Like many of us now approaching the autumn of our lives, we’ve been through a lot in life.

There are times when you are exasperated and frustrated by the system, be it your missus, job, kids, colleagues et al.

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Whatever happened there was always one constant in my life, Newcastle United.

From being sat on the wet cinder track as a kid in the sixties, getting Supermac’s autograph in the seventies, beaten the crap out of in 1974 at Wembley, being shoved behind a fence in the eighties to see KK run riot, then bursting with pride in the nineties at the superstars on show.

Newcastle United was my comfort, my rock, it’s what bonded me and my friends.

The smell, the buzz of SJP on a Saturday, the quick pint in the Magpie, then over Barrack road for the game.

This was an event of such magnitude for me that nothing; lasses, money, would keep me from attending this cathedral to pay homage to my team, the badge, the strip, until now.

I make no bones about it, I’m what the younger generation would now call an old man, mid-fifties, family, grandkids.

I’ve often thought about what feelings I’d have if I ever saw Newcastle win a major trophy. That’s not going to happen though is it.

Where I had a sense of expectation I now have none, I have a huge gaping hole in my heart/life where my love for Newcastle United used to live – it feels empty, beaten and barren. It makes me feel unwanted, alone.

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This Ashley guy has taken my family away from me, all 52,000 of them inside SJP are sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, all clamouring for that one special time in their life when a dream comes true.

Who is this man to do this to us? He’s not better than us, he’s not part of our family, how dare he take our dreams away, he’s a leech.

As Newcastle fans we’ve had to put up with a lot of dross over many years, it has to stop. Unless significant investment is made to the squad (£50m and more, not including wages), we will die a slow death.

To get rid of a cancer we have to go through a treatment, it’s going to hurt, it’s not going to be nice to watch, but you all know it has to happen.

Don’t renew, don’t attend, let’s disinfect SJP of this odorous, obnoxious parasite.

  • Andgeo

    It is the only way. Ashley out!

  • Porciestreet

    A seriously great post from the heart and one that I feel myself.  As a 66 year old now,I have witnessed the same near misses and the heartache that goes with it. Sadly, I am now resigned to the fact that there is golden .pot in the rainbows across the Toon and I will leave this mortal coil potless.
    Having travelled round europe the season we won the Fairs Cup, I was forced to miss the final home leg against ujpest while sitting exams at marine tech , south sheilds, I would have been flayed alive if I’d missed them though it did cross my mind at the time. 
    I wouldn’t change a thing in my life as Iv’e had a good one so far but if there;s one thing I covert it’s a team to be proud of.
     Ashley,   Your a thoroughbred B4st4rd .                HWTF.

  • mactoon

    My Saturdays were mint, meeting up with my mates (none of whom now go to the matches) enjoying the match and having a few pints after where the whole match was dissected and discussed. Getting home with a curry and settling down for Match of the day to relive it all over again. I’ve followed them in many away games including one of the best match days I ever had away to Grimsby when we clinched promotion through King Kev, Andy (G)ole and Ned Kelly, (the bus driver wouldn’t leave until my drunk mate got off the roof and stopped singing) two cup finals, THAT game against Barcerlona in 1997 when tino destroyed them, Shearers goals, a trip to Monaco and I have been a season ticket holder since the 70’s and blessed to witness some of the best football in my life during Keegans entertainers years but Ashleys regime has changed all that. I simply dont enjoy the experience any more. I still watch them on TV but wont put another penny in the club while he is here. I gave up my ticket two seasons ago and wont be going back.

    Thanks Mike, I hope you understand what you’ve done some day.

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  • v0ices

    I always think 96 will be remembered as one of (if not the) best years of the premier league two great football sides both great too watch going all out to win the league I still think our rampaging style would work today in footballs negative dominated game.

  • TonnekToon

    mactoon He understands mate, he just doesn’t care .

  • TonnekToon

    At least our generation , The older ones amongst  us , can look back like yourself at the many great memories (and the not so good ! ) but its the young’uns I feel sorry for, especially the kids . At the moment they’re not getting the chance to develop those same kinds of memories .  At least for the likes of my grandson  who’s nearly nine , he’s got time in his Favour , but its going to be a long heavy haul while Fatty’s in charge .

  • toon tony

    Well said brother. Saturdays were all about FUN, the result wasn’t important, so long as you enjoyed yourself. So long as the team tried, the Kenny Whartons’ of this world were our HEROES, we CAN get the FCB out of our club. ASHLEY MUST GO. !!!!

  • Shotley Mag

    Good article. There is a definite generational thing here that younger fans will not understand. The older ones will remember Jim Iley, Wyn the Leap, the 10 minute flag, getting the coach at Morden Street and so on.
    In ‘our day’ MOTD was all you had, there was no saturation coverage on TV. Today, you can see top class football on TV at any time, on any day as there is always a great game to watch going on somewhere in the world.
    I think that this is one of the key reasons for the obvious fall-out between younger and older Toon supporters. We could only really see them once a fortnight unless you went to the away games (which I regularly did)  so there was so much anticipation, so much to look forward to. This increased the loyalty and love for the team. Now we have websites, 24 hour sports news etc so you are only just one click away from your latest Toon fix. This brings the need for instant gratification.  How many times were Newcastle matches broadcast live last season?
    If you only got to see the Toon play once a fortnight, the match was a huge event in your life. This is why older fans have a much deeper love which itself results in more patience.
    I too desperately want to see the back of Ashley, he is a truly awful excuse for a human being – and he will be remembered for driving a wedge between groups of Toon supporters.

  • Demented_Man

    Cracking article, but sad at the same time. I really wish we could go back to the old days.

  • tomellifred360

    Well done Flying Mag. Agree with your last sentence.

  • LeazesEnder

    Top Geezer!

  • LeazesEnder

    toon tony I never had HEROES…. but if I did Kenny Wharton definitely wouldn’t be one.

  • JohnyH

    Every word a gem.