Middlesbrough is a strange one.

It must be totally baffling to the rest of the country as to why the football team only 30 miles down the road means absolutely nothing to Newcastle fans.

When you consider the football map these days, it will be even more puzzling.

The likes of Darlington and Hartlepool have even lost their league status and are in the wilderness.

Whilst Sunderland have dropped off a cliff and after successive relegations looking to join them, now in the process of being bought by bidders that are headed up by the owner of non-league Eastleigh.

As for the Premier League, Newcastle United found themselves with no other team within a round trip radius of less than 240 miles or so.

No local Premier League clubs and indeed not one in the whole of Yorkshire, trips to Burnley and Huddersfield the only two closer than visiting Manchester and beyond.

As for Middlesbrough, it is hilarious really as to just how little they are in our conscious thoughts.

I was astounded to see this morning that they had already qualified for the play-offs and would be one of the four with the opportunity of making up the three clubs coming up the top tier.

I honestly had no idea and haven’t heard a single Newcastle fan talking about them, plenty interest with Fulham and the Mitro connection, even Villa to a much smaller extent because of their capacity to annoy in recent times, but Middlesbrough…?

If anybody had asked me what I knew about Middlesbrough this season, I would have known they brought in Tony Pulis halfway through and they were kind of somewhere between mid-table and the play-off positions, but that is it really, apart from guessing that as usual there had been loads of empty seats. Certainly not that they had ensured a top six spot with time to spare.

Middlesbrough of course always want to be Newcastle’s rival on those occasions when we happen to be in the same division but no normal person counts this as a big game…and most definitely not as a derby.

Do I want Boro to come up through the play-offs?

The choice at the moment is Villa and Middlesbrough, with Fulham and Derby hot favourites to join them in the play-off semi-finals.

I suppose if pushed I would probably say I’d want Fulham to go up due to the Mitro thing, plus they play good football, and it is a canny place to visit.

Middlesbrough doesn’t have any of that.

I don’t have any strong feelings about any of their players, with Pulis in charge I can’t imagine they play anything that resembles football, whilst as for visiting the place…it has always been a case of in getting in and out in the minimum of time spent there. The locals are about as friendly as the skyline is attractive, so can’t really think of anything in favour of Middlesbrough sharing a division with Newcastle.

I had to check when we’d last played them, the last and maybe only big memory of the place being when Tino Asprilla came off the bench and added some magic and a win on his debut under Kevin Keegan.

It is actually over eight years since we last crossed paths, playing each other in the Championship the first time Mike Ashley got Newcastle relegated.

Turns out Newcastle beat them 2-0 at home and drew 2-2 away that season on the way to 102 points as champions.

Actually, you have to go back 12 years and eight games since Boro actually beat Newcastle, a 1-0 defeat for NUFC at their place in October 2006.

If Middlesbrough do deserve recognition maybe it will come from Mike Ashley, as he can proudly boast that Newcastle have never lost to the Smoggies in his entire 11 year reign.

Not a lot else for Mike Ashley, or Middlesbrough, to brag about.

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  • Jezza

    I’ve been keeping an eye on Middlesborough and would be delighted to see them get promoted. We need more Northern geams in general and North East teams in particular in the top division. Middlesborough aren’t really our local rivals but with no North East derbies on the agenda for the next couple of years at least it will be quite nice to have a couple of semi derbies with the Teesiders.

    • TheNutJob

      so would i and i always look for their result on match day

    • Ram Kishore

      Why isnt there a rivalry like we have against Mackem Jezza?

      • Leazes.

        Because its a different region Ram…. that will infuriate a few from the North Bank.

        • Ram Kishore

          But still 30 miles away got to give some rivalry right?

          • Leazes.

            No… 40 miles and 50 years.

          • Wor Lass

            You`ve seen that finger sculpture at the town limit pointing outwards – underneath it says “20th Century”?

          • Jezza

            Are they not even in the 20th century never mind the 21st? That bad eh?

