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

Various sustained initiatives online have clearly created some 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 before the Chelsea game, fans once again gathering outside the Northumberland St SD store to protest against Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

For the Arsenal match, it was same level of protests but different venue, Newcastle supporters gathering outside the last remaining Newcastle United (Sports Direct?) shop at St James Park.

A public meeting was also held on Wednesday 5 September and now a second open meeting has been announced.

Friday morning sees the Magpie Group inviting all fans to 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.



  • Илья Иванов

    Is that only happening in a city of Newcastle? Reckon if there were protests in other cities (during away games for example) it could do more damage as it would attract more media attention to it. That it an Achilles’ heel of the fatty surely.

    • Cockneytrev

      That’s a good point,, maybe have a protest at an away game,, especially if it’s televised, away clubs won’t make us take any banners down,,

    • Carverlier football

      I’d already thought that. Why aren’t away fans protesting outside the local SD store before away games? Definitely would spread the word

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Last protest didn’t even make national headlines, lucky to get a 30 second spot on the local news. Easy to criticise I know and something must be done but get your thinking caps on before jumping in. How do we get recognition and a fair hearing on Sky for example? Change the culture that is against us before risking the same old, same old criticism.

    • mentalman

      It’ll never make it on to Sky, they are part of the problem

  • Pezza

    Two labour MPs and Kevin Miles who must be one of the biggest hypocrites in football.

    • JohnnyH

      Troll

      • Pezza

        I’d be far more enthused if they had someone who has achieved such as someone from the original Magpie group not a serial moaner

        • JohnnyH

          Like who then?
          Do you want Ashley out?

          • Pezza

            Yes in that I think we need a change

          • Danimal

            CKO = Clarko and this one, whose new name sounds like a coffee shop, is the thinking man’s Clarko, aka Bobbi Fleckman.

          • Pezza

            Sorry I’m not a

          • Wezza

            It’s his one where he thinks me and Jezza are the same person. Which we’re not. They push the paranoid angle and they do the same. Hypocrites.

          • BigHairyDog

            Then why does he sit in the same seat in the Gallowgate then?

          • Pezza

            You mean fat Kevin?

    • Big Hairy Man

      At least not lying scumbags like Ashley & minions.

      • Pezza

        Two MPs??

        • Danimal

          Go on then, please let us know what lies and scumbaggery these two MPs have been up to. So far, it looks to me as if they’re doing their jobs, listening to and standing up for their constituents.

          • Pezza

            They are mps

    • Cockneytrev

      Are you on drugs?????

      • Pezza

        Not in

        • Cockneytrev

          So you an Ashley hoop licker👅👅

          • Pezza

            In English?

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Black and white JD sports tops at all games.

  • JohnnyH

    I wouldn’t knock what they’re doing, it’s better than doing nothing.
    Politically maybe the corruption angle may be one to push.

    £2.4 BILLION handed out by the PL to club owners this season, with only ‘guidelines’ on how it should be spent. No audit takes place subsequently by the PL on what happens to it.

    It’s just a monumental gravy train.

  • TheFatController

    It is bizarre that you can ‘own’ a football club and do with it what you will.

    A lot of supporters are so desperate for positivity, they’ve suspended the reality of Ashley’s aims for the club (bare minimum survival in PL by ignoring the Cups) in the hope that Rafa can motivate a change.

    It was clear this wouldn’t happen. So the next suspension of reality came with hope that whilst Rafa is here a buyer will emerge.

    It’s clear this isn’t gong to happen either. Next season, even if in the PL, without Rafa, reality will be more difficult to suspend.

    A combination of awareness that nothing is ever going to change and a lack of charismatic manager and ability to get wins with an inferior a squad will see crowds dip sub 40k in PL, sub 30k in championship.

    I suspect some believe Ashley may either change or sell. I give it 6 months of neither happening and reality to finally dawn on the hope filled masses ..

    • Cockneytrev

      Ashley and his PR minions will make up some story for the fans to grasp onto,,, like he’s dropping the price, the next manager has money to spend,, it’s all he ever does, tells lies and the fans are desperate for some kind of hope and he plays on this.

      • TheFatController

        That’s my point, each time he does it he loses some supporters who see the reality of what he really is about.

