Life is rarely simple for Newcastle fans.

The days when you just argued about who should be in the team are long gone.

I bet most of you have more conversations about Mike Ashley and how he runs the club, than you do about the actual football.

That is what this past decade and more has done to our fanbase.

It has dragged us all down, we will only really have our Newcastle United back when the dark shadow that the owner casts across our football club is removed.

That doesn’t mean we expect some super rich benefactor to come along and suddenly make everything right, just having people in charge who are willing to do things properly and try their best to push things forward on and off the pitch. Especially when it comes to working WITH the manager, rather than against him.

However, there has been a growing trend from a sizeable minority of supporters, at least on social media and online generally, to be having a go at other Newcastle fans, rather than Mike Ashley.

Obviously you will always get some trolls and attention seekers whatever you do, but there also appears to be proper Newcastle fans, who are losing the plot.

Those involved in organising/coordinating the protests against Mike Ashley, especially The Magpie Group, have been targeted by other Newcastle supporters.

There has been the odd mistake and ill-judged words.

Last weekend The Magpie Group called off the protest at the Sports Direct HQ in Shirebrook but bizarrely decided not to tell anybody. Meaning a handful of fans more local to Shirebrook still turned up, only to find that the organisers and main group from Newcastle hadn’t even travelled.

The Chairman of The Magpie Group has also said a few daft things on Twitter. These included a comment saying you were a Mike Ashley supporter if you didn’t boycott Wolves. Loose and stupid words, which is all too easy with something so instant such as Twitter (and why it should be avoided unless you are going to be disciplined and not do things in heat of the moment), but more a case of words coming out the wrong way rather than some cardinal sin.

However, these type of instances lead to some Newcastle fans taking it as a massive opportunity to have a go at The Magpie Group, many of them saying this is now why they won’t support the boycott or other protests.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Just because some volunteers do/say the odd wrong thing is very small beer, there is only on enemy here and it is not other Newcastle fans.

These are all our protests, not The Magpie Group’s, they (TMG) are simply a focus for a collective agreement on what to do and they have held public meetings etc to ask other fans what are the best ways forwards. You can’t blame them, the individuals involved in organising TMG,  as a reason for not supporting any or all of the protests.

You do or don’t do it because you think it is the right or wrong thing to do, not because of what some other fan(s) has/have said or done.

It is Mike Ashley who has refused to allow proper investment in the first team squad, St James Park, the Academy, the training complex and so on. It isn’t The Magpie Group.

From what I recall there was no decision made to rename St James Park the Magpie Group Arena, with not a single penny going into the club in return.

It isn’t Newcastle fans inside or out of The Magpie Group who have humiliated our club and city.

It isn’t them/us who put Wonga on the shirts, forced Kevin Keegan out, employed Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear (twice), discriminated against cancer victim Jonas Gutierrez.

Nor is it The Magpie Group who lie ahead of each transfer window, leading to Rafa Benitez to repeatedly declare that there have been broken promises, the net result being he sees no point in extending his contract.

So whether it is the 11th minute protest (stop outside SJP or wait until the 11th minute on the concourses before taking your seat) at the West Ham game, or the boycott of the Wolves match, do what you think is the right thing for you. Just don’t blame other people, or use them as an excuse, for not doing what you think is the right thing.

  • Paul Patterson

    Personal decision- If Rafa is no longer manager at the start of next season then that’s me done as it will show that yet more promises haven’t been fulfilled and he hasn’t been given what he wants and what the team needs. I’m not expecting to be at St James’ next season . .

  • GlasgowMag

    I must admit it is very strange that a large element of our fan base especially on match days will not contribute to the demonstrations and just walk by!! There is certainly enough ammunition against our owner to at least say enough is enough, but there still seems to be a large element who still think Mike is misrepresented and is really a good guy. So ok the guys at the magpie Group are not perfect and have made mistakes but they should certainly not be used as an excuse by other fans to at least muster a whimper of disapproval against our workhouse owners activity’s!! So go to the game at Wolves if you want but don’t have a go at other fans who are at least doing something to try and get rid of this asset stripping leech!! Ashley out!!

    • Leazes.

