There are still many fans that think the point of ‘#BoycottArsenal’ is to simply stop us from “lining Mike Ashley’s pockets” – but it really isn’t. It’s much more than that.
Yes, it does hold some significance as an empty stadium means no match day tickets or refreshments. But those of you that have renewed your season tickets saying “he already has my money so it makes no difference if I go” – Here is where you’re missing the point.
Because the point is the statement we’re supposed to be making as UNITED fans. UNITING against Ashley, saying enough is enough, showing we’ll take a stand and put up a real fight to get our club back.
Sir Bobby Robson once said that a football club was: “The Noise, the Passion, the feeling of Belonging and the Pride in your City”
How many of those do you feel by being at the game? I honestly believe by boycotting the Arsenal game, we are MORE akin to that quote by Sir Bobby.
The whole point of the boycott is to show that we are no longer mugs. The stadium being empty would show on the cameras, it would give Sky something to talk about. It would show that for many years we have tolerated (or at least been made mugs of) and now we need it to change. Pundits will take note and whether they back us or not, it doesn’t matter. The fans will be taken seriously.
We are STRONGER TOGETHER.
You can still go into town and make your own match day plans, but with your friends in a pub instead of inside St James’ Park (see @EmptyForAshley on Twitter, with them gathering several bars/pubs who are screening the game free of charge and offering special offers to fans on the day).
We don’t need to be angry in front of the cameras, we don’t need to punch horses and make it an embarrassment – we just need to be UNITED in the boycott.
If people still decide to go then that is their choice, and they are 100% entitled to that. I just think it is worth getting the whole point of the boycott across. It is not just about money, it is about doing what we do best – supporting Newcastle United by doing something different to save or club.