Its a regular occurrence for readers of this site to raise the subject of a mass boycott of season tickets as a means of bringing pressure to bear on Mike Ashley. Supporting such an action is a completely legitimate view. However, those who believe such a mass season ticket boycott is the way ahead (and I’m not convinced it is (a) deliverable or (b) will deliver the desired result – which is good, strong, ambitious ownership for the club) really do need to take responsibility for pursuing such a campaign themselves.
Form yourselves into a clearly defined group, raise funds to pay for leaflets and all the other paraphernalia of such a group. The people behind sackpardew.com and the Mike Ashley Out Campaign have done just that. In the past, we have had the United Supporters For Change and we have also had Save Our Seats. What happened to the spirit of the ordinary fans who came together and organised themselves into those campaigning organisations? They didn’t wait for anyone to do it for them, they did it themselves.
Such a dedicated group can canvass support – put pressure on the likes of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust by becoming members and get the issue discussed, make presentations, develop your argument but for crying out loud, get organised and do it yourselves.
I remain personally unconvinced by the boycott argument – but I promise to allow any group of pro-boycott organisers to have a load of space on this website, in the fanzine and in THE SPECIAL to make your point to season ticket holders.
If any of you want to step forward and start a pro-boycott campaign etc, then drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and you can fill me in on all of your plans and what you need (publicity-wise) from true faith etc.
Its up to those who think that is the way ahead to take action rather than haranguing others to do it for them.
PAY THE LIVING WAGE
The Premier League has just signed off on a new staggering £5.1Bn TV deal. Given overseas TV rights that figure is likely to be not far shy of £8Bn per year in future. Players, managers, agents, owners are going to be coining it in.
Premier League clubs can afford to pay the ordinary people who work for them, a Living Wage. We’re talking about the ground-staff, the bar and catering staff, the Box Office staff and the staff working in the club shop and the people on the turnstiles. That includes Newcastle United. If Newcastle United can pay players £60K pw, it can pay the cleaners a Living Wage.
So far, Chelsea and Hearts have agreed to pay the Living Wage. Others may have followed and will follow. We need to put pressure upon Newcastle United to follow the examples of Chelsea and Hearts and pay the people who do the essential jobs necessary to keep the club running a Living Wage.
There is currently a national campaign run by 38 Degrees to raise a petition to highlight the pressure brought to bear upon clubs which are rich beyond the dreams of avarice. That includes Newcastle United, where payment of the Living Wage would only mean a fraction of its income going to ordinary, local people who work week in week out for the club.
Please support the campaign by signing the petition here.
LATEST: We have discovered that Everton and FC United of Manchester have both committed to paying their employees the Living Wage. Similarly, the Football Supporters Federation itself has also committed to paying its staff the Living Wage. Please sign the petition and help persuade Newcastle United to do the same.
The growing disaffection amongst Newcastle United supporters has led to many to completely abandon the club and some have followed the trail into folowing a non-league club in the region. Some fans, if not completely giving up on United have and are developing an interest in non-league.
We have been told about a great forum where fans of the non-league scene crack on to each other and we’d recommend it to you.
If you join up you’ll be able to crack on with the good lads and lasses who follow the likes of Ashington, Blyth, Percy Main, Heaton Stan, North Shields, Billingham, Whickham and Northallerton. I am sure they will all be welcoming to Newcastle United supporters and happy to exchange opinions on all manner of subjects.
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This humble gobshite fanzine would never make any claim to investigative journalism (mind neither should most of the media) but we do have a selection of various touts who pass gen to us of various different types. One of the contacts we have is based in Glasgow and is very close to the artist formally known as Rangers Football Club and understands its inner-machinations better than most. Our contact is making it known to us that the next manager of the Ibrox club will be none other than John Carver, current hapless (some might suggest hopeless) incumbent of the Newcastle United dug-out where he appears wholly out of his depth.
He may not be out of his depth in Scotland. He is known to Llambias for being “on-message” with the man upstairs at Newcastle United. Carver’s appointment at Rangers would resolve several problems for Charnley and Ashley. Firstly, it would mean the likes of Carver, Stone, Woodman would be denied any compensation from being binned to allow the appointment of a new gadgie at United. Essentially, moving the existing United coaching team to Glasgow would be the equivalent of transferring some Sports Direct staff between departments. Secondly it puts in place a working coaching team at Rangers which will be the equivalent in stature as any in Scotland. But mainly it might mean Carver and Co. are denied the compensation from their massive contracts folowing Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.
There might be a few little flies in the ointment however. Carver has stated that he is a Catholic which might not go down well in Govan and the less than sympathetic number of followers of Rangers who aren’t fond of the Church of Rome and its works. However, having sent Northern Irish Catholic and GAA fan to Ibrox on loan, it would appear the powers that be aren’t exactly tuned in to the sensitivities of the West of Scotland’s sectarian nuances. Correct me if I’m wrong but Ferguson is yet to pull on a light blue shirt for the ‘Gers and was missing from the photo-shoots. He may not know the words to The Sash amd given his background may not be up for the Follow, Follow crack.
We’ll watch this one carefully.
HOPE NOT HATE
The racist, German neo-Nazi group, PEGIDA and their followers intend to march this
Saturday in our city. It will act as a magnet for every weird racist type from near and far. It galls me that these people might be in the vicinity of our city’s war memorials, tributes to the many ordinary Geordies who laid down their lives fighting Nazism and Fascism in World War Two.
The front for their march is some opportunist and cynical “concern” about radical Islam.
Demonstrating a concern about radical Islam is probably not best served by a march which will intimidate local, decent Muslim people who live, work, study and run businesses in our city. And who support the city’s football club. As well as sharing an ancient religion with some of the players who we will hopefully be cheering for only a few hours after the march and counter demo at St James’ Park.
You’ll be unsurprised to discover that this fanzine has no formal links with any political group whatsoever. However, a good few of the people who put this thing together will be attending the counter-demo which meets in Gallowgate at 10am on Saturday.
We’ll be doing that to show solidarity with the good, law-abiding decent Muslim people who call this city their own and are as Geordie as any of the rest of us. We want to show that we are their friends and we stick together. We’ll be making our way to Gallowgate on Saturday morning because we want to show solidarity with the Muslim Mags who follow our club and that they belong in our city centre, on our streets more than any inadequate racists from God knows where. That they belong in the stands of St James’ Park too. We’ll also be making our way to Gallowgate to show solidarity with the Muslim players we have on the club’s books as well.
We hope to see loads of you in Gallowgate as part of the counter-demo as well.
That is all.
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