        The more cynical or wise to business people who make stupid levels of money people are..the sooner you are sure they won’t change and won’t be doing anything for anyone but themselves …

    • Carverlier football

      Agreed. Football clubs (and all such organisations with community/historical significance) should be listed like buildings. Ashley could technically buy the Tyne Bridge, but he couldn’t just do what he liked with it…

  • Waxi

    When are the next televised games announced as we need a boycott announced as soon as we know the date of our next home game on Sly/BT

    • Cockneytrev

      If we are on a televised away game, our away fans should load the away end with Ashley’s out banners, the away stewards don’t care and won’t try to stop any protest,,,

      • BigHairyDog

        All EPL games are televised around the world and any SD criticism is going to be shown around Europe, the Far East and North America. But I’ve been pleading for the Magpie Group to do this for weeks now!!!!

  • Tweed Mag

    Well done Magpie Group. There may be questions for the media and their coverage of the issues raised, but that is no reason to give Ashley any breathing space. The one thing we can be sure about is his skill at making enemies.

  • mactoon

    If you’re not going to boycott the televised matches just put a sticky label on the front of your top saying:

    “Ashley Out
    Sports Direct don’t pay for Advertising
    They are Killing our club”

    It will be televised worldwide

    • Danimal

      That’d work fine for me but we might need a shorter slogan for people with slightly smaller bellies.

      • mactoon

        not many of us geordies are like that 😊

        • Danimal

          At a push, I think I could squeeze in the judge’s summing up from the Keegan constructive dismissal case.

          • Peaky

            🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

          • BigHairyDog

            That would make a great banner for Wor Flags, something Ashley can do little about as it’s true and not just an opinion.

  • Steven05

    Well done Magpie Group – definitely a step in the right direction especially with the guests

    • Pezza

      Really? Labour mps and a fat serial moaner?

      • Steven05

        Basically anyone who try’s to do something other than moan and hope others do something

        • Pezza

          Exactly, we need money pledged to buy Ashley out, not bedsheet waving

  • If those MP’s want to help they need to find investors willing to buy the club.
    Get someone who wants to take the club forward and can afford the 300m Ashley price along with at least another 100m investment in buying 2-3 quality players and tying Rafa for another 2-3 years at least.
    We won’t get anything out of this season but we could be challenging on all fronts next term if the right people buy Newcastle United.

    • Cockneytrev

      I honestly don’t think he wants to or has ever wanted to sell,,
      I don’t know of anyone who’s owned a business and has wanted to sell and hasn’t been able to sell it after 10 years, it’s documented that he never even turned up for a meeting with the mansours who were genuine buyers,,

    • Pezza

      Yep, people seem forget the aim is to get a new owner, getting Ashley out is impossible without a new owner.

  • mactoon

    From the Premierleague website:

    “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”

    It’s a shame they didn’t have the power to withhold payments from owners like Ashley who blatantly disregard the reason the funds are intended for.

    • Danimal

      Next season it will say ‘…or buy failing department stores’.

    • JohnnyH

      I’ve written to the Magpie Group asking for this to be tabled at the meeting.
      £2.4 BILLION this season alone in TV money, dished out to club owners, without any formal requirement to prove it has been spent in accordance with those guidelines the Premier League published in their own handbook.
      It’s obscene.

  • Geordiegiants

    If I can make it I will be there. We all need to stand up and be counted. I’m just wondering how many of these knackers we get wearing the new strips, then complaining about the fatcunt.

    • Waxi

      If you want everyone to stand up and be counted offending and calling people knackers is maybe not the right way to go about it. we get about 49K home fans every week and i’m sure most would be on board with what people are planning so throwing insults around is only going to cause division and not NEWCASTLE UNITED.

      • Geordiegiants

        The thing is Waxi, what else can you call someone standing in a top they have bought from the jumble sale, standing outside the jumble sale trying to put people off buying what he has bought?????
        Here’s a couple of prominent genuine fans, not our Clarkos or Martin Rooneys and the likes of them.
        These 2 are proper stand up genuine fans.
        Brian Standen openly says, that he knows how to get rid of the cancer.
        Gallowgate Dave openly admits, he knows how to get rid of the cancer.
        Thousands of others all know, but still they persist in giving Jabba money.
        Why????
        Galowgate Dave even says I’m a problem because I’m doing nothing, apart from THE only thing that will drive the parasite away in not giving him money.
        Then he openly say, he knows if everyone stopped giving him money he would leave, then goes on again to say I’m doing nothing.

