The Newcastle v Wolves boycott is happening.

The only question now is how many Newcastle fans support the move and don’t go inside St James Park on Sunday 9 December.

Supporters have the option of course of watching on TV instead, whilst the fact it is live on Sky Sports, will see the match and empty seats beamed around the UK and worldwide.

Since the programme of protests over the next two months (see below) was announced by The Magpie Group on Friday, it has prompted much discussion, with the Newcastle v Wolves match taking centre stage.

The decision on whether or not to push a one-off match boycott was a time sensitive one, as the single match tickets for the game go on sale today to members.

It would have been no good announcing a (hopefully ) mass boycott a few days before the game, having let match by match fans buy tickets.

Talking to fans about the Newcastle v Wolves boycott, almost nobody has said to me that they are totally against the idea.

Instead, the message I repeatedly have heard is doubts over how many other fans will support this one-off boycott.

When I have then asked those same fans whether they would boycott the Wolves game if it was then guaranteed that the crowd would be 25,000 or less, they have all said that if that was the case then they would stay away.

It is no good having a go at people who still want to go, the same as having a go at anybody who stays away.

By all means try to persuade people but it is just pointless and unfair when any fan has a go at somebody else for doing whatever.

It is a personal responsibility, do whatever you think is right.

It is all about sending a message to Mike Ashley about the strength of feeling against him.

There is no magic answer in getting a very rich billionaire to sell the club but we all need to do what we can.

I will be staying away on Sunday 9 December and if enough of you also make that personal decision, then I think we can get the crowd down to 25,000.

It is a desperate move but these are desperate times, to think of this club continuing with Mike Ashley owning it is just unbearable.

We all understand Rafa Benitez saying (see below) that he wants the support for the team, it isn’t his place to tell us to stay away.

However, this is our club and we’ll all be supporting Newcastle United long after both Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez have gone.

Standing outside Sports Direct or wherever and protesting is not for everybody but we can all make our point and boycott Newcastle v Wolves.

After the draw at Southampton, Rafa Benitez asked about the supporter protests, including boycotting the Wolves home match:

“I think it is important for us to have the fans behind us.

“Some people think it is more pressure playing in front of them, but it is a difficult situation and be united – that is what we have to do.

“We can help the atmosphere in the city by winning games.

“In the meantime, we need the fans going to the stadium supporting the team for 90 minutes.

“If we make mistakes, then we make mistakes. I will be the first one to make mistakes.

“We have to keep supporting the team.

“If we want to stay in the Premier League, like we proved last year, we are stronger all together.”

The Mag – 27 October 2018:

Mike Ashley is set to face ever growing protests against his ownership of Newcastle United.

Friday night saw The Magpie Group announce a rolling  programme of protests that will ramp up the pressure on the billionaire.

Matches and his retail empire will be targeted (see below).

Protests are to continue pre-match outside the Sports Direct shops at St James Park and in Newcastle City Centre on Northumberland Street. With also post-match protests outside the main Milburn reception at the stadium.

The much called for one-off boycott of the Wolves match has been announced, as well as a request for fans to refrain from taking their seats until the 11th minute of the home game against West Ham.

There are also Sports Direct protests planned for at the SD HQ at Shirebrook, as well as before the games against both Everton and Liverpool, on Merseyside.

Mike Ashley’s PR minion Keith Bishop informed his boss that he didn’t need to worry as the protest would have blown over by September..

‘This is not blowing over’ and Mike Ashley must realise he is sitting on top of a crumbling mess of his own making and the only course of action for him, is to finally accept he has to sell NUFC for a fair market price and let somebody else take over who is willing to make the club work for everybody, not just his own selfish ends.

To help make this all happen as smoothly as possible and on the biggest scale that can be achieved, there is a meeting this Thursday (1 November) at 7pm the Tyneside Irish Centre, just down from St James Park (next to the Chinese Arch/Rosies Bar), an invitation to fans to come along who want to get actively involved in helping to make these protests happen.

