The next move beckons for Newcastle United fans.

The online interference being ran against Sports Direct and associated brands’ social media has been excellent.

The pre-match protests outside SD shops on Northumberland Street and at St James Park have been very well executed and well attended. Especially the last one before the Leicester match, where Mike Ashley sent his people in to tear down the Keegan and Rafa banners hanging outside the Gallowgate End.

Similarly the two open meetings held for Newcastle supporters at the Labour Club have ticked boxes.

Whilst it is also invaluable that local MPs such as Chi Onwurah and Ian Mearns have been prepared to take on the fight as well, all the way to Westminster.

Now though, it is time take things up another notch, boycott a match.

This takes planning of course, it would be just senseless to announce today that next week’s Brighton game should be targeted.

It has to be a live TV match for starters AND you need to give all fans as much notice as impossible that a game is being targeted for a boycott AND ensure that the plan is given maximum media coverage all the way up the game, as well as afterwards of course.

The clock will shortly be ticking…

Friday (tomorrow) is the day when the next lot of live TV matches are set to be announced, the games Sky Sports and BT Sport have selected for December and January.

Calling for a permanent boycott every match is just plain silly at this point and unworkable. Most of the stadium is made up of season ticket holders so straight away asking them to stay away every match isn’t realistic.

However, a one game boycott makes every sense.

You have to go for things that are achievable and I honestly think that fans are sick enough of Mike Ashley that we could get St James Park at least half empty.

Nobody wants to do this but the way he has treated us for this decade is beyond a joke.

The latest Newcastle United Fans Forum minutes were the biggest joke of all. The club saying there had been plenty money available for summer signings, claiming that they had gone for a lot of players that would have cost way beyond our record £16m transfer fee. However, the club went on to ridiculously claim that none of these relatively expensive players (we didn’t even sign anybody for £10m!) were willing to sign, so instead Mike Ashley has taken a massive wedge of money out of the club instead after the transfer window closed. You rally couldn’t make it up.

Back in April 2015, the Ashley Out people (ashleyout.com) organised a boycott of the Tottenham home match. The official (paid for tickets) crowd was given as 47,427 but estimates ranged from 30,000 to 40,000 in terms of how many people were actually inside St James Park.

If that game was at least 12,000 under capacity, surely with the mood now, we can increase that to at least 26,000 under capacity.

That is achievable. Don’t worry about trying to convince everybody, that is totally unrealistic. It is also daft to bully anybody who still goes, try and persuade them to stay away by all means, but just because you have now decided the time is right, you don’t have the right to demand everybody agrees.

We just need to try and carry enough people with us to send out a powerful message.

Far bigger battles are ahead, such as the 20,000 season ticket holders who are on the long-term deals and will start paying for next season’s (2019/20) season ticket in February if they don’t cancel by the end of January. Mike Ashley having them exactly where he wants them.

The TV games set to be announced tomorrow and one stands out massively, NUFC set to play Manchester United on New Year’s Day.

This is bound to be on live TV and needs to be chosen by The Magpie Group as the game to boycott.

That boycott announced ASAP after the live TV games are confirmed, giving people plenty of notice not to book travel or buy single match tickets, if they want to support a boycott.

A massive message would be sent out, a half empty St James Park with Mike Ashley’s pathetic adverts seen behind rows of empty seats. Telling him what the future holds if things don’t radically change, preferably selling the club at a realistic price.

It is in our hands.

Time to boycott this Man Utd match.

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  • Wor Lass

    Good luck with that!

  • Paul Patterson

    Manchester City at home on 30th January, which also could be on tv and it’s the day before the transfer window closes will also be a very easy target to boycott.

    I can’t see either happening though. There’s a truism among Newcastle fans that my grandad taught me- they’ll turn up at St James’ to watch the grass grow . .

    • Leazes.

      It a problem which has allowed the club to be run the way it has, (not just under the Ashley regime) and shaped it into a club that cant succeed,…

      …..with so few league clubs for a hundred miles around it became a ‘regional club’ (you can tell on this site, some peoples terminology calling the club ‘Newcastle’ instead of ‘United’ and signing off with the giveaway HWTL)

      All roads lead to Rome and all transport links lead to Newcastle City Centre! and with a smallish population regionally but a huge conurbation of over a million (double that within an hours transport) its a recipe for complacency. Past regimes didn’t need to do anything and for this one it has become the goose that lays the golden egg and doesn’t need feeding.

