Well, been a while since I wrote anything substantial about Newcastle United, 2018 has possibly been the worst year of my life personally, circumstances in and around me prevented me from going to any away games this year. That was until Notts Forest last Wednesday night, good to see and catch up with some familiar faces, and while the result was not good I enjoyed the day/night out!

To be honest I am sick to the back teeth of talking about the wrongs and wrongs of a certain Mike Ashley, suffice to say I am still going to the games but I disagree with virtually everything he does with NUFC, I know he has his supporters and I respect their views, but I can’t agree with them.

Well despite the thoughts of the fans of the new Real Madrid 14 miles down the road, I don’t actually think we are as yet deep in trouble. It was always going to be a tough start to the season and with a little luck we could and should have had a few more points on the board, that said the best we can hope for this season is mid-table and maybe a cup run…..who knows we may even reach the 5th round!

The positives are the obvious: the outstanding GK we now have, already a huge fans favourite, Rondon I have no doubt will be a success, I also have no doubt Shelvey, Richie and Lascelles will soon be up to top form and if they can avoid squabbling with each other we will be alright, but that is where it ends, our ambition is to be alright…The club who Kevin Keegan and Sir John Hall took to the brink of overtaking Fergie’s  Man United now has the ambition to ‘be alright’, its actually quite despairing really.

In times gone by the Premier League was at least competitive for other clubs, Norwich, Blackburn et al, but has now become a league of also-rans – NUFC should at least be competitive.

Why do we go a lot will ask, we go because it’s what we do, the fans of NUFC are world renowned for their loyalty, but loyalty buys you nothing, only Sheikhs and suspect Russians now guarantee success.

On a lighter note, I have had family over from Bermuda, where my 30 year old niece is Black and White daft, and despite her having a Bermudian Man Utd supporting partner she has managed to keep her kids away from his red and White clutches.

Whenever she visits she tries to ensure she can get to SJP and makes no secret of the fact she stalks the players, so hanging around the players’ entrance after the Chelsea game she caught up with Mo Diame. Who she tells me was very generous with his time for the few fans who were waiting about. In my eyes all players should be like this but some are too far up themselves at times, so a little hats off and thanks to Mo for making her and her kids’ day!

What else is going on? Well its different and good to see Watford locking horns with those at the top and long may it continue, I have no dislike for Huddersfield or Cardiff etc., but its teams like that who we need to keep on losing, otherwise we will be playing catch up from a relegation place at Christmas and that does not bode well.

Down the road our friends are opening a few eyes with their ability to grind out a result after falling behind, that quite often is a sign of a strong character in a team, and maybe just maybe they have at last found their level. Before anyone spouts off about why mention Sunderland, it’s fact that no matter how bad things are under you know who, there is always someone worse off.

So it’s already an international break, quite ridiculous in my eyes, however plenty of good non-league football to go and see in and around the region, some of it really is quite good you know.

Can The Mag really be 30 years old, is it really 30 years ago (September 3rd 1988) since we pelted Gazza with larger Mars Bars than you get from the shops today, where is time going?

The wait for a trophy goes on and on and there is zero prospect of anything changing any time soon, I went to my first game in 1970, some 48 years ago, its quite sad to think that nearly a quarter of that time has been taken up with you know who at the hem.

Happy days indeed (not).

(For those of you who take a keen interest in the commenting section after each article. A quick word about one regular comment contributor, probably the most disagreed with fan on The Mag, you all know who I mean. He did come and see me after the Chelsea game, I do know him and have been on quite a few away trips with him, I’m obviously not going to divulge his name (despite Leazes trying to coax it out of me), suffice to say he is very real, a huge fan who rarely misses a game home or away, is actually very knowledgeable, is definitely as mad as a box of frogs and has been or is part of the more excitable elements of the NUFC support – I could actually tell a few tales from days gone by but they are for another day!

Joking apart it was actually good to catch up with him and love him or loathe him, his NUFC heart is in the right place, he knows our opinions differ but we have no problem with that at all.)

