Fans being united seems a far away conclusion.
After my previous article received negative comments it dawned on me, ‘are we battling Mike Ashley or battling each other’? It seems to me it’s the younger generation battling let’s say the “old guard fans”.
Just to give you and idea on why I think this, I wrote an article (see it below) of my memories of NUFC before mike Ashley on here recently. I looked back at the Freddy Shepard era and how I was given free tickets as a teen.
The comments in response consisted of older generation saying it shouldn’t take free tickets to support NUFC
I was born in Newcastle (Benwell) in 1988. I am now 31 years of age and I’m proud of being a born and bred Geordie. There was only ever going to be one team for me.
Anyway, the problem seems to lie on times before my existence and how times were harder for fans. Lower league football and rotten chairman’s.
I accept that times were harder back then. Maybe the older generation feel like we should be privileged to be in the Premier League and a Chairman that spends (very little).
I want to reach out to the older fans who feel that way. We are not the spoilt we are just simply fighting for what’s right, we are an underfunded club. The Premier League is a billion dollar organisation. In order to compete you have to provide fund that is within your means. And so far in the 12 years of Mike Ashley era that has not been the case.
We are the 19th richest club in the world based on player sales, attendances, TV money and low wage bill. The club has received very little of that money. He may own the club but you have to reinvest to survive 2 relegations and a possible 3rd looming.
I will not sit back and watch it happen. This is our time to fight – both old and young, regardless of which era had it worse. Together we are stronger, together we can be UNITED.
It’s now our time to fight for the change we need. We don’t expect trophies nor do we expect Champions League – we simply want to compete with teams outside of top 4.
It’s a realistic target, but with Mike Ashley it’s just a dream – which is so frustrating when the potential this club has based on fans alone is worth its weight in gold.
It just upsets me when we are divided on this issue, and insults are thrown from one generation to the next. We could use some wise heads in this battle.
The troubles of yesteryear have passed. This is a new war and I urge all ages to join the cause. We aren’t the spoilt generation we are the mike Ashley generation and that needs change