By Luke Andersen
With the transfer window coming to a close at the end of the month – and as of yet Newcastle having very little to show in terms of major player investment there was always going to be unrest amongst fans.
But given that all signs point to a stubborn purse-tightening exercise by Mike Ashley – using Rafa’s contract situation as an excuse – the fans unrest seems to have boiled over.
In the past decade we’ve seen demonstrations against Ashley outside the ground, a mass call for Pardew to be given his marching orders with the PardewOut brigade, and countless calls for fans to make a stand together under a common goal.
The #IfRafaGoesWeGo group only formed on Thursday night (19th) in response to recent events but have quickly gathered a following of over 12,000 on Twitter along with interest around other social media platforms.
Their goal is to bring about mass demonstrations of disapproval in an around the ground and against Sports direct whilst also calling for support in creating a web site and in creating flyers, banners and flags. The following petition is also live to get the ball rolling:
Petitions are now live.
For season ticket/matchday ticket holders: https://t.co/nvw8iW2S11
and for all fans: https://t.co/Dtci59lcJk
Please RT, share, tell people about them, ask "big accounts" to RT etc
— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) July 21, 2018
A lot of fans will claim to have seen it all before, and that protests and demonstrations will do nothing to deter Mike Ashley and his wicked way with Newcastle, but no one ever accomplished anything in doing nothing, and if a real push of support can be found for this new movement then at least an increased level in media coverage could see some results this time around.
The group have already been in contact with Pete Graves of Sky Sports in an effort to bring some national coverage their way, so let’s hope that some real exposure thanks to Sky will soon be forthcoming.
Whether you’re in full Support of the campaign or not it’s surely worth seeing if a change for the better can be brought about.