Like a lot of Newcastle United fans, I no longer live on Tyneside.

Not by choice of course, just the reality of life.

No jobs to be had in what I wanted to do, so had to move to that London to get work.

Don’t get me wrong, some parts of living down here are great, but given the choice I would definitely be back home if a job was there.

It wouldn’t take a genius to work out that the football is one of the biggest things I miss, not just the 90 minutes but the whole matchday experience. There isn’t another city/club in England that comes close to what we have, especially compared to all these clubs where going  to the game is the only thing on offer.

I know it has been said many times before but it is a massive social thing for us all and something  you don’t really appreciate until it isn’t there.

I still get up home for around half a dozen matches or so and  actually go to more away games these days.

I am an avid reader of The Mag and it is a brilliant essential lifeline for those of us living away from the toon,

However, I do feel that a lot of fans contributing in recent weeks are going a little bit over the top with the negativity.

It is true that none of us thought it could be this bad, just over a week to go until pre-season starts and not a single new face added to the squad. Also, nothing sorted with Rafa Benitez and we haven’t heard a peep from the great man either.

So yes, I’m not exactly feeling great myself about things either BUT I am prepared to wait another two weeks or so before I hit the Newcastle United panic button.

In a couple of weeks, the players will be making preparations to head off to Ireland for the pre-season training camp and bonding session for NEW players, the World Cup will have only a week still to go, and only five weeks until the new Premier League season kicks off.

This is the first time I have written anything for The Mag and I hope in a fortnight’s time I can write a second article, talking about everything that has happened in the past two weeks, and how we can now look forward with real positivity.

So put a note next to the 6 July on your calendar and we will share the good news.

Alternatively, if nothing changes, I will be joining the rest of you in wondering just how bleak the picture is, with the new season coming up fast.

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  • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

    Good article (sensible talk) to many doom & gloom merchants on here, in fact deep down I think they love the bad times.

    • Tino11

      Too many racists charva’s on here more like.

      No doubt you’d be against signing the likes of the next Mo Salah?

      • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

        😂get a grip of yourself. I was talking about this article. Would meet anyone of the mag to discuss anything that bothers them about me, we are all adults. You will have a picture a stereotype of me in your little mind but sorry to disappoint, I’m a professional person earning a good wedge, nice car, house etc good level of lifestyle all through hard graft. So not the tracksuit bottoms charva you have in your head. My opinions and views don’t match yours obviously so it rattles you. This is called a fascist.

        • Tino11

          You don’t have to wear a tracksuit to be a charva, it’s just as much about their attitude and beliefs as it is their lifestyle.

          All the professionals I know wouldn’t use the phrase “earning a good wedge”, even the Geordie ones.

          Notice you swerved the Salah question, so I’ll ask again, I take it your views mean you wouldn’t like us to sign the next superstar if he is a muslim, or are muslim footballers given a pass compared to the general public?

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I’m a working class lad done quite well for myself that’s not me being big headed, sorry my working class vocabulary doesn’t meet of your approval. I would love Newcastle to sign the next big star whatever there background so sorry to disappoint you.

          • Big Hairy Man

            As a “professional” you should use correct grammar. “Whatever there background” should read whatever their background.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Cheers

        • TheFatController

          Two mates talking :-

          ‘ I like a gregg’s Steak slice’
          ‘I can’t stand them’
          ‘Well, that makes you a fascist, clearly’

      • Leazes.

        For some reason known only to discus I cant block him….I’ve flagged the racist, I can only hope they are protecting this guy for the security service to monitor him….I cant think of any other reason

        • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

          😂 a prison the size of Wales will have to built if people who support tommy is going to become a criminal offence.

          • Big Hairy Man

            It would be full of Tommy’s following of knuckle-dragging neanderthals with sticky-out foreheads who appear to have undergone a full frontal lobotomy.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            He`s a [email protected]@king Scumbag as are his supporters.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Calm down there petal.

    • Big Hairy Man

      If you want to be taken seriously you need to lose the name of that racist scumbag from your username.

      • Peaky

        👏👏👏

      • Benmagpie

        Wow something almost all of us agree with on here!!!! A common bond!!!! Who would have believed it?? #tommyrobinsonracistscumbag.
        Isn’t morrisey a Tommy sympathizer?

