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!!!

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  • Kevin Christie

    Agree 100%!

    We need to keep the pressure on, not be placated by the fake news of an impending sale.

    Ashley has taken us all for fools for far too long now – time to stand up to him and re-claim OUR club!

    • Phil Yare

      you’ve hit the nail on the head bonny lad. the sale is just another way of getting temporary obedience till everyone gets fed up again.

  • Toontone100

    I disagree – a walkout would be twisted to be reported as a rebuke of Rafa and not Cashley. Whilst Rafa is in charge far better to support the team to the hilt and rebuke Cashley from within.

    • Leazes.

      I don’t think it could be twisted when its been publicised in advance….. we have enemies in the press sure but you can’t just take the ongoing campaign and say to those attending do nothing… they have to be included…. pressure on!

      • Toontone100

        it can always be twisted by the media. Each to their own but I can’t see a walkout having any positive effect on getting Cashley to sell up

        • Phil Yare

          B0LL0CKS to the media. they write BS anyway

          • Toontone100

            They do – but dont give them carte blanche to write what they like as you’re not there to correct it.

          • Phil Yare

            we can’t correct the media anyway. let them do it, it would show that we are winning against ashley

          • Toontone100

            how so ?

          • Phil Yare

            because what your suggesting doesn’t work, your pouring diesel in a petrol car…it doesn’t work, hasn’t, won’t etc

            change tactics

        • Ron

          If a high enough percentage share your views it would be an abject failure that the FCB would spin to count it as support for him.
          I agree with the idea but it would rebound big style if it failed.

          • Toontone100

            He cant spin that as support for him if you’re singing against him from within the ground …. but he can if you’re not there (as spin against Rafa)

          • Ron

            True – but still if enough people still go, even anti-Ashley chants from those attending would look as a failure.
            I can’t see it working.

      • Phil Yare

        here here

    • Phil Yare

      to what end?

      • Toontone100

        Staying away could be for any of a number of reasons and will be reported incorrectly I am sure. Going and voicing support for the team and rebuke of Cashley is far better – hit him in his pocket at SD but I can’t see why a walk out would achieve anything.
        Dont know what you’re asking to what end

        • Phil Yare

          it would be worth a go?????? surely!

          • Toontone100

            Worth a go to achieve what though ? It isn’t going to make Cashley sell any quicker or help the team avoid relegation. If the gate receipts are halved its a small dent in the turnover of the club and the only effect would be for less funds available in the future (hard to believe I know …) – it would only dent NUFC, not Cashley.

          • Phil Yare

            how do you know?
            your advice is to do what doesn’t work. you’ll be spawning this drivel when we are in the mackems league

        • Phil Yare

          ‘Whilst Rafa is in charge far better to support the team to the hilt and rebuke Cashley from within’

          it doesn’t work!!!!!! more than ten years! have you got another ten years in you under ashley?

          • Toontone100

            You’re confusing supporting the team with supporting Cashley. The past 10 years supporting the team has not been in support of Cashley – its been despite Cashley. As for another 10 years… I will be getting old … god forbid it goes on for another 10 but thats not the answer. The only answer is Cashley seeling up and that wont be achieved by a walk out.

          • Phil Yare

            why not? and how?

    • Phil Yare

      what your suggesting is do something that has always been done and doesn’t work. I can’t be anymore clear about that.
      this is not just a ‘blip’ in our history…..its something that will kill our football club. ashley would love your obedience and quiet protest.

      make a statement….to ashley there’s hardly been a whisper of disapproval in a decade.

  • panther

    Has been for ten years, everyone oversleep?

  • Themoscow72

    First of all the club will be easier to sell if in the Premiership. We have a set of young lads who did well last season and these protests during games only serve to dent their confidence. Rafa and even Keegan want the fans to support the team and it’s very important we stay up. I honestly believe those who protest during games support the opposition or Sunderland as no proper fan should affect our own players. Boycott by all means but please stay well away from the ground. Only true supporters wanted.

    • Phil Yare

      laughable

    • Leazes.

      Its against your right wing ethos chump….. recognise the style in your second post! David Monkseaton, right yeah!

      Yes Keegan is a right winger too and the only reason he’s against Ashley is personal otherwise he may have thought it out after 11 years of ‘support the team not the regime’ which plays into Ashleys hands!

      Stupid tory tw*t.

