So my friends, I have not been on here a while as 2018 has probably been the worst year personally for me, compounded by the continuing efforts of Mike Ashley to drain the last breaths out of Newcastle United.

So, now I am back to write, what do I write about?

Like coming out of St James Park at about 4.55 on Saturday, despite the obvious celebrations and relief I sensed confusion, confusion because we’d forgotten what we do when we win, now I am unsure what to write about. So why bother you will ask?

Well, first of all the confusion on Saturday night did not last long, soon the drinks were flowing and the town was generally bouncing. Excited voices extolled the virtues of several players (Fabian Schar caught my eye) , drank heartily to toast the win and everything seemed right.

So back to where I started, what do I write about?

I could write about Monkseaton Mag, a regular commenter who I now see regularly, however after the first high point of the season I don’t want to risk the wrath of fellow fans so soon after, so will leave this for another day

I could laudably offer praise for Jinky Jim, not the 70s midfield maestro who played when he fancied it, but the regular contributor on here who is by the country mile the best article writer The Mag has to offer, but again not today, today I am going to start by delving into history

Next year is the 50th anniversary of NUFC winning anything of consequence, yes we knocked at the door a few times and got a few tin pot cups along the way, but the Fairs Cup was the last major trophy we got our hands on, this is unfortunate for me as I didn’t start going until a year later, so I like so many others seem destined to not see us win anything.

The Fairs Cup club chaired by my mate Bill Gibbs does a great job of both remembering and honouring the players, but in all honesty it rubs our noses in it a bit as well, so after the match on Saturday we were talking about this and one of our lot pipes up…….”I was there”, well at 62 he is certainly old enough as he would have been 13 at the time, so after ridiculing him for his age he said it again ….”No, I really was there”, and it transpires he was!

In 1969 at 13 years of age, he got on a plane that was powered by a lone elastic band with his dad and went to the second leg of the Fairs Cup Final against Upjest Dozsa, now how cool is that?

I have known him for best part of 20 years and only now he lets it slip. Sure there were 60,000 at the home leg but how many travelled to the away leg? The team and cup were long since back in Newcastle before he got home but he was there! Lucky Bast…!

I wonder how many fans actually went to that game, maybe we should have some sort of commemorative ceremony for those that went, because I bet there were not many, sure 12,000 went to Ibrox for the semi-final but how many went actually went to Hungary? It’s hard to ask Linton these days because he keeps forgetting to go to the bar……enough said!

Today, that particular Newcastle fan sits in the East Stand, somewhere near the halfway line having had this same seat for as long as he can remember and he is fairly dismissive of all talks about Boycotts etc., simply because in his words, he has seen it all before. Why should he boycott, he can go to his grave knowing he saw Newcastle United win something!

Anyway, moving on from the depressive side of not having won anything for coming up to 50 years, what else is happening?

Well we are as expected in a serious relegation battle and there have even been a few murmurings against Rafa, which in my eyes are totally misguided. No, the blame has to lay at the door of a certain Mike Ashley and his curious lack of investment. Why it is curious, is that he seems to want to invest in just about every major retail outlet in the UK, but simply will not invest in NUFC, we have all had enough of him and while there are arguments between fans about what action to take or in some cases not to take, I think we can all agree we have had enough!

Anyway, I have wasted enough time talking and writing about him previously so not going to dwell today, so away from NUFC what is going on?

Well I think we were all shocked and dismayed with the tragic events at Leicester, clearly there was a lot of love for the owner and it is easy to see why. I think everyone has the families and friends of those involved  in their thoughts, there was actually a little bit of criticism aimed at our fans for breaking out into applause while paying our respects with the minute’s silence, but why be critical? It was spontaneous and well meant and there was no lack of respect intended, quite the opposite in fact.

Down the road SAFC delighted their fans with another 6 in a row, this has bought their fans out of the woodwork on most of the comments boards and they seem convinced that Real Madrid will soon be strutting their stuff at the Stadium of Light in a couple of years, such is the confidence a few wins brings.

Staying down the road it would seem they are going to have to re-open their top deck as ticket demand is expected to soar through the roof shortly, not for the football but it would seem a group of old ladies have been booked to perform there next summer, it may even be their first full house since Billy Graham (ask your dad)!

