Irony, eh? Not a description of our opponents today, who I need to start by pointing out were very good and deserved this win. No, irony at the attitude of some Newcastle supporters to recent events here. Sorry… but I’m breaking rank a bit here. I’ve long maintained the mantra that protest action is up to the individual and people should respect others’ decision. However, I find the short-sighted, vitriolic attitude of an element of our support to be disrespectful to others at best, and downright thick at worst.

I don’t know what happened in the first eleven minutes of the game as I took part in the walk-in. When I came up the steps Newcastle were kicking off, having gone a goal behind. I was unaware of this as the club had switched off the TVs in the concourse in their latest show of contempt, not that these protests bother them in any way of course. If you think that people trailing into their seats caused the West Ham goal, then you are thick. Other than the fact it was long scored by the time most people emerged, the movement of an arbitrary percentage of people should not and did not affect the defenders who went to sleep a bit, allowing Hernandez to run through and give the Hammers the lead. You also can’t claim the walk-in was unsupported while simultaneously blaming the volume of people supporting the walk-in for disrupting the game.

Apparently some people got abuse when taking their seats. This is unforgivable and contrary to the line of respecting people’s choice. Perhaps tainted by conceding a disappointing goal, but if you think you’ve got the right to abuse others for their harmless choices over inoffensive matters, there’s a place for people like you, and it’s called Twitter.

Newcastle never really clicked today. The choice of Manquillo in for Monday’s match winner Clark was a bit baffling, although a return to the formation that did for Watford and Bournemouth. Manquillo just doesn’t look the part, but this is a consequence of having a neglectful owner, who insists on bargain bin signings.

West Ham looked dangerous on the counter but we had the chances to level and more in the first half. Perez could have won us the game by half time but his finishing was beyond woeful. When through one on one, Rondon was poised to pick up any rebound should Fabianski have saved it. All Perez had to do was hit the target but he blazed wide. Same with the header he put over moments later, or the chance he did well to make for himself, but did abysmally to miss.

Perez was withdrawn after 78 minutes, with Joselu entering the fray to little effect. When Perez left the field there were ironic cheers towards the player who put his fingers in his ears after scoring our first winning goal of the season. Here begins the irony. People who have derided others for initiating disruption towards the team were no doubt complicit in a negative attack on a player in black and white. There will be a response here that it’s ludicrous to assume this, but I believe it fits with the ironic, ignorant attitudes of those that trumpet the line of supporting the team while contributing to a laughably quiet and negative atmosphere.

Here’s the thing with Perez: he cost a couple of million quid from the Spanish second division. He has regularly underperformed in between spells of contributing valuable goals, and I just don’t think he’s good enough to be a starting forward for a Premier League side. But it’s not his fault, it is the fault of a policy of austerity that has limited Newcastle United to playing people sourced from the Spanish second division on the off-chance of a sell-on payday. It’s misdirected anger towards him and it is the absolute polar opposite of supporting the team. Either don’t bother creating an atmosphere of toxic negativity against Wolves, or don’t carp on about supporting Rafa and the lads.

Speaking of Rafa, the striker he wanted to sign, but couldn’t because he cost £16 million, put West Ham two up. Hernandez latched on to Arnautovic’s flick on to notch his and the Hammers’ second and all but seal the win after 63 minutes.

It has to be said our attacking potential was embarrassing as we pushed to get something in the closing stages. Rondon and Atsu fired speculative efforts straight at Fabianski, Shelvey did his party piece of blazing a well placed free kick well over the bar and Joselu smashed a cross over the heads of several well placed team mates.

However, the team were at least trying in spite of the latest dose of irony. With an attacking formation and time to snatch the goal that would set up a grandstand finish, United needed the support in the same way it was credited with seeing them home against Bournemouth. They got another dollop of irony, as huge swathes of the crowd chose to withdraw that support, taking part in an unadvertised walk out 11 minutes from the end. Maybe the message got confused in the Daily Mail or something.

I am not having the opinions of people who are hypocrites and walking contradictions, and I know for a fact that this element of our support base will be back against Wolves, wanting a blue Peter badge for what they delusionally and ridiculously claim to be support.

