The Magpie Group have released a statement following the events of Wednesday night, with Mike Ashley having travelled to Tyneside.

An open Newcastle fans protest meeting had been long-planned for a 6.30pm start at The Labour Club in Newcastle City Centre.

Hundreds of fans turning up to hear two local MPs, who also happen to be Newcastle fans, speak about the mess the club is in under Mike Ashley.

The meeting overall debating the best way to move the protests forward against the club’s owner.

Only minutes after the protest meeting had started, media reports came in that Mike Ashley and associates had arrived in Ponteland for a meal with Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle squad.

A transparent and lame attempt to deflect from the Newcastle fans meeting, the owner’s PR people having arranged for a host of press to be there outside the restaurant, taking photos, filming the goings on, plus reporting from the scene.

The orchestrated PR stunt spectacularly backfired though because by the time Mike Ashley and friends were departing  the restaurant, a decent number of Newcastle fans had managed to arrive to protest against him.

The NUFC owner showing how easily rattled he gets when the PR protection mask slips, as fans jeered him and asked ‘Where’s the money gone?’, from the safety of his car he raised two fingers to the Newcastle fans present.

At least we definitely know were we stand now!

The Magpie Group releasing this statement below after last night’s happenings…

Magpie Group Statement:

The Magpie Group holds successful public meeting with Chi Onwurah MP, Ian Mearns MP and Kevin Miles CEO of the Football Supporters’ Federation

The Magpie Group leads peaceful protest against Mike Ashley in Ponteland. Mike Ashley responds by slyly sticking two fingers up at supporters.

While Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez met over pizza in a Ponteland restaurant, back in the heart of Newcastle over 400 people turned up to second public meeting hosted by The Magpie Group at the Labour Club.

The Magpie Group set out their purpose and ideas while Chi Onwurah MP, a lifelong Newcastle United fan, talked about her work in parliament to hold football club owners to account. Chi explained that Newcastle United is not a rich man’s toy, it is an asset of our city and we need to fight to get it back.

Ian Mearns MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Football Supporters and Newcastle United season ticket holder, explained his role as Chair of the APPG and that its purpose was to protect the interests of football fans. Ian’s rousing and heartfelt speech ended with him telling us how difficult it will be to get rid of Mike Ashley and that we all have to come together and do everything we can to make it happen.

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) gave insight into his role and explained that the FSF is here to help the fan base to protect the club we love. Kevin went on state that the worst thing about Newcastle Untied is that they currently don’t even have the desire to be the best they can be – a basic fundamental.

Questions and answers were then taken from the floor with ideas to be taken away for further consideration by The Magpie Group.

Members of The Magpie Group and other fans then made their way to Ponteland where Mike Ashley was dining with Rafa Benitez and the squad. A small peaceful protest was held outside. As Mike Ashley departed the restaurant flagged by close protection officers and several entirely unnecessary police officers (we do question as to whether Mike Ashley will be charged for this service under section 25 of the Police Act 1996), he was greeted with jeers and chants of ‘where’s the money gone?’

Mike Ashley responded by slyly sticking two fingers up to the waiting Newcastle fans.

Mike Ashley holds the city of Newcastle and the fans of Newcastle United in utter contempt. If you didn’t know that already then after this evening you do. We must all come together to drive him out of our football club.

Mike Ashley is one man, we are a city. If you love United, stand united.



  • Kenny

    An ignorant oaf showing his true colours in respect of Newcastle Utd
    It’s an cash cow that also gives his schitty shops Worldwide advertising
    He’s vermin

  • graham18

    The FCB has shown his true colours.He doesn’t give a f#ck about the club,the manager,the players,the other employees working there,the fans,or the city.Just his SD empire and his croonies.SELL NOW ASHLEY !!

  • JohnnyH

    If anyone is still in any doubt, look at the video. That’s what he thinks of you.

  • GlasgowMag

    This is probably why Ashley doesn’t give interviews and also sits under the radar leaving his PR team to spread his lies and misinformation!! Remember the casino cash incident when he opened up Shirebrook to the tv cameras!! When he is put in a situation when he cannot orchestrate proceedings the true Mike comes to the surface he just can’t stop himself!! The chron should also hang their heads in shame not one mention or picture of this incident on their website this morning what is the point of this local rag!!

    • Kenny

      I gave Ryder both barrels on his twitter account, result banned for 12 hours
      well worth it

      • Leazes.

        Well done his response is to put his heed in a bucket.

        • Kenny

          that would be it ok, hides like Penfold

          • Kneebotherm8

            Sure it isn’t Penfold?…..

