S88’s Stormfront Recruitment Drive

In around 2013-14, on the troll-plagued Stormfront Downunder forum, a rookie poster began reaching out to Sydney locals and others by PM, recruiting for his new group of supposed White Nationalists calling themselves Squadron 88. His name was Mark McDonald, and he was notable for the appalling quality of his posts.

By all accounts, this person was barely literate; his messages unintelligible. But his alienation from the mother tongue, in no way curbed his zealousness which was such that he wasn’t prepared to listen to advice from veteran nationalists; he adjudged them failures because the country was not already wearing jackboots and marching with swastika flags, which was how he equated Australian nationalism: through the lens of the film Romper Stomper.

Indeed, ‘Matey Mate’ was the classic Hollywood Nazi and he was on a mission. In a hurry to “do something”, he tangled with luminaries of the calibre of Whitelaw Towers, which was on the cusp of abandoning SFDU as an irreparably compromised site.

Like many before him, Mark would not listen, and could not be told. He rejected all counsel favouring instead his own brash instincts. Even though the most articulate expression of nationalist political science he could muster was scribbling “88”, he gave the impression he regarded himself as the promised one who would save Australia from the non-White hordes.

Mark is a shifty New Zealander with an athletic build and evasive nature. He arrived in this country in 2013, and was suddenly everywhere at once contacting everybody.

He was a hive of activity, coordinating forum members to attend the AFP-organised demonstration in Sydney to show solidarity with Golden Dawn Greece (Australian Golden Dawn now defunct). He was also involved in the Penrith anti-mosque protests that had sprung up around proposed mosques at Kemps Creek.

Mark is a shifty New Zealander with an athletic build and evasive nature. He arrived in this country in 2013, was suddenly everywhere at once contacting everybody.

But Mark was also anxious to awaken Australians to the Jewish Question. Figuring a good place to start with the JQ was in the largely Jewish Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Malcolm Turnbull’s own electorate, Matey Mate and his disciples letterboxed the area with ‘anti-Semitic fliers’. Their notion of attracting publicity was that of an outlaw gang trying to solicit infamy.

Anti-Semitic Fliers and Nazi Cosplay

Matey’s efforts with the fliers earned ‘S88’ their first taste of public notoriety. It also generated untold snickers because the flyer read like it was written by an organ grinder’s monkey. It expressed juvenile anti-Semitic rhetoric which failed to even partially communicate the threat of global Zionism.

For those who were cynical about this ‘over-enthusiastic youth’, they might be persuaded to believe that the true intention of the fliers was not to promote ‘anti-Semitism’ but to discredit it.

In fact, an experienced writer, at the time, being approached by McDonald on SFDU read an advanced copy of the flyer. Fearing for the credibility of Australian nationalism, he offered to clean up the copy as best he could. This offer was stiffly ignored by Matey Mate who chose to run with the train-wreck version. Matey Mate’s clashes with veteran nationalists were now increasing as he amped up S88’s silly antics.

Believing his letterbox stunt was a major coup for his crew, he decided to repeat it. This time he assigned his surly cohort Alex Annenkov to write the fliers. Russian Alex did a slightly better job, but again, there was no attempt to promote Australian nationalism — which neither of these upstarts understood — but simply regurgitated anti-Jewish propaganda in its most basic Americanised format.

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Pretty boy Alex Annenkov

In fact, Annenkov trawled through usual American ‘hate sites’ for content which, outside of a firm context, could not be taken seriously on any political level and would again reflect badly on local nationalists.

For those who were cynical about this ‘over-enthusiastic youth’, they might be persuaded to believe that the true intention of the fliers was not to promote ‘anti-Semitism’ but to discredit it.

This is significant because ‘Squadron 88’ had already shown it was uninterested in Australian identity. Mark, a New Zealander, and his himbo offsider Alex, were a product of the American WN system still hopelessly bogged down in anachronistic and inappropriate German National Socialist symbolism.

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Annenkov does American-style WN while channelling Axl Rose

They were more interested in the cosplay aspect of WN than in Australian identity. S88 displayed such a fetish for costumes that in the stinking 30-degree summer heat of 2014 they all rolled up at the Penrith rally in bomber jackets.

One member is quoted by a nationalist chronicler as admitting, “When we wear our boots and jackets, people look scared of us. For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

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Neither heat, nor humidity, nor the peak of summer will sway Matey Mate from wearing his 45-degree bomber jacket

Enter Ross “The Skull” May

Nobody knows where Matey Mate made Ross May’s acquaintance but before long he became S88’s mascot. Mark was eager to be identified with the notorious Australian ‘Nazi’. He set up a Facebook page entitled The Skull Show and produced a handful of inept YouTube videos the aim of which was lost on just about everyone who viewed them. They seemed to have been filmed on a Nokia phone by someone with a Luddite’s contempt for technology.

On another note, Squadron 88’s own Facebook page borrowed as a cover photo a still of Hando and the boys from the film Romper Stomper, revelling in their image as Hollywood Nazis.

The two were photographed at the first of two major Penrith anti-mosque rallies where The Skull was moved on by police for haranguing the counter protesters. To Matey Mate, Ross was the embodiment of White Nationalist activism even though nobody could ever accuse him of being politically positioned.

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Ross “The Skull” May discovers that you cannot talk sense to Matey Mate even with a loud hailer

Most, without intending offence, regard The Skull more in terms of a living cartoon character than a legitimate spokesman for Australian Nationalism. Yet, here he was, resurrected by a camo-clad Kiwi for the purpose of promoting what was recognisable only as a gang which shunned organised nationalist political activity as anything but an opportunity to show off their uniforms. Those who viewed themselves as Ross’s friends worried that affording him this type of attention was like tempting an alcoholic back onto the bottle.

Ross’s relationship with S88 culminated in the fateful coach trip in 2015 where ‘patriots’ hired a bus to transport them to Melbourne for a large rally. This was at the Zenith of the Patriot movement’s popularity.

On another note, Squadron 88’s own Facebook page borrowed as a cover photo a still of Hando and the boys from the film Romper Stomper, revelling in their image as Hollywood Nazis.

The coach trip would provide a cynical opportunity for the ‘patriots’ to attempt to distance their movement from the ‘Nazi’ element. Allowed to board the bus at Sydney, and filmed fraternising with a gathering of patriots — among them, Nick Folkes from Peanuts for Freedom — who would in a few hours express shock at having Nazis in their midst, Ross and the S88 boys boarded the bus with much bravado.

Later, they would be filmed being marched off the bus by a mouthy Ralph Cerminara after supposed “complaints” from other passengers regarding anti-Jew banter. The bus drove away leaving him and Matey Mate stranded in the freezing cold of an Albury night. The video was widely circulated. Neil Erikson and Shermon Burgess embarked on their “anti-Nazi” phase. A small controversy arose over another patriot passenger and a licensed handgun.

And that was pretty much that for ‘The Skull Show’. When S88 hung up their boots a short time later, McDonald ditched The Skull. He then became very sensitive about any reference being directed towards on social media, often resulting in pathetic, laughable threats such as those made against two Australia First Party members.

Howard Crawford

Matey Mate once dismissed Howard Crawford, saying “he is nothing just a nobody.” Most civic patriots who know of Crawford downplay his relevance.

In reality, his relationship with the chicken-farmer come Liberal-Party back room operator enabled nationalists to fill in the blanks on questions regarding motivation. The perplexing antipathy showed by Matey Mate towards nationalists, and in particular, the Australia First Party began to assume a recognisable logic.

Howard Crawford has himself been documented in innumerable WLT and UNA articles. A video sting, in which a hired troll secretly filmed Crawford at their dinner meeting, after Crawford was swindled into believing a socialist was providing him dirt on AFP President Jim Saleam, is likewise available.

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Howard Crawford and the Boy Boofhead mid-row

Crawford’s mission to attack the AFP is central to Matey Mate’s involvement with him and a slew of others. McDonald and Crawford were photographed sitting side-by-side at a meeting in Sydney’s western suburbs.

It was through inside sources that nationalists learned of Matey Mate’s true involvement. It transpires that Crawford was luring in the gullible with a line about how the ‘Nazis’ were poised to take over the Liberal Party. There was a secret society of dedicated White Nationalists waiting in the wings to seize power and aim the party towards a pro-White agenda.

Matey Mate once dismissed Howard Crawford, saying “he is nothing just a nobody.” Most civic patriots who know of Crawford downplay his relevance.

