I am one of those Newcastle fans nearing 50 and as a season ticket holder I have witnessed the highs and many lows of this great club.

Originally from Consett and now living in Chesterfield, I have read plenty of article and columns about Newcastle United.

I have also had the pleasure of enduring the dulcet tones of many ‘loyal’ fans of Chelsea and Man Utd.

I thought I had heard it all until my visit to the Etihad or should I say arrogant-had/library had. My journey started with a train journey into Manchester and in the distance a fantastic view of the stadium I had been so excited to visit.

I clung onto the hope that we could pull off a famous draw but if I had put a bet on, I think 6-0 to Man City would have been favourable.

The walk from Piccadilly station was strange, a few people about, some with city scarves, but it’s so eerily quiet. Agreed Newcastle doesn’t have the same buzz as years ago pre-match but there still an excitement and frustration felt running through the veins of the supporters. Thanks Mike for that.

As I reached the ground, to the sides of the walkways were the stalls selling half Man City/Newcastle scarves. Now maybe I’m wrong but what the hell. There can only be one reason people sell scarves like this and that is to tourists. I would not be seen dead with another team’s colours. Why would I? I support NUFC and I hope I never see this in Newcastle.

There was no sense of feeling outside the ground, it was another day. You couldn’t see the swarm of ants, making the pilgrimage to the cathedral on the hill, wearing their team colours with pride.

City’s ground is sterile and the fans’ lack enthusiasm, with an expectation of a win. Unfortunately, when talking to the new City faithful, there was the arrogance that I had so hoped wouldn’t happen to them. Not long ago they were a club so like Newcastle, with what I thought were great fans – oh how quickly times have changed.

In the ground a fantastic set-up, I was in level 3 and had a great view of the stadium overall. Having a few beers and enjoying watching the young one bouncing to the Tunes with the odd beer thrown. Which made me think ‘At £4.50 a pint how can you waste it by chucking it over someone’ the mind does boggle..

Five minutes before kick-off and into the stands, finding my seat and again, hoping to hear the banter between the fans. Being spread over three tiers it’s difficult to know whether all tiers sang at once but tier three was trying.

To make a great atmosphere you need two to compete – this is what I was amazed at – City’s ground is a library, the atmosphere is shocking. I appreciate Newcastle aren’t the greatest draw in their current state and I may be wrong…but I heard the Manchester City fans sing twice in 90 minutes, the rest of the time oh so quiet.

What a shame – one of the best teams I think I’ll ever get to see, in one of the best stadiums in the world, but there’s missing the most important things – loyal football supporters.

I left the Etihad reflecting on what football is all about. Man City are a fantastic team and I so wish Newcastle had their reserve side, never mind first team.

But there’s one thing for sure, City will win trophies but what I suspect is that the majority of the Manchester City fans who stood on those terraces at Maine Road, won’t be there to see it.

If Newcastle ever get a team near Man City’s standards, I just hope we do not become supporters who are soulless arrogant winners.

Can Man City change the situation? I don’t think so.

Money does change everything and yes I do wish Mike to sell but there’s trepidation – what would happen to the attitude of Newcastle supporters if we had money?

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  • Guest 2

    We had money, or at least spent it. We played CL football, had top 4 finishes and signed one of the worlds leading strikers at the time. The club was allegedly everyone’s second favourite team. I don’t recall any of the support at that time turning into what you describe.

  • John

    Already enough glory seekers from all parts of the north east who came along in 1992

    • ToonTom

      Absolutely. I remember the influx of Newcastle tops in Edinburgh in the mid-90s!

    • Scott Robinson

      Yeah but they didn’t find any glory and are still there now as ‘real’ supporters, go figure as WE STILL HAVEN’T WON A THING unlike City.

  • Allan Wilson

    I don’t think its the money as much as the change of stadium. Maine Road was never that quiet. I have followed City for almost 50 years and there are supporters of a certain age who will never be arrogant. I also lived in Northumberland in 2006 and Newcastle fans could be insufferably arrogant, usually nice people but….

  • AndyMag

    I love Newcastle and think we have some of the best supporters around but I don’t think we can necessarily be in a position to criticise other fans for being quiet during a match. I went to the Luton game a couple of weeks ago and you could hear a pin drop in St James Park, well apart from hearing the Luton fans singing all game. I was embarrassed and kept telling my friend who was visiting with me that this isn’t what it’s usually like. You could argue it was a cup game and a team ‘below our standing’ but is that not what we are to clubs like Man city now. I hope this changes and think home grounds should be rocking but we need to make sure that ours is before we criticise other clubs.

    • Martin Rooney

      It is like that every week has been since all seater, theres around 150 siners in the gallowgate east corner and 20 in the level 7 leazes/milburn corner. thats it the support is ******* ****

      • Albert Stubbins

        plus two in leazes corner just in front of players friends and family- me and wor youngun sing our hearts out every game!!

