I am thinking of stepping back and I know what the rest of the Newcastle fans are going to say….

’It’s not a choice’, ‘It’s in the blood’, ‘It’s the only thing you know’.

All of those things are true of course but I can’t bear it any longer.

newcastle teamI have watched Newcastle United long enough.

Let’s have a reality check here. We were once owned by the likes of Freddy Shepherd and John Hall, who got the club into a lot of debt. It was very exciting. We bought great players. We had great managers for much of the time. The city was alive.

They sold to Mike Ashley, who simply sees it as an investment. He took the club out of debt and promised to invest in young players, to keep us from going into debt again.

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Mike Ashley has been absolutely true to his word and we should have seen this coming. Newcastle United is a profit machine. We are expected to have made at least £40m in profit last year when the figures are published, mostly because we did not buy any players.

We are ‘difficult sellers’ according to Lee Charnley, which means that we sell our best players for a high price. We are an established pathway for foreign players to come to the Premier League and then move to a bigger club.

Now, of course, we are a big club. Or rather, we should be. The truth is though, our club is an investment opportunity, not a football club. I, for one, am struggling to deal with this reality.

I only want a couple of exciting transfers a season. A couple of really good players. Good now, not in the future. I only want to expect to finish in the top 7. Now I expect to be fighting relegation.

I only want our club to be run by people who have the same enthusiasm as me. Not by people who plot ahead simply to post more profit. Clearly, I am stupid.

Is it me or does this not feel terribly similar to the way a lot of football clubs are going? Secretly, slyly.

Football is a business. We say that a lot, but let’s think about that. It is no longer a passion. Everyone jumps on football, a licence to print money.

I’m sorry but I can’t do this anymore. I am not buying a season ticket next year. I will divorce myself from the club I love. It just isn’t the same anymore.

I’m off to support Newcastle United Women’s FC. It’s actually about football there.

  • estechco

    I’m seriously considering the same heart-wrenching step after 40 years of match days. Will always be a fan, but it may be time to do so from the armchair/pub.

  • radgiegadgie

    well someone woke up and smelled the coffee

    PL is now an entertainment business where you pay to watch a game of football

    Owners and TV companies do not really care about the position of the club in the community nor do they care about the fact that supporters feel emotionally tied to the club.

    They treat it like any other business (does Tesco consult you about the products they sell?), the difference is supporters don’t act like regular customers who – if not satisfied – spend their disposable income elsewhere.

  • Laughlaugh

    Well said! Just a little bit of intent would do! My seat is going the distance next year – had enough!

  • closey1892

    I’ve just been through the same heartbreaking process. Canceling my ticket after 26 years was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It felt wrong and I’m sure that come the start of next season I will have all sorts of regrets. Its the right thing to do though. The club doesn’t mean the same to me anymore because it’s not my club anymore. It’s a cash cow for Ashley and as long as he is here we will aspire to be nothing more than a stepping stone.

  • StephenBowers

    I gave up my season ticket years ago in truth it had nothing to do with the current owner,it had a lot to do with the way Bobby Robson was treated.
    I missed the match day atmosphere and when I was offered a free ticket for the Southhampton match I jumped at the chance.
    I couldn’t believe the change the Toon used to crackle on Sat. Afternoon, The Ground used to reverberate.
    This lot looked to me like people who have just got used the gradual decline in standard of footballer, I sat remembering Gary a Speed and Rob Lee running the midfield Shearer punishing the centre back who tried to mark him and on and on.
    One question_ If all the Premier League Clubs where run like Newcastle would Sky TV be prepared to spend so much on it, more likely Tyne Tees TV Shoot on a Sunday afternoon reinvented.

  • Roppa

    At each game there are 50,000 loyal but passive fans – many who have ‘given up’ the battle, and can’t even be bothered to voice their discontent – why would Ashley change anything? If the supporters want to end the (almost) 8 years of Ashley blatantly abusing their loyalty, & destroying their hope, it’s simple, stop going there to be abused!!!! It would send a massive message to Ashley, and to the public in general – that the Geordie public no longer accept the unacceptable!
    An empty stadium is far less attractive to Ashley & his cohorts; furthermore the TV companies will be far less inclined to screen a game where there will be no supporters and a desolate atmosphere. Consequently, this would potentially adversely affect Ashley’s SD advertising. It’s the only way to force change. Act as one, don’t go to the home games, and show the watching World that Ashley’s is destroying a great Club, and his spiteful destruction will not be tolerated by the loyal supporters of NUFC.