      • Billmag

        Well spotted.😀😀

      • Corbynisacnut

        Your boring.

        • Leazes.

          It’s ‘you’re boring’ you fool.

      • David Richard McMeekan

        Language Timothy Language dear boy FYI I’m actually a Labour Party member Ex NUM(COSA) & I am the Elected Member for Cullercoats Ward on North Tyneside Council Walk Outs don’t work Just makes you look like a pillock like Eric Heffer at Bournemouth in 1983

        • Leazes.

          You sound like a tory old boy, just looking up your list of members interests…. tennis club, crescent club….. did you join the wrong party deliberately to get elected?

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    • Kevin Christie

      The players know that it’s nothing personal against them – it shouldn’t affect their confidence one bit.

    • Kenny

      Your head must be up your a$$,
      those “lads” are heading for the championship, of that there is no doubt.

    • Carverlier football

      1. The club won’t be easier to sell in the Premiership because that’s where MA and SD get the most benefit from it; 2. True supporters want their club to do everything in its power to maximise its potential, and if it isn’t (and indeed is deliberately under achieving) will take whatever action they feel necessary to change that situation

    • KRS1

      Are you MM in disguise?

  • justchampion

    A boycott, what better way to divide the fans eh? Ashley would love that. A boycott has to be all or nothing. It didn’t work last time.

    • Kevin Christie

      It does indeed need to be ‘all or nothing’. Surely the time has now come where all NUFC fans can see that Ashley MUST GO if the club is to be saved.

      Our current existence is as pointless as it is depressing. What joy is left in following NUFC for any of us anymore…?

      • Leazes.

        I disagree you will always get people who refuse to join a group on principal….remember Richard Attenborough’s portrayal of the strikebreaker in the film ‘The angry silence’…. the working class Tory….. sodem…. leave them with their face in their gutter….

        ….it just has to be substantial, it wasn’t bad for the walk out against spuds!

        …….Make History happen!

        Make Ashley History!

        • Hughie_Gallacher

          Yep. There are fans who routinely dance to Ashley’s merry tune while proudly proclaiming they refuse to be told what to do.
          No amount of education would make a difference to these people.

        • phildene

          Yup, as much as we hate the Mackems, at least they had the balls to do something and their non showing and empty stands worked! They’re starting over again which we may have to do.

          The way most of the fans cowtow to Ashley by still going and not even trying to stop that steward remove the Keegan poster, then have the nerve to mither on online is nothing short of shocking!! No wonder the fat man is staying-you deserve what you all get.

  • 1957

    My ticket(s) weren’t renewed this year and my pal gave his up after promotion, nether of us can see a time when we will be rid of Ashley – he has no intention of selling, these takeover stories are total b####cks. A walkout would make a statement to the wider world but would it bother Ashley. IMO no… it would fit his divide and rule mentality when the majority stayed in their seats and their money would already be in the bank. That’s the only thing he really understands it seems.

    • Damon Horner

      Sad as it sounds I think you’re right. Ashley won’t sell on the back of a walkout and he seems to like the “pantomime villain” tag. All he understands is money.

    • Kenny

      He`s already worried a walkout would add to the pressure.

      • 1957

        If the whole stadium, or even 60%+ cleared off it would make a worthy news story but I doubt even 10% would make the effort. Sky and the BBC would merely report it as a disaffected minority.

        As for Ashley he has the season ticket money, he would have the money from single match tickets and I seriously believe his attitude would be ‘bye, thanks for coming, please come again…you mugs’

        I know it’s defeatist but this isn’t a normal person we’re dealing with here.

      • phildene

        He didn’t look very happy when he thought the camera was off him at the last match! And it DOES affect him when banners/posters are shown as he got the one with Keegan removed. He’s not as thick skinned a people think, otherwise he would face the media, fans and general public without a thought, instead of hiding away!

  • Damon Horner

    Awesome. I look forward to see if this progresses beyond an idea.

    • Steven05

      I hope so too

      I kind of think doing something is better than doing nothing. 50,000 bums on seats has led us to here. Let’s just TRY a boycott…

      • Damon Horner

        We should do as much as we can but not everybody reads The Mag.

        • Steven05

          That’s where awareness comes into it. Fundraising for leaflets/magazines etc. It’s all do-able if enough people want/care enough about our football club

          • Damon Horner

            I’m just cynical but maybe articles like that should headline a start for this instead of telling us that we need action… again.