On other football news, the money machine that is Man City relentlessly rolls on, with the only hope of a challenge coming from Liverpool and maybe Chelsea,  we showed a few weeks ago that Man Utd are not in the same race at the moment and the comments of the now very eccentric Jose are the only thing of interests emanating from Old Trafford.

Our interest is simply at the other end of the table. Watching Huddersfield v Fulham on Monday night, it is clear they are both pretty poor – how much exactly did Fulham spend in the summer? Mitrovic looked exactly like what he was up here, ordinary at best! Cardiff it would seem will also not win many games and there are others hovering just above us, so another win this weekend would be great. However, make no mistake, Bournemouth are very good and we will need to be better than last weekend.

I have deliberately kept off the subject of Boycotts and protests, quite simply because there is so much written and talked about it, I think at the end of the day everyone wants him gone and simply a competitive NUFC.

Going back to 4.55pm last Saturday and it was good to see happy smiling faces milling about the town. Perpetually successful clubs have a miserable and expectant fan base, Man City being a prime example, always had a great if slightly excitable fan base over the years, but winning attracts a different breed of people, the same can be said about Chelsea.

We get criticised for struggling to sell out St James Park but the same criticism is not levelled at fans of  those clubs. The coup de grace is however fans of Arsenal, hounding out the greatest manager they ever had and sitting with sullen faces, what we would give to be as ‘unsuccessful’ as Arsenal?!!

Have a great week everyone.

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  • Tweed Mag

    Confused – do you want a successful team, an owner who invests and encourages the club, or are you content with your memories and accept whatever happens?

    • Themoscow72

      He wants a new owner sits left of centre towards the anti Ashley mob.
      Where the likes of Monkseaton and Fleckman sit to the right of centre based on reality, published accounts and past history going back fifty years. Hope that helps.

      • JohnnyH

        Monk, You are a complete loony.

        • Peaky

          I really think he’s totally gone this time….the poor fella needs sectioning ASAP…

          • Wezza

            See when people say he is a troll and he comes out with stuff like that. Lunatic he is.

        • Toontaff

          All 8 of him?

      • Wezza

        LOL, you have lost the plot. Fleckman is a Lee brother troll who disappeared at… well the same time as monkseatonmagpies and the other troll aliases.
        How about that huh?

        • Themoscow72

          Fleckman and Monkseaton got banned from this site so would not surprise me if they were back on here using another name so that is a clue for you. Being kind again.

          • Wezza

            So you are saying you ARE NOT Monkseatonmagpies when it is quite obvious you are?
            So Leazes and Jezza were always right that you are indeed a troll. Correct?

          • Themoscow72

            Both Fleckman and Monkseaton got banned so they use different names now. Neither is a troll and both will be at the Wolves game. Think Jezza got sectioned for making stories up about those two which were not true.

          • Wezza

            You’re doing it again right when I was about to leave it.
            If anyone was needing sectioned it is the trolls. I know who you are now anyways as you’d not know the above information otherwise. Kudos.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Jesus Wezza this isn’t as difficult as you are making it.
            Monkseaton = Moscow
            Fleckman = Pezza.
            Monk is pretty much telling you that he got banned, probably because so many people reported him as a troll, and now has to post under a different alias. He’s far too mental to be made up. I disagree with almost everything he says but I reckon he’s real and actually a genuine fan. And despite my dislike of his views I like that he won’t ever duck having a face to face pint with anyone.

          • Wezza

            That actually was sarcasm mate. I know fine well who he is.

          • Tweed Mag

            You are Monkseaton, You have dropped yourself in it a couple of times (at least).

      • Wezza

        Oh and monkseaton also said he has a box, just like you did so how would he sit left of centre? You’ve really slipped up again and you’re whole imagination leads a lot to be desired! You clearly making up alter egos, characters and whatnot, I just don’t see why.
        You might as well tell the truth for once.

        • Themoscow72

          You mis understood nothing to do with the ground. Brian sits left of centre just like the labour party ofthose who want Ashley out unlike myself who is right of centre.

          • Wezza

            My bad, I get what you mean now.

    • Brian Standen

      That is a really good question and difficult to answer – memories tend to look on the positive. It was great times in 70s and 80s going to games – for sure nervy as well!
      Me, I just want us to compete!