      You won’t find anyone saying Ashley is good for this club….. I’ve offered an explanation as to the ambivalence and apathy I believe I’m right….

      ….Newcastle fans from the City will stick up for the club and Cty…. those from outlying villages and towns don’t….. for them matchday is a different experience from that of sporting contest…..

      In the 70’s the majority of the crowd was male, in fact up until all seater stadia…. it was a bit of a roughouse really wasn’t it….. no longer….

      ….the matchday fans are a sizable majority not only for United….. these are soccer fans attached to a favourite club not as we were….PARTIZANS.

      Regardless everyone knows the score with this owner, and for fans to exert their muscle it hasn’t to be proactive participation but the opposite.


      For the sake of the club…..stay in the Pub!

      • Kenny

        you can put money on that

      • Wor Lass

        That doesn`t rhyme with llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

      • New Durham Mags

        @GWatason3:disqus You write alot of sensible things on here mate but your opinion on the supports from outlying villages and town is nonsence, its clear from my name that i live in Durham and i can tell you i travel to the away games with another 50 guys who would strongly dissagree with your comments. some of these guys have not missed a game in over 30 years they even travel to the under 23 games to me they are super fans or Partizans as you call them. To say they are not invested in the interest of the club as much as someone who lives in the city itself seems a like a weird or even cruel staement.

        • Leazes.

          Not meant to be, I also say that the club is a regional club not a City club…. The Geordie Nation thing that John Hall latched onto….he was right.

          I’m not saying its not your club but how many can afford the time from your neck of the woods to protest, or have the inclination to spoil a matchday experience or have the same feel for United as someone from Newcastle.

          • New Durham Mags

            you say your neck of the woods like im some sort sort of alien who only choose to support Newcastle because i liked the accent ! it takes me 30 mins tops to get from my front door to my seat (or did as i quit my ST this season and only go to away games now which has damm well nearly killed me, and TBH im starting to waver already as it makes me feel like less of a fan). But the answer to your question is probably the same % of people who live in the city. They dont care anymore or less then us about the club because they have a NE1 postcode. Some people will still go to the game because they are scared incase they miss anything its as simple as that, it doesnt matter if your from Newcastle or durham on that point.
            Protest before during and after games = No propblem
            Protests outside SD while people are shopping is small scale and pointless in MHO ( fairplay to the guys who do this but i dont think it makes a difference) the people who want to shop there will still go, so it what are they achieving ?

          • New Durham Mags

            Id much rather rip down all the signs and start throwing fake paper money with his head on onto the pitch or even a pigs head something that would stand out rather then standing outside SD.

        • Davey drape

          Yep and every home game a small amount of travelling & if last train (midweek)is late Durham mags have to jump in an expensive taxi to get home. My sister jumps on a bus door to door 15 mins to SJP toon fans in Durham show great commitment. However We are all equals & I know a few who live in toon who are going to wolves

          • Leazes.

            I know you have done a Heck of a lot, and you are from Durham City….okay fair do’s….. I’m just trying to look for an answer to that problem.

            It is a problem, the regional fan base and transport links allows club to be run as a failure, and building this stadium with nowhere to go has really put the icing on the cake here….. or should that be the stopper in the bottle.

            A lot of have said enough but if you live in some small village you are less inclined to cut off the break to the town.

            Its quite amazing to think some people have to pass the Stadium of light to get to their club, but its where your affinity lies. Remember when Douglas Hall put up an advertisement in Sunderland for the new United shirt…… they’d just looked at where United’s support had come from!

  • Leicester Mag

    It should not be them and us you are right but stand by watch and hope has achieved nothing.

  • Wor Lass

    I have really contradictory feelings about the boycott. I`m all for fans boycotting and I`ve said repeatedly on here that it`s the only thing the fat Barsteward will listen to. But only if it`s massive. However, it`s a personal thing and all the evidence at the moment seems to be suggesting that it might not be well supported. If that`s so, it`s tactically a bad move. If not many people take part then it makes the Magpie Group look weak and without backing. Also, those who may have been wavering but decided to join in could well be embittered and take a “don`t bother asking again” attitude. One problem is that the most committed people are already boycotting but have been replaced by Leazes` “sport spectators” who will continue to attend. Fatty has also cleverly undermined the fans` actions with his attendance of matches, visits to the dressing room and leaked stories of wanting to back Rafa. He hasn`t done that because of a threat of a boycott. In my opinion, it`s because of the attacks on Sh*te Direct. As I said before, I have very contradictory feelings on this. I don`t like the idea of saying don`t do it because it won`t be worth it but I also don`t like the idea of the club hierarchy and the Southern media and pundit brigade pointing the finger and saying, “Look, they called for a boycott and noone`s bothered”.

