Toon For Change send message to Mike Ashley after club flog 10,000 free tickets – Read statement here

*Toon For Change (@ToonForChange) statement in response to NUFC’s ‘free half-season ticket’ offer on Monday night*

Toon For Change, a Newcastle United supporter group with 950 members has issued a statement regarding NUFC move to give away free half-season tickets.

Following the lowest attendance at St James’ Park for a league match since November 2010 at the weekend, the club has announced today that it will give away free half-season tickets, in a desperate move from a hierarchy that is clearly on the ropes.

The thousands of empty seats week-in-week-out at St James’ Park are a result supporters vowing to not return to the stadium until Ashley sells our football club. These same empty seats are an ongoing PR disaster for Mike Ashley, whose sports brand is now associated with an unhappy fanbase, that has been left with no option but to boycott their own stadium for emotional, not financial reasons.

Monday night’s move from the club is nothing more than a way to try and win over supporters. We will continue to call on fans to stand their ground and remember that every empty seat not only sends a message regarding Ashley, but also makes St James’ a less attractive proposition for broadcasters like Sky and BT.

This is typical Ashley, who is hoping that yet again we will just forgive and forget, while applying his bargain bin business model, to Newcastle United.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “Toon For Change send message to Mike Ashley after club flog 10,000 free tickets – Read statement here

  1. good on the club for doing this, so you moaning lot wont be able to get in when there is a big game, you can make all the statements you wont, the true fans just laugh at them.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more Tom well said

    I’m not an Ashley fan but what is happening makes no sense to me

    It makes for division which doesn’t help the team on the pitch and come on if you think Ashley is bothered you are deluded

    Steve Bruce has shown he has some idea so far so deserves respect and support

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  3. Another feeble attempt from the Toon-For- Ashley – Oot – Magpie – Change – Group to try stir up a bit of animosity.

    As the club are essentially offering FREE tickets to EXISTING SEASON TICKET HOLDERS it kinda scuppers the notion that the club is trying to change supporters minds and also blows out of the water the notion that Ashley is all about money.

    We get it, Toon-For- Ashley – Oot – Magpie – Change – Group, you don’t want to go to the games, and that, at least so far in this country, is you right.
    But why don’t you just go away quietly and do your knitting, or get the spelling on your tattoos fixed or just do whatever it is you do now on a Saturday afternoon and let the rest of us enjoy our football.

    As real fans we just want to get behind our team giving them the support they need to win matches, and if the club want to give out free tickets to improve the atmosphere at home games with NO FINANCIAL GAIN to them, then personally I think that’s pretty impressive.

    As for “thousands of empty seats week in week out”, a quick scan through the attendances will show you that the Man U game was a full house, with Citeh and the Arse not far behind, so it looks like the Toon-For- Ashley – Oot – Magpie – Change – Group members , in true hypocritical fashion, are wearing whipping out the disguises and turning up for the big games.

    As Tom said in his response – any move by management that stops those moaning fair-weather fans from turning up for the big games is fine by me.

    950 members? My grandson’s school Ninja Turtles fan group has more members, and a lot more maturity to boot!

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