      A club which John Hall believed could have been a Barcelona but chose to be the largest ‘Pub side’ in the world…. I remember him saying you wont believe where our fans actually come from…. why do you think some people leave early?…… its the last train to Clarkosville!

    • porciestreet

      And therein lies a major problem.
      We are our own worst enemies.

    • panther

      probablt the last time you see lascelles and shelvey in black and white too

  • grantham mag

    Some of us have been boycotting for 11 years since he shitt on KK

    • t00nraider

      And how’s this working out for you? Going well?

      • porciestreet

        Sarcasm gets you nowhere.
        Because of your attitude, I can just see you watching the strips dry on a line in the middle of the Town Moor.
        You are one of these “anything will do ” supporters as long as it’s black n white.
        Very sad…!

        • kingfisher

          Sadly porciestreet ,there will always be those who take action for a cause they believe in, and those who just do nothing and reap the rewards !

      • Mung Bean

        Do you have your ‘Happy Clapper’ certificate framed & mounted?

        • kingfisher

          Well said Mung !!

      • panther

        saving me a lot of money, and I have the satisfaction of knowing im not part of the cancer and degredation

        • kingfisher

          Excellent panther !!

      • grantham mag

        Yes very well thank you we all go down the pub have a few beers, than slag the fat [email protected] for ruining Nufc.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on grantham !!!

      • grantham mag

        Cheers kingfisher, I am 62 I was there in 69 when we last won a trophy I was there in 74 when we lost to LIVERPOOL 3 – 0 at Wembley I have followed Nufc all my working life, but I can not and will not put one penny in the fat man’s pocket.

        • kingfisher

          Exactly the same as me grantham.I was there in 69 aged 16,Wembley in 74 and 76.I met Malcolm Macdonald in 74 when I was working on the rebuilding of the Gallowgate end and had my photo taken with him and he’s been my hero ever since,and like you I will not give Ashley a penny more and how these people can keep supporting his regime is beyond me. ( Close call on your sons name) 🤣👍

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Maybe an action purposeful one day but not now. Not just for the team, new players etc but because the media would use it against us. I’ve said all along, we have to win the media war first, there are still a lot out there who think that we are deluded, demanding glory hunters. We need to win over more people like Ian Wright and Richard Keys. It can be done but in the right order.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    A good article for demonstrating why such a demonstration would be difficult. The world already knows what we think of Ashley and so does he. It’s about how that is applied by the media. We need to change perceptions.

    • Leazes.

      Like he said the Spuds boycott was a lot better than the credit that was given….. the unfortunate thing has been the BBC blanking out protests such as 80m banners….how did they do that?

      A lot of media people are supporting Ashleys downsizing operation for their own ends….why are all of his media supporter from inside the M25?

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Very true, however effective the action, it is how it is portrayed that makes the impact. I am no media guru but it’s clear House of Fraser activity gets more coverage than 11 years of misery for NUFC. Maybe the powers to be simply don’t like us. Strictly Come Dancing affairs get more coverage than the atrocity going on in our patch. Maybe a set of 1955 banners would get the world thinking?

    • porciestreet

      Which is why a televised boycot would not so much hurt the team,,as they would know it was coming, As to laying down a marker to help get the media companies on side with the strength of our feelings towards the fat theif.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Would it get them onside though? Would it not simply reinforce their deluded and demanding beliefs? We need to convince people who generally don’t like us, why we are hard done by.

  • Themoscow72

    First of the players are in a relegation battle and the players need the fans support more than ever. There are three hundred single seats left for the Brighton match in the normal part of the ground so please buy one now. You could offer me a million pounds to boycott a second round league cup tie against Crew Alexander and would tell you to shove it where the sun don’t shine. None of my mates will boycott as we see the people who do as traitors to the cause. Rafa and Keegan have urged the fans not to boycott only a few militants who think they represent the fifty thousand. Will be at that meeting tonight and you know what I do not recognise any of them as they are not proper fans.
    Last point Dean we put an offer of £23m for a centre forward and a lot more higher wages than the club he went to but the player chose the other club for whatever reasons. Only 314 single seats left for Brighton excluding bar areas and family enclosure and 118 left in Chavers corner next to the away fans buy them now the fight goes on.

    • Paul Patterson

      ‘A million pounds’
      Then you have more money than sense.
      People who boycott are hardly ‘traitor s’. If a shopkeeper sticks two fingers up at you and your family for years (literally) when you buy your eggs and milk, you would stop buying your eggs and milk from him until he sold the shop.

