The question we asked Newcastle fans on Sunday was: Are you supporting protests at West Ham and Wolves matches against Mike Ashley?

The results are now in and you can see them below but this is how we presented the situation…

‘Coordinated protests have been organised by The Magpie Group against the club’s owner.

So we just wanted to gauge what level of support there is out there.

In six days time, Newcastle fans are being asked to delay taking their seats at the West Ham match.

Supporters asked to either not enter St James Park until the 11th minute of the match, or wait on the concourses inside the stadium until the 11th minute of the game before heading to their seats.

The 11th minute representing 11 years (and counting) of Mike Ashley’s miserable reign.

Then two weeks today, Newcastle take on Wolves at St James Park, with fans being asked to support a total boycott of the 90 minutes.

The idea to send a message, in front of the Sky Sports cameras and worldwide TV audience, saying enough is enough and Mike Ashley needs to sell up, or else otherwise look forward to many more empty seats if he continues to refuse to sell the club at a realistic market price.’

 Are you supporting protests at West Ham and Wolves matches against Mike Ashley? The results:

44% Yes both of them

39% No neither one

10% Only the boycott of Wolves game

7% Only the delayed 11th minute walk in at West Ham match

So taking those figures overall, of the Newcastle fans voting 54% have indicated they will be supporting the boycott of the Wolves match and 51% the 11th minute walk-in at the West Ham one.

Obviously you get some Newcastle fans frustrated that everyone doesn’t see things exactly the same way and that anybody not taking part in the protests is letting the side down BUT reality is that if indeed the Wolves match sees 20,000+ seats empty, it will send out a massive message to Mike Ashley.

Plus of course, just because 46% say they won’t be boycotting DOES NOT mean they support Mike Ashley, simply that for whatever reason they don’t want to take part, whether that is because they think a duty to support the team/Rafa or whatever.



  • Toontaff

    Can they please make it clear how the 11th minute entrance will work? Disabled, elderly, children…….Just cannot see how this is supposed to go and it’s going to cause people to not join in with the Wolves boycott because it appears as hare-brained as the Shirebrooke debacle!

    • Leazes.

      Where abouts in Wales are you from?

      • Toontaff

        Pembrokeshire!

        • Leazes.

          Then you’re not a Taff are you?

          • Kenny

            😂😂

          • Leazes.

            Just suspected he wasn’t Welsh at all…. QED only an Englishman would call someone from Wales ‘Taff’ if he wasn’t from Caerdydd.

          • S.G.M.

            You’re such a tit.

          • Leazes.

            You’re so blocked

          • Toontaff

            From potato picking land, rather than sheep shearing country!

          • KennySamsung

            Sheep sh… oh shearing sorry thought you said shaggn there haha sorry!

          • Toontaff

            I’m not calling myself ToonCleddau!

          • Ron

            It has a certain ring to it!

        • Peaky

          Nice there….Little Haven is a beautiful place as is St David’s…

          • Toontaff

            Great coast, lovely area, just too quiet, until you’re as old as Leazes!

  • Themoscow72

    The poll is flawed for one very good reason. The people voting to stay away never go anyway. I have done my own poll and 99% are going to the match. I did manage to find one person who is not going but it took over 100 attempts. I have bought 11 tickets for this game and all sold. What no one has mentioned is the thousands of tickets bought since the boycott has been announced. There is no way they are going to stay away. We only have 961 tickets left for the normal part of the ground which apart from the odd single will go. My estimated crowd is 51,108.

    • Toontaff

      Who did you ask? In a survey of 100 people, 99 of whom where MadMoscowMonk………………99 said the same as MadMoscowMonk…………

      • Ron

        Over 100 people in a lift? Must be massive.

    • Squintytoonarmy

      You estimated 51,007 the other day. You sure you not snapped up another 101 tickets yourself

    • KennySamsung

      You are right in a sense, some people (not all) may vote to stay away yet don’t go the games anyway

    • Peaky

      Why on earth have you bought 11 tickets…..are you a tout ???

      • Mike D

        That explains a lot. He’s trying to protect his own financial interests.

