Solemn Atmosphere Likely To Affect Newcastle Again Today

The atmosphere at St. James Park last Sunday was somber, subdued and downright weird, and it certainly was hardly conducive to Newcastle winning the game against Spurs, and we duly lost that fairly easily by a score of 3-1, and unfortunately the same thing is likely to happen today against Swansea, another defeat, although we hope we are wrong on that.

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Garry Monk – Swansea manager

As well as some fan groups calling for another boycott for today’s game, there will also be a stand-up protest after 34 minutes against Mike Ashley, and in addition some demonstrations at the Sports Direct stores before the game – so the atmosphere at St. James’ Park will hardly be conducive today to spurring the lads on to win the game.

That’s always an unintended consequence of any protest, but that’s what happens.

It’s 34 minutes because after last year’s financials were announced £34M was deposited in Newcastle’s coffers and was available to strengthen the squad, but Mike Ashley kept it in the bank.

It reduced the debt of the club to be under £100M – so it made the finances look better – which seems to be the only thing that Mike Ashley is concerned about.

Our finances are great but our team on the field is not good – to say the least.

This is what John Carver has said in the Chronicle today:

“It is a protest, I can’t affect it but people are entitled to do it, if that’s what they want to do.” “I know for the other 89 minutes they will be behind the team.”

“There was a strange feeling in the stadium, I have got to be honest.”  “I didn’t want to make the excuse that was the reason for the result and the performance.”

“Deep down it did affect people. I think it even affected some of the people in the stadium because they didn’t know how to react.”

“It will be nothing drastic today. It’s 11 v 11 but we do know we need to put a threat up the other end and start creating more chances. It will be a side that will create more chances.”

“I can’t go into too much detail because I know Garry will be in the hotel on Friday reading this newspaper to try to see what we do.”

Most readers think we are going to lose this game today.

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If we do lose this game Carver will be the first manager at Newcastle United ever to lose seven games on the trot in the Premier League, and when we lost six games on the trot a year ago for the first time ever, he was on the touchline coach for five of those games.

That was after Alan Pardew had managed to get himself fined, banned and suspended for a total of seven games for his antics at Hull City on March 1st – a game we easily won 4-1.

A win or a draw today would be good – but another defeat and we’ll be looking over our shoulders again, as some relegation contenders can gain on us again – just like they did last weekend.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    This Saturday, fans are once again uniting to say enough is enough to Mike Ashley and his running of NUFC.

    We have set out below the various options available to fans to make their voice heard.

    Fans are once again being asked to send a message to Ashley and the worldwide media that we wont take anymore. A call has been made to not attend our next home game against Swansea (KO at 3pm). There will be demonstrations before and after the game. Remember, an empty seat is vital, standing with other boycotters outside doubles the message.

    Each and every Toon fan understands just how difficult it is for fans to stay away. It is ingrained in to so many of us and no matter the logic, we can’t bring ourselves to let the club down. We understand, although we may not agree.
    There is good news though, you too have a chance to show Ashley what you think and that you’ve had enough as well – even if you still turn up to support the team.
    Every attending fan is being asked to “Stand Up To Ashley” during the 34th minute of the match. It doesn’t cost anything, it takes minimal effort, but it will show you’re willing to stand up to him and let him know what you think.

    Not a match day customer anyway? No point buying a ticket, just to give it up 🙂 After much discussion and examples set by Rangers fans, attention is going to the recipient of a one way association with Sports Direct. Some have said our woes have nothing to do with SD, but that is not true, as confirmed by Ashley himself at their last AMG meeting. “Other than to say than it’s been beneficial to Sports Direct and therefore its shareholders, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

    Sports Direct do not pay for their multiple adverts displayed at Newcastle’s St James’ Park stadium, and asked how much Newcastle were losing out on, Ashley said: “I think I summed it all up in my previous statement. Those relationships are very beneficial to Sports Direct and its shareholders. And I think that nothing else needs to be said.”

    Let us be clear, this is a protest, not an attack on innocent workers at SD. The aim is to apply pressure on Ashley from all angles.
    From 12.30pm Saturday 25th April 2015, fans are being asked to turn up at the following SD stores to protest.

    “PictureYourProtest” Is Back again, this time with a twist…or two.

    The theme is #StandUpToAshley so you can stand with your fans inside the stadium or to show you’re support to the boycotters / protesters. Show us your personal protest and how you’re standing up to Ashley!

    We’re now on Twitter, so make sure to follow us for the latest info and ideas – also to keep track of all these campaigns. We’ll never agree on everything, but we can stand together and say no more to what we all agree – something is wrong at our club.


    Stay tuned for updates on last weeks “HWTF” as well as information about the SD documentary airing on Channel 4 this Monday at 8pm.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Ffs, is there really no end to the drivel this man spouts, I have a feeling that Gary Monk might have spent more time watching videos of the dross you’ve served up than reading the Shields Gazette, I’d suggest you put down the Sheeps herald and Valley times and do the same.

