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Never mind JFK and Elvis leaving us…it is 23 May 2007 that Newcastle fans can’t forget

1 year ago
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As you take your journey through life, everybody experiences significant events, events that stay etched in your memory.

Events like important birth dates, first kiss, historic news events and so on, let me give you an example. Older fans will know exactly where they were and what they were doing on the day JFK was assassinated, or when Elvis Presley died, or for odd balls like me…the death of punk icon Sid Vicious!

I would like to point out that I was not born when JFK was assassinated, I may be old but not that old.

Anyway, I wonder how many Newcastle fans can remember what they were doing on 23 May 2007, and what is the significance of that date?

For me, that day I was driving into London, a regular drive that I still undertake  from Newcastle. I remember giving up on the mundane drones of Radio 2 and switched to 5 Live, where it was suddenly announced that Newcastle United had been bought by Mike Ashley!

I remember thinking Mike who?  The radio station went into his background and apparently he was a Howard Hughes like character, a multi billionaire who was also the owner of Lillywhites,  no mention of Sports Direct by the way!

They then went on to talk about what a good thing for the Premier League this was, while foreign investment was rife we now had a rich English owner who would surely bring success and silverware to Newcastle United…

Oh, if only as Newcastle fans we knew what lay ahead.

Admittedly when he had Chris Mort on board things looked promising, buying the Bigg Market a drink and appointing Kevin Keegan, however things rapidly turned sour, I believe Chris Mort saw what was coming and left with his reputation intact.

The rest as they say is history, a succession of disasters as the likes of Jimenez, Wise, Llambias and dare I say Charnley, were appointed to a variety of invented posts.

We all know this anyway, so why talk about it? Well I honestly believe his tenure is about to end, I know nothing more than anyone else but I really feel things are different this time.

What will you be doing when he finally departs, who knows? But I do know it will stick in my mind as much as any event that is significant in my mind.

Anyway, back to the football, and yes a couple of disappointing results have occurred, this is what the season is going to be, surprise wins and losses, however the booing at full time against Bournemouth was disappointing. This squad is not a Pardew squad, they work as one, win as one, draw as one and lose as one, and I for one appreciate that.

If you look at the game, we deserved to win, and if the linesman had done his job properly things would have been so different.

So this weekend it’s off to Old Trafford for another televised game and can we get a result? Why not?  Yes we will be set up defensively and while Man Utd are in the top 4 as expected, they are not in the same class as Man City, nothing to stop us giving them a surprise.

What sort of team will Rafa pick?

Merino is a miss for sure and we look light up front, will Mitrovic get a chance? Well he can do no wrong for Serbia but something tells me he will again be left out.

Is Joselu the answer? Not really, but I think criticism of him is a little over the top, for sure he is limited but he is decent in the air, does try to link up play and defensively at corners he does a job.

Anyway, whatever team Rafa picks I am sure it will be a tight game one, to enjoy without fear.

Away from NE1 and a glance at SR5: no manager, no fans and no hope, enough said!

International breaks, don’t you hate them, I have no interest in England whatsoever and I for one don’t want to see Jonjo Shelvey in an England shirt, risking getting injured in a meaningless friendly Yes it’s nice for your club to receive recognition but it’s just a risky inconvenience, remember Michael Owen anyone?

Christmas is just round the corner, a time when misery is inflicted on us all, as pubs suddenly become packed with once a year drinkers. Family members suddenly appear out of the woodwork as a reminder they want gifts, people walk around in the most ridiculous of Christmas clothes, including silly jumpers and ties that flash and play music.

The relief being Boxing Day when we can escape to the football……oh yeah, thank you Sky for changing that (Man City home is on 27th Dec) and totally ruining this not so festive period!

Yes I am one of them at Christmas, I detest it and what it has become,  it is commercialised dross and it starts earlier every year. Feel free to call me a miserable git or anything else but it’s how it is, goodwill to all men etc, why wait until Christmas to wish goodwill on everyone, should we not do that everyday?

Rant over!

Anyway, I touched on Christmas for a reason, just maybe this year we will all get a gift we can savour forever, something we will remember until we shuffle off this mortal coil, namely the departure of Mike Ashley!

Wouldn’t that just be something?

Happy November everyone!
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