  • Phil the mag

    Cancelled mine today , not an easy decision but the right one , my club has lost any ambition and took me as a mug for too long ,the only way we will see a change at the top is when the majority of fans do the same

  • No Brainer

    OK

  • No Brainer

    StephenBowers I couldn’t agree more with the feeling around the town but i think thats the general malaise at football now.

    And Yes sky would still be there as most clubs are run like nufc man u never spend over what they have, chelsea’s owner has told them they have to also now. Only man city flagrantly flout the standard now.

    Even the championed swansea are doing the same. Sold best striker told only part of the money to spend, spending it on defenders, and then we see the reason why the toon stayed away from gomis, he signed for free but with a clause of £8m signing on fees if he is sold and then he starts angling for a move. As if that wasn’t expected.

    No one is regularly overspending these days

  • nev fur

    Can’t disagree with any of these comments sadly. The situation makes a grown man want to cry. ( and I’m 53)

  • No Brainer

    closey1892 88-91 and you were renewing then?

  • vbhgft

    Football has got to the stage now when people have to start questioning paying £30-£55 to watch 90 minutes. Not just NUFC but anyone. I shouldn’t imagine Aston Villa fans find it much fun. Some season tickets at Brighton are more expensive than NUFC. The football served up there is dire. 

    I have a friend who is a Coventry fan. His days of watching Premiership football are over. They will never return. Same for Portsmouth.

    So, it’s not just NUFC, it’s anywhere. The cost just doesn’t justify it. Chelsea fans paid out £50-£70 to stroll up to Stamford Bridge to watch their team routinely beat us. I looked at their faces on the to be after the game. Not one glimmer of excitement.

    Fans keep going the length of the country to watch matches live on a Monday night when they are on TV.

    Players kiss badges.  They demand moves for more signing on fees. Yet fanThey earn more in a week than I do in three years. Yet fans worship them and put more money into their pockets. Owners like Ashley are not the local butcher anymore, who did it for love. Ashley does it for money. Mansour does it for money. Abramovich does it for money. The Gazers do it for money. Tan does it for money.

    Money. Money. Money.

    It’s a rich mans world. The fans are the fools. More so now than at anytime.

    The Premiership is a circus. Ashley and his ilk are the ringmasters. The fans are the clowns.

    So what is the answer? I know go and watch the non-league.

    Problem is. It’s shite. Proper shite.

  • vbhgft

    No Brainer StephenBowers So overspending is seen as a good thing? Ask Portsmouth or Lees fans.

  • GToon

    vbhgft You are right but its a better laugh. Took my kids to watch our local non-league team this week. £7 to get in. My youngest just runs around the empty ground while the older one just texts his mates. They have a nice time and its cheap and they had the added bonus of chucking snowballs at the opposition goalie until he complained to the ref and the stewards came round!!

  • GToon

    Roppa The passive comment is right. This season is the only time ive ever been able to watch a game and hardly feel inclined to say a thing. I even watch them on the tv in silence too.

  • vbhgft

    GToon vbhgft

    That made me laugh! Nice story.

    I live on the south coast of England. My wife and I attend about 10 home games a season. We leave home at 7.30 am and return at 10.50 pm. It costs us £260 on train fares. Brighton’s Amex stadium is twenty minutes away. We’ve been to a few games there. It leaves us cold. We don’t want to watch Brighton. Newcastle has always been in my blood. I can’t just stop.

    If I go to watch Eastbourne Borough or Lewes the football is appalling and I’m surrounded by the weirdest people imaginable. No thanks.

    The toon it is. Despite all the current shortcomings. I don’t want to watch anyone else.

