Responding to news that Newcastle United have sold out their FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Oxford United, many Magpies fans have been divided over the Mike Ashley protests as their team gear up to play in front of a full house.
Manager Steve Bruce confirmed to the Newcastle Chronicle [11:06] that St. James’ Park will be sold out for their clash with the League One minnows, prompting supporters to debate whether the Ashley ownership protests are indeed working.
Throughout the campaign, Magpies supporters have been boycotting home games in an attempt to oust controversial magnate Ashley from the club’s hierarchy, with the Sports Direct owner’s reign gradually being met with hostility since his takeover in 2007.
However, given the fact that Newcastle will play in front of 50,000 home supporters, fans have questioned whether the protests are still in full swing whilst simultaneously debating the merit of them in general.
Find all of their best comments from Twitter down below.
Because fans want to watch the team and players they support. Simple as, also Ashley aint going anytime soon.
— Matthew Watson (@Mattack2392) January 24, 2020
He’s probably laughing as he’s won again
— craig elrington (@elmandhk) January 24, 2020
He may have refilled the stadium with his ticket giveaway but he Hasn’t won over the boycotters.
— Cory Jay Graham (@Coryjgraham) January 24, 2020
I dont think £10 FA cup tickets and free season tickets = Mike Ashley winning over the 10k life long supporters sacrificing their season tickets and loyalty points!
— Philip Peppiatt (@PhilipPeppiatt) January 24, 2020
10,000 free tickets will skew people’s perception of the boycott. At least 5,000 season ticket holders walked away in the summer. It will be interesting to see what initiatives @nufc have to retain current STH after giving away so many free / cheap tickets
— Toon For Change (@ToonForChange) January 24, 2020
Even if Mike Ashley made us do a Sunderland I don’t think we will see massive protests like there was at clubs like Blackpool
— Liam ⚫️⚪️ (@LiamNUFC1998) January 24, 2020
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