      • Pezza

        You are brilliant Kenny, so clever.

        If only we could be Kenny, just for one day.

        • Kenny

          Yeah, then you would gain some backbone instead of being a schitty little troll

          • Pezza

            I’ve offered to buy you a pint before to try any understand your gripes. I’m happy to meet you before the match on Saturday.

        • JohnnyH

          Sarcastic ar$ehole

        • Billmag

          Shut the [email protected]@k up you clown.

  • kingfisher

    “Mike Ashley is one man, we are a city. If you love United, stand united.”

    Take note all of the 50,000 who religiously turn up at SJP despite Ashleys treatment of you. Mike Ashley has literally stuck two fingers up at you,now you do the same to him and stay away !

    • Wezza

      Still they will turn up though. I thought I understood why they still go because of their loyalty but Saturday changed that for me. SJP was like a morgue.

      • kingfisher

        Exactly Wezza ! The 50, 000 are like an old faithfull dog who keeps getting abused by his master.The dog remains loyal and keeps coming back, even though he knows his master will not change.

        The dog has two choices :

        1) Lay down and take all of the abuse or :
        2) Say enough is enough and bite his master !

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Trouble is, the master has a whip and shotgun.

    • Kenny

      Falls on deaf ears I’m afraid

  • Wezza

    Keith Bishop will be tearing his hair out at this PR and deflection stunt gone wrong. Expect more PR coming either saying he is sorry – MA reacted due to threats on his life (lie)
    Or.
    An ‘apology’ and MA is ‘listening’ to fans wanting him out as there are interested parties (lie)
    Over to you Keith Bishop Associates.

    • TeessideMag

      Or ‘I was scratching my ear…’ hahaha

  • Leazes.

    Meanwhile the chronicle has gone with the headline…..

    ‘Newcastle United second string coach Ben Dawson hails Danish teenage goal-getter’ by Lee Ryder

    If anyone is in any doubt about the Chronicle and Ryder look no further!

    ASHLEYOUT

  • TeessideMag

    Isn’t there a book out today?

    • Kenny

      Yes, KK

  • Pezza

    Good for Mike, two fingers to the Magpie group and it’s self appointed self righteous spokespeople who have so far come up with nothing positive

    • GlasgowMag

      …and here’s my response to you for your constant bile!! ✌️🤔🤔😂😂🤣🤣

      • Pezza

        Bile? I’m constructive, most on here are just parrots

        • BanJones

          Sick as parrots – with an owner who is systematically asset stripping the “club”. Hope that helps.

    • Kenny

      F##k off, Vermin

    • joe mac

      tit!

    • Wor Lass

      The art of a good wind-up merchant is not to be too obvious or too persistent – like a fly that gives irritating little itches that you can`t quite get to. You haven`t got it, mate.

    • Tweed Mag

      The pressure is getting to your leader, he cannot help himself can he?

    • Josh Reeve

      Keith Bishop going by the name of “Pezza” now.

      • Pezza

        That’s right, nobody else is capable of individual thought

    • TheFatController

      He couldn’t have known, nor can any of us, the fans there represented the Magpie group.

      All he could know was that he was giving two fingers to chants from Newcastle fans of ‘where’s the money gone?’.

      Unless you can prove all the fans there were from the Magpie Group and that Ashley knew this and would never have that attitude to the average supporter?

      Take your time gathering your proof. We need you to be accurate.

      • Pezza

        Proof has never been required on this forum

      • Pezza

        The banner, the tweet from the magpie group?

    • BanJones

      Do you poke animals with sticks for fun?

  • Themoscow72

    What were the Magpie Group doing there anyway and why were they not at the Labour Club. This was a bonding session for the players to show a sign of unity and a few people undid all the good work by protesting. Wish the players had given them the V sign. Can the club not find out who these people are and ban them from St James’s as they want us relegated and then we will never find a buyer.

    • Wor Lass

      They went after the meeting and were asking Ashley where the money went – or was that the players after having to pick up the bill? How are things in Monkseaton?

    • Kenny

      Vermin

    • porciestreet

      If you actually believe the 8ollex you’ve just written then I’m sorry for you.
      This was never about bonding .It was ALL about THE F C B.

    • BanJones

      It’s called pressure and it seems to be having an effect – well done to all those that made the effort.

  • Geordiegiants

    Dear the premier league.
    Is Mike Ashley a fit and proper person when he sticks his fingers up to fans in the street?
    He is a person of power and is abusing your customers, are the premier league going to intervene?
    I look forward to your response
    Guy Gibson

    • Leazes.

