Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Empty St James' Park Is Louder Than 52,387 Voices

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Empty St James' Park Is Louder Than 52,387 Voices

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk

MOMENTUM is building for tomorrow's Newcastle United boycott.

Supporters' groups are expecting thousands to sacrifice the Magpies' home match against Tottenham.

Fans behind AshleyOut.

com will be handing out 20,000 leaflets to spectators before taking part in the protest close to the ground.

Members of the Toon Army are expected to meet pre-boycott near to St James' Park Gallowgate End before making their way to Leazes Park once the game has kicked off.

The movement comes just days after accounts showed the club had more than PS30m in cash to potentially spend on an overhaul of its playing squad.

Steve Wraith, from NUFC Fans United, said: "The boycott is a start but it needs to be a sustained protest to have any long term effect.

"The simple fact is that most fans have already purchased their tickets and I'll be amazed if there are under 45,000 people in the ground come kick off.

"The organisers have said they have more plans but games are running out. Those fans who think not buying a pie and a pint is protest are kidding themselves.

"The club rent the outlets so Mike Ashley will not be affected.

"Targeting one of his brands would be more effective in the long term.

"He cares more about his brands than our club."

Talk of the boycott was first mentioned by @nufc_ stats on Twitter following the defeat at Sunderland - the fifth derby loss in a row.

And the campaign quickly gathered momentum as fans showed their support on social media.

Now - with just a day to go before the protest - fans have revealed the final details of the boycott.

Following the game supporters are expected to make their way from Leazes Park back to the Gallowgate End before taking part in a post-matchdemonstration.

A spokesman from AshLEYOUT. …

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