          • Wor Lass

            To be fair, Jezza, I`ve never actually been to the Boro itself. I have peered towards it, through the haze, from Eston Nab and I must have passed through on the train when I had a girlfriend in Marske. My impression is based more on the limited number of people I`ve known who come from there (and when I say “limited” …). No doubt it has it`s good and bad bits like anywhere else. Good luck to them, I say – the more NE teams doing well the better!

          • Jezza

            Did you never go to see us play at Ayresome Park? That’s one utterly terrifying experience you been spared then ha ha.

          • Wor Lass

            Actually, Jezza, I don`t know how I could not count that. Of course! I only ever went once – in 1983 – and we lost 3-2 in Div 2. The ground was a right dump, as I recall, but there was a good atmosphere.

          • East Durham Mag

            I live 15 to 20 miles from Boro and while they are not important to me and Middlesboro itself is a dump this article is a bit sad. If the author doesn’t like them and thinks they are that irrelevent why has he taken the time to write this rubbish?

          • Jezza

            To be fair Middlesborough is an OK place. Yes a large area of the town is very heavily industrialised but there are many nice areas too and the people are friendly. You also don’t have to go very far out of Middlesborough to get into some beautiful countryside,

          • Leazes.

            Friendly….I went to Ayresome as a teen and one of their supporters punched me on the face as I was walking towards the busses….. you don’t forget stuff like that, totally unprovoked assault!

          • Jezza

            Oh their fans were always brutal when we played there, no doubt about it. One of the most terrifying away grounds of them all. What I meant was if you’re in the Middlesborough when there’s no football on the townspeople are generally friendly.

          • Leazes.

            So you’re saying they’re psychopaths hiding behind the thin veneer of a normalised facade ready to spring into violence at the drop of a hat….. yes I’ll accept that.

          • Jezza

            Teesiders as a whole are decent people it’s just that there always was a prominent lunatic fringe among Middlesborough FC fans back in the day.

          • gallowgate26

            I went to Stockton Riverside festival in 2013 and had a good weekend to be fair. Yes there is the odd knacker, but no more so than in Newcastle or Gateshead… It is quite a poor/rough area though. More so than Tyne & Wear, which is already below average for England lets be honest.

          • Jezza

            I do like that part of the world to be truthful. Middlesborough, Stockton and Darlington are all decent places as far as I’m concerned. You are right about the whole of the North East being poorer/rougher than the national average and it’s not by accident either. It has come about from decades, if not centuries, of wilfull neglect from Westminster,

          • Wor Lass

            I had a mate “back in the day” who was a boot boy (no, it wasn`t MonkSatan) and he reckoned the Boro fans were the originals and hardest. I said, “Oh, yeah” and advised him to grow up.

          • Jezza

            Yes we’ve all had our experiences at away games with Middlesborough. I remember one time there in the 80’s walking across Ayresome Gardens towards the ground with a marra. We weren’t wearing any colours and we weren’t even talking so none of the locals could pick up on our accents. My marra happened to glance over his shoulder and that was enough to set off a Middlesborough knacka behind us, who became very aggressive shoving my marra shouting abuse and making all sorts of threats, and the best bit is he didn’t even know we were Newcastle supporters!

          • East Durham Mag

            Most of the people are ok but the town centre is awful. Got to agree its a stones throw from some great countryside. Perhaps the author is trying to provoke some more intense rivally as the Mackems won’t be on the scene for a bit of time. Ohe of the most inane articles i have read for some time.

          • Jezza

            I think the Newcastle Sunderland rivalry overshadows everything. If there was no SAFC then there might be a local rivalry between Newcastle and Middlesborough.

      • Jezza

        I don’t really know to be truthfull. Sunderland have always been our local rivals. Middlesborough are just another team a bit further down the road. Most Newcastle fans are ambivalent about them and consider Sunderland to be our big rivals.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Mike Ashley did not get us relegated it was the players on £100k a week international stars, worldwide names even Sherear only won one game out of eight
    against Boro. Would like them to come up as not rivals and less travelling.

