I am a 23 year old Mexican American living in the States and Newcastle United has my heart.

Growing up in the States means growing up in a sports-dominated culture. Basketball, baseball and football (American) grab all the glory. These are our favourites, simply because we excel in them. We do not like to embrace much unless it is of the grandest quality. This is why we often de-prioritise soccer. Hell, we even prefer the term “soccer” to allow football (American) to maintain a more clear and proper image.

I fell in love with the beautiful game at a young age.

I fell in love because it is the world’s sport.

It is the sport that gathers all cultures from across the globe.

And it absolutely crushes my heart to see my country is a team of many cultures, yet we often fail to come together. For me, football gave me life; it was my therapy, my hope and passion. The sport alone captured me. Then came the story of a boy with a dream, a boy very similar to me with a very similar dream. As arbitrary as the story may be, it is still the reason I fell in love with Newcastle United.

I have been watching the club for a few years now, feeling both the joys of accomplishments and the frustrations of struggling times.

I do my best to watch every game, even if it begins at five in the morning over here. I have spent time learning the history of the club and of the legends (Ginola, Ferdinand and Shearer to name a few) to not only grace the club but also the game. Most of my supporting life I have witnessed the long strenuous battle against relegation.

This season we have reached the top half of the Premier League which many failed to even imagine at the beginning of the season. Rafa Benitez may have been the only one to see the true potential for the club this season.

Rafa Benitez gives me the greatest hope as an NUFC supporter. In the States, the only jerseys worn are of the ‘Big six’, or Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is rare to see any other club proudly worn in the public. I see Rafa as the person who can put Newcastle United jerseys all over the States. I trust Rafa, and I have faith in his vision and patience.

Newcastle United needs an owner to have the same faith and trust as the supporters have in Rafa Benitez. It will take some time, as all great things do, but within a few years Rafa can help the Newcastle name to instill fear to the Premier League.

Although I may not own a jersey yet, I know Rafa is the man to create a new wave of supporters as he and the club continue to progress. One day I will see Newcastle United supporters here in the States as often as I see Manchester United or Chelsea fans, and I will know it began with Rafa Benitez and the players who trusted him.

I am proud of the current squad and hope we can keep most of our key players. They have progressed so much this season, I look forward to their future.

From the States to St James with love.

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  • Danimal

    Great post, thanks Jacob. Let’s hope the future is bright (and black and white).

    • Galowgate

      Exactly

    • Leazes.

      It was made up!

      • Gallowgate

        Hahaha gobsh*te

  • Alex

    It’s not so long ago that, as well as Accrington Stanley, it was both Chelsea and Man City that were also succeeded with “who are they?”.

    The downsizing and the deterioration in international prominence under Ashley has been shameful. And deliberate.

    Well done for keeping the Newcastle flag flying in USA, and we all hope for better days ahead.

    • Galowgate

      Well said

      • Leazes.

        Prat

  • Leazes.

    ‘Tostado’ is Spanish for ‘Toasted’ and unsurprisingly I could only find one person with that bizarre name and he appears to be a supporter of the American National Rifle Association, I don’t doubt the author for one second except when you start gushing and professing ‘Love’ like some sort of adolescent schoolgirl the potent mix of guns-n-roses becomes a little like the hackneyed inventions of whoever is inventing this tosh for the Mag!

    I have more belief in Santiago Munez being real!

    Yours Truly

    Leazes

    • Danimal

      I thought Santiago was real. I bet he totted up more minutes on the SJP pitch than Michael Owen.

      • Leazes.

        Is there any piece of that which seems genuine?…..

        Quote….’I fell in love with the beautiful game at a young age’….

        He’s previously said hes 23!!!

        • Danimal

          I prefer to believe people are genuine unless proven otherwise thanks. It’s Friday, the sun is shining and someone has taken the trouble to write some kind words about my football team. I can’t see a problem here. Cheers.

          • Leazes.

