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Newcastle United – Room 101

10 years ago

Room 101 is a place invented by George Orwell in his classic novel ‘1984’.

It is a torture chamber in which a prisoner is subjected to his or her own worst nightmare.

The BBC has a show of the same name which returns this month, albeit in a different format. In the original format a celebrity guest was asked to place three things that they disliked into Room 101 and the host would then decide whether or not the item could go in.

I was asked recently which three football related items I would choose to go into Room 101. After much deliberation I finally came up with these. There were many candidates and yours will probably be different.

My first would be international games. They are generally rubbish and so overhyped (In England’s case at least) that I’m sick of them before they take place. They interrupt the smooth running of the league and can leave us with big gaps between games where all I do is worry that one of our lot might get injured.

My second would be fans who choose a club to support rather than their local or family one and then try to rub other fans’ noses in it when ‘their’ team is doing well. Those same people then ring phone-ins and talk about their selected team as ‘we’ when they have no genuine connection to that club. These people should not be allowed out of bed. Their opinions are not of any value.

I really didn’t want this to be my third choice but it has to be biased media reporting. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just paranoid about this but so many other writers write similar things that surely we can’t all be wrong.

Elsewhere on this website, The Walking Mag’s current piece is just one  example. As I wrote recently, Spurs were said to be joint second, not third, with the possibility of going joint top and not second.

Have you ever heard this term used in relation to us? We are currently sixth or as the sports reporting media would have it, joint fifth. This season it appears to be worse than ever as NUFC have become a thorn in the side of the top six teams.

You be the host and decide whether these items can go into Room 101.


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