    • Dave

      Home fans are always quieter than always fans now. At £40-£50 a ticket they don’t have much left for beer I guess. While away fans make a day of it and only pay £30 now, and good move to limit it. So the always are usually steaming and having the day out. Home fans not so much.

  • CG

    Similar age and being a season card holder at City since I’ve been a kid. I hate the tourists too and half and half scarfs. Sadly, there is a choice to go through life and never win anything or pay the price of money. The owners are good but inevitably corporate to compete with the top few in the Champions League. Might walk at some point myself due to this issue but please don’t criticise the hard core City fans. To turn the tables on the arrogant United fans was worth the trade off though in an ideal world all clubs would compete more fairly. Even if Newcastle got took over forget doing what City did. FFP (Financial Foul Play) was introduced to protect the existing cartel and City had to spend big and fast before it could invest no more. Now City is profitable and does not rely on the owners money indeed cannot spend it now unless it is ‘earned’ through turnover. F Foul Play means that a new owner cannot invest enough money to ever break into the top 4. That is sad but Leeds, Newcastle, Villa can never compete at the top again. The system is rigged to protect the top clubs and they tried to stop City but failed. There was no other way to break into the elite clubs because if you try to build a team the best young players will be seduced by the money, and to be fair better coaching/facilities/opportunities at the elite clubs. As for atmosphere, when you are the people club, working class hard core, there are now 4 competitions and games twice a week. it is difficult to afford every game and get enthused when a club like Newcastle (understandably it could be argued) put 11 men behind the ball and kill the game as a spectacle. City have this many weeks, and it can be boring until we inevitably break down the opposition. In terms of atmosphere Newcastle tactics are as much to blame. Make no mistake, if City (or any other club) are in a tight battle at the top the fans will roar the team on. As it is, City fans sit back and admire the football, and it is a delight to watch, particularly once the opposition are forced to come out and play. For City it was a choice being perennial losers or taking the success (with the downside). For Newcastle, there is no choice anymore, FFP made sure of that!

    • kingfisher

      Good comments CG.Well put and not a hint of arrogance.Proper fan !👍👍👍

      • CG

        Thanks mate. Yes, the bulk of the fans are the same. It is tossers who turn up and in the middle of the game stand up and take selfies and of the crowd in the stands that brass me off! They are very much in the minority but still annoying. Young fans won’t appreciate but when we’ve been down to the third tier and back and living the dream many still do.

    • ToonTom

      I doubt any of us are criticising True Blue fans who have been there when the going was dreadful. What sticks in the craw is the New Blue fan who thinks they have a right to score six and then fails to see that it is they who are deluded. We parked the bus and kept the score down on two games we had no hope of winning. Not pretty, but few teams are pretty. Effective? Absolutely. Help to keep us up? With luck.
      Personally I loved the old Manchester City and I wish they hadn’t won the lottery because glory hunters inevitably piled in like it was a pagga. My first ever Newcastle match was April 12,1971 and we endured a terrible 0-0 draw against Man City. Tommy Booth even put the ball out of play in the last minute and sent me flying off the wall around the pitch. Happy times! And happy to still think fondly of the Man City you used to be.

      • CG

        Not deluded to think we can score 6! ;-) But we don’t have a right to expect that’s for sure. If City hadn’t won the lottery then it would be the same old same old at OT and Liverpool – at least this allowed other real fans to live our dreams and times we thought we’d never see. Most fans are still very real ones but accept it will be diluted over time. I’ve always genuinely admired Newcastle’s passionate support and hope you win something in time. The only thing that could ever change the dynamics of modern day football finance, would be for say government intervention, like an Inquiry (won’t hold my breath) for laws were passed over ground safety (including knee jerk after Hillsborough). Ticket prices are extortionate but still a small part of the income these days, so why not force all clubs to charge a maximum ticket price then it won’t just get sucked out of the game via players and agents? 1% or 2% discount per year one has had a season ticket so newbies pay full whack. Full stadiums and bring back safe standing! Maximum player wages so the best ones are more spread out, seen by more fans, and more competitive, Fans compensated when a game is moved for TV. Man United not allowed to out bid City for gold diggers financed by debt to American banks. I’ll dream on! :-)

        • GToon

          I can’t think of a football fan in the country who didn’t laugh at Fergie and his team when you beat them 6-1 on their own ground. That was hilarious. Enjoy the football mate. I remember watching us in 95/6 hardly believing it was my team at times. I found what you wrote interesting. I think what we need to do is develop the club like City have done as opposed to trying to buy players FFP won’t allow us to. Our problem is that our current owner doesn’t see it like that.

          • CG

            Cheers mate. It’s tricky building teams too, as top players get poached, so I’d suggest try and build a team ethic with lots of very good players who can get you into the upper echelons, or go far in the cups, but not quite good enough to attract stupid bids. Sign a player who develops like De Bruyne or Salah and enjoy the season or two before they are sold. Top 4 is so difficult as once there the income difference is so huge it is hard to break in. All the best and the silver lining is you have something to keep things interesting, the threat of relegation, mid table with nothing to play for would soon wear thin after a couple of seasons. I think City went about 10 years where we either got promoted or relegated! It was an exciting rollercoaster ride!

