The Magpie Group have issued a new statement, confirming that a boycott has been planned for our opening day clash with Arsenal at St James’ Park.
The statement also invites fans to boycott all of Mike Ashley’s enterprises both online and on the high street, and asks us to join them in a boycott of Arsenal – a game set to be screened live on Sky at 2pm, Sunday August 11th.
The message also apologises for the ‘mistakes made in the past’, but warn Mike Ashley that they will ‘not be fooled again!’.
This no doubt comes from the time a boycott planned for last season’s home clash with Wolves was called off in a bid to enable a potential takeover – something we all know failed to materialise in typical Mike Ashley style.
Here’s there statement in full:
“The Magpie Group would like to invite all fellow Newcastle United fans to boycott all of Mike Ashley’s enterprises, including his retail outlets online and on the high street as well as online. . . .
“In Monday’s meeting, we decided that we must call on all fans to unite and #boycott the Arsenal game.
“This is a plea particularly to those that feel they are not yet at the stage of renouncing their season ticket.
“We openly admit that we have made mistakes in the past by not fulfilling plans to boycott but we will not be fooled again!
“Many of us have already paid for our tickets, but let’s shock and humiliate him by presenting an empty stadium to the nation and reminding everyone that we have pride in our beloved team.”
We fully support this, with this tying in with the campaign both @EmptyForAshley and ourselves (@WorOnAshley) are promoting – a plan to get Newcastle fans boycotting all televised home games and heading into the city instead to watch with friends and family at pubs and bars.
This is something that not only empties the stadium and shows us making a stand in front of the nations TV screens, but also allows us to line the pockets of our community and local businesses – NOT Mike Ashley’s.
Here are some of the bars and pubs currently involved in #BoycottArsenal, showing the game live and providing the following offers to fans: