Kids Persuade Ashley To Start Watching Games Again


We had always known that ever since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United Football Club, his three children have been avid Magpies’ supporters.

Mike Ashley – before he bought Newcastle – he looks quite happy    😀

And it seems that his kids have been responsible for persuading Mike to return to St James’ Park. The divorced English Billionaire has three children – Oliver, 18, Anna, 16, and Matilda, 11.

Oliver and Anna have been regulars at Newcastle games since their father paid £134M to buy the famous north-east club last year, and poured another £110M in to reduce the club’s enormous debt.

And it turns out they have continued to watch the Newcastle side despite the hostility following Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious and disastrous departure for the club. Newcastle fans would hardly take out whatever anger they have for Mike on his kids, after all.

16 year-old Anna was often seen at Mike’s side at St. James Park, and we know she has long blond hair. Let’s just say we have to assume the former Mrs Ashley is extremely good looking.    😀

A source close to Ashley told the Sunday Mirror today:

“The Ashley kids have really bought into the Newcastle thing and are now ardent supporters, always wearing their black and white stripes.”

“A few fans recognized them from seeing them with their father in the directors’ box, and they were encouraged by the warm reception they had from the Geordie supporters.”

“They had a big influence on Mike’s decision to reconsider.”

Maybe there is some harmony on it’s way back to Newcastle. Certainly as fans we don’t like one little bit the hostility that’s surrounded the club since Kevin left.

As we said yesterday – it makes our head hurt.

It’s just a big pity we couldn’t have scored yesterday to get a win, which we really needed. It’s now 3 draws on the trot, and we need to improve on that.

The attack yesterday looked a little toothless and Oba Martins was our best chance for a goal, before being withdrawn, which angered many Newcastle fans.

But Mark Viduka looked more than useful after he came on, and Michael will have to work hard to put in a worse performance than he gave us yesterday.  But he still needs the games to recapture his form.

Oh well, that’s over now – and water under the Tyne Bridge, but we should be able to take Stoke City apart this coming Saturday (3:00 pm KO) at St. James’ Park.   😀

Looking forward to it.

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23 comments so far

  • james L

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1

    i read the day that kinear will get no money to buy players. regardless of what kinear has said that sounds about right. would you give money to a club whose fans hate you and you want to sell it. i wouldnt. I rekon if we get anyone he will be as cheap as chips or even free or we will have to sell.
    WE MIGHT HAVE TO FORGIVE MIKE ASHLEY IF WE WANT ANY MONEY TO SPEND IN JAN.

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  • steveyo

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I think MA needs to realise if the team is doing well then thats all that really matters and if hes in the ground when were doing well and supporting his team then he is one of us and i for one would consider giving up supporting football altogether if any of our fans took it pon themselves to harm either Mike Ashley or his Kids.As long as I can remember we have been renowned for our warmth to people from outside the area and he should be allowed to support the Team with the rest of us.I would however urge MA and his reps to come and speak to NUSC and outline his plans for the future and you never know selling the club me not necessarily be the answer.

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  • Partizan

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    He’ll give JK at least 15 mill + money from the sold players.Why do think he’ll be here to watch the West Ham game on Jan 10th.
    Cos by that time,we’ll have 1 or 2 new players in our squad with money available for 3-4 players.
    Second reason is that he’ll probably kick DL’s arse together with his team West Ham back to where they belong 🙂

    Hahaha…that’s a wishfull thinking 🙂

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    He is welcome at St.James Park, just as long as he is not sitting with the away fans. Anyway, nobody is going to spend 300 mil on a football club. It’s better to sell after at least one more year, he will get a better price.

    Meanwhile, he can pump in some transfer funds to cover some important positions, or he can see this club relegated, making a huge loss on his investment.

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    steveyo

    quite right ma or his kids should notbe attacked

    i personally would have forgave him if he had apologised

    not came out with the infamous fact statement

    sacked d wise or or changed his role to technical director(looking after the academy souleyand haviing nothing to do with the 1st team)

    been honest about d wises position at the club from the start

    communicated better

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  • Flan

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Take it easy with the comments on the underage girls Ed or they might shut your site down :-0

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    flan shes 16 thats not underage

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  • Obafan

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Well I think there is nothing wrong with Ashley coming back to watch some games at St James Park.

    I only hope that he is willing to invest in the first team, cause that is needed. We have a thin squad. In January we should defo add:
    1. LB
    2. CDM
    3. CAM (creative player, cause we lack creativity!!!)

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  • Matt

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I for one will be happy to see him come back and even happier if he stays on. He’s starting to release control a bit as he understands the working of football more. He’s already given JFK the say so on transfers. His business model can work with the investment he’s willing to provide every year.

    Can we stop this cockney mafia thing now? It really is embarassing. Dennis Wise is in charge of youth and has done a pretty good job finding us some talent. Compare our under 18s now as oppose to 18 months ago, it’s improved immeasurably.

    Owners have to learn aswell as managers, players and supporters.

    We’ve got players to sell to generate some extra transfer funds on top of what MA will put in. We will be fine and next season we can build.

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  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    The financial worlwide downturn has no doubt made it difficult to sell the club. It could be to our advantage. If MA stays and puts in some funds (which will not be that easy for him to do because of the recession), then we could get more stability and unity at the club. He did say that he would only sell to someone with the club’s best interests at heart and perhaps that is why so far no sale. Do we want Americans like those at Manure with £850m debts? I hope MA stays and perhaps gives us someone at the top who will communicate with us as well as did Chris Mort. To the fans I say don’t expect too much from an owner and try to be a little bit more realistic. Even for billionaires funds are not unlimited and MA did get the club on a better financial standing than we have been for many a long day.

