With the Magpie Group and ‘If Rafa Goes We Go’ emerging in the last few months in a bid to create change at Newcastle, we’ve seen a new wave of protests and anti-Ashley campaigns – but there’s a feeling that more will need to be done to get Mike to sell up for good.
There’s been several protests outside the Sports Direct on Northumberland Street, the emergence of Sports Re-direct and there was several protesting outside the St James’ Park club shop on Saturday, however the pressure needs to be intensified if Ashley’s ever going to pack his bags.
As a result, fans have been tasked to come up with new ideas.
Here are some of the responses to the following questions posed by fan account @NUFC360:
#NUFC fans: what more can we do, as a fanbase, to increase pressure on Mike Ashley and ultimately force him to sell the club?
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 17, 2018
“Full boycotts of televised games, with protests outside. The lack of fans in the stadium would be a big statement, and would probably also effect Sky coverage of our games, hitting Ashley in the pocket.”
“Novel, new protests. Cover up the sportsdirect signs with black and white covers at the start of a game.”
“Stop going. It is the simplest, most obvious thing to try that we’ve never, collectively, done together. Make it a televised game, max exposure, and fill the Toon pubs with fans. Make the CITY the stadium, and leave the SD Arena empty.”
“Sit in after the games??”
“Stop spending money at all SJP bars, gambling outlets, food outlets, club stores. Go to match as ST already paid for but stop bloody lining his pockets. It’s a city centre ground, plenty of alternatives.”
“1) Continue online protests at his brands. 2) Continue protest on match day (home/away). 3) Anti SD clashes during games. 4)Mass protest outside SJP during the next live Sky game. Anti Sports Direct flags on the protest. Empty stadium would mean cameras go outside and see protest.”
“Banners inside the stadium home and away.”
“Stop going to games but then the team ultimately pay the price… catch 22 situation!”
You only have to look at how well it worked for AC Milan a few years ago. Worldwide coverage. I'm sure a similar protest at SJP would at least get national coverage… pic.twitter.com/nnXrSuWL5u
— Shiftz (@ShiftzTrapstyle) September 17, 2018
Some decent ideas here, but a mass boycott of games is what’s going to hit Ashley most.
The question is, will people stop going? I’m not so sure..