After revealing their protest plans between new and the new year, The Magpie Group have confirmed the three ideas they will promote to get rid of Mike Ashley – with them aiming to ’empty seats’ at St James’ Park, protest at his stores and protest during games.
The opening set of protests began outside Northumberland Street’s Sports Direct, however these have been take to outside the club shop (ran by SD) – and they now plan to protest inside the stadium, with plans for a full boycott vs Wolves game in December.
The first part of the statement reads as follows, with them confirming their current plans after a public meeting revealed their most popular courses of action moving forward:
The Magpie Group have consulted as many fans as possible to come up with our next phase of protests against Mike Ashley’s running of our football club.
We’ve read hundreds of emails and messages, organised public meetings to listen to what fans want and polled those in attendance to get a feel for the most popular courses of action.
Three basic principles came up time and again. Protesting his store, protesting at games, and emptying seats at games. Given the popularity of all of these options, we see no reason to choose one and will organise and promote them all.
The games against Watford, Everton, Fulham and Liverpool will have a mix of pre and post match protests. For the home game against West Ham on December 1st we’re asking fans to enter the stadium 11 minutes after kick off. For the televised Sky game against Wolves on December 9th we’re advocating a total boycott.
We’re working on other activities we’re not currently in a position to make any public announcement on, but now it’s up to you. Democracy will win. The Magpie Group events that are well supported and effective will be more likely to be repeated in the new year. Those that the wider fanbase choose not to back in significant numbers will be less likely to form part of the ongoing actions. We need as many volunteers and active participants as are willing.
This comes after Jamaal Lascelles asked fans to stop the negativity and protests today, calling for supporters to use all their energy to get behind the team on the pitch.
Just as some are calling for unity, I can’t help but feel the divide is growing more and more, giving us fans a real dilemma..
Do we get behind the team, forget about Ashley and support the team onto survival, or do we not stop until Ashley sells up?