NileRanger3Forest Hall…….home of Newcastle’s finest and Nile Ranger (future England international)

The Reading game has to be particularly disappointing, it was a must win game, and the thought of defeat was really unbearable.

So, heading off to drown my sorrows, my thoughts turned to what had just happened and I very nearly passed on the pub and headed home. I live in Forest Hall which is home to a decent shopping centre, couple of good clubs, a lively pub, some strange characters…and of course Nile Ranger.

Instead I met the lads in The Junction and had a few after match sorrow drowning bottles…out of the blue my phone vibrated and it was a mate who for some obscure reason follows Nile Ranger on twitter, he texted me Nile Ranger’s latest tweet from after the game.

Nileranger@Nilepowerranger “certain fans need to not come and support this team..coming to BOOO us..Stay at home..Dont need your Boo’s…say no more!!!!

Now living in Forest Hall I get the chance to go to the training ground to watch the reserves and juniors, four years ago I made the bold prediction that young Nile would play for England within five years.

Anyway, back to Saturday night and I headed home to Forest Hall for a few more beers with the Mrs before heading for home via the Chinese takeaway.

Whilst waiting for the food I noticed the Charcoal/Black Range Rover pull up outside, then the occupant jumped out and came into the very takeaway I was in. This car by the way seems to be double parked at lots of strange hours outside Bet Fred in Forest Hall, I do know the Roulette machines do very well for some reason.

Now let’s face it, Nile is a big lad, while I am not the most fit of 48 year old blokes. However, I have followed this club for 41 years, and while I don’t boo very often I was not going to let this “gangsta man” get away with telling us how to support our club

We then had the following conversation, which got quite heated on my part, and the only credit I offer him is he did not overreact.

nileranger3Me: You were wrong to tweet what you did about Newcastle fans today.

NR: No I wasn’t.

Me:Yes you were, you’ve got no right to tell us how to support the team, the fact is the manager got it wrong today.

NR: Booing still does not help.

Me: I agree but we pay lots of money to watch that sh*te, money some of us don’t have, not that it would bother you.

I then left and was going out the door when he winked and grinned at me, in what can only be described as a sarcastic manner, so straight back in I went with a slightly more raised voice.

Me: You think it’s funny do you? You know there were 2000 supporters who did a 720 mile round trip to Brighton a fortnight ago, to watch people like you not be interested, it was an insult, I know cos I was one of them.

NR: Nobody makes you go.

Me: Then another 500 mile round trip for the loyal ones to Norwich and you don’t give a toss.

I then ranted…

Me: You know 4 years ago I told quite a few people that you would play for England within 5 years.

NR: I will play for England one day.

Me (laughing): Play for England, you can’t even get out of bed to get to training on time, Sheffield Wednesday did not want you, quite frankly you’re not good enough for Darlington and they went out of the league 2 years ago, why were you not playing today?

NR : Manager’s choice who he picks.

Me: Fact is you’re not bothered, you don’t know what it means to wear that shirt, it is everything to people from here, go and ask Peter Beardsley who just happens to be from the area. I’ll be at Aston Villa a week Tuesday, will you be?

NR……………………….no reply

PeterBeardsley1For a few seconds I thought I would ask what happened at Southampton when he suddenly found himself out the door, Southampton – a team who have produced quality of the likes of Walcott and Bale, he could and should have learnt so much.

I could see now he was getting irritated himself and the takeaway owners were also getting nervous, the Mrs had long since scarpered, I then mumbled something about him needing some life coaching in the often lively Flying Scotsman, but again he had no answers so I left him to his curry and chips, yes that is what he ordered.

His Range Rover still had its engine running parked across 2 bays but hey he is Nile Ranger so it is ok.

For unlucky people like you and me we have no choice, we love our club and I have written so many times that players (and owners) come and go but fans are for life. Nile Ranger in my eyes epitomises everything that is wrong with the modern day footballer, he really has no idea nor does he care, and that is appalling at best..

I am sure I will see him again, I will just pop into Bet Fred one afternoon, and I am sure he and his “gangsta” mates will be swamping the roulette machines, good example for sure.

There are so many stories that go around Forest Hall regarding Mr Ranger, including the real reason Sheffield Wednesday did not want him, or should I say the reason he did not stay, but I daresay it would be risky publishing something that may not be true, although my gut feeling is everything I hear is true.

A recent article in one of the Fanzines was entitled ‘End of the Nile’, he clearly does not want to be a footballer, get rid now, that is what I say.

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36 comments
Pulse33
Pulse33

I feel it could be disastrous if we do get relegated with the current side. The squad isnt good enough to get out of the championship again and I wouldnt count on Ashley leaving even if we do get relegated.  

PhilYare
PhilYare

its more likely to be the championship WITH mike ashley at the current rate of decline


lets not forget HE made disgraceful decisions that got us relegated.... can he do it again? of course he can! he still knows nowt about football and still operates on the same principles, only next time theres no Carroll or Nolan to get us back up 

Tadger
Tadger

I cannot believe that people still say be careful of what you wish for if that was the case Hitler would be alive and well (in principle). Perhaps 50,000 need to put $100 into fund employ an investment baker to find 30 40 investors to set up a buy out. With the proviso the idea is to have club that likes football and win things. We could even use Alleys cash model except spend some of the capital income 

1957
1957

Can't see the logic of the Hitler comment, I'm not sure many would still wish he was still here.

