I’ve done something I’d thought I’d never do.  In the 23 years of supporting Newcastle United, I’ve never even contemplated this, but unfortunately it’s come to this…

I’ve actually wanted Sunderland to stay up rather than Newcastle.

There, I’ve said it.  I’m ashamed of myself (and believe me, my 11 year old self is giving me the proverbial kicking, as I type), but I’ll explain why.

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On Wednesday night (Arsenal v Sunderland), a team of players proceeded to fight for a result which their club, their city, and their fans, desperately needed.  So much so that it reduced one of the most respected managers in European football (who has managed Holland, Belgium, Russia, and PSV to name but a few) to tears.  As a result of which, I found myself thinking that Newcastle should get relegated – simply because it’s nothing short of what they deserve.

I started supporting the club in 1992. I was 11 years old and we were in full swing of a campaign which would see us win the 1st Division championship and achieve promotion to the Premier League.

Watching the games with my Sunday dinner was the highlight of the week – games against Tranmere away, Derby at home, and beating the Mackems at a monsoon soaked SJP (I still haven’t forgiven my Mam for taping over the game with an episode of Soldier Soldier).

From then on, my love affair with the club had started – my first live experience beating Bilbao at home in 1994, Howay 5-0, Tino’s Barca hat-trick, my first season ticket in 2000…this was my club and I couldn’t get enough of it.

However, over the past 5 years I’ve felt so disenfranchised and detached from the club that I’ve seriously thought about walking away from them altogether (I keep telling myself that I will, but I’m always drawn back to them).

The players have become so cowardly and lazy, that it’s plain to see they’re just going through the motions to try and get a move away from the club (Coloccini and Sissoko, I’m looking at you), the managers are simple yes men who will bow down to the board at any given opportunity for fear of losing their job (both Pardew and Carver are guilty of this), and the board only care about a profit line and lapping up whatever Ashley throws at them.

The club is rotten to the core, with a severe lack of passion, commitment, and affinity for the fans and the area that they come from.  It’s been said before many times on this site, but I’ll say it again…

This isn’t my club. This isn’t the club that I fell in love with.

Imagine the potential that this club has…

This is a club who, in the 2009/2010 season in the Championship, averaged over 43,000 for every home game.  We have the 3rd highest average attendance in the Premier League for this season (10th highest in Europe) with over 50,000, and we’re in the top 20 of most valuable football clubs in the world.  With the right owner, the right board, and the right manager, we could (and perhaps should) be hitting top 6 every season.  Instead, we get given relegation battles and Sports Direct advertising

This game on Sunday is perhaps the most important game in the history of the club.

Survive and we’ll be subject to more contempt and placation from Ashley and his band of lapdogs.

Relegation however, may tip the club over the edge.

It’s safe to say, that we won’t go back up at the next attempt as the majority of the squad will leave in the summer and most probably won’t be replaced, or if they are they’ll be replace with sub-standard alternatives who aren’t fit for the Championship, let along the Premier League.

Relegation will certainly force Ashley’s hand, but whether that’ll be in a positive or a negative way, we’ll have to see.  If Ashley does go, the first thing I’d like is to have the old ‘Newcastle United’ lettering put back on the East Stand…if you’re reading this, prospective owner?

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the way you look at it), I won’t be watching the game as I’m at a wedding in the middle of North Wales where the phone signal is just like a Mackem in Milan (you’ll never see it).  However, as much as I try, I’ll still be hoping we can get a result.

Newcastle United Will Never Be Defeated….

Hopefully.



  • KeithAtkinson

    I started supporting in 1992 is all you needed to say really.

  • Phildene

    To be honest Evan,  we’re feeling the same way. There’s absolutely nothing to look forward to regarding NUFC anymore. The rot has spread through the club and is affecting the players, that’s why they’re playing the way they are-who would want to give their all when the club doesn’t have any ambition, doesn’t want to win any cups and effectively is going down the gutter??? it goes against any professional football player who’s natural talent fuels ambition. 

    Any and every sport on this planet is competitive by it’s nature and it’s something which has to be nurtured and fed by taking part and playing competitively, so it stands to reason the very thing of what’s happening here is going strictly against competitive sport and it’s driving the players away in temperament and we fans who watch profession football. 

    Infact I applaud both Sunderland and ‘Boro for their ambition and the want to win so can quite see where you’re coming from Evan

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Isn’t your sense of entitlement (and Newcastle fans in general) the problem? every clubs fans have problems with how their clubs are run but none carry it to the sometimes hysterical extremes of the barcodes. Pardew brought a level of stability and competitiveness to the team but they were never good enough or entertaining enough

    Buffoon that he is Carver would probably give his right arm to keep you lot up, and a fair few of the players would too I’m looking at you ginger Pirlo
    I still think you’ll finish above Sunderland but that will probably never be acknowledged in the wave of depression that’ll follow about what’ll happen next season

    Why not get together and start Newcastle city FC and work your way up from the bottom

  • Double Carpet

    Get a grip you plum. Despite everything, no proper Newcastle supporter would EVER want that. However, if we do go down I’m sure you’ll be able to find another more successful club to follow.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mackeminsortofpeace Dingbat – even your Club competes. Our illustrious owner wants nothing more than PL survival so he can fill his pockets.
    Pardew brought what, exactly? One 5th place finish and the utter horror to himself and Ashley of having to have a strong enough squad to compete in Europe (shock, horror, that means spending). No FA or League Cup efforts either as they may distract from the PL money pot.
    GFYS.