      • Tweed Mag

        To compete we need an owner who invests and encourages the team. It is all very simple Brian, but I’m pleased you want to see an improvement.

  • Themoscow72

    Yes a very potent and well written article. Man City are going to be in trouble for false sponsorship it seems so I hope they throw the book at them. Sunderland are at the level of Newcastle reserves who beat Doncaster two nil so do not worry about them they will run out of money shortly. As for the boycott each to their own but I have bought nine tickets and hoping to buy more as Rafa and Lascelles have asked for the fans support.
    Agree with you regards Jinky Jim as his articles are about the great days and not Ashley and the protests. Think there were about two hundred supporters in Hungary
    my mates dad one of them but it was more than the 72 who made it to Moscow recently for the game against Anzhi.
    Lastly that chap the Monkseaton Mag from what I can gather he is not the most popular on here but as you can verify he is a genuine supporter.

    • Kenny

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      why are you referring to yourself in third person? sad

      • Themoscow72

        You have no sense of humour at all bet your a great laugh on a night out. The likes of Kenny and Wezza although they post at the opposite end of the spectrum are at least alive.

        • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

          i’m not

          • Themoscow72

            On a different note I had a good chat with that chap you queued up at the bookstore in London. He came up to the Irish Centre for a protest meeting and raffled a signed book for the foodbank so very good of him.

          • Wezza

            Moscow, if you’re story is true why does Brian Standen mention Monkseaton Mag (which is you) and you referred to monkseaton magpies as “that monkseaton chap”?
            Are you writing articles for your own alter egos?

          • Kenny

            He`s a lunatic

          • 1957

            No I don’t think he is he’s just a believer in supporting the team no matter what.. except he did offer me ( a total stranger) two free tickets for the Wolves game last week, is that lunacy? Sadly I had to decline, although the thought of having a drink with him nearly made me cancel my trip to Madrid. 😊

          • Brian Standen

            I just know the lad. Have done for 30 years to be honest – he doesn’t miss games mind, home or away!

          • Carverlier football

            Have you asked him why he posts on here under multiple aliases?

          • Brian Standen

            No. But I’m happy to ask him. Will be seeing him at Everton !

          • Themoscow72

            I post only under one name but when some bully or coward receives stick back of me they grass me up and I get banned the same as Fleckman did.

          • Wezza

            The site admins got you banned and rightfully so.

          • Wezza

            His behaviour has been very odd, he now posts under themosxow72 and everyone knows who it is. Now he claims he knows who the trolls are (Fleckman) and has an obsession with Jezza (trolls also said he was sectioned)
            He is a troll, simple as.

          • Brian Standen

            I can’t stop anyone posting or trolling etc, I just take every one as they come
            I could actually tell a really funny story about him from a few years ago – quite an eye opener and it does show his character

          • Wor Lass

            That`s the best way to be, Brian. I don`t mind anyone posting as long as they concentrate on the football/the club and justify what they say. I don`t block anyone – most of the so-called trolls are funny.

          • Peaky

            I’m like that….never ever blocked anyone….each and every person is entitled to their own opinion,some you agree with and some you don’t….I find Moscow very funny at times and totally harmless…bonkers mind you but harmless.

          • Wezza

            It’s fine, I’m just not interested.

          • Wor Lass

            Wezza, get a grip. You know Monkseaton and the Mule are the same person, Brian knows it, I know it and Monkseaton knows it. He`s having a laugh. Most people on here disagree with what he says but he`s got a right to say it. Brian says he`s a real person, a fan and he goes to every game. That`s good enough for me.

          • Billmag

            I just find it strange that a lifelong supporter can actually support Ashley after the dirty tricks he has done to this club it’s bizarre to say the least.

          • Wezza

            That’s because he isn’t. Jezza was right about him all along.

          • Wezza

            Of course I know he is the same person. He is just a troll, simple as.

    • JohnnyH

      I can confirm that my mate JohnyH is fit, great looking and has a massive whanger.

      • Peaky

        😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 and 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      • 45709

        Photo so I can verify please 😂😂

      • Toontaff

        Who does MoscowMonk think they are?
        If MoscowMonk threatened to kill himself, would it be a hostage situation?

