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Why Newcastle United must last beyond the 90 minutes

2 years ago
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Football is of course all about the 90 minutes.

Everything else is secondary, at the end of the day we are supporters and that is our passion, which is why we started and kept on following Newcastle United.

Back in the day we weren’t signing up to be protestors, activists, people who had to spend much of their waking hours worrying about the politics of Newcastle United.

Instead, this is what we have been landed with.

The 90 minutes of football needs to become more than just a welcome distraction once again at Newcastle United.

At one time you would go to the match, then afterwards talk about it with your family and friends, go into work or school or wherever and do the same, then before you knew it, you were heading up to St James Park.

Now though, Newcastle fans are trapped in a situation where football talk is pretty much restricted to only that 90 minutes.

When you get to the pub and/or home there is every chance that already you are back to talking about Mike Ashley.

Even talk of signings is now about players Newcastle won’t buy, rather than ones they might land.

There is little football and even less fun in following NUFC these days and it has to change.

Things have got so bad/extreme for many, that through the week countless fans are just as likely to be talking about how far the Sports Direct share price has fallen, as they are about what the players did or didn’t do in the last match.

Pretty much every other Premier League club’s owner(s) will have other business interests but how often do the fans of those clubs talk about them?

As Newcastle fans we haven’t chosen it to be this way, 11 years of free advertising for Mike Ashley’s retail empire have been at the heart of it, along with the eyesore that is St James Park with the trampy SD adverts everywhere.

Newcastle United are simply part of a retail empire and supporters have become part of Mike Ashley’s footfall. Unwilling customers that help to prop up the owner’s personal domain.

Mike Ashley is worried about people deserting the high street, that isn’t the only place they will be walking away from if he doesn’t sell up.

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