      • len robson

        I got married on Marh 25 1971 and many years latter my wife asked me what I remembered of the day and I said Newcastle/Man city 0-0. Did they play twice in2 weeks?

        • ToonTom

          You must have had a long honeymoon, Len. [I first posted with a link to another unofficial site which has excellent archives, but Admin have put it on hold while they check it, so I’m positing again without the link.] On March 20, 1971, we drew 2-2 with Southampton at home and followed that up a
          week later (March 27, presumably a Saturday) by beating Derby 3-1 at home. A few games later
          came our third and final 0-0 of the season when City came to St James’
          on April 12. If you were married on March 25, it sounds like it was a
          Thursday?
          Anyway, tell the missus your wedding day was so wonderful
          you were still in a deep euphoria two weeks later, hence your confusion!

    • Albert Stubbins

      good points made- so basically the game is f****d- luckily for 99 per cent of us weve never seen us win f. all so it matters not a jot- we just want to see a team that tries and gives its all for the supporters- stick your top four up your a***!! not yours literally as you seem like a decent sort of chap.

      • CG

        Ha ha. Not saying there are not fun times to be had watching footy without winning, with City we had 20 odd years winning nowt, whilst the other lot won everything, riding the roller coaster up and down the divisions. I do think cup finals are doable as the top 4 teams often play weakened teams early on. Look at Bristol City this season.

    • Geordiegiants

      If all fans were like you, Citeh would be everyone’s second team, that is why we were the entertainers, everyone loved us as our fans were always fun rather than arrogant.

      • CG

        Thank you but honestly most of us just feel lucky and just love turning the table on the reds. We can’t help winning the lottery and I suppose we just have to live with jealous fans who hate us for it for they would have done the same. Given the size of your club fan base and passion like City you must be the unluckiest fans in the country. But enjoy the gallows humour and banter. Winning is just the icing on the cake.

        • Geordiegiants

          It is good to see them with competition, their fans were shocking, still are to be fair. In any T.V show or radio phone in its amazing how many Manure fans get on and have sweet FA to do with Manchester. I remember going to the FA cup final at Wembley and getting beat off them, we came out and we’re happier and more excited than theirs, it was like they expected to win and thought it was a given before they went to the match. It looks from the outside like it’s going to or already is happening with the majority of your fans. Enjoy it while it last as it’s what football is all about.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Yup the FFP is being seriously abused. Remind me how much do Etihad pay to sponsor your stadium each season?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    To be fair these new big stadiums do not generate a great atmosphere probably the best in the Premiership when it gets going is Palace. There will still be a lot of die hard City fans there but just more spread out with twenty thousand new guys who are more like tourists the same happens at Arsenal. In the Keegan days we attracted a new type of fan at home which helped kill the atmosphere partly due to the increased capacity of the stadium. At West Ham it was an even worse experience how I long of the seventies and eighties of Upton Park.

  • Martin Rooney

    A timely article, the city fans have become the very thing they were able to deride in their nearest rivals Man u. Arrogantly believing in a right to win accumllation of trophies as if its a badge with which to project disdain over fans of other clubs.
    Standing 10 foot from the city fans on Saturday was good fun right until we scored, not taking the lead or even equalising, so peeed off they where that one was dragged out for his threatening abuse and another with a glass eye got so aggressive he was noticed by all of us and whilst being pushed back by a cop and security guard his good eye started to dispel some tantrum tears. Whilst that was highly amusing to all toon fans that seen it, IT was a ridiculous situation.
    I’m afraid most of the articles and comments on this website show that a significant number of Newcastle fans spoiled by some wonderful, and trophy less Keegan football have long been arrogant and self righteous.

  • Kevin Sharkey

    Hey ive been going to see City since 81 and ive had to live next to FC arrogance for years and had to suffer like most blues of having to go through barrage at school and then on to adulthood so really as long as it winds manure fans up I don’t care as ive had to take it! and boy am I loving it! The thing is they cant take it at seems you cant either but I know Geordies are better than that!

  • Tim

    I was at that match and thought the city fans were great. The police and stewards had to line up along the stairs between supporters at one point because the atmosphere boiled over. Both sets of fans around the away end were singing throughout the match

    Not sure where you were sat but maybe you had your blinkers on

  • Blue

    I work on level 3 at the Etihad and seeing the aftermath when the great Geordie supporters left the stand was an eye opener. Emergency phones ripped out anything that could be trashed was and talking to the staff who worked in the kiosks everyone of them said the worst fans they had ever encounted. Easy to sing and gob off when about 50% of your support seemed well the worse for drink. I also hope you never become like City in fact it would be nice to see you back in the championship so I don’t have to encounter you yobs again.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Yip,
      Manchester a real schitt hole, druggies, gangsters, drive by shootings, gang warfare & last but not least the [email protected]@king Gallagher brothers.
      stick it your a $$ pal

      • Blue

        Yeah you prove my point

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          whatever, you Mank piece of schitt, now [email protected]@k off

          • Blue

            Class, you need to calm down,
            Bristol City v Man City tonight be nice to have some decent opponents, unlike Saturday.