            Its made up thats the problem…. if its genuine its still a heap of cr*p!

    • Galowgate

      You never fail to amaze. Self obsessed tosser

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂

      • Leazes.

        Check your spelling of Gallowgate before you call people you pr!ck!

        • Albert Stubbins

          Lol back of the net!!

        • Sing in the Leazes

          Leazes v Gallowgate?
          Seriously? Are you pulling my leg?
          When is East stand going to join in?
          Just because the lad’s jumping on the overseas fan bandwagona little bit doesn’t mean he’s unfeasible. Not everyone is in on the conspiracy are they?
          I thought he just sounded a bit lonely for some toon solidarity, you know, following NUFC isn’t as sociable for him as us, and the first time he reaches out he puts his hand straight into the hornets’ nest that is the bitter in-fighting between otherwise intelligent individuals that passes for comments on here.

    • Rich Lawson

      Even if it is made up it’s still slightly better (positive) than the the usual Porter nonsense. Munez ? Oh ! Wenger out !

      • Leazes.

        Santiago Munez was the Mexican striker in the film ‘Goal’….. it literally translates as ‘St James (on the) Hill…. not a lot of people know that.

        This is exactly the same sh*te as the last one and again the name is ‘food’ themed….. a poster who has never contributed to any discussion here apparently contributes an article.

  • Looney Toon

    There’s a good number of supporter groups scattered about the States. I’m not sure where you are in the US but there are groups from Maine to LA and just about everywhere in between. While we can’t be in the gallowgate end week in and out, we do still get together to support the boys. It also means when you see the kit (which many of us do have) out and about, you know it was purchased with intention.

    • Leazes.

      Where would he be if he watches a live game at 5 a.m.?

      • Coach Clagnut

        West Coast

      • Looney Toon

        West Coast for the early games. Otherwise the Pacific.

        • Leazes.

          6 hours difference from here are you sure that’s a live game?

          What time does that make kick off here then?

          • Coach Clagnut

            West coast is 8 hours behind GMT

          • Leazes.

            I wouldn’t eat doughnuts any earlier…. oh sh*t I might have insulted a genuine poster!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The funny thing is, you would have carried on if it weren’t Clagnut. You are an idiot.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He won`t be in the States long if Trump gets his way,
    he`ll be another Juan out the door

    • Leazes.

      Not necessarily….either…..

      1. They’ll not take him alive because he’s got a gun.
      2. He’s the invention of someone on the Mag who makes these things up.

      • Coach Clagnut

        You don’t even need to own a gun to be killed during an arrest. Providing your skin colour is anything other than white, the cops have a 007 licence whether you’re armed or not.

        • Leazes.

          I’ve had it…. not going there then.

      • Jacob Tostado

        I am a real person and I do no support the NRA. I wish my country had common sense gun laws, but I submitted this piece to discuss a club that I love and nothing else. How this somehow offended and irked you is an unappealing mystery.

        • Leazes.

          Congrats on your first post ‘toastie’ did you join just to make that comment?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Leazes and MMM are the same person, he just logs in under different names to try and back up his point. You’ll notice over time this happens whenever he [Leazes’] isn’t getting attention.

    • Nart

      Ridiculous comment

      • Leazes.

        Ridiculous article!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I know,
        try some WD40 it may help pull your head out of your A $$

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It’s getting offensive, the guy has gone to the effort to write and article yet this idiot & Jezza are trying to pull the lad apart because of his nationality.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Really, don’t be such an idiot. You are going too far here, you are bullying.

      Most realise you are one person who is doing this, if you don’t like the article, say why but you are just a nasty piece of work.

  • Coach Clagnut

    I’ve worked with many Central & South American’s and whilst it’s true that they do love their football they also love their religion which, in the main, is Roman Catholicism. They christen their children, boy or girl, in homage to the saints and martyrs sacred to their creed.
    Never came across a St.Jacob but I stand to be corrected.

    • Leazes.

