In the bizarre world of Mike Ashley, I would make a decent bet that he was laughing  his head off on Saturday night.

The football club that he owns had just been stuffed 3-0 at home by a team that started the day below them in the table, yet the NUFC owner would have been sinking those lager tops as if there was no tomorrow.

Winning against the Newcastle fans is far more important to him.

Ever since the rebellion that occurred when he forced Kevin Keegan out, Mike Ashley has had our card marked.

Like the old Greek Gods toying with mankind, Ashley has made it his business this past decade and counting, to make our lives a misery.

Turning St James Park into another Sports Direct outlet would have been far too quick a death, better to keep us alive, or at least existing, on the meagre rations of hope that have very occasionally trickled down to the fanbase. The fifth place finish can almost be seen as a massive negative really, now that we look back, to not make even the slightest effort to build on that surprise breakthrough season is worse than any relegation.

Likewise with Rafa Benitez, a manager leaves Real Madrid and sees Newcastle United as a long-term project where he can bring success AND actually approaches Mike Ashley to offer his services. Even Ashley wouldn’t look that gift horse in the mouth. He would however promise to look after and care for it (him) and even pretend at first he was genuine, only to then laugh in the face of this top class manager every transfer window since his first at the club, starving him of any funds and hope, just so he can really make the natives regret rebelling against him.

Pretending he is trying to sell the club for over 10 years now and still you get the odd fool, as well as those in the media who happily just repeat this lie – over and over again, that believes it is the lack of a willing buyer that is the problem. How Mike Ashley must laugh about that one.

Just like any house in your street, just like any other Premier League club, if Newcastle United was genuinely up for sale at a market price then it would have been sold 10 years ago, nine years ago, eight years ago…

An 11th minute walk-in was organised/announced by The Magpie Group, Newcastle fans weren’t interested.

It isn’t that they don’t hate Mike Ashley, it is just the vast majority saw it as pointless.

I thought it was a daft idea but I still took part.

I only thought it was daft because, just like the called off (but not letting anybody know…) Magpie Group protest at Ashley’s Sports Direct HQ the other week, it/they was/were a protest(s) too many.

Why do those when the boycott of the Wolves live on Sky TV was planned? The pre-match protests at the SD shop on Northumberland Street and the one at St James Park had continued to be well attended, so just keep those ticking along and do everything they/we can to convince the mainstream fan that boycotting this one match was the one big thing everybody could join in with, to send a message to Mike Ashley?

mike ashley

This doesn’t mean The Magpie Group are deserving of anger from other fans, they simply got the tactics wrong. The reality is that rallying Newcastle fans is the equivalent of herding cats, all but impossible.

Mike Ashley (well not him personally…) had even turned the TVs off in the concourses, to discourage the 11th minute further, so fans couldn’t watch the match. That and the fact he missed his first home game since September, tells me that he was worried that the 11th minute protest would work and his face would be picked out on TV looking down on vast sections of empty seats.

Instead, he wasn’t there but no doubt watching on a TV somewhere and delighted as all but a small minority of fans were in their seats as normal for kick-off.

I have seen a few comments where trolls/stooges, even some of them genuine fans probably, have tried to blame the 11th minute protest as at fault for the opening goal. Not sure how that works as so few did it and how that then equates to Newcastle’s defence letting a cross come in unhindered and then not marking Hernandez, is anybody’s guess. I know one thing, the same people/trolls wouldn’t have been giving the protestors credit if it had been Newcastle scoring in the 11th minute.

I think that now in the 12th year of his occupation (because that is what it feels like), fans just don’t want to really think about Mike Ashley when they are at the match, it is the one time of the week when they are, bizarrely, free to not think about him because of the distraction of the match.

mike ashley

Ironically, around 11 minutes before the final whistle, the vast majority of fans had walked OUT (see above – the Leazes, plus photos of the rest of the stadium which aren’t maybe the est of quality, though what do you expect from Level 7!).

Newcastle fans aren’t happy, they know the team/squad is really poor and they know whose fault that is.

However, knowing or believing in what to do to help get rid of Mike Ashley is quite another matter.

I still think the boycott of the Wolves match is a great idea (sacrificing one game to make a point to Mike Ashley) and I will still 100% be taking part, I also happen to think that it will still be (at least relatively) well supported.

I hope you will join me.

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  • Toontaff

    Look, the 11th minute thing was not ‘organised’. I don’t know how the magpie group operate/communicate, but most fans around me had no idea what was going on or why we were coming in late. Many probably just thought it was the drunks, day-trippers, lost, doomed and walking dead arriving late, as usual! No one was outside the Gallowgate/ST James metro to communicate the aim, with no one from the magpie group ever around to speak to fans on match days.

    • Damon Horner

      Do they accept volunteers to support them? I know little about them. To hand out leaflets you just need people to do it, a person to be a coordinator and the preparation in the days leading up to match day. I agree there should be some presence getting the message across on the day.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        It couldn’t be happening at a worse time, when the team needs all the support it can get. Staying up in Rafa’s last year is vital. Relegation will kill the club, you won’t need protests.

