Well the season started and in all honesty it has been a bit of a damp squib thus far for Newcastle United.

The only bonus being the fact that my health remained intact, despite the hollow threats of a regular negative contributor to the comments section available on all of the articles on The Mag, I now await with baited breath!

I like to be positive but I accept it is hard to be at the moment. Mike Ashley, as we feared, failed to keep his word, and tries to convince us he is skint. Note to Mike Ashely, skint is when you can’t put food on the table or buy your kids Christmas presents etc etc.

No, Mike Ashley is not skint, he is just incredibly stupid, he has in place one of the best managers in world football yet refuses to back him with any significant transfer funds.

How long Rafa will put up with this is anyone’s guess but I do feel a bit of a defiant ‘sod you Ashley’ feeling from him. My guess is that he won’t chuck it in but I would not blame him if he did.

But is Mike Ashley any different to the likes of Westwood, the one-eyed pirate who chaired this comical football club back in the 70s? As long as I have followed NUFC there has always been a ‘sack the board’ mentality amongst the fans.

NUFC, the biggest underachievers in world football since the 50s, this club has been run so badly under so many regimes. Only here would they pull the heart and soul of the club down (Leazes End 1978) and replace it with a half built, quarter sized terrace, that remained in place for 15 years!

Only here would Sir Bobby Robson, true gentleman and great manager, be sacked and replaced by a halfwit AKA Graeme Souness, his punditry being at the same level as his management skills.

Only here would the club rise up from the ashes and threaten not just England’s best, but Europe’s best, only to let the opportunity slip between their fingers and let the club fall back into obscurity.

Only here …We could all go on with further examples.

The one constant throughout all this comedy is the fans, always turn out in numbers home and away. Yes I know at times crowds dipped, but so did everyone’s including Man Utd.

I don’t want to be called a happy clapper, in fact I am anything but, however as time has evolved things are changing.

The passion is still there but it is less obvious to see or hear, the negativity amongst us is plain to see and I could not blame anyone for voicing that, but I feel there is a danger it could become suffocating.

There is really good work going on by groups like Gallowgate Flags etc, but there is a fear this is all being overshadowed by the negative vibes that hang over us.

I don’t blame fellow fans for negativity, I blame Mike Ashley, simple as, the buck stops with him.

However, maybe it’s time for us, the fans, to forget him and employ a ‘sod you’ mentality in the same way Rafa does, a defiance that come what may we will continue to support the team. At the end of the day it’s not the players fault, and in the squad I do see a team spirit, despite the two opening games not going our way.

A couple of home wins in the next four days will certainly boost Rafa and it will certainly cheer up us, and despite the poor showing at Huddersfield I feel we can get them. A morale boosting win against Forest, followed by a win against a West Ham team who are also on the crest of a slump.

Whether you go to the games or not, once you have Newcastle United in your blood it stays there, and despite the comedy since 1970 (my first game) I am defiantly proud to follow NUFC!

Here is to a good next few days!

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • Guest 2

    Would just point out the obvious disconnect between Ashley and Westwood or McKeag – his billions.
    Just 1.5 years ago we were reported to be the 17th wealthiest club in world football , yet the owner keeps telling us we have to live within our means and once again we are skint.
    He’s the 10th wealthiest club owner in the PL. Says we can’t compete with ‘countries’ and have to live within our means – yet has done absolutely nothing at all to build the NUFC brand and attract additional revenue since he arrived.
    It’s not that we CAN’T compete, just that he WON’T. We are just another asset on his shelf which helps increase his own personal worth and that is as far as his ownership goes or means to him.

    • Georgia Peter

      Perhaps the best encapsulation of our current situation Iv’e seen this season.

  • Georgia Peter

    Porciestreet;
    I’m pretty sure that your “sack the board mentality’ stems from the fact that we have probably the most fevrant fans outside of Turkey. This perhaps is because our fans go there in adulation of their hero’es week in week out, year after year and NOTHING will dissuade them. The board and directors on the other hand , in the main, are there soley for their profit…No-one enters a business deal to lose thei assets do they.
    Our delusions, (so called) are bourn out of nothing but pride and hero worship, nothing else, but the ‘Pirates’, ‘Halls’, ‘Shepherds’ and of course our very own ‘Mr Nikey Mikey’ are only interested in the Filthy Wonga. (pun intended).

  • LeroyGibbs

    I thought Gallowgate Flags were now called Gallowgate Gay Flags?