  • texfitz

    I’m taking my 10 year old daughter to hammers game so I hope the atmosphere isn’t poisonous. I think it’s crazy that supporters groups think that by making protests like this will force mash into selling up!

    Have they not learnt anything in the last 11 years? It’ll only make him more stubborn and more than likely tighten his grip – leading to more publicity good or bad – he welcomes either.

    Ignoring him is the best way forward long term. It may take relegation and losing Rafa eventually, but if we have to do a “mackem” to get rid of him, then so be it. His investment will be in tatters and this is where it’ll hurt him. Once he realises we’ve stop biting he’ll get bored and move on…

    This club could easily survive an entire season of no bums on seats and still make a profit! All this will do is lead to negativity on the pitch which will affect the team. We certainly aren’t in a strong enough league position to carry these protests out. Utter madness!

    • Themoscow72

      The last two home games the atmosphere was brilliant and it should be good against West Ham. There will be less than 100 coming in late so do not worry about them. To tell you the truth normally thousands still asking there seats first five minutes anyway. West Ham, Wolves and Fulham are must win games but some fans think futile protests are more important when Rafa has called for fans support.

    • Leazes.

      I don’t admire your pessimism.

      • texfitz

        So you class boycotting as optimism?

        • Leazes.

          Absolutely kev

    • KennySamsung

      I like your direct argument for doing nothing but to sit back and do nothing shows apathy and acceptance.

      • texfitz

        Well if you feel that strongly about it why don’t you just stop going altogether until he’s gone? Thing is with these forums is that if supporters dont agree with the author, they get slated for having a different opinion.

        • KennySamsung

          Just giving my opinion the same as you. I respect your opinion but don’t really agree with some of it, agree with the point about good or bad publicity. Nothing wrong with showing you are peed off with the regime though.

          • texfitz

            hear hear! At the end of the day we’re all aiming for the same common goal. Since his tenure at the club I’ve given my ST up several times! But i missed going to the games. It’s got nothing to do with sheep mentality. It’s what supports our argument for being a big club -and quite frankly, i think it’s the only positive thing we have left to be proud about.

          • Leazes.

            You are Kevin Lee aren’t you?

          • Wezza

            Probably, they rigged past polls too didn’t they?

          • Leazes.

            They did on the chronicle but I don’t think they can do it here…. we’ll see what happens in the one poll that matters.

    • Billmag

      To do nothing while the Empire crumbles is sacrilege in my eyes but hey it’s up to the individual.

      • texfitz

        It’s been crumbling for more than eleven years and how many games have you boycotted in that time?

        • Steven05

          I don’t think anyone really knows what the best thing is to rid ourselves of our current owner – but surely doing something is better than doing nothing – and apathy is just making it worse

          We are Newcastle United, we are Geordies – we should have more fight in us than this – especially for our football club

          • Martin Rooney

            But we don’t it’s easy to get shot of him but people won’t join together and it’s definitely not by protesting or getting at the team.

          • Steven05

            I agree – not enough of are willing to join together (nowhere near enough). I also agree that getting at the team is stupid, for many reasons. But I think the players and staff are clever enough to know the score (even after the captain’s phone call fighting for their bonuses)

        • Billmag

          11 years of boycott’s.

          • Martin Rooney

            So you boycotted the day he came through the door?

          • Billmag

            Yes. What’s wrong with that Mancunian.

  • Tweed Mag

    There will be admiration for those who boycott the games in any way they choose to. There will also be bewilderment (but hopefully tolerance) of those who want to go to the matches. This is the way things go – there are leaders and individuals who stick to their principles no matter what. Fans who go to the matches without making their frustrations with Ashley known, will have no one else to blame if he continues his ownership. If they are happy with the perennial struggle with relegation, no cup runs, a decaying academy and an unaccountable management structure, then they will eventually have to deal with the consequences.
    As stated in previous discussions, there is a generation growing up who have no idea what success is on the pitch. Do we all standby and let that continue? A small individual effort as part of a wider movement will send a clear message. Every empty seat is a nudge for Ashley to leave.

    • KennySamsung

      Possibly two generations

    • texfitz

      By stating that there are leaders and followers is true on both sides.