      It is indeed crackers!

      • Gallowgate

        Obviously

      • Jim

        Isn’t James a corruption of Jacob?

        • Leazes.

          Its a name but not as we know it Jim……Its the Middle eastern form of James particularly Hebrew, and not used in the Americas where they use the Spanish form Santiago.

  • Gareth Marshall

    Thanks Jacob, I enjoyed reading that! It’s always great to hear from foreign fans. I hope you’re right and Rafa leads us to greatness, we the fans deserve something to really cheer about!

  • Leazes.

    I just wonder if its Fleckman making up all of these fans around the world jobbies?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂😂

    • Jezza

      Fleckman is full of jobbies.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        and schitt
        💩💩💩

  • Albert Stubbins

    If trump gets his way you’ll be back over the wall this time next year. You could maybe set up a fan club in Guatemala first before we conquer the world? Small steps and all that mate!!

  • Jacob Tostado

    What part of this article annoys some of you? How is my support for NUFC considered offensive?

    • Coach Clagnut

      Neither offensive or annoying.
      This rag has form for jackanory articles and unlikely scenarios looking for clickbait.
      If in fact you do exist Jacob, the reactions are not personal.
      Shalom!

      • Jacob Tostado

        I do, I am from Los Angeles, this is why I was watching the game against Arsenal at 5 in the morning, not all games are that early, this monday the game is around noon.
        Cheers!

        • Leazes.

          You are fleckman…… master of disguise aren’t you?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I am Miguel Maximus Raton
            😂😂😂😂

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Pity nuts not online he speaks Spanish

          • Leazes.

            I’ve told you what is means….. ‘toasted James’

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            yeah but he could ask the guy in Spanish i doubt if Bobbi can speak it

          • Leazes.

            Bobbi goes on Hols to the Algarve, or did.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            that`s Portugese

          • Leazes.

            I know it is I’m well travelled!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            i`ve been all over the shop, my dad was a Civil engineer & he worked all over the world

          • Leazes.

            Well done….. you’ll be aware Mexicans call it Futbol not bloody Soccer then?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            so they do

          • Leazes.

            You’ve been to the States right…. did you see thousands of soccer fans who support Manure and Chelsea…. well I didn’t I saw thousands of people wearing ‘Buffalo Bills’ shirts whatever they are!

            The article makes the same premise as the others that football is huge and it just isn’t! It does have a following but nowhere near what is claimed.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            that`s correct only ex pats are interested & even when i was in Canada for 2 months no English football shirts

          • Leazes.

            and Mexicans!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            /😂😂

          • Jacob Tostado

            I stated that other sports take the glory, but as for the few who do wear football jerseys they tend to be the ones I stated.

          • Leazes.

            So being outnumbered is totally irrelevant then in the grand scheme of things!

          • Jacob Tostado

            My point is, I believe Rafa Benitez can help the club grow.

          • Leazes.

            Well he cant because he’s a coach not an owner.

          • Jacob Tostado

            Growth depends on the success of his squad.

          • Leazes.

            Which the owner sells….didn’t you watch the film ‘moneyball’.

          • Jacob Tostado

            I understand, which is why I place trust in Rafa. I trust his vision.

          • Leazes.

            Are you sure your not fleckman or his brother….. you sound like him?

          • Jacob Tostado

            I don’t know who that is.

          • Jezza

            To be fair Fleckman and his brother have been calling for Rafa to be sacked all season.

          • Leazes.

            I wouldn’t know I’ve blocked them both but as their role appears to be to get hits for the site It wouldn’t surprise me if they went in any direction which provokes a response, for or against…. its professional trollology.

            The younger one has a personality bypass, that is the way to differentiate the two.

          • Jezza

            Me too, I blocked all their various IDs around Christmas but up to that point they were constantly banging the drum for Rafa to be sacked and replaced with the likes of Pardew, Koeman, Bilic or Eddie Howe.

