While boycotting matches is always going to be an emotive subject that drives at the very heart of what being a fan is about IE going to support the team, fans who want to show their displeasure at Ashley’s actions and at the same time support the concept of a free press have been offered the perfect opportunity tomorrow.
This incredibly petty move by the club is indicative of how out of touch they are and how badly they handle anything, as though those in charge haven’t got a clue…and/or possibly having to carry out ridiculous snap decisions made by a remote Mike Ashley.
To the lady or gentleman that made a sign saying ‘Pardew’s a patsy’, in one photo in a regional newspaper another banner covered a bit of it and I genuinely thought it said ‘Pardew’s a pasty’ and I cried a little tear of laughter thinking someone wants to insult him in a nice way.
Fifty thousand inside the ground and ‘only’ six hundred on the march is not a vote of confidence for Ashley. It is more confirmation that marching isn’t for everybody and the applause from those lining the streets for the marchers backs up the idea that the vast silent majority support the march and the overall belief that so much is wrong at Newcastle United.
The problem we have is that some, or the majority of, people taking part in the march will get to the end and then say “oh are we finished” and leg it to the stadium where they have given Ashley £45 for the privilege of watching the team play. That stadium will be full on that day and it’s all that Ashley cares about.