The Chronicle have asked Newcastle United fans to write in and tell them what our football club means to them. The Chronicle are then going to publish a selection of comments from the fans demonstrating the depth of passion and devotion that exists among United fans. The idea, borne from the famous “What is a club in any case?” quote from Sir Bobby Robson, has gathered a lot of support, with many taking to twitter to publicise it under the hash-tag #ReadThisMrAshley as a call for the Newcastle United owner to listen to the views of the fans.
However, given how in the last 7 days, Mike Ashley has taken to not only banning a number of local publications from the press-box, including the Chronicle, but he has also banned the Newcastle United Supporter’s Trust from participating in any future Fan’s Forum meetings, it would appear that Mike Ashley does not really care what the fans think.
It is still important that fans are able to voice how passionately they love this football club, and what it means to their daily lives. The current owner is so far removed from how his actions are impacting on the daily lives of the people of this great city and region, as well as Newcastle United fans the world over. What is important is that we create a sense of solidarity among the supporters again, that we are all singing from the same sheet, and that is to see Newcastle United doing well once more.
There is a growing sense of discontent among Newcastle United supporters, and with it becoming abundantly clear that the cracks are appearing in the owner’s façade, Ashley’s detractors will be more than encouraged and buoyed to continue along this path, and see what other PR gaffes, own goals and self-made disasters that Ashley will subject himself to in the face of continuing criticism.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all those who are heading to the game tomorrow to bring with them a copy of the Chronicle or the Journal with them to the match tomorrow and hold it up towards the director’s box tomorrow as a sign of solidarity for our press. Ashley can ban the newspapers, he can bar NUST from Fan’s Forum meetings but he will never silence the fans. We Newcastle United fans are a proud, opinionated and passionate bunch.
So, with a difficult game coming up tomorrow, a strong show of solidarity from the terraces could be just the platform we need in order to provide the team with a good atmosphere to give them every chance of a result.
Support the team, but fight the regime!