Whatever happens or doesn’t happen between now and the end of the transfer window, or even between now and the end of next season, I urge you all to remember yesterday.

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What makes yesterday so special? Well, I’ll tell you.

Yesterday, the 1st of July, should be remembered for many reasons…

Firstly:

The transfer window officially opened yesterday, not that it has stopped 16 other Premier League sides from adding to their squads, but it will stop people from trotting out the misconceived and ill-informed notion about no signings due to the window not being open (ED: Deals could be done in June with the player registration then being transferred once July arrived)..

Secondly:

Yesterday was the first day of pre-season training, the day when all the players (who have not been released) get to meet their new coach and share holiday snaps. They may also notice that there are more spare seats in the canteen than usual, there is no queue for the vending machines as the owner’s intimations about reinforcements have actually led instead to a decrease in squad size, just as his years of ‘investment’ have actually generated profit.

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Thirdly:

Never fear though, for yesterday was also the day that the man at the top, the head honcho, the king of the castle , Lee Charmless has decided to convene a ‘transfer summit’. You could be forgiven for thinking that this was reported as having happened only a couple of weeks ago, you could also be forgiven for thinking it was also reported a couple of weeks before that, and you could even be forgiven for remembering that a ‘summit to identify targets’ was actually held in February of this year.

Yes folks, whilst other clubs are bringing players in, our MD is questioning the tea lady about the shortage of Hob Nobs in his latest ‘transfer summit’.

Remember this day because, perhaps more than any other day, yesterday sums up what it is to be a Newcastle United fan.

The lights are on at the club but (literally) no one is home, we are training without sufficient players or coaches, we are talking about making decisions rather than making them.

Then through it all, the club mounts a sustained social media campaign to flog season tickets and last year’s tat, to make room for the new tat.

Yesterday was July the 1st 2015, it is another day which passed without news, incident or much needed arrivals.

It is a day which saw our former manager and his ‘small club from London’ enter negotiations for a player whom we used to regard as our crown jewel.

It is a day where we once again saw the standard of player we are linked with diminish (Nather Dyer….really?!?!), it was a day like any other in the life of Newcastle United.

Utterly pointless and pathetic.



  • desree

    I am now seeing the Irony in fans referring to MA as Jabba the Hut. He is now subjecting us to a torture akin to the 100 year death of the sarlac pit.

  • ncncnc

    notts toon, i think you need to go and support manu or chelsea or city, i think they would suit you better.

  • Demented_Man

    Yes, as often predicted by the sage and prophet John Anderson, the summer has turned out to be ‘interesting’, hasn’t it?
    No, not really.

  • kuromori

    ncncnc Bit harsh. At least Notts Toon is making an effort. Ashley fiddles while Rome burns. Are we supposed to be happy about that?

  • ArtyH

    With you on the article mate, spot on.
    It should be obvious that the targets, such as they are, will be available ONLY until bought, then they belong to another club, its simple but a fact which goes missing at our club. We seem to be led by numpties who are in a position beyond their skill sets. Now I really fear for our club, the city and the supporters.

  • fireflyuk

    Why do they need a transfer summit? Surely players are monitored on a weekly ongoing basis and players are identified well in advance of the transfer window opening. And where are these ‘unbelievable signing’ Carver was proclaiming towards the end of last season? No coaches, no players and no sense of urgency at all and somebody posts a message stating that the author of this article should support another team. I can’t believe that ncncnc is happy at the way things are.

  • AB233

    You’ve talked a lot of fluff on the training but still haven’t told us who did and didnot attend, is this because you simply don’t know? Then why lead us to believe you have some inside scoop on this? The more I read this site the more I realise why there was no demand for the print version anymore.

  • Willvenus1

    ncncnc. Could you explain you’re comment? Why would the article writer be better suited to supporting Man Utd, Chelsea or Man City? Do you not agree that our club is a shambles and being run on a completely unplanned, unprofessional basis making us a laughing stock? Pointless and pathetic is an understatement if anything.

