Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's All over - It Is Now. TOON FOR SALE: Fanzines Organise Meeting in a Bid to Bring Disgruntled Supporters Together with One Club

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's All over - It Is Now. TOON FOR SALE: Fanzines Organise Meeting in a Bid to Bring Disgruntled Supporters Together with One Club

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Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

WHEN the end came, it was cried from thousands of throats.

As the chants of Ashley out echoed around St James's Park, the Toon's absentee owner knew it was over.

Newcastle fans came in their thousands to protest in support of King Kev.

And a little over 24 hours after the final whistle, Ashley bowed to the Geordie uprising, saying in a statement: "I have listened to you. You want me out. That is what I am now trying to do. You don't need to demonstrate against me again because I have got the message."

In unprecedented scenes at St James's, fans seething with rage screamed for Ashley and director of football Dennis Wise to go.

A group of around 200 staged a walking protest around the ground during the match, and tensions increased as Newcastle were defeated 2-1 by relegation favourites Hull City.

Hundreds of police, many on horseback, controlled the crowds who largely stuck to their promise of a vocal but non-violent march.

Lifelong fan Trevor Walker, 54, reflected the mood when he said: "What's happened is tragic. Embarrassing. Disgraceful. Diabolical.

"We need an owner who knows what Newcastle United means to this city. Mike Ashley was never that man in my opinion."

Shop worker Steve Watson, 30, of Wallsend, said: "This is the worst time I can ever remember at Newcastle. I've never seen anything like it.

"Mike Ashley has totally underestimated how we all feel about our club. I'm proud of the way fans have come together to make themselves heard in a non-violent way."

Peter Dodd, 46, of Fenham, Newcastle, said: "The whole situation is a disgrace. It's a terrible time. Things have got to change now."

NUFC-forum.com members carried a huge banner showing pictures of Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise with the words: "Wanted for crimes against Newcastle United".

The Talk of the Tyne fanzine organised a 300-strong march from Tilley's Bar on Westgate Road to St James's Park. …

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