  • gallowgate26

    Nah, we know who they are and don’t have to pretend that there is zero rivalry (like mackems) because they were beating them twice a season. I think it’s mainly because we haven’t played them for so long, they even swapped places for a season.

  • East Durham Mag

    Maybe you could show a bit more respect to Boro. Their supporters have the same hopes snd aspirations as us. Some i know are good and i have met some kn*bs too. Basically the same as us cos there are Newcastle supporters who are knobs too. A few comment on here a lot.

  • Danimal

    Not really sure if this is an unnecessary dig at a local(ish) team or if just highlights how people vary in their interest and knowledge of the game, outside their own team. Personally I like to keep an eye on what’s happening in all the divisions. So yes I was fully aware of Boro’s situation and possible outcomes in all the promotion/relegation battles. I even have preferred outcomes in many cases, usually for no sensible reason. Some people just look at their own team or just the Champions League usual suspects for example. Some people are avid followers of foreign leagues. Not my thing but good luck to them. I’m not advocating that everyone becomes as daft as me but I do think it’s a shame that people are becoming more tribal. For example we rarely see anyone clapping a great opposition goal these days, the expression ‘meaningless game’ gets used a bit too much for my liking and I’m sure in years gone by both sets of fans used to stay for the presentations at the end of the cup final. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no angel, I still laughed when the Mackems went down (more so last year than this year). I think I’d choose Boro to win the playoffs by the way, mainly to add to the northern quota. You said ‘discuss’ so there you go, a full ramble and rant. Cheers.

  • BWFC

    You wrote a whole article about not caring about Boro. You’re like the mackems that regularly create 100+ thread posts on their message board telling everyone how little they care about Boro. Strange way of showing how *little* you care don’t you think? :D

    • Leazes.

      Good point, Middlesbrough is over the border as far as we are concerned .. its where the Brynaich vowel sounds disappear…. its not our region despite the BBC and Tyne Tees TV telling us it is. Its really more Yorkshire than Northumbrian…. but to be fair to the author it is only one article, and we do get constantly told by idiots that it is a regional derby.

  • robbersdog

    I don’t have a problem with Middlesbrough getting promoted, apart from the fact that Pulis is their manager. His teams play grindingly boring, unwatchable football, and the Prem is better off with him.

  • Alan

    If anything exemplifies the arrogance of Newcastle supporters it is this pitiful article. The sad thing is that they don’t have anything to be arrogant about.

    • Gianfranco Shola

      This article really doesn’t speak for us all, I reckon most Newcastle supporters would welcome Boro back up particularly as we won’t see Sunderland for a long time.

      • Leazes.

        No I wouldn’t

        • Albert Stubbins

          Nor I. Not till they sort that quasi scouse yorkshire accent out at any rate!!

    • Ram Kishore

      Sorry mate.. it doesn’t speak for all NUFC supporters.. Just one arrogant fan

  • Gianfranco Shola

    The more northern teams in the premier league the better, like it or not it’s better for us to have the smoggies with us. Personally I don’t like the premier league being dominated by the southern teams and players turning us down just on the basis we are based up north. I think northern teams would become more attractive to foreigners particularly if there were more of us.

  • Dillon Tovak

    What’s the point of Middlesbrough?
    More like what’s the point of this article?
    Wearing your lack of knowledge or care for Boro as a badge of honour, as if it’s because we’re such a massive club and they’re so far beneath us that they’re irrelevant.
    Jesus.
    Well, here in Bristol we don’t give too much of a shiny shyte about Swindon, but not because of some form of arrogance. Just because the city/rovers hatred is so intense, there’s no room for much else.

    • Leazes.

      I didn’t know there was fierce rivalry in Bristol…is that why the correctly named Rovers moved to Bath? Middlesbrough is one of those places that you probably don’t need to visit ever.

