Once the first game of the season has been played, always amazing how it feels like Newcastle United have never been away from your thoughts…

It is now 24 hours beyond the game at St James Park and the reality is there to be seen, can Rafa overcome the odds…again?

An opening day loss to Tottenham, not a disaster but a game which probably raises far more questions than it gives answers.

For those sitting at home waiting to watch on TV, there was a bit of a surreal experience.

Pre-match, thousands of Newcastle fans gathered outside the Sports Direct store on Northumberland Street to protest against Mike Ashley’s treatment of the club he bought 11 years ago.

Whilst at the very same time, Shola Ameobi was full of praise and ‘credit to Mike Ashley’ for his running of Newcastle United. Quite astonishing, does he not read anything but Ashley-approved media?

As for the actual football, failure to be backed with new signings when he wanted them early in the transfer window, meant that Rafa Benitez couldn’t name a single new face in his starting eleven.

A gutsy second half display saw Kenedy waste a one on one and the Spurs woodwork struck twice, so maybe a deserved point went astray. However, with Tottenham having nine players who returned only on Monday to training, it was probably a point that shouldn’t have got away.

Once again we are reminded of these small margins that exist at Premier League level, Newcastle relied on beating the other lower teams last season but surely a more even spread of points will be needed this time.

Newcastle relied so much on their back four last season as the rock to build safety on, with two of them now on the injured list (Lejeune and Yedlin) fans are already wondering/worried about the ‘strength’ of the squad.

Cardiff City are seen by many as having the weakest squad in the top tier and this could be arguably the biggest match of the season, already!

With Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal following that match, failing to get something on the day out in Wales could leave us looking at a grim position come mid-September.

This Tottenham game had a bit of everything but there is a feeling that Newcastle will need all of that everything  going their way if they are to have a relatively comfortable season. Luck, ability, momentum and new signings hitting the ground running – can Rafa Benitez overachieve once again?



  • Paul Patterson

    “For a number of years, Spurs have been shopping for their knickers in Harrods while our tried and trusty Y-fronts come from Primark.”
    My comments stand and the owner should take note ..

  • Spoon_Army

    It will be a tough season but we will survive

    • Leazes.

      Welcome back….. where have you been since your last post five years ago?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        You really are a vile little creep. Checking out every single profile last post etc…a bet you go through peoples bins too

      • Spoon_Army

        I gave boards a miss for a while. It’s all a bit Groundhog Day. Although did enjoy the championship season……

  • Jate Legend

    We’ve lost one game against a cl level team and had loads of chances. How is the writing on the wall. Get a grip.

    • Leazes.

      I have a grip of the block button…. bye

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Pathetic pathetic ‘man’ you are. A bet you sit down to wee

        • Tony English

          He’s so powerful that he needs to sit down as it would take two hands to control….and what would happen if he needed to quickly block someone and he didn’t have a free hand?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s what the tin foil hats for, he blocks people telepathically

          • Jate Legend

            Can’t believe a got blocked for this like. Then feels the need to tell you about it. What a bairn man.

        • Ben Jones

          😂

    • Steve Smith

      Yeah but we have plenty of road games coming up. The players are going to need to lace up their cleats even against these CL level teams.

  • Waxi

    We did alright given we hit the post and bar and Kennedy almost got in so i don’t see where the negative comes from after one game. We played spurs last year and it was 2-0 so why all the doom & gloom. I am as sick as the next bloke that we did not go out and spend big but to say the writing is on the wall is a bit mutch.

    • Leazes.

      Anything can happen in this game, we might even beat one of the top clubs…. that’s a measure of how far we have fallen.

  • Leazes.

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    Keith Bishop Associates isn’t here to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse…. that is impossible with an asset strip on this scale….. he must be overseeing the manipulation of Journalists to keep this nonsense going as long as possible.