  • Steven05

    Here’s a new chant:

    ‘SportsDirect is fu<#in sh!e’, or something similar, attack the policies he has with them, or ‘House of Fraser’s going bust’

    • Carverlier football

      I’d suggest no swears, don’t want to give tv an excuse to mute it…

      • Steven05

        I agree, good point. But the idea is still the same

        We have to remember he is just one idiot, one day he will be gone – and we CAN help force it

  • kingfisher

    Even if the 50,000 believe 99% that a boycott will not make the slightest bit of difference, surely it’s worth missing 1 match to give it a go and see what happens. It’s not the low attendance in itself that will hurt Ashley financially , it’s the bad publicity and the repercussions that will result in millions of potential tv revenue being lost if Sky/BT etc decide not to televise our games because of the empty stands and lack of atmosphere . The longest journey starts with one step !!

    • Kenny

      The last thing Sky & Bt want is empty stadiums as they broadcast matches
      World Wide, bad, bad news for them

  • Carverlier football

    Attending matches certainly isn’t going to mend MA’s relationship with the fans. It can’t be mended because he will never do what would be required. Which is (for starters):
    1. Ensure NUFC receives a proportion of all commercial revenue equivalent to what is the norm for a Premier League club (i.e. stop creaming off merchandising or any other revenue to SD)
    2. Ensure NUFC receives full going rate for all advertising space (i.e. no more free advertising for SD!)
    3. Appoint a full board of experienced and competetent people as would be found at a typical Premier League club whose priority is doing what is best for NUFC, not what is best for SD, and who do not seek to undermine the manager
    4. Ensure all club generated income is reinvested in the club’s squad, staff and infrastructure
    5. Demonstrate in an independently audited way that all of this has been done

    OR

    Sell to somebody who WILL do the above, quickly

    • phildene

      Bang on and well said!

  • BillytheFish

    Walkout??? Are you kidding?? if people feel so strongly just stop going…Only an empty stadium will get reported nationally, pick a game and watch it in the pub instead, so the City gets to benefit from sales and not Ashley.
    If you decide on the walkout instead make sure you leave an Ashley out board in your empty seat, although I doubt enough people will comply, or the media will show any interest in a few hundred people leaving.

  • Dave Pattinson

    I remember boycotting a Spurs game a.few yrs ago but sadly it didn’t work apart from dividing opinions among supporters. If its 90% supported it could frighten Fatboy & upset Sky. Alternately we could adapt a recently used tactic from German fans protesting about the Bundesliga becoming over-commercialised. They tried a silent protest where no-one sang, cheered or shouted for the first 30 mins or so. After that there were the usual chants etc. The thinking behind it was to show just how necessary fans are in generating an atmosphere for tv etc. Whatever, we gotta do something to keep momentum going.

    • Leazes.

      We’ve already tried the silence….. Ryder wanted to bring back the noise and ran a counter revolution campaign.

      • Dave Pattinson

        Ha!

    • phildene

      The German idea wouldn’t work at St James as it’s like a morgue every home game anyway. Just stop going-simples!!

  • Leicester Mag

    I agree it is the only option. Better to die trying thsn die wondering. Did the Jarrow crusade work? Perhaps not but by God they tried and are rightly remembered for it. Let Newcastle fans be remembered with the same pride

  • t00nraider

    He kept away because he didn’t want to be shown as meddling. He’s here now to support the team and as we were playing winnable games (well more winnable than against the previous). People should be supporting the team. Ashley doesn’t care if people turn up or not, the money from tickets is nowt compared to the tv money. When we start winning games after the ManU game with players returning from injury, those protesting will appear right mugs.

    • Carverlier football

      How do you know that? Did he tell you in a lift? Did he promise you jam tomorrow? This all sounds very familiar…

  • mentalman

    The last walk out ended in disaster.

    Personally i think there would be more impact taking the protests to away games.

    Or if something was to be done at st james’, do a peaceful mass pitch invasion and either stop the game or stop it restarting after half time

  • FatParosite

    I can’t believe Keegan is advocating going to games…. It is the only weapon left…

    • Leazes.

      That’s the way it is unfortunately Keegan has let us down…. I’m not going to bother with his book.

      • FatParosite

        Why would he say it…..??

        • Leazes.

          He was always a Thatcherite until he became briefly a Blairite when it suited a photo opportunity…same difference, its his politics!