            The younger brother who posts as Clarko/Monkseaton/ghostbuster amongst other ID’s is very childish, stroppy and petulant, while the older one who posts as Fleckman clearly sees himself as some sort of intellectual and thinks Geordies are simple people who can be bamboozled with fancy words and financial lexicon.

            The two of them obviously struggle to function socially and are immersed in a co-dependent relationship with the older brother taking the dominant role.

          • Leazes.

            Yes you’ve got it!

            Well you can see what I mean about them simply trying to provoke, and yes the elder one is the nasty of the two, the younger one has no personality that’s the way you know which is which. But fleckman has said in the past that he’s worked for the Mag owner Mark Jensen, so is it reasonable that they are working to get hits for the site by being controversial? I’ve no doubt that the younger one has a heck of a lot of different log ins many more than his brother, and indeed Fleckman has been accepted as a contributor of articles by Mark Jensen.

          • Jezza

            I’ll tell you now there is no way that Fleckman has worked with Mark
            Jensen. It’s just another of Fleckman’s lies. I used to know Mark Jensen
            quite well as I was heavily involved with the original paper version of
            The Mag right back at the beginning. The Mark Jensen I knew back then
            was a decent, honest, plain talking, honourable lad and definitely not a
            wind up merchant or stirrer.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            To suggest I’ve lied is just a wee bit too much coming from you who constantly lies. Leazes’ is the same, you post nonsense that your know is incorrect but think people are taken in.

            You blocked me because I questioned your nonsense and that you welshed on a charity bet, that’s poor form.

          • Leazes.

            What happened to him?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            No, I’ve not worked for the Mag anymore than I’ve written a few articles. I’ve written two this year but I’d not claim to have worked for the fanzine.

            If you have any old copies, you’ll find my contributions in #3, #7 and a few in the late 80s and 90s. I don’t think anyone but chris Tait worked with him back then, it was just volunteers.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ha ha, i love the fact that you care.

            Is it possible that more than one person does not agree with you. You make nearly every ‘fact’ up. The only thing that may be true is you went to games in the 80s but even then you are a bit sketchy.

          • Albert Stubbins

            What a corker. Jezzas got them all weighed up.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You’ve blocked me but your other nom de plume reacts nearly every day. I really don’t care if you block me but be consistent, get your other log-in to do the same.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Oh dear, lying again Jezza! I’ve not suggested Rafa be sacked at all.

          • Jacob Tostado

            Not all Mexicans, only those who speak Spanish as their first language. English is my first and only language.

          • Leazes.

            That’s you knackered when Trump deports you then!

          • Jacob Tostado

            Only immigrants will be deported you ignorant swine.

          • Leazes.

            It wont stop him trying

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            That’s about the only true thing you’ve every come up with, yes, I’ve been to Portugal a few times including the Algarve. Well done, check the date, Leazes has not lied in this post.

            You could have said Croatia, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, China, Philippines, Thailand , New Zealand, the States…all would be equally true,

          • Leazes.

            He doesn’t speak Spanish apparently!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I`v had a few drinks in Casey`s bar on Grand Ave

          • Leazes.

            He’s not real just because he says he is!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            if he is real he`ll know Casey`s bar

          • Leazes.

            He’ll google it…. he’s only 23 you have to be 40 before they let you drink over there.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            most likely

          • Jacob Tostado

            Macallans Public House is my go to. It is OC but worth the drive.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I was only in LA for 2 days stop over

          • Leazes.

            Drink Driving is frowned upon in the US.

          • Jacob Tostado

            Drunk*

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Doesn`t annoy me cos i believe nothing i read on here
      😂😂

    • Leazes.

      Mainly the plagiarism of all of the other ‘fans around the world’ tosh

      • Jacob Tostado

        You do not know what plagiarism is.

        • Leazes.

          I do apologies you aren’t fleckman, you are the younger brother Kevin…..Clarko.