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  • Ben Jones

    Yup. That’s it. Not worth continuing. Jim, fold the tables up, we’re going home

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Fans protested…then walked up to the stadium to fill it to hand over money to the man they were protesting against 😂 Stockholm Syndrome

    • Milburn_Taylor

      i didn`t i went home

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Good man 👍🏻

      • panther

        I watched it in the Garter

    • Martin Rooney

      ya dead right about 250 of the 48800 toon fans that went to the game, did do that. At about the 75th minute they started singing stand up if you hate Ashley and about 50 more joined in with them

      • Martin Rooney

        Funny as looking at Taylors comment about 249 went up to the game or of course went in to buy the bairn some new shinnies

        • Kenny

          talking to yourself troll runt, or maybe it should be a C
          vermin

      • Gallowgate Dave

        Just about the entire ground stood up and sang in unison. Most have clocked you on here as an Ashley apologist but if you’re going to try and defend him it’s even more feeble if you tell such easily identifiable lies. I don’t block those with a different opinion to mine or label people as trolls when I have no evidence but I’m fairly sure you aren’t an NUFC supporter.

        • Wezza

          He isn’t, that’s another Manchester Utd brother troll alias.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I just don’t know what to make of this “troll” thing Wezza as I would need to see evidence myself but it wouldn’t surprise me at all with Martin Rooney. I was at the match and it’s quite clear this is a blatant lie. The vast majority of the ground were on their feet singing “Stand Up If You Hate Ashley”, certainly the Gallowgate was but it looked to me like most of the ground stood up. As for Monk his posts do contain a hell of a lot of local knowledge and I think he’s probably too mental for fiction but such an obvious lie makes me suspicious. I wonder if another poster called Tino met up with him on Saturday as he’d offered to meet him to check he was real.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            A handful stood up in the North West Corner and there were hardly any people in Northumberland Street just passers by and shoppers no more than two hundred fans if that. The next protest will be less. Will be in three bulls ten till two for the Chelsea game. Blue shirt base ball cap and lapel badge standing upstairs at the bar.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I obviously can’t trust you to tell the truth as you’ve claimed less than 1% of the ground stood up Monk and I know 100% on the evidence of my own eyes that is complete rubbish. The chant originated near where I sit in the Gallowgate so we might have different perspectives of course but to claim less than 1% stood up just shows you have an agenda and don’t tell the truth as that’s complete rubbish. As you know I wasn’t drinking pre-match on Saturday due to other commitments so I was only at the match and I’m away for the Chelsea and Arsenal games so passed my ticket onto a mate but you telling easily identifiable lies means I’m not really bothered meeting you to defend you on here from the troll accusations. As I’ve said a strong opinion that I don’t agree with is one thing, we’re not bairn’s and we don’t have to agree with each other, world would be dull if we all did, but liars I have no time for.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Where I was in the ground near the North West Corner the few that did stand up not many at all I shouted at the shut the F up and support the team. Even got a couple of claps. You never seem to be at the games or drink what is going on. There were certainly very few in the North West Corner standing up. Asked my mate Joe a respectable retired finance manager you many stood up near him and he said ninety maximum and half of them were probably going to the bog. So perhaps he is a liar to although he has no reason to.
            Had a very good view of the Platinum Club and the East Stand and not sure if any one stood up there will ask my mate Mick in the East Stand for his opinion. That was my view of it so certainly not lying at all. Plus the protesters said there was a big turn out in Northumberland Street. Rubbish mainly passers by and shoppers looking to see what was going on. Protesters out.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I’ve told you Monk I don’t claim to be in the top 15 fans like you and I wouldn’t miss my nieces wedding for a match like you either. I enjoy the football and played the sport for decades but I have far more important things in my life, I make no secret of that. I had the kids on Saturday and a wedding to attend so got to the game but no drinks. I’m away for the Chelsea and Arsenal games. I do applaud your commitment (if it’s genuine) like many fans that follow the club home and away and it’s why I have engaged with you but unlike you I don’t have an agenda. What I can tell you 100% is I sit in the Gallowgate, I was there Saturday and I was stood up with thousands of others. For Martin Rooney to claim 250 stood up or you to claim 1% of all supporters stood up (so approx 500) is absolute rubbish and you think I’m a scumbag and my parents and grandparents are scumbags because I protest against Ashley. That doesn’t make you sound unhinged at all.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I left my brothers daughters weeding half way through for the Bournemouth game last season and opened the doors half way through as she was about to say I do. I do not miss games for my wedding never mind any one elses.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Your brother’s daughter IS your niece Monk. I already know you did, you’ve told me before, that’s why I brought it up. My point is I don’t pretend to be as committed as you, I don’t want to be, other things are more important including family. But we’re not talking about that are we? We’re talking about you pretending that only a few hundred chanted against Ashley on Saturday and you think my parents and grandparents are scum because I protested against Ashley?!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Now just had Frank from Cramlington on a pensioner in his seventies and his view is no one stood up in the East Stand so that backs up the other two people who said hardly any or next to none. Through in the North West Corner, Platinum club and Family enclosure that is a lot of people not standing up. Very few in the Leazes to. Joe said where he was in the Gallowgate very few but think he sits in the middle. So there you have it other people opinion not mine and they have no reason to lie. Protesters out.