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  • Partizan

    Nov 30, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Stamford…..Whats the use of having top young talents when we never play them.
    I would be devastated if we lose Godsmark,Lua Lua,Krul,Kadar etc.

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  • KIZZA

    Nov 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    TIME FOR US TO STOP MOANING AT ASHLEY.

    HE WILL BE GIVING JK FUNDS

    WE DONT KNOW THE FULL STORY ABOUT DENNIS WISE AND LET NEWSPAPERS TELL US (HOW LOW IS THAT)

    WISE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB DISPITE BEING HATED

    ASHLEY HAS KEPT CONTACT WITH JK AND CONGRATULATED HIM ON GAMES WHICH SHOWS HE DOES CARE

    ASHLEY MAY NOT SPEAK DIRECTLY TO US… BUT NEITHER DO MAN U OWNERS.

    ASHLEY WANTS TO CARRY ON FOLLOWING THE TEAM HE OWNS, BUT YOU LOT JUST WONT LET HIM CAUSE OF THREATS

    DISCUSTING

    I LOVE THIS CLUB AND ALWAYS WILL THROUGH THICK AND THIN, ADMITTIDLY I WANT A NEW OWNER TOO BUT FOR NOW WE SHOULD BACK OUR OWNER, CAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY….WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETGER

    NUFC4EVER

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  • KIZZA

    Nov 30, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    if he is keeping the club he has said (in his leaving statement), that he would spend 20 million pound a year in the first team. but no more

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  • Shiftay

    Nov 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #14

    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/05_02/ashleyMOS0405_468x545.jpg

    i’d hazard a guess and say that is ashley’s daughter, she is on quite a few of the pics….they have the same shape of face too (and unless hes on the pull he seems incredibly close to her :P)

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  • Toon Olly

    Nov 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    ashleys daughter would get it.

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  • workyticket

    Nov 30, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #16

    “As long as I can remember we have been renowned for our warmth to people from outside the area.”

    That was before the embarrassing “Cockney Mafia” attacks. We are now regarded as insular, xenophobic and lacking in even the most basic knowledge of geography in the big world outside of Tyneside.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 30, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope he returns to watch teh games and trust the true Newcastle fans will support him as well as Newcastle United.

    I agree, he needs to communicate better and give us a proper chairman as Lambias is a waste of space. A well defined division of responsibility is needed as his business plan will work. The majority of his signings to date have been good.

    Come on guys, please get behind Newcastle United and support the team including the owner and his family……..

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 30, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #18

    As much as there are plenty of good people following the town, I’ve also seen my fair share of ar*eholes as well, it’s the same as anywhere else though. I don’t think ‘the Ashleys’ would ever have been in any real physical danger but it should never have been raised as an issue so that in itself is depressing. I’d pack in following the lads if I ever thought the owner’s family was attacked. He’s made some awful mistakes but we shouldn’t act like degenerates. Mind you, these reports are just supporting my theory of a progressive ruse to test the water in terms of getting himself comfortable with a return and seeing what the reaction is like. It’d be nice to think we could all be grown-up about it and that he meets us halfway and we move forward but I doubt it will be anything other than acrimonious for some when he departs.

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  • Sav

    Nov 30, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #19

    That’s so sweet, Ed. Nothing like a heartwarming tale at Crimbo time.

    Howay, man. For starters, his kids have been coming to matches in their colours and fans have only acted like gents towards them. Its not their fault their da’s a greedy, lying backstabber.
    So much for the shocking ‘my family have been threatened’ line FatAsh came out with in September.
    As others have said, he has had plenty opportunity to make amends. Actions speak louder than words. That is the only way to judge him, and so far he has been found wanting. He has lied, forced KK out, put in no promised funding and neglected the fans. No-one should need to tell him what is required to make it up to the fans.
    I have this sickly image of a fat blubbering Ashley wailing his tonsils at Joe Kinnear and demanding what will it take to get the fans to ‘luv me and luv my pies?’
    It might seem a bit unfair to FatAsh but what he needs to realise is we’ve had years upon years of being messed about by chancers. He is just the latest in a long line, and the Geordie public are not about to be shifted from their principled stance by a fat, blubbery bloke in his replica top. We’ve been there, seen it and bought (our last) top to prove it.

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  • Davey

    Nov 30, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone who supports this are nothing short of being idiots – It was obviously the plan not to sell the club and give a little time before returning – This just shows what idiots ‘most’ not all of you are!

    Whether you like it or not, anyone who supports this, regardless of relegation are fools FACT!

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  • Danny Duckfoot

    Nov 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashleys a gready pompus arsehole.

    If i see him in or around the ground i’ll let the fat mug know what real geordies think of him, his pet midget Wise & that freak Llambias all right.

    Out Ashley, coz the Toon lads will never forgive or forget.

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  • jude

    Dec 1, 2008 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Danny Duckfoot go F**** a lame duck..i’m a newcastle fan and i’m prepared to forget and forgive him

    Unlike some of you lot i got the interest of the team at heart….

    Like i keep on sayin and Kizza earlier pointed out…other club owners do not report to the fans…

    At Man U ferguson does all the talking not the glazers….and that’s the way it should be at Newcastle…Kinnear who is now the new manager will do all the talking…

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  • Paul

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Get real – Ashley caused all this mess by not clearly defining the roles of the top brass and the manager. He had the chance to step in and sort it out and failed.

    If he had just told the fans he only had a limited amount of money to plough into the team every year, we would have understood. Instead, he got all out hopes up.

    Yet again, this season is a write off and although Kinnear is doing ok, we have to face the possibility of relegation.

    In my view, Ashley is not welcome back and never will be. SELL AND MOVE ON ASAP.

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