NUSC To Protest Before Everton Game


Apparently there is a rally at the Monument in Newcastle being planned before our next home game, against Everton on 22nd February, by the Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC), who still want Mike Ashley out of the club.

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We know very well the NUSC has the good of the club at heart, but is this really a good move if it goes ahead?

It will hardly help us beat Everton that afternoon, and we somehow have to separate protests against Ashley so that it doesn’t also negatively impact the players, and that’s not easy to do during the season.

The NUSC has been trying to get a meeting to talk through the Newcastle United problems with owner Mike Ashley, and  has had no success, but at least during the season shouldn’t we  be supporting the team and Joe, even if  we hate Ashley?

Committee member Neil Mitchell said:

“We’re tired of the divisions within the fanbase,” “It feels like divide and rule, and these divisions are easily exploited by the club.”

“There’s only one way to bring everyone together, and that’s through having a shared voice.”

“We want to find common ground, and move forward. If the Supporters’ Club can achieve that, then brilliant.”

Apparently around 200 supporters gathered at the Tyneside Irish Center and it now plans to ramp up its public work  – with just 14 games to go in this season, when relegation is a real threat.

Mitchell added:

“The Everton rally is something we talked about before the meeting. We can’t stand by and do nothing.”

“We looked at the options we had, and we wanted to do something positive, and visible.”

The NUSC should think very carefully about doing something, rather than doing nothing, if that something is detrimental in helping Newcastle survive in the Premier League this season.

The time for demonstrations that cause upheaval at the club is not timely when the lads are fighting a dour relegation battle.

The demonstrations should come at the end of the season, when hopefully we’ll still be in the Premier League.

These demonstrations right now will only be more fodder for the gossip football press, who will have a field day with it – we can just see the headlines now.

It’s in these troubled times that one thing is certain, the players need the Newcastle fans’ support now more than ever.

We’re all for the NUSC, but we wonder if demonstations are the right thing at this time, but its the NUSC mission to speak for the Newcastle fans, and that’s what they are presumably doing.

Comments welcome – but please keep the language decent.



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136 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    hope they do the club proud

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    2nd?

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  • brownrob

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Seemingly Ashley says he will meet with the groups after the season is over.

    Meeting the group now is anything but good for the club, we need to concentrate on getting the club to stay afloat this season…

    protesting is not going to help, and get us on the back page of the sun again…

    What good will it do meeting MA now, as all the NUSC seem to want, is Ashley out…

    He cant buy new players until the close season, he isnt going to sell up in the middle of a relegation fight…

    So what good will it do?

    Im no pro ashley supporter, Im pro newcastle

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Mob mentality will prevail!!!!

    What next?

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Neil Mitchell and his cronies have other issues than supporting NUFC, and this supporters club is really starting to be a pain in the ar*e shut up and support the club for once stop being hipocritic only wen we are in dire straits do they show up and are quiet when we are winnig

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  • AlanSmith.

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    fcuks sake, im fed up of this.. this is why we are in the mess we are now. this is why given left. i can understand in the summer not in the middle of the season before a game, if this goes ahead, i think we will be relagated.. it shows the players we dont really care about the club. caring for the club is getting behind the players.. not trying to force the owner out!! Newcastle United Supporters Club – more like Sunderland Supporters club.!

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  • shearerbliss

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Shooting ourselves in the foot again. Laughing stock of Britian again, why do we do it year on year? New manager, new board,new team. Hey why dont they buy the club and run it, as they could obviously do much better. oops need money for that!

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  • ToonWhitters

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets please concentrate on supporting our club and lets get us through this season, rather than bringing it down when the team needs us fully behind them. In the summer, or even if we end up safe in the Premier League before then, people should voice their opinions.

    This is crucial times, there is no doubt about that – and I for one will not be protesting through them.

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    “We looked at the options we had, and we wanted to do something positive, and visible.”

    Clearly this will be seen as visible, but is it helpful? When the club needs the fans backing for the relegation battle as well as stability, the NUSC have decided to protest. Will this be seen as having stability at the club by fans in general?

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  • ToonWhitters

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Also Ed, if you would put a vote up to see how many are in favor of the rally at this point in the season you may get interesting results..

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  • Matt

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a joke. Can we just get behind Ashley please?

    He’s made mistakes yes and it’s cost us big time this season but he could be a great long term owner and eventualy an asset to the team.

