Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Supporters Say Boycott Is Just Start

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle Supporters Say Boycott Is Just Start

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

ORGANISERS behind a boycott against Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley have warned more could be on the way.

Thousands of fans backed the campaign and stayed away from St James' Park, as Newcastle's match against Spurs drew the lowest crowd of the season.

The official crowd figure of 47,427 was the worst attendance since August 2013 - and included many season ticket holders who, from the pockets of empty seats, were clearly not in the ground.

Hundreds of them were to be found outside St James' Park's Gallowgate End both before and after the game, angrily brandishing banners and calling for Toon owner Mike Ashley to sell the club.

And supporters from AshleyOut.com warned the latest demonstration was just the start of a long campaign.

A spokesman from the fans' group said: "The #BoycottSpurs protest was a success but do not forget that this is just the start of what will be a long and sustained campaign to reclaim our club.

"Newcastle United announced the official attendance as 47,427 - Northumbria Police have also confirmed that this was the official figure provided to them by the club. In reality, we all know that this figure is grossly over exaggerated.

"There is simply no way that 47,427 supporters were inside St James' Park."

Peter Fanning, from Newcastle United Supporters' Trust, said the campaign showed unity and brought the issue to the forefront of people's minds.

He said: "It's difficult until we know what the official attendance figures are to know how successful it was.

"However, after speaking to people who were in the ground there was nowhere the 48,000 people it was suggested and in that respect the protest had served its purpose.

"I believe that the amount of media coverage it got, both written and on TV, means it brought the whole issue of how many people are behind it to people's attention. …

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