        • Damon Horner

          I agree, I’ve never been for the protests because for me it’s more about forcing a change by damaging revenue (impossible in the PL these days). We need a buyer basically.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Agreed and who wants to buy a disaster waiting to happen? We should channel energy into finding a buyer.

          • Damon Horner

            If the agenda is to get rid of Ashley then fan pledges to support a takeover should be something looked at, possibly even sourcing a buyer if they have the contacts.

          • mactoon

            That’s what the magpie group should be doing

          • Damon Horner

            Agreed.

          • Leazes.

            nobody is stopping you…. away you go then…. let us know how you get on.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I’ll have a word with Kev and Alan (just joking). I’m sure they could help though. Don’t be surprised if Keegan is instigating something behind the scenes. Trouble is, as you know MA doesn’t really want to sell.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I’ll mention it to Kev and Alan haha.

        • Leazes.

          Support doesn’t win matches…. players win matches….we have players more comfortable with small crowds who freeze in front of an audience.

          ….the shirt doesn’t shrink to fit inferior players, but that is what we have….

          • Lostprofit DBC

            True but having seen unrest before and having played football, I can’t help thinking that those limited players will have smelt the unrest, Ashley did.

      • Toontaff

        I’ve seen some with a banner outside SJP on tv, but they weren’t there after 2pm. Thousands of us come up the steps from the St James metro, next to the strategic burger van – seems the ideal spot to stand, to get the message across.

        • Damon Horner

          There are a lot of fans though who now never go to games. They should/could be the ones staying a little past 3pm. Who’s asking them to do that though? You’re totally right that it needs more match day coverage.

      • Albert Stubbins

        If a bloke with a loud hailer were to stand at the burger van and maybe one outside strawberry, shouting for people not to take their seats until the 11th minute it would have been one hundred times more effective than the magpie groups efforts at co ordinating a protest. It would have taken five minutes to sort out and most people going to match would have got the message. Yesterday’s effort was cringe worthy.

    • Leazes.

      Yes they were there…. it didn’t need organisation, there’s nothing to organise…. its a choice.

      • Toontaff

        A choice the vast majority were unaware of – the magpie group have not reached them. You were busy doing surveys – you should have asked everyone if they knew about it! Around me they just thought we were latecomers!

        • Leazes.

          Really… oh dear, they don’t read the news or watch TV.

        • Toon Barmy

          Comes to something, when people who no longer attend the matches, seem to know more about what is happening at NUFC, than those who do attend.

          • Leazes.

            To be fair most have their eyes closed for 90 mins

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I used to say that when I went. Now I don’t go but still love them, it helps provide a more rounded view of the state of play. Trust me, there will be 50k loyal followers out there, who no longer go but did sometime in their life.

          • Leazes.

            more probably

  • Lostprofit DBC

    The only way to get rid of him is to do what I did 10 years ago. Since then I’ve even turned down free tickets. Unfortunately that comes with a warning, I still love NUFC but have now lost my appetite for live games. The boycotts are pointless as money has already been paid. Like strikes it will show how strong or weak you are. In our case it will show that some people just can’t miss the match. Everyone knows what we think of him anyway, he will see the Wolves boycott as a perverted victory. He just wants the EPL prize money.

  • Kenny

    You could see the 1st goal coming a mile off, Snodgrass had all the time in the world to bang in the cross, the defence was a shambles, the midfield was all over the place and the attack non-existent.
    Hernandez, Chicharito which translates to Little pea, well, he p1$$ed all over us ok

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Good article by the way. Pity EVERYONE didn’t walk out 11 minutes from the end. Not that it will influence Ashley. He likes to hurt us as I’ve always said.

  • Leazes.

    Absolutely Dean…. you know what….. I would love to see exactly how Ashley has managed to fill the empty seats from two large scale walk aways by doing a survey of where fans are from…… I think that is the key to understanding what has happened to our club.

    …..you could do it on here, you don’t need addresses or anything personal just the vague postal code ie NE1-5, NE6-10, DH1-5…..DH6-10, and outside of the NE and DH area.

    I took in the game yesterday and the guys I tried to persuade not to go in were from Bishop Auckland….. they went in, nothing was going to spoil their day out, they didn’t like Ashley but hey ‘we can’t make a difference’….

    Did anyone see the film invasion of the body snatchers?

    Half time in the concourse, the tiny TV screens were back on I looked about and listened to the accents around, and a heck of a lot of pitmatic there from the ‘shire’ there were groups of people none of whom were wearing any colours…..students loads of them. Women on mobile phones with kids in tow neither looking like they wanted to be there, dodging plates of chips saturated in the condoment of choice….gravy, made my way back to seat….

    ….Where did United’s fans go, what happened to the club…..

    ….these are matchday experience fans.

    I don’t just fear for the club…….I fear for humanity in the absence of morality and decency….. do we really have the club we deserve, do we have the press we deserve?

    I put this to you…. the boycott will have worked, because it already has…. there aren’t any United fans from Newcastle left inside there!

    • Ry

      Well obviously, you don’t actually think there’s 50,000 geordies there do you? A good few thousand drive back down the A1 past wetherby after every home game

      • Toontaff

        I never buy beer or food at SJP – it’s too expensive, disgusting smell-wise cannot tell you taste-wise – easy to go to pubs, takeaways/Greggs/Milligans + a couple of cans of stella in coat pocket from mini supermarkets near ground like Sainsbury/Tesco. I cannot watch us sober!