    If you can’t see that you’re pretty closed minded. Give the guy a second chance, he’s already said he’s committing more time to the club.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    The NUSC does NOT speak for me.

    As much as I agree we need to open discourse with the owner this is not the time to start.

    We are seriously under threat of going down and the NUSC wants to protest!?

    What good is that going to do? It’s no wonder our best players are looking to leave if there is constant turmoil.

    NUSC – leave it until the end of the season – chasing Ashley away now achieves nothing. We need stability. Please just hold off until the end of the season. PLEASE.

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  • Ericles

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Why should not the Supporters Club protest? Going by the blogs on this topic it sounds like we have a bunch of secret pro-Ashley types writing in. Where have the NUSC ever not supported the club or the team? Wanting Ashley out and taking the likes of Wise with him is a fair demand. It does not imply that it will upset the team or other fans. Too many wet behing the ears keyboard dancers on this site sometimes.
    Anybody here today ever seen Milburn play? I bet not. Just a load of fairweather historians!!!

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  • Macas35

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    While I feel the current regime are not good for the club this is not the time to protest. But I could tell from the leaflet I got from the NUSC that it was being ran by a bunch of prats. Pointless and not needed at this vital stage of the season.

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  • geordie jock

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    At last somebody with a backbone. This rally will not effect the players as long it is kept out of SJP. The backlash from fans inside the ground will happen if the team struggles and we get relegated (that is just natural)

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  • Waddles mullet

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Lets protest when the team need us most.
    IDIOTS
    We are in a relegation battle.
    Get behind the team lads Forget nusc till the end of the season

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    No I won’t get behind Ashley until he makes some drastic changes to the way he’s running the club. And i’m not talking about all the hot air he’s got Kinnear spouting this morning.

    We’re in a mess and heading backwards at breakneck speed you only have to see what Given said this morning to realise that.

    People are right to have their own opinions but I don’t trust Ashley’s motives or his methods and I think the way he treats the suppoters is disgusting he’s had a chance to meet the NUSC in a civilized manner and he completely ignored them what kind of owner ignores his supporters??

    I’m in full support of the protest because one way or another Ashley has to respond to it either by selling up or by putting his money with his mouth his. Oh and guys we already ARE the laughing stock – this guy put us there

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  • alextoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Who do these idiots think they represent?

    The LAST thing we need are more protests!!

    Do these people want to see us relegated or what? Is it so they can club together and buy out Mike Ashley for a quid once we reach League One?

    You can’t just set up a group and immediatly claim to be the voice of not only 52,000 but probably hundreds of thousands of Toon fans.

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  • Ericles

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Where are most of the blogs on this topis coming from? Some on here must use a hundred flannels everytime they wash their faces in the morning! Lots of ordinary long time fans do not come on this site. They do not have computer access. So who is blogging today? A load of suited twenty-somethings in offices somewhere. It was not what I heard after the game on Sunday. Fair play to the NUSC and their principles.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Ericles – Mate, I’m 29 so no I never saw Milburn play (wish I had), but wanting half a season of stability doesn’t mean that I’m happy with the Ashley regime.

    I just don’t see what good causing further upheaval will do? You can’t cause an owner to quit. He’ll still be the owner until he sells. Who would want to buy Newcastle if it’s fans keep calling for the head of it’s owner?

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Here here Ericles

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  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    They could have held a Sports Direct picket on an FA Cup weekend. It would still be specifically against Mike Ashley but doesn’t take any support away from the players.

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  • Macas35

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24

    The problem is that Ashley cant put his money where his mouth is or sell the club until the end of the season now. So lets wait until then before adding further disruption and turmoil to an already bad season. Yes, Ashley has to make drastic changes or ship out, but now is not the time to protest about it.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    It will be more bad press for the team and club.
    The march will concist of 12 fans and 600 shellsuit chavs with wonky teeth.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Macas35 – exactly

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  • valle

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    WTF are they protesting about?… That we failed in our deadline day bids?… Well, that was frustrating, but its something the current regime will have to work at and learn from, not something we should go and protest about, we have enough on our hands supporting the lads to get us out of relegation… The clubs finances are dire, we tried to really strengten, yet failed a bit (but not totally). There is a long term strategy that should be applauded regarding the youths and the only thing we can be unhappy about is that we need someone in the seat who knows what he is doing and who has free hands to spend whatever little we have on transfers HE want, that could be settled through dialogue, if not directly to MA then through the media. We dont need to protest about anything, not all of us want fiddle owners with loads of cash.