          • Whitehurst

            At least we’d fill our stadium for a cup semi!!

          • Blue #2

            Haha, that made my day! Literally made a fool of himself, damaged his (I assume) beloved club’s image and highlighted your point excellently, all by mashing his little fist on a keyboard! Couldn’t have scripted it better.

            For the record though, I have a lot of respect for Newcastle fans and the club in general, save a few bad apples, and one rotten melon called Micky …

          • Toon

            Mature response

      • Albert Stubbins

        the gallagher brothers- them two tosspots couldnt fight a cold. Mugs the pair of them. The lanky one got chinned on the queyside in the mid 90’s and Noel hates geordies. pair of total baloons.

        • Whitehurst

          Both Gallagher’s got a totally t*ating too. Manc light weights! Ha ha

        • paul mclaughlan

          It was Noel and he was only punched once when they played The (now defunct) Riverside.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Correct. Sometimes it only takes one punch for a.clown!!

    • Scott Robinson

      I’d live on a much higher level…cloud cuckoo land…if only I believed we were the worst fans you’ve ever had. Care to document the facts from your local newspaper, thought not.

      • Whitehurst

        What cracks me up is when “so-called” Citeh fans come on here claiming that Tony Cascarino used to play for us!! Honestly you couldn’t make it up. Ask them to name any City legends before 2013…and most would struggle to name even a couple!! Ha ha. Proper fair weather supporters!

        • Albert Stubbins

          had a decent evening for gillingham once though I seem to recall- ha ha

          • Whitehurst

            Class!! Most City fans now wouldn’t remember that! 1999 was before most of them were born. Ha ha

    • Cockneytrev

      I think this is an embarrassing article and I don’t honestly know why the mag is even publishing it,,,, But I don’t believe you, I think your lying,,

    • Albert Stubbins

      you missed the 80’s- city used to give as good as they got. The good old days as I like to call them.

  • Paul Carter

    I’m a City fan of over 50 years and have seen lots of bad and very bad times. I like Newcastle Utd, Always have. They generally play football and not some boring version of the game. But I would just like to say that when you have two teams in a city and one has been the underdog for so long, success is often over celebrated. Give us our time. its not that long since we were beating Gillingham to get back into the old Divison One. Even when we had a great team (Bell, Lee,Summerbee etc) we didn’t get the credit. Please continue to despise Man United but think about what its like to have been in their shadow for so long.

    • Soldier

      you`ll always be in their shadows,

      • Ram Kishore

        Show some respect soldier.. they are just having their time..
        We had ours in 90s.. but we didn’t expect this kinda struggles..

        • CG

          You are hardly struggling in 2nd!? Relative to City in terms of results and style though fair enough.

          • Ram Kishore

            Wow I never thought this article drew many city fans

        • Albert Stubbins

          Newsflash- we won f. all in the 90’s. Now the fifties- yes we had some glory- the 90’s was the biggest anti climax ever.

      • CG

        Hmmm … I wonder why the whole of the football world talks about City these days then? Something to do with us overshadowing you rags (12 points in case you hadn’t noticed) and playing better football than any of old bacon face’s teams!. Tevez was a pivotal moment because it proved ‘little City’ could take your best players off you even if he was a gold digger. The present day gold digger did not join City because City chose not to be held to ransom and were not desperate for him to sign at any price. How times have changed! :-)

    • Scottie Chugger Dearden

      We didn’t agree with how much City were spending, a little a bit of jealousy and common sense that what City were paying certain players weren’t worth it but I certainly didn’t begrudge the City fans anything, enduring Man U fans for the 95/96 season with their inability to make their own chants was enough, as an outsider I was happy for City fans that Sir Alex Mctaggart got to see you win!

    • CG

      Not quite 50 about 35 but exact same sentiments … well said Paul.

    • Albert Stubbins

      fair comment. youve a small percent of arrogant t***s who are giving you a bad name but I dare say we’d be the same in your position tbh.

      • Damo

        Have you see some of your own fans comments? Maybe you should say about the % there?

        • Albert Stubbins

          That’s what I’m admitting to in my original response mate.

      • Geordiegiants

        We were everyone’s second team (entertainers), everyone loved us because our fans went and enjoyed it without arrogance.

        • Albert Stubbins

          agreed mate but weve still a small percentage of arrogant twats- i knew one or two bandwagon jumpers myself- they packed it in long ago. its the law of averages- some clubs buck the trend though admittedly.

    • gallowgate26

      I don’t think anybody (apart from Man U plastics) support Man United when they are playing City. Even though they are now kind of the underdog. Think about how many Liverpool fans, Newcastle fans, Leeds fans, I could go on… are cheering on City. Of that there is no doubt and it will remain for a very long time. Some of these click bait articles have been a bit childish and embarrassing to be honest, I think what really gets to some of us, regarding City, is that we can’t even compete against them anymore. It is literally like watching a championship side trying to defend against one of the best teams in the world. Cringe worthy.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Such a dumb article.