        • Leazes.

          It is…. do you know you cant buy a straight whisky in the concourse…. just the sports bars.

          • Toontaff

            I’m sure they do miniatures in the mini supermarkets -may smuggle some in!

          • Leazes.

            They had that can of Jack Daniels and Coke that you can get for about £1.50 in a supermarket…… six quid.

          • Paul Patterson

            When a pie is £4.40 and a pint of p**s (sorry Carling) is above £4 you know someone is raking it in. Even the bottles of beer are above £4 which is robbery . .

          • Leazes.

            heck of a mark up

          • Paul Patterson

            If I was to replicate what I do in a pub watching a match (scaled back because you can’t take beer off the concourses) You’d be looking at £20+ for four pints and a pie, plus the £34 that is extracted to get you in. Adding in travel and you’re looking at £50+ inside the ground and another £10 getting to and from. Even if you DON’T drink with friends before/after (I do) you’re talking about one hell of an expensive day out.

          • Leazes.

            No wonder Matchday experience fans don’t want their day ruined by participation in anything which distracts from leisure time.

          • Paul Patterson

            Oh and Guinness (my usual) comes IN A CAN. For £4+. Jazzed up by that machine they put it on to give it life. Shocking . .

        • porciestreet

          Every outlet within the stadium is as was previously stated, franchised out anyway so this is not all profit for the disgusting fat git…!

      • Leazes.

        Good observation….. maybe we are getting to the reason Douglas Hall put up a huge billboard in the middle of Pennywell to advertise the New United shirt years ago….

    • Grahame Johnson

      NE6 Byker block u gallowgate

      • Leazes.

        One…. I’ll count

    • Schön Scheepers

      Just for the record…been a newcastle fan for well on twenty years…not from newcastle…never been…but chose a team because they weren’t liverpool or Manchester.. chose a team because they were mainly hard working average blokes like my father and me…always supported 100 percent…moved to the isle of man from South Africa 5 years ago…but have refused to go st James park…until Ashley is gone…that’s my choice…others are free to support our team anyway they want…I despise Cashley, but will never stop loving my Newcastle United…and I’m not a Geordie by birth…but by choice…and that should count for something…Howay the lads.

      • Leazes.

        Probably counts for something, not sure what…..

        • Schön Scheepers

          huh…all that from a name…mystical Leazes…the guru…

          • Leazes.

            You telling me your name isn’t a pun?

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Every genuine fan welcome but you are right to stay away under Ashley.

      • porciestreet

        And bless you Sir.

    • Paul Patterson

      I’ve noticed a sharp increase in accents from different regions over the last few years. Not to say some aren’t Newcastle fans but from some they generally aren’t talking about the match . . DH2 East stand by the way . .

      • Leazes.

        My theory is still standing as far as I can see, on here at least.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Good post, welcome to the world of modern day football. Even the big 6 will have fans like that, even more of them. Surprised you go given your feelings towards Ashley.

      • Leazes.

        Liverpool’s support comes from Ireland, this is an eye opener here though…. Went yesterday, I turn up at protests like Gandalf…… won’t be there next week.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Everton Wales, Man Utd everywhere in the world. I wouldn’t go again….all been said before.

          • Leazes.

            I’ve stood amongst Man United fans at the old Highbury in the Clock end….. they were largely from Manchester and London but maybe that is the away support, the lads I spoke to from Bishop Auckland said they were regular away travellers…..

            ….Regional Club you see…. nowt to do in Bishop Auckland.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I’ve stood on the Gelderd end next to Leeds fans from from everywhere when they were successful, Man Utd as well. It’s a fact of life, success breeds a following.

          • Leazes.

            …..soccer fans not partisans….. Sky and MOTD presume we all want to watch every club….. well I don’t.

          • Realist

            I think I know who you are on about and the fact they come from bishop for every home game is to be applauded. What your doing here your having direct dig at them you sad sad man.

        • Mr_Kinnear

          Will you be there at the next home game? I expect so.Ashley just wants profit. The only thing that will really work is boycott all gone games.i guess we all know that won’t happen.

          • Leazes.

            just read what I said.

          • Mr_Kinnear

            So you won’t go to Any more home games while Ashley is still there? Really!

          • porciestreet

            How on earth is boycott going to threaten him whenthe vast majority are ST holders and he already has your wedge tucked away in the Turks and Cacos somewhere.
            Hes not worried in the least. Laughing at the fans from one weeks end to the next. The football at St James Park these days is only a bi-product of his very successfull advertising machine. The club was never bought for football which is why hes not fussed about selling.
            FATBASTADOOT.
            HWTL.

    • Realist

      Your agenda is very sinister, it’s not about Nufc and football it’s about creating division. Your on about women with kids but if it wasn’t for my mother taking me from 4 year old i would never have been introduced to nufc, and she was there because she wanted to be there and loved the club. You have a strange mentality leazes.