          • Wezza

            They’re dead easy to spot mate. Pro Ashley, pro Tory, racist, hate Shearer,
            Given, keegan etc. All say MA has never taken a penny and apparently Rafa still gets every penny. It’s pure trolling mate.

          • Martin Rooney

            Dave your you’re deluded I think everyone has agreed that in that very shallow section of the gallowgate that starts off most of the singing that happens in the morgue which is SJP, then yes it will look like a lot of people stood.
            If you’re in the center of small space where everyone stands up it may look like a lot from the inside but when viewed from the outside it’s easy to estimate the percentages my sister who sits in the sports bar reckons around 500 so maybe I was wrong by 100% but it still means less than 1% of those at the game.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Did you write your and you’re because you didn’t know which one to use? For the record it was you’re. I don’t sit in the singing section but we’ve established in your last post that you don’t even know where it is. You’ve already changed your tune and doubled the number of fans you said had sang in protest. Where I do sit amongst thousands of other fans in The Gallowgate most were stood alongside me so without even considering other parts of the ground I know you’re lying.

          • Martin Rooney

            See the posts from others tough luck dave

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Others? Plural? You need to learn to count fella. The only person backing you up is Monk Magpie. Have you noticed the respect he commands on here? I’d take it as an insult.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Hardly any one stood up less than one in a hundred. They are scum bags who should have supported the team in a search for an equaliser like Rafa says he does not need these supporters.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Monk you know we don’t agree on Ashley and that’s fair enough, we don’t have to, but this is a blatant lie that contradicts the evidence I saw at the match with my own eyes. A strong opinion I can respect, a liar I can’t. The chant originated in the singing section of The Gallowgate and I’m one of the “scumbags” as I was about the first up in my section to support them, I was immediately followed by just about everyone around me and looking over the rest of the ground the vast majority of other fans were stood up. Did you meet up with the other poster Tino on here?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Waited two hours fifteen and not one of the five showed. Although to be fair Tino did apologise by a post to say he would not be able to make it. I was near the North West Corner and hardly any one stood up. What supporters they must be when we were searching for an equaliser and down to ten men. Not good ones sorry.

          • panther

            scumbags?all you do is defend the fat mess

        • Ben Jones

          I’m surprised no one thought of videoing this phenomenon, bad planning, opportunity missed

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Your response is obviously laced with a liberal amount of sarcasm but personally I was too busy singing to video it and seeing evidence with my own eyes of the vast majority of the ground on their feet united against Ashley is more important than an anonymous poster in a chat room. It still doesn’t mean he’ll sell up tomorrow but my response is just to correct Martin Rooney’s blatant lies above.

          • Ben Jones

            Guilty! It was genuine though. I’ve no idea if it was planned for a certain time and people knew in advance, if it was I am incredibly surprised no one did video it.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            It wasn’t planned. It originated in the Gallowgate singing section and very quickly spread. Almost the entire Gallowgate on their feet and it looked like most of the ground to me. I was very quick to rise and sing and I wasn’t challenged by anyone pro-Ashley and certainly you’d have been swimming against the tide if you’d remained seated once the masses caught on.