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  • Chris-Chapple

    if you go to the games then you can hardly complain, as you are part of the problem.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Chris. They want their cake and eat it to! Why they aren’t prepared to give up at least one game is beyond me. Once they step into SJP they lose the right to complain as by going they are condoning Ashley!

  • Alex

    If I had a count as a friend, I’d keep it quiet.

  • Waxi

    I to go to the games and yes I will get the usual I am part of the problem but I’m sorry we only have one problem and that is Ashley. No one will tell me I’m the problem for going to games since 1968 through thick and thin. I like thousands before me have put football before family since then and a few trolls who most probably think they have the right to call those who go The Problem and are right for staying away that is up to them but we who go and have done for years are Not The Problem.

    • 52k

      You aren’t the answer…..is that better?

    • FatParosite

      Just keep stabbing the thing you love… it’s bound to make it come to life again….

      la la la I’ve been going since 68 la la la I can’t hear you… la la la …. Ashley is the problem… la la la… I can’t hear you.. la la la fingers in ears…

      • Waxi

        you live in la la land. 52K every home game say the few on this page are wrong.

        • Marty Dibergi remember

          It’s s funny argument @fatparosite makes. It seems the best supporters are those that started to go to games in 1993, stopped in 1998 to recommence for 4 years in 2000.

          These used to be called glory hunters or fair weather fans.

  • Clarko

    Why are you writing an article about ‘Bermuda’, your ’30 year old niece’, ‘Mars Bars’ and ‘Sunderland’ on a site dedicated to Newcastle United? This isn’t your personal blog, nobody gives a s**t.

  • Paul Patterson

    Funny thing is, for all the money Chelsea and Man City have spent, they were only a goal better than us. The reason for this is Rafa. If he’d been given just a smattering of cash (like the £25m profit HE MADE!!!) We may be able to compete better.
    Nobody is asking for fortunes here, despite what trolls and parasite pundits and our owner imply..

    • Sickandtired

      And there’s only one State controlled/financed club (allegedly) in the PL. He’s the 10th wealthiest owner, still. He won’t put money in as he doesn’t want to. Plain and simple – the rest is window dressing BS.

      • Carverlier football

        I’m not even bothered about him putting his money in. What I’m bothered about is him starving our revenue streams for the benefit of SD and not even investing what the club has generated itself

    • James B

      So when Nottingham Forest were 2 goals better then us it was Rafa too right?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        James does the B stand for Bell end ?

        • James B

          Haha good one! It’s Brian. I despise Ashley but at the same time I’m not a fan of the ‘Rafa can do no wrong’ cult so hence the abuse.

          • Damon Horner

            James, Rafa can do wrong and he has done this season many times, all managers can. I think the “cult” winds you up more than it should, I’m guessing you don’t want to sit here and read never ending criticism of him, lots of fans look at the bigger picture and consider whoever it is in charge have a good chance of not doing as well as Rafa so no real gains to be had really by criticising that one substitution or not starting that certain player with no proof he’s likely to play better.

          • James B

            Fair point. Feel the worship is beyond ridiculous at times. Houghton did as well Rafa but I don’t remember him getting the same god like status

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Should we get someone with a track record of trophies & sucess in like Pardew or allardyce ?

        • James B

          Yes because that’s what I said isn’t it? he’s awful, get rid of him.

          He’s a top manager but he makes mistakes but somehow too many on here..he’s incapable of making any ever.

          He gets all the credit when we lose by a goal to Chelsea and City but its Ashley’s fault when we draw to Cardiff and we knocked out in the cup to a championship team. Explain..