    • Leazes.

      Funny about Ashley starting to attend again….. I picked up on something he said in his interview…..

      ……”I leave the running of the club up to them (Charnley), they don’t want me poking my nose in”…..

      I think there was a rift between Charnley and Ashley where he felt he needed to be invited and he stayed away…. he took a huge huff.

      What is he doing now…. overseeing his lack of handiwork or hunting around for anything he’s missed from the asset strip list?

      I think there are divisions in his nice little group too…..all is not well in the House of Fatty!

      • Wezza

        I think there’s more to it than just the PR. He may very well be looking for a big sale. Lascelles. Remember, he is a spiteful man he will have this in his head already. He is going to urinate and defecate on us in January.

        • Kenny

          Notice the reports lately on Lascelles & Jonjo
          we win a couple of games against equally mediocre teams and we don`t need them.
          Perez in the latter part of last season hit a purple patch as did Slomo. this season they are krap. my point is the likes of
          Lascelles & Shelvey are premiership class most of the others can have a few good games then disappear back into their box

          • Leazes.

            Yes the chronicle are preparing the ground…. that stuff came out of nowhere.

  • Shipcote Willy

    I hear ‘I support the team not the regime’ but I would say support the team and prop up the regime. Those content to sit and watch and complain about the dissenters better get used to watching years of struggle on the pitch and the continuing dumbing down and downsizing off it because thats the future with the odious owner. All power to the elbow of the protesters especially in relation to SD.

    • Wezza

      That’s exactly what bothers me when I hear “Support the team not the regime”. The players all know (or they should) why we are protesting and Rafa certainly does. We have his back.

      • Geordiegiants


  • Wezza

    Yes, good article.
    If we fight amongst ourselves it is in the FCB’s favour. We all need to come together and protest to send a message that we want him out and we want our club back. Either boycott or accept this cash cow, threadbare ran, 1 man board, loans, freebies and cheap tat replacements. You decide.

  • Kenny

    One word describes support the team, not the regime

  • Martin Rooney

    Sunderland Boro any team south of York and West of benwell?

    And those of course who take take take off the back of the club and put nowt into it.

    There’s loads of enemies of nufc isn’t there?

  • Martin Rooney

    The contractual situation with Jonas was what caused the tribunal to side with him.
    There are very few folks who were wanting the club to take up the option to extend his contract that is based entirely on his performances from before hecwent out on loan.
    Very few games did he show hecwas premier quality.
    However in one game that against West Ham the lady of the season his last he played out of his skin a mile ahead of anyone on the pitch and ten times the player he’d shown before. Had get just played like that just five times a season he’d have been kept on for sure.

  • Leazes.

    There’s actually three enemies if you count Ryder and Van Der Velde.

  • London_Mag

    Does the author not understand that these people are not NUFC fans they are most likely fake profiles.

  • Geordiegiants

    It’s very obvious how to get at the fat sack ofshit but most just sit with their hands over their eyes and fingers in their ears pretending it’s not happening, wearing HIS merchandise, drinking HIS drink, sitting in HIS football ground eating HIS food, giving HIM money. Its frustrating to watch, but we need to convince the new set of football goers that’s this isnt what fans want to watch. I’m not saying all but a huge percentage of the football goers aren’t fans any more. It’s more like a theatre day out or something like that. These are the people that we need to convince a boycott or ANY sort of action needs to take place.
    I will reiterate. “There is not one single business on this planet that would survive without its customers”. If we ALL apply pressure he will have to sell.

    • Leazes.

      If Ashley bankrolled United the way John Hall had insisted (Taking the club to the next level) from the proceeds of SD….. the fans of other clubs would be boycotting him…..

      ….he wasn’t going to do that and upset his clients now was he?