      • Dillon Tovak

        City and rovers hate each to a crazy degree.
        To the point where pubs and takeaways are smashed to smitherines every time they play, it’s pathetic. Also Banksy’s dotted around the city get splashed with blue paint because he publicly stated he supports city. 😂

        • Leazes.

          I was living down south and once drove to see United play Rovers in Bristol only to find they’d moved…. I drove to Bath only to find it an all ticket match, so I drove to Weston Super Mare for the day, and the tide was out…. miles out.

          • Dillon Tovak

            I’m pretty sure Rovers were homeless for a long time, maybe even 20 years or something so that sounds believable.
            In the 80’s and 90’s.
            Now they’re at the memorial ground which is a glorified bus stop.

          • Leazes.

            In memory of the football club.

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂

      • Albert Stubbins

        But most of them need a bath so there’s a link of sorts?

  • LA toon

    I do hope Boro gain promotion as my daughters support them and I enjoy the rivalry and banter with them. Also I have worn down my son in law, a mackem, to the point that it is no longer a sport! At least they won a cup in 2004 and their owner seems to have a passion for the club. My grandson, 8yrs old, is a Boro supporter but I am trying to persuade him to come to the darkside as I mentioned going to a Toon game when I visit the UK in August and he seemed interested until his Mother intervened😎

  • Tynewalker

    I would like to see Boro promoted. It is an easy away trip and it seems to be a well run club. The owner is to be applauded for the way he presents himself. He has credibility and dignity and he is also a genuine supporter.
    The article is quite pathetic.

  • ChanChan

    The whole toon will be in tears when Big Rafa leaves…..silly article, nothing surpasses the Mighty Boro

    • Dillon Tovak

      😂😂

    • Billmag

      You seem like a proper Charlie.

      • ChanChan

        Thanks you are probably a proper Charlie

        • Billmag

          Poor reply but that’s expected I suppose.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Boro isn’t even a big club in, well boro!!

      • ChanChan

        I know that but at least we are realistic and dont think we are a top 4 premiership club.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Neither do we but at least we’ve finished top four in premiership lots of times. What about you?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Must be a slow day reporting on Smogland,
    Meanwhile over at the Ronnie they are full of busy,
    Merino off to Spain, 30 days until the window opens & Ryder going for European Glory witn Nufc
    I don`t know whats worse, those idiots writing it or me for reading it

  • Paul Smith

    I don’t consider middlesbrough a rival and I dont consider it a derby when we play against them.. It might matter to them but I don’t think the majority of Newcastle fans put any more importance on a game against Boro than a game against Stoke or West Brom. Just another team as far as i’m concerned.

    • Jezza

      Fair comment but if they do come up it’ll be the nearest we’re going to get to a derby any time soon.

    • Jeffrey Wood

      Are all Geordies thick

      • Leazes.

        Just the ones from south of the Tyne

  • Tweed Mag

    Good luck to them in the play-offs, although they will come up against stronger teams. They also have an owner who never lets them down.

    • East Durham Mag

      Excellent comment mate. If the Fat Blob cared about Newcastle United as much as Steve Gibson does about Boro it would be great. He is a man of integrity not a fat horrible lying tw*t like The Blob.

      • Wor Lass

        Right on every count.

      • Leazes.

        If there was a prize for the best owner he’d certainly be in with a shout.

  • MadMag83

    I don’t mind the smoggies, good for a bit of banter and league points 😂

  • Mitchell Thompson

    You’re meeting the wrong Boro fans. Friendliest community in England

    • Leazes.

      No they’re not!

    • Albert Stubbins

      Mostly wronguns is a statement of fact!!

  • Claire Thomas

    “No local Premier League clubs and indeed not one in the whole of
    Yorkshire, trips to Burnley and Huddersfield the only two closer than
    visiting Manchester and beyond” where do you think Huddersfield is? I’ll give you a clue it’s a small town in Yorkshire, just like Middlesbrough

    • gallowgate26

      As someone who had lived in East Riding for 2.5 years, I can tell you and the know nowts on here, that ‘boro barely registers in Yorkshire. Hull, Scarborough and Brid are kind of out on a limb as it is. ‘Boro, technically speaking used to be in Cleveland. Until it disappeared, same as Tyne and Wear didn’t used to exist, it was all Northumberland and Durham. ‘Boro is in total no mans land, an industrial wasteland that belongs to nobody! I agree though, when I read about no clubs in Yorkshire (‘Uddersfeeled) that’s when I began to stop taking this author seriously.

      • Jeffrey Wood

        Cleveland was a natural home for all in the Tees Valley, However the old Witch Thatcher disbanded Cleveland County.

        • Jezza

          I was always under the impression that the county of Cleveland was created by the Heath government in 1974. Before that Middlesborough was in Yorkshire. I have got no recollection of Cleveland county being disbanded in the 80’s, the council maybe, I don’t know about that but the county is still shown on maps to this day.

          One thing I could never understand was why they called it Cleveland when the Cleveland hills were not included in the newly created county and remained in Yorkshire.

          • Mike D

            I live in Richmond, North Yorkshire and apparently it’s still considered the North East. It doesn’t feel like it to me. It’s more North Midlands. Huddersfield in the Premiership would mean absolutely nothing to me if it wasn’t for supporting an autistic chap in a previous job who buzzed off Huddersfield. It made him so happy when they were top of the league.

      • Leazes.

        They see themselves as Yorkshiremen don’t they?

        • gallowgate26

          Na, they’re are as much Yorkshire as they are Durham…. Why don’t you ask them? Thirsk and south (York) is Yorkshire in my humble opinion. (Even York is like North Yorkshire and there are four parts to Yorkshire, it’s a huge county) forget that York gives it’s name to Yorkshire, means nowt, Leeds & Sheffield are by far more “Yorkshire”.

          • Jezza

            I know what you mean. I’ve lived in Yorkshire for 20 odd years and to me it’s more like a country than a county, as it’s so vast with so many different places, landscapes, local cultures, accents etc.

          • Leazes.

            There’s only one thing wrong with Yorkshire….Yorkshiremen!

          • Steve Hughes

            You can always tell a Yorkshireman..but you can’t tell him much!!

          • Leazes.

            I remember Paul Daniels always said he was a Yorkshireman.

      • Albert Stubbins

        The wasteland bit is spot on!! Lol

  • Jezza

    Just remembered something, don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. When Middlesborough got promoted through the play offs back in 1988 I was there, at the final second leg away to Chelsea. I seem to recall Inter City had a special offer on at the time. You could go anywhere in the country for a tenner and that, as well as squeezing another match out of the season in my younger football obsessed days motivated me to go. I was stood in the West Brompton end among the Middlesborough fans and the interesting thing is I bumped into a number of fellow Newcastle fans I knew from matches, like myself, all rooting for our semi neighbours that day.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Agree with the comment about their owner being a stand up guy. He has put a bunch of money in over the years and the only mistake I can remember is sticking with Robson as a manager for too long. As for the place, I always remember driving down the A19 and it was still dark, on my way to work their and the scene as you approached the place was like the opening sequence in Blade Runner, flames, smoke and weird shaped buildings. One pug ugly place.

    We could do with them staying down so we can buy Gibson when we sell Lascelles.

  • David Solly

    Have to say that as a Boro fan, Newcastle don’t have any relevance to me. I like to see them do well and appreciate they have a good fan base. But don’t look for their scores on a Saturday and would find it difficult to name any of their players.