  • Paul

    Yet another Newcastle blog slaging City fans of again. Instead of mocking other teams support you should concentrate on filling that trophy cabinet what’s been empty for 60 years.

    • ToonTom

      And how would the fans do more to fill the trophy cabinet exactly?

    • GToon

      Correct. We’d love to. Just one person standing in our way!

  • Steve Fairclough

    Over 55% of City fans have been going for over 25 years – the most loyal fan base in the EPL. Do your research before posting nonsense. It was probably comparatively quiet because your team chose to come and park the bus again so it wasn’t exactly a riveting game. Well, at least City fans have a decent owner…

    • Andy Mac

      It’s not about loyalty it’s about the crass arrogance of fans who, without the aid of an oil rich sheikh, would still be living in the shadows of those other Mancs. I’d like to think we’d still have the humility if we became successful unlike Citeh and Chelski fans.

      • rickyt

        It’s actually about the editor of this website making clickbait headlines to wind up other fans for page clicks (same as he does for Villa). If you read the article nowhere does it say anything like ‘let us not turn into city fans’, it’s just a wind up. I’m a geordie who live in Manchester for a lot of years and both sets of supports (and people) are good folk who want to see their team do well.

      • Steve Fairclough

        Read the post again – the author claimed City were missing loyal fans, which clearly isn’t the case. As for crass arrogance… I’ve been a City supporter since 1975 and have never come across any of that – many of us have barely gotten over the ‘typical City’ mentality. Again, maybe find some facts before resorting to widespread and inaccurate generalisations.

        • Alan

          I don’t get what he’s saying besides ‘click here’. City missing loyal fans? Based on ‘I think’. So if City were getting 47k avarage 5 years before the take over (when they were shxt) is the writer saying those weren’t loyal as well Because surely the majority of that 47k still Go today?? Looks a bit clueless to me.

        • paul mclaughlan

          Mate I can’t even understand why The Mag is allowing Citeh stories now. We’ve played you now it’s time to move on until we meet again. I’ve nothing but good wishes and wished it was us in your situation.

        • Mr-Ed

          I don’t know many City fans who are arrogant. The vast majority of match going fans know where we came from and are delighted we are where we are.
          As to non City fans no longer liking quaint ickle City who because we were rubbish yet had a large fan base who followed a cr*p team. Do I care?
          Meeah NO!

      • Big Al 1967

        Sorry but every club has them. Sky has an inbuilt ability to filter them out the same way they can sniff out the Bedsheet brigade when they bring the cameras outside St James’

    • Albert Stubbins

      absolute twaddle.

      • CG

        You’ve summed your contribution up perfectly Albert, definitely the Stubbins and not Einstein! ;-)

        • Albert Stubbins

          you’re right i’m no Einstein if I was I wouldnt have been a toon s.ticket holder for 29 years- however, I still know bulls**** when I read it!!

          • CG

            There’s nowt wrong with being a passionate supporter for many years in fact quite admirable! Glad you know BS so please do inform the original author and put him right! :-)

    • CG

      80 or 90%. We filled the Etihad original capacity BEFORE the good Sheikh took over. Since then we fill the added 6000 and planning permission in the bag for another 6000.

  • Bowlsey

    OK this is getting embarrassing now. Are a section of City’s supporters numpties? Yes. Are a section of our own fans numpties? Yes. At the end of the day I would love to be in City’s position and actually be in with a great chance of winning something every season instead of cr*pping my pants over a relegation battle every season. The great fans of Newcastle United are long overdue some success.

    • Andy Mac

      I’m sorry but I wouldn’t ever want to be in Citehs position. Leicester’s from two years ago definitely but I just couldn’t get excited about buying the league., knowing that if the money left so would most if the players

      • Dillon Tovak

        That is the case currently

      • Steve Fairclough

        Sorry, but I simply don’t believe you… you’d most likely bite a rich, new owner’s hand off if it meant Newcastle could start winning trophies again after their long drought. Sadly, the more likely outcome is remaining a yo-yo club which, if you go down this season, will result in Mike Ashley keeping hold of the club for a much longer period…

      • paul mclaughlan

        I would sell my soul to be in Citeh’s situation.

        • GToon

          I would sell your soul for it too!

          • paul mclaughlan

            Hahaha. Wouldn’t an eternity in the pit be worth it for your soul? 😂

        • Dukinfield blue

          At last, some honesty rather than bitter jealousy

          • Big Al 1967

            Don’t worry mate 99% of Newcastle fans would happily swap places or owners preferably!!.

      • Mr-Ed

        I didn’t sell my soul – but believe me it’s great.
        More to the point the club is the best run in the land, probably the world, which considering we had our own Mike Ashley (Peter Swales) for 33 years is just incredible.

