I’ll come clean…I’ve been involved in the #Time4Change March organisation ever since a colleague of mine asked me for my help in getting something off the ground. Because he was a friend and I respected him, I listened to him and the simple sense he spoke managed to cut through my natural cynicism. I shared a mutual anger and sense of frustration at the decline of NUFC since Mike Ashley clearly became bored with the idea of striving for any kind of footballing success, but it wasn’t a very radical idea to me: a Protest March?!
The amount of debate it has generated in cyberspace has quite frankly, astounded me. Passions have nearly boiled over on several occasions but the tiny minority who deliberately spread hurtful lies and vicious accusations are not worthy of supporting our club. The vast majority, however, seemed to have at first been perplexed and curious and like I was initially, skeptical. In the last 4 weeks, that has changed to a more positive outlook on the march as the #Time4Change committee have explained what it is and isn’t about. The good grace (and space) shown by fanzines, the Trust and even the local press should not be underestimated in achieving this.
Purely and simply, it is an opportunity for fans to come together peacefully and with dignity to show they have had enough of being taken for granted while the club drifts into mediocrity. The 10th largest supported club in Europe should be brimming with ambition and expanding, not retracting. To quote Steve Harper, “the club is bleeding.”
What the march (and the inground white hankie protest) needs is the rank and file Newcastle supporter to do his bit to send the message out that we need new direction at the club.
Two dozen people from differing group admins have provided the platform for the fans: all you have to do, is do what you do best. Turn up and support what’s in the best interests of NUFC.
See you next to City Hall for the gathering at 1030 on Saturday. I’ll be there with my wife.
P.S. Don’t forget your white hankie (or bogroll) 😉