  • v0ices

    ncncnc at least he supports newcastle united football club not mike ashley.

  • ncncnc

    v0ices ncncnc
    so do i, but while i can see the problems they aren’t my pure focus – as it seems with notts toon, i can see both negatives and positives in something and not just keep banging on about the negatives. 
    everyone can see the issues with nufc (ie ashley) but because i’m not crying every day about how bad things are or may be apparently i am for everything ashley does.
    it’s just not that simple. it’s getting extremely boring and feeds into the negative stereotypes that other people have of our support.
    my season ticket renews in february but i also witheld my support and didnt attend certain games this year (even though i was counted and had paid for the ticket) – there’s more to supporting newcastle than black and white. just because i hope (as i did during the mckeag years) that things will improve it doesn’t mean i’m up ashleys arse – to me he will go one day – my club will still be here and i’m not giving up on it now just because the owner it 90% useless (he’s certainly not the first or probably the last).

  • ncncnc

    Willvenus1
    i’ll explain no problem – ive put one further down – but to answer your specific questions – 
    i think he would be better suited as he’s supported from pretty much the keegan years and if he thinks supporting a club is only about the good times then he needs to look elsewhere. 
    the players (as per the reaction at the west ham game) need our support and so does OUR club. by doing that i’m not supporting ashley – i refuse to go anywhere near any of his shops or cheap brands, im in my 40’s so haven’t worn a replica top since i was a kid, i buy nothing connected to ashley apart from my season tickets – when i’m at the ground i focus on the positives (maybe i’m that kind of person) and try to ignore the absolute and very obvious negatives. i’ve missed games and sang g.o.o.o.c. quite happily but i also won’t give up going to support MY team.
    i do agree we aren’t the best run club (apart from financially) but we aren’t the only ones, we’ve rarely been ran in a decent way in all truth, even hall and shepherd took their ounce of flesh. in an ideal world i’d like ashleys words before the west ham game to be true – do i think they will come true – more than likely not but im willing to give him this summer to see if he does. even if he doesn’t my support for the club won’t change – with the likes of notts toon it’s as if they derive more pleasure from our failings than the mackems do.

  • toon tony

    So you reckon there is 10% of GOOD in the FCB. I think you’re over estimating there.

  • toon tony

    You can support the team without going. ..unless your idea of supporting is handing over your hard earned cash to the FCB

  • ncncnc

    toon tony
    my idea of support is supporting the players, unless you’ve got an extremely loud voice they aren’t hearing you from home.
    come up with something a little more original than im handing over my cash to ashley, getting boring.
    in terms of tickets and payments and frozen deals im happy with ashley and my ticket prices if you want to play that game. i pay £90 a year for my kids tickets and i pay £22.50 a month for mine – and i have 3 fantastic seats. i would be paying no matter who was the current ‘owner’ so yes under ashley im happy with the ticket price and structure of payments. was much harder forking out nearly £900 in one go when the kids were young than it is now. as for the running of the club, if you read the other posts ive put in then you will see im not happy with that but one isnt inclusive of the other like you think.

  • ncncnc

    toon tony
    oh and how many of the people who say im ‘giving ashley my hard earned money’ have sky tv? or drink in pubs that do? or contribute in other ways without it being so visible. id guess quite a lot. or even watch match of the day? the clubs make so much more from other channels that just tickets most people contribute whether they like it or not.

  • ncncnc

    toon tony like ive said above – the ticket structure is good for paying for season tickets, the training ground has been improved. a lot of people dont think we were in  such a poor financial situation when he came in but i do – i think we were very close to having major problems, so yes, maybe im a positive kind of person but i’ll let him have the 10% !!

  • Chemical Dave

    Ncnc “we aren’t a well run club apart from financially” ? Why not write an article making direct references to why you have come to that conclusion ? Gan on mate, can’t wait to read it.

  • Tynewalker

    I am totally confused about the Ian Cathro situation. He seems potentially to be an inspired choice. He has given an interview that indicates he has been appointed. However no official announcement but of more concern this article suggests he was not present for the first day of training.

  • ncncnc

    Chemical Dave
    so you don’t think that all clubs should have to be ran actually spending what they make rather than being bailed out by oversea owners? i certainly do and think more should be done to force that to happen.

  • dude 1

    Like no new players signed up

  • Chemical Dave

    Is that your only reason for suggesting the club is well run financially ? Come on man, put a bit more meat on the bones ?

  • magpiefifer

    ncncnc  Don’t see where you are coming from – Notts has made a lot of good comments on our club’s state of affairs over a long period of time,like so many of us!

  • magpiefifer

    I said many weeks ago that I’ll make my judgement on the Summer transfers at the end of the window,and I still will,but I don’t like the way it’s going.Also,the Cathro situation is as clear as mud – like so much of Ashley’s mucky (or is that murky!?) goings-on.

  • v0ices

    ncncnc toon tony our debt has doubled since ashley took over the club has had assets stripped and income streams handed to sports direct for sports direct benefit not the clubs. i fail to see the good 10 percent.

  • Demented_Man

    ncncnc Chemical Dave I hope you’re not implying Newcastle spend what they make, or anything  near, unless you’re pretty good at juggling figures.

  • Andrew Swift

    Penfold and DangerMike out

  • Chemical Dave

    I think he’s gone.

  • NottsToon

    ncncnc You are a paying collaborator, a flag waver for the vichy government and I see no reason to take your comments as anything other than justifying your own weakness in the face of an entity which holds you in utter contempt, lies to you repeatedly and is blatantly taking the piss out of you whilst you hand over money for the privilege .

    You are the living definition of mug punter, someone so blinded by their perceived loyalty that they cannot see the most obvious of insults.

  • TeamGB

    Revenue from Season Ticket sales is minimal compared to Income derived from the EPL television deal, it pales into insignificance as does merchandising and sponsorship to a degree. Fair play to @ncncnc, you support your team through thick and thin and that legacy will continue, it’s in our NDA. Not attending matches as a protest is more symbolic than a fiscal challenge to Mr. Ashley, it’s a grey area in terms of impact and it’s certainly a pressure point when it comes to supporters, some choose not to attend games but most opted to turn up. We can’t look too far ahead with this regime, let’s pass judgement the days before the Southampton game on transfers…….my ticket is sorted!

  • ArtyH

    NottsToon ncncnc  This is just my humble opinion, we are all supporters of NUFC, fact. We are split in two camps. One camp thinks that to support the team they have to go to home matches, and to do that you pay Ashley. The other camp thinks we support the team but by other means, and this means not going to home matches thereby making a visible protest about the Ashley regimen ( my choice ). For years we have seen the callous way in which the owner has treated fans and the club, he has no regard for either. In my mind I just cannot see how anyone could justify going to home matches and putting money in this creatures pocket to ultimately kick the home supporter in the nuts for the privilege, can any S.T holder say they have enjoyed watching the games of the last few years? For me it has been painful and an insult, and shows me how our club and heritage is being ground into the dust, this regime is poison to our region. On holiday I met supporters from all over the country, while they sympathise they are quietly laughing at us, not for the pathetic plight we are in but why we stand for it! To my point, when the ground is full or close to capacity supporters are backing the owner and stating ( with their payment upon entry, at the door or S.T holder ) that they are happy with the running of the club. It cannot be otherwise.
    I myself am disgusted and frustrated with the running of the club and withhold my support until a new owner who cares about our area and club is in post, so I think I am in for a long wait. I firmly believe S.T holders will be the death of our club in the deluded belief they are supporting the team when in fact all they are doing is adding to the fat mans already crammed wallet. It would only take a few televised games showing an empty stadium to get the message across that the fans want a new owner. Is that to much to ask for? Did you really enjoy watching the games at the end of last season? Think about the club before you attend, don’t be part of the problem, be the solution. Boycott home games until he is history.

