As a long time supporter of Newcastle United, I have made my statement and refuse to go back to St James Park as long as Mike Ashley continues in power, and tortures not only the wonderful fans, but also the city of Newcastle. I’m still though a fan at heart.
It is laughable to keep hearing Ashley wants to sell the club and any potential buyer must show they have funds to invest in the future of the club, when he does nothing more than use Newcastle United to benefit himself.
Promising our great manager backing with funds to sign quality players, then stabbing him in the back by not supporting him.
Years back when Ashley effectively drove Kevin Keegan out of the club, there was a call from the fans to boycott the next home game. As a season ticket holder, at that time, I followed that call.
Unfortunately, few others did and the crowd was in excess of 50,000.
On the evening of that game I was asked, as a boycotting fan, to offer my view on BBC radio. I was asked if I thought my action had made any difference. Obviously not and I indicated that the inability of the fans to follow through with this boycott action simply sent a clear message to Ashley that he could take any actions that he wanted and the fans would still follow.
What has changed? Nothing I’m afraid, despite limited actions to disrupt Ashley’s Sports Direct Business and a few demonstrations at the ground.
On reading recent articles I see that a number of Sky Sports pundits have taken to supporting Ashley’s reign and influence at Newcastle.
A few others, who really understand what this man is doing to the club and it’s supporters, are calling for this reign of “terror” and humiliating treatment of club and fans to come to an end.
Football has become a money making racket for the media (Sky Sports) and people like Ashley. They all make money from the fan loyalty to their team.
What does this tell us? It tells us that football is really about the fans. Newcastle United or any other club exist because of the fans. Without us, Sky Sports and the likes of Ashley would move onto other ways of making money.
I see that Ashley attended our last two games. It has been suggested that this is an attempt to mend his relationship with Rafa and the fans.
I understand that a few sections of the ground voiced their disapproval of Ashley at the Leicester game, but in reality this guy has skin as thick as Elephant ears.
I also understand that Ashley had ordered his cronies to remove banners outside the Gallowgate end.
How do we make the media, the world of football and hopefully Mike Ashley, know that we the fans have had enough and it is time for change?
Should Ashley attend the next televised home game, I suggest that the fans fill the ground as usual to show loyalty to the team and Rafa. After the interval when Ashley returns to his seat I suggest that the FANS (The real fans) demonstrate their disapproval of him by standing, chanting their disapproval, and LEAVING the ground EN MASSE.
This action will be seen by the footballing world and hopefully get the message through to Ashley that the fans have simply had enough of his dictatorship. Hopefully, the cameras will also show his face. It will probably be a smile!!!!
I hope that this call will be taken up by those fans who have organised the demonstrations to date and ALL those with Black & White hearts who continue to support the team at St James Park .
STAND DOWN & BE HEARD!!!