Vote With Your Feet at NUFC #Time4Change
By Steve
Wednesday 05 Feb 2014 15:21:00
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I don't think I have ever felt as low as a supporter of Newcastle United as I do now. I'm not this low because of  the gutless display on Saturday against our local rivals or because of the sale of Cabaye our prize asset in the January transfer window. I'm so despondent because since Mike Ashley arrived 7 years ago he has systematically knocked the collective stuffing out of us all over and over again and it doesn't look like he's finished yet. I have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. I've tried to look at some of his decision making objectively but I'm afraid I can only come to one conclusion. He bought our club to help make Sports Direct a global brand, nothing more nothing less. The football club, the fans, the staff, the region mean nothing to him. All he cares about is the bottom line and profit margins and how many trainers and tennis rackets have been sold in his tatty shops. 

I have attended games since 1984. I managed to persuade my Dad to come back with me in 1989. He had walked away from the club we love when another owner had sold the crown jewels 'Supermac'. My younger brother was next when I took him onto the old Gallowgate terraces to experience warm trouser legs at half-time and being slammed against the metal fence when Mickey Quinn banged a goal in against Port Vale in the 90's. We have experienced the highs and lows together as  a family unit since 1992 in the paddocks and then the New Gallowgate End. That all now looks as if it may come to an end. Why? Because of Mike Ashley and what he has done to our club. Some may say its melodramatic. Some may say we have seen worse times. On the pitch we certainly have, but off the pitch I genuinely believe that this regime has reached new depths with their lies and deceit. When the renewal form drops through the Wraiths letter box I'm not convinced they will be going back in this time. Some will say that means your not a 'real fan', whatever one of those is? I'd say it makes you a realistic fan. What does paying for this torment really give you these days? A guaranteed Cup Final ticket if you get to Wembley. Fat chance of that. A guaranteed ticket for the big away games? Only if you have the loyalty points. As for the home games, gone are the days of thousands on the waiting list, so you can usually pick up a ticket on the day. So looking at it like that paying in excess of £500 of my hard earned cash in advance to Mike Ashley this Spring is stupidity. 

The #Time4Change movement is admirable. Graeme Cansdale deserves the freedom of the city for trying to unite our divided support. I for one am willing to swallow my pride and sit down with all of the other fanzines, fans groups, and movers and shakers to work together for the better of our club. Liverpool fans have given us the blueprint with their excellent fans movement 'The Spirit Of Shankly.' We should all put our petty differences to one side, leave our egos at the door and come together not just to oust this poisonous regime but to try and attract potential new owners by showing them that our fans want to work with the club not against it. We just want to have a club to be proud of again and one that we can relate to. 

The lack of investment in the playing squad, the stadium name change fiasco,the treatment of club legends Keegan and Shearer, the Wonga sponsorship deal,displacement of supporters for having an opinion,banning of NCJ Media, the reappearance of Joe Kinnear, the sale of star players, the banning of the NUST from the forum, the list really is endless. Seeing supporters angered enough to invade the pitch and throw season tickets at Pardew hasn't been seen since the days of Jim Smith in the late eighties. Patience is wearing thin and the natives are getting restless. Ashley has had more than one chance over the last few years to sell the club but hasn't. It looks like he is here for a little while longer. It's time to hit the man where it hurts him the most, in his pocket. When the season ticket renewals come through don't renew. That doesn't mean stop supporting the team. You can pay match per match. Just don't give him the money upfront. It's the only language people like him understand. Ashley out. It's time for change. 

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