      £23m for a striker you say. The club bid for decent players with the aim of not signing them and you can’t possibly know we bid £23m for definite.. unless you work for the club/Ashley.

      • Leazes.

        The club can bid over our record fee (not by much it seems) but there is a wage ceiling there too…. Charnley didn’t mention that bit….. that is the straightjacket.

      • panther

        sounds like he has something to do with it, certainly doesnt come accross as a fan

      • Themoscow72

        Was widely reported from several sources that he turned Newcastle down even though we offered more money. No not got a lot of money but would never miss a match for anything. Last home game missed Sept 1975 and lived in Manchester, London and Leeds.

    • East Durham Mag

      I stopped going 4 to 5 years ago. So i’m not a proper fan? I couldn’t give a toss what you think or say it was my choice to stop. I still support NUFC but know Ashley will never go while 52,000 go and give him money. However its personal choice.

      • Themoscow72

        Yes I agree with you I know lots of fans who have stopped going for various reasons so my comment was not aimed at the likes of you but the Magpie Group and others who tell others not to go to games when they don’t themselves.

        • East Durham Mag

          I would support a boycott its the only way to hurt him. Cut off the money. Its down to people to follow their heart. We need rid of the fat pig and should do whatever it takes to achieve it.

    • X2

      “The BIS Committee were presented with a disturbing picture of the
      working practices and business model at Sports Direct. In evidence to
      the BIS Committee, Mr Ashley admitted for the first time that workers
      had effectively been paid below the national minimum wage”

      Sports Direct really is sh*t. Don’t shop there.

      • Themoscow72

        I never do but think the minimum wage thing was to do with staff searches. Sadly Sports Direct is one of many where the conditions need to be improved. There were protests in London at the weekend from many workers Sports Direct not been one of them. Once the Labour Party get in the minimum wage will rocket.

    • Toon Arnie

      The fight goes on ? What exactly do you mean by that ?

      • JohnnyH

        He means the propaganda war against us ‘militants’.

        • Themoscow72

          Clever chap so well done. Also till we find a new owner with more money than Ashley until then will support our club the best way I can.

    • JohnnyH

      Chavers corner?
      Show some respect
      You’re still rambling by the way

      • Themoscow72

        I used to sit in Chavers Corner for years but this season they made it non season ticket so you can only buy on a match by match basis.
        If you must know I have been banned a few times from St James’s Park twice under Ashley.

        • drc74

          is that cos you keep following him into lifts

    • Danimal

      You rant incoherently, like Donald Trump and Chemical Ali (remember him?). Who’s Crew Alexander? Someone you met on one of the other websites you visit when you’re not here? By the way, please tell us more about the £23m striker and “a lot more higher” wages. For what reasons did he choose the other club? Did he get stuck in a lift with you when he visited ours?

      • Ram Kishore

        I read early this week that was reported by Chronicle from a French publication . The reason why Plea didn’t wanna a join us was he felt ‘ He didn’t like the project or the club didn’t have one’.
        I think Themoscow was referring to it

  • Chris Robertson

    I think a better idea would be to boycott the first 15 mins of a live on tv home game. Show fcb exactly what could happen but then once in the ground, get right behind the team and manager. I think more people would be open to this idea and the ground could be emptier for the first 15 mins as oppose to a full game boycott.

    • Dillon Tovak

      No more half measures.

  • porciestreet

    And by notifying all supporters in good time, we also notify Sky Sports
    In time for them to pull the plug. They will simply move the cameras to the next choice on the list. It will be very difficult to get one over this lot.

  • Stephen

    Sky would position the camera angles to give the least effect.
    But it’s a great idea and no it’s not letting the team down.
    It’s tit for tat and he started it.
    See he’s in dispute with Glasgow Rangers again.
    A Billionaire with a million enemies

  • Waxi

    We need to do something we are just sitting on our hands having a squabble amongst ourselves. We have done walkouts and that didn’t work IMO so the next step is to boycott a game or two to let him Sly and the media in general know we have had enough. We need someone to get hold of the situation and make decisions.

  • Realist

    You tell me how you can convince 49 thousand people to boycott something that they’ve paid for, live for etc it’s impossible. Even convincing 10 to 15 thousand would be very hard. It’s isn’t going to happen. The players need our support and fans that will support the club through thick and thin, nothing else. Ashley will leave in they end, owners managers players come and go. True fans will always stick around.

    • X2

      Don’t agree. The club and the future of the club is much more important than the players.

