Fans group issues statement after Mike Ashley move

A fans group wants Newcastle United supporters to protest at St James’s Park – by “turning the Toon blue and maroon”.

Saturday, 28th December 2019, 1:36 pm

Toon For Change have previously backed boycotts of the stadium. However, St James's Park is sold out for this afternoon’s home game against Everton after owner Mike Ashley sanctioned a 10,000-ticket giveaway to season-ticket holders.

The group now want fans to protest by waving their blue and maroon “Era of Ambition” scarves against Chelsea on January 18.

In a statement, Toon For Change said: “Mike Ashley has been forced to give away 10,000 free half-season tickets in a ploy to divert attention away from the dwindling attendance and fan discontent.

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Toon For Change's protest scarf.

“We have now sold in excess of 1,300 scarves to like-minded fans that act as a symbol against the current ownership. Against Chelsea, and live on Sky Sports, we want all fans to join us in and turn the Toon blue and maroon!”