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’d rather let you get wound up about a man you’ve never met. It’s better seeing you have a meltdown crying

          • James B

            got the reply I expected. thanks :)

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It’s the only one you’ll get. I don’t think you’re worthy of my explanation

          • Billmag

            Exactly the same patter as that other know nowt Clarko or is It just another alias.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’re right like deffo! Him and clarko have the same tone & demeaning manner talking down to people and belittling others. You’d think with his supposed superior intellect he would be a bit better at it

          • Billmag

            Spot on I nearly wrote you can smell them a mile off but that wouldn’t be appropriate. 😀😀

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Haha BO & wotsits you can smell it through the screen 😂

  • Cushty lad

    Well done for going to the games still Brian. I however don’t anymore due to you know who. My choice. However unlike many on here I have no gripe with folk like yourself. An interesting point is though, what happens if we do hit the jackpot with rich new owners and turn into a man city.? 50,000 plus fans who attend week in week out at the moment. The so called happy clappers. Will they be pushed aside?? Will the anti Ashley brigade return and become known as johney come latelys?? Just wondered.

    • Brian Standen

      Hell of a question – hit the jackpot and SJP is too small – and seemingly now restricted. I’m 54 so will be long dead by then!

      • Sickandtired

        I made that comment recently. Our attractiveness to a potential buyer has greatly diminished due to not being able to expand the ground (due to his self serving greed). Throw in the strong chance that he also demands continued SD handling of merchandise (see RFC recent court case – and the fact they receive only £7 quid from every £100 of gear sold) and it’s not surprising buyers are scarce, never mind his ever changing price.

        • Marty Dibergi remember

          But that’s not true, the ability to expand SJP is the same now as in 2000, it’s just expensive to achieve.

          • Sickandtired

            Oh, go and Troll someone else. It’s clearly true to just about every person other than you and the cash greedy Council planners who approved it. Somewhat amazing that the East stand could not be extended due to ‘light restriction’ issues on Leazes Terrace, which is now student accommodation. Meanwhile, approving student accommodation in the shadow of the Gallowgate end now has no such concerns.

          • Marty Dibergi remember

            Council planners,civil engineers and other qualified people say it can be done, you say it can’t.

            The light is not the issue, if you’ve stood pre match on the strawberry veranda, you’d know the Gallowgate is south facing so shadows are not an issue.

            As it happens, ideas for the East Stand were looked at a few years ago. The roof of the Millburn is now translucent and the thought was that the roof could extend across the east stand with high level sky boxes and an additional tier on the East. This gets around some of the light issue but the height restrictions for the seating deck is still an issue given the cost v benefits

  • Sickandtired

    “…but I disagree with virtually everything he does with NUFC”.

    Virtually everything? What is it you do agree with like?

    • Brian Standen

      I like his white shirt! Joking apart I should have re-phrased that line!

      • Sickandtired

        I’d like his shirt if it was wrapped around Charlize Theron, rather than his obese frame. Glad you clarified however!

  • Superdooperhooper

    His heart’s in the right place? You do know that’s the worst thing you can say about a person? Along with ‘they mean well ‘ ? You could say that about Frank Spencer ! Heart’s in the right place = head isn’t .

  • Kenny

    All the season ticket holders have to do is miss one game at home when it’s on Tv.
    Make that Sky as they have the biggest viewing figures, it’s not a lot to ask, is it.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Exactly Kenneth nail on the head! Just wrote something similar myself

      • Kenny

        👍

    • kingfisher

      Apparently it is far too much to ask Kenny. If they are so determined to get their football fix after all that has happened since Ashley bought us, then God knows what it will take for them to miss a game !!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    ‘Paying mike for the privilege’

    Just one game in tele missed would make a huge statement. Imagine the swathes of empty seats beamed out worldwide.

