Ten days ago, only one day after we launched AshleyOut.com, we publicly backed the #BoycottSpurs concept first floated on Twitter by @NUFC_Stats and quickly endorsed by many, for a one-match boycott of the Tottenham Hotspur game due to be televised by Sky Sports from St. James’ Park on Sunday 19th April at 4pm.
In our initial announcement we promised we would endeavour to provide materials, manpower and publicity to ensure the protest becomes a success, and we are well on course to deliver on that promise. Today we can announce our finalised plans, after liaising with Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council.
From one hour before kick off we will have volunteers at the ready to hand out 20,000 A4 leaflets explaining the details of the protest, and which can also be used to send Mike Ashley a clear message, whether inside St. James’ Park or outside, that the fans of Newcastle United have had enough.
We would like to invite you to join us for a visual and audible pre-boycott/game protest behind the Gallowgate, opposite to the club shop, starting 30 minutes before kick-off, at 3:30pm (not in Leazes Park as previously stated!)
Following this protest, we will head over to Leazes Park after the game has kicked off, where no specific protest activities have been planned, but where we will spend one and a half hours feeding the ducks, watching the grass grow and having a kick-about with fellow fans (there is every chance you will see more determination than on the pitch a few hundred feet to the South). We encourage those fans who wish to boycott the game for the greater cause, but who can’t deal without their weekly fix of Newcastle United, to watch the game in one of the many pubs who have offered discounts to (season) ticket holders during the game in support of #BoycottSpurs. A list of participating venues can be found at the end of this statement.
Just before full-time we will head back to behind the Gallowgate end towards the corner of Strawberry Place and Barrack Road where all fans are invited to join us for a post-boycott/game protest starting at 5:45pm.
Whilst we ultimately respect each individual fan’s decision on whether to join the boycott or indeed our protests before kick-off and after full-time, we urge every Newcastle fan to join us in this peaceful demonstration of unity and strength to show the world that we want a club to be proud of once again.
Whether Sunday’s boycott is heeded by 500 or 50,000, AshleyOut.com will be proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with like-minded fans as together we take the first step in reclaiming our club
This is only the start. Ashley out.
List of pubs supporting #BoycottSpurs and offering (season) ticket holders a discount on display of their valid season or match ticket below. To get your venue listed please publish your discount offer on Twitter and/or Facebook and send us your details and specifics of your offer for (season) ticket holders on firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The Hotspur (doubles for singles on any house spirit)
- The Victoria, North Shields (buy one pint, get the second pint for free)
- Spring Gardens, North Shields (first two drinks at half price)
- The Lord Ashley Pub, South Shields (50p off every pint)