FairsCup1We have had some cracking seasons over the past 20 years in the Premier League, from our very first where we tore up the league with Cole & Beardsley to finish 3rd, to the ’12 point lead’ year where we were an inch away from Premiership glory, to a couple of FA Cup Finals back to back, to Sir Bobby taking us to the Champions League from absolutely nowhere and of course last season’s unexpected 5th place finish.

This season however has been an absolute stinker, but what seems ridiculous, is that it could still turn out to be the No.1 landmark of a season in our Premier League history. That would be achieved if we finally win that trophy we desire by bringing home the Europa League. How could it not be to finally end that 44 year hoodoo and put to bed the mocking of ‘what have you ever won?’.

When a Toon fan gets asked this annoying question we instantly lay claim to 6 FA Cups, 4 league titles and that famous Fairs Cup win in 1969. Unfortunately, the follow up question is always ‘well what have you won recently?’. We then have to go through the heartache of 1996 to explain how close we were and how a couple of last minute goals at Liverpool and Blackburn stole our dream and then go on to casually mention we got to the cup final twice in 1999 and 2000. Which we never even looked like winning if we’re being honest…

Now this year has been a total shambles, especially compared to last season’s 5th place finish which will go down as a definite success. But it has to be said if we were to avoid relegation and also get our name inscribed on the Europa League trophy it would turn out to be best of them all. Which seems insane right now but through all our Premier League impressive finishes we are yet to win something. Which is what football is all about at the end of the day.

Simon Bird in the Mirror claims that most Newcastle fans would take relegation if it meant we did win the Europa League which quite frankly is ridiculous. What, is he insane? Relegation could be the death of this football club and no trophy is worth going through that. No chance. We have coped with having no trophy to cheer about for a generation now and waiting that bit longer won’t exactly hurt us. Going down could kill us. The man’s an idiot.

Our aim this season is to stay in the league, that goes without saying, but seeing as we have Metalist back to back with no league fixture in between, there is no reason or excuse to not play our best team to hopefully see them off into the next round. Plus our league fixtures afterwards are very kind. We could see ourselves easily safe by the time March comes along and then the Europa League would become our No.1 objective. Do you know where we finished in the league in 1969? Do you care? Of course not.

Layout 1If I see Pardew not playing his best team on Thursday or the Thursday after and then make excuses that the league is our main objective after limping out without much of a fight, I will never let him live it down. Ever.

One thing is for sure, we may never see European football for a long time after this year. We definitely won’t be playing in it next year. There is only one way we will and that’s to win it. Pardew has already thrown away our domestic hopes this year with his team selections, I don’t want to see it again.

Our draw in the Europa is kind. We have avoided any of the true heavyweights until at least the semis with Anzhi or Hannover awaiting us in the next round. The only thing we have to deal with is the long trip to first Ukraine next Thursday and then possibly to Russia to play Anzhi. But if Hannover see them off then that wouldn’t be an issue.

We should be looking at the Europa League as the chance to save our season.

In fact, victory in the Amsterdam Arena on May 15th wouldn’t just save this season but become a true landmark to be remembered forever, as we finally open up the trophy cabinet to actually put something in it rather than to shine up what’s been in there for years. As great and as proud as we are of those achievements…we need another one!


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GToon 5pts

I think people want to come here because they see our country as being a good place for people to live. That's a compliment surely? If I lived in Syria I would want to leave and get my family to a safer place where my kids could grow up and have a future. What is their alternative? Try and argue with I.S? Sport generally brings people and countries together which is why Munich have made that gesture I reckon. Good for them.

Happyharrys2011 5pts

It's a tough life for these people no doubt, and very sad to see these images of dead children on the beach, but our country needs to get its own house I order befor we take on other countries problems. If they really are refugees seeking asylum why do they travel through all of the other countries before they get here?

It's for economic reasons pure and simple!

So unfortunately I have no sympathy for these so called asylum seekers who have come through another country first!

Yes they need help, yes they need to be out of Syria, but if they are seeking asylum why bypass all these other countries when they have asylum there?

grahame49 5pts

I live in Byker and its a mixed old bag of races religions etc, on a match day if your in black and white your one of us. im a 50 year old dad, granda and all I wanted to do was cuddle and kiss that young bairns forehead when I seen that picture of him alone washed up on the beach.