        • Albert Stubbins

          peter swales never had a pot to p*** in compared to fat mike- whatn ashley has done to Newcastle bears no comparison. swales was at least passionate about city- i remember seeing him on tv- fat mike has made 2 appearances in ten years ffs.

          • Mr-Ed

            He may have been passionate but as an Owner/Chairman he was a disaster.

          • Andy Mac

            and Fatman isnt ? 🤔 I really dont think other fans realise how much of a complete and utter failure the Fatman has been since he took over ? It’s almost as if he’s being paid a retainer by the makems ?

      • Dukinfield blue

        Is that why you are all bleating about Rafa the fake not having millions to throw around?
        Cretin, hypocrite, you wish you were city. If you would hate being us, why are you. Crying like babies at Ashley’s perceived lack of spending?

        • Andy Mac

          Blimey I thought they’d have put you to bed by now ?

      • CG

        So Newcastle’s team are all Bosman’s … its all relative. City’s owners are going nowhere … it was always a long term project. Even if they go, they would sell as a going concern, and City are now a profitable club, and buy £50M players from turnover, it has to be the case under FFP (Financial Foul Play).

        • Andy Mac

          Ha ha ha so Citeh’s turnover – part funded by their wealthy sponsors to help “adjust” the figures – is now completely kosher then ?

          You made just over £1m profit on turnover of £473m.

          Matchday £52m, Broadcasting – UEFA £48m, Broadcasting – All Other £155m and wait for it………..other commercial activities £218m. So if Eitihad et al hadnt stumped up yet again you’d have been in the clarts as we say up here.

      • Big Al 1967

        So let me get this right….If the club is ever sold and say a rich oil based family buys it and spends bucketloads on the likes of Messi, Neymar, Kane and Neuer and we go and win the League you would have a problem with it… Really???… are you sure cos I sure wouldn’t and I don’t know many Newcastle fans that would.

        • Andy Mac

          Just wouldnt want that and I’d be interested to know how many fans would ? As I said earlier there’s always the risk that the money could go just as easily as it came. Citeh’s oil money wont be there for ever as it’s running out as I write.

          I’d prefer a club to be run professionally with an owner/s who have the best interests of the club/fans at heart. As opposed to those who have been before who used this club to feather their own nests.

          Developed properly by gradually improving the squad, the facilities and the academy there’s no reason why we couldnt challenge for European honours within 5-10 years. I’d much prefer that, which would be more sustainable, than a mega rich Oligarch on the run from Putin or a dodgy despot from some Arabian outpost?

    • Mr-Ed

      Great post.
      Indeed you are overdue some success. Hopefully it will happen.
      City’s average attendance has gone up from the average 44k before the takeover to 54k now. Most of the 33k who were in League 2 (Div 3) in 1998 are still there too..
      About 4k or 5k every game at City are day trippers from all over the world. When you get good it happens. They are the only ones who buy the half and half scarfs.

  • Ram Kishore

    The Mag has become the another “Daily Star”..Graham Porter..
    Request: The Mag doesn’t need a Provoking Article to get viewers.(clickbaits)
    We dont need to slagg off other teams unnecessarily..
    Vet your Articles
    Do you guys really have an editor?
    Atleast The chronicle doesn’t provoke fans

    Seriously disappointed at this Article, the writer too.. who has every right to have a opinion.. we had our time in the 90s.. Manchester city are having theirs..

  • Toon

    Poor, embarrassing article, how does this stuff get posted? Click bait, pathetic really

  • GToon

    I don’t see the point of this article. All it is going to do is wind up fans of another team and create an unnecessary dislike between two set of fans who don’t really have a rivalry.
    Lets be honest we are going to be hoping Man City do us a favour that Ashley is incapable of doing. Have you seen their last four games? Swansea, West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton. So it could be that city keep us up if it comes down to goal difference!

  • Coggy

    Another deluded piece of fantasy from the Geordies! Hope we never have to invent derbies against teams 20 miles down the coast, or conveniently forget the 10,000 crowds in the old division 2! Passionate – maybe, loyal – don’t make me laugh! You’re a one-club-city with no viable alternative so you should be there in droves… unlike when we played you a couple of months back!

    • paul mclaughlan

      11 miles.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Newcastle isnt on the coast- sunderland is 15 miles away- google it. More of a true derby than you plastic cockneys could ever have!! singing sections, empty seats and no atmosphere- you’re welcome to it.

    • gallowgate26

      At least it’s a true rivalry and passionate support of two rubbish teams no matter what. Look at the same city ‘derbies’ like Liverpool-Everton, where many families are half and half, they are hugging each other and off for a pint together after the game. No doubt similar in ‘same city’ Manc chester F that, we’ll stick to our Tyne-Wear derby, thanks!! (More akin to the old firm)

      • Dukinfield blue

        Bitter, jealous, deluded.
        I hope and expect you go down and never come back

        • gallowgate26

          Get a life, if I was in your position I wouldn’t care a jot about irrelevnt, left-behind NUFC, certainly not enough to comment on their ‘blogs. I sincerely hope that you actually win the champions league this year, instead of going out with a whimper as soon as you play a ‘proper’ club…aye

      • Scoutingfromtherooftops

        Have you ever lived outside the North East Gallowgate26? Because the Tyne/Wear derby is about as relevant to the rest of the country as say the Sheff Weds/Utd would be up here.