    • Albert Stubbins

      There’s at least two!! Me and wor youngun. Joking aside I know plenty of lads from Newcastle who still go. Sick as chips but still go. There’s always been a big united support from bishop Auckland and south durham. I personally know quite a few. Great lads.

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Invasion of the Body Snatchers” classic,(original,not remake). It’s stopped being a working class game,Sky and the media (money) have taken it away.The cost of a ticket given all the other money flowing in is a disgrace and has priced out a lot of people who strongly supported the team in past decades (as you said in a recent post ”we have been chavved” )

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Get Out” would be another film analogy where decent workers (supporters) are replaced by people of another social strata with money for fun etc.

    • New Durham Mags

      @GWatason3:disqus did you have the same opinion during the 90s (when we were decent) when there was just as many as today going week in and out, home and away ?
      Your out of order trying to pin the bame on the lads from durham, All this just to fit your narrative.
      Take a look around next time you go to an away game all stadiums atmospheres are dying and have been made “family frendly” in England, Palace were the latest set of fans to be shafted all in the name of family seating areas.
      Its got nothing to do with if you live in NE1 or DH1 its all down to the snowflakes and do gooders.

      • Realist

        Spot on post mate, leazes has an agenda it’s not about nufc or football it’s about creating division, the bloke is a t0ss pot.

  • Guest

    Not sure this sends the right message ,leazes

    It’s a strange comment from someone who has always championed inclusion and equality in his posts, yet now, unless you are a”geordie” you are not wanted ?

    Personally, I don’t think it’s anything to do with where you are from. Our fan base simply reflects society and It’s attitude to football.
    It is now a “match day experience” and no longer the most important part of a person’s life

    Me, I have had five North East post codes in my time, starting in alnwick, ending in durham. Which one counts ?

    • Paul Patterson

      I think the point was ‘who’ are the postcodes not where they are from.

    • Realist

      I agree with what your saying but I’ve never seen leases championing inclusion inclusion and equality in his posts, he jumps on anyone who has a different opinion. He is a fascist, simples.

    • Superdooperhooper

      I think the day out squad are a big problem. They’re propping up the regime . They come into town for a day out shopping eating drinking etc and sheepishly attend the match without thinking about the standard of football or the running of the club . I wonder how many would bother to go if the stadium were far away from the city centre ?

  • Leicester Mag

    There’s an argument he broke the fans when a bigger crowd turned up when Keegan resigned. There’s an argument he broke the fans when he appointed Joke Kinnear and still they came. There’s an argument he broke the fans when he sacked Chris Hughton and appointed the silver sh5thead, this was stomached. Theres an argument he broke the fans when he tried to rename St James Park. There’s an argument he broke the fans when he appointed serial flop Pep McNugget, when he relegated us 2nd time over, when he failed to back Rafa repeatedly. Why would now be different? Sadly he never had to break the majority ever and so he wins

    • Leazes.

      Different fans Leicester….I noticed that last season….. for years under the previous regime it was always the same crowd, and that changed after Wise stitched up Keegan…. a total or should I say a large scale turnaround in support….. the stadium has been ‘chavified’ (there’s one for Suzy at the OED)….

      • Paul Patterson

        I sat in a different seat a couple of games ago and it was amusing to be sat next to a woman and (I presume) her daughter. Not a word said all game, no interaction between themselves or others. Hands on handbag looking straight ahead almost puzzled that there was a game going on 50ft in front of them.

        • Leazes.

          Funnies thing I saw was a lass with a bairn under one arm and a phone in the other hand and calling for her toddler by name….. ”Chelsea”… in the Milburn stand.

          • Realist

            What’s your point?

        • Leicester Mag

          Sure you weren’t sat near Charnley?

        • Tweed Mag

          There are many like them. The Brighton game was the last I got to and I may as well sat with tailor’s dummies. Some even looked down their noses when my brother and I raised our voices (no bad language of course).

        • 1957

          Before ditching my ticket this season, I spent two seasons in the family enclosure with my grandson. The noticeable thing is the number of kids who don’t want to be there and play games on mobile phones for the 90 minutes… they only lift their heads when its time to go to the concourse at half time

          • Dave Pattinson

            So young…but so wise?

          • Realist

            What a load of shyte.

        • Rich Lawson

          Was it ”Mike’s” family ?

      • Colin Marr

        Chavified? more like middle classafired.

        • Leazes.

          Apart from the students from the Uni….. it has become chavved-up (that’s in the dictionary)

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Good post, the moral of the story is that great fans won’t be put off as it is their club not his. His for too long mind!

  • Cockneytrev

    The organisation of the magpie group is woeful , they mean well , but they aren’t getting the message accross ,, I was in the town last night and a couple of the lads I was with didn’t even know about the 11 minute protest,, the sportsredirect sign looks too much like his own advertising and to The casual viewer is just more of Ashleys advertising.
    The only good thing about yesterday for me was the fact he turned off the TVs, therefore he was nervous about the protest , hopefully the wolves boycott will have more participation in it,, but I won’t hold my breath.
    Ashley out!!!!

    • Paul Patterson

      Turning the tv’s off was a summation of the man himself. Petty, vindictive, spiteful and deliberate.

      • Leazes.

        He wasn’t actually there…. his people are there though.