  • grahame49

    Following the toon in late 70s and most of the 80s was hard to watch but great days were not spoiled by the football, same as today and at 49 the whole day is what I love. Have a look at the under 21 toon fans lads and lasses enjoying the whole day. Ashley will never take my love for Newcastle away alas to love something when its not at its best means I’m smitten. 50000 mags are nursing the club through

  • vbhgft

    grahame49 “great days were not spolied by the football”

    Hmm Losing 4-0 at Millwall and being chased by Neo-Nazi skinheads comes close.

  • GToon

    vbhgft GToon I think its tough when its another professional club, especially Brighton. Although i’m from the North East my kids arent so i dont mind taking them to support the town of their birth although they are obviously black and white. Coincidentally so are the local team. It is nice though as the players speak to you and at the end of the game shout thanks for the applause and its actually a thanks to us as we are the only ones there!! Of course the trips to SJP are special but even my kids know the score with the shopkeeper and his plans for our club.

  • GToon

    No Brainer StephenBowers But Stephen what would it take to get the ground jumping again? Danny Ings and Virgil Van Dyk. £10m for both? Can you imagine the boost that would give us. Would Ashley even notice £10m?

  • No Brainer

    vbhgft Things is the more of us who go to that none league club will give that club more money, we’ll be the best supported club. Then when they miss out on promot……oh sh*t this Sh*t just repeats itself again and again for all but a few.
    I remember that newly successful club man city draw to go top a while back their fans booed them off.
    Way of the whinging world i’m afraid

  • GToon

    vbhgft No Brainer StephenBowers No it isnt but i think we have a few quid in the bank……and the poorest billionaire owner the world has ever known.

  • vbhgft

    GToon vbhgft Things is, these small clubs are just that – clubs. They still retain that “club” thing. You can go in to the clubhouse and talk to the painter and decorator who plays part-time for your club, if you really want to, that is!

    Premiership “clubs” ceased to be “clubs” ages ago. They are like big supermarkets as opposed to the corner shop, or big Wetherspoons as opposed to a small country pub.

    I find it strange that many fans expect these giant clubs to be like a small local club.

  • GToon

    No Brainer closey1892 but even then we still had hope. hope that next season might be better. assuming we stay up this year you might as well reserve 10th place for us next season now.

  • Belfast Ali

    Well said mate, I’ll go to the match and follow the Toon til I die.
    I’ll never become an armchair fan ( like most on here) and whoevers in charge won’t stop me following the team.
    The good time WILL return!

  • nutmag

    For me NUFC died soon after Ashley bought it. I have not been back to SJP since “Keegangate,” a decision not taken lightly as I saw my first match in 1948
    I can understand Ashley, its all about money to him. His reaction during and after Keegangate said it all.
    Its the blind support of those who think its going to change that I can’t understand.
    Mind you the sanity of anyone to choose to wear a shirt with WONGA across it must be suspect.
    To me the thousands who still file into SJP are trampling on the grave of NUFC, as I said at the start NUFC is dead This team is made up mainly of those in the shop window waiting to be sold at a profit or those no hopers that are cheap and couldn’t get a gig anywhere else.
    Just realise Ashley doesn’t like you so its easy money for him. “Never give a sucker an even break” Ashley’s got thousands.

  • magpiefifer

    A very good article Joe.
    I know how hard it is to give up your season ticket – I did it 3 years ago and it hurt like hell.But I know that it was the right thing to do,and if enough fans deprived Ashley of his ‘Wonga’ we could just see the end of this pillaging of our beloved club.
    I am sick of feeling embarrassed when I have conversations with people about NUFC and I hope that I live long enough to lodge the Ashley years in the history archive and revert to pride in my  club.

  • Belfast Ali

    Ok armchair, but don’t knock the lads who don’t give up. I’ve been going since late 60s and refuse to let any owners spoil my passion!

  • nutmag

    Belfast Ali  Not armchair as I said NUFC died for me I now support my local non league side and love it.

  • DownUnderMag

    What is most annoying, is that the press make us out to be some kind of ungrateful fan base and yet fail to make a big deal out of the constant high crowds despite the unrest.

    I would love to see what the crowds at Old Trafford would be after enduring years of this abuse we have had to deal with.   Or for that matter would West Ham be getting the crowds they get now?   