The Mag – 26 October 2018:

Friday night has seen The Magpie Group announce a major escalation of the protests against Mike Ashley.

The Newcastle United fanbase is being  asked to support a whole range of plans to exert pressure on the club’s owner.

The protest plans announced, extend over the next two months.

The big one will be a boycott of the Sky Sports televised Newcastle v Wolves match on Sunday 9 December.

Many Newcastle fans had backed this idea and it was time sensitive, as tickets will go on sale on Monday (29 October) for the game.

A boycott needing to be announced before then, so fans are made aware before they are to buy a ticket, as well as potentially booking accommodation and travel.

In short, the schedule of protests announced by The Magpie Group is:

Saturday 3 November 2018

Newcastle v Watford

After the game a post-match protest outside the Milburn reception

Saturday 10 November 2018

Newcastle v Bournemouth

No protest planned in respect of that being the weekend of remembrance.

Saturday 17 November 2018

No match as it is international break.

A protest at the Shirebrook HQ of Sports Direct.

Saturday 1 December 2018

Newcastle v West Ham

Fans to delay heading into the match until the 11th minute.

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Everton v Newcastle

A joint protest against Sports Direct in Liverpool.

Sunday 9 December 2018

Newcastle v Wolves

One-off match boycott.

Saturday 22 December 2018

Newcastle v Fulham

Protests outside the Sports Direct shops on Northumberland Street and at St James Park, plus another protest outside the Milburn reception.

Wednesday 26 December 2018

Liverpool v Newcastle

A joint protest against Sports Direct in Liverpool.



  • Tweed Mag

    It is understandable that Rafa wants the fans to support the team. By staying away from the Wolves game that is what they will be doing. In the long term, missing one match is not much to ask if it gets the message over to Ashley and his cronies.

  • Carverlier football

    Given where our (meagre) points have come from this season an empty stadium as opposed to a full grumbling one may actually help the players…

    • Leazes.

      It may help the players to stay away….. the stage is too big for a lot of this squad…. certainly full houses haven’t made them better players!

      You can back Shola Ameobi 200% but he’s still be Shola Ameobi….

      • Toontaff

        Shola would still get in this team, now!

      • kingfisher

        Quite right Leazes. You don’t need big crowds to be successful. Look at Bournemouth, average home crowd around 11,000, 6th in the Prem at the minute. Enough said.

        • Leazes.

          That isn’t the point I’m making.

  • Leazes.

    To those fans who go for the matchday experience……

    >>>>WATCH THE GAME FROM THE PUB<<<>>JUST STAY AWAY FOR THIS ONE<<>>>LIVE ON TV<<<<

    Lets see the Tyneside publicans get involved Too…..

    ASHLEY IS NOT WELCOME HERE

    How stark the contrast with the much loved Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Leicester and how fortunes have been destroyed under this odious owner!

    • BanJones

      If Ashley had a shred of decency about himself he would look at the reaction to the sad news from Leicester and take a long hard look at himself in the mirror. I don’t imagine the oaf will do anything of the sort, he would just ask himself “what’s in it for me?”

      • Carverlier football

        I said in another post that I wouldn’t be surprised if they used the situation to somehow paint anti-owner protests as disrespectful in the context of the tragedy…

        • Leazes.

          ‘Disrespectful’….. from Ashley!

          • Carverlier football

            I know! This is the man who recently encouraged a joint statement pleading for everyone to pull in the same direction when he himself is pulling the opposite way!

        • Hughie_Gallacher

          Yes. You can bet Keith Bishop will be applying his formidable intellect to the task as we speak.

      • Leazes.

        He has something in common…. an Augusta-Westland AK109….. there the similarity ends.

  • Cockneytrev

    I’m out of the country at the moment and have been speaking to supporters of various clubs , but mainly Liverpool FC and most have no idea what we are protesting about (This is largely due to the various media groups in Ashleys pockets) and to a man everyone said to stay away from matches!!!!
    I don’t really understand what the problem is with missing one match????
    So tragic for the Leicester city supporters and family of the owner, a man who genuinely had the progress of the club at heart, compare this to the horrible, self serving parasitic slug we have as an owner!!!