    • Wor Lass

      A few regular posters on here would probably struggle with that, mind.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Guess who`s learning French, he`ll want board & lodgings off you for a Hol
        😂😂

        • Wor Lass

          I think I`m away that week! Anyway, tell him to concentrate on learning English first – you can`t run before you can walk. lol

    • Albert Stubbins

      Unlike the other 99.9% who are obsessed with us for some unknown reason. Do you think it might be jealousy?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The inhabitants of Smogland have at least 1 thing in common with us,
    They Hate the Mackem`s

  • Jeffrey Wood

    Dowt the Boro will get up this season,
    But should pass us next season as they get promoted and we go down.
    Lets face it if we could swap owners things would be different.
    Mike Ashley wont put up the cash so The Fat Waiter will disappear to Arsenal, Chelsea or another top club who comes calling.
    Then it will be Total Collapses
    Back doon with Slumberland.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    My first ever toon game was v Boro in the 70,s .
    I hope they do go up not only to heap more misery on the Mackems but for the Fans of a true club in the North East owned by a true local Man who loves his club not just a Cockernee wide boy or a useless Yank (i know he has left but WTF was he doing in english football).
    The Smoggies are passionate and yes sometimes violent but they stuck to the Boro even when they went ti££$ up .

    • Leazes.

      He’s from the West Midlands….. Walsall….

      ….and No Ayresome Park was only ever three quarters full at best.

      • Albert Stubbins

        They regularly got six thousand in 80’s.

        • Jezza

          It always used to chagrin me that we only used to get about 1,000 tickets for matches there when the Holgate end was always half empty.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Mind it felt like the whole six thousand were chasing me in the zenith data back in the day. Lol lol

          • Jezza

            Ha ha yes, it always was a hostile place to go to. I never used to like it and it was always nice to get on the train out of Middlesborough still in one piece. I think I can remember the Zenith Data Systems game there, January 1990 or thereabouts I think. I also remember being there about a year later when Steve Watson showcased his somersaulting throw in right in front of the Newcastle fans in the corner. I saw myself on Football Focus a few days later when they showed the throw in.

        • Whickhamrobbie

          St James was 3/4 full in the 80,s and we sometimes got 9 thousand .
          Its all relative .

          • Albert Stubbins

            Not really. I was there throughout most of the 80’s and don’t remember averaging less than 17,000. Boro s support has always been terrible in comparison.

      • Whickhamrobbie

        hs is from the midlands ?? wow i never knew sounds like a teesider and spends all his money on them .
        I said their fans stood by them i didn,t say they sold the place out .
        Look Gateshead have 500 die hards who are as passionate than the 50,000 toon fans but as i say its all relative .

  • Albert Stubbins

    Thirty miles down the road. You must live in Durham. It’s 42 from benwell!!

    • Jezza

      Ha ha, yes I grew up South of the water and Middlesborough was about 36 miles away from us.

      • Albert Stubbins

        By next season if they get promoted at this rate it’ll be closer than hexham!! Lol lol

  • Albert Stubbins

    I joke about the non rivalry with boro but of course there is. Anyone who doubts this check the gates in 70,s and 80,s when we played them at home. It was significantly higher than the average. In early 80,s especially down there always lots of trouble. Of course it’s nothing like makems but it would be churlish,nay wrong to say there’s no real rivalry and for that reason I hope they get stuffed in playoffs!!

    • Jezza

      They certainly didn’t seem to like us back in the day did they.

      • Antenociticus

        Might have been something to do with the gas masks. . . .

      • Albert Stubbins

        They still don’t mate. They hate us with a passion. Biggest game for them by far. Should really be Leeds!!

  • gold coast mag

    I’ve lived in Australia for most of my life, and when Schwartzer, Viduka and Kewell were playing for them had a definite affinity for them. Also my Nan lived in Marske and I would travel through Middlesborough to go visit her and past the big ICI plant. Ugly place but the folk in the pubs were always friendly

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Complete rubbish !
    There has always been a bitter rivalry between us, So the person writing this article has to be a youngster or from a different planet !
    I have seen Boro turn up at The Three Bulls in Newcastle and have a go with us in the 80’s.