That boycott may be slightly better supported given that the recent bubble has faded and died against West Ham. In the last minute of injury time, Manquillo rounded off his day’s work by presenting Anderson with the opportunity to make it 3-0. The Brazilian summer signing made no mistake against the team that collectively cost around the same as him. However, it was clear that there are huge numbers in the ground that are just fine with that situation.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 West Ham 3

Goals:

West Ham: Hernandez 11, 63 Anderson 90+3

Possession was West Ham 41% Newcastle 59%

Total shots were  West Ham 7 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 4

Corners were  West Ham 3 Newcastle 7

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 54), Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Shelvey 70), Rondon, Perez (Joselu 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark

Crowd: 51,853 (West Ham 3,200)

(Damning Alan Shearer verdict HERE)

(Newcastle 0 West Ham 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat HERE)

(Has Mike Ashley finally broken the Newcastle fans – Read HERE)

(Rafa Benitez makes clear to Mike Ashley “What they spend, what we spend…you can see that on the pitch” – Read HERE)

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  • Alan

    If all this website is going to do is criticise the fans who do not join the protests and let politics and the hate of Ashley dominate it’s reporting of football issues then it’s goodbye from me.

    • Wezza

      Goodbye then.

    • lee blakey

      Good point Alan. I’m no Ashley fan but for christ sake! It’s turning into a really boring red revolution. Just because you’re more militant than others does n’t make you right. What if Ashley leaves and we get a worse case scenario?! Let’s keep Ashley on his toes but still try and enjoy supporting THE LADS…

      • KRS1

        What could be a worse case scenario? I would rather have Satan as Owner, Hitler as MD and Jimmy Saville as Director of Football. None would be more shameful than Ashley

      • Wezza

        So it COULD be worse so let’s just give in and keep ashley here?

        • lee blakey

          To be fair, I’ve defended our fans’ concerns about Ashley online and on Talksport when ‘pundits’ and ‘experts’ imply that we are deluded and/or unreasonable and I’m obviously on here contributing my view that I do n’t like how our club is run. I’m not happy with things as they are. I just think that these tactics only end in people fighting amongst themselves and possibly aid Ashley in making us all look daft squabbling. I wonder how we look to potential owners. We need people to see us as an amazing club and fanbase. Also, I basically want to enjoy the football side of things and the atmosphere…

    • Leazes.

      Remember to #BoycottWolves….

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        That should be fun and games to see how it turns out and the inevitable fall out from it lol

        • Leazes.

          Faint heart never won fair maid.

      • Pezza

        Yes Alan, do what Leazes’ says.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      To be fair Alan I think it’s less about criticising those that made the choice that for whatever reason the protest wasn’t for them and more about criticising those that are having a go at fans who whether effective or not are actually trying to make Ashley’s life more difficult and highlight the issues of his cynical, soulless ownership.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Everyone is free to do what they please. We all know the reasons for the protesters. Perhaps you could educate people as to why they will not protest. Their reasons are still valid

    • Pezza

      The Mag will ban you anyway if you don’t follow their agenda, by removing yourself, you cut out the middle man.

      There used to be debate on here, now it’s just idiots like Leazes’

  • Horseyz

    Think you’ve nailed it mate…how people can argue support the team but either do the polar opposite or do nothing is beyond me. Then they do off early for reasons unknown.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    Rightly or wrongly I’ve kept my season ticket through 11 years of Ashley inspired misery and I’ve probably enjoyed 4 of them, his first year full of hope before he fell out with Keegan and we discovered the bloke he is and who he surrounds himself with but even the 5th place (followed by failure to build on it with sole signing of Anita), first season in the Championship (followed by sacking a man in Hughton who’d done well to restore dignity to the club) and the second Championship season (lied and disrespected Rafa, another man capable of restoring dignity to our club, funny how he always falls out with people like that doesn’t he?) Ashley managed to ruin any feel good factor to all of them. I have to live with him being a c.u.n. t, but I’m really struggling with fellow “fans” who think booing those of us trying to show united defiance against this bloke taking the pi55 out of us then turning on the players before doing off 10 minutes early is somehow in their mind the right kind of support. Ashley’s 12th season could be the worst yet when we inevitably lose Rafa and I tell you what today it feels much worse when it’s my fellow fans responsible for the disillusionment.

    • Novocain

      wrongly

      • Gallowgate Dave

        I’ve had some canny debates with those who believe we shouldn’t be going to the match anymore. This wasn’t one of them.