    • Billmag

      Simple facts mate people at other clubs think we live in outer Mongolia.

  • Realist

    No boycott from me. Let’s just wait and see the attendance eh. What’s you all going to do wait outside for people who attended the game, that would be a laugh.

    • Toon Arnie

      Yeah do nothing and then mock the people trying to make a difference – thanks for your huge contribution and well done.

    • X2

      Get the disgusting Sports Direct tat emporium out of the club. Boycott.

  • BanJones

    Count me in – i’m Spartacus.

    • Big Hairy Man

      No, I’m Spartacus.

  • Should have not bought season tickets. Boycotting now does absolutely nothing to Mike Ashley and only hurts the players and manager. With confidence as low as it is, boycotting will only make it worse. I say this is a cowardice and hypocrisy. Should haven not bought season tickets and put pressure on the board and owner during the summer to spend more.
    The team and Rafa need our support now more than ever, we need to be cheering even when they miss an open goal! We aren’t getting new players till January so, let’s at least give us a platform to survive this year.

    • Carverlier football

      “Supporting the team” isn’t exactly doing the trick right now, though, is it…? Full stadium and five defeats. An empty stadium might take the pressure off.

      • t00nraider

        It is. It’s keeping morale up. Being unloyal will just hurt the team. The team needs the support and atmosphere. Players are low on confidence and needs the fans support.

        • Toon Arnie

          I think you might be missing the bigger picture. Doing nothing, as you suggest, is contributing directly to keeping Ashley in charge. Calling any of our fans unloyal is at best badly advised. Your self proclaimed loyalty is, in effect, furthering the cause of Ashley and lessening the chance of him ever leaving.

      • That could be true but I don’t believe the players to be at fault, they are just victims of the regime. They look on the brink, and I believe boycotting will push them over the edge.

        • Carverlier football

          So be it. It’s all about getting rid of the regime that has made victims of these players then. Otherwise they will simply continue to be victims of the regime. And that doesn’t sound like much of a plan…

    • X2

      No. There is no longer a NUFC football club or team to support. Just Sports Direct United – the lovers of vicious zero-hours contracts. Do your bit to respect the heritage, boycott.

      • I can understand season ticket holders going in to protest and demand their money back. That would be a real protesrt/boyctott. Let’s face it, we are miles from being entertained out there, more like totally frustrated. That needs to happen. Just not going to games is not good enough and makes no sense to me.

  • HarryHype59

    Two more home defeats against “high flying” Watford and the mighty Bournemouth, will decrease demand for tickets at SJP. There will be a fair number of gaps in the crowd, regardless of a boycott, that will be shown on live TV.

  • Leicester Mag

    Apologies for the long message. I just wish Mike Ashley could read what a real person feels for a real human being – a letter from Kasper Schmeichel. I can’t imagine a SINGLE sentence in this that could have applied to Mike Ashley.

    I cannot believe this is happening. I am totally devastated and heartbroken. I just cannot believe what I saw last night. It just doesn’t seem real!
    “It is difficult to put into words how much you have meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester.

    “We all know about the investment in the football club you and your family have made. But this is about so much more. You cared so deeply for not just the club but for the entire community.
    “Your endless contribution to Leicester’s hospitals and charities will never be forgotten. You went above and beyond in every aspect.
    “Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard working, so dedicated, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme.

    “You had time for everyone. You touched everyone. It didn’t matter who it was, you had time for them. I always admired you as a leader, as a father and as a man.
    “You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible, not just to our fans but to fans all over the world in any sport! Not many people have done that.
    “When you signed me back in 2011 you said to me we would be in the Champions League within six years and we would do great things. You inspired me and I believed in you. You made me feel like nothing was impossible.