This secret society involved an army of street fighters and professionals. Crawford, who is an experienced kickboxer, spun yarns of how an entire martial arts school was ready to hit the streets under the Celtic cross. The secret society would be as physically lethal as it was ideologically implacable. Assignations were handed out and McDonald was slated to become the Fush and Chup “fuhrer” of the western suburbs.

All of this was happening around the time of the Penrith Mosques, and the story deepens to involve Penrith councillor Marcus Cornish and an immigration lawyer who collectively managed to derail the anti-Mosque campaign. Later, it became apparent it was all a smokescreen for a bigger agenda for Penrith which the protest against the mosques diverted attention away from.

All of Howard’s stories were, of course, bullshit. The man is an inveterate liar. But more instructive is the reason behind his deceptions.

Initial impressions that Matey Mate was beguiled by Crawford dissipated both over time and with greater pondering. This connection and this seemingly incongruous partnership between a supposedly avowed anti-Semite and a staunch Zionist goes back further than first thought.

It stretched back as a primary reason for the Stormfront Downunder recruitments and the overarching objective to fuck the AFP. But so much more did not add up about this mysterious Kiwi ‘fuhrer’ that nobody really knew anything about.

The Summer Hill Headquarters

The most glaring incongruity about Matey Mate is the fact he lived for over two years rent-free in a dilapidated house owned by a member of Party for Freedom.

Jerry Dragosevic is a registered nurse who spent so long around mental patients he came to resemble one. However, the fact that Jerry was a member of PfF SHOULD have mattered to Matey Mate given the (unregistered) party’s hygiene-challenged leader Nick Folkes is a race traitor and the PfF is pro-Jew. For that matter, so is Howard Crawford — a scan of his Facebook page is like reading a Tel Aviv telephone book.

The same boy that letterboxed the Eastern Suburbs with anti-Jewish fliers was now in the sphere of Nick Folkes and his kosher party. He even surreptitiously attended PfF demonstrations such as one at Sydney’s Town Hall and the copycat PfF demo outside Sydney’s Chinese consulate in Camperdown.

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Mark “Matey Mate” McDonald at Peanuts for Freedom’s copycat demo outside the Chinese consulate in Camperdown

Weirder still, at parties held around at the Summer Hill dosshouse, which was in such a state of disrepair that floorboards were missing and windows were boarded up, Jerry had no problem with the Swastika flag flying. Groups of neo-Nazis would form in front of the blood flag as the always suspiciously-behaved Matey Mate snapped group shots, probably which now serve as intelligence for the Mossad (heh).

This was the official S88 headquarters. It was where Howard Crawford occasionally visited and bought beers and pizza for the boys.

This was the official S88 headquarters. It was where Howard Crawford occasionally visited and bought beers and pizza for the boys.

And if that sounds strange, so is the cast of conservative characters that passed through its broken doors.

Members of the Sydney Traditionalists joined Matey Mate and the crew for powwows discussing god-knows-what. Andrew Wilson, who was a chief scammer behind Klub Nation and presently lives in Perth where he is trying to use the name of The Dingoes, was a visitor.

He lived locally with an older woman he was sponging off at the time. In fact, the list of “non-Nazi” characters that were acquainted with Matey Mate Towers leaves you scratching your head. The wider mystery was how an unknown like Matey Mate came to know of so many different groups and people.

Hardly anyone on the broad list of groups and people that make up what we shall for convenience’s sake call “the Australian alt-right” that he hadn’t been introduced to.

This is particularly odd, given seasoned nationalists out there hadn’t heard of some of these people he was meeting with. He had even gotten involved with a rodent who was kicked out of GD Australia and went on to backstab Ignatius, the Hellenic Nationalists’ of Australia’s then leader, which is interesting in itself.

Hardly anyone on the broad list of groups and people that make up what we shall for convenience’s sake call “the Australian alt-right” that he hadn’t been introduced to.

By now, of course, nationalists wanted to know who in heck Matey Mate really was. He came from nowhere, ended up everywhere, and all that he touched quickly turned to rat droppings.

Our New Zealand counterparts were contacted but none less than Kyle Chapman had no idea who he was. No one in the New Zealand nationalist movement had ever heard of him. A nationalist reportedly met with Matey Mate’s parents on a fleeting visit. He reported how the whole scene was strange and it was “as though they were all strangers to each other”.