      • porciestreet

        You forgot the 4r5h01e Paul.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      He wasn’t nervous just purely spiteful.

    • 5floorshigh

      agree about the banner, most ppl don’t stop to read, a fleeting glance and its a SD advert

    • Mr_Kinnear

      He does not give a Shiite. He’s not worried. Full house again. Even if no one turns up for Wolves game, he gets lots of money from sky and full house the next home game.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Or he was plain vindictive.

  • Phil P

    How many times do I see a journalist having a go at this man who paid millions of his own money for this club..Get a life…If he wants to sell or keep it then it is his to do as he feels.

    • KennySamsung

      … and if he wants the club to die there is nothing we can do about it!!

  • Steve Smith

    I’d say he’s more than broken the fans.

    You’ve got people bleating “support the team not the regime” who will boo the protesters, hand over money to Ashley, and then boo the players as well.

    They’ve got their lines muddled. They’re supporting the regime over the team.

  • 5floorshigh

    it would seem the protests are being carried out by a small %, most likely the same for the boycott at the Wolves game, all which will go largely unnoticed by the media. If the same number staged a sit in after the Wolves game would this not create more of a scene and possibly more media coverage ?

    • Leazes.

      If the number who walked OUT yesterday out is replicated in a boycott it’ll be a success…. I think it’ll be very noticable, the consequences are another decade of Ashley…..

      ….. and he’ll wear thin with the people who he’s filling the stadium with….. he can’t win but he can linger….

      ….we have to hasten the process by a boycott….. a very public statement.

      • 5floorshigh

        I don’t believe a one match boycott by a minority is that newsworthy, if its protest by boycott than it has to be every home game, the numbers would most likely grow until it reaches a majority then it becomes a real headache for Ashley..but this will never happen !

      • Dave Pattinson

        Agreed mate…no more pussyfooting around just f…ing do it next Sat!

        • Realist

          Craic on next Saturday, wolves will be 48 thousand plus.

          • Dave Pattinson

            Sadly & very probably true!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      True or a COMPLETE walk out after Wolves third goal.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    True, or a COMPLETE walk out after Wolves third goal.

    • porciestreet

      The cameras dont run thru half time so wasted effort.
      Thebastad knows we hate him and switching the concourse tellys off just shows what a nasty spitefull git he is.
      Very sadly we’ re stuck with him till he either moves on or he drops dead….preferably the latter.
      FATBASTADOOT
      HWTL.

  • Andy Mac

    As I have said before if you’d been asked, back in 2007, if you’d want to watch mediocrity interspersed with relegations for 11 miserable years I doubt you’d have voted “Yes Please” ?

    So how can you hand sitters be sure you aren’t voting for another 11 long success starved seasons by simply doing nothing ? 🤔

  • Brian Standen

    People keep talking about Boycotts and protests and that is fine – because everyone wants the same end result!
    But the fact is there were less than 5000 who came in on 11 minutes – oh yeah the minute West Ham scored their first goal!
    For the record it’s easy to boycott if you don’t have a ticket anyway!
    Most of the talk I heard before the game was all about needing a win and the 11th minute ‘walk in’ hardly merited a mention!
    Why not Boycott a cup game? Those are notoriously poorly attended anyway, Why pick a game ( Wolves) when we need three points and the players need the support!
    Make no mistake Mike Ashley will only go when it suits him!

    • Leazes.

      We have to make it suit him….. he’s going to experience another hit at the end of this season when a lot more walk….. this will be the third during his occupation.

      Fans are walking now.

      Who was that noisy little group at the back of the Gallowgate then?

      • Brian Standen

        Which is sort of my point, how can you ask people to stay away when they already paid!
        However anybody who says relegation would get rid of him is way off the mark!
        Relegation again could be terminal

        • X2

          Sounds like you’ve already given up.

        • KennySamsung

          I agree to a point but what is your opinion on how to get rid of Ashley?

          • Brian Standen

            And I have said over and over there is no answer – unfortunately he will only go on his terms.

          • KennySamsung

            I agree but the difference in those days was not necessarily the money more a case of a lack of ambition. Was it Lord Westwood or Gordon Mckeag who asked why supporters would expect the team to beat Man Utd. At a time when Nottingham Forest with Brian Clough won two European Cups, I think, meant anyside could get to the top. Now its all about the money mega bucks and ours wont spend what is required or doesn’t have the resources.
            Just keeping the team in the premiership isn’t enough hopefully for everyone.

          • Brian Standen

            Fair points of course – maybe the none keeganites have a mindset like me- those who came ( joined) when he was in charge maybe expect success!
            For me I been going err 48 years and I don’t expect success!
            I agree the motivation for clubs is different these days and Sky et al are possibly to blame.
            I wish I had a solution but I don’t !

        • Leazes.

          Nobody is asking anyone to sever a limb….. just stay in the pub or watch from home with a decent beer….

          ….just think about it…. a nice chilled Stella in a proper glass or a watered down Carlsberg in a plastic container so thin it crumples just holding it……large screen with replays or no screen with a cold wind…

          ….the matchday experience that Ashley and Sodexo serve is pretty tasteless and expensive.

          ….one game for Bobby Robson!

          Do it for the Gaffer….he’s looking down!

