In case you’ve missed it, there has been a collection for the local food bank before a number of recent Newcastle United home games.

It’s no bother, you just drop a bag of tins in and some thoroughly good people take it away and ensure it goes to someone who is in need of it, very probably someone with responsibility for a child.

It’s a small but important gesture that to me shows the very best in people, as I understand the response has on each occasion been overwhelming from the Newcastle fans.

The response to the recent draw with Birmingham was a bit of a contrast to this, as it provided evidence that the same excellent crowd is capable of producing whiny, alarmist wailing that makes you wonder what goes on in some people’s grey and dismal headspace.

The draw with Brum was underwhelming, and disappointing, coming off the back of the poor Fulham display. However, it did extend our lead at the top of the league and in the promotion places by a point and we still sit well-placed for a return to the Premier League. We have a manager who is capable of taking us to the next level which is a drastic improvement on recent years.

However, there is concern that the unpredictable owner may not fully back him in the transfer market, preferring to revert to his own fool’s gold agenda of trying to turn a profit on players even though that has cost us two expensive relegations already.

They may reach an amicable agreement and move forward to possible unprecedented success, or moderate non-disaster, or the owner’s folly may cost us the manager and we will be plunged back into an existential limbo, we don’t know.

Either way. the owner is not a man we can be wholly confident in and the consensus of fans is that we’ll be better off if he moves on and footballing matters are fully run by football people with an interest in the club’s future success. Alternatively, he could even be the lesser of two evils and we’ll be worse off, repeat to fade.

The above paragraph is a bottom up summary of the holistic situation at Newcastle United. It covers short to mid-term scenarios without any opinion from me directly on things that I am completely unable to predict.

There’s a few things about the situation at the club I don’t like at the minute, and other things I really like, or hate less, than I have recently. However, it is not just an opinion but a stonewall fact that this is far from being a low point in Newcastle United’s recent or extended history.

Just over a year ago I wrote an article saying how going to the match is supposed to be fun but that the recent strangulation of the club has cast a cloud over that. For me, the appointment of Rafa Benitez and the subsequent improvements it brought, has blown those clouds away.

It seems though that some people can’t cope unless there’s a cloud to sit under. It may very well go wrong, but stressing out about it just makes it hurt you twice, then (if it actually happens) and now. It may not go wrong too. Also, did you miss the bit that there’s people out there who need to take their bairns to a food bank FFS? Perspective, you know.

Pessimism is a bit ingrained here and you can’t really take away someone’s right to be a miserable old sod. The problem that has arisen is that people seem to love using their misery as a stick to attack others with,  usually from behind both a keyboard and a pseudonym.

Dishing out abuse to people because they don’t rate Mitrovic or they are cracking a smile while Ashley is still in charge, is just not what is needed and I don’t recognise this kind of cowardly sniping.

For the record, I’d like to say a few things. I don’t care what your opinions are, although I reserve the right to disagree with you. I consider your input every bit as valid whether you’ve been to the match or not, or regardless of where you were born. One of my friends is from Cambridge and he’s suffered more following NUFC than many a local born down the years. I don’t mind if we’re fundamentally different in any way, as long as you’re not an….

I’d add. that I think Mitrovic is too poor a finisher and needs to be moved on in the summer, that Rafa has given our club hope and needs full support through the uninspiring moments, that the 17 minutes applause has long since run its course, that Ashley’s ownership is a constant concern but can be tolerable in the mid-term and we will be promoted comfortably, so don’t worry about it too much.

There it is, all here under my real name. Hey that’s even my picture just down there on the left by my Twitter handle.

I look forward to the responses you are entitled to give and I am equally as entitled to ignore.

It may just be I much prefer the type of Newcastle fan that helps out the food bank.

Follow Jamie on Twitter @Mr_Dolf

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Fat [email protected]@Ka`s ownership is the prime concern, the clubs going nowhere under that man

  • mentalman

    my biggest annoyance is people go on as if we had amazing owners before Ashley bought the club

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Name a worse one. 2 relegation`s & downsizing the playing staff on a huge scale
      i guess you are older than 10

      • It’s bobbi fleckman

        Well, Freeddie & Dougie left a financial basket case. Stan Seymour wasn’t much cop, McKeag balanced the books but kpet us in the doldrums.

      • cc

        westwood, mckeag…. might not have two relegations each but they didn’t come straight back up either…… hall and shepherd were good and bad in equal measures as like all owners they put themselves and their pocket first and that makes them all the same in my view
        all as bad as each other

    • Leicester Mag

      Reading Tunnel of Love Martin Hardy at the moment. Great book recounting the days post the entertainers. what we seem to have forgotten is that even with the failures of Freddie and the Halls we were within spitting distance of everyone. Close to a decade under Ashley and we are light years away from previous piers e.g. Spurs. Why because he’s been an unmitigated disaster. All this rescuing the club, stopping a Leeds, spin and tripe, a smokescreen for his own hubris.

  • Mark Davies

    Great read and I agree with mostly everything!

