The defeat at the weekend against Leicester at St James Park was hugely disappointing, that is obvious. What is also plainly clear is that Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United, is very thick skinned.

Bravo Mike!

I’ve got to admit, if 50,000 or more people had it in for me, I’m damn sure I wouldn’t have the brass neck to appear in front of them. Again, Bravo Mike!

I jest of course. However, the one moment which riled me on Saturday was when club stewards/security forcibly removed two flags of both Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez from behind the Gallowgate End before kick off. If I had been holding either of the banners in question, the steward would have needed an appointment at Specsavers the next morning* (*They do hearing tests as well apparently).

So, if anyone was in any doubt that this club is ran as a dictatorship, this was clear evidence. Two perfectly innocent banners ordered to be taken down and for what reason? It would have been interesting if police has been involved to find out the excuse.

Surely the reply from the stewards would have been along the lines of ‘We’ve been ordered to take down any banner referencing Keegan because the owner of the club dislikes him for saying nasty things in his forthcoming book.’

The reason for taking down the Rafa banner is less clear, merely that the fans like him, so get it down, that’ll annoy them.

That’s where we are with Mike Ashley at present. Sitting smirking/laughing in the Milburn Stand while the ground voices its disapproval. Sticking his fingers up at us all wouldn’t have been a shock in the slightest.

It would be a bit of a leap to suggest that the simple removal of two inoffensive banners was a straw to break a camel’s back, but it was certainly a step that was completely unnecessary as it was unacceptable.

In over a decade, Mike Ashley has made many Faux Pas, some probably innocently, but many have been deliberately designed to antagonise the public of Newcastle. That is simply unacceptable.

In any other city, this sort of tyranny wouldn’t be allowed. A council would start voicing its dissatisfaction. Although, Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has already done that and no bugger in government seems to listen.

The club needs change. We, the supporters need change. The city needs change.

Nobody who has the city’s interests at heart can surely tolerate the negative cloak that is enveloping the city at present.

It’s about time the city stood up for its football club, after all, the club puts the city on the map. The club is partly the city’s money maker.

It may be a small step, but until the parasite leaves our club, it would be a great piece of publicity and just as great a gesture, if the owner of a building or two around St James’s Park would be willing to have a couple of inspiring banners adorning it’s exterior.

KEEGAN = HONESTY. BENITEZ = HOPE.

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  • Themoscow72

    Gallowgate / Wor Flags put on some excellent displays supporting the club last season which contributed to a magnificent spectacle and atmosphere. This year their priority seems to be protesting rather than supporting the team. Such a shame as it’s the players who suffer not Ashley. I look forward to you getting behind the team once again in the not to distant future.That is why the club gave you a singing section to support not protest.

    • JohnnyH

      I look forward to you getting kicked off this site along with all of your pseudonyms.
      Patronising tosser

      • bob0411

        Another day, another (?) WUM blocked ;-)

      • Leazes.

        He came on yesterday and has used a real Councillors identity, so he’s impersonating people now! other identities have seemingly been banned…..

    • Big Hairy Man

      What a 🔔🔚. All grounds have a singing section that is not censored by the owners.

    • Sickandtired

      Should be grateful, huh? Once upon a time, the whole F’n ground was a singing section!

  • Flasheart

    I can think of something else I’d rather hang from the Gallowgate….. or rather someone and his cronies!

  • Leazes.

    Good Idea….. most of the buildings around the ground belong to the University, accommodation and administration…. I remember a Man United fan putting up his scarf after a game and he took it down sharpish after a hail of coins and objects nearly put it out….. surely some United fans in there amongst the residents!

    I also think a complaint should have been made to the police about the stewards the police and law are there for everyone.

  • Phildene

    I actually have previously commented that the stewards shouldn’t have gotten anywhere near the banners as the fans would’ve stood in front of said banners and prevented there removal, BUT you’re talking about most of todays supporters who spout off but do nowt

    • Gallowgate Dave

      You’ve ignored every reply I’ve ever left for you as I suspect you have no answer and nothing constructive to add except slagging fellow fans off. Will you be at the Magpie Group meeting tonight?

      • Geordiegiants

        I was! He is just frustrated, the same as all of us. Tonight is the first time ever there has been some constructive ideas. It should culminate in a boycott or late show or early walkout etc. It’s the only thing that will work in the long run.
        Anyway the fat man is definitely rattled. He is trying to show he is clever coming to Newcastle when he knows full well that everyone that would cause him any physical damage was probably here tonight.
        What I do know is people like him ALWAYS get caught out sometime.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          Top man. I told you we are more alike than we are different despite our difference in opinion. I admire anyone who is prepared to get off their backside and try anything constructive, I was there tonight too. Just remember the message from one of the speakers tonight, Ashley wants to divide us, we all want the same thing, we just have different opinions on how to achieve it. Stick together. My issue is with those that snipe at fellow fans from the sidelines without lifting a finger to help. I suspect Phildene is one of those.

    • Billmag

      Most of today’s supporters are glued to there phones rather than worry about what the stewards are doing.

  • stevetoontoon

    I live on barrack road i will hang the banners oot me window no problem