A message to every NUFC fan ahead of the new 2019/20 season – Time for tough love..

Imagine a picture titled ‘the new season’, it’s a picture of St James Park and we are all in that picture.

Where do you put yourself? Last season I would imagine myself in a seat right on halfway, leaning forward, eyes fixed on the centre spot, full of…hope, expectation, excitement, passion, defiance? All qualities which pump the heart and warm the blood. This season I am standing outside the Strawberry looking across the road from a distance. I’m out.

Don’t get me wrong, if I was still living in Newcastle I would have stopped attending games two or three years ago. A small gesture but my own.

Things changed with the decision to ignore and ditch Benitez. We had momentum, we were going forward, we had a plan, he was the man with the plan and we were behind him, the players were behind him, the owner was behi…sorry, against him totally.

Did Rafa’s business plan enable Mike Ashley to extract the competitive life out of the club? Did it enable him to extract Sky money with a minimum outlay for maximum profit? Would it involve the maintenance of a zombie football club, suspended between 10 h and 17th position, unable to break into the sunlit uplands of the top six forever?

It didn’t, so Ashley ignored him. And now we have Steve Bruce and didn’t we know it would be five minutes before we got the stories about bleeding black and white and what his Mam and Dad would say and he’s just a down to earth bloke and did he mention he’s a Geordie? Bruce’s apparent contemptuous treatment of Sheffield Wednesday casts a shadow over the whole ‘When The Boat Comes In’ stuff but I tell you what, it makes him a perfect fit (albeit an 11th choice fit) for this riff-raff of a club hierarchy.

So when I say I’m out, what I mean is not just that I would not attend home games or buy merchandise that gives any of my money to Ashley, I also mean that I no longer care whether they beat Arsenal in that first game or not….in fact I would rather they got absolutely blown off the park.

Let’s see them fail abjectly all season and hear Bruce bleat out the same s*** Carver did.

We need to take Ashley’s income away, no sky money, no merchandise, no tickets.

How is it possible that I can will those players to win last season and then be content to see them ship 4, 5 or 6 goals this year? Tough love.

We will never be in a better position to become a truly competitive club under Ashley, than when Benitez was here. Ashley knows that and he stopped it and reverted to type. Hence Steve Bruce. It will never be healthy again under Ashley. I love Newcastle United. It is our team, our city but it is time, for its own good, for tough love.

Every game should be boycotted. Boycotts need to be affirmative, positive experiences. It needs to be against attending, but for the club, our club, our city. Can the city council be involved? MPs? Shearer? The Ronny Gill, Ant and Dec. You get the idea, anyone and everything that makes it attractive to fans to stop attending. Live music in Leazes Park? Free screening of the match in local cinemas? Regular mass attendance at local non-league games giving Ashley’s revenue to those clubs. Encourage opposition fans to donate something, how about badges that can be awarded for non-attendance? I don’t know! Someone else must be thinking the same as I am. Are you?

I cannot support another team, Newcastle United is family. But sometimes it needs to be tough love.

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8 thoughts on “A message to every NUFC fan ahead of the new 2019/20 season – Time for tough love..

  1. A very well worded message I’ve been guilty of calling people traitors if they go to games it’s out of frustration I live near Aldershot hants it’s a six hundred and forty odd mile round trip for me every other week but I’m not renewing season ticket because I believe together we can rid this disease from our club I hope there’s more like us out there together we will conquer


  2. Sheer boredom had taken over until I heard of the ludicrous fee for Joelinton. I predict he will bomb. But in any case; if so much money is there why not placate Benitez in the first place and give HIM the cash? Good article and I would love to see 10,000 or so head down to Gateshead every home game. Instead, people fill the coffers of the Fat Cockney. It has to stop.


  3. You mirror my thoughts. Cat is firmly out of the bag with Ashley now. Even with a large part of the media. But only a sustained boycott will shift him. I’ve been torn for years, because of the opportunities we’ve had to move forward only for him to “pull the rug”
    I was reared on blind optimism, and a little hope. Ashley’s ownership has removed all of that, and the enjoyment I used to have on match days. It’s been a chore for some years now, but this summer has finished me off.
    54yrs and an awful lot of money spend home and abroad watching NUFC, and I’m done.
    I’ll take years of great memories with me. But little or nothing from the last 12yrs.


  4. yes i agree and have suggested a number of your ideas already in different places like twitter. my problem is i already boycott passively as i work nearly all the hours that the toon play. The last time i went to stjp was to join a protest 2 years ago-outside the stadium. I didnt go into the ground but watched the match inside The Strawberry. My favourite idea is to support the team on a matchday from outside the stadium. Forget the sweary chants because the media cant use them live. But twenty thousand fans or more carefully organised with police co-operation outside the ground surrounding it where possible with LOUD vociferous pro team, but VERY ANTI-ASHLEY (without the swearing) would give excellent media coverage for the cause. Get support from Newcastle Council, local celebs, x-players and managers. We fans would have to be very disciplined to manage that for 90 mins but it would really make a Loud public point?


  5. All together unite put money in the city go to Gateshead any where watching games in local bars having a laugh mass demonstrations before every game cause legal chaos rid our beautiful city of this leech it’s time for the Geordie spirit to rise and be heard the footballing world is watching to see how the famous Geordie army react to this disease the time is now


  6. Time for the famous Geordie s to be heard in public come on antdec shearer jimmy Niall Cheryl what ever her second name is to name a few go public tell the world we ain’t putting up with it anymore


  7. Larry mate, I think you need a lie down. Boycott is definitely the way to go but don’t get all radio rental about it man.


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