  • Steve Smith

    They’ll abuse the people protesting peacefully and they’ll boo the players. But apparently they’re there, supporting the team not the regime.

  • Kenneth Jones

    they are hypocrites if they went to the match and then start cussing Ashley.!

    • Down Under Mag

      This is what I don’t get, nothing will change if no-one changes anything. I don’t know if it is total apathy or just they like complaining that they secretly don’t want things to change, but to do nothing is fine, just don’t get on the backs of those who are trying, don’t get on the backs of the players who are doing their best and don’t get on Ashley’s back if you are still going to turn up blindly and refuse to get involved with any form of protest to claim the club back.

      • Wezza

        It’s madness really.
        If you are so happy to be setup to survive every season running on a shoestring with loans, freebies and cheap replacements while the FCB takes hundreds of millions of the CLUB’S OWN MONEY…
        Then go ahead sit there like sheep in a morgue and say nothing
        OR
        Protest one game!
        For those who think it won’t do anything, it will! Sky will cover it, more negative publicity and SD share prices will drop more.
        This ain’t blowing over Mike!

    • Toon Arnie

      … or left early !

  • Leazes.

    Yes you’re right…… Brian Standen is thick!…..

    ….so are his trolls coincidentally!

    This is a club with a hundred problems and we cant even address them until this owner is gone, yet Standen apparently prefers to talk to people over a pint about…..’winning three points’…..

    How does that work then?

    Straight from the ‘Book of Ryder’ the total avoidance of the issues….. his mates apparently didn’t know of the protests….. yeah sure!

    Bury your head in the sand….and you can talk with your worm friends!

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Howay Leazes I know you have a running gripe with Brian but he comes across a good bloke to me, just different in his opinions to many on here. I find it hard to criticise someone just because they love gannin to the match. We all know who has divided us and who we should be criticising.

      I think there is a wider issue of some not even knowing about the protests though (along with those that don’t care) and with how poorly supported the walk in was I’m not sure what that means for the boycott. Collectively we are strong, it would seem we just don’t realise it.

      • Realist

        When are people going to wake up too leazes! He doesn’t like anyone with a different opinion. This is very unhealthy.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          It depends what you mean by wake up. Some things Leazes says that I agree with and other things I don’t. At least he stands by his words though, your profile is greyed out with no history of any comments so I have no context to any opinion you might have.

          • Wezza

            That one was previously known as the greyed out Ben Jones.

      • Themoscow72

        Brian is a good lad who unlike me has no time for Mike Ashley and has sympathy with the protesters. I have none and just hope they stay away for ever.

        • Toon Arnie

          I wish the protesters leaving early every single game would stop – it might really effect the players when these people leave early regardless of the result. I hope you’re not one of them Moscow ?

      • Leazes.

        He does doesn’t he!… but I judge people by the friends they keep…. his are trolls, If you test the waters by peeing into it just watch what surfaces….

        • Gallowgate Dave

          I’m just not convinced they are trolls Leazes. I’m not sure I buy into your theory about those from around the region not engaging with the protests either. I think the explanation is much simpler, most Toon fans regardless of where they are from dislike Ashley but feel fairly helpless about his ownership and ultimately just want to go to the match, watch a bit of footy, have a bit craic on with their mates and a few pints then get on with their lives and just can’t be bothered with a long, ingrained, deep fight that will prove futile unless the majority joins it which could take years if ever. I wasn’t there Saturday as I was away but I did the last boycott, the last walk-out, the sit in, some of the protests and a meeting at the Labour Club. All of them shared one thing in common, they were poorly attended. I don’t think it’s that people don’t care necessarily, I think they just have other stresses, fears and responsibilities in their lives and match day is to forget those, not to add another. For a few generations now we’ve not really had to fight for anything (thankfully) and lead a mostly comfortable existence (relative to history) so we’ve sort of forgotten/never knew what collective action can actually achieve.