    “Without you and your family, all this, everything we did together, everything we achieved, would never have happened. You gave me experiences that only happen in fantasy.
    “You literally made my dreams come true.
    “But what I am most proud of is to have been part of your vision. The environment you created.
    “This club, this city is a family. And that is all because of you. For this I am eternally grateful.

    “I am grateful to have known you and grown close to you and your amazing family and for all the private moments and joint experiences I had with you on a personal level.
    “It breaks my heart to know I will never see you in the dressing room when I come in early from my warm-up and have a chat about everything and nothing. That you won’t be there having fun and laughing with the boys and seeing your infectious smile and enthusiasm that rubbed off on everyone you came into contact with.
    “We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you.

    “From knowing you we do this by being the family you created. By sticking together and supporting those closest to you through [this] horrendous time.
    “You had a vision for this club, you wanted the best for us. There was absolutely nothing you wouldn’t do for us.
    “You were so passionate. We must honour your legacy by delivering for you on the pitch like you also wanted and continue being the close-knit family club that you built.
    “You will never know how much you meant to me and my family.

    “I am truly honoured and privileged to have been a small part of your life.”

    • Danimal

      I hadn’t seen that letter but was thinking about this yesterday. It’s one hell of a contrast with how anyone in the northeast will look back at Ashley’s time.

      • Toontaff

        There are one or two who love our portly pal!

      • Geordiegiants

        There’s a big contrast to the actual event.
        I think a lot of our fans including my self would be partying.

    • Cockneytrev

      What lovely sentiments, he was obviously a wonderful human being,,

    • Leazes.

      Its in his name Leicester…..Srivaddhanaprabha…. translate it from the Indian Sanskrit…

      • Billmag

        Can’t believe Leicester Mags post is under review.

        • Leazes.

          Its not

          • Leicester Mag

            Just seen this ! To be accused of Spam by the Mag these days takes the biscuit

          • Leazes.

            Diqus is a strange host site….sooner they change it the better

          • Toontaff

            AB biscuits go well with spam!

          • mactoon

            It’s an automated function, not the fault of the owners of the website. They just need to release it.

        • mactoon

          It’s because of the length. The site mistakes it for spam so you need to tell them it isn’t spam.

  • JohnnyH

    For me there’s a bigger picture that goes beyond supporting the team.

    Ashley is the most odious, loathsome, figure in public life in this country today. The man has no redeeming features in any way.
    And he owns our club.

    A boycott will show that we ALL want him out.

    Please think about it and give the game a miss.

    • X2

      Spot-on.

  • kingfisher

    A lot of horrible things have been said about Ashley such as “hope he dies” and “hope he gets cancer” etc, etc.
    Now I am against Ashley 100%, don’t like his business practices, and wish he would sell up, but I would never wish him any harm or say “I hate him”. Hate is a very powerful word, and for all of these phrases to be used in the context of football is over the top.

    The events at Leicester only go to show how trivial football is compared to “real life”

    • The BBC is FAKENEWS

      Mike is scum

    • Dillon Tovak

      Real life is the city of people who Ashley takes joy in aggravating.
      Real life is the people whose life was ruined and homes repossessed because of having to pay off 3000% APR loans taken out with wonga because they had no other choice.
      Real life is the people on zero hour contracts, scared to death they’ll be sacked if they’re 1 minute late while working in his warehouses.
      I don’t wish death upon him but I do hate him, and I would if he owned Liverpool or Scunthorpe.

    • Billmag

      I get what you say King but I hated Thatcher and I certainly don’t feel any remorse saying it because she was catalyst in destroying too many communities and too many people’s lives, and I have the same feelings towards the owner of our club for destroying people’s hopes and aspirations.

    • X2

      What do you think Ashley’s feelings are towards NUFC supporters? The V-sign is a clue.

  • The BBC is FAKENEWS

    As an alternative, get supporters in 30 mins before kick off shouting loud abuse at Ashley to be picked up by cameras in the sky studio.

