NUSC Protest Before Everton Game A Bad Idea


We still hear the NUSC (Newcastle United Supporters Club) are planning to protest, before our next home game against Everton, on Sunday, February 22nd.

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But our question has to be – why?

When we are at least starting to get some stability back at the club, and we have even won a game again, and a huge one at that, why would it be a good idea to protest before our next home game, which is a very winnable 3 points against Everton?

Yes we know all about Mike Ashley being very unpopular, and for good reason, but the thing we want to do this season is to improve the fragile stability at the club, and the big mission surely is to stay in the Premier League.

If we can do that, we’ve got a fairly good basis of players following the January window, and with injured players coming back, our squad will be stronger, so why introduce more instability back into the club – especially when it will be self-inflicted.

We don’t support Ashley, but we also think that Joe and the players need all the Newcastle supporters fully behind them this season.

NUSC is only trying to do what they think is right, and they represent the Newcastle fans, so if the fans want  this, it will happen.

But logic tells us this is not a particularly good idea, and we don’t want to cut off our nose to spite our face, so to speak.

Demonstrations can come in the summer, or when we are safe from relegation.

Howay The Lads!!



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77 comments so far

  • clinta

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    NUSC??!!! who? Agree ed, will do more harm than good for the club. Luckily though there only 200 odd fans so hardly speak for the rest of us.

    I’m sure as toon fans they do want whats best for the club, but it’s the old- people with the best intentions do the most harm thing. Something toon fans have certainly been guilty of more than most in our recent past.

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    the players and kinnear will still be getting the support of the fans which is exactly why the march will not be at st james park, its only going to be a small march nothing like what happned a few monhts back, and it will be peaceful, and if that is enough to rock the players then i really have to question their professionalism. i say people stop moaning about what other fans think is right and do what u want, if u think its good to sit back and let ashley destroy the club then so be it, if others think they need to make their voice heard then let them get on with it and stop accusing them of tryin to cause unrest cos they are doing something about the sorry state that the club is in.

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  • 51times

    Feb 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s a march from Monument to SJP, it can’t do any harm at all.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    cant we protest at the end of the season? why now especially after we won

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  • ToonPhill

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    ashleys said hes stayin. so this would be bitin our noses off to spite our faces. worst idea ever

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  • roscoe

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    You are wasting your time marching!

    Lets move forward now and get on with supporting the lads. Forget the boardroom till the season is over and we can make a fair judgement of the season.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    What is it gonna achieve? nowt same as last time, just paint a picture of us all being idiots

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  • sahota

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Let it happen. I hope it does good even though I am against it at this time. I hope Mike gets some message across. But I think players and Joe won’t be affected, as I think they have seen worst things than this earlier. And frankly speaking I have a sneaking feeling that Mike has got his interest back in club and that is good. Everyone should not now ask much other than 3-4 decent good signings at end of season. Just like Nolan and R Taylor. For me that will be good enough for us to finish in Top 8-10 next season and thats good enough target for next season considering our current situation. I think Mike should sit down and think seriously of somehow managing Newcastle to get into UEFA Cup next season. And then keep us there for couple of year before giving final push. I real hope Mike understands feelings of fans bit better and try to communicate his plans. Atleast he should come and say something.

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    toonphill- the worst idea ever is people like you just accepting everything that ashley does and sayin nowt, the club has gone downhil fast since he came and sitting back keeping quiet will do absolutely no good at all, even if it does cause a bit a of unrest in the short term it will be worth it in the long term if we get what we want

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Makes me laugh that these protesters even think they make a difference. I doubt Ashley cares what 50 idiots with banners think.

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  • roscoe

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Nick 69 – thats the stupidest logic i ever heard. The short term is vital at the moment. We are just getting going again after all the unrest.

    so lets go march again and Fuc# it all up so we get relegated because “it doesn’t matter what happens in the short term” – idiot!

