Thursday (yesterday) saw the Newcastle v Wolves boycott called off by The Magpie Group.

In their official statement/press release (see below), they said that with this week’s speculation regarding a potential takeover of the club, they were calling off Sundays boycott, as well as all other matchday protests at St James Park.

The press release stating: ‘Our decision is also intended to preclude Keith Bishop Associates from laying the blame at the door of supporters if a sale does not come to pass.’

Regardless of the Newcastle v Wolves boycott being called off, this will be yet another home match where it won’t be sold out, none of the eight games so far have been full.

Friday morning sees the official Newcastle United ticketing site showing over two thousand ticket still unsold.

Maybe more surprisingly, Wolves are also struggling to sell out their allocation.

On Friday morning they still have a small number of tickets unsold and whilst bringing over 3,000 fans is a decent show regardless, especially with it being Sunday and live on TV, it is still a surprise with them just getting back into the Premier League. Two seasons ago in the Championship they easily sold out when coming to St James Park and watching their team win 2-0, in the game that eventually led to Jonjo Shelvey being banned.

Despite the recent excellent form (NUFC fifth best recent form in Premier League over last six games), Newcastle fans are still unhappy with the deep (or not so deep!) underlying problems at the club and until Mike Ashley goes, I doubt we will see many more sold out matches at St James Park.

This image from the official NUFC ticketing site shows where tickets are still unsold and as you can see, you can still buy tickets in pretty much every part of St James Park (green areas).

newcastle v wolves boycott

Whilst The Magpie Group have called off the boycott from their perspective, it will be interesting to see if many/any season ticket holders still give the game a miss.

Thursday 6 December 2018:

The Magpie Group statement:

In light of recent developments concerning a potential takeover of the club in the very near future, members of The Magpie Group have taken the opportunity to re-evaluate its proposed boycott of Newcastle United’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday.

After careful consideration, and following consultation with a number of Newcastle fans across the divide, we have decided to postpone the boycott to a later date; a provisional date has been set for United’s home game against Huddersfield Town in February.

This decision has not been taken lightly and was made in response to Mike Ashley’s appearance on Sky News on Monday night and further revelations in the media since.

Although we continue to have very deep reservations about Mike Ashley’s resolve to sell Newcastle United Football Club, we understand that any protest activity which could have a negative implication on Sunday’s result could jeopardise the potential sale of the Club.

Alongside this, we will be suspending all protest activity at Newcastle United games until after the closure of the January transfer window.

This suspension period is designed to allow Mike Ashley and any potential investors a clear run at reaching a deal, an outcome which, needless to say, provided the stimulus for the inception of The Magpie Group in the first place.

If a takeover has not been completed by the end of this period, then protest activity will resume at the away game against Tottenham Hotspur in early February.

Whilst this is the official position of The Magpie Group, we fully recognise and support the right of individuals and groups to protest on Sunday if they wish to do so. Indeed, individual members of the Group are proceeding with their own plans to boycott the game.

Further to this, protest activity aimed at Mike Ashley and his retail interests will continue, and will not cease until the sale of the club has been agreed. To this end, we will continue to work with members of the London Magpie Group, who have done excellent work in trooping the colours and preserving the integrity of Newcastle United fans in the capital recently.

As the Newcastle fanbase keenly observes developments over the next few days and weeks, we truly hope that this is not another false dawn and that, this time, Mike Ashley genuinely wants to sell.

We also hope that any potential sale will be a true “clean break”, and that all ties between the Club and Mike Ashley’s retail outlets will be severed upon its completion.

If Newcastle United Football Club is subjected to similar circumstances to Rangers Football Club, then The Magpie Group and the London Magpie Group will be left with no choice but to continue targeting Mike Ashley, his retail interests, and his known associates.



  • Paul Patterson

    If the takeover was ACTUALLY happening Id say fine call the boycott off. However, it’s mighty convenient that Ashley’s announcement comes a week before said boycott and a couple before a transfer window.

    We’ve seen these sorts of lies all before many, many times . .

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Yeah he is either so transparent or genuine this time. As you say possibly too obvious.

    • Steven05

      And yet, some have actually falling for it

      Reducing the pressure now is ridiculous

  • Realist

    Plenty of season ticket holders on nufcsparetickets selling their ticket. Must be to claim they boycotted without losing the money.

  • Themoscow72

    Not thousands but 1,985 left and plenty time to sell them. Been lots of returns for this game for some reason. With it being a Sunday game the crowd was always going to be 50,000 to 51,000. Even Wolves so have sold out every game this season have struggled this time because of the kick off time. Be a higher crowd than Watford and Bournemouth that is for sure and that is with any boycott. Surprising Fulham is all ready nearly a sell out for Newcastle fans with just a few hundred left.

  • Gusto

    I know a few people already made other plans when the boycott was happening so this probably will be a lower attendance than usual.

  • Realist

    Nufc have just tweeted that they is limited tickets left.

