'Jose Enrique, we're in the top six...'

There is very little can beat a match day when the circus/pantomime rides into town and up to St.James’ Park.

The other week against Liverpool we were spoilt for choice as the pantomime baddies lined up to take the applause…

No two cases are ever the same but it is normally one or both of the following when the ex-player gets stick, something they said or something they did or didn’t do when wearing black & white.

King scouser Kenny gets stick because of the way he tore a very good Newcastle side apart, Enrique because he made clear he wanted to leave and said under Ashley we would never be top six (which we all agreed with at the time…), while Andy Carroll signed a new contract before next minute seemingly happily moving from the team he supported.

Craig Bellamy was a strange case as he initially had a lot of support/sympathy due to his run-ins with manager Souness, this though spiralled into contempt when he got into conflict with Alan Shearer after leaving….only one winner in that contest!

Rather bizarrely, Newcastle United have now seemingly gained a reputation for being bitter towards returning players, previously I have to admit I thought we were a bit soft the other way and gave certain people a far easier time than I reckon fans of other clubs would ever do.

I’ll never forget David Kelly getting a standing ovation at St.James’ Park as he entered the pitch in a mackem strip!

Les Ferdinand, Gary Speed and Rob Lee were given plenty respect after leaving, while Andy Cole had our respect and gratitude…until he celebrated at Wembley and joined in with an abusive song aimed at Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle fans. ‘Thick’ doesn’t quite go far enough.

Geordie boy Lee Clark had some kind of very early mid-life crisis and went to the mackems ( that day I knew that anything was possible in football), yet in later matches for the likes of Fulham I can’t remember him getting what possibly he deserved for such a betrayal, such though was the respect he’d built up while at Newcastle.

Things were more mixed up with our trio of superstars in the eighties with Peter Beardsley coming out of things pretty unscathed, while (Judas!) Waddle and Gazza were perceived as greedy and traitors. All three though probably only guilty of ambition, though Waddle hardly helped himself by talking about how great he was treated while at Spurs and infamously saying dismissively how on the way back from Newcastle’s away trips the coach would stop for fish & chips at Wetherby!

Of our modern day ex-players I probably have most sympathy for Enrique, a class player who always did his best for us and didn’t turn his back when Newcastle were relegated. When he talked about a lack of ambition under Ashley, Enrique was only voicing what most of us were thinking.

The golden rule clearly is; do your best when wearing the shirt AND keep your mouth shut!

Who would you cheer or boo?

31 comments
GToon
GToon

He makes you have to be a member to get an away ticket.

He's starting to force people to become members to watch more and more home games.

He always sells our best players.

He never reinvests the money gained from sales.

He doesn't speak to the fans.

He wants to sell the land and hence any chance of expanding the ground to make money.

He will dither over the appointment of our next manager and then use that as an excuse as to why we wont buy anybody come the start of next season. 


DavidDrape
DavidDrape

Brilliant Chris. I could add a lot more starting with away ticket issues to start with

Gary Linney
Gary Linney

Let's make the boycott the beginning of the rebellion... I hope the Toon Army is 'big enough' to retaliate against fatboy & his regime who are slowly killing everything that is NUFC! Everything he has done and is doing to the club has been an embarrassment & it has to be stopped! Those who continue, as paying customers, to line his pockets then you are SUPPORTING what HE is doing to NUFC. Howay, let's be honest - It's not as though the team are playing for their lives... most of them are journeymen, already eyeing up a move anyhoo! How many of them can you see as iconic heroes in the future? WE MUST BE UNITED AND BOYCOTT... and why not for the rest of the season?

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

agree Gary: will the better players want to leave in all this turmoil (club going nowhere) - you bet they will. Will new above average players want to come in - no way.

newcastle7
newcastle7

Will stop at the first comment as do not want to waste half hour replying.

The club had not paid for transfers some bought four years earlier.We were a mess the credit

card bills maxed in short bankrupt on paper.Interest bills ran into millions.

The sponsorshp money had all been used we were robbing Peter to pay Paul we had not a pot to piss in.

Ollie Burtons Grandad
Ollie Burtons Grandad

@newcastle7 Just piss off man, its so obvious you work for SD and are posting utter shite for the Fatman. Either that or you truely are a total f*ckwit

Ashley Out!

GToon
GToon

@newcastle7 Aye and the football was great, the players gave their all and we competed in everything and went close to winning a trophy a few times. Wish i had known we were in such financial trouble, i wouldn't have enjoyed the games half as much. Oh no sorry, i'm lying, it wouldn't have made any difference at all!! 

jonnyehall_
jonnyehall_

@TaylorandBesty i laughed at "Mike Ashley hired Joe Kinnear. Mike Ashley hired Joe Kinnear again" then remembered it :(

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

51. He supports Spurs

52. He blew quarter of a million of the club's money (Andy Carrolls fee) in Aspers in one night..... bet that doesn't show up in the accounts Mr, Deloitte.

53. He appointed Sodexo the prison catering firm.... appalling 

54. He plastered his company over the stadium denying the club its own revenue

55. He got a job lot of TV screens half the bloody size of the old ones, and used half the screen as advertising..... and coupled it with a Bose sound system?

56. He put Shirts for sale in the club shop at £10 more than S****** D***** and said 'lets see if they boycott me now'!

57. Spending money on Rangers whilst starving United

58. Allowing Lee Ryder back inside

59. Banning NUST because they dared to ask questions on the clubs 'debt'

60. Binning NUFC memorabilia


B1GSTEVE
B1GSTEVE

@LeazesEnder

He promised to put 20 Million  a Year out of his own pocket into the club for transfers when he first took over

He said in court he paid for Gonzalez to get first choice of young south american players, well they should be old enough for our first team by now

mentalman
mentalman

@bernymatthews 

And thats a reason to boycott 

 

NottsToon
NottsToon

Also this needs adding to the list...


Mike Ashley is single handedly responsible for clothing an entire generation of chavs in Lonsdale and Donnay.

NottsToon
NottsToon

Great list, not sure that all 50 reasons are directly attributable to Mike Ashley but they certainly are to people he has employed and entrusted to run what used to be Newcastle United, and are therefore more than able to be included as part of his f*** up.