          • New Durham Mags

            The same Gaffa who comes from Langley Park Durham !!
            The same people you tried to blame yesterday for the lack of interest in a boycott and for not having the same love for Newcastle as they dont live in the city.
            Your agument is flawed, its bad enough we have to put up with this rubbish from the Makems. Dont expect it from fellow MAGS

        • Tweed Mag

          It is just one game Brian, not forever.

          • Brian Standen

            Ok. Two direct questions !
            Are you season ticket holder are regular attender?
            Would you accept relegation if Ashley went?

          • Tweed Mag

            Not any more and there is no answer to the second question.

          • Brian Standen

            Fair enough

      • Realist

        All in your own little mind leazes .
        Your time is up following the toon 😂🖐hahaha

        • FatParosite

          Just get lost gob$hite.

      • KennySamsung

        Thats the thing, I don’t think they will be relegated but if he is still around which he probably will be I wont be renewing my ST.

        • Leazes.

          Yup it will be enough for another big hit with or without Rafa.

      • X2

        Yes.

    • FatParosite

      These are typical mutterings of someone who is bought by very low rent propaganda. A growing withdrawal from the terraces WILL rid us from Ashley. You spouting nonsense merely does Ashley’s PR work for him.

      • Brian Standen

        Nonsense? Really ? I take every bodies points and respond how I see things – and I dont consider anyone’s opinion as nonsense!
        At least the nonsense I spout is done without hiding behind an alias!

        • FatParosite

          So using your real name means you’re not speaking nonsense? Or you are speaking nonsense but it has the gravitas of not being behind an alias? I like most of the things you say Brian. I just think you’re naive. Saying things like ‘Make no mistake Mike Ashley will only go when it suits him!’ tells me that you’re one of those who chides others to not rock the boat because we can’t beat the system. Statements like that invariably make it harder for that system to be subverted. A self fulfilling prophet. With a real name.

          • Brian Standen

            I 100% believe that he will go only when he is ready – and yeah I detest him as much as you!
            At 54 I disagree that I’m niaive – I just know I have seen it all before!

    • Themoscow72

      More like 100 came in after the 11th minute all bar 12 in the Gallowgate end.

      • Toon Arnie

        So you agree the idiots who blame such a tiny minority for the 11th minute goal are talking absolute rubbish surely ?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I like that analogy about the Greek Gods with Ashley messing with Newcastle’s fans.
    Just like the 1981 film “Clash Of The Titans” with the chessboard and the statue pieces.
    You could just see Ashley sitting there with his laurel wreath on his heed dressed in whites robes lobbing the grapes in his mouth.

    Well he does like to wear a white shirt…

  • Peaky

    Started my boycott in January 2015…..still on it……won’t set foot back in SJP til FatTwat fucksoff……

  • Rich Lawson

    The sad truth is that it doesn’t matter what we do,he is a very stubborn man who actually seems to thrive on criticism and won’t go until he wants to or just gets bored with it,we are a very small part of his empire.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Very true, I am afraid

    • Leazes.

      wrong

      • grumpyoldmag

        Do enlighten us oh guru

    • Brian Standen

      Exactly

    • andrew baron

      He would be gone in very short order with an empty ground for a few weeks but many fans seem to have Stockholm syndrome. I have to say it’s a bit sad if folks can’t find anything else to do for a few weeks. Surely a short disruption versus another decade of this would be worth it?

      • Albert Stubbins

        Stockholme syndrome. Interesting theory that. God I hope your wrong though!!

      • Rich Lawson

        If it’s short he won’t care,he’s already banked the season ticket money,only a prolonged substantial drop in attendance might start to have an affect but I don’t think the vast majority are up for that ? Lets see what the crowd is on Sunday and talk about it more ?

      • Steve

        Stopped going after the first summer window Rafa was given no backing, our 1st season back in the PL. The fans need to start doing something (I wish I had the answer), because by the end of the season when Rafa is gone, it will be too late for the 50k fans moaning on Sky Sports News.

      • grumpyoldmag

        Why do you think he would sell if the ground was empty? What in all his history of business dealings suggests he backs down from a fight? He doubles down on his enemies and toys / dummies come flying out. See his dispute with intu or the history of his business dealings with whelan.

    • X2

      The protests have definitely made a difference. Ashley has been rattled at times. Why not help out? You don’t have a football club now anyway, just a billboard and cash cow positioned to just survive relegation.

      • Rich Lawson

        I blanked West Ham completely rather than mess about after 11mins,really glad I didn’t go,lets see what the crowd is on Sunday and come back to it then ?

        • Themoscow72

          The crowd will be over fifty thousand that is for sure.

          • David Cresswell

            Despite the (already artificially high) attendance having slipped below 50,000 on more than one occasion in recent matches?

          • Toon Arnie

            … and at least 10,000 will leave before full time – disgraceful. I hope this doesn’t include you Moscow ?

  • NUFCLX

    I will be boycotting the Wolves game, if the boycott is a failure I will be throwing the towel in and cancelling my ST.
    I am now of the opinion that the majority of the fans have the owner they deserve. Some fans were booing the few of us who walked in late in the Bar 1892 stand (The TV’s were on in that concourse).
    A small group of what I would call Genuine Fans form the Magpie Group and all I hear is people either slagging them or telling them what THEY should be doing.
    Good luck to the 50,000 who do nothing, carry on complaining about Fatman and do nothing about it, that will get rid of him.

