Following weeks of disgruntled Newcastle fans making their dissatisfaction known, tonight’s Magpie Group meeting (see details below) at The Labour Club in Newcastle City centre gives us the chance to really spark off that debate.
With December and January’s live TV selections set to be announced in mid-October, plans for a mass boycott of a televised home fame will hopefully soon gather pace. In the meantime, however, we can still play our part by protesting at our next home game.
Brighton are the next visitors to St James Park for an old-fashioned 3pm kick-off on Saturday 20th October. The same Brighton who are managed by one Chris Hughton…
Below are some simple ideas to keep the pressure on Ashley:
11th Minute Booing/ Singing
While St James Park is often eerily quiet these days, it was extremely heartening to hear the fans in such good voice when they made Mike Ashley the focus of their attention…. This should be a given at all home games. Needs to be kept up!
Grant Richardson’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion of throwing the club’s free membership gift of a pen and club badges onto the pitch led me back to a much simpler idea – one that can prove very effective…and is much safer!
It would be relatively simple for thousands of fans to bring toilet rolls into the stadium and fling them onto the pitch at an opportune time. If it causes enough of a stir that the game has to be stopped to clear the pitch, then all the better!
A simple but visually impactful way of showing your support for the Ashley Out movement would be to ditch the usual black and white matchday attire in favour of something bright and incongruous like yellow.
NUFC have had enough yellow away kits over the last 10 to 15 years for many fans to already be in possession of something suitable. Failing that, a cheap t-shirt, hoodie or jacket could be found on a quick trip to Primark or similar (just make sure it’s not Sports Direct!).
Sit-In Protest at Full-Time
Rather than rushing towards the exit gates at full-time, fans could instead opt to remain in their seats for twenty or thirty minutes.
We all know that there are not enough stewards to be able to physically remove each protesting fan, so it should result in some minor disruption – enough of an inconvenience to make a point without grounds to result in any serious repercussions for partakers. (Especially if a set amount of time was decided upon beforehand and communicated to the stewards).
Personally, I don’t see any reason why all four of the above suggestions could not become a regular matchday occurrence to complement the demonstrations outside Sports Direct….
We have all been guilty of being too placid and passive and watching on in silence as the heart has been torn out of our club but we mustn’t let it continue – the time for action is now! ASHLEY OUT!
The Mag – 27 September 2018:
The campaign against Mike Ashley and his ownership of Newcastle United continues.
Various sustained initiatives online have clearly created problems for the NUFC owner’s retail empire so far.
Whilst the first on the streets demonstration of the new season took place on the opening day, around two thousand fans protesting before the Spurs match outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle city centre, on Northumberland Street. This was repeated, with Newcastle supporters asked to gather before the Chelsea game.
The focus then shifted for the Arsenal game, with Newcastle fans protesting outside the last remaining Newcastle United (Sports Direct?) club shop at St James Park.
This Saturday, Newcastle supporters are asked to do the same, with fans asked to meet outside the shop at St James Park at the Gallowgate End, starting at 2.15pm and ending at 2.45pm, allowing people time to get in for kick-off of the Leicester City match.
There is also a second public open meeting next week, organised by the Magpie Group (a collection of NUFC fans/groups), with all Newcastle fans invited to come along.
The meeting is at The Labour Club (11 Leazes Park Road NE1 4PF) just down the road from St James Park.
Admission is free and it takes place at on Wednesday 3 October 2018, doors open at 6pm and the meeting starting at 6.30pm.
There are three guest speakers:
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, her constituency included St James Park.
Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, he chairs the all party parliamentary group for football supporters.
Whilst also appearing is Kevin Miles, the Chief Executive of the FSF (Football Supporters Federation).
Get yourself along if you can make it.