New statement – Protest group sends message to Mike Ashley after Newcastle 0-0 Brighton

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.”

6 thoughts on “New statement – Protest group sends message to Mike Ashley after Newcastle 0-0 Brighton

  1. The “support the team not the regime” attendees were grasping at straws to applaud a local who left the Toon years ago for more money, injury prone and let go by West Ham. Shows how bad things are at Sports Direct FC.


  2. LAToon:
    ….. a local who left the Toon years ago for more money…..

    That’s funny – I thought we sold him for the money? And let’s not forget, he went to Liverpool, one of the top 6.

    Where do fans get this bizarre vision of loyalty from? Do they really believe that players should not at least try to better themselves, earn more money, progress?


  3. So we had our lowest attendance, Carroll left and attandance went up. Now he’s back it’s at it’s lowest again?

    Anybody else spot the correllation?

    It’s not Ashley that’s driving the fans away – it’s Andy Carroll!


  4. I too would like to see Ashley gone but i do feel these boycott’s are affecting the team. The atmosphere from what i could see and hear on TV was awful. I will be going to the MU game and i will be shouting for the team not the regime. If we are relegated then the boycotts must take some of the blame, i’m sorry to say that but they must.


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