    I do agree with @nutmag though, a part of the club died over the Keegan fiasco and any empathy Ashley had for the club quickly dissipated and it became all about money.

  • Roppa

    Belfast Ali 
    You’re exactly the reason Ashley knows he can do whatever he wants with the club: show no ambition, refuse to compete in cups, sell the best players, make appointments such as Joe Kinnear, Pardew, & (next) John Carver, treat the fans with utter contempt etc etc. and know there will still be 50,000 there every other week. We must however, be respectful of each others choices, and I applaud your passion & love for the Club. There does come a time though, when for the ‘greater good’ we must take a different course. I hope your time will come soon, for before long the spirit & the soul of the club will be lost to thousands of equally loyal & passionate fans. We cannot allow one man to ruin our Club. To continue going to the home matches serves to simply further encourage him!

  • NatTurner

    I agree for the most part but can still think of some things this season worth the price of admission for myself: back to back wins against Spurs and Liverpool, beating undefeated Chelsea, the huge upset at the Etihad, the triumphant return of Ryan Taylor, the startling resurgence of Obertan and Sammy Ameobi, the exciting emergence of Aarons, Perez, and Abeid, Janmaat making us all forget about Debuchy, Geordie Colback all over the pitch every match, Cabella running rampant against Chelsea, Cisse the goal scoring machine, Sissoko rampaging down the pitch, finally seeing the back of Pardew, Krul a World Cup hero for Holland.

    Sure, most of the criticism against the Ashley regime is justified.  But things could be worse, they could always get worse, they very well might get even worse under Ashley.  But he won’t be the owner forever, and then things might get better again. 

    For now at least we have some things to appreciate.  The team isn’t as bad as some make it out to be, and probably would have been pretty decent this year if it weren’t for all of the injuries.  We have been very unlucky. 

    I support those who boycott Ashley and don’t go to the matches and don’t buy shirts.  I support those who show up every home game in the newest shirt.  No one is right here.  It’s all subjective.  But those with Newcastle in their blood can’t just stop loving the team because they don’t like the owner.

  • Brian Standen

    You know I tried to be positive for so long, including trying to pen something every Monday, reading this article sums up everything, how did Newcastle United come to this. Only a few short weeks ago we had a chance of a wembley appearance….followed by…well you know! Seeing today’s financial figures just accentuates the feelings…so close yet so far…..
    Surely somebody out there can see the actual situation
    We don’t want year after year of champions league finals, plastic clubs like Man Utd, Chelsea Man city, Real Madrid, Barcelona can have all that….all I want ( hope many people can agree) is to compete, and Ashely could make us competitive without even scratching his arse
    Freddie Shepherd for all his faults tried but ultimately did not have the financial clout, the people who follow NUFC know the Potential……..God it’s frustrating

  • Selbini

    We have more debt now than ever, it’s just all owed to Cashly.
    We are not run as a proper business, no money from advertising with very little from other commercial avenues.
    However I’ll still be there next season, I’m not not able to walk away yet.
    Everyone to there own, if you feel it’s right for you then good luck.
    Keep the faith.

  • LeazesEnder

    What Debt….the two families milked this club you idiot!   They left a bill for ther stadium for the next owner to pick up….it gets added into the value of the club as an asset…unless you are the office junior at Deloite who was given the job of verifying it for Ryder!

  • Conman

    Completely agree with every word in this article. I did the same a year back. I missed it to start with. Not now though.
    The problem with these financial figures though make this possibly even worse. Why would he sell his advertising holding of a club when it’s making him so much money. He may be here for a long time. Vote now. With your feet.

  • LeazesEnder

    nutmag Ashley made a promise to invest 20 million per annum when he bought the club… the reality is that he is denying the club its own revenue in merchandise and advertising to about the same level of milking as the Halls and Shepherds…£15m per annum.

  • LeazesEnder

    Conman or hire a hitman!

  • newcastle7

    So your time is up I wish you good luck going round Tesco and Sainsbury’s to find the cheapest oranges.In the first world war people were shot for running away.Myself having gone since the sixties
    regard you as a glory hunter and nothing more.Please do not ever come back if we get a new owner or start to win things as we have plenty of people to replace you.I went to Millwall and Middlesbrough for the under 18’s and will be at Sunderland because I love the club never miss a match.Hope you get lots of Nectar points for your Saturday shopping.