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet
      Don’t start that again.

    • Rich Lawson

      it’s to tie in with the new 4th choice rainbow coloured shirt that mike has introduced,lets see that clash with any home team ?

  • TheFatController

    It’s not whether anyone is a a happy clapper or pathologically pessimistic that makes a difference, its how you channel it.

    Successful people only think of what they do want, and phrase it in their head.

    So I presume John Hall didn’t think ‘this stadium, manager and players are all not good enough and it’s hopeless and I blame McKeag’, he’d have thought – ‘get a bit of investment, a manager to rally the fans and players and then re build the stadium as best as can be afforded…’

    So, almost immediately KK is manager- who saw that coming? John Hall did. Then better players arrive. Then the first new stand goes up….we all know what happens next.

    Happy clappers don’t think stupidly positive thoughts. They just think of what they do want, not what they don’t – they don’t dwell on the current, they dwell on a better future.

    Take each of these clubs – Watford, Bournemouth, Palace, burnley, huddersfield, Leicester – and you’ll find a story of someone saying ‘I want is to be a better club and am going to start today’ rather than ‘our situation’s hopeless and it’s his fault’ next thing Leicester win the league and Bournemouth are 10th – who saw that coming 5 years ago?

    Bournemouth and Huddersfield don’t have wealthy investors, they just have people who focused on what they wanted, not bickering about where blame lies. You can spend a lifetime doing that, whilst life passes you by…

    Be neither a happy clapper nor a pathological pessimist – just want better, and talk about it. Slowly the mind works towards it, it feeds off hope. Look at Bournemouth.

    • Brian Standen

      coukf not disagree with anything you say.

    • Fleckman hoop licker

      That’s fair enough, can’t argue with most of that. What I would speculate on though is what would’ve happened had we been doing a Leicester. I thin It’s reasonable to assume our best players who’d got us in a position where we had a chance to do what Leicester did would have been touted to every club in world football capable of meeting his asking price. Nowt will change until he’s gone.

      • TheFatController

        Too many believe Ashley won’t budge, but that’s the very reason he won’t budge. Belief is everything – if we all believed we could get rid of him with our own actions, he’d be gone in months.

        That’s how Hall got rid of McKeag. He had a positive vision, and acted in ways that were the right way to meet that vision.

        Everyone needs a goal and a deadline to work too. Imagine if there was a campaign that just said ‘by next summer’s window we’ll have a new owner’ – then your brain focuses on what needs to be done to achieve that by the deadline …

        • Mark Potter

          You missed something important. John Hall had the money to buy the club, and do the subsequent investment, for a couple of years anyway. Then his money ran out and he turned the club into a PLC to get other investors. Then their money ran out…

          The doing something positive you refer to can only be done by a few people in the world. Few can afford to buy out Ashley, fewer still to invest the time and energy into trying to turn round the toxicity at the club. There has been not a single hint in 10 years that anyone from, or with a strong connection to, the region has been financially interested. You are then largely hoping that someone from Thailand, China or Korea might fancy having a Prem League club as a plaything, or to use it as a vehicle for promoting their brand…

          • TheFatController

            Earlier I pointed out that Bournemouth and Huddersfield have neither billionaires nor foreign owners.

            They have a plan, to appoint the right people and use money wisely. Ashley has even led us to believe you need to be a billionaire to succeed yet Bournemouth proves him wrong – quite spectacularly.

            You actually prove my point, in that you focus on what can’t be done because you need billions. Wrong, Leicester haven’t needed it, they just set up correctly. Within two years they went from yoyo status to top ten status.

            What do Huddersfield have ? A good manager, some talent, a positive sensible owner – not billions. They must envy our matchday revenue. They won’t envy the negativity around the club. Their focus is on what can be done to make them better, not on what they could never have such as a billionaire owner.

    • Geordiegiants

      You ideology isn’t working is it? Because 52,000 go every week thinking and hoping for better things but it doesn’t work.

      • TheFatController

        You seriously missed the part where I write about planning for better and take that as the same as hoping for better?

        You can hope to lose weight, say. Most people do. They don’t because they hate their weight. Hate doesn’t motivate.

        You lose weight by wanting the better health, slimmer look, pride, then sacrificing food and idleness in a plan to lose the weight.

        Hoping and hating against planning and acting? One’s easy, one’s tougher. One keeps you where you are, the other takes you somewhere new…turning up twice a month in hope and hate isn’t working. Wonder why?