    • Martin Rooney

      Thanks I wish you all the best, not joining in with blokes acting like kids is not doing nothing

      • justchampion

        So what is your suggestion? At least these guys are trying something or are you happy the way it is? Presumably you are one of the apologists who think we are a well run profitable businesses, which we are but even if we were budget neutral we could be so much more. Don’t you see that?

        • Martin Rooney

          He’s named his price and offered easy terms start a fund and buy it off him. It’s not difficult to raise the cash needed.

          • David Cresswell

            Really? I’m all ears?

          • Martin Rooney

            Yes really by all ears, I guess you want a schedule?

          • David Cresswell

            In terms of how it is “not difficult to raise the cash”. That’s before you even consider trying to persuade him to accept it

          • Martin Rooney

            Establish a small fund say £10m, many eminent novocastrians are voicing their concerns so they can be it’s trustees or even NUST. Then make him an offer, of the amount he supposedly wants as with the Glazer’s and Shepherd and hall borrow it then pay it back. Increase our spend with the club, Widen what the club does for community and accelerate it’s revenue streams sell a few players, sell a lot of players even take relegation.
            As for the second point if he refuses then it’s time to walk away from nufc and start something new. With a £10m to start and just 5000 fans owning
            at it the outset then it won’t take long to gather momentum

          • David Cresswell

            The very reluctant seller aside, I’d be delighted to hear this formulated into something more solid and could maybe even stretch to the £2,000 it would need all 5000 fans to commit to. I’m less confident we’d find another 4999 (or 4998 if you’re happy too) and not sure £10m would help us very far toward a £300-£400 million target. Bring it to the next magpie group open meeting though and run it up the flagpole?

          • Martin Rooney

            I would chip in to but I wouldn’t do anything with the magpie group, I don’t rate it’s organisation and therefore unlikely to gain traction from the numbers needed.
            NUST?

          • David Cresswell

            Be my guest – any protest is a good protest, when it comes to #AshleyOut

          • David Cresswell

            I believe NUST would be a requirement of fan ownership anyway

  • X2

    Thank you Magpie Group for not just moaning but taking action and investing time and money to try and win back NUFC from Ashley. Including the 11th minute walk-in.

    • Martin Rooney

      It’s not the right action though buy the club of him

  • Foggy

    He’s making money. He won’t go until he is not making money. As a southern [email protected] he enjoys sticking it to us. That’s all this is about.

  • Guest

    Thanks guys, A sensible debate today.
    many valid points from both sides of the divide
    My opinion is that if Ashley stays then our future is simply to be a club who make up the numbers , never to challenge for honours
    But you know what, apart from , let’s say 8 seasons in the last 50, we never have. Most of the time we are usually a second tier club
    So each of us has to ask ourselves the question… Am I happy to go along and watch my team play to survive in the “greatest league in the world” or do I want to force change which could result in the club doing a Sunderland .
    Each to their own

    • Chuck D

      What and we couldn’t “do a Sunderland” under Ashley?

      When Rafa walks in the summer or still quite possibly next month, there is still every possibility we could drop as far as they have.

      • Martin Rooney

        No because hecwill offer a very good manager double what they are on now then loan/facilitate £50m of spending to get back up.
        His experience is that it works.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Don’t agree with second tier club. Overwhelming majority of time since 1892 has been spent in top tier.

      • Brian Standen

        The point is the last 60 years I guess!

        • Albert Stubbins

          Of which 55 have been spent in the top division. We are a club that until relatively recently challenged for honours. Under fat Mike we haven’t nor will we. We all know the reasons why. Not being a top tier club? Of course we are. It’s one of the key reasons the fat man bought us. That and the fact we will put up with virtually anything thrown at us.

          • Martin Rooney

            I think he meant second tier as in behind the 1st tier of Manu arsenal licerpool, chelsea and man City aren’t as when the money goes they are back amongst us.

          • Brian Standen

            Absolute rubbish! We challenged a bit in mid to late 90s and under SBR we tapped on the door again!
            From 69 to early 90s we had one FA cup final and one league cup final – challenging ? Absolute rubbish!
            Oxford united had more success – go away!

          • Albert Stubbins

            The ten years before fatty we finished second twice and were in two cup finals plus Europe regularly. How’s that not challenging?

          • Brian Standen

            And exactly why your name is wrong – Mr Stubbins!
            Look into the bigger picture – 1950s were great! 1900 to 1911 we ruled England!
            But in other times it’s been tiny glimpses or hopes!
            Albert Stubbins was by all accounts a true great and if YOU were lucky enough to see him play then I’m jealous !
            Hey I saw Tony Green and WOW – but we still won nowt!

          • Albert Stubbins

            I never saw Albert play but he was apparently very good and from Wallsend so a local great as well. That notwithstanding the hard facts were that we were a club that was challenging regularly. I’m not on about 70 s or Oxford united. I was at the 5- 2 game by the way, I’m on about the ten years prior to fatty. Since he came we’ve nosedived and it’s no coincidence why!!