    The place looked as though a bomb had hit it in the aftermath of the fighting between the two set of fans.
    This was after earlier in the evening they sent a bomb scare to The Metro with us having to abandon the train inside the tunnel and walk along the tracks because the authorities tried to keep us on the carriages.
    We just pressed the buttons on the doors and bailed walking in the pitch black along the tracks until we saw the lights of the next station and climbed up onto the platform.

    Different times back then, But brilliant all the same because we just didn’t care a tuppence.

    Anyone saying there is no rivalry is talking out of their jacksy !

    • Danimal

      And you think this is/was something to be proud of?

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Why is there always one that has to take what you say out of context ?
        Where did I glorify anything that was described in my post and where was there any allusions to pride ?

        Like I said, “They Were Different Times Back Then” !
        In relation to the hooliganism, Where did I refer to myself or others being involved ?

        In relation to those who walked along the train tracks, Non of those fans were hooligans but ordinary people.
        Like I said, Those were the times and the reality of the situation rightly or wrongly in Snowflakesville !

  • Exphotog

    Interesting point you make. Life is all relative. Boro perceived as an industrial eye sore 50 clicks down the A19 that no one gives a toss about. 100% right. But then ask yourself who gives a toss about Newcastle? Ask a Man Utd, Liverpool or Arsenal fan where Newcastle are in the league, they may even forget your in the Premier league. Name the Newcastle starting 11. Hmmm.. . Lots of big team rejects most fans had thought had retired.
    Anyway I digress, Boro are clearly a low life, insignificant club that you felt compelled to dedicate an entire article to. As for unfriendly locals? Like everyone else they just find Geordies loud and irritating, hence the absence of a red carpet.
    Enjoy the rest of your beautiful season.
    TOON ARMY!

  • ChanChan

    The person who written this article obviously does care otherwise he wouldnt of put energy into writing such nonsense. No doubt you will be trying to tempt Adama to the club, he wouldnt goto Newcastle any given day, why hes too good for you lot and hes too good for our lot but hes ours..Nevermind hey

    • Albert Stubbins

      Who is Adama? Sorry I don’t follow the lower leagues.

      • ChanChan

        the fastest man on the planet

        • Albert Stubbins

          So he’s training now with Dortmund then. Update, he should stick to running as he’s clueless with the ball, I’ve just seen some clips on YouTube. Lol. He’s a circus act ffs

    • gallowgate26

      He’s not good enough for Newcastle, that’s why he’s in the championship kidda, fast but total headless chicken. See ya next season if you win the 1 in 4 lottery haa!

      • ChanChan

        what a lazy opinion of traore

        • gallowgate26

          Oh, and I bet he’s not faster than Yedlin, the fastest fullback in the PL by a mile, and Dummett is no slouch either!

          • gallowgate26

            There will be a clip somewhere of Yedlin putting the ball past, and running around Andy Robertson of Liverpool this season, check it out…

  • DZA

    Smogs will always be north yorkshire to me thats why no one cares apart from leeds fans.

  • nevfur

    Newcastle and Sunderland is the big historic derby. As Boro don’t really have one they see games v us and the Mackems as bigger than we do and that edge from them along with the relatively close proximity gives the game extra edge. I would give it more importance than most other games outside the big shots but it’s a bit borderline to call it a derby. Then again Yorkshire used to be part of the kingdom of Northumbria lol. I get on well with lots of people from there as I do with many from all around the country but like anywhere it’s more hostile on a matchday.

  • Paul Arran

    It seems this ‘opinion’ does not have a name – Bless

  • ChanChan

    When Rafa leaves you lot need to make sure you get a top class manager otherwise the downward spiral begins. The chances are high Benitez will leave in the summer.

  • Keith jacques

    Least we have a decent chairman who loves the club and local lad not like the toon who have a cockney as chairman and he don’t want the club. If you never got Rafa you would still be in championship and might have gone down from there.

  • Helen Turner

    😂🤣👏 the irony of this 🙈

  • ChanChan

    Newcastle in the hunt for Traore. I rest my case.