  • SAFC3

    Started watching Sunderland in 62-63 and was in Milan in 69 but didn’t see a Mag. Haven’t seen one since but that might because gravy is hard to find in Milan. Am I a Mackem, I  come  from Durham. FTM

  • Toon Magpie

    and he started to support Sunderland in 2015

  • Mark Brooker

    Since 1992 oh dear not really known real lean years. This’ll be the fifth or sixth relegation I’ve witnessed actually lost count to be honest. I have to admit though i m seriously thinking of jacking with this current crop I have never seen any one group of players give so little and I don’t care what anyone says to many mercenary foreigners are to blame. If we had a core of British players at least they’d give everything. But what I’d say to any Newcastle fan get used to it. Apart from Newcastle United’s first stint in the top flight in the late 1800’s the Keegan years 1992 – 2009 were the clubs longest in the topflight. Toon have always been a yoyo club.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SAFC3 Plainly a [email protected] either way.

  • geordie pride

    unfortunately I agree with your comments despite supporting Newcastle for nearly 60 years.
    I believe soon the promises of new recruits will begin to make the faithful believe next year could be different.
    But remember NUFC is an offshoot of Sports Direct where closing down sales are regularly used to mislead customers into the shops even though they  rarely are closed.
    Can you trust Ashley – NO!

  • SAFC3

    Sickandtiredstill SAFC3  Ever  been to Milan, Fattie or are you stuck in Gregg’s

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie And you gave a ‘Like” to a Mackems post. GFYS.

  • SAFC3

    Sickandtiredstill SAFC3  PASTYMAN. OOOOH1

  • SAFC3

    Sickandtiredstill mackeminsortofpeace  an t Gregg’s

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SAFC3 Sickandtiredstill A Mackem in Milan in ’69? Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Not unless it was the name of  of some [email protected] up Roker nightclub.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SAFC3 Sickandtiredstill You can’t even afford the Metro to the Toon, ya scabby [email protected]

  • SAFC3

    Sickandtiredstill Toon Magpie  FATTIE! We know you.

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Sickandtiredstill mackeminsortofpeace listen to yourself man one 5th place finish ,it must be so hard for you,, maybe you need 2 historically horrifically bad relegation seasons or a relegation to the third tier to realize a patch of mid table mediocrity under an owner whose in it for the money but who’s looking for an exit strategy anyway really aint that bad

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mackeminsortofpeace Sickandtiredstill A team of kiddie fiddlers is obviously the way forward.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mackeminsortofpeace awwww, didn’t you have the balls to leave your reply up? – “Exactly our highest profile player at that”
    Glad you agree.

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Sickandtiredstill mackeminsortofpeace alreet our hight profile player at that but i was getting a bit ot ive never seen an article on a safc fan site saying they would rather see us relegated rather than the skunks to atone for aj’s sins

  • Chemical Dave

    He was 12 ? When should he have started to support to meet your approval yer pious [email protected] ?

  • safcftm

    What a pathetic sick comment from yourself. Shows your lack of class! “a team of kiddie fiddlers” you should be ashamed of yourself. If Johnson is found guilty then I agree he should be locked up and given a clip. Innocent until proven guilty in this country by the way. So unless you know the full facts of what happened I think it’s best to keep these childish sick comments to yourself. FTM

  • Sickandtiredstill

    safcftm [email protected] off back to your own fan sites then. Don’t forget a pocket full of sweeties.

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Sickandtiredstill safcftm when theres articles like this one that lay down the red carpet and promise sunderland fans free beer and kebabs we dont need em

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mackeminsortofpeace Sickandtiredstill safcftm Not when a pocket full of sweeties and a couple of puppies comes in handier.

  • safcftm

    Again, this shows your lack of class. Basically you’re showing what you are… Inbred cretin. it’s funny really. Hahaha FTM

  • Sickandtiredstill

    safcftm A Mackem using the word ‘class’?

    Oh, oops, sorry. That’s that schoolkid connection again. Hahahahahahahahahaha!

  • jaktar1944

    I have been a supporter for some 60 years and while very unhappy with the way Ashley has run the club, I still don’t want them to get relegated as I believe the club is so badly run, it could well be a very long time before we see Premiership football back at St. James. Be careful what you wish for, lads and lasses.

  • Toon Magpie

    jaktar1944 Well said. I still think it is out of our hands. I dont put any trust in Carver getting three points so I’ll be looking to Hull to not win, Now if Hull scores first it will be squeaky bum time.

  • ilullissat

    There is a cancer running through the club and it must be destroyed

  • Sickandtiredstill

    jaktar1944 Jak – what is there to wish for as long as Ashley is here? Being in the PL simply to get thrashed off everyone else and not competing for anything at all? The Club has never been like this under any previous regime, no matter how bad they have been.

