As Newcastle United fans we are rapidly getting used to the line being drawn.

On the one side of that line, you have those in the media who give fans and the club a fair hearing, based on facts.

Whilst on the other side of that line, we have the dregs of the media, happy to write and say anything they like based on lies, or simply by not bothering to do any kind of proper research on he subject they are writing about.

Earlier this month there was a disgraceful piece written by Andy Dunn, who is Chief Sports Writer at The Mirror.

His quotes from that 2 August 2018 piece are reproduced below but if you want to read our explanation of just how embarrassing his piece was, go HERE.

As you can see below though, the top man at The Mirror made claims in that pre-season article based on false statistics.

Andy Dunn then used them to ridicule Rafa Benitez for pointing out the shocking lack of investment in Newcastle’s squad (NUFC one of only two clubs to make a profit in the summer window and they had the lowest net ‘spend’ of all 20 PL clubs, £50m or more lower than most of their likely relegation rivals).

Andy Dunn saying:

‘The Benitez strop is becoming a traditional curtain-raiser to rival the Community Shield…the repetitive strain of Rafa’s unsubtle railing against the lack of investment is becoming a little tiresome.

‘You see the teams that have been promoted, the money they are spending. Put it all together and you understand why the fans need to be concerned,” he (Rafa) went on.


‘Maybe Benitez wants Newcastle fans to be concerned. Because they don’t need to be concerned.’

Just compare that to what has gone out in The Mirror today (read below), nobody putting their name as the author, instead it going out simply under ‘Mirror Football’.

In this feature about what are the major issues for each PL club, The Mirror article says ‘Lack of quality in the squad’, you simply couldn’t make it up.

This time ridiculing the lack of depth in Newcastle’s squad and feeling it necessary to have another cheap laugh at somebody, declaring ‘When you’re sweating on the fitness of DeAndre Yedlin, you’re in trouble.’

There is some fierce competition out there but I think The Mirror is the one that really scrapes the very bottom of the barrel when it comes to Newcastle United.

Mirror Football – 22 August 2018:

Early season issues that need fixing at YOUR Premier League club


Main issue: Lack of quality in the squad

Every Newcastle fan knew when the transfer window closed the squad was thin and lacking quality but the opening two games have underlined that.

Failing to score away to relegation-favourites Cardiff was compounded by an unwelcome reminder of how much full back Javier Manquillo struggles at this level.

Hooked at half-time by Benitez to be replaced by wantaway midfielder Isaac Hayden, the former Arsenal youth player subsequently got sent off for a lunging tackle on dangerous Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy. When you’re sweating on the fitness of DeAndre Yedlin, you’re in trouble.

The Mag – 2 August 2018:

Andy Dunn from The Mirror:

‘Rafa’s unhappy/on the brink/at end of tether/demanding action/at loggerheads with owner or anyone else in power…

Yippee! That’s the sound of football kicking off again.

The Benitez strop is becoming a traditional curtain-raiser to rival the Community Shield.

This year’s vintage came after he fielded a decent-looking team against Braga in a friendly, only to see them cuffed four-nothing.’

‘This from a squad that is already among the best-paid in the Premier League.

The last complete set of accounts for football clubs was for the 2016-17 season, when Newcastle United were getting promoted from the Championship but their £112million salary bill was one topped by only seven Premier League clubs.

Since then, it is hardly likely to have dropped significantly.’

‘The average player wage at St James’ Park during that Championship-winning season was £54,000 a week. In terms of wages paid, even the Newcastle faithful would be hard-pressed to suggest Mike Ashley is not competitive.’

‘Yet to the outside world, and even to the many of us who consider him a world-class coach, the repetitive strain of Rafa’s unsubtle railing against the lack of investment is becoming a little tiresome.

‘You see the teams that have been promoted, the money they are spending. Put it all together and you understand why the fans need to be concerned,” he (Rafa) went on.


‘Maybe Benitez wants Newcastle fans to be concerned. Because they don’t need to be concerned.’

  • Jimblag23

    Is that true £55,000 a week average? I would have assumed it to be lower even in our second year in the prem.
    How much are Manquillo, Hayden, Yedlin, Perez, Darlow, Dummett, Joselu and the like on?
    I’d have thought our top earner would be Shelvey and on about 70k. I’m surprised if the average is really 55.

    • Leazes.

      doubleyou doubleyou doubleyou Dot spotrac dot com

      The majority of players are on about £45k

      You can look up other clubs as a comparison too.

      • Wezza

        Yep and you can also see our championship season wages… which were not even half the 112M stated.
        Creative accounting from the most fraudulent, disgusting owner in history.