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  • shearer4pm

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    we need to support the club and get behind the lads, the last thing we need is more disruption,
    not going to help a thing, give us bad press,
    weve got a reputation for being loyal and great fans, lets show em how we got that reputation

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  • workyticket

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29

    They’re determined to ruin this club so they can say “I told you so”. Absolutely pathetic.

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    These guys are clever. They know that town will be heaving on Saturday. As soon as people realise a crowd is gathering, they’ll have a hell of alot more numbers joining the protest. On top of that, you’ll also have loads of people walking to the stadium, which will make it look like they have a huge support.

    All in all, a small mob of say 300 will look as though it’s a huge mob of thousands with the stragglers on!!!

    MOB MENTALITY!

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #31

    As long as the protest ends before the game starts then I can’t see the problem. If there are enough fans who want this, then why not?

    The club maybe at last being run like a business but this in my view is to the detriment of the 1st team. Somebody needs to speak up before its too late. God forbid if we start next season with an even smaller 1st team squad. Each transfer window it seems to get smaller.

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  • alextoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Pons Aelius – spot on

    And what’s to stop Ashley thinking, ok I will sell up….I’ll sell to the worst consortium that offers my asking price and give those toon fans something to really moan about…?

    If people look further than the end of their noses they will see that so long as we stay up this season, which Im sure we will…a good clear out of all the high-earning flops who have basicaly been paid by our club for performances they put in at their previous clubs but brought none of that to SJP

    …..with them gone and building upon the likes of Bassong, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Nolan, Barton, Butt, Guthrie, Martins, Beye, Collicini and Enrique…players who will always give their all.

    Clearing out Smith, Geremi, Viduka, Duff, Owen, Cacapa etc will leave us with a small squad of players but a squad with real desire to play for the shirt….then the re-building can start…buying more Bassong, Nolan, Ryan Taylor types….young players with low price tags but on the fringes of the international scene with still a lot to prove in the game, loads of hunger..not just for winning trophies and hefty pay packets but because they want to live the dream of playing at SJP infront of 52,000 supporters who will give them hero status should they give their all.

    We have an absolute gem in Sebastian Bassong, and Jonas and Coliccini aren’t bad either…..so I dont know why the pure venom for Dennis Wise. So what if he was a nasty horrible tw4t as a player…if he uneartherd Seb Bassong alone he deserves praise because young Seb and Steven Taylor are the future of the club.

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    And the game is on a Sunday not a Sunday

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    But isn’t the whole point of questions and answers with the board so that the fans have a voice?

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  • Ross

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Right, the NUSC are calling it a rally, rather than a protest-purely because they’re not looking to unsettle players, or anything like that as far as im concerned.
    If you had actually listened to the meeting last night, you’d know that this has been properly planned, with the consent of both the police and the council, to take place at the monument, before the match. They then made it quite clear, that they would be walking together, to the match to support the team, get behind them 100%. They said they wanted to keep it away from SJP, and the moment they got there they would only have one thing on their mind-supporting the lads. Fair play to them. And its not like they’re the only ones thinking it. Everyone there last night was on the same page, with the same views. We support Newcastle United, we dont not support Mike Ashley.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    @bennytoon: actually thinking about it, he says im glory hunter, when weve won jack for ages lol bit like tottenham really

    p.s whats more embarrising?

    a club that plays glory glory song when theve won jack all, aka tottenham

    or a team that hasnt won anything??

    hahahaha

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Do you mean Sunday not a Saturday?!

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #38

    @Ross – That bit was missed out unfortunately!!!

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  • Ross

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Just to add to what i said previously-they also claimed they had asked for numerous meetings with Ashley, just to talk to him. They said they could be anywhere in the country, at any time that was convenient to him and im pretty sure they said he didnt even reply to their email? just completly ignored them. They went on to say that whether they want Ashley out or not, they understand that he is planning on staying, and even just for the near future are determined to establish some sort of positive communication between fans and club, be it with Ashley, LLambias, or whomever else.

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  • alextoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe thats because Ashley doesnt yet think this group has earned the right to represent the whole fanbase.

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