        • Geordiegiants

          My apologies.

          • TheFatController

            you have a point though. Ashley should respect the loyalty and good will of 52k turning up – as Gullit says, we want a team to be proud of, just give it to us. It shouldn’t be a chore, was his point I think.

            However, until a plan is in place – from an investor, a consortium with a figurehead, or a powerful supporter group – it will remain hope and not action.

            But in the meantime, better the support talk about what we would want, than dwelling on what we don’t …worked for keegan, first thing he did was get the changing rooms improved (cleaned!)- he wanted better for the players and immediately did a simple but demonstrative action that things were changing for the better.

            From there, other hopes get acted on.

            What do we want? A loud stadium for starters? We could all turn up Saturday or tonight and do what Rafa is doing – saying ‘forget Ashley, let’s just give it a go and make the best of it’ – and just make St James’ loud and difficult to play at. It’d be a start.

  • Leicester Mag

    You couldnt make this up received the following from the club this morning

    Personalised Comic Book – Be The Hero! if this crop platform allowed it I’d post the pictures – unbelievable – how can I resist ?

    ffs – The club has finally admitted its a comic !

    Personalised
    Comic Book – Be The Hero!

    NEWCASTLE UNITED

    Personalised comic book – be the hero!

    • Leazes Ender

      …..I thought the extra special free gift to celebrate the 125th year since the name change was going to be a scarf darn it…… not even a clappy thing?

  • Steve Pearce

    Talk about stating the obvious!

    Only Ashley selling up b Ashley drinking himself to death or c Ashley getting assassinated will rid us of him.

    Naturally I go for option c…

    • Fleckman hoop licker

      If Ashley dies I’ll be organising a massive rave at leazes park with me spinning some oldskool kahunas from the early 90s on the wheels of steel.

      • Geordiegiants

        I’ll be there with a bag of biscuits and some old rockshots tunes for you to play for us.

        • Fleckman hoop licker

          Nae Botha, it’ll be bigger than Woodstock.

          • Steve Pearce

            So let all fans hoy a fiver in and as I happen to know a candidate to fire the first shot – and I’m NOT joking…

        • Leazes Ender

          I’ll get the band back together…..

        • Jezza

          Rockshots eh? Was that the strip club somewhere down near the station? Never went there myself but always used to hear a lot about it back in the day. A lot of my match day companions used to go there before the game.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha it was certainly a den of iniquity yes, everything that shouldn’t go on, went on.

          • Albert Stubbins

            techno T- mC bUZZ- BEST place on planet between 93-6 for me. (friday neets) Ram raider paradise!!!

          • Jezza

            That’s after my time. I was hearing legendary stories about the place in the mid to late 80’s. I didn’t realise it was still going during the Keegan years of the mid 90’s.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Aye it was mental mis 90’s. Like an open prison. Great days if you liked your rave.

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          • Jezza

            The stories I always used to hear were all about the girls, the shall we say professional dancers who worked there rather than the music. Supposedly “audience participation” was a big part of what went on there but I was never sure whether or not to believe it.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Anything went. Bit like the malborough club  but without the bouncers!!

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          • Geordiegiants

            The best few years of my life a Friday night queuing on the stairs ready to go mental. MC KICKS was a nutter.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Same mate. Still got the tapes.

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    • Brian Standen

      Option d. Stocks and rotten tomatoes !

  • hetonmag

    What defines a Happy Clapper Brian I like so many hate the ground that Ashley walk’s on, but I love the team that I have supported nigh on 60 years no matter what situation the club is in, doe’s this make me a so called Happy Clapper.🤗🤗🤗

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m not saying it isn’t up to you what you do with your money.
      You don’t hate him that much though, you give HIM £100s a year.

      • Mark Potter

        He doesn’t, he gives it to THE CLUB, which uses it to (largely) pay the players’ wages. None of it goes to Ashley personally. He doesn’t draw a salary, isn’t a director, and doesn’t pay out dividends on the profits, largely because the club makes no long term profit.

        Roughly 80% of the income of the club is paid as wages, a tiny proportion of which is to the permanent employees, a small amount to youth and reserve players, and the bulk of all the money is going to about 12-15 players. Tax and agents fees are another bug chunk of money.

        • Geordiegiants

          He gives it to the club which is owned and ran by Jabba, all of the bank accounts and all of the money is Jabbas, it doesn’t matter which way you put it. It’s all Jabbas.