            Ben maybe you could update the old philosophical question “If a tree falls in a forest” to a more modern “If an event actually happens but nobody is around to film it and upload to social media did it really happen?”.

          • Ben Jones

            No no if it was spontaneous then I can understand it wasn’t videoed.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            If they find out that they will shut the singing section which Mike kindly gave them to generate atmosphere. He shut it last time and will do again quite right to.

        • Desree

          I heard nothing on TV

          • mentalman

            You need to turn your hearing aid up it could clearly be heard

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I can’t comment as I was at the game but the poster below seems to have heard it. I can tell you in the ground the fans weren’t divided, certainly not in the Gallowgate, the vast majority of fans were on our feet singing loudly. That’s not to say there aren’t Ashley apologists in the ground mind, like there are on here, there’s some sat behind us but they are in a minority.

        • Martin Rooney

          You’re lying Dave, you either didn’t go, a barefaced liar, or just making s*** up for effect. No ones gona support a cockney club owner, but there was about 250 in the east corner then about another 50 most of whom stood for approximately 3 seconds. Quite amusing If I’m honest.
          Given the BEEBS keenness to give the dissenters plenty airtime if it had been anything greater they would have given it coverage.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I was in my usual seat in the Gallowgate, it originated in the Gallowgate singing section so you either clearly weren’t there, or you’re a barefaced liar or making s**t up for effect. I’ve no idea where you sit but I was quickly on my feet singing and nobody challenged me and then certainly most of the Gallowgate stood up and sang and from what I could see most of the ground. You might have a different perspective in other parts of the ground but to say 300 people stood up, most of them for about 3 seconds tells me all I need to know about you. I don’t care if you are a Mackem, a troll, a Bishop employee, an Ashley apologist or paid to stir up debate for The Mag but I’ll tell you one thing 100%, you’re talking utter s**t whatever your motive.

          • Martin Rooney

            Dave you’re lying, agreed it did start in the gallowgate east corner as i said earlier, renditions totaling about six or seven repeats in total, those sitting around my seat in between leazes end 18 yard box and half way line stood to join in for no more than a couple of seconds and there was three of them in eyesight, laughing at those doing it (as it’s pointless) I had a quick glance about the leazes end was the same the east stand was the same and it faded very very quickly. Even the teenagers who stand next to the away fans didn’t join in though I’m guessing thats because they couldn”t hear you to learn the words to the new ditty.
            When I was a child and protesting like this the windows would go in we’d hold matches up by invading the pitch and make it so intimidating that people resigned or stayed away.
            Of course I grew up and have no need to lie.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sounds like you sit in the 1892 or the Platinum? To be honest I wouldn’t expect to hear much in those areas. I know a few lads who sit in 1892, even one with a box, but the lack of atmosphere always bored me on the very few occasions I’ve been in, it’s like sitting at a gig, though each to their own. Your credibility hasn’t exactly been helped responding to my point that it started in the singing section and you replying that you “agreed it started in the Gallowgate East Corner”. It re-located more than a full season ago.

          • Martin Rooney

            It is its boring as **** but it’s more comfortable, and you’re right it’s difficult to hear singing from around 500 signing as its only around 80 meters as the crow flies. I heard it but it wasn’t that loud as there wasn’t many standing. But I get it you think I’m a scummer based on the place i sit at the ground.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            “I know a few lads who sit in the 1892, even one with a box, but the lack of atmosphere always bored me”. My direct quote.

            That’s quite a leap you’ve made then to, “you think I’m a scummer based on the place I sit at the ground”.
            A little paranoid no?

            My point is you don’t get a lot of atmosphere, positive or negative in the corporate sections. Just a fact. That’s probably why you didn’t find it very loud, it never is. There were still thousands stood singing in protest around the ground, including most of The Gallowgate. According to your mate Monk that makes not just me scum but my parents and my grandparents.