    • Toon Arnie

      Yeah you might be right. Something along the lines of coming in late, leaving early en masse might have just the same effect and people also get to see the majority of the game and support the team.
      Even if nobody entered the ground until the 11th minute can you imagine the impact that would have kicking off to an empty ground – powerful stuff. It might even generate a bit of an atmosphere as well when the ground filled up which would help the players. No way could apologists on tv ignore that or play it down.

      • Danimal

        A minute’s silence (everyone standing), various flags/banners/t shirts etc at the same time – great. The slight problem with these 11th minute – or whatever strategic minute – protests is that it might coincide with a goal (most likely by the away side of course) or some other extremely rare entertaining interlude to the general shyte provided by Ashley’s abysmal former football club.

  • Leazes.

    11 October 2018

    Sports Direct have voted to make a fund available for political donations for the first time….Lets see where this goes! He’s not going to buy a knighthood, we’ve already taken care of that bit.

    Companies House

    Resolution of authority to purchase a number of shares
    Political donation. Notice of meetings 12/09/2018
    Resolution of allotment of securities

    Documents available in 5 days

  • BanJones

    In my opinion New Years Day is a bad choice as people will be home from other parts wanting to get their “fix” – if my brothers are going i’m going with them because I rarely get the chance. A game at the end of the window makes more sense to me. I am a season ticket holder perfectly happy to be part of a mass boycott but i’m not leaving my one seat empty on it’s jack (pointless and meaningless).

    • Leazes.

      You are right that is an impossible one, its not workable!….. if the ground were larger you could get a 60k plus holiday crowd easily…. the ‘diaspora’ return at that time of the year.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    It’s worth mentioning that a club is entitled to account for empty seats as present, as long as they are paid for. As demonstrated on a huge scale by MCFC, WHUFC and SAFC.

  • Leicester Mag

    Interesting that Arsenal fans had a clear impact through mass, highly visible non attendance end of last year for televised games, effectively making the board act. It couldn’t be ignored because it was obvious. 11 years and counting we vassilate

    • Leazes.

      They have fans who care about their club heading backwards but too many of our fans just don’t it seems.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      There is a difference between getting rid of a manager and getting rid of yourself.

      • Leicester Mag

        The point is empty seats as a back drop to direct tat hoardings visibly damages the brand. It also can’t be ignored

        • Leazes.

          Is the Ashley ploy to keep the ‘long term season tickets’ renewing?

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Nobody cares man about empty seats at SJP. Most people hate us anyway and would like to see us broken. SD is cheap and that will always attract regardless.

          • Leicester Mag

            So do nothing?

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I stopped going 10 years ago, that’s my advice to anyone. You can’t force a positive outcome with someone as awkward as Ashley. Remember his ambition is to make us suffer.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Do empty seats harm a brand? Answers on a postage stamp please.

  • Tim

    In a word: Yes.

    • kingfisher

      In two words, yes,yes

  • mactoon

    I don’t much agree with boycotting the matches as I am a believer that you should support the team. But having said that, I gave up my season ticket years ago in protest due to Ashley’s transfer policy and general running of the club so maybe I’m not in a position to tell anyone to go or not (is anybody?)

    But, if a boycott of a match is to be arranged do it when our league safety is decided (or not) so the team still gets the crowds support when they need it. The second last match of the season is on Saturday 4 May, Newcastle v Liverpool. It will definitely be on TV as Liverpool will be near the top.

    But the bottom line is, big matches like Man U, Man City, Liverpool etc. are what the die hard fans want to see. So good luck getting them to stay away!

  • kingfisher

    Like many others I’ve supported NUFC for over 50 years and travelled countless miles and spent thousands of pounds following my team. People who say they can’t boycott at least one game because the team needs their support are just using that as an excuse to keep going.Apparently the atmosphere at SJP is like a morgue so where is the support there?

    To my mind it really is quite simple,if you support Ashley and are happy then of course keep going.If you want Ashley out then STOP GOING !! Surely it can’t be that hard to organise a boycott ?

    As Dean says “Choose the Man Utd game to boycott,” there we are, sorted 🤣

    • mactoon

      while the teams fate is still in the balance I disagree. Far better to wait until the Liverpool game when we will know where we stand.

      • FatParosite

        This argument is so dumb I don’t know where to start.

        • mactoon

          Due to the fact it will never happen I assume?

      • kingfisher

        I really don’t see how waiting 7 months will be of benefit mactoon! When you say “Far better to wait until the Liverpool game when we will know where we stand.” surely we all know where we stand with Ashley now !