      I’m 43 and I’d like you to point out the success in that time?

      Investment in academy side was virtually non existent before mash arrived – so the previous administration has to shoulder some of that blame.

      Don’t get me wrong here, mash is a horrible cancer that needs cutting out but boycotting games will do nothing other than give him the exposure he craves..

      • Leazes.

        That doesn’t make any sense to me at all…..

        ….. he doesn’t crave attention, he and his friends arrived under the cover of darkness and hid during daylight and they still do.

        The Academy and training complex hasn’t had an injection since Ashleys arrival whist weekly you see around other clubs state of the art complexes on football focus, the academy lost several pitches to housing development.

        Doing nothing will send a message to both the fans and Ashley that he can continue totally unopposed.

        Get a grip man and shake your head of the cobwebs!

        • texfitz

          Well just cancel your ST and stay away until he’s gone. This would be the clearest message you could send out.

          • davey dibiaggio

            Exactly

      • Tweed Mag

        Champions League, cup runs resulting in two finals (although failure to win the cup was disappointing), top four finishes, more wins than defeats. Perhaps having a ‘glass half full’ attitude helps. I am much older so I have great memories of the Fairs Cup.
        With reference to the Academy – yes it was re-established recently, but is it working properly?
        Yes, there are leaders and followers in all walks of life. However, those who take the difficult route against all the odds generally get there in the end. They have passion and belief. Ashley is a billionaire, with all the fawning apologists he needs. He can only ignore the points raised by fans for so long. If you want the ‘horrible cancer of MASH’ to remain, then you need to sit down and have a think. Preferably not in your seat at St James’ – at least then you can say you tried.

      • Martin Rooney

        Treatment so invasive needs after care and we have no one capable or willing to try.

      • Toon

        Wrong

  • Themoscow72

    When you consider that there are currently only 71 pairs of seats left in the normal part of the ground this boycott does not seem to be working at all. After the West Ham game and Wolves game the Magpie Group will be no more.

    • Tweed Mag

      Just had a look for the Wolves game and there are 100s of tickets left in many areas. If you want to make valuable points, don’t tell whoppers.

      • Leazes.

        It doesn’t matter how many are left, It’s the season ticket holders that have to boycott.

        • Brian Standen

          That’s exactly right! Arsenal regularly had 60k with thousands of empty seats!

          • Leazes.

            You never did name your ‘mate’…. you cant can you…. he’s come on as St Michael now not St James….. I don’t know how I missed that one.

          • Brian Standen

            I thought he came on as Moscow to be honest

          • Leazes.

            …and the rest

          • Wezza

            He does appear at the same time as ‘them’

      • Wezza

        He has lied many times about ticket numbers. Why would it matter to him anyway. His whole created persona of mad fan was exposed ages ago. No toon fan would hate Keegan, Shearer and love Ashley. He is a troll.

      • Themoscow72

        Count the seats in the normal parts of the ground except bar areas
        and family enclosure and there are now less than seventy 71 pairs of seats.

        • Tweed Mag

          No there is not.

      • Themoscow72

        The facts are in the normal part of the ground seats together are as follows. East Stand 1, Strawberry Corner 0, Gallowgate end 9, South West Corner 0, Milburn Paddock 18, North Weast Corner 0, North East Corner 1 and Leazes 41 making a total of 70 pairs of seats to sell which will go easy.

        • Tweed Mag

          No idea where you get your figures from.

  • steve

    My prediction is around 3/4 thousand empty seats and an official attendance of 50k+

  • StMichael

    boycotting your team gives west ham and wolves an advantage. Anyone who takes part in this protest is a numbnut. There is no positive outcome. Ashley was never gonna give a man with a year left on his contract maclaren type money! He will use any cash incentives to secure a new contract, in Jan, assuming rafa remains up to the job and doesn’t let the power go to his head. The rebels wanna have a riot and want the club to fall apart because they enjoy singing songs of hatred. These songs should be about west ham and wolves not Ashley who is, now, love him or loath him…. ‘one of our own’. He has put more time and money into this club than myself or anyone else likely to be reading this, we need him onside not offside.

