If there is one word on Tyneside ringing louder than any other, it’s the simple notion of ‘effort’.

It is wanting players on the pitch who care about the club and are willing to put in one hundred per cent to win a match, no matter how hopeless the odds. It is wanting players who shed tears when we concede a late defeat and celebrate with the crowd when we win.

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Effort, it is all the fans of Newcastle have been crying out for and something that continues to elude us. Nobody on the board cares and seemingly the players don’t either. There’s only one question left to ask. Where did all the heroes go?

It isn’t unfair to say that the fan base has been split for the past four years since the controversial sacking of Hughton and his replacement by Pardew.

During the famous fifth place season, his detractors were in a minority but after Pardew was exposed the next season, the split became much more pronounced. But what does this have to do with the subject at hand you ask? Simple, under Pardew’s reign the purge of the strong-willed took place.

Nolan, Barton, Caroll, Ben Arfa, Mbiwa, Santon and Cabaye were all players who left the club and all of whom without doubt christened the backs of shirts belonging to young fans everywhere.

Certainly controversial at times (Ben Arfa being either the messiah or the anti-christ depends on who you ask), these players had big mouths and more importantly had a resemblance of ambition. At the time it was easy to blame Carroll for chasing the money, as it was for Cabaye, but in hindsight we have to look at the simple facts. They left a club that was having its soul ripped out.

No ambition. No spending. No risks. Coasting in mid-table is the name of the game and it has killed the club. If you worked at a business that never offered you a pay rise and sold most of their assets, would you want to stay? I doubt it. Pardew was the face of the regime and if you want to see where the lack of heart in the club came from, look at the main clashes he was part of.

He successfully convinced large numbers of the crowd that Ben Arfa not tracking back, meant that he was inferior to Gouffran. Yet we need only to look at the recent Tottenham match to see that no, Gouffran doesn’t track back. In fact he doesn’t really seem to do anything.

Barton was open in his disdain for the board and the way the club was run, but if you follow any of his social media you can see that he genuinely holds a place for Newcastle in his heart. But he was another troublemaker and so off he went.

For four years the yes men; Williamson, Coloccini, Gouffran and many other likeminded squad members, grew in influence. These players are all Championship standard at best, they know they are lucky to don the black and white.


I also doubt any young kids have been asking for the Williamson jersey either. They are also ‘grafters’ and so-called team players, who now form the basis of the squad….and you know what? They’re terrible. Some people say it’s the worst squad we’ve had this millennium and this writer is inclined to agree.

Yet look back and you’ll see widespread arguments coming from fans stating that the troublemakers should have stayed. Flair, excitement and the possibility that anything was possible kept that special feeling of supporting Newcastle alive.

They endured their biggest defeat with the Ben Arfa saga. The last entertainer, a player capable of jaw dropping skills who had been born two decades too late for the great sides of the nineties and early millennium, was disgraced and currently resides in footballing limbo. Now there was no room for him in the new NUFC. The legacy of the Keegan and Robson era was gone. We’re not a club, we’re an avenue of advertising for Sports Direct.

But now the chickens have come home to roost. The simple fact is that you need heart as a football club, without it you achieve nothing. Without the Geordie spirit we are now dangerously close to relegation.

The so called grafters have proved themselves to be incompetent at best and now we have no escape plan. We are relying on other clubs being worse than us, but they’ve all dug in and are turning their seasons around. We are in complete anarchy.

All that is left now is for us to fight back.

We are the only people who really care about our club. Not the media, not the board and certainly not the players. The fans made this club and it’s up to us to save it.

The Ashley Out campaign is leading the way and it’s up to us to support it and get our club back. The heroes of Newcastle United may have been forced out but it’s time for us to step up. The club cannot be saved on the pitch, only off it.

It is time for fans to fight the final battle for the heart and soul of our club. It’s time to be a hero.

  • A lex

    What we get are slimy, greasy and sickening attempts at getting us ‘back on board’. “Oh, please come and support us on Saturday”. And all in order to preserve Mikeys income and advertising window.

    Well, what do we get out of it? More of the same next season, that’s what.

    No thanks, you get what you deserve in life. Players deserve the grief as does the manager. Ashley deserves these sleepless nights as he, potentially, sees his pound note printing machine go down the pan.
    I deserve a good NUFC but I won’t get that by pandering to the bleating and pathetic pleas like we’re seeing at the moment.
    In this current PR outbreak appealing to our hearts, never once have they said HOW they will change and improve. That’s because they won’t.

    Keep the pressure on. ASHLEY OUT

  • LeazesEnder

    I listened to the Carver interview concerning the Coloccini letter to supporters, and he said ‘this was THEIR third draft’….. I wondered who the other person was, surely not his spell checker?….