    • Wezza

      “Lastly that chap the Monkseaton Mag”

      Trolling again. That is you, lunatic.
      Why are you even going to dispute that? If you actually do want to be taken seriously then you would admit this blatant fact, then we can get somewhere.

  • Leazes.

    You now see Monkseaton regularly, every time you have a shave?

    • Brian Standen

      Wondered how long it would be? But you beat my expectations – however as I have pointed out many times your welcome to join me for pre or post match pint! Thus far you have declined this opportunity!

      • Leazes.

        its ‘you’re welcome’ not ‘your welcome’….

        ….Did you have a beard in the 70s and a car which you parked at Central station for away games?

        • Brian Standen

          Thank you for the lesson in grammar!
          Me in the 70s?1 was mainly on the Armstrong Galley from Morden Street – always seemed to get stuck on Grumpy Mullen’s bus!
          Given I did not turn 16 until 1980 growing a beard was a challenge!

          • Kenny

            he gives everyone lessons in grammar

          • Ron

            I know!

          • Leazes.

            No moose I don’t it just that one word which is irritatingly misused, I can’t believe two people are that stupid…..so they must be the same person.

          • Benmagpie

            Shouldn’t it be ‘it’s’

          • Geordiegiants

            🤣😂🤣👍🤣

          • Leazes.

            Must be a different Brian I’m thinking about….from Tynemouth.

          • Paul Cannell

            Fatty Mullen, I remember him well.
            Supporters club busses, then you move on to national express busses, then Montys ugly bus then trains. I miss the 80s.

          • Brian Standen

            Aye great times. I remember Mala Pegg as well, another steward!
            Trains and Persil vouchers were the way forward!

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Mala Pegg – I remember him as a steward then couple of years later running a bus for the Gremlins. He gave me a few slaps away at Arsenal in 89 – followed me across London to Paddington then jumped on the train as it was moving to issue a slap. Week later bought the drinks at Man U away – last game of season!!

        • Geordiegiants

          Clarko, Clarko! It’s you 😂🤣😂, thats his favourite trip up Leazes. Your and You’re!

      • Ashley-out

        he most likely away off to scourge himself after reading your article
        😂😂

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    I don’t think it is true that everyone wants him gone. I don’t see any evidence to suggest even half of fans want him gone.

    • Brian Standen

      May I ask what evidence you wish to see Jonathan?
      Despite what people think those that go don’t like him!
      In fact I don’t know anybody who has nice words about Ashley!

      • FatParosite

        Still pay Ashley to rape the club despite not liking him.

      • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

        well 52,000 keep turning up every week, and it’s not as if they are give the guy a hard time or anything.

        i don’t think many really care about him going, otherwise the more you care the more you’d want to do something about it.

        right now, there is only a very small minority of us attempting to do something about Mike Ashley. The vast majority still go every week (which is fine of course, i’m one of those too) but yet they don’t do anything else to contribute to him leaving?

        all fine and well saying ‘oh yeah i hate Mike Ashley, he’s the worst’ but doing nothing about it?? gets to a point where you have to question if people really do dislike him.

        • Leazes.

          What was heartening was the polls which two thirds said they will join a boycott…. its maybe easier to try to get them to do nothing than something…..

          As i said before I think our fans are dispersed far and wide..,..I’d be surprised if 25,000 of that gate were from Newcastle, and its always going to be difficult with the ‘matchday experience’ soccer fans…..they’re not partizan as fans were in my youth.

          • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

            how many people do the polls cover? likelihood is that the majority come from twitter which is somewhat of an echo chamber that distorts how fans truly feel about the club.

          • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

            have to be honest, away from home more and more fans are not from the area but at SJP i’d be very surprised if more thwn 10,000 aren’t local (i’d include as far as darlo/boro and berwick when saying local)

          • Leazes.

            I think that’s the problem you know, we have it stuffed down our throats that United’s support is huge for a city this size….. but its not at all for a club which gets its support regionally….. its poor. That’s why a successful United would require a Stadium of 60-70k…. maybe then the locals will start attending!

            My first match was as a kid with my Grandfather in excess of 60k inside because kids used to go through the turnstile with their dads and the crowds are down to the transport hubs on our doorstep, 2 million customers within an hours commute…. and they do…. look at the destinations on the busses at the Haymarket after a match every six mins from every stop A-Z

            I lived in London for a while and those away fans well half lived in London, that’s how the support comes fragmented…..

