Will March Against Ashley Achieve Anything?

09 October 2013 12:19
A Newcastle United supporters' march against the Mike Ashley regime will take place before the home match with Liverpool . but will it achieve anything other than promote Sports Direct?

The national media will splash Mike Ashley's face on a full page spread, and where else could Sports Direct get better advertising?

'ANY publicity is GOOD publicity', and his sports goods shop will get maximum coverage.

It's a businessman's dream!

A final meeting with the local council is due to take place today to finalise the route, but both they and the police have granted permission for the protest to go ahead.

Time 4 Change, the group behind the march, is hopeful of at least 1,000 people turning up on Saturday, October 19.

Supporters are being asked to meet on the pedestrian area of Northumberland Road next to the City Hall at 10.30am, with the march beginning at 11am. The route will go through the city centre, past St James’ Park and finish at the bandstand in Leazes Park.

The Liverpool match was chosen because it is an early kick-off and also live on television.

Time 4 Change has brought together a number of supporters’ groups and they believe now more than ever there exists an appetite to force out the billionaire businessman.

Chris McQuillan, a spokesman for Time 4 Change, said: “If we could get 1,000-plus on the day that would be a massive success. They are baby steps, really.

“Nobody expects Ashley to look at people marching past the stadium and simply run away. However, this will give us a platform and we can move on from there.

“I am also a member of United for Newcastle and we have 10,000 followers on Twitter and 3,000 on Facebook.

“It is hard to guess what the numbers will be, but there is a groundswell of feeling against the regime.”

Source: Newcastle United Mad