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NCJ Media Ban To Stay – No Impact On Season Ticket Sales

10:27 pm, Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

We’ve read through the minutes of Monday night’s Fans Forum meeting a couple of times, and there’s some decent information there, and it’s very good these meetings are being held, because in the long term they will definitely improve communication between the fans and the club – there’s little doubt about that.

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Mike Ashley – keeping NCJ media ban in place

Here are the various questions that were asked on the ongoing NCJ Media Ban and some ancillary comments added at the meeting – and those are followed by the Board’s the answer:


“Will the club lift the ban on NCJ Media?”
“Will you implement a lifting of the ban on NCJ Media starting next season? The intransigence is a huge distraction and is detrimental to both parties.”
“The Chronicle is damaging the public’s perception of the club with its coverage.”
“It is mentally ingrained in some people to believe what they read in the local media.”

Answer:The club confirmed its position will remain unchanged. Decisions made by the board are not – and will not be – influenced by media coverage, however negative.


And there have been moves by some fan organizations to (try to) persuade people with season tickets to ditch them in protest of the running of the club, but as we expected, that’s having little to no effect.

We always think it’s a difficult task to persuade Geordie supporters to stop going to the games – however bad we are doing, and certainly we’ve done very poorly this year.


“How many season ticket holders have not renewed for next season?”

Answer: The board stated that approximately six per cent of season ticket holders had not renewed to-date; similar levels to previous seasons.


We hope to hear some news on new signings soon, very soon in fact.

Comments welcome.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ochytoon // May 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Its mentally ingrained on us to believe the local media? Do you really expect us to believe you over them?

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // May 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    142GeordieTwo // May 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Ahhhh! I see now Ian Toon. Yes Ed is a stayer. He’s got the right stuff for bloggery. I admire his patience in putting up with us. Well it’s mainly welshie and beermonkey he has to put up with.

    Are you stirring young man

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // May 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    172toonarmydownsouth // May 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    On santon, disagree a bit
    He had a great first full season when he eventually broke through but had been terribly out of form before we signed him and had gone from rated under Mourinho but eventually getting loaned out to AC Cesena where he only played 11 games

    Maybe he’s just not that great of a defender?

    Awful penalties from Cordoza and Rodriguez

    174toonarmydownsouth // May 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Think he’s blown his top a few times but why shouldn’t he?

    Fantastic win ratio for them got them playing well, bought through a couple of youngsters found a great way to get performances out Eriksen and all he done was face question after question about when he was getting sacked

  • 4 ochytoon // May 14, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Not a fan of reposts but you know what Eds like with these threads haha. Anyway, I just wanted to give my opinion on the current state of the club.

    The boards lack of ambition is disgusting. We know the potential the squad has (maybe that should read had) and European qualification is within our reach. I am convinced that Mike Ashley owns us for the sole reason of promoting his business, the money which he has made from us is an added bonus.

    The way in which he masks his true intentions is through the use of Alan Pardew. This man would certainly have a far more successful career in PR than he ever has or will in football management. His constant lowering of expectations is an insult to our collective intelligence and I’m surprised anyone still stands by him in all honesty. I actually gave him until this season to win me over but the negative football (worst I’ve seen us play in my 20 years as a Toon fan) he’s enforced on us is a disgrace to our tradition. He knew he was never in any danger of losing his job as Ashley has no intention of firing someone who tows the party line, taking the flack for him, and hiring someone he has never worked with before. Even if Ashley was to do the unexpected and replace him, he’d most likely bring in a Wise/Kinnear-esque manager or promote one of the backroom staff, likely Beardsley, to the role.