          • Danimal

            Leazes, sometimes you are funny but on this occasion you are being a [email protected]

          • Leazes.

            I’m not joking in this case.

    • Danimal

      I don’t consider any of it offensive. Apologies on behalf of all decent, friendly Geordies. Thanks for posting. Leazes must be having a bad day.

      • Leazes.

        Its Clarko mate the ubiquitous name changing troll, younger brother of fleckman!

        • Danimal

          Leazes, for God’s sake take a chill pill and find something more important to worry about. I hope you’re ok.

          • Leazes.

            That doesn’t really address the issues that I’ve highlighted now does it!

          • PhilK

            The next drip that says “take a chill pill” because they don’t have the basic nous to disagree properly should be banned from the internet

          • Albert Stubbins

            What even is a chill pill?it sounds like something my daughter would come oot with.

        • Jezza

          We all know the troll who posts as Fleckman is an established pathological liar and fantasist. Everything he writes here is a falsehood so why on earth do you believe him when he says he has worked for The Mag?

      • PhilK

        For “decent friendly geordies” read the handful of modern equivalents of Dickens “Uriah Heep” among geordies

    • Leazes.

      Apart from the content the article well it compulses of femininity which would be fine if you were a woman but becomes disconcerting because you aren’t. There is another writer on the Mag who does that strangely.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Don’t worry, Leazes is an idiot. He posts a lot of lies on here then gets very upset when people either don’t believe him or question him. The same applies for Jezza.

      • PhilK

        That applies to far from a few of his critics too

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          He makes up rubbish, Jezza does too and that’s fine if there isn’t a victim. Here, he’s trying to bully someone who’s put the effort into writing an article. He’s tried to make out he has support when he logs back in as MMM. I’d struggle to find 10% to agree with but that would be OK, what he’s done in this little tirade to hound out a newbie is quite frankly horrible.

          The bloke’s a tool.

  • Sayyed boutros abdu

    Leazes is just an angry old man. Don’t listen to his rubbish.

    • Leazes.

      Which part of ‘the trolls have taken over the Mag’ didn’t you like newbie?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Leazes’ constantly lies and wants to be the centre of attention. Sometimes he says something funny, here he’s just being an idiot.

      • Jacob Tostado

        I thought leazes was a woman?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          If you said Jezza, I’d understand that.

  • RunforPavel47

    @Jacobtostado do you need a toon top as I’ll organising it and ship you one.

    • Leazes.

      Nice try but he wont have an address and you can’t post parcels to cyberspace!

    • Jacob Tostado

      That would be absolutely amazing but I do not feel comfortable about revealing my address online.

  • Looney Toon

    I tried to post it a bunch but it wouldn’t let me. There’s a “Toon Army LA” you should look up on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Great post, it certainly is a roller coaster supporting our club but i wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Brian Standen

    It is a good post but some of the comments below are a little embarrassing!
    I would love to hear a certain regular comments contributors conspiracy theories on the moon landings or the death of Elvis Presley!

    • Leazes.

      The conspiracy of our time is fake news Brian.

      • Jacob Tostado

        The only social media I have is facebook because if I delete it then my spotify account is deleted too but my music is important to me, just like my privacy so my Facebook is hard to find. For the last time, I am real and you are delusional.

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Elvis didn’t die,he just went home” (One of my all time faves)

      • Leazes.

        He did… in an oversized coffin.

        • Rich Lawson

          Rock n Roll never forgets !

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Some of that comments are close to bullying. The staff writers are fair game but volunteer writers should not be attacked like this, the piece hasn’t anything to get upset about and if Leazes’, his sidekick and dozy Jezza want to attack someone, at least do it on the basis of something that has been said, not what is made up within their simple nasty minds.

  • PhilK

    Odd how our followers in other countries are devoted, good people NOT the drones who follow trophy teams, and woulkd drop them if they trophies dry up and move to another club who ARE winning

    • Jezza

      You’ve just described all Newcastle fans.