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To Boycott Or Not To Boycott – That Is The Question


Stan Collymore in the Mirror and Barry Glendenning in the Guardian have both raised the prospect of a St James Park boycott by Newcastle fans.

While Collymore’s article is a call to arms so to speak for the Toon Army to boycott home games as away to force Mike Ashley from the club, Glendenning takes a more measured approach while coming to the conclusion that a boycott would never happen at Newcastle.

Stan Collymore, the former Nottingham Forrest and Liverpool striker, will immediately garner praise from Newcastle fans in his conclusion that Mike Ashley is enacting his vengeance against Newcastle’s fanbase.

Collymore writes:

It’s my belief that this is payback time. It is like Ashley is ­trolling Newcastle’s fans, showing them that he can do whatever he wants with their club because it is his name above the door. They now have to fight fire with fire

How does Stan suggest that Newcastle fans fight Mike Ashley’s fire with fire of their own? He urges fans to boycott the club they love in order to force Mike Ashley from Newcastle through a mixture of financial loss and embarrassment.

Stan continues:

But if Newcastle’s supporters really want to kick Ashley out of St James’ Park then they have got to get organised – and they must get militant.

I’m not talking about physical threats. The Geordies have to hit Ashley hard in the only place he feels pain – in the pocket.

That means costing him money and forcing him to lose so much face in the world of business that he is left with no option but to sell up. They must boycott the club they love.

Could you imagine a game against Liverpool or Manchester United being played in front of an empty St James’ Park? Or fans walking out en-masse after 65 minutes of a game against Arsenal?

It would be on the front and back pages of every newspaper in the country. TV news channels would be all over it like a coat of paint.

Boycotting St James Park is something that is anathema to many Newcastle United supporters while it is a strategy that others have already undertaken. The question is whether this can ever be accomplished and if it would have the desired effect.

Stan Colleymore closes his article with this thought:

Right now, Ashley is quite literally ­banking on the loyalty of Newcastle’s fans. He knows that 52,000 ­supporters will turn up every week to worship at the cathedral on the hill.

This is very true but Stan Colleymore seems to believe that this time that loyalty can be put on hold for the greater good of removing Mike Ashley from the club. It also raises the question of whether it is more loyal to continue to turn up to a game with Mike Ashley in charge or to boycott in the hope of engineering his removal.

This is where we pick up with what Barry Glendenning writes in his piece in the Guardian. Barry writes:

It is no secret that the lot of Newcastle fans has been a largely unhappy one for the vast majority of the dozen years since the billionaire owner of Sports Direct bought the club. Understandably weary of seeing the venerable institution they love so much stuck in a state of almost total moribundity, they have staged protests – however well-intentioned but useless – before.

Barry’s article is partly in response to AshleyOut.com’s calling for all fans to boycott as he lays out the past attempts to do so which have failed due to low participation. While he commends their efforts, based on past evidence he does not believe they can accomplish their goal.

He concludes his article with these words:

“If you choose to turn up to St James’ Park while Ashley owns the club you are welcome to do so,” added AshleyOut.com in its manifesto and there will undoubtedly be no shortage of fans who find the thought of not attending their team’s matches unbearable as they feel it is they and the players who will suffer, rather than the Ashley regime. Despite their understandable reservations, in a one-club city with the Premier League’s seventh highest average attendance, the sight of more than 50,000 empty seats on match days would constitute one hell of a statement. It is one that is unlikely to be made.

The duality of the Newcastle faithful – to support the team and not the regime, or to boycott the games in the hopes of achieving a greater good. Both are commendable in their own respects and are individual choices to be made.

We hope that Newcastle United fans can become unified in one voice, a voice which can ultimately reclaim the club from Mike Ashley.

Should Newcastle United Fans Boycott St James Park Until Ashley Is Out?

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55 comments so far

  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #1

    need to know why Rafa left first.

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 30, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    From previous post

    Tony

    I agree the best chance is to sell now and I hope and slightly believe it will happen. I wouldn’t be so sure on us surviving relegation I don’t think any other manager who we would of been capable of getting could of done what Rafa did and if it wasn’t for him we would of went down my thoughts anyway

    3
  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Jun 30, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry everyone but getting Rafa back will not save our club, only one of two things will save our club and that’s either, MA does sell within the next two weeks or the fans take control of his life and what’s happens at the games.