            Lets get them to not do something….

            #BoycottWolves

        • Brian Standen

          Jonathan. May I ask what you do personally? If your kids want stuff , times are hard and Christmas is coming, would you avoid SD if the ‘something’ they wanted was sold cheaper there?
          If I want a strip/shirt I can get one from China, perfect replica for about £11 – I recently tested the water on this and very impressed!

          • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

            Yes i would avoid it and pay the premium, but i wouldn’t judge anyone who didn’t.

            The point being that there are multiple way in which people can combat Mike Ashley, and many individual reasons why people are don’t are personal and justified.

            But is there really an excuse for doing nothing?

          • Geordiegiants

            I would rather my kids wore black bags than give him a penny of my money. I would rather be dead than live in misery making him richer and me subservient. You would do well in North Korea Brian.

          • Brian Standen

            I get your irony for sure!

      • Superdooperhooper

        Monkseaton does! He says ashley is the only owner to put money into nufc and praises him for not taking a wage and giving the club interest free loans etc ! So do you actually know him or not ?

        • Brian Standen

          Yeah I do know him – I used to go on his buses many years ago – always ran good trips from the coast!

          • Leazes.

            So you lived down the coast…..You are him aren’t you?

          • Brian Standen

            Forest hall born and bred. Drink in the Con Club mainly !
            Go on have a go about politics, might drink in con club but fully paid up member of the Labour Party!

          • Leazes.

            Yes I know.

          • Superdooperhooper

            My point was you said you don’t know anyone with a nice word for ashley but you know Monkseaton . Contradiction ?

          • Brian Standen

            Banged to rights. You are correct ! My apologies

      • Geordiegiants

        I agree with you there Brian and it’s not just Geordies that don’t like him either.

    • Ashley-out

      you must be kidding, do you live in Newcastle ?

    • Ron

      Your right, the Mackems will be happy, now who else?

      • Leazes.

        You’re wrong its ‘you’re right’ not ‘your right’, and you’re wrong he’s right.

        • Kenny

          You`re right

        • Ron

          Corrected – well spotted – but I think most fans want him out, but just don’t have the energy or the will to do something about it!

          • Leazes.

            ✅ Correct.

          • Ron

            Phew thank you, Sir

          • Billmag

            Expect the cane the next time you make a mistake, or even worse locked in a room with Ryder and Douglas.

  • mactoon

    Has everybody forgotten we won the prestigious Intertoto Cup in 2006?

    • Leazes.

      yes

  • Rich Lawson

    No,I was there that day for the Fairs Cup final,saw every home game that season,never thought I might die before we won a major trophy again,but I live in hope,this city won’t be defeated by a bad owner,we will rise again.

    • Brian Standen

      I’m jealous – simple as!

      • Geordiegiants

        Brian it’s no good pretending it isn’t happening. Imagine if Churchill took that attitude. 🇬🇧

        • Brian Standen

          He did all that and now Europe doesn’t recognise it. BREXIT now that’s another subject!

          • Geordiegiants

            It definetly is!
            Now that’s another situation where everybody sat around complaining doing nothing until it was to late.
            Now look at our country!
            I have nothing against people coming to our country what so ever, just as long as it is to make it better and contribute. Unfortunately just like Jabba, it’s all take take take and the bare minimum given in return.
            I’m not saying all, but masses of them do nothing but suck us dry, exactly like the fatcunt.
            Keep giving to him or Brussels and it’s the same result.

          • Realist

            The world people think they live in is just a false illusion. The masses need to wake up.

          • Leazes.

            If there’s one thing I’ve learned from going through the records at companies house and finding ‘paper companies’ designed to avoid taxation its this.,.,.,,

            …the country is being bled dry by billionaires, millionaires and businessmen who avoid the taxation that pay for services such as health and infrastructure not those who come to work for that infrastructure.

      • Geordiegiants

        So am I, ( Jelous that is) along with probably 99.9% of the fans, the mad monk from Pennyweeell aside.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’m 63 now Brian and we’ve put up with some woeful c##p down the years despite Harvey,KK,Sir Bob,but I do believe (or i’m f####d) ”things change”.Just over a year ago you wouldn’t have bet on Weinstein n Green being on the run and I don’t believe ”Mike” operates entirely within the law,our day will come again .