          Tories hate mass action against regimes or employers, and hate the thought of joining something which could be construed as disloyal to an owner despite the owner being the enemy within.

          • FatParosite

            Errrrgh… I didn’t like his eulogy to Lord Smarmy Scenty Bottle John Hall either.

  • Mxpx

    A walkout is not the answer a walkout draws attention and there is no such thing as bad press not buying a ticket and walking in in the first place does work however but sky will start talking about it if we all walk out of the ground which is why protests play right into Ashleys hands every time we generate more publicity for sports direct the answer is to vote with your wallet and buy nothing from him I mean NOTHING if you need merch bootleg it cancel your sky subscription and let them know its because of Mike Ashley they’ll find a way to get rid of him if they think he’s costing him money of course the protests such as attacking his websites which do not generally get much attention are absolutely brilliant

  • Stephen

    A walkout is a great idea
    After all cold days ahead, lack of excitement on the pitch, probably going to create a bad atmosphere in the ground and cost the team points but he ‘started it’
    Why on earth 50k still turn up is beyond me.

  • JohnnyH

    Unfortunately I think boycotts and walkouts will not work at SJP.

    There will always be a large number of supporters who will not take part, however dire the clubs situation becomes. Their choice.

    On TV those remaining in their seats, will appear to support the fat [email protected] by not taking part, causing more division and friction amongst us.

    For what it’s worth I packed in my season ticket 4 years ago, because I could no longer bear the thought of handing over my money to the fatcnut.

    • Leazes.

      Anyone drawing that conclusion would have to be thick as pig’s ship…. or an employee of Keith Bishop Associates.

      • JohnnyH

        That’s how they’d twist it though

  • StevieB

    Normally I would have said that it’s just more negativity surrounding our car crash of a football club that will distract Benitez and the playing staff on match day if everyone stayed away, but it’s looking almost certain that we will be one of the relegated 3 this year now , Rafa will walk away with his honour in tact and we will be left with the mess and our awful owner. So yeah I think saying as our squad is hardly flourishing in front of 50 thousand these days what more harm could a boycott do ??
    Although I still stand by the notion that hurting Sports Direct is what’ll force him to move on.

    • Leazes.

      This stage is too big for a lot of them as Micky Quinn said (or was it Shola)…..they freeze…. not good enough to wear the shirt!

  • toonterrier

    Said it last week. If the team are winning the supporters wont walk out. Also said it several times if its a televised game stay outside until ten minutes after kick off and let Sky or BT show the empty seats to the whole world.

    • Carverlier football

      Hmm, there may be practical considerations but as a compromise that’s intriguing… At the start it would probably distract the opposition as much as us, and going from empty stadium to vociferous backing may give our boys a boost.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Don’t hold your breath

  • Mickey mouse

    Stupid idea, you have already bought your tickets / season tickets.
    Money is in the bank already so a walkout makes you look stupid.
    Do nothing now and refuse to renew do that a real financial impact can be felt

    • kingfisher

      Surely if fans who have already paid their money boycott a match,this would have even more effect and prove their commitment to getting Ashley out, as opposed to those who would save money by paying on the day boycotting.

      Having said that, it is a good idea not to renew,but doing nothing now is not an option unless the 50,000 are happy to see Ashley remain.

      • Themoscow72

        Bought five tickets for the Leicester game for friends the week before. As there was only a handful of single seats left paid forty five pounds each for three Sports Bar tickets and fifty five for two Platinum tickets so basically two hundred and thirty five pounds for five tickets. On collecting them the ticket office was full of people wanting to buy tickets but the cheapest left was £55.00 which most people could not afford so they walked out. In a perverse way Ashley is ending up with more money this season than last as the prices have gone up.

        • kingfisher

          Dear me Moscow, £235.00 ? it surely has gone beyond the normal working mans pocket.Keegan was right when he said that clubs have to be aware that they don’t alienate the fans ! Hope you at least enjoyed the match (but I suspect not )😁

        • ZinUru

          I went with a ticket that my Father won, and I still felt robbed at the end. I really feel for you paying to watch one shot on target

    • Carverlier football

      “Do nothing now” – that’s the spirit! We’ve been doing nothing now for 11 years. Oddly he’s still here…

    • ZinUru

      Its the visual that counts not the money, a empty stadium would be fantastic publicity