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If your Newcastle United support is limited to the Mike Ashley years you will have never known…

1 month ago
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Forget everything you previously knew and just imagine if you are a Newcastle United fan who has only ever experienced life in the reign of Mike Ashley.

That your NUFC supporting days have been limited to post-May 2007.

Indeed you might be somebody who is actually living this nightmare for real.

Maybe you are:

Somebody who has just now turned (legal…) drinking age and you were first taken to the match as a six year old.

Maybe you are set to turn 30 and arrived as a student in Newcastle as an 18 year old and fell in love with the city and football club and never left.

Possibly back in 2007 you were a teenager living on Tyneside who grew up in a family that weren’t into football and started going along with your mates, now in mid to late twenties.

If you fit into any of these scenarios above, or if not…use your imagination, you will have:

Never known what it feels like to be in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Never known St James Park without Sports Direct advertising.

Never known anything but a club that sees European football only as an inconvenience.

Never known a time when Newcastle supporters talk more about the team than the owner.

Never known anything but a club trying to survive in the Premier League.

Never known anything but a club that treats its fans with utter contempt.

Never known anything but a football club that’s only purpose is to help make the owner’s retail empire more profitable.

Never known anything but a club that treats club legends such as Keegan and Shearer with contempt.

Never known anything but a club that is prepared to employ the likes of Dennis Wise, Joe Kinnear (twice!), Alan Pardew…

Never known anything but a club that has no board.

Never known anything but a club that has no business team running the non-football side of things.

Never known anything but a football club that sees every penny spent on St James Park, training ground and Academy as a waste of money.

It is time for all of this to be wiped from the memory and a new start for all Newcastle fans.

Time for Mike Ashley to leave.

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