    Total disregard to his privacy and pitch sit ins that will get the news attention at home games.
    We don’t want to fight relegation every year but we can make it so we get relegated with points deductions etc so you are forced to sell the club.

    10
  • Sir Braveheart

    Jun 30, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    #BoycottArsenal

    25
  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #5

    “We don’t want to fight relegation every year but we can make it so we get relegated with points deductions etc so you are forced to sell the club.”

    why would he be forced to sell the club in that scenario?

    1
  • outside the box

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    what form of boycott to take can be agreed at a later date…by mid august things may have changed …what should be happening is some form of protest against the club …it may force a reaction even information…charnlie or whoever is in charge of information…should be made to give an update …if that means protesting outside houses or club premises so beit …our london crew got a reaction…

    5
  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #7

    he could choose not to.

    0
  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    agreed information is what is needed at the moment.

    0
  • toon22

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Jane

    Hiya KBA

    6
  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    we deliberately get ourselves relegated then he chooses not sell. well that backfired!

    2
  • Our Toon

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    We wont get any kind of boycott because we only care about pre match rituals, catching up with mates and having a day out. We’ve had more than enough opportunities over the past decade or so to get something organised and we’ve failed each time to go through with it.

    Nothing will change by doing the same thing week in week out. Dont turn up for a month to home or away games and you’ll see the fat twat leave, that’s when the penny will drop

    18
  • jane

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #12

    hiya toon22 we seem to be right about one thing.

    0
  • magfry

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we should boycott and show how much the fans are hurting. the more publicity for nufc good or bad would promote our brand worldwide for potential buyers

    http://www.sport.lol

    2
  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Boycott

    11
  • Youcancallmealan

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Allan Saint Maximin

    0
  • Sir Braveheart

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #16

    The talk earlier about there being an announcement later today – this clearly can’t be true. It isn’t a Friday and as we all know things only get announced or should be expected on a Friday.

    I’m sure Toon22 can confirm that one

    2
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Some background on Glendenning. He is a mainstay of the Guardian Podcast and failed standup comic. He is also a Mackem fan who has often ridiculed NUFC on their podcast in the past. I listened to the podcast last week where he first aired these views and he was more restrained than in the past showing a bit of empathy for NUFC fans. Maybe his experience with the 2 Sunderland relegations has mellowed him? He is quite likely to have more digs at NUFC in the near future so I wouldn’t be using him as a champion of any cause related to NUFC.

    3
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Sir Braveheart: like the announcement on Monday that Rafa was leaving?

    1
  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s not realistic to expect Newcastle fans to protest, and in all seriousness, if we didn’t protest with Pardew, Carver or Shteve at the helm, we’re not likely to protest now.

    Ashley has done considerably worse things than not renewing Rafa’s contract. I’d love to see us hit him where it hurts, but it’s not going to happen.

    I wanna go on record as saying that I think we should boycott, but pragmatic enough to know it won’t happen in any meaningful way.

    3
  • Toon44

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    There’s only one person that can save us and that’s pardew.

    1
  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Bill’s son is back,
    You haven’t stopped defending him, his brass balls or his thick rhino skin, his excellence in the business world and the fact we’ve not done a Sheff Wed, Leeds or Coventry, given we’ve always been up there in the worlds richest club they’re quite shocking examples. You basically came back to shove it down our throats that Ashley sold us to billionaires with ambition, it’s not working out as planned so cool your jets on his defence, 99% of us can’t stand the cnut!!!

    27
  • Bambams

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Could you imagine Charnley interviewing someone about the managers job ?

    Seriously, this person must read the questions off an A4 sheet of paper, he will have googled the questions to ask !

    I could just see him sat with Arsene Wenger and state ” We will be checking with your previous employer to make sure you are punctual and can I just state now it’s not ‘ Time and a half ‘ on a Sunday….

    He knows absolutely nothing at all about football and Ash puts him in charge !!!!!!

    I dont care how long it takes to rid our club of these two chancers, they must the laughing stock of other football club owners, after pushing the one man who would guarantee PL survival,
    out of the door.

    Its pathetic !

    Boycott

    18
  • c-dog

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Pitch invasion a much more affective protest

    10
  • toon22

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Usually Friday , Monday or next week

    They are fond of 5 year plans, that’s always just a bunch of words

    4
  • Oldgit1

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Repost

    @ magfry are you sure you are able to advertise on Ed’s blog, I think it’s taking the piss. Pay for advertising like everybody else.