  • Leazes.

    Watch from the pub its live on TV for free

    #BoycottWolves

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Yeah but it’s Sky!

      • Leazes.

        Yeah…. it doesn’t matter its not about the payment.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Of course it matters, they are the root of the problem. Without the big payouts he wouldn’t be there. Also they give him a platform and even firmed up his takeover story. Worse than going imho.

          • Leazes.

            I don’t understand what you are saying could you elaborate what that has to do with a protest?

          • Lostprofit DBC

            They are complicit in supporting Ashley’s actions. Thought you read my article on it as you commented back in the summer. Maybe have a look?

          • Leazes.

            Kevin Lee

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Should I know him Frank?

          • Cockneytrev

            The thing is with not watching it on sky, it makes no statement, an empty stadium speaks volumes,,,,,,

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I agree but watching it on a channel that encourages him goes against the grain, for me anyway. Now if every fan and pub in the region cancelled their subscription that would change their tune. Possibly more effective than a match boycott, they would soon stop supporting him.

          • Cockneytrev

            That doesn’t have any logic,, boycott one game that everyone watching on tv around the country will see and comment about, or not going into a bar to watch a match and no one around the country even knows you havent been into the bar,,,
            As for every fan cancelling their subscription, it’s not going to happen a one match boycott could have happened.
            I think you, Standen and all the others are fools and have played into Ashley’s hands, it’s exactly what he was hoping for.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            If you read my articles (Steve Hickey), you will see that I was one of
            the first to suggest live tv boycotts, I also point to Sky as the root of the problem. I haven’t been for 10 years and won’t watch them on Sky. What is foolish about that. I didn’t fall for Ashley’s words but do agree with calling off the boycott. Don’t like the fool bit mind!

          • Cockneytrev

            Fools because I you want to carry on with full stadium,, this has never worked in the past and certainly won’t work now,,,
            Ashley has played you all, so again fools,,,,,,

          • Chris-Chapple

            A troll trying to disguise himself as a supporter yet he condemns Ashley then dudes with him.
            A troll ok

          • Cockneytrev

            I’m beginning to think there’s more trolls than actual fans frequent this site,,,
            If that’s how they get their jollies,,, sad frackers,,,
            Ashley out!!!!

          • Lostprofit DBC

            No troll, I even gave my real name and did full articles in that name. Seems anyone who shows a different view to the norm is called a troll on here. Ashley out!

          • Cockneytrev

            I didn’t say you were,, im simply stating an observation,,

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Not so, not that I have to justify that to anyone. There is black and white in every argument. I jacked in 10 years ago and probably want him out more than you. Read my articles?

          • Tweed Mag

            No no no. The contract for Sky money goes through the PL and is then shared out. They could not pay some clubs and not others. It is a package. Empty seats send a clear message.

  • JohnnyH

    I’d like to see empty seats on the day, in sufficient numbers to cause debate on TV and in the wider media. But also for two other reasons.
    Firstly it was never in the gift of the Magpie Group to calll off the boycott, and secondly, to press home the message that we will not give up in our aim to get the lying parasite out of our club.

    Like Leazes says come and start your Matchday as usual, but stay in the pub.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Then watch it on Sky tv, his benefactor and media partner? The people who escalated the so called false claims.

      • JohnnyH

        Ashley doesn’t get a penny out of me. The beer is the same price whether there’s footy on or not.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Same here for 10 years now. Suppose I mean we should boycott Sky as this may be more effective. Mass cancellation across the region to change their support for him.

          • JohnnyH

            In principle I’d agree, in practice maybe unachievable. Definitely agree in highlighting shaming the media who are either frightened of Ashley, or who are bought off by him; Sky, local print and broadcast media.

  • East Durham Mag

    #ASHLEY OUT

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I suppose some fans will vote with their feet, showing solidarity, or otherwise, depending on how you look at it. As long as we get a result.

  • Steven05

    The boycott is about awareness and the wider community/media/pundits talking about the situation

    Or at least it was until people listened to what uncle mike said

    • Lostprofit DBC

      And the escalation by the national press, BBC and Sky. They are the foundation for cancellation rather than Ashley’s familiar hollow words.

      • Steven05

        That’s not correct

        • Lostprofit DBC

          In what way. The MG statement wasn’t just based on what uncle Mike said. His words were laughed at until the media ramped it all up.

          Would you please expand?

          • Steven05

            The majority of fans are sick of Ashley and his lies and his neglect. If Ashley was running NUFC as a football club and that could compete at the level it was capable of, I highly doubt anybody would be complaining about Sky TV

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Yeah I agree but Sky are what keeps him there in the first place. Maybe read my article 15/06/18 Steve Hickey? Up to you of course.

          • Tweed Mag

            And read the article posted on 3rd July. Balances things out a bit.