    Shame people won’t sacrifice one game for a good cause

    • Carverlier football

      I wonder how many games folk would be be willing to miss if it could be absolutely guaranteed to get rid of Ashley… 5 games? 10? A season? Trouble is it can’t be guaranteed, so some people are reluctant to give it up – it takes faith and determination, and it can be a lot to ask. I would love to see the statement made though

      • SuperDesHamilton

        That’s what I mean just imagine one match and the fuss it would cause seeing an empty stadium. See what coverage it would get and maybe go from there

      • FatParosite

        Ashley would be in trouble if there were empty seats… It does not matter for how many you’re talking yourself out of the only logical solution for your own wants… Do it or shut up about it…

      • Sing in the Leazes

        I’m all in favour of ousting the owner (he’s an utterly vile person), but I’m starting to wonder, would a boycott ever achieve this?
        I see Man City have a lot of empty seats, the Emirates stadium can be even worse and yet the SKY cameras just try to keep those swathes out of shot. Gate receipts aren’t essential. Bournemouth don’t seem to need many fans to stay up.
        When you consider the fact that many of these empty seats at the big grounds are already paid for and this would also be the case here…
        It would have to be a season-long boycott. And it would need to be a big number like 20K who don’t renew.
        Which I can’t see happening. Even if they found traces of novichok on the seats.
        I reckon our best option (tragically, pathetically, but seriously) is to hope the obese one has a heart attack or stroke. I wonder what his ‘heart age’ is?
        Assuming he has one of course.
        I’m deadly serious, there’s more chance of him having a heart transplant than a change of heart!

    • kingfisher

      Again, spot on Des.Hypocrites all of those who hate Ashley and still go to SJP

      • SuperDesHamilton

        It’s stockholm syndrome at its finest. Or should we call it St. James Syndrome?

      • Brian Standen

        Why let Ashley stop you doing something you like to do? I could argue the point that your letting him win by doing that!
        I’m happy to help out with any cause, I offered to help by printing any leaflets the protesting group might have wanted to distribute and that offer still stands.

        • phildene

          So you’re prepared to sit in the stands in that morbid atmosphere knowing you’re still lining Ashley pockets? beggas belief! as has been said, you’re contributing to the rot of NUFC. My husband went to the matches for over 68 years, but said enough is enough and cancelled his DD for the 10 year deal-thats what 50+k should be doing.
          When we watch NUFC on the tele we can’t believe how many are still going knowing full well they’re paying Ashley to stay at the club-thats what it boils down to.

          • Brian Standen

            It is your husbands choice to what he feels is right, as it’s mine to do what I want!
            At least your husband was fortunate enough to see us win something – but he still suffered under previous equally inept owners!

          • Sickandtired

            Trying to compare the wealth and reach of Ashley in the modern game (and funding levels) with Westwood and Co is ludicrous.
            Ashley is still the 10th wealthiest PL club owner, despite his whining.

          • Brian Standen

            How is it ludicrous- it’s exactky the same!
            Crass owners who only care about money
            Westwood was asked to put a certain amount of cash in and ran off! He had milked the cow dry!
            Yes the amount was smaller but it’s all relative.

          • Sickandtired

            It was £16,000 as I recall and he had taken a big hit financially due to a stock collapse in the company he was Chairman of.
            No defence of the Pirate, but that is different scenario to Ashley.
            Unfortunately, as per your latest comment above, I and many more of us share the conviction we may never see the club win anything meaningful.

          • Brian Standen

            And your last comment is the saddest fact of all
            This club has a history of wasting opportunity – however with Ashley at the helm we won’t even get an opportunity to waste!
            I don’t want to be bored like the fans of Chelsea and Man City where winning is expectation
            I just want us to compete, enjoy cup runs, challenge now and again amongst the top 4!
            I hate the worn out cliche that NUFC fans have unrealistic expectations – I don’t know a single fan who expects anything more than mediocrity

          • Sickandtired

            Brian, I’d accept the lack of ‘winning something’ to actually watch football week in and out like we saw under KK and SBR. The firm belief that we could win something, and just might, while also watching football that was played as it is meant to be.
            Football which, over 20 years ago, the same pundits were slamming as naive along with Keegan.
            I wouldn’t begrudge Fatty himself making profit if he gave us something in return. But mediocrity under Ashley may well be a tagline he doesn’t deserve either. It’s not mediocre, it’s awful and soul sapping.

