SF0001_Shane_Ferguson_Newcastle_United_NUFCMany of us football fans are so passionate that we can easily identify with the famous Bill Shankly quotation: “football is not a matter of life and death, it’s more important than that”.  Sometimes, passion can lead us to trenchant criticism of our club’s players, particularly when as is the case with NUFC, the club is going through a rocky patch.

That means it is always refreshing when your club heroes step outside of the goldfish bowl of football, and are able to contribute to the other things that matter in life.  That is often easier to do once you are retired, as Robbie Elliott showed in his gargantuan European bike ride this year, raising money for the very worthy causes of cancer research and the Bobby Robson Foundation.

So it is all the more admirable when our active players are able to get directly involved in helping support the causes that are close to our own hearts, and which really are a matter of life-and-death.  The North East cricket community was therefore hugely grateful to first team squad player Shane Ferguson for his help with charity fundraising associated with the sudden illness of one of our dearest friends.

North Eastern cricketers were shocked last summer to discover that one of the long-standing stalwarts of the local midweek league, Jon Robinson, had been diagnosed with secondary cancer at the young age of 47.  When it was clear in early December that this would be terminal, both his clubs, Genetics and Mallards, together with South Northumberland Cricket Club, decided to organise a charity fundraising evening to mark his life.

This was held at the South North sports centre in Gosforth on 21st December this year, and involved an indoor cricket tournament by way of a last testimonial for Jon, including a charity raffle.  Unfortunately, a last minute deterioration in Jon’s condition meant that he could not be present, but he was kept up to date with regular texts and calls from the organisers.

pic 1We were delighted that Shane gave his full support to the evening.  He managed to arrange the full Newcastle United squad to autograph a NUFC shirt, that was raffled on that evening, as well as being present for the first three matches to provide his vocal encouragement.

Around 50 members of the north east cricket community were present, including a large number of NUFC season ticket holders. The fundraising evening raised a total of £1300, which, in accordance with Jon’s wishes, is being split between donations to Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie Hospices.

All involved were extremely grateful to the financial support provided by both SNCC and Genetics in arranging the evening, as well as to Shane for providing his valuable time and personal support for two very worthy causes and a very dear friend.

Jon passed away shortly after, on New Year’s Day after, spending his last days in hospice care.  He was delighted and greatly moved by the contributions from all concerned, and for the last testimonial that his sporting colleagues were able to provide.

We would like to record our own thanks to Shane for getting involved here with something that we have to admit, matters more to us than NUFC.

(Photo: the signed shirt arranged by Shane Ferguson – pic courtesy of Jez Greenwood)

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19 comments
Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

When he does get sacked, he'll never be able to go to St James again.

RexN
RexN

Supporters have been proving £25m of gate revenue every year and are getting very little back from the club. his "proper fan" comment is odious. There is a difference between supporting the team and supporting the long term future of the club. You wouldn't really expect someone who can only get 2 wins in 10 games and 1 goal in 6 games to have the wit to appreciate the difference.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

He must the be the only 'fan' on the planet who doesn't understand what is going on, and why. Say's it all really.

howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads

"... I can assure the people out there that I am giving it every single minute of my time.” ...apart from when you spent 6 hours on the golf course before the mackem game!!!!

Peter Nealon
Peter Nealon

Was a fan till he decided to continue to spew out Ashleys lies!!

Peter Lamb
Peter Lamb

Wonder if JC ever paid at the turnstiles

Andgeo
Andgeo

John if you were a genuine fan of the club you would pack your bags. The only reasons you could have for staying on as head coach is that you are delusional and believe you are good enough or you know if you weren't there fatty still wouldn't appoint a manager ANC we would be stuck with shola as player manager or something equally as bad. The biggest problem here is the continued denial in what is going wrong at NUFC and acknowledging the obvious reasons why supporters are upset, 1) getting ripped off to the tune of millions of £'s 2) being dished up pathetic displays on the pitch for nearly years now. 3) real concerns for the future of our football club. We are all understandably devastated with what is being allowed to help with our club. As a fan how could you stand by and condone what is going on??? CARVER YOU ARE NOT A FAN

ilullissat
ilullissat

So who actually has been turning up at the games for decades and winning nothing.That wouldn't be the fans by any chance would it?Maybe some of the fans could get a game 

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Then the answer is easy John, pack in your job ( very honourable) and watch from the stands, let someone else have a go at being Ashley's puppet!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

Let´s face it "Geordie (I worked with Sir Bobby Robson don´t you know) John", you´d pull your pants down and grease your arse cheeks if the boss told you to !!!


Until you´ve got something worth saying, I suggest you keep your inane comments to yourself !!!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@Demented_Man @PeterRobson I´m working on a class graphic mate, but old dog new tricks syndrome is taking it´s toll lol


I wouldn´t be surprised if it got me sued by the fat man when it´s finished, but as I´m always skint anyway, good luck to him !!!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@Sickandtiredstill Are you going to visit me in prison mate lol


I´m still working on some good ones but like I said: old dog new tricks syndrome is taking it´s toll lol


Feel free to nick the pics and use them if you want !!!

vin1892
vin1892

I think the toon would have a better chance of winning is Carver joined the boycotters in Leazes Park with Ameobi, Obertan, Gouffran, Williamson and Riviere.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

It might get closer to home when the 'Corporate Clientele' who cant give away their hospitality tickets, then start to jack in the private boxes.


We do like football.... but this isn't it.....Charnley is an Accountant who doesn't like football, he likes figures.

NottsToon
NottsToon

We do love our football, not seen much of it being played by the current crop of cowards though.