn’t need the prime reason of football to keep it going.

    The club has always had the Chronicle to keep the normality of ‘futility’ going, they new the truth about Ashley in 2007 but chose to back him when they propagated a huge lie and allowed the asset strip to go unreported.

    Mark Douglas the ‘Good friend to the Club’…. (you bet he is)…..the Bradford City fan, and Lee Ryder a Liverpool fan (yes he is), have nothing but contempt for the people they write for, Mike Ashley shouldn’t be here, if he’d bought a London Club he’d have been run out of town by the local press.

    Why does the Chairman and the owner hide?

    • Sickandtired

      You need a Board to have a Chairman ;-)

      • Leazes.

        It is his title… he’s male…..he must have a chair.

        • Sickandtired

          I hear a throne, made from empty SD shoe boxes…

          • Ron

            Easy to burn then.

  • Waxi

    If a game boycott is announced for a live TV game i would miss the match and watch it on the dirty nelly. The cost of the tickets for one game for season ticket holders is worth the negative publicity for fatty in my book especially when you can watch it in the house/pub etc. If it’s announced as soon as the next set of tv fixtures come out those without season tickets would not lose a penny so it’s the way to go in my book.

    • Kevin Christie

      Totally agree. Boycott has to happen!

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I’m a match going fan and personally I’d boycott a live TV game to send a message. I did the (badly organised) walk out a few years ago and the boycott of the Spurs game.

  • Steven05

    For me it’s quite simple

    I love Newcastle United Football Club and will always support it

    That includes supporting what is best for it – now and the future

    I will not support the cancer that is killing it

  • Toon

    Fair play to fans who protested (then went to the match with season tickets??) but if there were 47 or 8 thousand NUFC fans at the ground yesterday it was a very small number of them protesting, was there even a thousand? I thought more would have got involved, think for some it eats into the social time which is the main reason they go

  • Hopey

    If a boycott was planned and carried out for a game, 50k fans would still turn up just to see how many fans dont turn up and have a few pints, I will not set foot in SJP until Ashley is gone, it’s the only power I have to make something happen for our club.

    • Geordiegiants

      The only way to stop him is starve him of money, it’s no good turning up to an anti Ashley demo decked out in all his gear then going to the match to give him more money, absolute fuckintools.

  • Toontaff

    There were a number of ‘protesters’ wearing the new strip, no doubt bought from his tat shop for 70 quid! There were plenty outside the ‘number 9’ swigging expensive ale, too!

    • Geordiegiants

      They aren’t the news that we need help from, the sports direct warriors are the big problem, what don’t they get? Don’t spend your money on ANYTHING of his.