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Local talent should have been the route to success at Newcastle United

6 years ago
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I was interested in the article  ‘Newcastle United: A Fake Club’  and I agree with everything that the author ‘Notts Toon’ said, with one exception.

It is not a football ‘club’ in the strict sense of the definition.

A club is an organisation to which one belongs for a specific purpose (photography, chess, train-spotting etc.) and one usually has to pay to belong.

NUFC is quite the opposite. The members (players) are paid huge amounts to ‘belong’ without contributing. Back in the 1800s it was a club, but no longer.

There are no true clubs in the present Football League any more. There are many teams and I would suggest that Newcastle are not presently coherent enough to justify that title either.

I have been a supporter since 1950 and can remember the Cup wins and the Fairs Cup in 1969. Since then, apart from the odd glimmer with KK, Shearer, Pedro and a few others, it has been gloom.

With our local talent we could have been every bit as good as Liverpool under Shankly, Man Utd under Ferguson and Arsenal under Wenger.

My father always told me that if you wanted a centre-forward for Newcastle all you had to do was to shout down the local pit.

Under Mike Ashley and his cohorts this team will go nowhere.

I never thought that I would say this but bring back Stan Seymour and Lord Westwood. At least they had pride.

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