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10 reasons why Newcastle United fans should boycott the Manchester City game

5 months ago
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One noteworthy aspect of our resounding 3-0 win over Cardiff, other than the accomplished and assured performance, was the vociferous atmosphere created by the home fans – a crowd that has all-too-often been depressingly quiet and passive.

With the negligent liar that we’re unfortunate enough to call our owner in attendance for the first time since November, the Toon Army ramped up the hostility and directed numerous songs and chants of antagonism his way – all while offering the team fervent and unconditional support. It was an impressive spectacle and surely points the way forward for future home games.

With supposed takeover talks now seemingly at an end – assuming they ever even got started in the first place – the stage is set for Newcastle fans to take control in their mission to finally oust Mike Ashley…starting in our next league game against Manchester City on Tuesday 29th January.

In no particular order, here’s why:

Practicality

Lots of fans, somewhat reasonably, say that going to the game at the weekend is a long-standing part of their routine and social life. Tuesday nights though are a different matter. It’s a school night, people need to be up early the next morning, etc.

It’s on TV #1

It’s live on BT Sport, so fans can watch it from the comfort of their own homes or meet up with friends to watch it in the pub.

It’s on TV #2

A televised game against one of the ‘top six’ sides is the best option to achieve maximum exposure and publicity. Our only other remaining home game against a top side is against Liverpool on the last day of the season – a terrible day to boycott or protest as it may well be Rafa’s swansong.

Cost

It’s our third home game in 10 days, so will take its toll on people’s pockets. Lots of tickets remain on General Sale, however, meaning that people haven’t paid for tickets yet, so we can just keep it that way and leave them to gather dust in the box office. Season ticket holders have, of course, already paid but not going will still save them money in terms of transport costs, food, drinks, etc.

Entertainment value

It’ll be a dour affair that we’re hugely likely to lose. Who wants to sit in the freezing cold and fork out big money to see a backs-to-the-wall damage limitation exercise?

Transfer Window

We’ll know by then if any significant investment has been made in the playing squad, further legitimising an already long-overdue boycott if not.

Plenty of time left

Many of the official protest groups might argue that it’s too soon to organise it properly but I don’t see the logic in waiting. We should strike while the iron is hot and the FA Cup game against Watford can be used to spread the word and hand out leaflets, etc. At the time of writing, we have just over nine days to launch and spread an on-line campaign too.

Send a message

Coming on the back of the Cardiff game, it would be a great way to ramp up the pressure on Mike Ashley and his cohorts to see their reaction…

It’s long overdue

Ashley’s well-timed revelations about a takeover being in the pipeline meant that the Wolves boycott was cancelled. We owe him one.

Enough was enough long ago – Ashley Out!

We can handle austerity/ losing games/ playing badly/ having a terrible team/ etc but we must no longer accept the lies and negligence of our vindictive and spiteful owner. It’s time to finally take control and to do our bit to rid ourselves of Mike Ashley.
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