          • Brian Standen

            Further to my point below. Ashley has even stopped whining! He says nothing, does nothing and leaves it to the equally inept and out his depth Charnley!
            I am 54 and fairly convinced I will live out my days without seeing us win anything ( except the Texaco cup twice and the anglo Italian Cup back in the 70s) .

          • Gallowgate Dave

            He receives 5 times the money from Sky as he does from gate receipts so while you are “watching on TV” you are actually contributing far more than I am at the game. I understand the calls for boycotts and if there was a unified, mass cancellation of season tickets and Sky subscriptions that we all simultaneously heed I’d do it. But this moral high horse attitude from fans who sit at home, don’t join in the protests yet watch on TV which is far more important to Ashley’s finances than gate receipt ever will be again is I’m sorry, nonsense.

        • Sickandtired

          Not sure I understand that argument. If a new landlord took over your favourite boozer and behaved in a similar manner, you would go elsewhere without a second thought.

          • Brian Standen

            Fair analogy – but if it’s the only pub in time where is your choice?

  • Cushty lad

    You two live in cloud cuckoo land. Fat boy woudn’t give a hoot. You must know by now surely how thick skinned he is. Get rid of sky and bt sports if you wanna hit him. His warehouse gets world headlines every week for its dodgy pratices and has done for years. It’s still churning out thousands of parcels everyday making him money. And whot gives you two the right to tell loyal fans of the team, I say team not Ashley to boycott there passion???

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Hello Monkseaton Bonny lad. You’ve been quiet for a while

      • Cushty lad

        Born & bred in burradon mate. Pop in travellers n e monday night for pint

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Mackem, it’ll be like the cantina in Star Wars. Full of mutants

          • Brian Standen

            Hey. Gan easy. Burradon is alright’

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Hahaha a heard it’s twinned with Chernobyl 😏. Nah man on a serious note I’d legitimately never ever heard of it till now. I clearly live a sheltered life haha

          • Brian Standen

            Canny lively village with decent few bars

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A live in the centre of the west end so my lively is a bit Wild West ish down here haha

          • Cushty lad

            Thanks for the endorsement Brian. Not as good as when i was a lad. 4 pubs and a club in 500 yards. Sadly only 3 pubs now. Still a great place though.

          • Cushty lad

            Well I’m sure you’d fit in well Desmond! Mind I Don’t think u’d make the bar before being sparked clean out!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’ll have to watch out for all the horses and three eyed mutates first, I’ll bring my hazmat suit.

    • drc74

      why not sky sports as well?

      • Cushty lad

        I said that!

        • drc74

          i do apologise monkster

      • musicman2018

        Full boycott of sky sports well said,
        As sky sports our sucking Ashley’s dddiiccc

  • X2

    Brian, I honestly just don’t understand – you obviously love NUFC yet you damage it. The Newcastle United you’ve supported all your life is gone. Dead.

    • Brian Standen

      And I have said many times before it’s the same rotting corpse that was infected in the 70s by owners of a similar ilk!
      Don’t think for one minute he is any worse than Westwood, he is not!

      • FatParosite

        I was around when Westwood was doing his worst and it is not like then. This is far worse… This time it is more cynical, under-handed and spiteful than the Pirate…

  • FatParosite

    Brian I quite like a lot of what you say…. But it has come to this….anyone who steps foot in the SJP is complicit in the death of NUFC. It’s as simple as that. No half measures… No… I support the team not the regime… Or I stand outside Sports Direct and protest then go and watch the match.

    If you go to the game you ARE the problem….

    Simple.

  • magpiefifer

    Sorry Brian,although I have agreed with many of your posts,I have not (for 6 years) – and will not, attend a match at SJP until Ashley goes.
    Although it won’t do much financial harm to the Fat One,I will not let him have one penny of my hard earned – whether it is NUFC,SDirect,HoF,JD Sports,Debenhams etc!!!