  • DavidDrape

    don’t despair 2 cracking games coming up north shields in the fa vase on the 7th feb at home and Gateshead a week later. thousands know how you feel so your not the only one however, I have got over the worst of it & their is life after Newcastle home games. the odd away game helps to get your fix at least you know your likely to have a smashing day out regardless of the result. Join the thousands who are silently protesting by staying away until Ashley has gone and watching local football

  • DavidDrape

    deluded and  enjoy superfan

  • DavidDrape

    spot on and spot on re your comments above

  • DavidDrape

    agree with every word just wish more would realise

  • radgiegadgie

    Roppa sky would probably superimpose fans

  • Gillo81

    For some people, NUFC has been a way of life. Life isn’t always enjoyable but guess what, you can’t always control it. I’m tired of people telling others what they can and can’t do. If I, or any other fan, wants to go the match and continue following my team then who the f**k has the right to tell me/us that we are wrong. It’s not about delusion, it’s about doing something you enjoy. You may enjoy it less than you once did and you may live in false hope that things may et better. Guess what, I dislike my job more than I used to and still go every day. It’s life.
    I can’t control what mike ashley does and i can’t control anything about making him sell up so what, I should give up something I enjoy doing because another fan thinks I should? Come on man, all of this negativity is depressing. If you don’t go to the match or your it willing to put change, not a protest, but change in motion then why do you bother commenting or wrotng articles?

  • GeorgiaPeter

    newcastle7 Porciestreet;
    Well Mr 7, you are some kind of ar5h**e making comments like you have. What right have you to dictate how a person should spend their money and their time. A glory hunter you say, allow me to suggest this to you. The next time you get all hyped up to go and watch “The Toon” . Just consider that your hard earned is going straight into My Cashleys back pocket.
    We are as a team, not allowed to try to progress in any cup, we are told to aim for mid table mediocrity and for what..?so that our “not fit for purpose” benifactor can stay on the rich list.
    He is not interested in your joy at watching Newcastle score a goal much less God forbid we should actually enter the top 4 or 5 in the table as that would mean he has to provide a flight in order to compete. No my friend, you are not even watching football as we used to know it. 
    He is trading on your passions and you are paying for the privelidge. So why are you still going,? There is no point in even kicking off if there is no need for an end product other than Cashley’s requirement to reach the level of TV revenue desired to pay for his hops across to Barbados and the like.  He refuses to sanction the purchase of much needed better quality players and for why, because he does not want to progress
      May I suggest that to get your weekly fix, you stand in the middle of the Town Moor, wave your scarf about and scream as loud as you like because that is exactly what you are doing at St James Park.  Better still, pop down to Sports Direct and buy 15 “toon” shirts and hang them across the back lane to watch them flutter in the wind, then when you’ve had enough you can make your own substitutions.  
    Am I getting through to you yet…….You are effectively doing just that by pouring your money into the black hole that is the latest Newcastle United and believe you me, NOTHING is going to change until this Grasping horrible man and his Co are gone from the geordie are .
    See you on the moor.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    LeazesEnder Porciestreet;
    Oh go and support 5under1and…..!

  • GeorgiaPeter

    NatTurner Porciestreet;
    We all love the club that used to be, but this is not it. Everyone applauds the many many good things that the team provides for us, but the point is, “what is it all for if there is no need to do it in the first place if ultimately, it counts for nothing except fatty’s personal wealth…?

  • GeorgiaPeter

    Belfast Ali Porciestreet;
    Ok with me Ali, So long as your’e happy putting your wage packet straight into Fatty’s back pocket and getting nowt back, so be it.
    Howaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay the Lads.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    grahame49 Porciestreet;
    Yes you are correct and very much entitled to your choice though it seems that the more vociferous of us protesting about the current regime will probably be the older brigade who knew what it was like to follow a good footballing side and trying to win something without getting sanctioned for doing so. I/we really do wish Nufc all the success that Fatty is starving them of, but not in my lifetime I’m sorry to say.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    Belfast Ali Porciestreet;
    I so hope your right .

