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"11 Minute Walk In" A Daft Idea?
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A Newcastle United Fans Group yesterday attempted to stage the latest protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership.
The idea was that fans attending the game against West Ham should miss the first 11 minutes of the match and then take their seats late.

It’s difficult to see how this protest would ever be successful and as it turned out, it flopped miserably as only a few hundred fans, mainly in the Gallowgate End, took part.

Was this attempted protest ill-conceived? Was it a daft idea?

Well, it did seem a bit of a strange one!

Asking fans to turn up at the ground but not go in just goes against the psyche of your average fan.

Let’s face it – most fans go to the match because they want to be there. For many, it’s the highlight of their week. And this attempted protest relied on those fans standing around listening to crowd reaction hoping they didn’t miss any early goals!

In my humble opinion it was never going to work. The ideas coming from fan’s groups need to be better thought through and a bit brighter, to be honest.

I also think fans groups need to think more about their communications. It may come as a surprise but quite a few United fans do not live on social media!

It would be interesting to know how many fans actually knew about the protest – before we get to the assessment of how many would have supported or disagreed with it anyway even if they’d known about it.

The saddest thing about this whole non-event however was the sad sight of our great fans having a go at each other on social media on Saturday night.

The anger mixed with despair, indignation etc demonstrating clearly that the main thing the attempted protest seems to have achieved was more division as the insults and counter insults flew.

It’s often claimed around these parts that Newcastle United fans are the best in the country. Whether that’s true or not could be debated all day and depends on what each person’s definition of the word “best” would be.

One thing is clear though. United fans are different. Compared with other clubs like Liverpool or Rangers, it is harder to galvanise support for any protests which involve action within the ground.

My own take on this is that United fans just love our club that much more than others. The idea of doing anything which asks us to not go to the match and give the lads 100% just goes against our judgement. That’s probably why so many fans say “support the team, not the regime” and don’t support actions like the “11 minute walk in”.

It will be interesting to see how many support the forthcoming “don’t go” protest at the Wolves game.
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(02-12-2018, 11:46 AM)Mick Wrote: A Newcastle United Fans Group yesterday attempted to stage the latest protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership.
The idea was that fans attending the game against West Ham should miss the first 11 minutes of the match and then take their seats late.

It’s difficult to see how this protest would ever be successful and as it turned out, it flopped miserably as only a few hundred fans, mainly in the Gallowgate End, took part.

Was this attempted protest ill-conceived? Was it a daft idea?

Well, it did seem a bit of a strange one!

Asking fans to turn up at the ground but not go in just goes against the psyche of your average fan.

Let’s face it – most fans go to the match because they want to be there. For many, it’s the highlight of their week. And this attempted protest relied on those fans standing around listening to crowd reaction hoping they didn’t miss any early goals!

In my humble opinion it was never going to work. The ideas coming from fan’s groups need to be better thought through and a bit brighter, to be honest.

I also think fans groups need to think more about their communications. It may come as a surprise but quite a few United fans do not live on social media!

It would be interesting to know how many fans actually knew about the protest – before we get to the assessment of how many would have supported or disagreed with it anyway even if they’d known about it.

The saddest thing about this whole non-event however was the sad sight of our great fans having a go at each other on social media on Saturday night.

The anger mixed with despair, indignation etc demonstrating clearly that the main thing the attempted protest seems to have achieved was more division as the insults and counter insults flew.

It’s often claimed around these parts that Newcastle United fans are the best in the country. Whether that’s true or not could be debated all day and depends on what each person’s definition of the word “best” would be.

One thing is clear though. United fans are different. Compared with other clubs like Liverpool or Rangers, it is harder to galvanise support for any protests which involve action within the ground.

My own take on this is that United fans just love our club that much more than others. The idea of doing anything which asks us to not go to the match and give the lads 100% just goes against our judgement. That’s probably why so many fans say “support the team, not the regime” and don’t support actions like the “11 minute walk in”.

It will be interesting to see how many support the forthcoming “don’t go” protest at the Wolves game.

Whilst I may agree that an 11 minute protest was at best unlikely to work you have to respect those that are trying to change the direction in which this club is going or has been for the last 11+ years and in a way, it did highlight the unease of Fat Boy by not attending and having all the cameras in the concourse switched off until halftime. 

Whilst I will not blame supporters for not making this protest a more significant statement I also believe that the Wolves game is a better-publicized demonstration where the fans know it's either do something now or just accept the Ashley regime of mediocrity at best and becoming the quintessential yoyo club with no ambition.

Mick if you are offered another ticket for the Wolves game will you go?

feck feck feck feck

ASHLEY OUT!!!!

@boycottwolves
"Everyones Got To Believe In Something. I Believe Ill Have Another Beer" W C Fields.
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Got a ticket for Wolves G

But not going - it’s a proper protest and as you know, I support proper action against fat boy.

I just thought the walk-in yesterday was pointless as it would never win mass support.

Cheers
Mick
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We haven't had a single protest yet that has generated a positive impact either on or off the pitch. It always turns the atmosphere sour, the manager and players use it as an excuse, and Ashley knows the home game after that, everyone will be back supping pints and cramming into the club shop... not that the majority won't do that anyway on the day of the protest.

There was a need to empty the stadium at the start but I think you're right in that as a collective, fans would rather turn up to watch the game than not, and as a result any attempt to protest just falls on deaf ears.

If it makes those taking part feel like they are doing their bit for the cause then that's all this is ever going to achieve, well that and a ready made reason for why the team failed to perform against Wolves. I applaud the idea, but the execution is so sloppy that all it does it create an extra layer of negativity that will only dampen spirits around the ground and contribute toward the team not winning.

Right now, unless everyone was onboard, the time would be better spent supporting the team to ensure the fat controller can't make it a hat-trick of relegations.
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