      They may be suspicious about the Guy Gibson bit wasn’t he the squadron leader of the Dam Busters?

      • Kenny

        Guy Gibson VC, 617 Squadron

  • Leazes.

    The clip has had nearly 96.2k views so far

    8:40 Sunderland Echo run the story

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Hate to say it but this just confirms what we already knew. It isn’t big news and will make Ashley even more determined to spite the fans. Whilst I admire the efforts to take things forward and make Ashley feel uncomfortable, there is a real chance that this has done more harm than good. What Keegan said had a 1000 times more impact and told you the way forward. More high profile interest in the club please!

    • Leazes.

      Nope…. Ashley isn’t going any time soon, this is a war not a battle…. he’s put Bishop there for a reason and its to keep his nonsense going., like you said it confirms what we know quite visibly.

      What it also confirms is the Chronicle were one of the agencies tipped off about the meal and they supplied a photographer to do Bishops bidding!

      • Kenny

        Last night didn`t go to well for him

        • Leazes.

          Bit of a disaster,

          …. they all had to stay sober with a game coming and they timed it to coincide with the fans meeting to draw publicity away.

    • Kenny

      The pressure needs to be maintained, last nights PR job has turned into a disaster for him & all his own making with the 2 fingers. he cannot take confrontation & it will wear him down eventually.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        I agree but you don’t want him keeping his distance again.

        • Kenny

          He goes missing like his pet minion Penfold.
          let’s see if he’s at Old Trafford on Saturday

          • porciestreet

            He’ll be there. It’s far too high profile for him not to be. In the Directors box with his scarf on……bless.

    • Martin

      I agree it confirms what we already knew but still think it is big news as it encapsulates his attitude to the fans in one image which cuts through all the nonsense PR put out by Bishop, Wise and others.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        True but will it be shown on Sky or even NE news. We need more coverage in the media that matters.

    • X2

      Mike Ashley must love people with your attitude: “Let’s just roll over and die and let Mike Ashley stick two fingers up to NUFC and the people who support the club.” The Magpie Group and protests are definitely getting to him.

      • Kenny

        Yes, they are

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Oh how wrong you are about me. I want action but I’m a scorpion not a donkey. The media war must be won, by the way I gave up in 2008 after 45 years home and away.

        • X2

          I gave up going to games about then too.

    • Carverlier football

      Can’t agree with you there. Ashley’s actions here just serve to galvanise the fans. And much as I love KK I am not at all alongside his passive “just wait for him to go” message – Ashley isn’t going unless he’s forced and shrugging our shoulders and saying “well he’ll been gone one day” doesn’t cut it. MA is maybe 15 years older than me, and if we’re just waiting for him to die… The thought that he might not be gone until I’m in my 60s is horrifically depressing

      • Billmag

        Exactly my feelings mate I’m seventy next month and the very thought fatty lasts beyond Xmas fills me with dread.

        • Mike D

          HB for next month.

          • Billmag

            Cheers🎂

      • Lostprofit DBC

        I’m now in my 60’s, the nightmare came true to me! From Westwood and Mckeag to Ashley. You just don’t know how bad it can get. Abuse him too much though and he’ll just keep his distance again.

  • Tweed Mag

    Ashley’s PR goons must be tearing their hair out. They manage to get the oaf to a meeting, remarkably on the same night as the Magpie Group and 24 hours after KK, he behaves right up to the last minute and then ruins everything with two fingers. He is a spoilt child, unable to accept the opinions of others who have a far better idea about running a football club than he ever will. Anyone who tries to excuse his gesture is either being paid by him or deluded (probably both).
    Up yours Ashley, get out of our club.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      A very rich spoilt child backed by the main benefactor of the Premier League. Whereas football is won and lost in midfield, this battle will be decided by the media war. How do we get Sky to take an interest?

      • Tweed Mag

        They only go to the highest bidder. Ashley has the money and that is it, as far as Sky are concerned. They will only change once he leaves.

  • GlasgowMag

    …and Bishops PR team are now saying it was V for victory very funny!!!😂😂🤣🤣

  • Kneebotherm8

    He’s been sticking 2 fingers up for 11 long years now.

  • Leazes.

    9:06 Talksport run the story

    Ryder belatedly offers up the events at the Pizza House and a denial from Ashley’s spokesman in the Mail that ‘Ashley has nothing but respect for United’s fans’

    The chronicle supplied a photographer for Bishop last night.

