By Brian Hall
Friday 18 Oct 2013 10:33:00
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Good song from Nancy Sinatra. These Boots are made for walking, that is what they are gonna do, one of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over  you.

I should stress from the outset that, although I may be putting my bigger boots on, depending on weather conditions, they will be on my feet in a very peaceful way this Saturday morning in Toon. To join the Time4Change march starting off next to the City Hall in Newcastle at 10.30.

Since I got involved in this campaign, calling for Mike Ashley to leave our city for good, and take his entourage with him,  I have been heartened by, what I see, is a very professional, well organised group of Mags joining forces to start the Big Push.

Obviously, Saturday itself is just that very thing. A start. Various groups and individuals have started to come together, under the umbrella of calling time on the absurd, appalling, and annoying treatment of the club and its supporters who love it so well. So much part of our lives, and very culture itself.

The coalition has worked very hard on so many angles. Consulting with the police and city council, and  all the way to the provision of arrangements for volunteer stewarding, and health and safety qualified Mags.

At times, the process has been difficult. As most Mags who care so passionately about NUFC are well aware, we can fall out in a room if there is only two of us inside it, when we debate one of the biggest passions in our lives.

But the really positive angle has been clear.  Various sections of the NUFC tribe have listened to each other, understood each other, and came together to support each other. Under a banner seeking to demand that Ashley goes, and that a real acknowledgment should emerge that our incredible fanbase should be respected and consulted.

In my personal view, the numbers count for the Saturday march is not particularly important, unless only one man, one woman, and the obligatory dog turn up. Given that will not be the case, this peaceful and positive protest will send out a very important message. Time4Change, and Enough is Enough, Mister Ashley. You aint ganna tek the piss out of our club, our fans, our city, our culture, no more. And we aint ganna gan away after Saturday.

So. Given that this piece seems to be turning into some would-be NUFC political speech gannin wrong, I would only like to say one thing.

I think we are witnessing Time to Say Goodbye. And I am not in tears on that song – I was at the Shearer testimonial, I admit, but so were many others , to be fair! No. I will not be shedding any tears at all if this growing United Front can sing it. As Ashley finally gets on a flight out of town, and buggars off.


As I said,  These Boots are made for Walking. I will be very proud to put mine on for Saturday morning, if  the weather aint pleasant and a bit cold. Otherwise, I suppose I could relocate my trendy trainers.

Time For Change, eh


Brian Hall

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