  • BandB

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Stand Up to Ashley @34 mins


  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Support the team through the bad time as well as the good times.

    What gets me is any fan who urges fans to boycott when they don’t go to games themselves and urges fans to protest when they won’t be making the effort to turn up and protest themselves.

  • Small World

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    There is a far more visible means of protesting against Ashley, than standing up for a while.

    How about fans wearing our original team colours. We all go to the game in Red tops, shirts, pullovers (whatever your fashion choice). People will soon be asking why are they all wearing red?

    Remember the yellow / green thing for Man U a short while ago.

    No abusive banners or sheets of paper to occasionally wave. A full on 90 minute demonstration of where we stand, whilst still cheering on the team.

    Maybe red tops and also waving red cards at Ashley if he attends.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Ibizabot Auto-Reponse

    Today is Saturday 25th April 2015.

    Plans have been made and those who want to, will participate in the way they think is best.

    Everyone should always show respect to others as well as themselves.

    Discussions will no doubt continue beyond today, but this morning, again, is not the time.

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Good man Ibiza…….

    The timing of raising the connections between Ashley, SD and Newcastle United couldn’t be better.

    It’s just a pity that the TV programme wasn’t showing today however.

    In any event, it’s important that we get behind the lads on the pitch and Carver, like him or not, during the match. We need the points!

    However, whilst I have a degree of sympathy for his predicament, he was and is too vociferous in making his claims on the HC job. He’s made a rod for his own back.

    I wonder if he’s thought about pushing Charnley and Ashley to respond to the NUST letter? That’d be better than using the media to try to talk himself up.

    Modesty and humility are great qualities to have and they often attract sympathy and support – but Carver’s been encouraged to act as the flak taker for Charnley and Ashley.

    It’s been obvious for some time to many that Carver is not Premier HC/ manager material yet and we must trust that that Charnley’s been actively recruiting Pardew’s replacement.

    Waiting to make a decision on Carver at the end of the season would be absolutely irresponsible but………. we’ve seen that Newcastle United is not a professionally run business!

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Small World @ 5

    I’m sure Sports Direct’ll have a fine selection of red tops to choose from!

  • BandB

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    If you support today’s protests please remember to post “HWTF”

  • N1CK06

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Saying the boycott is a problem because the reduced atmosphere is affecting the players is like complaining that your shoelace came untied while your house is burning down.

  • jon.c

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Ashley is a stubben arrogant man and he does not give a sh-t what protests we do and it will give him pleasure to appoint carver as our next manager

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh…The idea that Carver remains clueless as to what the problems are make me think that no, he’s not pushing anything to the board.

    Typical stick to a line, repeat it and hope to ride out the storm.

    It is a shame about the SD documentary being on Monday, but hey, today isn’t the end, it’s just another step 🙂


  • Small World

    Apr 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    lesh // Apr 25, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Other retail outlets are available, terms and conditions may apply :0)

    It was, however a serious remark I made and can’t see why the protest groups are not up for it. It is highly visible, will be a shock to most who watch the game on TV and of course can be carried out every single home game. It is inclusive of those who like myself still attend the games and want to cheer the team on.

  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Small World @14

    It is a good idea, a very visible demo and one that will stimulate discussion in the media.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16


    this is not the 90s/80s/60s or even the twenties , we live in a time where pretty much everyone has up to date info on what is going on with there clubs, you no longer HAVE to just blindly follow your club regardless of the clubs ambitions, I think as fans we do have the right to protest to try and get things moving in a way that is better for the club.

    as fans we are not expecting him to put all of his money into the club just to put a smile on our faces, what we expect as a given is that he puts the right people in the right positions that are capable of getting us playing football to challenge other teams around us and look like we can win them, try and get as far as we can in the cups and have someone that cumunicates with the fans instead of just telling us lies.

    pretty much every man he has out in place has been a puppet of some sort, only there to serve his needs.

    smaller teams like Southampton and Swansea are ran much better and seem to be making more money than us which is amazing given the size of the grounds involved.

    I firmly believe that’s the the path we are on will only make him angry and if so , in time he will sell up as no one wants to hear this amount of negativity about themselves regardless how much he is worth, it’s just not good for your health, I don’t believe he will be able to switch off from it,

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17


    The solemn atmosphere’s going to affect us today is it?? Utter bollocks of biblical proportions…

    Toon have been playing shite for ages, nothing to do with the solemn atmosphere. If they don’t want solemn then fcuking start performing you pricks. Frigging simple as that.

    Pissed me reet off this article has…

  • peterk3

    Apr 25, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Carver said “I know for the other 89 minutes they will be behind the team.” about the protest. In other words we don’t give a toss about a 1 minute protest on the 34th minute.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 25, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Annoyingly protests won’t make any difference to Ashley’s Stance

  • AncientC

    Apr 25, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #20



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