        Very easy to slag off the Liverpool and Manchester clubs if you’ve no first hand experience of living somewhere else where there are two teams in a city.

        The only bit of this article I can possibly agree with is that the expectancy of a win can add to a sterile atmosphere. But would you not have the same expectancy at SJP in the 90s against the relegation candidates?

        There’s also no real rivalry between Man City and the Toon these days so it was never going to be 90 minutes of to and fro singing between fans.

  • Kevin Sharkey

    So now are we all agreed Newcastle and City fans should just party together next time we meet!

  • dominicscarlatti

    I trust that the vast majority of NUFC supporters are of a different class and level of mentality than the wind-up merchant who penned this ugly piece of trash. If the Staveley Group does indeed purchase the club from the big fat buffoon maybe he will reject them as owners, since Amanda Staveley actually brokered the sale of City from Shinawatra to ADUG in 2008.

    Newcastle supporters deserve so much better than Ashley, and I hope that the sale goes through and the club prospers, on the pitch and off. I’d move heaven and earth to hang onto Rafa also, not a perfect manager, but a darn good one who is a great tactician.

    • GToon

      The article is just to get a few adverts out and get a few people to torment each other. I must admit that I cringed when I saw it. You sort of expect a bit of banter the day before and after but you are even playing another team tonight! I thought we could have let it lie by now! Like I said below your team could be the one to save us as your Gallagher brothers sang. Good luck with the rest of the season, especially against Man Utd.

      • dominicscarlatti

        At the end of the day, it’s little more than blatant clickbait for City and, to a lesser extent, Newcastle supporters. Thanks, and I still have a soft spot for NUFC, in part because of Sir Robby and Keegs, but also because I’ve enjoyed seeing many fine NC players over the years. I truly hope you lot can ride Ashley out of town, er, Tyne, as soon as possible.

    • Dukinfield blue

      Dominic, fair play mate. I wish you all the best

    • Don’t bank on it, this site has been running it’s mouth off about Manchester City constantly since Ben Arfa got his leg broke by Dejong, the vast majority of Geordies on the site commenting are bitter jealous City haters. I’ve had runs in with a few of them, shut them all up.

      • The vitriol they’ve been dishing out to us City fans over the last few or so years will eventually come back to haunt them, the moment their club gets bought out by rich investors and they find themselves on the same end that City have found ourselves, they will realise how idiotic and ignorant they have been.

  • Desree

    Instead of soulless arrogant whiners. That is what I felt about SJP when I went there to watch shef wed win 1-0

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I don’t doubt you are right but letting your guard slip, Owls fan, eh? Now the bet makes sense!

  • redcarrob

    This isn’t new. It happens at all big Premier League grounds. Old Trafford/ Emirates/ London Stadium/ Stamford Bridge. St.James’ is no different. Read the comments that get posted from away fans at our ground. They say exactly the same thing (apart from those awful scarves, fortunately). It’s the impact of all seater stadiums and the huge size of the grounds. It’s far easier to make noise in the away end. People moan that our home fans are sterile, whinging, social media obsessed and not a patch on the fans who went 20 years ago. That’s may be a but harsh and be seen through rose tinted glasses but it’s no different to the Etihad. All clubs have idiots but they also have good fans. It’s just how it is now.

    • Geordiegiants

      Nah not having that like, their fans are pure arrogant scum these days. They have nothing about them anymore, it wasn’t that long they were in the same rut as us, now they are worse than the Manure fans under Sir Alex.

      • Dukinfield blue

        Geordie giants, ha ha ha ha , you lot will never be anything but canon fodder

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah but we are real fans no matter what happens!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Pretty much spot on, the money in in attracting TV interest and once in a lifetime visitors. Sjp is pretty sterile, even before the new stands went up, it only bounced in the big games or exciting games.

      That said, I don’t like the organised flags etc, seems a bit artificial to me do maybe I’m just harking back to the urine stench of the Gallowgate.

  • guest643

    The atmosphere at Eastlands is especially bad considering what’s on offer, its extremely sterile but I’ll take my chances on seeing if its different for us.

    the only team that hasn’t had a naff gate if you go back as far as 1991 is Man United if you want to go down that road.

    • CG

      Closet red

  • gallowgate26

    Oi City & Mansour, give that dirty oil barrel cash back to Abu Dhabi, so that they can build schools, hospitals and buy Yoorofighter Typhoons off us…

  • gallowgate26

    In all seriousness, sure they can beat our malnourished, abused, underfunded, championship, Yoyo team ten times in a row. Not exactly impressive when you look at the difference between the two owners is it? The day I’ll start to really recognise them is when they win the champions league. For the money they’ve spent and the manager they have, the PL is not an achievement anymore. Have they even reached the semi-finals of the champions league yet? If not, why not?