  • GeorgiaPeter

    GToon vbhgft Porciestreet;
    I did a similar thing. I became a fan of PAOK in Greece who play in black and white stripes and are sh**e. However, they get raucus crowds and there is always “an atmosphere” Especially against Panathanaiacos or Aris Salonica etc.
     Try a change of tac to wein you off it. There are loads of really good speedway teams round your neck of the woods and believe me i was a Diamonds fan till I left the North East,It won’t be long before you get hooked on it.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    Phil the mag Porciestreet;
    Right on Bro….!

  • GeorgiaPeter

    Roppa Porciestreet;
    Roger That..!

  • zhorze

    this is how clubs erode , when fans lose faith , if Mike ashley thinks he can build a profitable model without involving fans in long term he cant be more wrong

  • Conman

    Agree. Often wondered how he’s had such an easy ride.

  • Conman

    Absolute numpty. With people like you who are prepared to go thru the door , no matter what they do to you on the other side.
    You are part of the problem and because of people like you, he will never walk away. You aren’t no super fan. Your a sheep walking blindly into the abattoir week after week.

  • Belfast Ali

    I know where you’re coming from Roppa, but it’s always been like this. When I first went, the crowd hounded Lord Westwood, Gordon McKeag and anyone else who happened to be in charge. The thing is, if I stay at home watching Sky Sports News and see there are still 50,000 in the ground, having a great day out with their mates. That would be cutting my nose off to spite my face. We could have easily become a Leeds or a Portsmouth, but we’re not, we’re solvent and one day the situation will change. We ARE a well run club, who must be good bet for the next Arab consortium.
    I’m 52 years old and still get excited on match day and until that dies, I’ll keep going.
    Support the team ignore the regime!

  • vbhgft

    newcastle7 With you all the way on this.

  • LeazesEnder

    Gillo81 It sounds like you are using the club to escape from something… that isn’t good, like a train spotters who hoped that by logging enough numbers it would stop Beeching decimating the railways and your day of freedom.

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter newcastle7 Georgia Peter – you say how dare Newcastle 7 dictate how you spend your money then you tell him exactly the same thing! You proceed to tell him not to go to the games! As you say, it’s up to him and me how we spend our time and money. Personally I really don’t give a damn if my money goes to Ashley. He’s the owner and that’s that. I don’t have to want him there but I’m damned if his ownership is going to stop me watching some live football of my choice. Man City fans’ money goes to Mansour etc. My money at Sainsbury’s goes to the owner of that chain of shops.

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter GToon vbhgft Yes I watched Eastbourne speedway a few times. It’s an ok night. Then again, so is a night at the cinema. It’s not football though, It’s not NUFC.

  • CMRowley

    vbhgft GeorgiaPeter newcastle7

    Ridiculous analogy.

    If you go to Sainsbury’s or Man City you get what you pay for, i.e. groceries or a football team that is trying to win something.

  • vbhgft

    CMRowley vbhgft GeorgiaPeter newcastle7 Of course we’re trying to win something. Unfortunately Premiership football these days dictates that the only things clubs like NUFC win are the handful of games they win each season. Wins over Chelsea etc become the equivalent of winning a trophy. Do you think it’s any different for Aston Villa, Everton, Sunderland, Stoke, Tottenham etc? No, it’s not. Ultimately they won’t win anything. Yes, maybe we could have beaten Tottenham and Sheffield United in the league cup, then we’d have played Chelsea in the final and lost. Sunderland last season beat Chelsea and Man United, then they played Man City and lost.

    As for the FA Cup, Leicester played as many reserves as we did. Most teams do. I don’t like it but it is a trend started by Bolton and Wolves a while back and now it seems to affect all Premiership teams.

    Southampton ultimately won’t win anything. Are they trying to? Their cup performance at Sheff Utd, had it been NUFC, would have been vilified.

  • A lex

    vbhgft CMRowley GeorgiaPeter newcastle7 
    Probably the worst and most pathetic post I’ve ever seen on this site. Truly empty-headed and passionless. 
    Ask yourself two questions : where were Chelsea 15+ years ago, and (last time I looked) why are we STILL above Man City in the all-time EPL standings? NUFC were above these two clubs in every respect. So, just because they’ve been properly built and developed (and we’re being dismantled and raped) you think we should all passively accept that and see our occasional wins over these two as the be-all and end-all of our existence?