    • Down Under Mag

      There’s always the thing that the club also put in signing fees and bonuses onto the wages to bump up the numbers so they can then claim “onerous payments” in their accounts. Not only can they claim Ashley is doing a bang up job being competitive with wages but they also ensure the club don’t turn too much of a profit.

    • Sickandtired

      Nope. Neither is the £112 million wage bill claim.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The true wage bill was £92m which included £10m bonuses. The other £20m was for provisions for paying off about ten unwanted players.

  • Leazes.

    The reason that the London press aren’t genned-up on United is because they had been fed by Ryder and Douglas for a decade…. and they are sticking with it.

    ….Ryder and Douglas wanted to believe the club had a debt….

    Ryder is a Liverpool fan,,,, and Douglas is a Bradford fan.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Ryder is from the coast and United supporter, Douglas is from the Midlands and supports Wolves.

      • Leazes.

        Ryder is a Liverpool fan his Dad is from Liverpool, he was born in Shields and wore a liverpool shirt as a kid…. his work means he follows Newcastle United around, his first job was following Scunthorpe United around, that’s where he got his qualification in journalism.

        Douglas stated at his book launch that he’s a Bradford City fan.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          During his college days Ryder did follow Newcastle as gave him a lift once think we dropped him off near Preston.

        • Carverlier football

          Ryder actually has a qualification in journalism?? Wherever he got it from there clearly wasn’t a course in spelling. Or grammar. Or investigation.

          • panther

            he got his with little Jimmy at Metropolis

    • Flasheart

      Long time reader, first time poster. Just wanted to confirm that Lee was indeed a Liverpool fan at school, always had a Liverpool shirt on in games lessons. However, to be fair, he did follow Newcastle as well & used to go to matches with me in high school. Nice lad, not sure how he became a Journo though lol

  • musicman2018

    Sky television have aligned them selves with Mike Ashley due to friends he has within sky.
    So Mike Ashley is always cast in a positive light from sky like he is some hero.
    If sky looked at the facts Mike Ashley would be ridiculed for the way he has run Newcastle United.
    Sky are a disgrace that’s why I’ve cancelled my sky sports suppcription, don’t pay money to get told by a supposedly impartial broadcaster that consistently defends and deflects Ashley’s actions, then turns it around that Newcastle fans are deluded for wanting Ashley out.
    If sky started loosing a lot of money in the north we would see if there still loyal to Ashley??????????


    • Leazes.

      There’s a coincidence I’ve just cancelled mine…. its quite a fight to do it over the phone as they do everything they can to get you to stay….Its not a cancellation line its their marketing team….still I won….

      …well done Craig Bellamy and Shola Ameobi….you’ve just cost sky a subscription or two.

      • Kenny

        expect a phone call or 3, then flyers with huge discounts, cancelling on the phone is the easy bit, it’s the aftermath thats the problem

      • FatParosite

        Don’t give Murdock a dime and steal his TV on Kodi…. I do… & I’m still not sure I’ll tune in…

        • Garry Norman

          So Ashley “Stealing” what is effectively his own money is bad, but stealing tv from a third party is fair game? A bit double-standardy, isn’t it?

      • Cushty lad

        Well done. I said in post last week that scrapping sky & bt sports was the only way to hit owners like the fat lad & get em to move on. Kenny still has subscriptions fully paid up mind!

    • Mike

      the only one that talks sense on the TV is Shearer speaks for all “REAL” fans

  • Foggy

    Not sure what else you’d expect from a rag like the mirror.

  • Kenny

    Shola did it for me, how he can see any good in Despicable Mike is beyond comprehension 😠, as for the Mirror, toilet paper

  • Son of Wilt

    Surely manquillo ‘hooked’ because he was injured just before half time?
    Mirror is ‘preferred media partner’ with fatty, so they’re bought and paid for.

    • Jate Legend

      Manquillo shouldve been subbed injury or no injury, he was a liability and the rest of the defence were cover in him the whole time. We were already a man down in the first half.

    • Carverlier football

      Are they still “preferred media partner”? I haven’t heard anything official about that for years, or seen any preferential treatment they’re getting in terms of access. I listened to the True Faith Rangers podcast last night (essential listening), it was interesting how they were saying Ashley and his cronies would get in with a “point-man” in quite a few different media outlets and then feed them propaganda

      • Wezza

        The only thing regime that does feed them propaganda. What a disgusting regime this is.