LeazesEnder 5pts

I blame William Hague for tagging along behind Uncle Sam and causing the crisis in the first place!

Wayne Clayton
Wayne Clayton 5pts

Do you think that could be the Germans shelling out a few quid to stop as many refugees landing on their doorstep? After Angela Merkel had a proper hissy-fit with us Brits for not "doing our bit"? Not saying it's connected but... Little bit of politics there, my name is "Wayne Elton". Goodnight.

Wayne Clayton
Wayne Clayton 5pts

Slightly tongue in cheek comment @Munich Mag. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of Merkel telling the UK to do more when we have already done far more than Germany to date.

Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose 5pts

Sky news reported today that the British Government, thats me & you have given 1 Billion in aid for the refugees

thats more the the whole of the EU combined, we`ve done our bit !!

WilliamCarney 5pts

@Michael Maximus Moose If I had my say they wouldn't of got that money, that money could of been used for better things in our own country, how many british people are in need of help right now and never get any? our goverment is a push over, we need out of the EU.

WilliamCarney 5pts

Look at these refugee's, the way they behave even at a train station, and none of them will even let our goverment take their finger prints so they can stay and never go back home when it's time too. do not let them in our country full stop.

GToon 5pts

Behave at stations? They are fighting for a better live, not a double seat! How would you have them behave? Hope we never end up as desperate as they are.

GToon 5pts

And I don't believe if you were there and a family was begging you for the chance to live in the UK that you would say no. People have migrated across the world through the ages. There's just more media coverage these days. That's said with my Scottish blood, sat next to my Irish wife with my north eastern roots, a slight midlands accent, sat in my comfy West Midlands home that the locals didn't mind me buying. Lucky me. And let me just say that I always tell people down here just how kind and friendly people up north are. That's why I'm proud to say I'm from there despite living down here so long.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

This has nothing to do with football…it’s political, and the sport should not get involved in either politics or religion seeing as it invariably ends up causing trouble between different factions…

...What would you recommend the UK government do though put free flights on from Hungary to Heathrow or cruise liners to pick up at Libya?...saves any big donations falling into the hands of the people smugglers!!

Brown Bottle
Brown Bottle 5pts

@wor monga ..the U.K. has taken 5000 Syrian refugees. Germany has taken 5,000,000. Get a perspective knackers.

WilliamCarney 5pts

We don't want any refugee's in our country, we have been taking in refugee's for a long long time, even before this crisis started, we already have too many, they nackered their own country so what makes you think we want them to come here and nacker our country as well? we should be trying to get rid of them not inviting them.

Munich Mag
Munich Mag 5pts

@WilliamCarney "they" knackered "there own" country...  i've got a bath sponge with a higher iq than you...

RaySte 5pts

@WilliamCarney Mate you can't use an apostrophe properly or spell 'knackered'... but hey, I'm sure you're well qualified to comment on complicated international crises.

AlanShearerNo9 5pts

Apparently the £730,000 is for 73,000 Syrian trialists. Bayern Munchen have decided to model their youth development program on Chelsea's, but just not to the same scale......:-)  Look for 72,999 loan deals come January......

Leazes_62 5pts

So now an NUFC fan site is being used to promote political adgenda? What next , Corbyn campaign bo11ox?

Shaker_Shakrah 5pts

My aunt went to Germany with her family as refugee 2 years ago and she is doing okay now

it's about the government , The british government don't want Syrian refugees , They just like to talk

as a Syrian I am just really proud & thankful to see !!!! to see a club Bayern Munich care about my Syrian brothers ?!?!?! is amazing

PeterMiller1 5pts

The international aid budget has been ring fenced while the rest of the public sector has had to endure cuts. Syrian refugees in camps in the middle east have recieved over £50 miliion over the pass 4 years. This might not be enought but to compare it to what some other countries from europe and the middle east it's an absolute fortune. Critise the goverment for not taking in refugees but don't imply they do noting for syrian refugees.

Munich Mag
Munich Mag 5pts

@PeterMiller1 50 million over 4 years is an absolute fortune ? Where did you read that one, in the Beano ?