    You’re off your trolly, sunshine, and never mind being ‘part’ of the problem, people like you ARE the problem. Kinnear perhaps had a point when talking about ‘unintelligent Geordies’ – seems as if he met you, at least, once.

  • grahame49

    Relegated that season and I got the season review as a birthday present,

  • grahame49

    In the last 5 years I’ve been to home games with spurs,wolves,Everton,Chelsea,leeds ,man u and city,make,and Liverpool fans all mates all with mixed reasons for following their team. Its strange seeing that they love their club as much as us. Common bond is it hurts all fans at times

  • CMRowley

    poppycock! You are exactly what is being discussed, a fan who is happy turning up to watch the team, regardless of what is served to you. after the garbage you have written I’m not even going to discuss it with you, honestly. That is utter drivel.

  • vbhgft

    A lex vbhgft CMRowley GeorgiaPeter newcastle7 What else are they going to get, apart from those occasional wins? What else are 16 Premiership clubs going to get?

    For all that Southampton are having a great season but they won’t WIN anything. They will probably qualify for the God-awful Europa league, spend their Thursday evenings in Latvia and finish lower mid-table next season because of it.

    That is my point, apart from the occasional team winning a cup when the draw opens up for them, nobody will win anything. No Villa, Leeds, Derby, Forest winning the league. No NUFC, QPR, Ipswich, Norwich challenging up until April.

    Those days are over. How is it any different for Aston Villa or Sunderland than it is for NUFC?

  • StephenBowers

    Said this a million times to anyone who would listen. If Newcastle had a team and I mean a real team, you couldn’t build a ground big enough.
    John Hall saw the potential but probably started to late in life, the club needs a visionary I along with thousand and thousands of others I want waking up and I don’t care who owns the club or how much money they make.
    Can no one see the potential.
    Premier League survival and an early exit from the cup competitions. A squad that’s paper thin that are all for sale if the price is right.
    I don’t think I’ll be back

  • vbhgft

    CMRowley Yes. I am happy to turn up and watch MY team, as I have since season 1967-68 whether the are good or bad. That’s the way it is. For me. For better for worse. That’s why I’ve been married so long too.

    It’s my money and if I wish to pay it watching my team, regardless of how they perform, then that is my prerogative. Just as it yours to pour gallons of lager down your neck at £4 a pint. Personal choice. I have made mine.

  • No Brainer

    vbhgft CMRowley Well said these crackpots know nothing of loyalty or support. Scroungers. 
    As for Porciestreet, I’m thankful for his contributions on here siding with other detractors making grandad jokes which stem from the Bob Monkhouse canned larfter school. 

    You want to know how passionate he is for Newcastle, How he can’t bear to be parted from his number one love tha toon, how every waking minute is spent consuming NUFC.

    How much 
    I read him on here saying how good it is living in Cyprus 

    So much he ***ked off.

  • No Brainer

    Brian Standen “Only a few short weeks ago we had a chance of a wembley appearance..”
    So are you saying the club was making an effort in the cup?

    Whilst at the same time uttering that the club is a shambles.

    There is a name for that condition.

  • Roppa

    Belfast Ali 
    Likewise Ali, I know where you’re coming from too, and I greatly respect your loyalty – it’s what helps make our Club one of the best in the country; it’s just that Ashley is destroying the very fabric of our Club, and it seems that the loyalty of our incredible fans is being systematically abused.
    He is like a supreme dictator and he does exactly as he wishes. He has no consideration for the fans or the region, it is simply an asset. It’s Ashley’s Club and it’s his choice what he does with it – he is choosing to act in this way, and as long as we continue to turn up in our thousands, the abuse will undoubtedly continue. We have brought it upon ourselves!
    However, each man to their own, and, if you have to go – you have to go!

  • pissed off mag

    newcastle7  mugpie

  • pissed off mag

    GeorgiaPeter newcastle7  well said newcastle7 the wongas will all say your wrong but were not all idiotic sheep

  • vbhgft

    No Brainer vbhgft CMRowley Ha ha!