        As was proved when we were last relegated, it doesn’t matter what league we are in, Ashley has no intention of selling as long as he’s raking in millions in gate receipts and TV money.
        If people boycott SJP, Sky and BT etc will not televise our games and consequently Ashley will lose the worldwide publicity for SD and also millions in lost TV rights, two birds with one stone so to speak. Is it really so hard and too much to ask for people to miss only one (or even half a match) to stick it to Ashley?

        • mactoon

          Obviously I mean where we stand in the league. If we aren’t safe (ie the Man U game) it will only serve to affect the team on the pitch. Once we are safe, fair enough if you can get it to work.

      • grantham mag

        What fate, get your head out of your ass, we will be relegated because there is no backing by the the fat parasite

        • mactoon

          Wait til January and see what he does when his advertising is at risk. My heads never been up my ass so direct your anger towards someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about

    • Themoscow72

      Like your postings as there is no hidden agenda. However you could offer me £1m pounds to stay away from a cup tie against Accrington Stanley and would tell you to keep your money. Long live Newcastle United.

      • kingfisher

        Cheers moscow.I used to have that attitude as well,but after years of under achieving, promising so much then delivering so little,constant problems and under investment I (like many others) are totally disillusioned with not only Ashley,but I suppose the way football is heading generally.

        I would like to know what percentage of the season ticket holders are from my era (born in 1953) and how many are a lot younger and really don’t understand what us “older generation” fans have suffered and put up with over the years.

        They say ” it’s the hope that kills you” and that’s very true and you start believing that no matter what happens at Newcastle we will never be successful and win anything.
        The final straw for me was when the takeover fell through last year.One minute it seemed we were finally to be rid of Ashley, then it all came tumbling down (it’s the hope that kills you).

        I know that football is a matter of opinion and we all have our own thoughts on the situation at NUFC and it’s good to be able to discuss different points of view without resorting to insults and name calling like some on this site,but I firmly believe (rightly or wrongly) that if 50,000 keep turning up then Ashley has no reason to sell. 🤣

  • FatParosite

    Over the years Toon fans have laughed at the ‘skiprat’ scousers and their inherent pity me victim attitude. I for one envy their ability to rid themselves of Gillette & Hicks and I admire their ability to strike collectively at those who tried to up the ticket price at Anfield. NUFC so called fans? They just keep taking the humiliations for over a decade with barely a mumble & keep asking for more.

  • 1957

    I cancelled my tickets in January (despite warnings from the ticket office I wouldn’t be able to renew again at such advantageous rates) and my pal and his son after promotion; the reason, we couldn’t continue to contribute to a club which is dysfunctional from top to bottom, that provided very little entertainment on the pitch.

    If I still had the tickets would I boycott a game? Having done it before and been part of the minority of supporters who did I wouldn’t do it again. At best 10% might stay away and Ashley and the press would claim the majority supported him.

    • Themoscow72

      Are there any plans for a protests and a boycott at the Newcastle Falcons this season. They are bottom of the league and does Semore Kurdi really care and why did he not invest heavily after a good season last year.
      A boycott of the match against Gloucester on 23rd December would be a good idea to bring him to his senses. I for one will not be setting foot in Kingston Park till we have success and a team to be proud of. Long live Newcastle United.

      • 1957

        The Falcons are what they are a relatively small club in the grand scheme of things who have survived in the league despite a lack of resources and the smallest average gates in the top flight I believe.
        They have brought in some players and remain within the wage cap limit, something some clubs in the south of the country can get away with breaching, its a little bit like FFP. NUFC are a much bigger prescence in their sport, have good income from tv rights, as you keep reminding us 50k sell outs and a billionaire owner but punch below their weight in terms of player acquisition.

        They may be struggling but their are no murmurs of discontent about the state of the club or the owner, unlike at NUFC

        Both have one thing in common though, John Hall built them up and walked away when the going got tough