          • Brian Standen

            As was I! We are wanting the same thing but arguing over different points !

          • Albert Stubbins

            Oxford united had more success? Pillock.

          • Brian Standen

            How much silverware have Oxford won since we did , QPR, Wimbledon need I go on – come meet me and talk about it sensibly.

          • Albert Stubbins

            If your comparing that one league cup win to our history you’ve lost your marbles.theyre a third division club ffs.

          • Brian Standen

            But it’s still silverware. Marbles lost?
            Not at all but we have won nowt in my time – 50 years!!!!!

          • Albert Stubbins

            Fairs cup not count then? To be fair they did have a canny team in mid 80 s. Wasn’t Maxwell going to join them up with reading?

          • Brian Standen

            Of course Fairs cup counts so I should have said 50 years- apologies!
            As for Maxwell I seem to remember he had links with a few clubs

          • Albert Stubbins

            Who was the worst chairman/owner? Now that’s a debate.

          • Brian Standen

            Now that’s a good question – for me it is Ashley because the others were directors etc, but they really kept it ‘in house’.
            If you really ever wanna debate that I’m def open to it

          • Albert Stubbins

            Do you not think fatso would consider an amalgamation if it was going to make him money? He sell his own granny !! Lol lol. Aye fatso is in a league of his own when it comes to greed. I wish we hadnt been such an enticing proposition for him. He saw the potential to exploit like any predator. Just wish it wasn’t us that became his prey!!

          • Martin Rooney

            Careful truth hurts you’ll ipset a few deniers

      • Themoscow72

        Under Ashley the record is a lot better 16.6% outside the top division
        as opposed to 24% before he arrived so long live Ashley. Bring as many friends as possible to the Wolves game.

        • James Hopkins

          But the fcb has been here for 12 long years and you are comparing that to the rest of the clubs history. Just strange

        • James Hopkins

          You could add in the fact that he has overseen a third of the clubs relegations.

        • Toon Arnie

          Pathetic

    • Brian Standen

      Great comment and very poignant

    • justchampion

      Safc fans had the perfect opportunity to own their club. I would rather we were in league 2 with management that had the best interests of nufc at heart than that of Ashley who is only in it for himself.

  • justchampion

    You know what I am starting to dislike a proportion of our support. Personally i don’t subscribe to the delayed entrance or the boycott because I don’t think enough fans will subscribe to make a meaningful difference. This i respect, however when those fans boo those who make a stance to at least try snd force change need to have a word with themselves. You are supporting the Ashley ‘business model’ and are not true supporters of nufc.

    • Brian Standen

      You are absolutely right ! Whatever side of this fence people are on does not merit any abuse

      • Albert Stubbins

        Fair comment. Apologies.

    • Toon Arnie

      I bet a large proportion of those people booing the protestors left before the end as well – ironic.

  • Guest

    That’s my fault ,you lads had a fall out
    I meant we are not a top club e.g. European cup winning premiership winning fa cup winning club
    We could be , we all know that , but we have not been a major force in English football since 1955

    the facts are Oxford Coventry Wimbledon Luton Wigan have all won something in the last 30 years

    So it comes down to that old question, what you dee m to be a big club

    For us it’s always the huge fan base, isn’t it

    And now those 50000 are seen as the problem !!!
    Strange world

  • FatParosite

    NUFC is dead.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Look at the attendances for the last 11 years.Crowds keep coming. Moaning all the while. Some dissenting voices protesting but with little support from the 50 thousand plus. The supporters are getting what they deserve. How can you say you are not supporting the regime when you give them your money every season. Ashley wont change while he is filli g his pockets, would he.

  • Themoscow72

    The protest was a joke and indeed embarrassing to say the least . The people I was with sitting in our seats outside the box could not believe how low the nos were with 99.998% of people taking there seats shortly after kick off. Apart from a hundred or so in the Gallowgate there was barely a dozen in the rest of the ground pathetic to say the least. At least against Wolves Rafa, the players and the true fans will be free of the protesters which will be a good thing. Sunday will be the day Newcastle becomes United again with the protesters at home. Happy days.

    • David Cresswell

      Sorry to call you out again, but there was the best part of a couple of thousand in the Gallowgate concourse alone. I’m afraid your numbers are way off. It may still just be small percentage of the overall crowd, but the snowball is undoubtedly growing #NotBlowingOver

    • Toon Arnie

      I think the numbers of people who left before the end, again, was a lot more embarrassing. Thoughts ?

  • X2

    Every individual makes a difference. If you don’t like the way Ashley is running the club, boycott the Wolves game. Why not just try it? Do your bit.

    • Themoscow72

      Why protest what difference will it make none at all. Will it help find a buyer no. Will more than likely send them running to the hills.

      • David Cresswell

        You are perfectly entitled to sit it out, but don’t disparage those for seeking a quicker solution, however arduous the initial battle seems. The only real failure is a failure to try – IMHO

      • Mr_Kinnear

        If it won’t make a difference what do you have to lose? Give it a go you might like it

      • Toon Arnie

        What about all the people who leave early every game – surely this must negatively impact the players ?