    • Leazes.

      The BBC isn’t fake news.

      • Ashley-out

        anti brexit, where they interview those who want to remain out number the other side 70-30. fake news ok when 17.4 million voted out.

        • Leazes.

          What in gods name are you prattling on about…. no forget it, I don’t want to know.

  • Martin Rooney

    I’ll be at the match, until a collection of fans organises to
    1. start and support a new club that kills of the current entity and reforms as nufc
    2. buys the club of the current owner to get shot of him.

    I’ll continue to support the team and a manager who is a nice bloke but whose football is utterly boring as that’s what football fans are supposed to do.
    What on earth does anyone think these activities will do?
    I can only see them serving to disrupt the team, a self fulfilling prophecy that will ensure relegation allowing those who started it to say i told you so.
    He’s the problem with all this Ashley is a human being and like all human’s we do whatever is in our power to protect what we’ve got.
    Ashley has a football club worth £300m+ when in the premier league, that becomes worth £150m when in the championship.
    He knows through experience that spending of £50m gross and around £20m net will ensure promotion back to premier league increasing the value of his asset back to £300m he then takes back the net spend from the following years premier income anyone who thinks he will just take a £150m hit is deluded.

    But more so what is a new owner going to do achieve anymore than Ashley is, there is no way the owners of Chelsea Man u Liverpool and Man city are going to let NUFC in their club and we’ll be doing the same to the next owner in 10 years.
    Unless it us the fans Barca and RM style memberships we’re stuck in the rut like Everton west ham and all the rest

    • Pelican

      *Clap clap* You must be very proud of yourself. Round of an applause for you.

    • X2

      NUFC is dead. Sports Direct United FC run onto the pitch these days. and Sports Direct are the lovers of vicious zero-hours contracts.

    • Wor Lass

      Do you really believe that, if/when we go down, it will be due to fans boycotting a televised match rather than the continuing penny-pinching and blatant asset-stripping by the fat barsteward which has left a top manager no option but to shop in the bargain basement for new recruits? The team was disrupted before the season started.

      • Martin Rooney

        Different arguments really but he’s had
        A. Better strikers than he has now and didn’t have to sell him
        B. Spent enough cash on forward players to get something decent which he hasn’t done.

        I do believe negativity affects pergoance and so does Rafa that’s why he said he needs fans behind the team

      • Pezza

        The point being is it does not help the tesm

    • Pezza

      Spot on

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  • Dillon Tovak

    I don’t mean to be overly critical of the idea or whose who will take part but, I really don’t think a one off protest is going to have any effect.
    Why would it? Ashley will be out of pocket to the sum of penny change and most media outlets will ignore it, the ones that cover it will spend around 10 seconds referring to it and then it’ll be forgotten forever.
    Arsenal fans stayed away all season and would still be at home if Wenger was still there.

    • Pelican

      You “think”? There is a reason you cannot be more substantive with your wording, and that is because you don’t ‘know’. If there is any chance, it has to be explored to its fullest.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Well I think based on the fact we’ve gone down this route before and he’s still here.
        I know stronger action taken by other clubs has been successful.

    • Steven05

      Giving a Try might be worth it??

    • Billmag

      I was out on strike for one year back in1984, many of my best mate’s went back to work I didn’t hold it against them, it’s what you feel is the right thing to do for yourself, in the end it didn’t do any good but if I hadn’t have done it I would never have felt the pride I had walking back to work behind the banner knowing I had done something which I felt was right not what other people did or didn’t do. When you support something being a boycott or a strike, do it with your heart and soul because at the end of the day you have to believe it’s the right thing to do.

      • Dillon Tovak

        It seems like you either agree with me or misinterpreted what I said.
        As you said, you were willing to go on strike for a year and not 1 shift.

        • Billmag

          Dillon All I was saying in a roundabout way you do what you think is right irrespective of what anyone else thinks lots of my mate’s didn’t think it was right to go on strike but I thought differently that’s the choices you sometime’s have to make in life.