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  • ToonPhill

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    roscoe – agreed

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    silly idea to be honest, cant see any positives in it, ma tried to sell the club but couldnt, so why demostrate to get rid of him? Get behind the club and show ashley just why he should invest in the club and the team

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I wonder if it will be shown on Sky before the game is broadcast? Hopefully there will be the usual bunch of toothless kids spazzed out on 20/20 standing at the front. 🙂

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  • workyticket

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Nick 69, you will not get “what you want”, you will only damage the club. Then again, you will probably be pleased about that because you can feel smug, blame it all on ‘Cockneys’ and say “I told you so”.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    nick69, you and others know i have been against ashley from day 1 and was almost alone with the acception of ian in this, i was always getting slagged off for basically predicting this mess we are in now. the fact is though……………this is the wrong time by a country mile to start protesting again, even if, liker me, you hate everything ashley. we are jsut entering tyhe most vital run in, in our nerwcastle history and our very existance in the prem is 50/50. we have had a good window weather people believe it or not, we have. take a step back and look at it – we have brought in three top players, sorted out contracts for harper nad butt, got rid of the rotten smell in the dressing room – given and zogs and the new look team is fighting as one and since the shack up we are 4 points out of 6 and are looking better. any fool can see the team has some unity at last, something that has been sorley missed. harmony is as important as anything else. So, if we go rocking the boat again at this very important period we run the risk of destabalising the team yet again, its not right. we all need to be backing everything newcastle and be UNITED. even if its just till we are mathematically safe, then lets all protest again. when kk left i did not take up my season ticket seat for a fair few games, now though, i am back in there again and shouting my guts out. we have to move on for the sake of staying i nthe prem this season. i am not the only one thinking that a mini truce is what is needed, at the sunderland game we were over 52k again and i bet its like that at everton too. We need to be newcastle UNITED now lads, there are enough turds out there without us going into self destruct. so lets save the protests, marches, open letters and general kicking off until we are safe, the hell yes, lets go at it again. not now though. BAD TIMING!!

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  • sahota

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Hi Nick69 , As I said in earlier comment, I don’t think this protest will have effect on players and Joe. But it won’t do any good to Newcastle’s name in Media. Eve though there will be just few hundred people in protest , SKY news will give it good coverage I guess. Also the main thing is , till now I am unable to understand the purpose of protest. Any Idea NICK69 ? I can not see any concrete result coming out of it. Can you? Mike won’t sell Newcastle after this protest, Joe won’t go away even if Thousands of people want it. So I am unable to make sense of all this. Now don’t say that people who read this blog are not Newcastle fans 🙂 Might be they don’t all live in Newcastle, but they love Newcastle as everyone else in Newcastle.

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  • Voice of Reason

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, what are you up to. For years, this club has looked stupid because of poor management. And the fans have been left to voice their opinions in a disorganised rabble, feeding the prats at Sky TV with all the footage they need to make us out to look like a load of Chavs. Now a group of people have given their own time, effort and finances to try to do some good. They are under all kinds of pressure, some saying they aren’t doing enough and now your slagging them for attempting to demonstrate the feelings that the fans have about the present management. You and everyone else who has this clubs interest at heart, should join them, give them a strong enough voice, so that they can speak to Ashley with real authority. Support the Team by joining the Supporter’s Club.

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  • sahota

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19

    FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PROTEST:
    Warning beforehand!
    Don’t kick me out of here if you don’t like the idea. See I am not protesting, But I know one person in history has done it very successfully. He was MAHATMA GANDHI who supposedly got India Freedom from British Rule :)) . He used Hunger Strike as main weapon to make British rulers listen to him and his followers. What an idea isn’t it? Go on hunger strike. ha ha I can not think of so many fans sitting hungry in front of SJP.

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  • Mongo

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #20

    I think it is absolutely pointless. Have supported Newcastle since I was old enough to kick a ball and come the 22nd against Everton, I will be in the East Stand in my seat 20 mins before kick off as always. None of this demonstration crap. The last thing we need right now is the media dragging our club through the toilet again, just as I feel we are about to turn the corner.

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  • Johno Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #21

    think that is spot on craig

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  • Prince Bassong

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #22

    They could just be trying to show that the NUSC has a large number of us behind them so that their request to speak with Ashley ‘anytime, any place’ is fulfilled as they do seem to have been ignored thus far.

    We all want some changes to the regime whether it be the sale of the club and having Ashley and co depart all the way through to simply having some proper communication between everybody connected with the club so we don’t see another Nacho-gate.

    I’d have preferred something this weekend instead but at least their idea does allow those going to the Everton game to add their voice if they choose so it needn’t have an impact on the players (unless the idiots go too).

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  • evildick

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #23

    bad timing. this won’t achieve anything! save it for when we’re safe – like someone above said.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Nick 69: “…. it will be worth it in the long term if we get what we want

    Exactly what is it you want?