  • nufcslf

    Bollocks to the media, it’s those dumb enough to be still turning up to back this sort of sh*t and the useless fat owner that are the real problem. What a mess and only to get worse from here on in. Glad I find it laughable and not woth wasting my time taking it seriously. Will watch matches if televised, because I can’t stand so called armchair critics that only look at results.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    George from the Times and Luke from the Telegraph now there are two poisonous journalists the lowest of the low.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      11 years of poor ownership but Monkseaton likes to ignore that

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        16% of his ownership outside the top flight. The clubs history or other Chairmen in the Clubs history is 25% so doing miles better than the norm.

        • cmrowley

          Apply the same logic to winning major titles then, how’s he doing? If you’re going to use stats to prove a point you’ll end up in trouble.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          We’ve had 6 relegations he’s overseen two of those in 11 years, that’s astoundingly bad.

          • Kneebotherm8

            33% of our relegations in his 11 years?……..Howay Mugpie………..explain that one then……

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’s just scraping himself off the ceiling

          • Kneebotherm8


    • Lord

      George Caulkin comes across as knowledgeable and eloquent in his articles. What is it about his articles and tweets that makes you think he is poisonous?

      • Tweed Mag

        The apologists say that about everyone who does not agree with them. The Mirror and Sky have lost credibility. The Chronic is not far behind. Mugpie and his mates are on this site to argue and contradict, nothing more, nothing less. George Caulkin sees things as they are.

        • Kneebotherm8

          George Caulkin sees things like they are…….a great read he is…..I’ve just tried to copy and paste one of his articles from a couple of weeks ago but it looks like the Mag ain’t gonna let it through…….waiting to be approved ….it’s a shame really………Mugpie would be choking on his cornflakes if he read it…….

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Hate him with a passion that bloke smarmy, arrogant and that’s his good points..

          • Kneebotherm8

            A wonderful journo he is………tells it like it is at this football club…….just a shame it doesn’t look like my copy and paste of his article is going to be allowed by the Mag……
            You had your cornflakes yet?…….

          • panther

            well if you hate him he’s probably right

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Here here

        • East Durham Mag

          Mugpie and his alternative personalities. 🤪

          • MadMag83

            Reminds me of a film where the guy has 21 different personalities, can’t remember what it’s called.

          • East Durham Mag

            SuperDes said its called Split.

          • MadMag83

            With Jude Law?

          • East Durham Mag

            I’m sure SuperDes said James McAvoy.

          • MadMag83

            Ahh yes quite right. Don’t know where I got Jude Law from 😂

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        One example was he said Mike Ashley has not put a penny in the Club. Him and Luke two dangerous journalists winding up the fans to cause unrest and hopefully get us relegated. A clever agenda which most fans cannot see.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          The sane fans don’t need 2 journalists to tell them Ashley’s a fat robbing C unt

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He got him kicked out the Irish centre because he was being an idiot at a talk in, that’s why.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Mugpie being an idiot?…….hard to believe that like….

      • Wezza

        He is just trolling to wind people up. Anyone who still insists Rafa gets every penny cannot be taken seriously.

    • Big Hairy Man

      George Caulkin is one of the most balanced and unbiased journos in the mainstream press and does not seem to have an agenda. Because he is not up Ashley’s substantial @rse-crack you label him poisonous.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Caulkin from the Times is a cracking journo…….

        • Andy Mac

          Whereas MM is just a cracking nutcase ?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He is not him and Luke have an agenda against the club they even go to Sports Direct Shareholders meeting to stir up trouble. They would love it if we got relegated. Those two even make Simon Bird from the Mirror who also hates us seem normal. Thinking of protesting to the Times.

  • MadMag83

    Could have been written by a different journalist? I assume there’s more than one person working at The Mirror. It’s a tatty rag anyway, nobody reads it.

  • S.G.M.

    FFS the articles on here or getting worse

  • Andy Mac

    “Newcastle United were getting promoted from the Championship but their £112million salary bill was one topped by only seven Premier League clubs”

    Figures no doubt fed to him by the slimy R’s licking Bishop but as we all know that sum was a crock. With an over bloated loss of £90m according to the club which upon deeper investigation amounted to around £40m.

    It is fair to say that the club maintained a Premier League wage structure in the Championship but it is unfair to use the quoted amount of £112m. It was more like £80m.

    However when you consider we went down with Villa and Norwich and Stoke are struggling this season it was more or less a necessity to keep a squad full of well paid players otherwise Fatman could have been looking at years in the “wilderness” along with the makems ?

  • Wezza

    “already among the best-paid in the Premier League.”

    Blatant lie, spoon fed from the club PR machine.
    We have one of the lowest in the premier league!
    The rest of the lies are utter garbage that is shocking to even see in the tabloids.