    • Tweed Mag

      A one off protest is just part of a whole series of protests which will increase pressure. It will have an effect and generate interest amongst those who do not know how bad Ashley is. There are bound to be some PR stunts from KBA, but most of them have backfired so far. Ashley is not going to sell up just because a section of the fans don’t go to the Wolves game, but it should not be underestimated. Arsenal fans were cheesed off with the Manager, not the owners, but their protests did pay off in the end. Look at them now, 11 wins and a draw in succession.

    • X2

      Sorry Dillon, I don’t agree at all. A well-supported boycott could be hugely helpful. At the very least it will gain the interest of the media, some of whom will then take the trouble to properly educate themselves about Ashley and his asset-stripping Sports Direct tat shop approach to running a football club. Don’t just roll over and die.

      • Dillon Tovak

        I’m not suggesting rolling over and dying 😂 quite the opposite in fact.
        “Boycott the wolves game”
        ??? Ashley has been given weeks and weeks of notice to put all sorts of damage limitation methods in place.

        He will also enjoy a virtually full SJP against Watford and look at the wolves game as a pain in the neck but then be rubbing his hands together looking towards the next game.

        Why not boycott the Watford game, the wolves game… all the games until he’s gone?
        Or we could just romantically look forward to another half measure, feeling smug we sacrificed one game and sit here complaining about Ashley for the next 10 years.

        • X2

          I’m with you there 100%. Sorry, didn’t get your drift at first. I haven’t been to any games for years since I finally realised how nasty Ashley actually is. Just hoping that more and more will join in.

          • jinkyjimnufc

            As with you – I’ve ‘boycotted’ games for the last 10 years. Sadly, the other 50,000+ haven’t and thereby lies the problem. A true demonstration of force is required from the fan-base, or……..another helicopter mishap!

  • Ashley-out

    you would like to think that a Wolves boycott will happen then reality dawns and you know it wont

    • Leazes.

      Shut up!

  • mactoon

    If you are going to the match take a card with this on it and hold it up to the cameras:

    NO INVESTMENT
    NO AMBITION
    NO FUTURE
    ASHLEY OUT

    • Leazes.

      No….don’t go to the match!

      • mactoon

        You don’t actually believe there won’t be thousands there? If they are going to go, give them the chance to protest by showing the card to the cameras.

      • Dave Pattinson

        Just feckin do it…everyone, for once stand up and show the media that we mean business and aren’t prepared to take any more shoite from the owner & chums.
        ASHLEY OUT!

  • Wezza

    Just incase those are still wondering what to do check out the list of lies from the FCB and his minions over the years. nufc-ashlies and ashleyout dot com.

    Why does this regime have to be non transparent, lie, hide AND use PR to push their lies. Because they’re hiding something, and that something is that the FCB has been using the club as a pure cash cow for years and years. Taking money all the time. Andy Carroll money, we had Llambias come out and say he wont take a penny of that transfer fee… why even say that? Of course he shouldn’t but we all know that money just disappeared never to be seen again. This has happened countless times but this last summer is the most glaringly obvious. The TV money. Where has it gone? We know where and interesting are the PR excuses coming out ‘he took 10M for the loan’ Yeah right.
    Take all this and everything else that has happened under this rotten regime into consideration when making your decision.
    Don’t go for one game, send a message to the world or go and just take more of the same because it will never change until the FCB goes.

  • TheFatController

    I have no problem if 50k turn up, so long as when we are mid table championship or worse over the coming years those 50k still turn up.

    But if they turn up for Wolves because it’s a shot shy Championship side but in the PL, but then desert the ground when we’re an average Championship team in the championship, then those that stay away (when we’re in the championship having gone to wolves) are directly responsible for the football they refuse to pay to watch any longer…

    Put up and shut up forevermore but don’t dare ever then not go when it all implodes , or boycott wolves and have the right to stay away when it’s not the PL MOTD winkfest any longer …

  • jinkyjimnufc

    Sadly, oh so very sadly, this ‘boycott’ will do very little. The lucky to get 10% (that’s 5,000) not turning up will only cause Ashley to smirk as he has demonstrated on his recent match visits. It wont show on the attendance figures, Ashley still gets his cash and the media will give it short change.