          • Wezza

            Sorry to jump in but MonkMoscow is a troll. Here are a few of his quotes:
            “Long live Mike”
            “Rafa gets every penny” (after THAT summer window”
            “I’d gladly buy Mike a pint”
            “Mike saved us”
            “Mike was very generous with the loan”
            Excetera.
            His original username got banned along with Clarko (now new user), Ghostrider, Come and take it etc.
            Why would anyone care how many seats are left.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            There are a fair few obvious wind up merchants on here, I’m fairly sure Ben Jones was one, but I’m reasonably convinced Monkseaton/Moscow is too mental to be fictitious and his stories are too detailed for him to be a Mackem or a Manchester troll. I’m fairly certain he was at one of The Magpie Group meetings heckling the MP Ian Mearns, he was shut down by Ian with ease although to be fair to Monk Moscow he is complimentary of Ian and claims to know him, his real name is Simon and that’s how Ian referred to him at the meeting so they clearly know each other, no doubt Ian thinks he’s mental too. I don’t know all this 100%, just piecing together clues and I wasn’t sat near him so couldn’t make out who it was but he’s fairly open about meeting anyone in the Three Bulls pre-match and that at least I respect him for. I did intend to get his take on things in person myself until he went on too nuts for me slagging off Keegan, Given and Shearer and even calling my grandparents scum because I’d protested against Ashley, somehow I don’t think we’d get on. I’m sure some of the things he says is for a reaction but he is consistent, what I sometimes doubt is his motives e.g has Ashley’s minions approached him to spread disinformation or even somehow convinced him they are genuine and is he on their payroll, I know he sits in a box but who knows? But nobody has ever actually gave any compelling evidence of why he is a troll. Saturday (as every protest does) sadly proved there are loads of people at the very least complacent about Ashley so I’m sure there are others that actually defend him so it’s not that hard for me to believe albeit personally I don’t have a single friend that defends Ashley.

          • Wezza

            Dave, trolling is saying Rafa gets every penny AFTER that summer window. That is trolling hence he is a troll.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Wezza we’re in agreement on his opinions, to me and you they’re crackers yet I don’t think he’s daft so I do think there might be an alternative motive such as being in contact with Ashley’s regime and liking being on the inside or maybe even receiving funding/free tickets from them, I can’t think of any other reason why he’d be at The Magpie Group meeting as he professes to hate any protesters, but I don’t know and to be honest I’m not that bothered anymore, I used to engage with him but I rarely do because his opinions are so ridiculous. What I’ve always maintained though is I’m not going to brand everyone who has a different opinion to me as a Lee brother from Manchester, it’s a conspiracy theory that I’ve been shown no proof of and while it could be true for all I know at this stage I’d give it about as much credence as I do Monk and Ashley looking over the accounts in a lift and coming to the conclusion that Ashley is a Geordie loving Santa Claus.

          • Wor Lass

            Great post – I completely agree with you.

          • Guest

            Absolutely nailed it
            This is 2018, not 78 or 88
            The majority of us do have good lives compared to that of our dads

            the vast majority are not angry people any more

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Well it’s merely my observation rather than an endorsement, personally I think the silent majority should all be a lot more angry and willing to make Ashley more uncomfortable. He gets a relatively easy ride when in reality if we were united we’d have the advantage, instead divided it suits Ashley down to the ground.

  • Down Under Mag

    If those who cheered Perez being brought off were in their seat at kick-off then they need to take a long hard look at themselves. You cannot have things both ways – you either criticise the way things are and look to do something about it or you want to turn up to support the team and the club no matter what. Perez had a nightmare from the start, every time we had a promising forward move it got to him and broke down, either through lack of pace, falling over the ball or a wayward pass but to get on the back of your own player like that is a disgrace and is making me embarrassed to be a Newcastle fan of late. He was bought for 1.5m quid, I don’t know what people are expecting. He is also massively out of form a the moment, but who do we have as a replacement? Joselu, who fans criticise as well.

    • Viru leckworth

      Perez won’t get any better with supporters on his back. Booing doesn’t bolster anyone’s confidence.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    What it comes down to in the end is if you are willing to buy season tickets and attend the games supporting and validating the current regime, Then surely you make yourself as culpable as the man perpetrating the alleged crime ?
    When you do that then it does seem a futile and pointless act to protest when you are a willing participant in the misery created ?

    It’s all very strange in the scheme of things lol

  • joe mac

    well..im begining to think we get what we deserve!…the countrys fu**d and so are we!…maybe we shld take a leaf out of the french peoples book and actually do something! instead of bending over and taking it!…apathy sucks!