    • Brian Standen

      And I absolutely respect your point of view

      • magpiefifer

        Likewise!
        The common factor is our love for NUFC – something that FatAsh will never have!!!!

      • Marty Dibergi remember

        Good article Brian. Nice to know you met up with Monk’ but it’s a real shame that he’s been muted on here. 30 years of the independent voice but now it seems independent views are blocked if they don’t follow the editorial line.

        • Brian Standen

          Cheers. I have asked Monk via text what’s he did or said to get blocked – I’m sure he will divulge!
          Daft thing is despite most people disagreeing with his views including me, he does follow NUFC with a huge passion and I’m sure he would agree he does often overstate things!
          As for me I respect everyone’s views it’s what football is all about

          • Marty Dibergi remember

            I think Mark just wanted contributors to follow the editorial line but that does not make for good debate, stifles the truth and is a long way from the ideal of the fanxine’s claim to be the independent voice.

            Monk’ was not the only one to be wiped out.

            Moderation is fine but I’m no fan of censorship

          • Sickandtired

            Monk went further than having an opposite opinion. He purposefully defended Ashley in everything he has done since arriving.
            No matter what, it was Ashley in the right and everyone else against him was wrong, on every topic.
            That is not something you can reason or debate with.

          • Wezza

            He hates Keegan as well apparently. What Newcastle fan hates KK and defends MA?

    • Cushty lad

      Me neither. But we will be waiting a long long time. Scrap ya sky & bt sports

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  • Roblee07

    I Have no right to condone those who go to games but I have to try and persuade and reason with those that do. Mike Ashley pretends to run a ‘football club’. We all know that he cares for his business only. He is sucking the life out of our club and will do so until there is nothing left. He only wants us to promote his brand. A full ground in the premier league under the SD banner is all he wants. It’s not the money at the gates that matter it’s the image around the world . We have to get him out and empty grounds are the start.

    • Damon Horner

      Personally I think empty stadiums and protests sends a message to owners about managers, players, prices but not necessarily about owners themselves.

      Oyston’s of Blackpool show if an owner doesn’t have a desire to leave only finance issues can make it happen.

      In our case if we empty the stadium I reckon it would imply disinterest not dissatisfaction and will eventually be considered to be where our crowds numbers are.

      • FatParosite

        A three quarters full stadium sent an actionable message to Stan Kronke.

        • Damon Horner

          Sent a message to Kroenke about the manager, the team and the prices. Didn’t force his sale as an unwilling seller.

          • Roblee07

            That was arsenal. We have to take steps to remove mike ashley. At least there are more of us who now all know who the enemy is and I hope the fan groups the best of luck in bringing us all together into a United FORCE

  • Gallowgate Dave

    Interesting article Brian. I knew you’d get hammered by the boycotters on here. Like you I totally understand and respect why they don’t go, many of my mates have sadly came to the same decision, but the way some of them attack fellow fans is hardly going to inspire us to see their way of thinking. Kingfisher and Fat Parasite are two of the loudest voices and actually one on one Kingfisher is spot on, I’d have a pint with him, Fat Parasite is the worst kind, never debates and doesn’t even live in Newcastle so he doesn’t even “sacrifice” anything. If we could all agree on a common boycott strategy I’d join it but we never will. Likewise with the protests, my preferred choice. United we ain’t and it’s easier to criticise than inspire.

    I knew Monkseaton was too mad to be fiction!

    • FatParosite

      So living out of the region invalidates my opinion. Fine, so long as going to games invalidates your opinion too? I went to my first game in 1970 just like Brian. I still visit Newcastle regularly & gave up my season ticket after the last relegation. My sacrifice is pityful however I can not take my two boys to the SJP & they are starved of their birthright as it will be difficult for me to ward them away from the evils of glory-hunting.
      As for never debating? When someone on here comes up with a cogent or even salient argument for Ashley strangulating what I hold most precious or even the most tangible reasonable rebuttal for paying Ashley to continue as a cancer I will debate it. Up to this moment in time there has been none. Only reasons to continue their fix whilst pretending to protest & barating those who have seen through Ashley’s lies and plans and made a sacrifice.