    Whilst I have attacked both Ashley and Pardew for their role in the demise of our club, we need to recognize the worst enemy of Newcastle United Football Club; Us.
    We are quite possibly the least functional, organised, and united fans in the country. Its not a question of which fans group should we follow, since most of us are divided on the present and future of our club anyway! Unfortunately, there will always be a core of fans who are happy to go to St, James’ week in, week out, and watch the utter dross served to them by the Ashley regime. In addition to this, we now have fans who are more concerned with the financial side of the club and somehow are overjoyed that we’re one of two clubs in the Premier League (more likely all of English football) who run a profit season after season. At what point did football become about enjoying the accounts? I’m not denying that its admirable but we are nothing like Arsenal, who at least invest in their squad and youth development every summer.
    Finding a common goal between us Newcastle fans is going to be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. The current fan groups are failing to represent us and our ambitions for the team. We need a new, proactive fan group which is able to effectively organize us fans into a coalition of sorts. We’re never going to agree on everything but if everyone is at least in the same group, with fair representation of everyone’s views, at least we will make some progress. Whether that’s, the removal of Pardew and Ashley through means of popular protest, or the backing of the team to turn St. James back into the stadium it was, remains to be seen. However, before we achieve any of this, we need to form a new fans group capable of galvanizing and uniting us.

  • 5 ochytoon // May 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    He just doesn’t conduct himself in a professional enough way for me. For some reason, he reminds me of Kinnear.
    No doubt he’s done a better job than AVB but I still have doubts over his tactical ability.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Somebody made a point on Total Sport tonight, why can’t they just say we are going to give the cups our best shot to give us a bit of hope, they don’t mind lying about anything else !

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // May 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Lol fair play, wasn’t saying i wanted him here just that he was handling himself well on the panel for the Europa league match

    And still think many managers, especially given his inexperience and media focus, would shows signs of cracking if after weeks if not months of constant questioning from the media over there future the board hadn’t decided to release a statement

  • 8 GeordieTwo // May 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I am actually stirring my refreshing beverage right now welshie mate, so yes I am stirring.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // May 14, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    The worrying bit from the minutes for me was the fact they hadn’t yet decided an objective for next season
    Goes back to what i was saying to TDS a few weeks back, the club chop and change there targets to how things are currently going

    There’s no long term targets or progression imo

  • 10 GeordieTwo // May 14, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Santon may as well leave us tads. Pardew has ruined him now along with so many others. I’ve seen dogs bollocks do a better job with young players. Dummett is headed the same way. As is Adam Campbell.

  • 11 stuart no9 // May 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    basically .what they are saying is ” if the media did not publish in their paper that NUFC are crap, we would never know? F”k off.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Unfortunately for his patsy Pardew the fans anger will be vented at him next season as getting at him seems the only way to get at Mashers, normally I would say that is a bit out of order, but seeing as Pardew is totally complicit in the whole set up he deserves everything he gets, I can see where pundits are coming from saying he is doing a good job as his hands are tied but they have to realise he is complicit in having them tied, I can also see that if John Ando says too much that he will find himself banned from the stadium and his cushy little number on x amount of K a year on BBC radio will dry up.

  • 13 ochytoon // May 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Whats the point. They feel like they’ve reduced our expectations for the club enough. There’s definitely enough fans who agree with the statement anyway.

    Haha fair enough. Yeah he’s done an job alright tonight to be fair to him. And I suppose you’re right, it probably is tough to handle consistent pressure on your job.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // May 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I have been saying it for awhile now that this five year plan was being made up as it went along, JfK was never meant to be part of it, finishing fifth certainly wasn’t, the only objective is to stay in the PL and assess window to window.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // May 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    i wish people on here stop moaning about Pardew, he’s here for another season at least, deal with it, there’s nothing we can do about it, he’s not going anywhere with Ashley in charge, and to be honest i don’t think Ashley gives two flying ducks what we think of him, for now just support the players next season.

  • 16 MacToon // May 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    6% ha ha ha, they really do think we are thick! I could probably name atleast 6% myself!

  • 17 Bleemo // May 15, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I definitely agree that Lee Ryder of the Chronicle is hopeless like. I follow him on twitter and he clearly doesn’t get football at all.

    For example when Stoke scored that fluke goal which was a cross that sneaked in he called it a wonder goal. He also thought Man City might slip even with Liverpool drawing with Palace and i had to point out to him that City had Villa and West Ham at home and only needed a draw. his next tweet was about how Liverpool had no chance haha.

  • 18 GEORDIE69 // May 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    “How many season ticket holders have not renewed for next season?”

    Answer: The board stated that approximately six per cent of season ticket holders had not renewed to-date; similar levels to previous seasons.

    Haha, Only Geordies would do this!!!


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