    9:10 Planet football run the story

    • Carverlier football

      Ashley’s spokesman most relieved man on planet after not spontaneously combusting due to ludicrious nature of statement issued…

  • TheFatController

    Is that the same salute he gave when Sheik Mansour asked ‘where’s the man I’m meeting gone …? ‘

    • Leazes.

      We know little about the drunken bar incident with Ashley and Wise in the Emirates except Wise was pretending to be Keegan and Ashley was on his knees bowing to him moslem style, which caused offence bearing in mind where they were. They were nearly arrested but Jiminez calmed matters, they returned with their tails between their legs when Mansour refused to meet them.

      ….. I blame the Chronicle for casting Keegan as the Messiah, the bigging up process from them is schoolboy stuff and open to ridicule.

      • TheFatController

        I have no doubt that Ashley holds just about everyone in contempt.

        I base that on my psychological studies and the behaviour I have seen from Ashley in many situations over the years

        Had mansour met him, he’d have been offended in some way, at some point, because Ashley is, by nature, offensive in his contempt for people.

  • Tony English

    I can’t help but compare this with the way Keegan, in his beige roll neck, stood on the steps of the Milburn stand talking to his critics over the Andy Cole sale.

    You judge a man by what he does, not what he says, no one would like being barracked like Ashley was in that clip, but he could have stopped and spoke to the fans, stood his ground and he would have gained some respect, he could have turned this around in five minutes…but he doesn’t have it in him, he’s the worst kind of working class man made good….he thinks he’s better than the likes of us.

    • Carverlier football

      I think given the abuse and exploitation he’s dished out to Newcastle fans over the last 11 years his reception was relatively mild…

      • Tony English

        I don’t disagree.

        They would have been so shocked if he’d stopped and engaged with them that it may have actually taken the heat out of the situation and almost stunned them into silence, they could have feasibly had a conversation as opposed to an argument.

        But no, he fans the flames as always.

      • Leazes.

        I’d block that one.

        • Tony English

          He would.
          He did.

          Why? Because he decided on day one I was someone else and then looked like an idiot when I gave him the postcode I grew up in, and the postcode I now live in, and he failed spectacularly to check them properly and decided I’d given him the postcode of a solicitors in Walker. Embarrassing.

          Weirdly I agree with 90% of what he writes on here, but he doesn’t know what I write because he doesn’t see it because of the other 10% he spouts, his obsession with troll hunting.

          You make up your own mind.

      • Geordiegiants

        So do I, he should be lynched!

    • Kenny

      Swiss Toni is back

      • Tony English

        Bringing se xy back.

      • BanJones

        you know living under a bridge is very like making love to a beautiful woman…..

  • Leicester Mag

    This fat barsteward has been paddling backwards and forwards across the Rubicon for ten years. Finally he’s gone from sticking the Vs up to fans proverbially to literally. We either win now or never. One answer an outright boycott.

    Other ideas. Maybe at away games have every fan dress up as greedy pigs ( see what Hartlepool fans do last game of season). Everything legal need to be explored.

  • Leazes.

    9:29 Doctor Ed Harrison……Newcastle United blog

    ….. We may have a contrary view to most fans, but we think this meeting is good for the club at this time”

  • Billmag

    It beggars belief how this awful human being ever became a billionaire.

    • Tony English

      Most billionaires ARE awful human beings.

      It’s difficult to get that rich without trampling on the fingers of your competitors and gaining from the hard work of others.

      • Billmag

        Oh so true just ask the management at HoF.

  • JohnnyH

    This is Lee Ryder’s take on it, from Chronicle Live;

    “As Ashley got in his people carrier fans posted on social media that they felt he had stuck two fingers up to them as the vehicle pulled away.”

    The Chronicle has completely failed to back the supporters in any way over the Ashley issue. This was an obvious insult and should give Ryder et al enough justification to get stuck into Ashley.
    They just haven’t got the balls.

    • Leazes.

      Douglas has liaised with Keith Bishop and sent a photographer to ‘spin positive’…. Douglas and Ryder are good friends of the regime.

      Ryder is pathetic,

      • BigHairyDog

        Ryder blocked me years ago after I asked him about his “drinks” with Charnley i’d been told about. They’re playing safe, keep the club onside and never get themselves barred.

    • Mike

      dont buy that rag or read it

      • Toon Arnie

        I think any dissent against Ashley from The Chronicle left with John Gibson. I don’t buy it now.

  • Mrkgw

    The cogs turn and the pressure builds. If his two fingered gesture was indeed that, then the protests are having an effect. Credit to those that gave time for the good of the club.