      • Albert Stubbins

        my love of the club surpasses any hate I have for Ashley. I hated Mckeag but as you know I still went to all the games. Hating Ashley has nowt to do with supporting the club imo- he is an irrelevance to me- once I get to the game he never crosses my mind to be honest just like Mckeag never. I love the football and the club, Ashley cant change or influence that.

    • Jezza

      Going to matches does not make you a happy clapper. In my opinion a happy clapper is an aplogist for Ashley. Someone who comes on this forum constantly defending and glorifying the fat parasite and having a go at those of us who dare speak out at the way our club is being run. Simple as that. The kind of person who, for example, back in the Spring was adamant that the club would be spending £150 million on transfers this summer but is now going to great lengths to try and justify our pathetically meagre spend and the fact the we are not able to compete financially with the likes of Burnley, Watford, Brighton, Bournemouth or even Middlesborough.

      • Albert Stubbins

        everyones got the right to an opionion Jezza- the fact is not me, you or anybody knows whats in Ashleys head just like the Chronicle doesnt have a clue about who’s coming in leaving the club and for how much- all we do is speculate- the one thing in common we all have is our love for the club- name calling or defining people by silly terms is insulting to some very well meaning kids who are as in the dark as you and everyone else. Its like calling someone a makem because they share a different view- no one is happy about the way Ashley runs, in general, the club so to call people happy clappers is not only factually incorrect but downright silly imo.

        • Jezza

          Anybody who is happy to put up with what ever damage Ashley does to our club then defend him and sing his praises is downright silly.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Agreed.  How many people actually do that though?

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          • Jezza

            Plenty on this forum for a kick off.

    • Albert Stubbins

      id love someone to say it to me outside the ground!! Id use my head not my hands- bang- goodnight.

  • Geordiegiants

    Brian, I’m not in anyway saying you are a happy clapper, as your time following NUFC suggest otherwise. The thing I don’t agree with is the bury your head in the sand mentality. If and it’s a big IF, everyone got together and forced the issue, like the Mckeag “sack the board” days, we could get him out. I solely blame Jabba and no one else for our demise. The thing that gets my goat is, the fans that don’t put Newcastle first. If everyone got together, and it wouldn’t be for ever, and stayed away on sky games only, protested in the street or even just sat in the pubs and watched it instead of going, it would have to come to a head sooner rather than later. The excuse of it’s the only time I see my pals or kids etc etc etc, or support the club not the regime and bury their heads are not putting Newcastle best interests first.

    • Brian Standen

      Fair comment really – can’t argue. Ashley is just a parasitical drain on us all

      • Geordiegiants

        He is slowly killing us.
        This platform is about opinion, I have listened and read everyone’s option on here, and every time I hear reasons or excuses for attending, it’s either a pretend it’s not happening response or a personal reason that’s not in Newcastles best interests. Until it changes and the club are put first by the fans nothing will change. I can’t think of any other way than boycotting. I have asked numerous times on here if anyone has any better ideas and I’ve never had a sensible suggestion put back to me. I’m sure if we did then people would get behind it.

        • Toon Barmy

          Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t care, it’s all about the match day experience and very few are willing to give that up. Ashley can do whatever he wants with Newcastle United and it will continue until he decides he has had enough.

          • Leazes Ender

            ‘Happy Clappies’ are responsible but the title is a bit of a misnomer as they are pretty silent in reality.

          • Geordiegiants

            That is very true Leazes.

          • Geordiegiants

            That is definetly right, the things is it would only be a temporary measure, look at what happened at Rangers he had to cave in.

          • Toon Barmy

            Rangers fans are very passionate about their football club, Ashley was never going to get away with treating Rangers the way he treats Newcastle United.

          • Jezza

            Us older Newcastle fans always used to have that kind of passion but it seems to be lacking in the new post Keegan generation of spectators (as opposed to supporters) at St James’s Park.

          • Geordiegiants

            That is exactly the point I was just trying make on the happy clapper post.

          • Albert Stubbins

            he treated them worse- they did f all. to suggest gers fan are passionate implies we’re not. Ashley took the p i s s out of them for years and no one did nowt!!

          • nevfur

            If it was only not buying merchandise I think any fans could win out but different getting people to boycott the games. Rangers fans didn’t do that either

    • NUFCLX

      If we boycotted because we had sh*te owners I don’t think I would have been to many games in the last 50+ years. We need to get some perspective here, Ashley is really bad but he is not SISU or the Venkys, talk to Coventry or Blackburn fans and they will tell you what it is really like to have sh*te owners.