    • Zack Scott

      Yes, they have.

    • Davey drape

      Let’s see how Good they are when they play PSG

      • gallowgate26

        Or Juve, or Real Madrid, or Bayern, or FCB…..

        • Davey drape

          Exactly. Loads of ppl raving about them but they got to prove it on a higher level yet

        • We’ve beaten, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid you gimp.

      • Swanny

        PSG aren’t as “amazing” as everyone makes out! Man City can beat psg real madrid and Bayern Munich this cl campaign. Barcelona are the only real threat to city’s cl title ambition.

    • Big Al 1967

      They played Real Madrid in the semi final a couple of years back under Pellegrini.

  • Hello Geordies, want another few rounds with me?

    • paul mclaughlan

      To be fair to you us talking about Citeh is getting rather boring now. Hopefully this will stop till the next time we meet.

      • Hey, All your pathetic and deluded fans have to do is shut the fk up about us and you won’t hear from us again. simple.

        • paul mclaughlan

          Still a Richard from Portsmouth though.

  • Down Under Mag

    It isn’t unique to City…I suspect if you go to PSG now you would find a rather sterile atmosphere. It is a measure of success that the hardcore fans tend to get pushed to the side in favour of higher spending tourists keen to latch on to the latest success story as they go around back home parading their “title winning” team they support. How many Warriors merchandise do you see from folks interested in the NBA now? How much were the Dallas cowboys the centre of attention when they were in their hey-day 20 years ago? Don’t see much of them now…it’s all Patriots or Broncos.

    Basically what i’m saying is I don’t think you need to worry about it happening to NUFC any time soon, we aren’t going to have any sustained period of success any time soon under fatty, nor would we be looking to buy the league under most prospective new owners…the 200m talked about as a funding strategy of the PCP group won’t buy much in this day and age of 75m quid defenders!

  • TyneBridge

    Ive always thought Man City fans were dickheads tbh. Its a myth that Manchester people support Man City and not Man Utd. Man U have more local fans than Man City and more worldwide fans than Man City. I for one hope hope they are sold they dont deserve these owners and I suspect they wish they had bought anotherclub now too. A lesson for PCP to heed perhaps. Stick it out for NUFC. Give the fat man the money. It will be worth it in tge long run.

    • C

      What a bell end

    • You’re a liar, I spent my life in Longsight, Gorton, Stockport, Wythenshawe and Cheadle, my Dad’s side are all Mancunians as am I and the majority have always been City fans in Manchester, City fans just don’t wear our shirts out on non match days unlike United fans who live in them, had city fans wear our shirts around the City on non match day like we’re something special like United fans, you’d see far more blue shirts than red. In fact Man United are not even in Manchester, so it shows how much you fking Geordies know. United have been in Trafford which is a metropolitan borough of greater Manchester like Bolton for over 100 years, yet the sad mugs are putting up billboards welcoming their players to Manchester, there’s only one true heir to Manchester and the clue is in the name, the first club to ever represent Manchester, aka Manchester City. Man United are now in our shadow, their history means nothing to us. Stop trying to convince people that Manchester is anything other than Blue because you’re a bare faced liar.

  • George Pare

    I liked your comments Jon and to be honest I feel the same about our supporters i.e. very little vocal support. I have been a City supporter since 1955. My father took me to Maine Road when I was five years old and have been a proud supporter of Citeh ever since. My sister is the same although my three younger brothers support the “other lot.”

    City, I like to think, used to be everyone’s “second team” because if there was a way to muck things up, City managed “very well” to do exactly that. A bit of gallows humour, I think. Since the money came in this is no longer the case. What I think was compassion for a “bumbling and not-very good team” has become hatred for the riches we now have. The team is absolutely fantastic and play beautiful football, the facilities (Etihad Campus) is second to none but we seem to have lost our soul. It’s really quite depressing, however I follow them everywhere and love them to bits but I wish we would make a lot more noise/atmosphere at home.

  • Alan Williamson

    See all the comments? thats what happens when you talk shixte….I have also been a fan for a very long time. Im no different. I still appreciate the Geordie Fans. How you have had a full house nearly every week considering the shixte thats been on offer for ‘how many’ years? And your shxthouse owner. Your most City fans ‘second team’. Unfortunately for you we got the decent owner and hes invested money in the club..Dont begrudge us just realise you got the wrong investor. We are certainly enjoying our success and standard of football..Sadly you are not but dont have a go at our fans because we fell lucky and you are still having it tough..Good luck on survivial we need a good Ncle in the prem…

  • Alan Williamson

    When will all the other fans understand. Citys sheik did invest in the club..That was a few years ago now. we are now SELF SUFFICIENT..We only spend what we can generate and afford now..No FFP issues because we have a decent TURNOVER..Hope you geordies understand what that is ..and its not asking your missus for a doggy .lol… And we play the best football youve ever seen…so why knock it..