    • Billmag

      Rubbish.

      • StMichael

        THE ONLY LIFE HE HAS SUCKED IS THE LIFE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO USED TO SING SONGS AND GET BEHING THE TEAM HOW DO YOU THINK THE PLAYERS FEEL WHEN YOU ARE SINGING FAT COCKNEY MAFFIA GET OUT OF OUR CLUB? INSPIRED? ENCOURAGED? UNITED?

        • Tweed Mag

          This sounds familiar . . . . only difference is that it is in capitals. Indicates a full blown strop.

          • StMichael

            lol na me capslock fell down the toilet

          • Tweed Mag

            Along with your common sense

        • Toontaff

          Sounds like Mike has a new brand – thought St Michael been discontinued!

        • Billmag

          The player’s probably agree with it especially when he refused them their bonus.

        • Peter Graham

          Idiot. Blocked.

    • Sherburn Taxis

      Taxi

      • Peaky

        ……to Syria…

    • Paul Patterson

      ‘One of our own’. You’re deluded. After everything that has gone on, to even suggest that is sackless . .

    • Ron

      Might be one of yours but he’s not one of mine.

    • Superdooperhooper

      We need him out . He’s just announced he’s closing 17 more shops in intu shopping centres because they wouldn’t massively cut the rents for HoF . This is pure spite and malice on his part . Throwing people on the dole for no good reason . He’s a nasty carpetbagging pirate . One of our own ?

      • Wezza

        Yes I heard the same too. It is staggering malevolence.

        • Peaky

          Someone down here told me that a girl who worked in H o F Sheffield Meadowhall,who was leaving anyway since he took over,scrawled all over some mirrors in the store ASHLEY OUT in bright red lipstick as she was exiting for the last time….if true,to that girl….👏👏👏👏

          • Wezza

            Haha that is class!

          • Jonas

            anyone got her number?

      • Martin Rooney

        to be fair have you ever looked at the rates they charge, and be;lieve me if he’s the greedy man we’re all told he is then these stores would stay open if they made profit, it could just be that these centres don’t bring the people in to them, save the jobs you can for a long time rather than the all the jobs for for a short time.

        • Tweed Mag

          The takeover was a pre-pack administration deal. All the facts and figures were available to Ashley well in advance. Closing stores is of no consequence to him The people who will lose their jobs are just victims of the high street decline and the distant ‘could not care less’ attitude of Ashley and the like (Green for one). He stated he would keep 58 stores open including some that were destined to close before he took over. More lies or incompetence. Take your choice.

          • Martin Rooney

            Yes that’s correct and right at the outset he said we will save those stores that can be made profitable and that the rents on a few of them would be prohibitive to that unless landlords want to negotiate.
            He’s even bought the freehold of at least one store to make that business work, so he is investing. I guess he’ll open in different premises that part of his business has no presence in some areas.

          • Billmag

            He was portrayed as a Knight in shining armour saving thousands of jobs, wonder if that’s still the feeling of the general public now that he has asset stripped that particular business.

          • Martin Rooney

            Who buy given his statement at the time of intending to close stores he didn’t give that tag to himself. Bill you need to realise you won’t beat him if he can easily point to the accusations against him being untruevhe gas to be moved on more intelligently than that.

          • Billmag

            I didn’t say he gave that tag to himself, even though he laps up any publicity he can, do you really think he is an honest and upstanding person because I don’t as has been proven in a court of law, those accusations have been correct.

        • Superdooperhooper

          Bit of a coincidence isn’t it ? The 17 shops are all in intu centres who he is in dispute with . Intu own eldon square and the metrocentre . Another coincidence

          • Martin Rooney

            Ahh mate come on he is what he is but your in a different league of robbing bar stewards when it comes to commercial property landlords and intu are amongst the worst of them. He’d keep them open if they got shoppers through the door.

          • Billmag

            Asset Stripper.

          • Martin Rooney

            That maybe true too

      • MrkGW

        Agreed – made mistake of buying an item from HOF last week – £280. And, given the new owner and in a reverse of service standards, you are now responsible for paying shipping to refurn goods. Moreover, he has ditched all service numbers. Then, on top of that on evidence of my dealings thus far, they ignore all emails. This used to be a decent shop and it low lies in tatters. Read Trustpilot reviews – paints a very bleak picture in terms of the sort of person we are up against.