    6
  • Youcancallmealan

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27

    New chapter in the life of toon will feel like xmas in July

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail,

    Are you a failed comedian by any chance?

    1
  • geordietom

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Bambams your post @23 …

    charnley wont need A4 paper he just say i’ll give you £ 20 and a canny bag of crisps…

    1
  • c-dog

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Oldgit1
    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:25 PM
    Comment #26
    Repost

    @ magfry are you sure you are able to advertise on Ed’s blog, I think it’s taking the piss. Pay for advertising like everybody else.

    Mike Ashley doesn’t pay

    5
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Trumpet man playing blaydon races at the cricket, surely means we’ve been sold.

    2
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Keys always looks like he has no teeth. His marriage ended when he had an affair with one of his daughter’s friends. I am assuming she was blind. I watched the Keys and Gray Show occasionally up until last year. They have both put on about 3 stone in the mid-east. Gray is constantly pulling at his jacket to try to get it around the extra girth. I think he is in denial and won’t buy a proper sized suit. Keys had laser treatment on his hairy hands.

    5
  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #33

    The deleted Twitter post looks different to usual because it wasn’t written by the normal team it was Midhat’s first draft, he pressed send too soon like he does on WhatsApp replying to randoms. Announcement at 6pm and then we can all re-read the KK quote Return of the Geordi put on last post and cry tears of joy!
    That’s the dream scenario I’m going with for the next 30 minutes!!

    5
  • fairscup

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #34

    chancel – No mate, I thought I had it sorted but turns out you need an Indian mobile for verification so just gave up. Thanks for trying anyway.

    2
  • Oldgit1

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #35

    @ c-dog ha ha ha, funny I thought the exact thought you made when I made the comment.. Still think magfry is taking the piss.

    5
  • Toon Cat

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Action against the Ashley regime is a difficult issue and splits Newcastle fans between those who refuse to stop turning up for matches and those who say a boycott of them is the best way to make Ashley’s position untenable.

    I honestly don’t think either side will ever convince the other and while falling out over it or name-calling might relieve frayed feelings it isn’t likely change anyone’s mind.

    If, for the sake of argument, we go into next season with Ashley still in charge, no takeover in sight, with a patched together team and a lesser manager than Rafa then you have to think that Ashley has no intention of selling and nothing is going to miraculously change for the better by itself.

    Doing nothing about that, fans simply behaving as usual, can only provide tacit support for the situation. Nothing will change unless and until some part of the existing dynamic changes.

    But if, for whatever reason, someone doesn’t want to be involved in action against Ashley it’s their choice and it’s pointless and counter-productive to act as if they, rather than Ashley, are the enemy.

    For those who do feel the time has come for change then I don’t think hitting him financially will ever work. There isn’t the unity or support to go sustain that. That’s not what a stadium a boycott is even about. It’s about embarrassing him and his beloved SD on TV as publicly as possible.

    That’s the point of empty seats, direct action, banners, pitch invasions/sit-ins or whatever at televised games. Action that the media can’t ignore and that will force attention onto his misrule and tighten the screws on him in the most public and embarrassing way possible. It’s not about money. It’s a PR war. And of course it’s only a part of multiple ways he could be targeted.

    Seriously, if there was an easy answer to removing the leech from the club we wouldn’t be 12 years into Ashley’s miserable reign. We know Ashley well now. We know he’ll never voluntarily change. Nothing is guaranteed to work. But doing nothing will only deliver only more of the same.

    4
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Fairscup, Which VPN do you use?

    0
  • Bambams

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #38

    GeordieTom

    Evening fella,

    I just cant for the life of me think of any person least qualified to decide who should be our next manager.

    This is our club and it’s the blind leading the blind ( no offence to any persons with problems with their vision)

    0
  • Mund

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Captain Amerimag

    You must be an absolute buzz to be around I think anything would be possible if I had you pushing me.

    Let’s keep believing mate

    4
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    I am sure Dubai Micky has seen it, but the Keys and Gray Show is terrible. Nobody will go on it except unemployed British mangers and lower-league chairmen. They give about 20 minutes each week to John Cross of the Daily Mirror who hasn’t figured out how he looks on skype with his laptop camera always pointed up his nose. He is an Arsenal fan and that’s all he talks about.

    0


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