The statement below is supported by true faith, The Mag and the Newcastle United Supporters Trust.
For our own part at true faith we believe the walk-out is a symbolic gesture to illustrate the disaffection there is with how Newcastle United us run at almost every level of the club’s operations. On the park, we are currently inept, the legacy of a cramping lack of investment, talent and ambition. Off the park the football club is isolated, lacking in class, direction, is boorish and by the day looks more like a bolt-on to Mike Ashley’s primary business concerns. Newcastle United looks ever more disconnected from its primary stakeholders, namely its supporters and the people of the North East.
That is why we support this statement and this 69th minute walk-out action.
‘As fans we have deep concerns at the direction Newcastle United are heading in, both on and off the pitch.
The vast majority of supporters are angry and frustrated but are divided as to what, if anything, can be done to positively influence Mike Ashley and those who run the football club on his behalf.
Some fans are prepared to hand in their season tickets, indeed many already have, and not return until they believe Newcastle United is once again heading in the right direction.
On the other hand, many supporters can’t see any circumstances under which they would/could stop supporting the team at St.James’ Park.
The most important thing at this time is that the fanbase stays United, all supporters have to respect each other and their own personal choice as to whether to attend matches.
However, this Saturday presents the perfect opportunity to send a clear message to Mike Ashley that fans, whether they are going to renew their season tickets or not, are United in their concerns for the direction the owner is taking the club in.
Sweeping changes need to be made or else Newcastle United is in grave danger of relegation in the near future, and what should be a great club, brought to its knees.
It is 1969 when Newcastle United last won trophy and we are asking all fans to consider joining us, by walking out of St.James’ Park when the clock hits 69 minutes on Saturday, and miss the last 21 minutes of our final home match of the season against Cardiff City.
Of course Mike Ashley can’t be held to account for 38 years of those 45 years of failure but how demoralising is it when the people who he employs at Newcastle United make plain the club’s priorities to do little more than try and survive in the Premier League and have no ambition to compete in Cup competitions. Under Ashley, the club has no strategy or plan to win anything and as such supporters have no dreams, however remote, to seeing our club win silverware or even come anywhere near to realising its vast potential.
We all love our club and a clear message needs to be sent out to Mike Ashley that changes are needed throughout the club, or else both he and all Newcastle United fans will be the losers.
Initial planning for this initiative was began last week and we know that since the Arsenal defeat there has been discussion of a possible walkout after 60 minutes, particularly on social media, but we feel that the 69 minutes is a powerful unifying message, harking back to that glorious Fairs Cup success.
The spirit of everybody within Newcastle United who embraced that European adventure and dared to dream, which led to the last silverware ever to arrive at St.James’ Park, no starker contrast could there be than the situation that all of us who love Newcastle United find ourselves in today.’