    • Colin Marr

      well we rioted and invaded the pitch against the Westwood regime,

    • Guest

      Absolutely
      That’s the point we all need to grasp
      People in 2018 are just not that bothered
      If you want a feeling of belonging and appreciation it’s time to support lower league

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Vast majority suggested a significant number of protestors. 99.9% is more realistic. It will be interesting to see the crowd at the Wolves game and then at the next home league game. Then we are nearly into january transfer window. No such thing as support I g the team but not the regime, when you hand over your money to the regime.

  • Peaco

    Agree 100% with this article. What I would say however, is that those who do not support a boycott or walk-in, or whatever often claim it’s because they don’t think it’ll make a difference. The sub-text is actually quite simply that they can’t be bothered. In my simple mind this says to me that for these fellow “fans”; the club simply isn’t that important or to paraphrase: “..Away from home our fans are fantastic, I’d call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch…or off it”. I really don’t care if I get abuse for this posting. My conscience is clear and i’ll Continue to support the protests and boycotts.

    • JohnnyH

      No abuse from me peaco 👍

    • Toon Arnie

      What about a protest that involves leaving 11 minutes early – that would get massive support every game.

  • 1957

    Protests and one match boycotts are all very well, but as I reluctantly realised as long as supporters put money into the club by buying 40k + season tickets every year Big Mike won’t really care, it doesn’t effect cash flow.

    I ditched my season ticket for this season, did I ( or the people who’ve done it before me) make a difference… no. There are and always will be takers for whatever tickets are available, our owner knows his customer base and that he will fill his stadium even if those pledging #ifrafagoesigo stick to their word at the end of the season, and many won’t. The campaign should really have been #ifmikestaysigo, Benitez might yet take 30 pieces of silver and stay.

    The club I supported since 1966 is lost forever, I still believe Big Mike will eventually sell, but at his asking price it probably will be to similar minded individuals, who use the club as a cash cow

    • Themoscow72

      Was a hundred protesters tops. That means 99.998% of people took their seats. Hope the protesters stay away for ever. They were booed to their seats and rightly so disgraceful supporters.

      • Toon Arnie

        Did you boo the masses who left early ?

  • Geordiegiants

    It’s very obvious that it’s a small percentage of people who are unhappy, it seems that 90% of the Match day goers support how the fatcunt is running things.
    Live like a North Korean on match days or give up.

    • Themoscow72

      99.998% are against protesting but would not say all are happy but I am

      • JohnnyH

        In your own little monksworld

        • Themoscow72

          Most people in our box agreed 100 tops. There words not mine. They have never seen anything so embarrassing.
          Even Albert Stubbins a protester said it was pathetic. Actually I say it was a disaster the protest a complete disaster. Must have been a dozen in all the other stands put together except the Gallowgate.

          • David Cresswell

            Third time of saying it, 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

          • grumpyoldmag

            I walked in at 2 mins to 3 as normal and there were nowhere near that many in the gallowgate concourse – a couple of hundred at most. Certainly no more than normal at that time. One person walked into our row at 11 mins in.

          • David Cresswell

            Is it conceivable that they choose to arrive after 3pm? Remove the spaces from the following URL to see a clip of my experience – b i t . l y / 2KSpmgj

          • Toon Arnie

            What about early leavers ? It’s usually about 5,000 every game regardless of whether we’re winning or not. Thoughts welcomed Moscow.

      • Geordiegiants

        Like I say live like a North Korean.

      • Toon Arnie

        Do you leave 10 minutes before the end of EVERY game ? Surely the players must get disheartened when they see this ?

  • Themoscow72

    The fact that 99.998 % of spectators were in their seats shortly after kick off shows that the protest was a shambles a total shambles. There was not a sole near me the nearest people being perhaps half a dozen the North East Corner. There must have been just less than a hundred in the Gallowgate end and surprisingly very few in the Strawberry Corner. However unlike the last two games no banners or flags. While a flop the protest was something the manager and players could have done without as it creates a bad atmosphere. However next week we are free of the protesters so happy days just Rafa, the team and the true fans.

    • East Durham Mag

      “Soul”

      • JohnnyH

        Hang on,
        There probably wasn’t any small flatfish there.

    • Colin Marr

      Leazes Flags were there, unfurling before the kick off. so no coordination with Magpie group.

      • Wezza

        More proof Monk wasn’t there.

    • Toon Arnie

      So do you think the mass walkouts with 10 minutes left EVERY game is acceptable ? I would be interested in your opinion Moscow.

  • S.G.M.

