Well greetings folks, been a while…since I last penned anything Christmas has come and went, 2016 became 2017,  Sunderland actually got worse, I auditioned for The Chase, and I moved a Man Utd supporting female into my house (she is slowly being converted) – changes indeed!

The only constant in my life, is and has always been, Newcastle United.

Last night Aston Villa came to town and while both team played poorly, I felt we deserved the three points, with good performances in my eyes from our solid central defensive pairing.

However, apart from the joyous sight of Gallowgate Flags creating a very decent atmosphere, the obvious highlight was of course a certain Henri George Lansbury. Life in general has a certain way of balancing things out and he certainly got HIS last night, even more delicious it was in front of almost 50,000 mocking Geordies and millions of viewers on TV – take a bow son.

Pantomime villains are of course always entertaining and icing the cake further was a further 1,700 or so at the top of the Leazes End, their self-deprecating humour at least shows they know their rightful place — closing in on a possible forthcoming campaign in the third tier of English football!

Their chant of ‘champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that’ can be truly countered by ‘ third tier champions we will never sing that’. Aston Villa, a truly massive club in the eyes of Sky Sports and some alcoholic pundit and ex-Villa player, better known for being a gambling drunk while at Arsenal.

The skirmishes under the Leazes End at full-time were further evidence that there is still some needle between the two sets of fans, both groups of supporters need to let it go.

So it’s onto Saturday and Bristol City – hopefully another three points before the three difficult away games of Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading. It’s important we get three points and I am sure we will, although I am confident we will also pick up points at the aforementioned away games, this is a big few weeks and should we still be top, then the league is ours for the taking – to be honest it should be anyway.

I have friends from Bristol joining me on Saturday and I am looking forward to them receiving some friendly Geordie hospitality with plenty of liquid intake but heading home with no points.

Elsewhere in the world of football, Sunderland remain as bad as ever, Crystal Palace with their self-proclaimed world’s best manager seem intent on relegation and equally delicious, the happy clappers at Leicester are also dangling on the precipice of self-destruction.

Let’s face it, apart from the FA cup, football is quite canny again for those of a black and white persuasion, long may it continue, and if a certain Mike Ashley keeps his nose out I see no reason why it can’t.

Away from football, I mentioned in passing my quest to meet Bradley Walsh on a certain gameshow. Well I thought with my over-egotistical personality and reasonably good general knowledge brain I would be nailed on to take on the Dark Destroyer etc. However, I was put to shame by a gentleman who could not spell his own name and dressed like the scruffy character from Last of the Summer wine, so it looks like my TV career has ended before it started!

Newcastle United are coming into the home straight as the leaders and I would have settled for this in August, we as fans must do our bit. Away from home we always do but at SJP sometimes nerves can kick in and spread to the team, positivity is the key for me.

The excellent work by Gallowgate flags is slowly but surely improving things and I hope it can continue for the rest of the season and beyond, keep supporting them because they clearly work hard behind the scenes.

Roll on Saturday.

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