Newcastle fans have been making the headlines over the course of the past 24 hours.

Newcastle fans ‘named and shamed’ as the worst in the country.

Headlines in the newspapers went to town/toon…

Here are a few of them:

‘The Worst Behaved Fans In English Football Have Been Revealed’

‘Newcastle fans retain top spot in football banning order league of shame’

‘LOONY TOONS Newcastle fans top worst behaved football fans for third year running with staggering 111 banning orders’

‘Newcastle United ‘fans’ have topped the football banning order league of shame for the third consecutive year’

The headlines related to figures released on which clubs in England and Wales had the highest number of banning orders on 7 August 2017:

111 – Newcastle United

75 – Wolverhampton Wanderers

57 – West Ham United

55 – Millwall

49 – Manchester United

44 – Liverpool

43 – Barnsley

42 – Chelsea

41 – Birmingham City

39 – Burnley, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers

As one of the headlines says above, Newcastle supporters ‘worst behaved…with staggering 111 banning order’.

All fair comment, apart from the fact that actually only three Newcastle fans had received banning orders during the 2016/17 season.

Remember as well that this was a season which saw Newcastle fans smash all kinds of records….that is records as in averaging over 51,000 in their 23 away matches and selling out away match after away match.

So with over one and a quarter million Newcastle fans going to matches last season, three picked up banning orders!

The figures above are correct but the vast majority of the 111 Newcastle fans who carried banning orders throughout 2016/17 were for long-term banning orders handed out some time ago.

A Newcastle United spokesman:

“The vast majority of these banning orders are the legacy of the city centre disorder that followed the Newcastle United v Sunderland derby match in 2013.

“Most of those convicted on that occasion received five or six year bans, hence why the club still appears at the top of this table.”

It gets better, most of those who received banning orders in 2013 on the day of that derby game hadn’t even been to the match, it was in the main, loads of youths taking the opportunity to throw stuff at the police. Yes totally out of order but in reality it was nothing to do with football for most of them, just an opportunity for anti-social behaviour.

When it comes to actual arrests last season when Newcastle were in the Championship, there were a total of 24 – basically one every two matches.

Never mind the facts, just write the headlines!

  • TheNutJob

    don`t let facts get in the way of a good story, that`s Ryders motto at the chron

    • Peaky Magpie

      So very very true.

  • Leazes Ender

    Liars, damned liars….. and Journalists.

    Fake News.

  • TheFatController

    Let’s hope next year, the numbers have dwindled to a low of two, allowing them to name them;-

    Mr L Charnley, Jesmond
    Mr M Ashley, Hertfordshire

    For throwing up on the statue of Staveley.

    We can but hope…

  • anyobrien

    Who cares ffs…… Howay the lads

  • Cc1

    Does that mean now we’re top of the table for something Ashley will sell up

    • Danimal

      Mike only ever wanted to break even on banning orders. He’s a very nice gentleman, not like those other owners who were hell bent on giving us a top stadium, exciting team etc etc.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Some of the banning orders came from when the Everton fans attacked the Hull and Newcastle fans at Millers bar at Kings Cross a right ding dong. My mate got a six year banning order for that one defending families. Man utd had had a right go last week but none of them go arrested just a couple of ours.. The Sunderland banning orders are long gone so that’s a red herring. The reason we top the league and have more banning orders is because the likes of Baxter Graham and Patterson have made sure that any fans defending ourselves are taken to court and banned.
    With Northumbria Police on the case we will always be top and quite by some distance been going on since the seventies.

  • Steve Smith

    Have the racist man u and Chelsea fans received banning orders yet?

  • Geordiegiants

    Clarko would argue stats are stats.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Forgot to say some of the banning orders came in Germany when West Ham fans attacked families again no allowance for self defence that’s what is wrong with banning orders they do not take into account what happened.
    Most banning orders are three years and expire after two on appeal so think most of the Sunderland ones are gone by now. What is out of order is my mate got a six year ban and prison defending families from tooled up everton fans at Kings Cross who put ordinary Hull and Newcastle fans in hospital by using weapons.