  • wor monga

    That’s alright Joe… you’ve had enough, why publicise it …lots
    of supporters have fell away over the years, and they didn’t feel the need to
    go on about it…it’s not such a big deal, and who knows… watching the Ladies
    play might be better than walking round the Metro, and stood waiting outside
    every f**king ladies clothes shop.

  • Gillo81

    Thanks for the diagnosis but you couldn’t be more wrong. I just love football, love watching live games, love my team and enjoy watching them play and enjoy supporting the lads in the pitch. Why is hat so hard for people to understand?

  • GeorgiaPeter

    No Brainer vbhgft CMRowley Porciestreet;
    Not that it’s any business of yours Mr No Brains, but I left for work and I retired Last month. See you on the Town Moor.
    Ps, It is very good here and I’m staying so UP YOURS.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    vbhgft GeorgiaPeter newcastle7 Porciestreet;
    Nowhere in my post do I ever suggest that you should not go to any more games, but merely suggest that you may like to try another means of getting your weekend fix .  Do keep up instead of getting so irate and making yourself look silly.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    vbhgft GeorgiaPeter GToon Porciestreet;
    I know exactly what you mean, exciting without the passion.Still you should be ok as the Toon have been “going to the dogs” for about 15 years now. Ha ha .

  • GeorgiaPeter

    No Brainer vbhgft Porciestreet;
    At least you know for sure that the non-leaguers are actually working hard to win something The Toon try to win games but ultimately for no reward. makes you wonder what kind of players and new head coach we may attract once they understand the thinking of the board.

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter vbhgft newcastle7 “try another means of getting your weekend fix” sounds like “don’t go to the game” to me!

  • GeorgiaPeter

    StephenBowers Porciestreet;
    And do you know, the fans who still go regularly, never noticed the difference. that is whats so annoying.  Iv’ve even stopped going to the pub now as well as everything that you see is in fact false. When Fatty has chucked in his chips and there are serious attempts to actually win something, I will dig out my wonga-free shirt and enjoy it again, but not untill.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    GToon No Brainer StephenBowers Porciestreet;
    It wouldnt make any difference if we had Messi, Bale, Rooney and Gerrard in the team, can’t you see that if there is no serious intent to win anything, no matter how well we play, there is no point in giving your hard earned to someone who is effectively taking the p!55 as well as your money…..???????

  • NatTurner

    GeorgiaPeter I get your point, I really do, but doesn’t it kind of imply that our players aren’t trying to win anything?  You could argue that it counts for nothing at all of the clubs except the 5 biggest ones in the Premier League.  They are the ones who are seriously contending for the Champions League every year.  Before this season started everyone thought we would finish 8th.  Under Everton, who are currently below us.  Above Southampton (whom everyone thought would be terrible this year), Swansea, and West Ham, who now sit above us.  We haven’t won anything since 1969, not just under Ashley the tyrant.  My brother is a Manchester City supporter.  After our first match of the year against them he thought Newcastle had top 4 potential.  I thought he was deluded but was still excited.  I don’t think the idea of not going for it any longer this season and simply avoiding relegation is a bad one if the team is set up next year to have another go at Europe with the big boys.  If that seems impossible at the beginning of next season then I completely agree with you.

  • Toon Magpie

    Gillo81 Easily pleased fool, but many demand better and aren’t happy with mediocracy.

  • Toon Magpie

    vbhgft CMRowley When we pour lager down our neck we are getting what we pay for and feel the enjoyment said product gives us. A good analogy would be at a bar pour me any pint and I’ll give you £4 for it and Ashley pours you   pint of water. That’s what you are getting at SJP but at.  much higher price. I’d rather watch at the pub with a pint than hand any more money to Ashley.

  • Toon Magpie

    vbhgft newcastle7 Only it isn’t your team is it? It is Ashley’s.

  • alreet

    Soo many ppl having a say. So few actually stop spending money on a club that has a stagnated future.
    This is show biz and ash is making it look like a saaaf end market.
    Get a gaffer in and stop taking the piss.