      • grumpyoldmag

        Exactly – that’s his usual response to any business challenge – he reacts like a spoilt child and doubles down on his enemies. Yet people think a boycott of a match is going to get him to sell up? Not a chance

        • Superdooperhooper

          So what do you think we should do? If a boycott isn’t the answer what is?

          • grumpyoldmag

            Sorry for late reply. The original protests led by Malcolm Dix got nowhere until he attracted the attention of a local millionaire with a high profile. We are long beyond the reach of a local rich man now but we do have very high profile local business people and celebs such as Graham Wylie Shearer and yes Ant and Dec. These people would never associate with a bedsheet protest but they have global contact lists to attract potential investors. That’s what we need to do – and yes you’re right I’m doing eff all myself towards that but then again I don’t call myself the magpie group

    • Wezza

      And blocked. No not because a different point of view. Don’t get me wrong just you sound amazingly like a mad monk from Moscow. Not everyone shares the the same opinion as one troll.

      • StMichael

        I have read 2 emails from you with response to a comment I made. There is absolutely NO WAY of replying using any of the data or lnks you have sent me in ten minutes of effort!! You own an echochamber, you control its content, you control the discussion and you have an agenda… division and arguments at Newcastle united! Your a controlling organisation with not one gram of decency. remove me from your system and delete all of your data on me!

        This email and any attachments to it may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author as written in that moment of time within the information known and available and understood.
        If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it to anyone.
        Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error. Or have any need to request permission to share its content in any way.

        • FatParosite

          Another blocked w**ker

        • nufcslf

          Does the st stand for stupid or are you just taking the michael.

          • StMichael

            st stands for saint which stands for set aside. One when is obliged to state the truth even when it remains unpopular. I would far rather snort coke with you lot punch horses and sing songs about ashleys belly id imagne it would be quite good fun. But when I was a child I thought like a child. Now I am a man I have to try to do the right thing for mankind, for my club, not just for a half hour dopamine buzz. 3 points on Saturday not 3 pints! We always needed a billionaire owner. Now we have one we have to persuade him that we are worth a punt. We got the stadium we got the manager we got the promotion… we kinda got the fans apart from those few hundred pittling around in hate fests!

      • Leazes.

        If its a new poster just go back through their earlier posts until you see where else they’re posting….. yes of course its him …. Brian Standens mate…..

        ….although I don’t think that aliases should count as friends!

        • Wezza

          Yep I did mate. Used all the same terminology as well. Beyond help!

    • KennySamsung

      I can’t agree with you Mike on the point about Ashley being ‘one of our own’, the man has squeezed every penny out of our club from free advertisement and his tacky SD merchandise, yes he has put money into the club but naiively given it to managers who he brought in (via Charnley) who weren’t good enough. He has lied to Rafa about money available, also just as important if not more so he treats emplyees and people with contempt. He is in it just for the money, which on its own definitely makes jim ‘not one of us’.
      He should be more of a ‘people person’ like Sir Bobby Robson only then would he be accepted.

    • JohnnyH

      Hello monk

      • HarryHype59

        Fleckman?

    • nufcslf

      No, Cashley and sheep like you are doing a spectacular job making sure the club falls apart. Well done.

    • Themoscow72

      Agree the protesters hate our club and want us to get relegated which will never attract a buyer so they in a round about way want Ashley to stay.

  • John

    A half-arsed protest will do absolutely nothing. I don’t see the point in even trying a boycott because not everyone is on board. Even people being vocal in the stadium isn’t going to work on it’s own.

    We have some very passionate fans and I really believe that every opportunity to get at Ashley needs to be taken up and games that are televised are crucial to doing it.

    I was just looking online there and you can get personalised bog roll with the fat lads face on it. 250 rolls for 100 quid. Surely lobbing some of that on the pitch is going to get people talking. It’ll disrupt the game, it’s funny and it’ll give him some bad publicity. We need the pundits to be talking more about his shoddy reign and a boycott relies on the pundits explaining why there’s a few empty seats. At least with bog roll saying ‘Ashley out’ the message is pretty self explanatory

    • Leazes.

