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

The Newcastle United fanbase is beingΒ  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.

  • Wezza

    Good good keep up the great work!

  • Kenny

    The boycott of the Wolves match will be a failure which is a real shame.
    The reason it will fail

    • FatParosite

      Stop it… be positive.

      • Kenny

        Take a hike, then when the Wolves game comes up you will see
        the f##king sheep piling in,

        • BanJones

          Kenny, you obviously care judging by the number of posts on here but you are doing Bishop’s work for him. When you have paid good money to be there it is a sacrifice not to go, people need encouragement to make it. The most likely reason someone won’t boycott is that they picture their seat empty surrounded by your “sheep”. Some will and some won’t. We need to convince fans it is worth while.

    • BanJones

      That isn’t going to help – it will work in my seat, it will be empty and I hate mint sauce.

  • JohnnyH

    I really hope it happens in the numbers needed to get some attention
    There’s nowt looks worse than a half arsed boycott

  • Steven05

    Come on lads – we really have to push hard now – let’s get our football club back

  • wheyayeman

    Can we boycott the Ronnie Gill while we are on?!!

    • Paul Patterson

      It would be nice if the broadcast it on the front page and backed it. Sadly . .

      • Peaky

        They’ll be showing pictures of folks ratarsed from 1995 in the Bigg Market asking if you recognise anyone….

  • Mrkgw

    Shame that it’s come to this – we are in dire need of points and a boycott will result in defeat as the players heads will almost certainly be turned by it. Different matter if we had points on the board but fact of the matter is, we don’t.

  • Peaky

    An amazing achievement in itself…..Bishop’s face is just as twattable as Fatbastard’s…..well done,takes some doing that….

    • Danimal

      A right pair of twattables.

  • Paul Patterson

    We’re at the stage now where this is the only option/s available. Will it work? Who knows, lord knows I have my doubts, but it’s worth it for the attention it will rouse. As long as it’s all peaceful and when fans are in the ground they continue to back Rafa and the players.

    • Leazes.

      …….I don’t think that this is a battle with ‘nowhere man’……its a war on as many fronts as possible.

  • Blackburn1066

    NUFC is not for sale, so the protest is for what?

  • FatParosite

    We have to have no negative thoughts on this… any action ANY action is positive. Ashley has changed his stance because of action. He is not so thick skinned. Sticking forks up after pizza says he’s rattled. The fact that he had pizza as decoy for the meeting that was on in town that day says he’s rattled. This hasn’t blown over. The worst thing we can do is criticise any action.

  • Blackburn1066

    As a long, Long term fan I just think the big problem with NUFC is the fan base. Most fans go like I used to… ( and still will, when the little fat man goes.)
    Go to the game as I used to, to meet my friends and have a great day out in the toon. The football came second, as it does today. The fat man understands all that and will use it to make money out of the fans that keep on turning up at matches.

  • Matthew Reader

    great work! I implore as many as possible to get behind this. The achievements of this may not been seen instantly and will probably even be mocked by a few but this is every fans chance to tell Mike Ashley directly that we wont tolerate what he is doing. HWTL

  • Season ticket holder

    There will be those who say nothing can be done and that we are wasting our time. Those who say this – shame on you.

    • Kenny

      you are certainly not wasting your time but the problem is a packed
      St James Park every home game,

    • Leazes.

      Yes his name is Kenny….Even the Suffragettes were countered by Lord Curzon’s campaign called ‘votes no thanks’….. and some rich women supported it, from their point of view it wasn’t needed…..they will always be there!

    • Ashley-out

      until you stop going to the matches you are wasting your time

  • Paul Patterson

    There will be counter measures deployed by the PR department before each individual protest. It’ll be interesting in what form they take . .

    • graham18

      The FCB will again probably do something just to p*ss the fans off as usual.He’s done it before out of spite.We need to keep the pressure on him up and down the country.

    • Tweed Mag

      He’ll promise a lot of money for the January window, then keep it and spend it on another failing department store.

      • Paul Patterson

        Debenhams is currently in bother . .

        • HarryHype59

          The share price is falling, so they could be in line for Ashley take over.

  • Kenny

    Nufc tracking Leonardo Jardim to replace Rafa,
    Ffs who are they kidding. the shower of schit at St James will be lucky to get any notable manager after the antics of the Fat Rat in the past 2 yrs

    • Leazes.

      United don’t plan ahead…. they never have under Ashley…. the sun are reporting that the guy is linked with other clubs….. after the history of this owner how likely is he to choose United?…..

      …The regime will find it hard getting a replacement who isn’t one of the usual suspects of journeymen puppets.

      I never bother reading those click-bait sites such as HITC, This is Futbol, or the Transfer Tavern….. they are run by kids from their bedrooms…. in Islington….

  • Kenny

    After positive talks with owner Mike “the Rat” Ashley Rafa Benitez has hinted he may stay at Newcastle United beyond next summer.

    • Leazes.

      Hardly likely to say he’s winding down his contract….. but that’s what he’s doing!

      He has to come out with that line in order for the club to have any chance of buying players in January and motivating those he has….. and I suspect his players know that too.

      • Kenny

        you could be right on that

  • Leicester Mag

    Some may see this is a waste of time. It may be but it will be impossible to ignore and will be remembered, hopefully long after the fat πŸ’©πŸ .

  • kingfisher

    The wolves game will be a line drawn in the sand.A gauge of how things are going in the war against Ashley.If the attendance drops dramatically then we have a real foundation to push on and build from there,however if a fair percentage of the 50,000 don’t stay away and just (as usual) do nothing, then I would say that the battle is lost, there would be absolutely no point in continuing the protests as by doing nothing,the 50,000 are saying they are happy with Ashley.

    If they don’t stay away, stop all the protests and leave the 50,000 to clean up their own mess, because it will be of their own making.


    • Ashley-out

      they will not boycott it, they protest then go to the match, what does that tell you. the chance is there to get fatty out as the pressure is building,
      there is only one problem & that is the fans themselves, all it takes is one match with an empty stadium. i wont be holding my breath.

      • Leazes.

        Bet they will…..

        • Ashley-out

          10 years, down twice, bottom of the table, 3 rd rate players bought and still they go. bet they wont !

          • Leazes.

            Those who care about the club will….

            ……the matchday experience trippers will still go…. and walk out as a sign of solidarity….. they aren’t all neanderthals……

            you’ll be able to spot those at the final whistle….

            ….are you related to Kenny?

        • Geordiegiants

          I think your wrong Leazes, I will have a friendly bet with you that there is more than 40,000 still go. The majority are clueless, they aren’t football fans any more they are spectators, they are there for the day out and that is it now. It’s a different era.

          • Leazes.

            It’ll be impossible to tell as clubs don’t give attendances anymore…. have faith.

          • kingfisher

            You are right Goerdiegiants.Day trippers not supporters.

      • kingfisher

        You are absolutely spot on Ashley-out. God knows what their motivation is? To have a good p***up ? To meet up with mates?
        All of which could still be done without setting foot in SJP.

  • Albert Stubbins

    It’s easy to arrange boycotts when the team is losing. Couple of wins no matter how unlikely and wolves game is a sell out.

    • Leazes.

      Strange thing to say?

      • Albert Stubbins

        It’s borne out from the fact that it’s a massive dilemma for most fans and I include myself in this, to stop going. I support the idea of getting rid of fatso but if we were to go down and he was still to stay as I believe will happen then what good will boycotting games do other than undermine the team?