    What you need to understand is that there are a huge number of fans inside S.J.P. that don’t even know who Mike Ashley is.

  • Vodkamagpie

    11th minute walk in played no part in the goal. Fans can do as they please, I dont agree with it, but it’s a free world. Maybe next walk in you should consider coming in around the 230 second mark, representing the odd 230mil Newcastle has spent on player transfers over the last 4 seasons, matching most premier league teams, and possibly even spending more than tottenham.

    • Toon Arnie

      I think the 11 minute walk out at the end affected the players more – the people who leave early every game should be the ones getting stick off other fans surely ?

    • Toon Arnie

      We’ve hardly spent a penny net since Rafa took over. That is one of your most badly informed postings ever Vodka and you are generally pretty poor.

      • Vodkamagpie

        I don’t believe in this ‘net’ spent. It is not Ashley’s fault Newcastle sold players at high transfer prices. If we sold lascelles in January for 75mil to man utd, I dont expect Newcastle to sign David luiz for 75mil. Yes the transfer is the same, however wages, agent fee, signing on fee, just doesn’t fit in the Newcastle utd budget.

        • Toon Arnie

          Regardless of what you believe that’s how it works. If you bring in £30m and only spend £20m you can hardly class it as £20m spent – it’s £10m gained.

          • Vodkamagpie

            You dont have spend that 20mil, you can spend 2mil. Talking about 30mil, with the sissoko case, 30mil over a 5 year period, 6mil per year, I assume most of their transfers going out are similarly structured.

          • Toon Arnie

            They are yes but Ashley insists on paying up front and not in similar instalments to outgoing transfers. So how does any of this relate to the outrageous claim that Ashley has spent £230m in the last 5 years ?

          • Vodkamagpie

            230mil on incoming transfers, basically on par, if not better than most premier league clubs outside the top 6 in the last 4/5 years

  • deadtrail 74

    I hear maybe 2000 walked in late and some got stick. The TV’s were switched off and Ashley wasn’t there. So at least the protesters achieve a couple of small victories!! Maybe next time there could be 4 or 5 thousand walk in late and keep The Cockney Sumo away.

    • Themoscow72

      Looked a hundred at tops. The ground was packed shortly after kick off and only a handful walked in after 11 minutes. About a dozen from the rest of the ground and 100 in the Gallowgate I watched them come in . All the press said a few hundred but that is a joke 100.

      • Toon Arnie

        No it wasn’t. I arrived at the turnstiles with 10 minutes gone and there were a load milking around outside. There were definitely a lot more leaving early though, as usual, and this must really impact on the players when they desperately need the fans to stick with them. I hope you criticised the masses leaving early… unless of course you were one of them ?

  • mactoon

    Great article in the Telegraph by Luke Edwards today.

    telegraph, football, Newcastle fans are not united over matchday protests about Mike Ashley but that does not make the campaign futile.

    While I think the whole idea of the 11 minute walk in was doomed to failure from the beginning, it has brought attention to why the fans are protesting so not a bad thing. The fact that Ashley switched off the TVs in the concourses shows he knew about it. How bloody petty was that?

    I’m not sure everyone who took part was booed when they took their seats, it was probably West Ham scoring on the 11th minute that sparked that off?

    The main thing is it is raising awareness but it’s important any protest doesn’t divide the fanbase.

  • 23D

    I was given stick in the leazes when taking my seat, was even blocked by a woman who refused to move her legs to allow me access. Yes its all my fault that the hammers hammered us ! We have a support of hand sitters and conformist sheep. That’s the same ones who left with 15 minutes to go…supporting the regime not the team as far as im concerned!

    • Toon Arnie

      I missed the memo about leaving 11 minutes early and that seemed to be as well supported as the publicised one about arriving 11 minutes late. I had two wise cracks about arriving late along the lines of ‘thanks for coming’ which I returned when one of the idiots actually left with almost 10 minutes left and his look of confusion to my comment just about summed him up. The other moron spent the whole game slagging off Perez – unbelievable. At least he stayed until full time I suppose. I hate to say this but a good proportion of our support seem to have had the Ashley chip inserted and side with him against anyone wanting to make a difference. Another 90 minutes of silence other than a few sporadic attempts from the Gallowgate Corner. The soul has gone from our club now and we’re just left with a shell. Thanks Fat Mike you now have a ground full of sycophantic zombies.