          • panther

            rooneys a looney

          • Martin Rooney

            Repeat to fade, nursery school style.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Just spoke to my good mate a businessman who has ten seats in the East Stand for over thirty years and he has confirmed hardly any one stood up in the East Stand. This is a bloke where we disagree about Ashley although he is somewhere in the Middle of the road. Also spoke to another chap in the East Stand for the first time as he moved and he confirms hardly a person stood up there. I had great view of Platinum club and hardly any one there . So along with joe that is four people you have called liars and some of these people are not pro Ashley by any means. Perhaps you sit with the protesters.

    • Kenny

      where you there then ?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        haven’t been for 4 years

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Newcastle played well, no chance that squad is getting relegated, if lejune was playing we dont concede those two goals. 4 new signings on display, kenedy looked like he is going to be a key player again, rondon showed in glimpses he has that bull like physical capability to hold a ball up which we havent had for a while. Muto looks capable at no 10. Cant stand ashley etc but dont see the point in going to matches if you cant support the players representing the club. didnt hear much protests in the ground..

    • Foggy

      Muto may well be able to play at 10. I have my doubts that Rafa will ever drop Perez no matter how ineffective he is. It’s like playing 10v 11 from the off.

  • Martin Rooney

    FFS ya propra radgie

    • Kenny

      it`s propa, troll runt, oh that should be a C

      • Martin Rooney

        We’re talking about your good self, so yes, probably the later.

  • Kenny

    trolls out again, tut tut tut, where`s your mum, she will be worried, must go got to be up at 5am for work, bye troll runts, oh that should be a C,

  • TheFatController

    I’ve had 24 hours enjoying Mugpie taking lines from Star Wars to mock the SD protest…

    ‘The Ashley Out Rebels will be crushed by the Spurts Direct Star…’

    ‘Once Mike was but an apprentice and a rubbish owner, but now he is the Master with such a well run club’

    ‘No, that is the planet where Ashley Out are based. Set all ships to the planet lift …’

    • Leazes.

      The forces of evil and light are taking sides we’ve had Ameobi Wan Kenobi going over to the dark side but hopefully we can shove a light sabre up Jabbas jacksie!

      • FatParosite

        Shamiobi has always been on the dark side….. Just plain craƤ stayed at the club too long as our standards sank to his level.. & even then he was too craƤ for us.

        • Ben Jones

          Looks racist that like. No need

          • Westdentoon

            Could only look racist to a racist…you moron.

          • Ben Jones

            No surprise you coming to his defence on this particular subject Westdentoon , predictable

          • Westdentoon

            like I say..could only look racist to a mind such as yours you scumbag. Only a weak little snide like you would come up with such moronic statements.

          • Ben Jones

            It’s quite obvious what the poster was doing. We’ll leave it at that

          • Westdentoon

            its quite obvious what you are doing, you socially challenged fruit cake.

          • Ben Jones

            Sorry man. I won’t call out racism if I think i see it again

          • Westdentoon

            No. What you meant to say was..”sorry man. I won’t incite race hatred and stir up trouble if I see it again”. But as everyone knows Ben Jones can’t help stirring schit.

          • Ben Jones

            Me incite race hatred? Explain how I did that could you

          • Westdentoon

            So you think its ok to call posters racist? Or did you not? Maybe its me failing to understand your comments again as I am intellectually inferior to you as you often imply.

          • Ben Jones

            I don’t imply that at all, perhaps it’s just what you feel yourself?

            I said that looks racist & no need, to me it does, so how is me saying that inciting racial hate? Who am I suggesting we all hate in my comment?

          • Westdentoon

            There you go again, true to form, saying one thing and twisting it around. I know what you meant and I reckon 99% of other people know what your up to.
            Its you, trying as you always do, to make someone look bad. Playing the racist card without any need to do so is you all over Benny boy.
            Your just a weak little keyboard warrior who was obviously bullied at school. I recommend therapy, it could help but you may be too far gone I feel.