    • Ashley-out

      we are defeated look at the state of the team, the stadium, the training facilities & when the manager leaves that will be the coup de grace
      RIP

    • Ron

      I was there for most but not all the home matches, but think about the poor souls born in the 1970’s and later – they might turn up their toes without seeing us win anything at all!

    • Leazes.

      The chronicle did their job well…. always jam tomorrow and tomorrow never comes.

    • Wor Lass

      I was …. playing football!

      • Rich Lawson

        What as part of the team ? So you have hidden in France all these years,J accuse Jacque Sinclair ?

    • Billmag

      I used to look forward to the Cup draws but thanks to fatty he’s even taken that away from me.

  • David2211

    I don’t want a trophy anymore. It would be tainted under this regime. Until the owner is gone, nobody should feel any emotion really. Maybe anger, but it’s hard to stay angry for so long when we’ve watched it all unfold for eleven years and many are not only accepting it but encouraging it.

    • Leazes.

      Too many people have morphed from football fans to become like Brian Standen…. zombie matchday experience fans!

      • Brian Standen

        And do the truth shall set YOU free – I know YOU have a season ticket!
        Deny it and your a liar!!!!!

        • Leazes.

          Did have last season, don’t now…..after the Rafalution failed to take off…..

          …..a Rafalution as was promised in Mark Douglas’s many assurances that Rafa had the say in all transfers now.

          Big lie!

          • Brian Standen

            I can see your nose growing!

          • Wor Lass

            Is that when you stopped telling us it was a “penalty to the lads”. Me, Kenny and Peaky had a sweep on how many minutes in you`d say it. Noone won!

          • Leazes.

            Who me?

          • Peaky

            It was all part of the match day experience from afar for us lads…..can you remember those tickets you could buy many years ago ( not sure if they’re still going) where they had the minute and second the goals would be scored….it’s all as excellent as that…

          • Brian Standen

            Golden goals tickets

          • Peaky

            My god that’s right…my dad used to buy loads while posing with a cigar in his mouth ??? I still don’t know to this day where the cigar smoking come from…..or indeed why…..gonna ask him the next time he’s on the phone…..

          • Chris-Chapple

            hardly worth bothering about these days

          • Peaky

            They could bring them bang up to date and instead of having times they could now have which row of which section will the first shot of Hoss hit….

          • Peaky

            Needs to be brought back…I’m going for 52nd minute v Bournemouth….

          • Wor Lass

            He never waits that long. Anyway, he`s watching – don`t want any insider information coming into play!

          • Peaky

            That’s just a ruse…..I’ll go for a totally different time on the day….

          • Wor Lass

            Aaaah! (taps nose)

          • Geordiegiants

            I bought my kids strips, how much that still boils my pee to this day. 🤬

        • Gallowgate Dave

          Haha how did you know that Brian?

          • Brian Standen

            He let it slip commenting one day, to be fair he did not deny it, but now says it was last season!

      • Toontaff

        Brian appears to be after your mantle of Mag’s top detective!

        • Leazes.

          I wish journalists at the mag would do a bit of investigating

          • Chris-Chapple

            those days are gone.

      • JohnnyH

        He’s got 450 loyalty points I’ll have you know.

        • Leazes.

          Habitual….. like collecting programs forget why you start in the first place…… what is 19 into 450?

          • JohnnyH

            23.6
            Might get him a Lonsdale hoody

        • Themoscow72

          Five hundred and twenty five away games not that it is important just replying to those you think I am a troll.

  • Fairscup69

    Great article. Getting the message across doesn’t have to be done in such a negative manner. Let’s have a few more please……

  • Chris-Chapple

    everyone wants him gone yet 50,000 turn up at the home games, i wonder how many fans at other premiership clubs would put up with Ashley for 11 years.
    the clubs been turned into a laughing stock.

  • oompalumpa

    A brief but welcome respite re last weekends result, however those that continue to support the FCB are as per feeling some uplift in thoughts. I.E it’s not that bad we are on the up all ok now I’m sorry to burst your bubble but fat mans ethos remains…………

  • Leazes.