  • Arty Hume

    I fully agree with the article and have said as much many times on this and other platform. Not being funny but most fans are ignorant about the ways to demonstrate or take action. Waving bed sheets and pillow cases by some urchins just shows how pathetic the protest really is when others see this on T.V. it makes us a mockery, as if things were not bad enough. As a pit electrician I have been on 3 strikes, from 71 to 84 and can tell you the first two worked as there was almost full support and the cause was just! The third strike was ill conceived, not justified ( IMHO ) and poorly supported. If you are going to boycott ( I fully approve ) it has to be organised.
    E.G a top six side at home on a day when the opposing side would have a top T.V slot anyway. Sadly, looking at the fixture list Manure on the 1st of next year looks a good one to miss but its a long time to wait, and with us slipping down the T.V rankings there are no likely slots which spring to mind.
    In any case which ever match is chosen to boycott there must be a plan ” B ” in case the T.V coverage is dropped because they want to support TFCB. The only thing I can think of is, taking the Manure game as an example is to pencil in the game and wait until game day when its too late to cancel coverage and if it is do your thing and go, but if it on stay away. Another tactic to consider is to let TFCB and the media know its just the start of the campaign and more will follow unless he sells, even if st holders have no intention of doing it again, its the threat that counts. You just need to think about human dynamics and what makes a bully tick, after all everything else has failed, hasn’t it!
    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

  • Waxi

    It is not going to be easy to sort this out but for me it is a no brainer as we have to do it and do it soon. At the last match the you FCB song started and when i stood up shouting as loud as i could i looked around and loads were just sat down taking what the FCB has decided we should take. I know it is a matter of choice so my thoughts are we need to try and get as many folk out on mass as we can but loads of us will simply not miss a game. I’m up for missing every home game in December if i thought it would do anything but to many will just sit on their hands and do now’t unfortunately.

  • steve

    The same article has been posted every month for years, it’s never going to happen

  • JohnnyH

    Nowt looks worse than a half arsed boycott.
    And that’s all you’ll get unfortunately.

  • Phildene

    We couldn’t believe fans were still renewing season tickets after the price hike! why pay Ashley more knowing what he’s doing and had done to our club? why pay more to sit in in an atmosphere like a morgue-it was like that years ago when we couldn’t take sitting there any more so cancelled both our 10 deals and have never been back. The team will do what the team will do and sitting there like zombies aint helping one bit.

  • Big Al 1967

    The only way a boycott works is if it has some form of media backing or promoting. If the Chron gets on board (unlikely I know) this could well work. Can you imagine a 2 month long press campaign calling for said boycott and pointing out all the misgivings of Ashleys ownership?
    Without it however the crowd will be still be substantial. Even a crowd of say 40,000 Ashley would use it as PR to say the majority supports him
    Over to you at the Ronnie Gill

    • JohnnyH

      That’s what’s missing, none of the regional media have got off the fence.
      It’s an absolute disgrace, there’s no excuse, they can’t hide behind impartiality, when this is going on.
      What happened to investigative journalism?
      Or have they all got their snouts in the trough?

      • Big Al 1967

        Snouts in the trough big time. They don’t want to upset the apple cart because at the moment there is no white knight on the horizon to buy the club and attach themselves too. I also think they are fully aware that the Fat Man has absolutely no intent on selling the club unless a ridiculous offer comes in, so they want to stay on his good side.
        To sum up
        GUTLESS COWARDS

  • Dave1992

    We need to pick the balance between workable and effective. Personally I don’t think boycotting the whole game is workable, and it could backfire if the club can point to many people not joining in. Personally I think the most workable idea I’ve heard is for everyone to stay in the concourse for first 15 mins of the second half (but would everyone fit?) should be obvious on Sky, and people can still watch the match and support. If it doesn’t work, then I’m more likely to support the full boycott.

  • Taz

    Its impossible to get an empty stadium. So how about , when televised on the 11 th minute ( I think that’s how long our nightmare has been under this pathetic excuse for a human) the whole stadium turns their back for 1 minute, we still stand united, the cameras will love it and the media will have to talk!…….just a thought

  • mactoon

    Newcastle fans wont boycott a game, they want to watch their club no matter how badly it is run. Ask them to put a sticker over the front of their shirts saying

    NO INVESTMENT
    ASHLEY IS KILLING OUR CLUB
    ASHLEY OUT

    Then they can happily watch the team while protesting. The tv cameras for match of the day/BT Sports/Sky will pick it up. And while you are there cover the SD adverts pitch side with the same thing. There aren’t enough stewards to take them all down.

  • Hopey

    The only way it will work is if we have fans on every turnstile persuading people not to enter and congregate outside the ground to sing as loud as possible and create an issue for the authorities, otherwise people will turn up to watch whatever is served up and then repeat every game

  • Andy Mac

    Yesterdays farce of a match in Croatia showed how much fans are integral to the game of football. Before during and after the game all the media focus was on the empty stadium, the effect on the players and how it was the first time England had ever played in front of 0 fans.

    Just imagine how much press/media interest we’d attract if we had the collective balls ?