One of the most popular features in our magazine is ‘Do They Mean Us?, where we interview a fan of another team about both clubs and football in general.
Always good to get an outside point of view, plus it gives the opportunity for some good old pantomime style ‘debate’.
In our summer special which came out this week, we interviewed Manchester City fan, Anthony Murray, and here is a flavour of it below – to read the whole article and the entire sixty page bumper special then you can buy a single copy in our online shop, or buy a ten issue subscription for a whole season of quality Newcastle United interviews, features and views.
Back in November 2010 you gave us the Manchester City point of view and said Newcastle would never be a top four club again unless we got a sugar daddy. Does missing out on top four by the skin of our teeth on the final day of the season, and holding a top six position all season, prove you wrong?
No, it doesn’t prove me wrong. Realistically, you’re still a long way off the top 4. There is no way on God’s green earth Chelsea could be as poor next season and with Mike Ashley, he would sell the tea lady if he got the right price for her, so any number of players could be sold. I will congratulate Newcastle on coming 5th and if they kept the core of the squad they should be a top 8 club from now on, along with Everton. Breaking into the top 4 would take at least another 250 million though. Krul, Tiote and Cabaye would be the only players I believe are top 4 class. When our 4th choice striker, Dzeko, is better than your first choice strikers, it shows the gap in quality which only a massive injunction of funds would help take you to the next level.
Back in November 2010 we suggested it must be a worry for the owners that City fans rarely filled the ground despite all the money spent. Now you have had a title winning season and had empty seats most games from what I’ve seen on TV……they must wonder what they have to do?!!!
I think you should have gone to Specsavers as City sold out every home league game this season. I love nothing more than proving Geordies wrong. Our average league attendance last season was 47,044 for a ground that can hold 47,405 (Ed: 47,805 according to multiple sources). The 300 (Ed: 800!!!) odd seats left would obviously be away fans. In your best season in over 9 years, your average attendance was 49.335 for a ground that can hold 52.409. You’re probably referring to cup games where unlike most other teams, we don’t force fans to buy tickets for cup games as part of the season ticket. However, the only cup game that I know of that we didn’t sell out last season was a Carling Cup game against Birmingham (ED: Carling Cup Semi-final(!) against Liverpool was 36,017).
With all that money do you think it would maybe make sense for your owners to buy a couple of thousand fans to help fill the Etihad?
I’m not going to dignify this question with an answer. All I’ll say is that I often hear about how loyal the Geordies are, yet the season before Keegan took over your average attendance was 21,012.
This suggests John Hall must have bought thirty thousand fans to help fill out St James’s Park, sorry I forget, the S***** D***** A****.