  • Toon Magpie

    Sickandtiredstill you’re the only one arguing with him and every other Newcastle fan on this board. Due to the frequency of yours and the Mackems post I believe tbey could be oou arguing with yourself.

  • safcftm

    Surely the rest of the mags on here must be ashamed to have a fellow fan like you. You are pathetic. You’re keep talking about kiddie fiddlers and schools, this is really alarming. You have a very sick mind and need either locking up or medical help. Very, very weird person FTM

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Sickandtiredstill mackeminsortofpeace safcftm you know what they say if theres grass on the pitch the game is on except if you play for newcastle that is

  • Toon Magpie

    Sickandtiredstill The figurehead may change as the manager did but the problem will still exists as long as their is people like you who argue with the fans freedom to support their club

  • Doneit

    if relegated ,why does every one think ashley will leave?
    He is making money and will continue to make money in the championship ,
    Where do you think the parachute payments will go? Yeah that’s it, right in his back pocket.
    Wake up and smell the bacon, he is going no where!

  • Toon Magpie

    Said a few times, we’d has to go down two leagues then he may give up. Third tier football.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Sickandtiredstill Christ, make your mind up. Am I the same person as Notts Toon or am I now a Mackem as well?
    You, Lad, are quite a Coconut.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mackeminsortofpeace Sickandtiredstill safcftm Your marra could do with taking a leaf out of your book – he obviously doesn’t want to play the game he jumped into..

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Sickandtiredstill As a supporter for the past 40 years, I really don’t think the problem lies with me, nor people like me. 
    If you want to support a team, constructed and operated under a regime who wants to win nothing at all and just survive in the PL for profit (to the owner) then fill your boots.

  • Toon Magpie

    And what is this term coconut? SPEAK Geordie lad.

  • Toon Magpie

    His 11 year-old self was more mature than his 33 year old self and probably give him a good kicking as he has admitted.

  • Toon Magpie

    You could be it is a possibility that cannot be ruled out. The set that is Mackems could contain NuttsToon and yourself within it.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Ask a [email protected] a grown up.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Prove what, to you? You’re a [email protected] idiot.
    I couldn’t dream of a season ticket when I started going to the match, you hoity toity prick.

  • Toon Magpie

    I don’t support the regime, I support the team. Regimes come and go as do players. We are the club and you don’t wish to be part of that than you are not a supporter. That leaves me to the only conclusion left you are a Mackems or troll.

  • Toon Magpie

    Then you are not boycotting because you never were a regular going fan, you’ve an ignorant ducking troll.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie You ain’t part of the Club have supported all my life, that much is for sure.

  • Toon Magpie

    A Mackems word that one. Heard a few Mackems at work saying Marra. Now get the duck off this site

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Yeah, you got it right. 1972 onwards and I’m not regular.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toon Magpie Work? You mean paper round surely? 

    Plainly you know [email protected] all about being a Geordie either.

  • Toon Magpie

    Never heard the Mackem word marra until I worked at Team Valley and Mackems were saying pass me this marra and said what is this marra you keep calling each other and they said it was mackem for friend.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Not my fault you dont know or understand your own heritage.

  • Toon Magpie

    Congrats on your survival you Mackem but we are not yet down, it is out of our hands now Hull have to not win I don’t put my trust in Carver to get three points.

  • Toon Magpie

    At Joker Park you Mackem.

  • mirandinha9

    Feel exactly the same way. I was brought in Washington and therefore have had the automatic right to dislike the Mackems, particularly after witnessing the play off final to them in 1990. However, I also wanted them to stay up this season. What is the point of staying in the Premier League if we simply survive, never buying any players, never going on a cup run and getting beat off the Mackems home and away ever season. Something has got to give and if relegation only perhaps, leads to this, it’s an opportunity to good to miss. Cashley will not hang around if we’re slumbering around in Leagues 1 or 2, when he cannot gain any great revenue from this. The problem lies in the 40,000 who accept such mediocrity and keep putting money into his pocket ever week.

  • mackeminsortofpeace

    Toon Magpie thank gods someones talking sense to wish relegation on your own club is madness and to feel happy when your deadliest and most historic rivals stay up possibly at your own expense  is beyond words and for all the voices asking what is there to look forward to even if safety is achieved how about 2 chances at redemption against said deadly historic rivals that should be enough

  • jaktar1944

    Glad the club are staying in the Premiership but must do better next season. A pity Ashley didn’t come out earlier and admit his mistakes, not to mention apologising to all the 50,000 who turn up every other week. 
    A small step in the right direction! Let’s hope so. See you all again next season.

  • jaktar1944

    A big, big well done to Jonas. If we had half-a-dozen like him, we would never have been in this situation. Having said that, I don’t expect the club to give him a new contract.

  • safcftm

    After the banter yesterday pal… Well done, yous deserved it and deserve better. All the best next season

  • tabletop581

    Congrats to Newcastle for staying in the PL.   Great club, great fans, deserve a better owner.
    See you next season.  IanSAfc.

  • safcftm

    Same here from a fellow Sunderland fan. We both deserve better.