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Searching For One Moment Of Magic With Newcastle United

8 years ago
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This edition of the magazine sees the Silver Anniversary of The Mag.

It took me 20 years before I actually felt the need to inadvertently contribute and now I find myself with a regular slot.  The Mag has stood the test of time as other fanzines have come and gone, most of which do well to last a season or two before reinventing themselves in a different form or extinguishing altogether.

I myself used to buy a copy regularly and then for a few years stopped for a bit, only reading it if someone else had bothered and it was lying around.

I still have the first edition and comparing events of today to 25 years ago, nothing has changed other than the names.  The board is still completely useless when it comes to transfers and PR, the players come and go in a similar manner, we usually fight relegation and us fans continue to turn up regardless.  There are not many seasons that go by where it just seems nice to be a Newcastle United fan.  I can probably count them on one hand as invariably it is traumatic.

The next 25 years look increasingly bleak too unless football finally implodes and the TV companies get bored.  Only then may NUFC be in a position where we could compete again, unless a sugar daddy decides to take a punt on us in the meantime.

I was born the year after the Fairs Cup triumph and was just too young to remember the two finals in the 70s.

That said, in my lifetime, specifically as a kid, I never dreamed after an introduction of Alan Shoulder and Bobby Shinton that I would see NUFC be silver medalists (effectively) twice more in the FA Cup and more incredibly runners up to the eventual Champions of England on a further 2 occasions.

I never thought I’d see a team of the Keegan or Robson kind, see us take Barcelona apart, draw unluckily in the San Siro, be able to witness the all-time top goalscorer of our club and many other magical moments too.

Unfortunately, those moments are the rare highlights for me in what is now 42 years personally of witnessing underachievement.  We all know how bad last season was with some atrocious and record breaking games for all the wrong reasons thrown into the pot.

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride.  Well at least I’ve overcome that personally.  To come so close football wise on those 4 occasions to being in the gold medal winning position breaks my heart.

With that in mind then, maybe by the time The Mag celebrates its Golden Anniversary edition, the team we are all so passionate about might manage the holy grail of a golden moment and place in history, for all the right reasons for once.

However, my brain suggests another 25 years of soul searching, trials and tribulations.  If I manage to make it that far I’ll be 67 years old.  I hope I still have the same enthusiasm for football by then and have the opportunity to pen my thoughts on something more positive.

I also wish The Mag well for another 25 years of giving the fans a forum to talk about all things black and white.  All I ask is for one moment of magic that brings a real trophy back to St James’ Park.  Is that really too much to ask?

Horsey writes a monthly column for the magazine and to get the 25 year special issue of The Mag, pop into your local newsagents (if you live in the north east) or if you live further afield then order from our online shop below for only £3 plus postage, or take the plunge with a subscription – prices form £23.

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