Matey Mate is rumoured to have been into the street-racing scene before turning 88. He is said to have quipped that if things ever really went pear-shaped in Australia that he held a “get out of jail free card”.

Other elliptical pieces of information let slip by McDonald have led to speculation that he may have fallen foul of the law in the Kiwiland. All anyone really knows is that they know very little about McDonald.

As to the Summer Hill headquarters where he and his “patched” crewmates from S88 sat at “the table” trying to figure out how to spell their own names — it is equally puzzling how the anti-Nazi Nick Folkes was so cool with this situation. At one of these sessions, they decided to spread the highly believable rumour that Jim Saleam’s mother was Jamaican.

In all of this, it has to be asked, what has this arsehole done to advance the cause of Australian nationalism? They’ve done zip. They have no interest in doing so, all creatures like Matey Mate do is to create disharmony, throw muck, and drag it down to where all its enemies want it.

Criminal Conspiracies

Matey Mate’s flash attack on Australian nationalism and its peripheral patriot phenomenon is significant also for his attempts to persuade people to commit serious criminal acts. These acts were the subject of a police report presented to Penrith Police in 2015. They have also been circulated among McDonald’s intended victims.

The first of these in terms of scope was his plan to attack three people — we understand two of those were members of Penrith Council, one of which a Greens’ councillor is still active — and a Labor councillor. The other plot was to kidnap and bash anarchist Dave Fregon and extort intelligence from him.

As is typical with the cowardly McDonald, he tried — like his mentor Crawford whose role in this conspiracy is unknown — to conscript others to do his bidding.

Such was the case when he allegedly schemed to have Robert Edhouse firebomb a Newcastle Mosque or Prayer Room. Edhouse declined, but the Australian Aryan Nations leader is now imprisoned in Perth awaiting trial in the murder 42-year-old FIFO worker, Alan Taylor.

A secretly recorded audio tape exists of Matey Mate discussing these conspiracies outside Penrith Station. It was part of the evidence supplied to the Penrith Police in 2015.

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Robert Edhouse who Matey Mate tried to recruit to firebomb a Newcastle mosque

Nathan Sykes and the Jewish Rumours

In April, Fairfax troll and Internet stalker Luke McMahon managed to get published an article the basis of which purports that AFP member and UNA contributor Nathan Sykes is in fact Jewish.

The article had no basis of substance other than a manufactured quote from non-existent ACP employees. The rumour, which was propagated in 2016 by Nick Folkes’s associate Neil Erikson, was generated by Matey Mate.

The purpose of the rumour was to discredit Sykes who (they believed) had penned certain articles critical of each. When Sykes confronted Matey Mate back in 2014 after learning of the defamatory rumours, he originally denied them, claiming they were “Chinese whispers” that began with a Combat 18 associate.

He then claimed that Jim Saleam was using the rumour for his own ends. Both McDonald and Alex Annenkov at the time posted these vile lies on Stormfront Downunder.

It baffled Sykes since he had met Matey Mate twice before. The rumours surfaced after he advised McDonald at a social gathering to “listen to what Jim Saleam had to say.” It seems that all along McDonald was involved in a conspiracy to attack the Australia First Party and by slandering Sykes he was achieving this end. This theory is corroborated by tracing the trajectory of the rumour from him — through Folkes — to Erikson and McMahon, who is the subject of a police report being submitted by Sykes in regards to serious harassment. This arc of influence still exists.

The article had no basis of substance other than a manufactured quote from non-existent AFP employees. The rumour, which was propagated in 2016 by Nick Folkes associate Neil Erikson, was generated by Matey Mate.

To this day, Matey Mate under the guise of “Tyler Winchester” is persisting in pushing this calumny. He created a Facebook page (with 9 likes at the time of printing) that mocks Sykes as a Jew. The page is as bereft as its non-Australian authors, Matey Mate and Russian Alex, the latter of whom Sykes believes to be a high-priced male escort.

Before UNA’s previous page was taken down, McDonald messaged the editorial team with threats, and it was agreed that we would remove content relating to McDonald if he desisted in his campaign. Matey Mate was largely irrelevant by then anyway. He reneged on his promise.

Matey Mate and Alexis were present at the recent Peanuts-hijacked Reclaim Australia event at Penrith. We expect the two bro-friends will attend next weeks’ Dingocon.

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Matey Mate and his partner Alexis at Penrith last month
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