Newcastle United have come a long way since being relegated. Not many would disagree that even though our club has won nowt for years it always was, and still is, a big club.

How many other promoted clubs have, or will be, knocking on the Champions League door within two years of being promoted?

Even so, it seems that no matter what Newcastle United have achieved this season, how far they have come since being relegated, and no matter how many headlines they make for good or bad reasons, then some people are still determined to not give us any recognition.

As painful as Sunday morning’s Match of the Day was to watch for Toon fans, it was after the Stoke v Arsenal match which ended in a 1-1 draw that this was highlighted.

Stoke’s ever so charismatic and sporting manager, Mr.Tony Pulis came out with this cracker, “…that’s all of the top teams that have come here this season and for the first time in four years in the premiership, no one’s beaten us…”.

None of the tops teams Tony, are you sure about that? What about the team currently in 4th place then?

When we played at the Brittania on 31st October we went into the game in 4th place and came out in 3rd.

You might not be able to see it, or be willing to acknowledge it Mr Pulis, but NUFC is undoubtedly a, “Top”, team.

Well, for this season at least.

9 comments
LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Well said Arty, you've certainly got to grips with these new fangled computers a lot better than Lee Ryder.

1957
1957

Great piece and a welcome departure from the recycled Chronicle articles that we see too often.

The two things that stand out for me, you are right that pre Sky the club needed to keep us coming through the turnstiles to function financially, not so now and in a league awash with money once you fail to invest on a regular basis in playing staff it is difficult if not impossible to get back to the top table and the additional European riches that brings.

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag

This is one of the best written pieces that ive seen on this site,,, well done Arty,,,

desree
desree

Thanks Arty, I wish we had blokes like you on the fans forum. A really well articulated opinion with a lot of substance.

ilullissat
ilullissat

Has anyone done a comparison based on percentage spent per personal wealth on Newcastle United.Ashley could spend more of his wealth and he wouldnt miss it.He seems to make money for moneys sake and for all the faults that the past owners have had they will pale into insignifance compared to this current owner.I think Ashley has some kind if OCD disorder

Andgeo
Andgeo

Ashley is a complete failure at running/owning a football club. After 8 years of repeated mistakes and disrespect, he must sell up and get out of our club. Ashley out! Clueless!

magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Excellent article Arty - I can't disagree with anything you've detailed,but I'm sure there will be some who can - especially those who renewed their season tickets!

ilullissat
ilullissat

Ashley is the richest owner this club has ever had.He dwarfs all the past owners and yet he has achieved nothing.The club has achievied nothing in the last four decades but some of the football was a lot bloody better than what is being dished up today