  • BillytheFish

    People are not so much negative as frustrated by a club who have rarely or never matched the ambition of the fans and city.
    Like you, I also live away from home, London and Spain, and enjoy my weekends in the Toon for the match.
    I do however always remember my old dad’s saying “go to the Toon, meet yer mates in the pub, go to the match and shout yersell horse whatever division they are in, then back to the pub for a few beers”. Never mentioned being in Europe or winning a game let alone a trophy.
    I do however believe that if these fans lose that ambition and love for the club then the light will fade on NUFC.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Well said it’s to early to panic. Had to work in London myself in the 1980’s and it did not stop me going to all the games. On a Saturday get the train up and back. For midweek get a flight from Heathrow and the overnight bus back and straight into work. All you need is a can of lynx and sorted.

    • Danimal

      All you need is a padded cell.

    • TheFatController

      You’re not supposed to sniff the lynx .

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Sewpa fan. Here’s a blue Peter badge

  • Leazes.

    Baker….that’s another name from the south west….. funnily its been posters whose male line ancestors originated in that part of the world, and are strangely so prevalent on the MAG that are all so conservative about the club and telling us we need to spin positive about our club! Maybe its a religious right wing sect?

    Come off it Simon or whoever the heck is doing this nonsense….give it a break from the click-baiting claptrap!

    • Peaky

      Checked my surname which ends ‘son’…the earliest the experts can find is 1627 in Norfolk.

      • Leazes.

        With the -son prefix it is generally the North Peaky

        If you want to find which counties had the highest occurrences of the surname before people started moving around a great deal. go to

        GB family names
        Click on big BLUE circle
        Select the 1881 option
        Type your surname
        Press find.
        It will give a MAP of the counties where the name is more than the average…. its obviously not exclusive but it gives you a good idea of people movements and migrations.

        Yours is a Relationship name, there are three main types……
        Relationship ie Wilkinson, Evans, Williams, MacDonald
        Profession ie Shearer, Smith,
        :Place Names, ie Alnwick, Sunderland, Sowersby, Staveley, Ashley.

        • TheNutJob

          It said, get lost Viking

          • Leazes.

            I bet yours is a place name!

        • Peaky

          Going to have a good look at that ….cheers.

          • TheNutJob

            who needs Google, we have leazes

          • Leazes.

            I’ve got google!

          • Peaky

            He needs to replace Alexa or Siri…..”Ask Leazes”…😂😂

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            heh, Paisley on my dad’s side and Motherwell on my mom’s? Wouldn’t have guessed that. Must have moved south before my mother was born (and before she moved across the atlantic as a very young child). Neat little tool.

          • Leazes.

            I find it amusing to locate Simon Van der Velde’s aliases…. my guess is his male line didn’t come from Scotland.

          • Peaky

            😂😂😂

        • Rich Lawson

          Without revealing your secret identity where does your own true name originate,genuinely curious after so many posts ?

          • Leazes.

            Well yours is dead right for Tyneside…..via Central Scotland.
            Mine is Borders.

          • Rich Lawson

            Yes my father and I were the 1st to be born in England,prior to that all his family were from Fife.My grandfather came here for an apprenticeship gardening job at Capheaton Hall and worked his way up to Head Gardener with 40yrs service,marrying the head cook and living on the estate,shades of Downton !!

          • Leazes.

            Yes it showed up as Fife….. I’ve got links to Fife as well…. we’re Picts!

      • TheNutJob

        Yokel
        😂😂

        • Peaky

          🐄🐑🚜

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂
            said i was a Viking,

      • TheNutJob

        son is usually added to a viking name, Rogerson, Ivorson etc.

        yours will be Daft son or Mental son
        😃😃

  • Geordieguy

    Has anyone else seen the story on ashley today? Press regulator rules that comparisons to Kim Jong un are fair. He complained to ipso and they told him to get on his bike !

    • Danimal

      Interesting image that pile of blubber trying to ride a bike.

      • TheFatController

        ‘Ashley argued the comparison was unfair because he was not “responsible for extensive humanitarian crimes, and for extreme social and political suppression”. ‘

        I beg to differ, Mike. Dennis Wise wasn’t a humanitarian crime?

        • Geordieguy

          Yes it was an interesting choice of words wasn’t it? He didn’t deny humanitarian crimes just extensive ones

    • Rich Lawson

      Or into his armoured limousine ?

