Newcastle fans planning protest for West Ham fixture

Newcastle fans planning protest for West Ham fixture

Newcastle fans planning protest for West Ham fixture

Newcastle United supporters are planning a protest against owner Mike Ashley during Saturday’s fixture against West Ham United.

‘The Magpie Group’ have organised an 11th minute walk-in, having encouraged fans attending the game to boycott the first 10 minutes of the match within the concourse before then taking their seats.

The spiky relationship between the fan base and Ashley has been well documented, with there being a huge frustration with his lack of investment in the team throughout his time as the club’s owner.

Newcastle have spent the majority of this season in the bottom three, but a recent three-match winning streak has seen them rise up to 13th in the table.

The organisation released the following statement, saying: “For the home game against West Ham on December 1st we’re asking fans to enter the stadium 11 minutes after kick off. For the televised Sky game against Wolves on December 9th we’re advocating a total boycott.

“We’re working on other activities we’re not currently in a position to make any public announcement on, but now it’s up to you. Democracy will win. The Magpie Group events that are well supported and effective will be more likely to be repeated in the new year.

“Those that the wider fanbase choose not to back in significant numbers will be less likely to form part of the ongoing actions. We need as many volunteers and active participants as are willing.

“For those that choose not to partake in any of the events organised, we fully respect that decision and accept that a consensus will never be possible. It’s a personal choice. There is no reason for any animosity on the stands, on the streets or on social media.”

Liverpool fans had success with a walk-out protest over ticket prices back in 2015 and Newcastle supporters will hope for similar results.