          • Ben Jones

            I know what I meant as well, I posted exactly what I meant, I thought it was and is clear what I meant, I said I thought it looked racist and said no need, that was it, no ringing the rozzers, no disqus police, no mag mayhem, i just said no need.

            Incite racial hatred 😂 try knowing what it means first

          • Westdentoon

            tell you what. why don’t me and you settle this once and for all. you obviously have plenty of time today so how about I come along and explain what I know and what I mean. name the place ill be there in less than 30 mins.

          • Ben Jones

            Don’t hit me don’t hit me ok I agree with you, please don’t hit me I’m sorry man I’m sorry.

            Take a look at yourself

          • Westdentoon

            Thought so……

          • Ben Jones

            Look man, I could quite easily have said somewhere that was 45mins away from you causing you to drive really quickly in your wound up state to a location I wouldn’t have turned up to but i claimed was & ‘where are you ya [email protected], I can’t see ya’ .

            I’m showing you compassion. Non of this is important

          • Westdentoon

            It was important initially though wasn’t it?

            Ive no doubt you wouldn’t have turned up, your a weasel man.

            Believe me, the day that you manage to get me in a ‘wound up state’ is the day I block you.

          • Ben Jones

            Ok.

          • Westdentoon

            Ok weasel

          • Ben Jones

            Simpleton

          • Westdentoon

            ok weasel

          • Ben Jones

            Ok

          • Westdentoon

            Ok weasel, you socially inept little fruit loop.

          • Ben Jones

            Looks ableist that like, no need

          • Westdentoon

            no its just benjonesist, thats all

          • Martin Rooney

            why do you bother the comment had racist connotations you don’t need to defend yourself to the imaginatively named westdentoon

          • panther

            no it doesnt, its a starwars analogy, as you well know

          • Ben Jones

            Big star wars fan myself, just the original 3 though, never been interested in the later ones, I’m not sure if it age or the fact for me, the cgi ruins it, I like to see the odd puppet string and bad make-up, it adds to the charm.

            So how has Shola always been on the dark side in your opinion?

          • panther

            takes sides with anyone who will pay him most, has no moral fibre, thinks its in his bran flakes

          • Ben Jones

            Ok

  • Garry Norman

    So if the writing is on the wall after 1 game, West Ham need a new manager and board after spending god knows how much this summer and still losing 4-0.
    Let’s wait a few games before it’s all doom and gloom, please!
    Oh, and let’s not mention Fulham…….

    • Leazes.

      Are you telling people to shut up Barry? That is a trait.

      • Garry Norman

        Who’s Barry?

        • Leazes.

          Oh sorry I read you as Barry Norman not Garry Numan….I really should take the shades off.

          • Garry Norman

            I haven’t heard the Garry Numan line for about 25 years! He’s a bit out of the limelight now.

  • Clarko

    This site is cancer.

    • panther

      yeah, hopefully we can iradiate and eradicate you

      • Clarko

        ‘until we pick up injuries/suspensions and hurtle down the league’

        ‘no we wont, the biggest threat after Ashley flogging the first team in January are idiots like you’

        ‘we’d need a capable team first’

        ‘ mbemba is better than whos come in, (just my opinion), and rondon is not as good as mitro’

        ‘horrible little dwarf’

        ‘shut up fool’

        ‘wankers’

        ‘it is lies and waffle’

        ’50 k a week, on his backside watching netflicks, of course hes in good spirits’

        No, it’s people like you who need to go, uneducated, uninformed and negative, you’re the cancer.

        • panther

          always wanted a crazy stalker, thought you would have been sexier

          • Clarko

            Uneducated, uninformed, negative and incapable of forming an argument. Again, you’re the cancer.

          • panther

            and how much have you given Ashley over the years, Im still at zero, who’s the cancer again?

          • Clarko

            So you don’t support the club. Shocker.

            ‘Uneducated, uninformed, negative and incapable of forming an argument. Again, you’re the cancer.’

          • panther

            Anything else to add or are you just avoiding the question?

          • Clarko

            No I just think it’s important to state that you know absolutley zero about the team you claim to “support” and it turns out that you actually don’t support the club, you’re actually proud of not supporting the club.