    • Geordiegiants

      How alike is he trying to block the article?

  • TheNutJob

    keep that article, you`ll need it for next year

  • Desree

    I left in 2004. Everytime I go back Newcastle loses more of its soul. Blokes wearing foundation and getting eyebrows waxed.

    There is no buzz about football and hipsters everywhere. It is just like any other city and it saddens me to say it.

    This article is reflective of the lack of passion and pride the geordie nation has for the club.

    Crowds of 7000 passionate fans are better than 50000 zombies accepting the cr4p Ashley has served up this last decade.

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Blokes wearing foundation and eyebrows waxed” and that’s just the players ! (Though Thauvin leaving put a bit of a dent in that)

    • nufcslf

      Just a trendy thing to do full of a load of wankas that know absolutely f**k all about football. Pathetic and nothing to look forward to, other than anothet season of struggle knowing not a penny will be spent. Wouldn’t be caught dead at a match.

      • porciestreet

        V good post.

    • Geordieguy

      Yes I agree with a lot of what you say but not the stuff about waxed eyebrows or whatever. I just disagree with all the sheep who go along regardless. The only power we have is to stay away and not buy shirts. Maybe he will drop his asking price then and somebody will buy

      • Desree

        Have you been to the big market lately. I thought I was at Mardi Gras. Grown men with spray tans, waxed bodies, bleached teeth, make up. I thought Geordie Shore was a parody, and then my nephew and his mates turned up to the pub before going to the match.
        I would have felt more comfortable going to SJP with the village people

    • Geordiegiants

      I agree with the football side of things, but the big market is dead with nothing there anymore. I lived in Landan for five years and it makes me appreciate how good it is living in Newcastle. The kids and fashion is a sign of the times and quotes like that makes you sound like a grumpy old fart that’s lost touch with the modern era. I remember my grandad coming out with stuff like that. Saying that I do know why you mean, but time doesn’t stand still unfortunately.

      • Desree

        Are on geordie shore?

        • Geordiegiants

          Am I on Geordie shore?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Correct on the footballing side of things, however if you don’t like the city, don’t come back

      • porciestreet

        Sadly, he’s altogether correct. You have to move away from the area to be able to recognise the changes and very sadly, too much of the area and the city In particular have been sanitised to such a large degree that it’s changed the very culture.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          I’ve lived in the west end of Newcastle all my life and a don’t see the changes at all, is the city diverse & boomingoke other major cities yes but that’s to be expected, where I’m from and surrounding areas it’s sill the same old salt of the earth folk

  • TheFatController

    Unfortunately last year at this point I did think people were being too negative, given we had spent in the last PL window on Mitro, Thauvin, mbemba and Wijnaldum.

    However, the fact Rafa hasn’t signed and the accounts being so poor in their PR releases, and that we basically know we await PL money and players sold instalments, it’s not looking optimistic based on evidence.

    Added to that we aren’t selling on unwanted players very easily, I know where my money is on the tone of your next article …

    • Geordiegiants

      Add in the fact the fat shithouse has said he isn’t giving any money, he doesn’t give a toss and the fact he wants to sell. What else is their to be positive about. ?!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I never hit the panic button because i know exactly what`s coming with the Pig.
    the only surprise i`ve had was Rafa signing as manager and it looks like the
    Fat Scumbags put paid to that as he`ll be gone next May.
    Don`t worry about this summer mate, we have Rafa, it`s next summer you need to worry about

    • porciestreet

      Can’t for the life of me work out how the hell fatty has got this far in life, making so much money. Surely a job for someone a tad more astute .
      His decision making is beyond laughable.
      he must be surrounded by very clever flunkies because he’s a complete business numpty.

  • TheFatController

    KIm Jong Un is suing The Times after comparing Mike Ashley to him.

    ‘I’ve not relegated a great club two times out of its historical total of 5, adding to the debt whilst shamelessly claiming to have steadied the ship’ he might have pointed out, allegedly.

    • Rich Lawson

      True,and food banks at the side of
      St James,N.Koreans can still eat the grass (not many dogs around to foul it i’m guessing)

  • Geordieguy

    Whatever happened to clarko ? He tried to get me banned from this site failed then disappeared. Guess he’s in his mum’s attic wearing a tinfoil hat

    • Wezza147

      Still posting under his other aliases.