Saturday’s stalemate with Brighton was dismal and a worrying watch, but one man who should be highly concerned is Mike Ashley.
A 43,000 crowd – our lowest in over 8 years for a home Premier League game – proved once again that fan discontent has not blown over and is only getting worse.
Joe Halliday, a member of Newcastle United protest group ‘Toon For Change’ comments: “Saturday represented the lowest attendance at St James’ Park for a Premier League match since August 2011 – it’s absolutely undeniable that fans are choosing to stay away from home matches week-in-week-out.
“Andy Carroll wearing the black and white for the first time in eight years is one story from the weekend, but the fact that St James’ has not seen this many empty seats for a Premier League match since the season he last played for us, is the real headline.
“The protest movement against Ashley is growing and we have nothing but respect for fans who like us, are sacrificing going to games in order to take a stand against Ashley. Manchester United at home has gone to general sale – it’s usually a sell-out. A pattern is emerging and it’s one that should concern Mike Ashley.
“Our group will continue calling for fans to boycott televised matches and we’re working alongside other protest groups to do everything we can to make this Ashley’s winter of discontent.”