The involvement of an investment bank wouldn't necessarily change the present ethos of the club, their remit is to obtain the maximum possible profit for a minimum investment, they would chase profit first and trophies last. Buying NUFC would also be a considerable risk for investors because of the lack of physical assets of the club.

In reality if Ashley appointed a decent coach, released the purse strings and bought some good players we wouldn't need a change.

NufcToon
NufcToon

Ironic that the vote doesn't reflect the general fan feeling of its all fine il go no matter what. It's almost like abused wife syndrome

Tony Gill
Tony Gill

Any league without him -club is rotten to the core at the moment!

stepaylor
stepaylor

anything to have that sense of passion back at the club

Andrew Michael Grenon
Andrew Michael Grenon

Obviously I'd rather stay in the premier league, but this isn't a real choice.

MilitantGeordie
MilitantGeordie

I reckon spending two or three years in the championship would be the end of Ashley. When the club no longer makes him enough profit he'll be done with us. the real question is.. what state is he going to leave us in? that's what frightens me.. it's very possible we won't even have a club if he decides to recoup the full amount of the so called debt the clubs owes him.I'd definately take a few years in the lower leagues if it guaranteed he would bugger off. I can't wait for the day when that horrible vermin is no longer in my life.

v0ices
v0ices

@MilitantGeordie its very difficult for Ashley to call in a debt owed to himself don't believe everything the papers tell you.

NUFCTheMag
NUFCTheMag

It could be a @HowardLinskey plot but will it be a happy ending 4 after all the intrigue, underhand dealings and dodgy characters...?

HowardLinskey
HowardLinskey

@NUFCTheMag if I wrote it, it would end with a St Valentine's day massacre for Ashley and all of his spineless cronies. reclaimed.

lordi76
lordi76

He's a parasite and the quicker he is gone the better our only glimpse of him possibly leaving has diminished with the canny Scotts locking the door on a possible take over of Rangers yes at this point I would take relegation and it sickens me to say that as I want the club as far up the league as possible 

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

Anything to get out of this cycle of boring, insipid football that gets a few decent results via some decent signings, only for Christmas to arrive, a crisis to occur and then the remaining five months of the season is spent hoping that the season ends with three poorer teams than we are.

1957
1957

Relagation will not get rid of Ashley, the best hope for a change of ownership is someone/organisation being seduced by the EPL profitability of NUFC. The problem lies in the only people who could fund a purchase might, despite what supporters may think, be worse than Ashley. Hedge funds and investment banks would operate a very similar business plan to ensure returns to investors, minimum investment, maximum profit is their mantra.

We need to be careful what we wish for, as the Who said "...meet the new boss, same as the old boss..." or perhaps even more apt, "...get on our knees and pray, we don't get fooled again..."

A lex
A lex

@1957 Hedge funds and investment banks don't buy - they only act as brokers / intermediaries for others.

1957
1957

Slightly disagree, hedge funds collect monies from their investors and invest it in shares, acquisitions on the investors behalf. The acquisition is owned by the investors but managed by the hedge fund, a purchase of £250m would have typically in excess of 25 investors. The hedge fund holds control of the aquisition and their sole aim is to maximise returns at minimal cost.

Investment banks are slightly different, but their acquisitions arm operate in the same way as a hedge fund. They rarely act for individuals although the Glazer's did borrow from an investment bank to fund their purchase of Man U.

The last thing we need is a consortia approach, it is a recipe for disaster.

mickg
mickg

Championship & Rid Of

Alex Wilkinson
Alex Wilkinson

Championship ! At least we'd have our club back !

wor monga
wor monga

Championship no way…next time we’d do a ‘Wigan’


…we only got back the last time because we managed to keep a backbone of solid English players who didn’t mind getting stuck in and playing at that level.


…we don’t have that now, and reality would bite hard…for all those far flung Mag voters who can see that silver lining shining just over the far horizon. 

Roppa
Roppa

As long as Ashley remains the owner, the Club will be steeped in disharmony, mistrust & deception. Furthermore, all hope of winning a trophy will be extinguished. All hope & ambition will cease to exist & the passion of the supporters will continue to be abused until it too has been obliterated! 

More of the same, or time for a change? I know what most fans would want, and it's certainly not more of the same!

SGM
SGM

@Roppa Careful what you wish for! remember the wish, that Pardew would quit.


Look what happened.

A lex
A lex

@SGM @Roppa Just means it's getting worse for Ashley, too, and that's what we want. Once it becomes too awkward for him, then he'll sell up. Pardew going makes it just that bit more difficult, so despite Carver's inadequacies, I'm delighted he has the job at this moment, because it's another small step along the road to Ashley effing off.

Roppa
Roppa

@SGM @Roppa Pardew's departure was long overdue, and any 'caring' owner would have sacked him months before he left. It was an opportunity for Ashley to 'stick' with mediocrity (at the very best) or to 'twist' with a modicum of ambition - and inexplicably he chose to 'stick' (with Carver). At least Ashley's true intent has been further exposed. 

It is important to retain a sense of hope - at least of playing some decent football  - under Pardew (and Carver) there was / is none - so effectively we are no better or worse off!

Emmett Gill
Emmett Gill

Championship, lower league football, or even starting again from scratch. Look at the example of AFC Wimbledon. Even if you start again from scratch it only takes a few years before you get back to where you belong.

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

Championship was a great season wouldn't mind it although it would probably take more than one to see him off. Would be interested to see how many voted?

David Grey
David Grey

Championship without him.....even League 1 if that's what it takes to get the parasite out.