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Sign Uri Geller – Newcastle United’s Curse and The Power of Positive Thinking

7 years ago
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“Newcastle United – you’re doomed.” – Hughie Gallacher

According to one branch of Geordie folklore, these were the last words of the legendary Scottish striker before he committed suicide.

‘Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter…’

It’s probably an urban legend yet as author Ged Clarke explores in ‘Newcastle United: 50 Years of Hurt’,

“The fact that a club of such stature and tradition, to say nothing of financial resources, has gone so long with nothing to show for their labours is one of the enduring mysteries of the modern game.”

Former Newcastle Manager Ruud Gullit contemplated the belief that supernatural forces were against The Magpies in his time as manager in the late 90s:

“There must be some sort of curse on this club,” said a bemused Gullit. “Everything is slipping out of my hands. Red cards, injuries, illness, suspensions. It’s all making it very difficult.”

Sound familiar?

It was a view echoed by Kevin Keegan who spoke of a ‘jinx’, although my continuing study into match-fixing sheds light on why he, Sir John Hall and the best group of players ever assembled in English football history won everything except trophies.

Again last season, Newcastle topped the Injury League Table and had over 10 goals disallowed, at least 7 of them wrongly.

Already this season we have had the appointment of the Director of Football from Hell, Joe Kinnear, and the curious case of the Muslim striker and the loan shark sponsor.

Something is going on. Maybe linked to the ground being built on the former hanging site at Gallows Gate.

Time to call Ghostbusters – or the Spoon-bender himself, Uri Geller.

There have been several attempts by the club, local media and supporters to lift the curse (if there is one) involving priests and witches, yet the Israeli mind-over-matter expert nailed it.

Twelve years ago when Sir Bobby Robson was boss, Newcastle had a chance to top The Premier League at Xmas, 2001.

One massive thing standing in their way – an away win at Highbury against Arsenal who were currently the League leaders – and the small matter of a 29-game streak the black and whites had gone without a win in London.

The Evening Chronicle called in the spiritualist Uri Geller to lift the London hoodoo and the rest is football history.

Geller landed in London half an hour late to the game, explaining Newcastle’s poor start, yet Arsenal’s Ray Parlour was dismissed the second he arrived and as he lapped the stadium for good luck 11 times, Newcastle produced a phenomenal win.

Goals from Andy O’Brien, Laurent Robert and, inevitably, Alan Shearer sent Newcastle top of the Premier League.

Afterwards in an attempt to explain the ‘luck’ and decisions which went against his side, Arsene Wenger said to the press: “There must be a sorcerer at work” .

‘Spoon Army’ worked – get Uri Geller a season ticket or better yet, a job at the club until we win a trophy.

The Israeli bases his supernatural powers on positive thinking and spreading belief and positivity around the club and city can only help.

Leading edge scientific research reveals water molecules and plants are affected by the attitudes of the humans around them.

Positivity leads to growth and flourishing while negative attitudes lead to decay and death. Basic molecule patterns form in water exposed to negativity while positive environments create brilliant molecule patterns.

Could players perform better or worse depending on how the crowd judges them?

Imagine the effect 50,000+ positive or negative voices and thoughts have on a match day on players at St. James’ Park.

In a 2011 Daily Telegraph article, ‘The Gift and the Curse of Newcastle United’, Luke Edwards wrote:

“When Newcastle fans are at their partisan best, they really are like an extra man on the pitch. When they roar and they scream, sing and they shout.

Anyone who has played there knows how intimidating and intense it is, the only problem is that intensity has weighed too heavily on the shoulders of home, rather than visiting, players in recent times.

Newcastle United were constantly in danger of becoming victims of friendly fire.”

We are closer than ever to a scientific theory of the famous ‘12th man’ effect of football crowds.

Liverpool’s Kop has a reputation for ‘sucking the ball into the net’ and has a palpable effect on both home and away teams.

As David Prentice wrote in The Liverpool Echo: “Anfield gets to people. In 2005 Jose Mourinho went as far as to say the Kop actually decided when goals would be given.”

Positive expectations lead to results as Newcastle found during Kevin Keegan’s first tenure as manager.

Talk on the way to home games at Fortress St. James’ as it quickly became known was about how many we’d win by – 3, 4 or 5 – not whether we’d win, such was the magic Keegan inspired in the Geordie faithful.

However, the opposite effect is also true. Curses expert Trevor Brown told The Sun:

 “Curses are all about negative thoughts.

“You can sense the atmosphere. And when you have 50,000 thinking the same thing, that is the outcome. “

Support The Team Not The Regime

With four weeks to go until the 2013/4 season kicks off, there is a chance for a fresh start for the team and Alan Pardew.

It is vital everyone connected with the football club genuinely wants the team and manager to succeed.

Not harbouring thoughts of Pardew out (or insert latest scapegoat) is awful.

Self-fulfilling prophecies are so-called for a reason.

Give the former Manager of the Year and the collection of quality, largely international, footballers every chance to prove themselves.

The power of positive – and negative – thinking is a scientifically proven fact so be optimistic, get behind the lads and make Newcastle truly United.

Support the team not the regime if necessary yet above all put the support in supporter – the success of your club depends upon it.

You can follow Stuart on Twitter @ultrastartime

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