          • Ram Kishore

            U can’t blame sky for being a broadcaster. They do what they have to do to keep their revenues.
            Imo sky has got nothing to do with Ashley spilling the beans and Magpie group cancelling the boycott.
            P.S. You don’t really have to keep defending to some people on here who are lashing out at u for your article or calling u a troll. Just saying.😀

  • Phildene

    The Magpie Group should not have called their boycott off. They did that far too easily and too quickly. We all know what a liar Ashley is so should’ve left boycott as it was.

  • Themoscow72

    Wish you would report the true figures. In the normal part of the ground we only have 740 tickets left which are nearly all singles with a few together. The family enclosure have 547, the bar areas currently 276 and charvers corner 121 so a total of 1,684 on sale on the web. We will probably sell couple hundred more today, three hundred on Saturday and another six hundred on match day so yet another great turn out.

    • GlasgowMag

      Are you employed by our workhouse owner to work within the ticket office!! 🤔🤔😂😂

      • Leazes.

        Well if you read his article in the chronicle it seems he’s been ostracised by his family, and makes up for it by corralling a surrogate group who haven’t managed to escape….

        • GlasgowMag

          😂😂

        • Wezza

          Is it on the chronicle website? I’d imagine the way he trolls it’s no wonder nobody wants anything to do with him.

      • Peaky

        See you’re back with us….didn’t see Jezza floating about wherever you were taken to did you ???

        • GlasgowMag

          Monksy still has him trapped in the lift on the enterprise😂😂tried to release him but I was getting lasered at the time and there was only room for one on the escape shuttle!!!😱😱🤣🤣

    • Peaky

      Question that’s been bugging me….did you ever get a ride on that tractor ???

      • Kenny

        Under 1 would be a good option

    • Rabid Dog

      So now you want only the truth…. I’m sure the irony goes way over your head.

      • Kenny

        Bite him

  • Leicester Mag

    Won’t get fooled again hardly seems to apply to the majority. If I wanted to scam someone I’d start with a database of season ticket holders

    • Kenny

      you`d be on a winner there ok. if Del-Boy was a Geordie he`d take that lot to the cleaners.

  • Chris-Chapple

    It’s how many that will turn up on the day that counts, you’ll never convince the ones who are indoctrinated like Moscow, he’s mentally unstable at best.

  • Wor Lass

    I suppose almost two thousand can, literally, be described as “thousands” but it`s stretching things a bit. As Moscow Monk points out, more will go before Sunday afternoon so it`s not a startling drop in prematch sales. The interesting thing is going to be how many of the season ticket holders don`t turn up. Judging by the walk-in and taking into account the Magpie Group`s attempted hijack of the action, I don`t think it will be massive. No doubt both sides of the debate will claim some sort of moral victory when, in fact, it`s just shown everybody up except the few nameless souls who don`t go.

    • Kenny

      Ashley wins because he`s allowed to win, when he was under intense pressure the likes of the Magpie Group throw in the towel.

      • Leazes.

        No not all of the group…. not the ones who made the banners and participated.

    • Leazes.

      The problem here is 50k is the limit on a club which isn’t a well supported city club…. its a poorly supported regional club.

      In the modern era with a roof over the top of the windswept hill and with transport links to the doorstep from Hobbitsville via Shineyton its can be run as a failure.

      The press here big up the club constantly and the fans are lauded for loyalty to failure but as I said this is a different crowd to the one Ashley inherited, lots of students, women and kid have replaced the old guard. They aren’t loyal to the club, they aren’t bothered about the club, its a matchday away from Seghill, Cramlington, Hetton le hole, Bishop Auckland, Ashington.

      The Chronicle dropped the Name ‘Newcastle’ years ago…. its a regional paper printed on Teesside now, with its headquarters on Salford quays and an office in the Bigg Market. It knows who its readers are…..

      Ashley doesn’t have to fill a stadium with partizan football fans, he has day tripping soccer fans….. I’d say at least 10k from Sunderlands catchment area…..

      ….does it matter? Well yes, the result is customers who don’t care and a club that is happy to milk them, and a press who know the truth but play along with the game.

      No other club is surrounded by this much betrayal, even the MAG’s Mark Jenson is awarded the Order of the faint heart. The chronicle appointed reporters on the basis that the paper covers more than one team and had to be neutral…. so the appointed Ryder ba Liverpool fan, Douglas a Bradford fan and the other one who’s name escapes me but I tweeted him to ask his club and he said Carlisle…

      None of these Journalists have the club at heart and neither do half of Ashleys customers…. and you can add to that those call themselves diehards but are nothing more than trainspotters on a jolly boys outing!

      A Unique Club…. geographically isolated….. USED and ABUSED by owners press and customers.

      Ashley can do it indefinitely if gates are maintained, but there’s been a drop on last season….. 20k signed up to a pledge if Rafa goes….

      Half of that and we can topple the Chelsea fan in the coming years.

      (No I don’t believe the sale is genuine….he’d have to buy another club to advertise his online business)