Newcastle United restrict fans voice following controversial flag display

Wor Flags, formerly knows as Gallowgate flags, are a Newcastle United fan group with the sole goal of improving the match-day atmosphere at St James’ Park. They have done quite a spectacular job of that too. Recently, things have changed for the group as they suffer a backlash from the club after they displayed a rather controversial flag before their game against Burnley back in January.

The flag Newcastle fans unveiled prior to kick off in their game against Burnley

It reads “Don’t ever give up on your club. Keep supporting it. It’s your club and trust me, Newcastle United is bigger than anyone. It hurts, I know. But just keep going. He is only one man, we are a city, a whole population. Trust me.”

The flag was designed as a beacon of hope to the fans after the proposed takeover from PCP Partners fell through, much to the dismay of the majority of the fanbase. It was a quote from Tyneside cult hero, Kevin Keegan, as he spoke out against Mike Ashley following his departure as manager for a second time.

The above video is an interview with the spokesperson for Wor flags, Alfie. He explained to me just how things have changed since that flag was displayed.

The club banned Wor’ Flags from doing a display the next game because of ‘safety issues’, but it still remains to be seen how true that was.

The Wor Flags movement began at the start of the 2016/17 season

Chris Waugh, Newcastle United writer for The Evening Chronicle, says Newcastle aren’t the only club censoring their fans.

This is a dangerous game to play for any football club, never mind a club whose fans aren’t particularly fond of the owner anyway.

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