NUFC’s local Chinese fanbase were spotted protesting against Mike Ashley in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Geordie fans can’t get enough of it.
The Toon are currently on a pre-season tour in China and met Wolves in Nanjing Olympic Park on Wednesday for the opening match of the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The aim of the pre-season tournament is to increase the Premier League’s appeal in Asia and a chance for Asian supporters to see their team play live.
For some NUFC fans in China, it would have been their first time watching the Toon in the flesh, and what a disappointment it must have been.
The Toon were 3-0 down by half-time thanks to a goal from Morgan Gibbs-White and a brace from Diogo Jota, then a second-half own goal from Toon youngster Thomas Allen only added to the misery.
It was a dismal display from The Mags and it wasn’t long before the Nanjing fans began to let their feelings known.
One group of locals wearing Newcastle shirts from all eras stood united as they held placards displaying the message ‘Ashley Out’.
But even more supporters in the stands chanted the same message, while others held banners calling on the chairman to leave.
The protests echoed events in Newcastle City Centre yesterday, where Geordies expressed their wishes for Ashley to leave and their anger at the appointment of Steve Bruce.
Bruce has left Championship side Sheffield Wednesday to take the reigns of his boyhood club, but his roots have done little to endear him to Newcastle fans.
He’s now in Shanghai with the squad preparing for their last PL Asia trophy game on Saturday, where they will face Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham.
The Geordie manager would have been hoping to escape some of the backlash in Newcastle, but given yesterday’s protests, he’ll do well to avoid the wrath of the Toon’s Shanghai following.
Geordies praise NUFC’s Nanjing supporters
There's the advertising you wanted mike
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) July 17, 2019
— Andrew (@IFoundAndrew) July 17, 2019
— Michael O'B (@Ministryofblaze) July 17, 2019
— Sell Up and Go (@FootySecretsUK) July 17, 2019
— Dell ◻️◼️ (@agbnufc) July 17, 2019
Even the Chinese home fans know the score!!! pic.twitter.com/5ksUVbejDj
— Tyneside Mag (@MagTyneside) July 17, 2019
Seeing those #NUFC fans over in China yesterday was really good. It made me realise i can't not be a fan no matter how much i despise the parasite. Every game live on the web, often in HD and not a penny for the current regime.
— Ged (@northernersrock) July 18, 2019