Billionaire retail entrepreneur Mike Ashley has the Midas touch when it comes to business – but he will still be getting some stick on the Golden Mile tomorrow.
Pool player and Newcastle United fan Brian ‘Buzzer’ Halcrow will compete in the World Eight Ball Championship at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool wearing an ASHLEY OUT slogan on the back of his polo shirt.
Halcrow, 43, and from South Shields, is a former world number eight and USA circuit star, and had been out of the game for seven years until making a successful comeback to the UK Pool Tour this season.
He used to be a season ticket holder at St James’s Park along with sons Jordan, 20, and Joel, 12, but gave up their seats in the Sir John Hall Stand last summer in protest at the Ashley regime.
Brian said: “I made the right decision. Ashley shows no passion for the club and I am wearing this shirt for the world championship as another protest because I am a disgruntled supporter.
“United went on to have an average Premier League gate of over 50,000 in the season just ended. They did not need me and my sons but we finished in the bottom six, 31 points off the Champions League places.
“This is the height of under achievement, taking into account the club’s fantastic support.”
Brian, who runs Buzzers Sports Bar in South Shields, says he will not return to the football club until Ashley changes his attitude.
He said: “I had been watching the games since I was 12, and I used to love going with my sons but we got sick of watching a dross side.
“We were only there to fork out for the tickets and the replica shirts.
“All me and people like me were doing was contributing to Mike Ashley’s money-making machine.”
He added: “All Ashley is doing is taking and taking. He is giving us fans nothing, which is why everybody is turning on him
“He needs to change his attitude and give us Newcastle United fans something to be proud of.
“Give to these wonderful football fans of ours and they will give you the world in return.”