It may feel like Groundhog Day to hear Newcastle fans are fed up and about to cancel their season tickets, but Monday’s announcement really may have been the moment Mike Ashley lost thousands of Toon fans for good.
Confirmation that Rafa Benitez was leaving the club yesterday was a crushing blow and the moment we all lost hope – and, as a result, several fans have taken to Twitter to reveal just why they’ve decided to call it a day.
Here’s some of the devastating responses to the Magpie Group’s tweet below, with many long-term season ticket holders and ‘die-hard supporters’ admitting enough is enough after Mike Ashley’s unforgivable mistake.
“Been going for nearly 25 years. Myself and my three pals will not renew unless there is a takeover. It’s incredible how Ashley can make you turn your back on something that is so important to you.
“I now live in the Midlands but have been travelling ‘home’ every other weekend to watch the footy and share priceless moments with my dad and brother at SJP. It’s quality time with family & my biggest passion, but we’re all walking away if there’s no takeover. Gutted.
“18 June 2013 – NUFC confirmed the return of Joe Kinnear. 19 June 2013 – I cancelled season ticket after 21 years. To everyone considering it, I can say it gets easier. Though Rafa tempted me back I’m now very pleased the club haven’t had a penny off me since 2013.”
“Been going over 30yrs. Season ticket holder for most of that time. Fed up with the blatant disregard for fans and managers. No ambition and downright lies. Totally gutted to be cancelling, but enough is enough!”
“Dad, bro and son have cancelled , had them since 2010 (well 2 of them at least) whole club is rotten to the core, look how dirty the stadium is as an example of how its ran! it is no longer our football club”
Season ticket holder since 1990. I will only renew and attend if there is a change of owner. This is my choice as I just can’t stomach the lack of ambition and it’s going to kill me. Looking like away matches might be on the cards again. Not One More Penny!”
“38 years a ST holder .It’s not just the money it sends the message that enough is enough . We need to UNITE as a fan base to drive the FCB out of our club “
“200+ loyalty points and travel up from London for home games. Heartbroken by the loss of
@rafabenitezweb – filled me with pride everytime I saw/heard him interviewed. Seriously considering walking away now. Fulham (a) was perfect, and it feels horrendous to have that taken away.”
“I was a season ticket holder for 33 years and have just cancelled. Ashley has destroyed the enjoyment and ‘hope’ of being a Newcastle fan. Won’t be back while he is still owner.”
“30 years and cancelled this season. It’s not NUFC anymore, it’s a complete sham and I’m not prepared to endorse it by paying my money to MA. As soon as he gone I may be back. Fans need to either put up or shut up, either pay and endorse him or grow a pair!”
“27 years season ticket holder. Unfortunately my direct debit for next years season ticket went out in March. I won’t be going though and won’t be renewing again until he’s gone.”
Saturday’s at St James’ Park are our biggest hobby, our passion and a place that is the life and soul of this city to so many, but there’s only so long we can give money to a man who gives nothing back to us.
As Keegan once said, “The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley“. It’s time for us to take action, together. Enough is enough.