      • Gallowgate Dave

        No I honestly don’t think your opinion is invalid. A lot of my mates have made the same decision as you, I totally get it, I just can’t/won’t and I honestly detest Ashley for his cynical exploitation and manipulation of our love for footy and the club just like you do. I’m younger than you but I have 2 (very young) boys of my own and I can’t bring myself to buy merchandise for them (haven’t bought merchandise for 10 years) and when they are old enough I don’t know how I’m going to explain my hatred for our ownership but love for the club as kids aren’t interested in football finance and I worry they’ll just support a team more fun, I don’t know why as they’ll probably enjoy it more! I detest Ashley for the same reasons as you, it’s a denial of their birthright. We’re more similar than you think. I just don’t think berating fellow fans achieves anything as we all have different opinions on what could work in driving him out. If 50,000 simultaneously refused to go aye it could work mind but you won’t get a mass movement like that off the ground by insulting people and you won’t anyway as there’ll always be people who don’t feel like they can do that. Me personally I’ve always thought mass (particularly televised) protest against his true love Sports Direct would be even more effective, he hates it and crucially Sports Direct shareholders hate it too, plus not everyone would need to do it, just more of us than previous damp squib protests. I’m sure we’ll never agree but good to read your response today.

      • Brian Standen

        Excellent point but we need to make our feelings to fellow fans without the insults some throw about, would you not agree?

        • FatParosite

          I do agree Brian.

    • Brian Standen

      Very fair comment and like you I will debate anything with anyone who can do so without the vitriol that Ashley seems to inspire

  • Hobbit

    What we have here is a paradox akin to the mother of all catch-22s.

    Attend games – Ashley win$.
    Buy season tickets – Ashley win$.
    Subscribe to matches – Ashley win$.
    Team wins games – Ashley win$.
    Team remains in the Premiership – Ashley win$.

    Anyone with suggestions on how to break this parasite’$ cycle, while still ensuring that the team knows we are a 100% behind them?

  • Brian Standen

    I think it’s worth emphasing a couple of great points said below!
    Kids don’t care about football politics etc, and won’t give a hoot about Boycotts
    All that does is push the next generation of fans toward Manchester , London , Liverpool etc
    About 25 years ago the NUFC shirt was seen in every city in the UK, even in Sunderland as kids everywhere followed ‘ the entertainers’, people waited with keen anticipation for the next NUFC shirt!
    Nowadays despite the natty design hardly any are to be seen!
    Dafter thing is as an owner of a Sporting retailer MA could have properly sponsored NUFC, made the team successful and had his logo in every city in the world – like Man Utd etc have

    • Marty Dibergi remember

      I agree but it’s easier said than done. We were well on the wane before he arrived.

      • Sickandtired

        On the wane? FFS man. You really are a Troll and going on the block list. Hadn’t been relegated before him. 7 seasons of Europe immediately prior to his arrival. 3 top 5 finishes.

        • Brian Standen

          And your right. But at our age we seen it all before in the 70s and 80s.
          Two relegations , several seasons in a derelict stadium in division 2!
          Ashley is the latest of many abusers in power of NUFC

          • Sickandtired

            And my age. I’m 55 and went to my first match aged 9.
            There was always a feeling in the past that we could do something to try and effect change. Not any longer.
            Worrisome to me that you freely accept the past and present abuse in equal measure, as though we should expect or demand nothing more.

        • Marty Dibergi remember

          Insolvency, struggled against relegation, aging and highly paid squad.

        • Wezza

          Yes, one of the trolls.

  • Spoon_Army

    Good article Brian. I’m all for individuals opinion etc. I respect those who have given up and those that haven’t. In both cases, for fans, there is pain!…..thus common ground.

    As regards our mutual friend, he informed me he is banned from this site. ????