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  • Bill F

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Sahota, actually there is an element of sense in what you say. If the protesters were to blockade the various pie shops, it would stop MA accessing them causing a sort of MA hunger strike.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    The protesting is useless there has been movement in where we are going there have been signings anh there is proof that we were willing to sign players(Richardson, Johnson, Veloso). There is unity but I think protesting will definately affect us period……….

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Craig S: I’d even go so far as saying “support the little waster too”

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  • the holy grail

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #28

    we protested against fat fred now some want him back, we are protesting against ashley, only time will tell if we will want him back!! i think there is worse out there to be fair.

    also look at potential buyers we have protested against our last 2 owners the second of which ashley like it or lump it has put a massive amount of money in nufc and reciving this treatment so why the hell if you were rich enough would you risk a massive amount of your wealth in probly the worst economic time in ages where some people like ashley are worth only a fraction of what ther are worth and get shit for doing so!!

    sit tite till end of season end evaluate

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Isaac Hunt // Feb 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Craig S: I’d even go so far as saying “support the little waster too”

    Bobby Thomson?

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  • Mimo

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    This is only a ‘shot across the bow’ for Mike to chew over. There is no need for everyone to start throwing toys and falling out. There are many good reasons for NUSC to flex a little muscle and hopefully they may instigate some structured debate. Seems to me one of the problems with the general support of Newcastle United is the average fan is an anarchist who tends to follow no policy but his own. There is nothing wrong and very much right with supporters making a collective statement over club issues. I personally have always been a supporter of Ashley and his vision of the club but I’m not naive enough to think he is not making mistakes at boardroom level. I say let NUSC do their thing, chill out and both support the team and let Mike know that eyes are upon him.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Micky Toon: hahaha. Nah man. I’m on about our glorious captain who leads by example from the treatment room.

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  • Toonmania

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    complete idiot’s if you think for one moment that this will improve things you are completly deluded,
    having a voice is one thing (and at this time it should be used for shouting your team on NOT trying to cause unrest again)
    if we do go down i’ll blame it on nufc not the team or the REAL fans.

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

    The tabloids will have a field day with this. Its just the wrong time to do it. Once again we will give easy copy to lazy hack journalists. Once again we will give moronic vox pops to TV. Once again we will let everyone have a good laugh at our expense. The timimg is rubbish leave it till the end of the season when you will get much more support.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Mimo @ 29- “the average fan is an anachist” wtf?

    So what would you like them to be?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Since when did Rally – turn into protest and where did the march come from?

    The police and council have only allowed the rally only at the monument and not allowed any recognised march to SJP from the monument.

    The council have NOT agreed that – nor has the police.

    But when the rally is finishing – they cant stop people from walking upto SJP can they.

    That is my understanding of the situation having listened to the live webcast from the last meeting.

    We are not all gonna agree on the issue so I expect backlash for my view – but not bothered as I am allowed my own opinion.

    All the ashley / llambias / wise haters who come on here slagging them off all the time – never offer any sort of way to overcome the situation.

    At least someone is trying eh. All I know is that come 4pm – all NUFC supporters will be in there seats and will raise the roof with support for our lads.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    While I don’t support the rally itself a few people came on the blog and made a good point. At the moment the supporters have no kind of dialogue with the owners – at least the NUSC might actually get to communicate with the club and get some answers out of them.

    But if they’re just going to make it a pointless ‘Get Ashley out’ shouting match they’re wasting their time.

    I’m still looking forward to this Q&A thing that Llambias is meant to be organising.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #37

    I LOVE ASHELY THOUGH HE HAS MADE MISTAKES. I LOVE HIS VISION AND I GUESS IT WILL WORK AND AM STICKING BY JK BUT NOT WISE. BRING IN SHEARER AS EXECTIVE DIRECTOR.

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  • cagneuk

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    200 fans walking from the monument to sjp just before the match? mmm wonder where they got that idea from. surely more than 200 walk up past that way every matchday and that doesn’t take any orchestrating?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #39

    @Toon Graeme, like they did against Hull.I thought it was going to stay out but it came into the stadium and that distucted the players. The players play well for the fans if the protest they will no we are not happy and they will lose their moral.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Dont agree with the timing of this-end of season is better and a petition of 20000 signatures would be more effective than 200 marchers.

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