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Comment: Support the Newcastle v Wolves boycott and make a difference

3 years ago

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.


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