Please take a few moments to click on the link enclosed – Newcastle United Supporters Trust – Mike Ashley Selling Off Newcastle United’s Future to read through this alarming news regarding Ashley’s plans to sell-off an area of land to the rear of St James’ Park (Gallowgate End) which would mean any possible extension of our stadium on its current site is impossible. Those who know the area around St James’ park will realise further extension of SJP at the East Stand is impossible due to the listed status of Leazes and St James’ Terraces.
If ever there was an act to demonstrate Ashley’s intent towards Newcastle United Football Club, then this is it. No ambition, no plans to grow the club in the most obvious way possible – by getting more people supporting the club within its historic home.
So, while Manchester City, Liverpool and others are looking to extend their own stadiums, Ashley is attempting to sell off land (for what I’d guess is a relatively small amount of money and for his own gain, in my opinion) that essentially locks St James’ Park into its current 53,000 capacity.
It may strike some who don’t understand the potential of Newcastle United Football Club as an academic argument but it is well within the reach of our club to have 60,000+ supporters inside St James’ Park watching a successful team. Obviously that is not in Ashley’s game-plan where treading water and raking in what he can from minimal outlay is the order of the day but we at true faith, contrary to all appearances, are optimistic enough to believe future owners may have an altogether more positive view of what Newcastle United can achieve. We like the Newcastle United Supporters Trust believe in the potential of the club, believe in what might be achieved by ambition.
This is an appalling piece of asset stripping by Ashley. It must be resisted. The only way you can help resist this is by joining the Newcastle United Supporters Trust and getting involved in any campaign to stop this in its tracks.
Join the Trust by clicking here.