Layout 1In each issue of our magazine we ask a fan of another club to give their views on Newcastle United and it makes for interesting reading, how somebody outside our circle see our club and fans.

In the new issue out this weekend we talked to Stoke City fan, Jez Alcock, and here we give you a snapshot of what he had to say about Newcastle United, events at Stoke City and the football world in general.

To read the full interview and the rest of our 44 page relegation fight special, The Mag is now on sale in our online shop buy a copy for only £3 (plus p&p) or a subscription from only £23, copies also now on sale in all Tyneside newsagents.

Do They Mean Us? Stoke City

What do you think of Newcastle…

As a club?

In my view, you can no more choose your football team than you can choose your parents. You may not want to see them, they may embarrass you, you may even want to disown them; but you can never change that reality! Football allegiances should be determined by your roots and not by consumer choice. My father was born in Stoke in 1929. He still goes to Stoke City with me as do my two sons. NUFC is a team rooted in its own community with a long and proud (underachieving) history much like Stoke City in essence. Hence I have real affection for the club.

The Manager?

I’m unconvinced by Pardew. It may be something prejudicial on my part to him being a Southerner. It may be due to the mistreatment of Chris Hughton (not Pardew’s fault) but I think the 8 year deal will be a proverbial albatross around the club’s neck. Pardew’s scouting network has signed some impressive players (note Demba Ba would have signed for Stoke had he not failed his medical) and his team (when fully staffed) play with verve so I don’t know why I’m ambivalent.

The fans?

As stated, you’re passionate and loyal (and long suffering). My Middlesbrough friend says you are all delusional and to point out that his side from a town of 130,000 population has been to two Domestic and one European Cup Final whilst you have been huffing and puffiing! Leaving that on one side, that passion led to the misguided second appointment of the Messianic Keegan in my view.

Our team?

As I’ve said, I have affection for your team, leaving tribal feelings aside. You’re too far away to have any regional rivalry playing and despite your supporter base being much larger than ours I think that we have more in common than that which divides us.

I see Michael Owen is still earning his money…?

Tony Pulis becomes occasionally star struck. Last season he dismantled the formidable Huth/Shawcross centre back pairing to accommodate an unfit Woodgate. This meant periodically playing Huth or Woodgate at right back: an unmitigated and entirely predictable disaster. Owen hasn’t been fit (surprise!) and whilst his deal will be largely performance related, I’m guessing he’s probably on a £10K a week deal which, if so, is half a million quid wasted. What is galling is the quality of Cameron Jerome who consistently comes on late and changes games. He did that against you and you will have seen his wonder strike against Southampton but had Owen been fit, Jerome would have been pushed further down the order.

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8 comments
Opiner1
Opiner1

I think history has been rewritten with regards to Barton's time here. Out of the 4 seasons he was here he had one good season, one disgraceful season, and his contribution in the championship season was nominal as he played just 15 times. He doesn't deserve to be thanked for sticking around because there wasn't a club in the world who would have taken him off our hands at that point in time, with his reputation at an all time low following a stint in prison and his cowardly red card against Liverpool when we needed him most. Far more deserving are the likes of Colo and Enrique. Although their reputation in England at that time most likely would have deterred interest from Premier League sides, they could have easily forced a transfer or loan to somewhere in Europe but they decided to stick around and help the cause.

wor monga
wor monga

Always a solid hard worker who was more useful protecting a defensively weak fullback than as an orthodox outside left producing decisive crosses into the box…


...on Sunday he played the game of his life, and along with his character and courage that’s what we will remember him for.


...Best of luck to him for the future, and as you say he deserves a club that will give him another 3 or 4 years…but unfortunately I doubt very much that will be with us (or another club in the PL)

Belfast Toon
Belfast Toon

Personally I liked the way he ignored Carver during the goal celebration and ran on past him ! 


Says alot methinks.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Have you thought about a career writing for Mills and Boon?

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

Oh man!. That picture. Remember what the shop-keeper has done to this club, it's team and it's fans. Proper manager, proper club sponsor and JFK and Pardew nowhere to be seen or associated with us.

Broon bottle
Broon bottle

Great words on Jonas, but I have to take issue with anyone praising the players who stayed post-relegation.  I don't thank or praise any of those players mentioned for bringing us back up.  They took us down in the first place; they stayed because due to the awfulness of their performances, no-one would pay a similar salary elsewhere.  Thank Joey Barton?  FFS I remember that relegation season - he spent most of it in prison then needlessly got sent off and banned - and Shearer's comments after that match were spot on.  They corrected their mistake, yes; but the long term damage to our reputation was not erased.  If someone came to your house, pulled down their strides and proceeded to s*** on the floor, but offered to clean up afterwards, would you be i) thankful that they were so kind as to clean up or ii) annoyed that they s*** in your house in the first place? - See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/05/thank-you-jonas-gutierrez/#sthash.hGdl3r1U.dpuf

jimblag
jimblag

@Broon bottle Maybe if they accidently shat on the floor i'd thank them for cleaning it, but viduka, Owen etc pulled down their pants, squatted and let rip with an indifferent smile on their face. The likes of Jonas were getting used to the squad and club, more of a shart.

amacdee
amacdee

@Broon bottle I think the endless changes of piss poor management was more to blame for our relegation. Just as this season was hampered by Clueless Mark 2 and 3 as well. Players arent stupid they know when the bloke in charge is completely out of his depth and his gameplan's stink the place out. 

It was interesting to note that Pinocchio gave way to the players for the final home game and more or less told them to get on with it !