I can remember it, just, the older boy said ‘and who are you’?

‘Jackie Milburn’ I replied, ‘oh United then’, he said.

See back then there was only one United, Newcastle!

Sure there was Manchester but that’s what they were, United was Newcastle.

Eleven full internationals and those in reserve would be Internationals.

Simpson, Scoular, Keeble, Milburn, McMichael, Mitchell, everyone playing their hearts out.

No falling down, no conning the ref. Honest pros playing honest pros.

Friday:  wondering what the team would be, not much info on formations.

Waiting for the results on the radio Saturday at five.

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Knowing your team would give their all, knowing that you were as good as any side in the land.

By now you may have guessed I’m a southerner, but as big a fan as anyone, but times change and society with it.

Money is God, players are mercenaries ,kissing the badge and conning the ref, it’s how society is now.

Look at the morons wanting Pardew out. What did that achieve? A half decent manager goes to be replaced by what? Many fans now abuse everything and everyone, you pays your money and it’s your right. Society again.

What’s the answer ? For sure we won’t change the top, that will only happen if everyone stops paying to watch, and then maybe not, with all the T V money.

Screaming abuse at the manager/head coach won’t help because he isn’t in charge.

The players? They are here for the money and a chance to push on to better things, not play their hearts out – the Manchester City game proved that.

So my friends we are no longer what we were, and not likely to be again, look in the mirror…look at society, that’s life.

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