    …. and doesn’t the club have a computer with word processing facilities…. of course presenting a hand written draft and waving it ‘Chamberlainesquely’ would briefly distract… 

    …..Written at the point of a gun more like it!

  • GaryHardy1

    If you have not seen it on You tube, put in, Joey Barton, prison, bonus, cretins. Few year old, but just shows leopards never change there spots, we have to get the FCB out

  • DownUnderMag

    I brought this exact sentiment up in a recent comment.  The lack of character in that dressing room is unprecedented, all in an attempt to make it as quiet as possible from any possible uprising by disgruntled players and ensure all that is left are those with no spine or those that do genuinely love playing for us (and this seems to be dwindling).

    Like it or not, when you lose TRUE leaders in the likes of Nolan, Barton, Cabaye or lose players who genuinely want to be here like Santon, Ben Arfa(?? I do question this) then you lose the passion and grit required to turn the current situation around.

    The production of the “Colocini letter” is a joke, again too little too late, reaction to a bad PR rather than actually stopping to think before doing things…and it shows just how out of touch with the fans and football in general this current regime actually is.  Carver is struggling, i’m not going dance on his impending grave any more, but you have to question how things get turned around from here when the fans don’t trust the people at the club who matter?!?!

  • williamjames837

    I agree with the article and previous comments, but we’ll see how many sheep trot along to line fcb

  • MagpieG

    Whilst I agree with the sentiments of the article a couple of points spring to mind. To call Barton a hero seems to overlook the fact that his games to season ratio was similar to Michael Owen, that we got relegated on his watch not helped by getting sent off and banned for 3 games during the run in for a disgraceful tackle v Liverpool. Also to describe Coloccini  as Championship standard is ridiculous.  He was in the Premier League team of year in 2012. His time is up now and he should have left 12 months ago but he has been a genuine class player in the past.

  • Morpeth mag

    GaryHardy1. Hadn’t seen this video before,, wow! This answers a lot of questions, no wonder, this team is full of gutless c****, after watching this that is my finish with this club, I will not step inside SJP Ashley has left, or there is a TOTAL swing away from how this club is being run

  • King of Zamunda

    Gary, I hadnt seen this either. just need that interview to go viral now. everyone get sharing! great points and pretty disgusting what they did. hope the fat prick and his mates take up a new hobbie playing with the traffic.

  • nnnnnmmmmm

    barton a hero? really?
    i like him but he is in no way a geordie hero. 1 decent season, perennially injured not to mention prison and violence on the pitch.
    cabaye, again was a very good player for us at times but trying to force his way out of the club and refusing to play, again means he will never be classed as a hero.
    ben arfa as well – on his day world class but unfortunately not a world class mentality on the bloke.
    and carroll? really, what, half a decent premier league season – he had the potential to become a hero here but both he and the club couldnt turn down liverpools idiotic offer.

  • AMarkDixon

    Its all about character.  You can add Butt, Harper and even Alan Smith to the list.  The latter was washed up as a player by the time he came here but still vocal behind the scenes and did ok in the championship season.  Even Guthrie and Perch had more fight than the current batch.

  • Mal44

    The mistake wasn’t getting rid of the players you mention; it is the fact that they weren’t adequately replaced. Each of the sales, in isolation, could be justified. The only one I strongly disagreed with was Cabaye but again the main problem is that we haven’t signed a like for like replacement.

  • NottsToon

    Here are our heroes, most of them would have stayed if the club had actually shown ambition and built on what it had rather than crash and burn for a few quid….


  • NottsToon


    Barton had character, and by the end of his time here a real affinity with the club and the fans, what current players have that?

    Cabaye left because of the absolute and thorough lack of ambition shown by the club to build on success, and I don’t blame him.

    Ben Arfa was totally mis-managed, told that he didn’t track back. Did anyone EVER see Ginola or Robert track back? 

    Carroll should have been the jewel, the geordie number 9 to carry our hopes and dreams. The club and the player didn’t take the offer, Ashley did and used it for what exactly?

  • MilitantGeordie

    NottsToon Truth.

  • jimblag

    Mal44 Hard though, he was quality. But yeah we should have tried.

  • jimblag

    NottsToon nnnnnmmmmm Barton should go down as a NUFC legend, once he settled he was great when fit. He was a massive character for the club when we really needed him and he was probably the first high profile person to speak out loudly against the regime. He’s spoke really highly of the club, city and fans and should be respected for that. In my opinion.

  • jimblag

    DownUnderMag The letter was probably written by a guy in a office trying to imagine how a foreigner would talk, channeling Borat.

  • Toon Magpie

    No more heroes any more.