      • Geordiegiants

        No we wouldn’t of you are correct, but if we had stuck together as fans in the first place, we wouldn’t be in this predicament, the problem is we are so we need to do something to make sure it doesn’t happen again. All I’m saying is, look at what’s happened the last ten years because we have sat and took it. We need a figure head i.e.: Shearer, although I’m sure there is plenty more people we could come up with, to take the bull by the horns and get things moving, if any fans have a better more direct idea than staying away, put your hand up and get it out there, something has to be done.

        • GToon

          I think the unfortunate thing is these days the actual numbers through the turnstiles matters very little to chubbies income. If you were to refuse to pay your TV license or Sky dropped the EPL then that might have an effect. The rows of empty seats don’t really bother Man City so why should it bother Ashley.

          • NUFCLX

            You are correct, if we could get a boycott on Sky subscriptions it would mean more than boycotting the stadium.

        • For goodness’ sake- wouldn’t HAVE. Wouldn’t OF IS INCORRECT AND DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

          • Geordiegiants

            Very 😴

    • Andy Mac

      Spot on Gg. Fans are too blinkered to realise they are part of the problem.

  • anyobrien

    Brilliant mate exactly how I feel…… I would love them to call me a happy clapper to my face and the 7 lads I’ve Sat with for the last 30 year’s, but it never happens only on places like this a forum based discussion site. … Something I’ve done since 74 is attened our beloved St James park and long may it continue I did Boycott the spurs game and demonstrated a few years back and it was hard to do.We all know the problem but to tell fans not to go and call them happy clappers is a insult.
    Its there choice to go and should be respected not ridiculed….. Hwtls

    • Leazes Ender

      Of course its an insult you moron.

      • Brian Standen

        Hey Leazes are you showing up tonight? I got a couple of good Forest lads with me who still got a chip on their shoulder from 74 – they might recognise ftom the pitch invasion!

        • Leazes Ender

          I’m coming to Sergeant Peppers with me mates…. I might be Steve Wraith…. might not…. thats a chance you’ll have to take shorty.

          • Brian Standen

            Yawn!

          • Leazes Ender

            Witty retort.

          • Brian Standen

            Why thank you! Unfortunately as I have guests from Nottingham tonight I will regretfully have to postpone your offer until Saturday! The Forest lads want to see the more celubrious establishments the town has to offer, so it may be the Garter tonight or thereabouts?! Normal service on Saturday

          • Leazes Ender

            Don’t wear your braincells out on my behalf

    • Geordiegiants

      To be fair I’m not sure the happy clapper tag is meant for the old faithful, let’s be honest before Kev, there was only about 15,000 of us that went, that was over twenty years ago, I know a few that have died and more than a few that have stopped going because of the madness. I think it’s directed at the “new fans” the ones that go because they get free tickets, or win them and go because it’s a check in on Facebook etc etc, I think that a few of you older gen fans are taking it a bit to heart when it’s not meant for you.

      • Brian Standen

        It’s a fair point that really!
        Fact is I been going so long I would not know how not to go! Does that make me one of Ashley’s stooges, not really! Only way to get rid of him is if some one with more cash comes along!
        That seems unlikely at the moment but while in premier league who knows, sink again an it could well be game over for this football club
        Look down the road! Decent start, but already nearer bottom than top, they are not coming back up anytime soon and are destined for a few years of obscurity and skintness. Their crowds suggest their fans know this!

        • Andy Mac

          Yup you’re one of Fatman’s stooges in denial. This isn’t about Rafa or the players its all about a Fat bloke with a massive ego who chooses not to invest similar amounts of money to the Huddersfield and Brighton chairmen

          • Brian Standen

            And your point is?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, let’s look at the figures. Last season, MA / companies under the total control of Ashley provided loans to the club that would have financed ALL of Huddersfield’s and ALL of Brighton’s transfer activity 3 x over.

    • Albert Stubbins

      agreed.

  • Desree

    Lets be positive and enjoy our last 36 games in the PL.

    • Jezza

      They could well be our last 36 games in the Premiership the way Ashley is running the club.

    • Milo79

      I suspect they will be – no way would this club bounce back a third time from relegation.

  • Leazes Ender

    Happy Clapper

    • Brian Standen

      Then clearly you are one too because according to those who don’t go us who attend are all happy clappers

  • FatParosite

    The buck stops with those who keep the parasite alive.