  • Paul Patterson

    “Mike did not give a V sign to fans.
    “It is obvious from the accompanying photos that he is smiling and enjoying the evening.
    “Anybody who saw Match of the Day at the weekend will also be aware that Mike is actually very respectful in his reactions to fans.” – Mike Ashley Spokesman.

    • MadMag83

      Or “After a constructive meeting with Rafa Benitez, where the pair discussed transfer targets and budgets, Mike Ashley was greeted by an angry mob of Newcastle supporters. Saint Mike waved to the fans and made an American style peace sign…..”

      • Dillon Tovak

        😂🤣

  • Rob Brown

    My God, you guys think a lot of yourselves if you think that Ashley arranged his dinner with the team to try to get one up on a miserable meeting with your so called “hundreds” (really?) in attendance.
    You’ve got your lines crossed somewhere Jim.
    You are actually suggesting that Ashley CARES about his image enough to try to sway fans by having dinner with the team, impress the public by arranging for media to be present, but flashes the “V”s at a fan taking his picture?
    Seriously?
    Ashley doesn’t give a toss about impressing anyone. Why should he – HE’S A BILLIONAIRE!
    Please explain why Ashley should be charged for the “service” when they were there to police a presumably illegal, unauthorised demonstration by fans?
    As for four hundred turning up for the meeting, whoever released the pictures must have forgotten their wide angle lens as the photos I saw only had about 50 people in them.
    By the way – if the Magpie Group can’t see that they’re being used for self promotional purposes by a couple of MPs then there’s something seriously wrong.
    As for putting out a list of “preferred options” for the way forward – what is this, “The Life Of Brian”? Whats next, a vote on if it’s fine for Stan to be called Loretta?
    Boycott the matches. That’s it. Not one, not two, Not five. Every one of them until he quits. And not in your hundreds IN YOUR THOUSANDS.
    Take your pick – stay in the Prem with Ashley at the helm, or go down and get rid of him. Yes – we will go down. That’s the price of letting him know he’s not welcome.
    And if he stays in the Championship, where the gate money is relevant, boycott again.
    Of course, as an alternative you could put posters up in Newcastle – oh yeah, he’d be concerned about that. He spends all of his time hanging round the Haymarket. Those posters would really upset him.

    • Tweed Mag

      Is this the best you can come up with after the morning meeting at Shirebrook? Things are worse than I thought, piles of money and all he can buy is contradiction and negativity.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I was at The Magpie Group meeting. There were hundreds there, not 50, but aye we need more. There should be thousands. But you start small and build like Spirit of Shankly group at Liverpool.

      The two MPs spoke with great passion and both are there to represent their constituents. Ian Mearns is a big Toon fan and Chi Onwurah, while she is a Toon fan, she doesn’t pretend to be fanatical, but both were match going Toon fans long before they were politicians. It was obvious they also both deeply care about the soul of the city and the football club and are angry that a man with money like Ashley can just exploit people’s love of footy with no transparency and want to push for real change of football ownership in this country to prevent this exploitation. This could take the form of fan representation at board level or clubs being ordered to have independently audited accounts to prevent theft. As the FA ceded all their power to the Premier League and 20 multi-millionaires/billionaires have no desire to self regulate, these two principled politicians might be our best hope of pushing for this type of change but we all know it won’t be easy. Why don’t you get down to a meeting, be constructive and and see how you can help because together we are stronger? Or you could just snipe away on the sidelines at people prepared to put their time and energy into trying to improve something we all love?

    • Ashley-out

      idiot

  • Ashley-out

    Die, you fathorriblecunt

  • Dillon Tovak

    What he did last night was the actions of primary school age siblings squabbling in the back of the car. The man has real problems.
    He should see a psychiatrist, but they’d probably drop him when he says “I know you are but what am I?” When they diagnose him.

  • t00nraider

    I’m with Keegan on this one. Don’t protest and start supporting the club. Win a few games and the chavs will be back in the woodwork, just like last season.

    • Geordiegiants

      Go and fuckyourself! That’s not what he said you fuckinprick.

    • Toon Arnie

      Keegan said nothing of the sort. Fail.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Not the first time owners have shown the fans contempt … “”Newcastle girls are dogs. England is full of them. Me, I like blondes, big bust, good legs. I don’t like coloured girls. I want a lesbian show with handcuffs.”

  • Gallowgate1982

    We don’t want your investment in the team in January we just want you out you utter [email protected]*ing leech…sell the club while it still has value because without the support it is going one way …DOWN!!