        Brian Standen, says he knows exactly the same but is used to it and it’s been going on for years so he is just going to keep giving him his money.
        How do these peoples heads work????
        How do they get on in life, with morals like that?
        Hypocrites a nicer way of putting it then Waxi.

        • Waxi

          Well maybe try and get Sly to cut his 125 million would be a start and it ain’t going to happen. The FCB is not going to leave while he gets his 125 million every season so carry on and see how many fans out of the 49K you can get to boycott a game by slinging insults around. Good luck.

        • Carverlier football

          The question is: do you want them to see the light? If you do then insults aren’t the way forward, it just hardens their resolve against you. I know it’s really hard not to get frustrated though…

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s so frustrating, do these people think I ever wanted to stop? It’s got to a point now where it’s all about morals for me. I would love nothing more than to get back with my 2 young boys but I wouldn’t give the cancer 1p of my money ever now. It’s like these terrorist running around with NY hats on and Nike tops shouting about killing Americans, it just doesn’t make sense. The difference is our fans are supposed to be educated. Nobody is asking anyone to give up being a toon fan. It’s all down to personal reasons, I don’t see my son much, it’s the only time I see my pals, not NUFC first. It’s stupid man it’s so annoying it could of all been done and dusted by now if they weren’t a flock of sheep. If they haven’t sussed it out by now, they never will.
            Sorry I’m just as sick of them as I am of jabba.

          • Carverlier football

            I know mate, you’re trying to push the broken down bus of NUFC and they’re sat on it, not helping out and weighing it down. It’s really, really tough but they’re never going to join in if you insult them. Best to focus energy on persuading the persuadable.

          • Geordiegiants

            I know you are right, it’s the way that the magpie group are trying to go about it.
            I just don’t get how these peoples heads work, how do they function in life if this is the way they go on?
            No wonder the rich are getting richer and the poorer getting poorer.
            It’s absolutley insane to think that 49,000 people just don’t get it.

  • Arty Hume

    Is there an APP or software available to prevent my feeds from ever coming up with photo’s of TFBC??? Help much appreciated.

  • Geordiegiants

    A couple of things I would like to suggest, is a4 cards either handed out or printed out and held up at a certain time during the game.
    Also start a campaign against sky tv. They will hate it and do something about it very very quickly, they are the other people feeding his fat face.

    • Cockneytrev

      I love the sky angle, they would definitely hate that, but the directors would stop any filming on any protests and it wouldn’t even get on the tv, or very little…

      • mactoon

        If they were held up all over the crowd the cameras couldn’t help but pick up on it. No way to prevent it

        • Cockneytrev

          Good point,,, 👍👍👍

          • mactoon

            Send the suggestion into the magpie group via their website

          • Cockneytrev

            I’ve just tried, but there’s no contact details, I tried to send to Wor Flags, but there’s an email error on their site?

          • mactoon

            NUST contact (remove the spaces) query @ nust. org. uk

          • Cockneytrev

            👍

        • Geordiegiants

          And jabba couldn’t stop people bringing them in as it could be folded up and put in your back pocket.

      • Geordiegiants

        Match of the day is more widely watched than sky so it may still have an effect. Also the mirror, star everyone bar the sun, would pick up the story.

      • Carverlier football

        Loosely connected (not very…), supporters need to cut the swear words out of anti-Ashley chants – it guarantees tv will turn the mics down. I noticed it in the Forest game. Of course some might speculate they’d mute anti-Ashley chants anyway – but they absolutely will if there’s swearing

  • BigHairyDog

    I’ve asked for some presence to be at Palace tomorrow, surely we can have the banners for the world to see what scum own our club but it’s fallen on deaf ears. Away matches seem to be a big problem, it’s like we’re one week on and one week off, there needs to be a persistent effort EVERY game until Ashley gets the message.

  • Allan

    Total pressure lads on anything and everything that has ASHLEY’S grubby hands on or in it, pile it on especially online.

    • graham18

      It would be brilliant if we could all chip in together and get sky/bt to promote sportsredirect as an advertisement on all games