            Cancerous.

          • panther

            I’m waiting for the club to rise from the wreckage of sports direct united before it ever sees a penny of my money, your an enabler and the cancer, I can keep this up for ever

          • Clarko

            How much has Ashley took out of the club?

          • panther

            Everything he could

          • Clarko

            Is that why the club owes him £144m?

          • panther

            No it doesn’t, his lies and ineptitude are his deficiencies not the clubs

          • Clarko

            No, the club owes him £144m, that’s a fact. The only money he has took out of the club was £11m in 2012 in the form of a loan repayment and even that (and more) was loaned back to the club later on.

            #FlatEarther

          • panther

            Show me the actual debt, or is he just telling everyone he’s batman?

          • Clarko

            It’s in the accounts, the accounts that are published every single year, accounts that you have never bothered to read because you’re uneducated and uninformed, you don’t want to be educated or informed, you like being stupid and believing whatever you want.

  • Down Under Mag

    We played well and lost and we could have easily had a draw. We will play better and lose, we will play worse and win. It was clear that our lateness in bringing players in for key areas has stopped the fitness and match sharpness being where it needed to be for the opening game. Essentially our pre-season as a complete squad started on Saturday thanks to Ashley’s penny pinching, but he wont care if we drop a few games, he’s not in this for the team to do well and finish high, he just wants safety with as little expenditure as possible.

    • Leazes.

      But we didn’t get a draw, we lost, our goal scored ratio is negative and I would hazard a guess it will still be negative in May.

      A club with nothing to aim for is going to struggle with motivation and no amount of flag waving will change that.

      Rondon looks to be a very physical player rather than a technical player lets hope he doesn’t pick up any injuries because not only is this squad thin on quality its thin on numbers in certain positions.

      Trusting to luck isn’t forward planning, and the january window will allow Charnley and Ashley to reassess the needs and that is how he seems to be playing the moneyball game…. only spend if we are in danger….

      …we know he’s misjudged the situation quite a few times even playing brinkmanship with the drop!

      Ashley likes to gamble and the gamble is how little he can spend in order to survive…. I can’t see House of Fraser turning into the Harrods of the High Street somehow.

  • Rob

    Pull yourself together. Played decent football against what will be a top six possibly four team.

    Our signings haven’t fully aclimitised yet still Rondon hit the crossbar.

    Yedlin injur is biggest worry.

    Overall we play Cardiff next and really look in a good position to get three points.

  • Desree

    We beat Chelsea, man u and arsenal at SJP last season. 9 points I doubt we can count on this season.

    Fans comfortable we got beat at home. FFS?

  • Leazes.

    Newcastle United’s opening game shows they can compete – as long as they avoid injuries, loss of form, and a malaise through lack of a goal to aim for….. well by compete I obviously mean with the bottom half of the table.

    Why is United run by a PR bloke from S*** D****t Keith Bishop when you can’t get any more into the ground?

    Why does the chairman Charnley hide?

    Why does the owner stay away?

    What does Justin Barnes a Lawyer specialising in Land and asset stripping do at the club?

    • Wor Lass

      If you added another question that could be the basis for a Douglasesque piece : “5 things you wanted to know about NUFC” – apart from the fact that the Chronic wouldn`t publish it, of course. Mind, they did do one piece on the protest and Ryder did another which was mildly critical of Ashley`s transfer policy. Maybe they`ll do a bit of original research next, you never know. To be fair to the lads, they did compete yesterday but the old problem continues – not enough goals and lack of strength in depth.

      • Leazes.

        Yes I know, the boys at the Chronicle interview each other to massage their own ego’s (they do that a lot) they’ve done a prediction thing and are quite happy to plump for 10th to 12th.

        We competed as the home club with 50k behind us and lost in a repeat of last season with a starting eleven which was very much the same as last season…..

        ….its not going to be much different as the name of the game is how little you can spend and survive….. and how long it will be before the fans drift away from their cut price season ticket deals when they realise that jam tomorrow is exactly that.