      You worried ‘John’….. you seem to have just signed up to say that.

      Your last post was 4 years ago….. same as St Michael there….. 4 years of nowt….. then toilet humour.

      ….who else are you going to drag out of hibernation?

      • Wezza

        Pathetic isn’t it. Now MonkMoscow must remember to pretend he shouldn’t be on route to Burnley so trolls under different names to satisfy his troll cravings.

        • Themoscow72

          Monk/ Moscow got back at 4.00am.

      • Superdooperhooper

        There’s loads of them crawling out of the woodwork lately. People who haven’t posted for months or years suddenly back on . And all repeating the mantra ‘support the team not the regime ‘

      • JohnnyH

        Have you noticed, As the Wolves game approaches, there’s a distinct increase in the numbers of different pseudos for him, the tone of the vitriol has worsened and the posting activity has increased.
        KBA racking up the propaganda war.

        • Wezza

          Yep, spot on, does anyone know of any other club where people are employed by the clubs PR Machine to infiltrate and spread misinformation?
          It really is quite staggering as to why.
          IF (and we know it’s a big if) they do everything legit and have nothing to hide why all the secrecy? Why does Charnley hide?
          We all know why he hides and we all know why the club resorts to these control tactics.
          FCB is pillaging the club to the max right now whilst having asset stripped everything possible.

          • Paul Patterson

            Certain posters on here only post on the anti Ashley/protest articles. Coincidence?

          • Wezza

            They will see it as paranoia, we see it as sad trolls posting because of their agenda. Whatever that may be.

          • StMichael

            this is hilarious. people do ‘infiltrate’ organisations to cause problems… they turn fans against their owner. Divided organisations tend to have rebellious staff which puts pressure on managers and makes them paranoid. The enemies of NUFC lay deep in our capital, they control the press, which means they own most of you. The magpie group is not THE magpie group.. it is a collection of memories from when we helped remove the previous sleeping unambitious establishment. Our club has come a long way since then…. lets enjoy it.

        • FatParosite

          Up till now KBA has not been earning his divvys.

    • StMichael

      TROLL???? SOMEONE HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION WHICH PUTS THE CLUBS NEEDS FIRST, AN OPINION THAT IS POSITIVE AND THEY ARE A ‘TROLL’ I THINK YOU ASHLEY HATERS ARE THE TROLLS. IM ALL FOR THROWING OF TOILET ROLLS THAT WOULD BE GOOD FUN BUT WAIT UNTIL THE GAME IS OVER OR HALF TIME WHY DONT YOU GO FOR A PINT WITH GORDON MCEAGUE OR ELLIS SHORT? OH SORRY THEY ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO MEET WITH FANS AND WOULD NEVER BE SEEN DRINKING A PINT IN PUBLIC…. SO YOU COULDNT GO FOR A PINT WITH THEM… perhaps you could arrange a business dinner with mcgeage n ellis short… great footballing brains eh…?!

      • JohnnyH

        Are you shouting at us with your caps lock?

  • DZA

    Same old excuses from fans not willing to help make a difference due to already paying out for a seat and so on. How wonder other clubs and Ashley laugh at our fans. Ashley knows fans will keep turning up and buying shirts etc.

    • Martin Rooney

      lots

    • KennySamsung

      To be fair I think most decent fans from other clubs (bar Sunderland) realise what a no mark Ashley really is and the position we find ourselves in.

  • Martin Rooney

    How many voters?

  • Big Al 1967

    Yes I will be boycotting but The Magpie Group does need to get the message out to the National Media otherwise this could well turn out to be a damp squib.
    If the message does not get across clearly to the likes of Sky and the Newspapers and say 40,000 turn up Ashley’s PR team will just put it down to pre Christmas/ lack of money etc

  • FatParosite

    39% No neither one…. NUFC is dead at their hands

  • BigHairyDog

    It’ll be like the last “late walkin” / “early walkout”. A few will do it and the rest will give them stick.