    This well documented and publicized demonstration will fail and we’ll all look, and feel, despondent and depressed wondering ‘where do we go next’.
    Sorry, but we have to really change the attitude of a larger proportion of the fans to fall in-line with what is required. Unless we get 25,000plus to boycott a game then the thick-skinned Ashley will do nothing – just smirk.

    • Leazes.

      Shut up

  • WildBill

    I can’t understand why anyone would go to this game at all? Season ticket holders can watch at home, is this really too much to ask? To boycott one game? If 45,000+ turn up to this game like some are suggesting then there is really no hope at all. Your attendance is an endorsement of Ashley.

    # Boycott Wolves

    • Pezza

      I get my ticket s off a mate when he can’t go, that’s why I’m going

      • Dave Pattinson

        More enjoyable staying with the family Pezza!

  • 8prestondave

    Wonder what the chances of FCB giving £5 tickets away on the day to “fill” the seats up.?

  • Leazes.

    Apologies for reposting the long message. I just wish Mike Ashley could read what a real person feels for a real human being – a letter from Kasper Schmeichel. I can’t imagine a SINGLE sentence in this that could have applied to Mike Ashley.

    I cannot believe this is happening. I am totally devastated and heartbroken. I just cannot believe what I saw last night. It just doesn’t seem real!
    “It is difficult to put into words how much you have meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester.

    “We all know about the investment in the football club you and your family have made. But this is about so much more. You cared so deeply for not just the club but for the entire community.
    “Your endless contribution to Leicester’s hospitals and charities will never be forgotten. You went above and beyond in every aspect.
    “Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard working, so dedicated, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme.

    “You had time for everyone. You touched everyone. It didn’t matter who it was, you had time for them. I always admired you as a leader, as a father and as a man.
    “You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible, not just to our fans but to fans all over the world in any sport! Not many people have done that.
    “When you signed me back in 2011 you said to me we would be in the Champions League within six years and we would do great things. You inspired me and I believed in you. You made me feel like nothing was impossible.

    “Without you and your family, all this, everything we did together, everything we achieved, would never have happened. You gave me experiences that only happen in fantasy.
    “You literally made my dreams come true.
    “But what I am most proud of is to have been part of your vision. The environment you created.
    “This club, this city is a family. And that is all because of you. For this I am eternally grateful.

    “I am grateful to have known you and grown close to you and your amazing family and for all the private moments and joint experiences I had with you on a personal level.
    “It breaks my heart to know I will never see you in the dressing room when I come in early from my warm-up and have a chat about everything and nothing. That you won’t be there having fun and laughing with the boys and seeing your infectious smile and enthusiasm that rubbed off on everyone you came into contact with.
    “We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you.

    “From knowing you we do this by being the family you created. By sticking together and supporting those closest to you through [this] horrendous time.
    “You had a vision for this club, you wanted the best for us. There was absolutely nothing you wouldn’t do for us.
    “You were so passionate. We must honour your legacy by delivering for you on the pitch like you also wanted and continue being the close-knit family club that you built.
    “You will never know how much you meant to me and my family.

    “I am truly honoured and privileged to have been a small part of your life.”

  • StevieC

    just a thought. jack dimmet played for the toon between 1903 and 1905. I think we should have a Jack Dimmet celebration day. Why Jack dimmet, well because of his initials JD. Everyone could celebrate the day by taking in an A4 black and white sheet with his initials on it. The beauty of this is, by chance, JD is sports directs main rival. The thought of St James being swamped by JD signs instead of Sports Direct signs (especially at a match going out live across the world) would get a message across and we’d all have a bit of fun.