From scanning the twitter-sphere I have come a cross a brilliant idea that has been put forward from some fans who are angry about Mike Ashley’s recent decision to ban the three local newspapers – Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun, from St James’ Park, The idea is a simple one, but if we could get all fans going to tonight’s game (and future games) to join in, it would send a powerful message.
The idea is for every fan going to the game to bring with them a copy of either the Chronicle, the Journal or the Sunday Sun, and in a message of solidarity, wave it in the air with your fellow fans – almost like the white hankie protest that is demonstrated on the continent by fans who are showing their anger at the club, the owner or the manager.
This would send out a very strong message to Mike Ashley that he has made a powerful enemy by banning the newspapers, and that if he does not want them as an ally, then the supporters of this great football club will welcome the media with open arms and stand side by side with them in a fight to rid this club of Mike Ashley once and for all.
While waving the newspaper may be a small token gesture in itself, given how we will have television coverage both in tonight’s game and in our home game against Chelsea on Saturday, the gesture could potentially reach millions of people across the globe. We need to send a message to Mike Ashley consistently – Newcastle United fans are not to be messed with. You have had your way for too long, and now it is time for change. Ashley’s bully boy tactics, amply demonstrated by his decision to ban the press, is a step too far and we will no longer stand for it.
So if you are going to the game, bring your copy of The Chronicle, Journal or Sunday Sun with you and stand proudly side by side with your fellow Newcastle United fans as you show Ashley that enough is enough.