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19 June 2015 12:45 Post ID: #460041
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Must Read: Impassioned Newcastle fan’s response to Mike Ashley after latest season ticket letter
A must read passionate response from one fan after receiving the latest letter from Mike Ashley asking him to 'keep the faith' and hand over the money.

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4 hours ago by Colin Jackson

We all have our point of no return, the moment when enough is really enough, when it comes to what Mike Ashley has done to Newcastle United.

Of course, many of us don’t realise that we do have this point of no return, until it suddenly hits you.

One fan, Colin Jackson, has reached his own point of no return, until Mike Ashley leaves the club.

This is his excellent response to the latest letter from the club after they extended the season ticket deadline yet again – sadly I think far too many of you will be nodding in agreement as you read through.

(NB: Mr Tickle isn’t Colin’s pet name for Mike Ashley, it is the name of the Ticket Office Manager – the letter sent out in his name by the club, reproduced below)

Dear Mr Tickle,

Thanks for your letter but I will not be renewing until Mike Ashley severs all ties with the club.

I will set out my reasons as follows but in my mind, no one at the club will read on, so this has probably been a bit of waste of time (just like the last seven or eight years supporting this club).

I’m 35 years old and have gone to the games since I was 5. The connection with the club was immediate. It affected my life, when the team won I enjoyed life that little bit more. When we lost, that was the weekend cancelled – it meant that much.

My love for the club isn’t driven by success (obviously!), it was the connection I had with it. That feeling of being part of something when those lucky players ran out before the game, they were representing me and regardless of what league they were playing in, they were my club and I felt part of it.

Then Mike Ashley walked in. A bloke that clearly doesn’t get it, doesn’t want to get it and simply sees it as another revenue stream – possibly driven by the embarrassment of allegedly purchasing the club without satisfactory due diligence – good businessman eh?!

From that point on, the club has stumbled from one embarrassment to the next, football decisions – Joe Kinnear (not once but twice), relegation, selling decent players, replacing them with nothing, cup performances, tolerating John Carver. Off the pitch – Wonga, renaming the stadium, relationship with the media, ignoring fans, misleading fans, just to name but a few.

And at every stage, making supporters feel like an inconvenience, time after time after time.

One man is responsible for this, the Owner. And now it’s personal.

That man cannot have anymore of my money which includes season tickets, cup tickets, strips, sports direct – none of it.

Mike Ashley has actually done something that I never thought possible, he has broken my connection with the club. I would imagine thousands of others feel the same and until he goes, I will not return.

In your letter to me you state that the club is always appreciative of the fans… Really? The reality is the club has spent the last five years making it difficult for supporters by constantly failing to communicate with them, feeding them scraps of information like old meat to a stray dog.

He has even turned the fans against each other. There is now a view out there that those that attend next season are very much part of the problem, they are tolerating this man, his decisions and his ways. Even those that remain employed by this man, including you, are perceived by some as also being part of the problem. I can absolutely understand the theory.

I thought, just maybe, that Ashley would get a fright at the end of another disastrous season and start to think differently – the interview was a start but then he reverts back to type with the North Korean style coverage of the McClaren appointment, this simply makes us the laughing stock once more.

Another irony is the language has changed, suddenly it’s our club. It’s not, it’s Mike Ashley revenue toy.

So in summary, I will not return until that man disappears, please delete me from your records or feel free to get in touch when that man removes himself from SJP where he doesn’t deserve to be.

One day, Ashley will be brought down and this is the only day NUFC can live rather than just to exist for the TV money.

No more stunts to pull.

Yours,

Colin Jackson

Ex season ticket holder
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19 June 2015 12:59 Post ID: #460043 - in reply to #460041
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Well done Colin Jackson. Like I've said on here before, he's just tipped now and there will be more to follow. We just crack at different times.
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19 June 2015 14:29 Post ID: #460048 - in reply to #460041
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To be fair to him (Colin Jackson), now sees it for what it is, and in that respect well done for waking up to what has been said on here for quite a while now.

As MM says, I am hearing this line being trotted out by more and more fans, completely fed up with broken promises, if the club were so determined to put last season behind them, McLaren would have been interviewed by all of the press, not just associates, and 4/5 players would be through the door, together with a respected backroom staff.

The fact neither has happened, just proves the "interview", was just bullshit, and nobody is surprised.
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19 June 2015 14:57 Post ID: #460049 - in reply to #460041
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Spot fucking on!
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19 June 2015 14:58 Post ID: #460050 - in reply to #460041
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Spot on Colin, don't expect a reply though i sent them a 2 page letter 7 years ago outlining in detail the reasons i was jacking my season ticket in, no doubt it was thrown straight in the bin but it made me feel better.
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19 June 2015 14:58 Post ID: #460051 - in reply to #460041
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Kinda feel for the guy pouring his heart out. I'm way beyond that now.. it's all very cold for me, emotionally.

Apart from sharing it on a few forums. Who on earth is going to read that at the club? I know he mentions this in the first line but if you just wanted to make a forum style rant, why not just go on a forum to do it.

Sending anthrax back with the letter or perhaps a letter written in smeared faeces would most definitely get more attention.

I'm not gonna get carried away with my criticism until the club have made their moves, it's only been a week or so since the new manager was brought in. The backroom staff will follow next week hopefully and the players that we quite desperately need will hopefully start being announced.

If Mike has broken his publicly declared promises and we go a whole summer with nothing happening, well none of can say it wasn't expected.. but I guess that would be the time to call it quits once and for all. Because we all know, he ain't goin nowhere!
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19 June 2015 18:31 Post ID: #460067 - in reply to #460041
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Look on the official website at available season tickets. We must only have about 15-20k season ticket holders now where once it was around the 35k mark. People are getting the message but the club don't appear to be listening. They are becoming more and more reliant on the Sky money like Swansea, Stoke and Palace.
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19 June 2015 21:05 Post ID: #460083 - in reply to #460041
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Mike Ashley couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it, i gave up after Keegan. Lets not forget the man appointed Kinnear twice, that shows the level of contempt he has for NUFC. He now wants the current fan base that he has had a conversion and is suddenly going to change the way he runs the club, sorry Mike your a lying cunt.
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19 June 2015 21:56 Post ID: #460092 - in reply to #460041
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It's great seeing all them empty seats I just hope the gullible don't go running back if a couple of signings are made,Ashley and co are starting to wobble
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20 June 2015 11:39 Post ID: #460116 - in reply to #460041
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I can watch every single game, home and away, at home. If it's a decent game I can go to the pub to watch it with mates. There is no need to set foot in the Sports Direct Arena ever again. If I do fancy going to a game I will go to an away game where the atmosphere is so much better. I'm a million miles away from ever buying a season ticket ever again and I had one for years. Mike Ashley treated Kevin Keegan, the greatest NUFC manager, like shit and that was it for me. I'm sure McClaren is a decent enough bloke but he's no Mourinho is he? He will scrape the top 10 for the next 3-5 years and that seems to be enough for most people.
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