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!

Howay!

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18 comments
JohnEllis2
JohnEllis2

Anyone who has bought a season ticket are a bunch muppets dopey feckers

Andgeo
Andgeo

It is as simple as this. ASHLEY OUT! There is no other way forward. He has a track record now of appointing fall guys. And when we have had the right people there in shearer, Keegan and houghton who were all they have been undermined. This is all intended to distract attention away from what he is doing, which is profiting from the football club, at everyone else's expense!!

Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out! Ashley out!

ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!!!

CMRowley
CMRowley

What a load of tosh tosh.

You're seriously suggesting that this man just stumbles round being convinced by manipulative chancers?

MagpieG
MagpieG

Sorry, what exactly did Seymour and McKeag achieve at NUFC?

foggy
foggy

The new turnstiles at st james park are set to be in operation for the first home game of the season.

They are all connected to Ashleys office by microphone. The sound the turnstile makes as it is being operated is "mug" and the sound in Ashleys office is "kerching".

mug-kerching-mug-kerching-mug-kerching......... 50000 times.

SteveSmith16
SteveSmith16

Disagree with the majority of this article.

You don't get as rich as Ashley by being as stupid as he's made out to be here.

Dennis Wise? Just an easy way of getting rid of KK who proved to be a thorn in his side.

Kinnear? Blatant scapegoat for a lack of signings that were never going to happen anyway.

Charnley? Looks like a complete toss pot / cartoon character. Even despots need a laugh.

The due diligence on the "debt"? Justification for his tyranny at this club in the eyes of the media and the sheep who believe that he's "saving" us.

If Ashley wanted us to be successful then you can guarantee we would be.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

@SteveSmith16 agree, stupid?? No!  Unscrupulous and not bothered who he steps on to make a profit??  You betcha!

Bornunderabigbluestar
Bornunderabigbluestar

@SteveSmith16  Excellent summary. During Kinnear's second time there was never any intention to sign anyone, so perfect scapegoat. Don't believe the due diligence bit, he is not that stupid, I do believe he tried to sell us straight away and it fell through. He has no emotional tie to the club, its cold hard business to him.

mrkgw
mrkgw

Charnley - purely out of his depth. Moncur - just doesnt instil confidence. Sorry both - just my opinion as things stand.

Alsteads
Alsteads

I know people that have made a mint and they are horrible, I know people that have made a mint and are genuinely thick as fxck. All of them (when I say all I mean 5) have no genuine friends. Ashley would fall into that same pathetic bracket (you may have money, but I'm glad I'm me not you) but the difference is he has our club as a toy thing and will continue to make rash, horrible decisions just to pxss us off cos he can. Would love to hear from his so called school friends lol

He is like the adopted kid at school. You were always skint but he always had money and bought the other kids sweets and thought he was popular. As it turned out and kids got paper rounds and their own bit he ended up a sad lonely twxt !

IbizaToon
IbizaToon

@Alsteads My response has nothing to do with football, or Newcastle United, so apologies in advance. But what the hell has a kid being adopted got to do with that scenario?


I suppose as I've commented, I should address the article too...
Ashley the sucker? Wild increase in personal wealth and a mass of people who continue to line his pockets....who is the sucker again?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

If he read this article he'd piss himself laughing. You talk like you think he's trying to make the football club successful? Dear me man.

mactoon
mactoon

@Chemical Dave  You are spot on. His business model is for the club to SURVIVE not succeed and nothing has happened since his 'come and buy your season ticket battle cry' to convince me anything has changed.


If what he said was genuine why are we one of the only three clubs who haven't signed anyone despite the press putting out McClarens supposed top target list.

NottsToon
NottsToon

Sorry, but I disagree. Mike Ashley is far from an idiot and each and every one of the appointments described here was a calculated decision to the end of distracting the mug punters whilst he reams the club of all the actual money.

He isn't an idiot, he's a confidence trickster intent on relieving NUFC of that troublesome TV contract money (where is that by the way?), and fans of the change in their pockets. All this whilst advertising his actual business in one of the most public places in the world (the PL) for no money.

v0ices
v0ices

@NottsToon spot on, people need to understand football is not why ashley is involved in nufc exploting the club to make money is thats why the debt to ashley has grown assets have been stripped on favour of mash holdings and revenue streams strangled in favour of sports direct. he is not doing a bad job of rumning a football club he is doing a great job of making money for mike ashley, football is just something that has to happen so he gets his money.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Absolutely spot on.  There are far too many people, such as Marco Gabbiadini, who are in thrall of him just because he's made a bit of money.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

What a good piece, and every word is dead right.

                              ASHLEY OOT  HWTF.