  • ncncnc

    NottsToon ncncnc
    ooh, that hurts.
    no i am someone who has been brought up in the area – has supported the club through mainly thin and will continue to do so. 
    i see you notts toon as someone who cannot wait for a catastrophe to happen to my club so you can shout ‘told you so’ as loud as you can. unfortunately the mag gives you that platform. 
    by insulting me it shows how little you have to offer in terms of constructive argument, you are looking for negatives rather than being able to have a balanced view of things. 
    i know exactly what ashley is and has done, but i also have seen this time and again with other ‘owners’ so its nothing new to me. i think people like yourself think that people like me (and the ground was full on the last day of the season remember – so im not in a minority) can’t see what ashley has done – im there just about every home game (apart from the ones i ‘boycoutted’ ) so i can see exactly what is going on, im neither weak, being lied to (how can i be lied to when i can see through it?) a mug punter (nice how you describe every other supporter who has a different stand point than yourself) or any of the other rubbish you have come out with.
    unlike yourself i have no issues with someone with a different view point to myself – if you don’t want to go, don’t go, but you’ll need to fill your rants with other things (maybe facts?) rather than abusing other NUFC supporters who don’t share your view. it’s a big world, not everyone is like your mam and will just agree with you, maybe time to learn that and treat others like you would like to be treat yourself?
    any constructive reply is welcomed, if you are going to chuck more toys out your pram, don’t bother.

  • ncncnc

    Demented_Man ncncnc Chemical Dave
    im not suggesting that, but i hate how ‘sky’ football has changed football, and its not just the chelseas and man cities who are financially doped, the likes of fulham and wigan are equally guilty.
    all clubs should spend what they earn, a little leeway, yes, but it’s been going downhill and will continue to do so.

  • NottsToon

    Yup, got four words in and got bored. Couldn’t be bothered to read the rest.

  • ncncnc

    ArtyH NottsToon ncncnc
    while i understand the sentiment arty, the ground looked pretty empty against spurs (i wasnt there either by the way) i can’t see it making huge differences – if there’s more of a similar or larger lever of boycott i’ll join in and not go – i’m willing to try it but i doubt it will make much difference.

  • ncncnc

    NottsToon
    exactly as i thought, apart from ridiculous comments and insults you have little to offer

  • NottsToon

    I’ve got absolutely nothing to offer you mate, as I don’t sell Donnay track suits and Lonsdale trainers. Perhaps contact your mate Mike for a 90% discount.

  • ncncnc

    NottsToon
    yawn, again, do you read anything anyone else writes? – i would never buy anything from any of his shops, or a replica shirt, already said that in another post on this page. my boycott of the ground at spurs was visible as im a season ticket holder and didn’t go – yours unfortunately wasn’t as you wouldn’t have gone anyway. the club would have known i didn’t go, they haven’t got a clue you are on here bitching away like a bairn. so which of us has made more of an impact that may actually count for something?
    but, just stick to the insults son, that’s all you can obviously do when someone challenges you.

  • ArtyH

    ncncnc ArtyH NottsToon  Thanks for your input and reasoning, but I saw the spuds game and there seemed no obvious spaces from the T.V camera angles. At least you are a genuine supporter willing to listen to others and I respect that. What is needed is a FULL boycott to show our support for each other as supporters. IMHO nothing else will do, forget the sheet waving scrotes, it will not work and we are above all that.

  • Chemical Dave

    Once upon a time I probably would have agreed with you but all that’s happening is the top clubs who qualify for cl will always be able to maintain their position. Would you be grumbling if a Jack Walker type from the north east pitched up and “bought” us a title in the way he did Blackburn?