    I was trying to reply to a comment from Michael Moose saying we are going nowhere under Ashley but his comment has gone. For the record it was:

    Hello Michael. While I agree that MA has made mistakes in the past and
    he is certainly in the last chace saloon with me (if he doesnt back Rafa
    and Rafa walks Id say im done but thats for another day) he isnt the
    sole problem and the real problem is a lot bigger than MA or just NUFC.

    my opinion the real problem is with Sky/BT and the ludicrous money
    introduced into the premier league, let alone the additional money paid
    out for anyone in the Champions League (an unfair creation made to
    financialy protect certain clubs).

    Lets say we are promoted this
    season and MA back Rafa to the tune of say 100M. That is probably going
    to be enough to keep us in the league and maybe give a cup a go.
    However, if we then have injuries the league will take full priority as
    the Sky/TV money is the only thing that matters to the owners and
    ultimately the players, whether MA or any other owner in the league.

    only way to compete at the top level would be to spend money I dont
    even think MA could afford and there arent many people with that sort of
    money looking to buy a football club, let alone us being the lucky pick
    if they were.

    The simple sad truth is that unless you are one of
    the Sky supersix that spend money like a drunken nana playing monopoly,
    say both the Manchester Clubs (which do have Manchester at the
    beginning SKY, they arent the only Cities or United out there you
    know!!), Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal or LIverpool then you dont have the
    backing or financial clout to challenge that high. Although Everton are
    having a try, I just dont see it.

    So, I guess Im just trying to
    say that while we may be going nowhere under MA Im not sure we would any
    better under anyone else at the moment (ask Hull, Cardiff, Coventry,
    the unwashed etc) as the financial gap is just too big. Lets see what
    happens in the summer if we do get promotion and if MA does back Rafa
    can we all just support the team and be realistic.

    picking up on Jamies excellent comments about the food collections, isnt
    it an absolute scandal that a 1st world country with the richest
    football league and footballers needs to provide collection services for
    those in society that cant cope or even afford food.

    Next time
    Jim White is waffling on about record transfer fees and wages with a
    moronic grin on his chops, I hope they run a humbling story about this
    sort of thing to put life into perspective. Kirsty Gallacher can grin
    and waffle all she wants though!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the Pie Man change ha ha

  • Wor Lass

    Good piece, Jamie. I agree with a lot of what you say – especially the bit about some people not being happy unless they`re bashing someone with their misery stick. Like the vast majority of people on here, I use a pseudonym and would defend that mainly on the grounds that there are a lot of seriously bent minds with computer skills out there and I don`t want them knowing where to send unwanted pizzas, police and funeral directors. Also, I agree about the sense of proportion that food banks bring and I do contribute to them myself but, as Triple M commented a couple of weeks ago (and I`m sure you`ll agree) it`s a national disgrace that they`re necessary in this day and age – hand in hand with the number of vulnerable people there are living rough on city streets nowadays. Is this a lead-in to a debate on footballers wages?

    • Wor Lass

      Don`t know why Mark`s great post is being moderated unless it`s on the basis that Triple M will get too bored to read it all and fall asleep on his keyboard! lol (And you`ve just had it fixed!!)

    • Damon Horner

      You don’t tend to say anything upsetting Wor Lass anyway so I think you’re worried about nothing! Got to say though I can’t do pseudonyms myself.

      • Wor Lass

        I`ve had my moments!

    • Rich Lawson

      Like what you said about the wages,they are obscene.

  • Damon Horner

    Well said mate. Agree with it all. Perspective re: foodbanks is also good to be reminded from time to time as a lot of people are there through circumstances not their fault.

    I think most of us have similar opinions on the likes of Ashley just some tolerate him easier than others. It would be a good balance if he lets Rafa crack on but give a “bring through youth” pre-season philosophy, that way he could sell a dispensable player for potential profit and we have a man who can balance it all.

    Interesting point about needing the cloud, I fully agree with that, we could win the league by ten points but the 0-0 with Birmingham would mean it could have been twelve and that’s upsetting! ;)

  • Leazesl Ender

    Jamie you don’t need an alias with a name like Smith…. it’s anonymous!

    …the type of fans I dislike are those who look at third rate nonentities of players and see Cruyff , Zidane and Naymar…. and those who proclaim to support the club but not the owner, those who didn’t protest in the ten years of Ashley hacking the club to bits, the relegations the despicable sponsors aye the fans who bought that shirt! The conservative media around the club that wouldn’t say boo to a goose, and the sad fools who turn up and sit on their hands and obviously don’t know why they are there in the first place!

    It isn’t just Ashley who is killing the club its also those who don’t say anything!

    • Leicester Mag

      Spot on reading Martin Hardy’s book Tunnel of Love at present shows how far we have dropped under Ashley. Amazing what we tolerate what becomes the accepted norm.

    • Damon Horner

      Mike Ashley doesn’t do words. End of the day whatever is said he won’t budge and his skin is thicker than his boardroom puppet.

    • Scottpaige

      Yep and we all you know you have plenty to say !

  • Leicester Mag

    Don’t wholly agree with all Mark has to say but why is this awaiting moderation? rediculous