    Opening remarks …..’So my Friends’ ….. now which troll exudes that arrogance of tone?

    Brian Standen is Monkseaton…..

    • Wezza

      Exactly Leazes, I think he is the senile father who you said was also called Brian correct?
      He creates characters and alter egos and you and Jezza were right all along.

      • Leazes.

        Nope that’s his real name…. this guy says he younger….and he is. He was born where he says he was too….

        ….he is the person behind the troll

        • Wezza

          Ah I see. Well either way he is blocked.

          • Leazes.

            He’s alright under his real name

          • Wezza

            But still trolling on aliases.

          • Leazes.

            My guess he’s just winding people up using the aliases.

          • Chris-Chapple

            how many names has he got

          • Leazes.

            Who cares

    • Geordiegiants

      🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Ha ha lol.

      • Leazes.

        Don’t laugh, and if I can give you a tip don’t leave your pinterest site open.

    • 45709

      Hi, do you think he’s also clarko? Or is that a separate troll?

      Either way they must be rich to find the time, cause for me I just can barely find time to watch match of day highlights (record them too) with family and everyday life!

      • Leazes.

        Nope that’s one of the Lee Family from Darlo/Peterlee area.,… Kevin

        • 45709

          Right, the names mean nothing to me sadly. All my family come from Ashington and Country Durham. Moved to Doncaster for mining where I was born. Only been to Newcastle a few times, never seen a home game. But it’s sorta in the blood for me, going to games, how the family are about NUFC etc… I’m only 35 so I’m hopeful there’s an end in sight. My family all have these amazing stories and memories, I do too. But now I don’t want memories I want to be living them, I’ve said before I may as well buy a Juventus shirt to be proud of wearing black and white again, I want it now, show my kids that no other club has what we have. Hope that all makes sense

          • Leazes.

            Bad timing to move for mining jobs.

          • 45709

            Lol, turns out it wasn’t, Thatcher and scargill aren’t exactly talked about nicely

          • JohnnyH

            Aye makes sense, if you ever get up for a game, post it and I’ll buy you a pint.

          • 45709

            Thanks that’s ace and means a lot👍

          • Kenny

            I`ll have it

          • JohnnyH

            Couldn’t afford Glenmorangie, mebbies a single 🥃

          • Pezza

            All those contributors are different people, they just have different opinions. For some reason, Leazes’ likes to make all this Lee family from Manchester stuff up.

            Leazes’ is a bit of a compulsive liar and Wezza is so stupid, he believes it.

    • Chris-Chapple

      i thought he was fleckman

      • Leazes.

        So did I

        • JohnnyH

          Fleckman stopped posting or got kicked out, the same time as Monkseaton, who then went quiet at the same time Moscow came on.
          The Posts are the same kind of stuff. I agree with You Leazes, it’s the same wind up merchant.

          • Leazes.

            Brian disappeared at the same time

          • Brian Standen

            And the reason I disappeared was a double family bereavement.
            Want the details? Idiot!

          • Leazes.

            My apologies for not checking that out Brian.

          • Brian Standen

            Point being there is too much animosity on here. The fact I know him is irrelevant, I actually respect everyone’s opinion!

          • Leazes.

            Sorry about your loss,

          • Brian Standen

            Ok. Fair enough and not something. I really wanted to dwell on, but as I alluded to 2018 has been horrible personally!
            I honestly don’t know any of the characters you keep mentioning except Monk, if he is now commenting under different name so be it – but none of them are me! I have written for the mag for years under my real name!

          • JohnnyH

            Brian, what gets people on the Mag angry is his arrogant, condescending, patronising attitude. Also the fact that he hides behind several aliases.
            Free speech can do without it.
            I too offer my condolences

          • Gallowgate Dave

            No Monkseaton Mag is now Moscow. Fleckman now posts as Pezza. I believe they were kicked off on their original names so have been forced to post under different aliases. As much as I disagree with them on pretty much everything, and I believe Monk/Moscow is bordering on mental which almost certainly helps as a Toon daft supporter, this troll theory does my box in. Nobody has ever provided proof they are trolls, they just don’t like them because they disagree with them. I disagree with them too but that’s no reason to ban them.

          • Wezza

            That isn’t true Dave. I remember Jezza said their IP’s got traced and led to their Facebook pages – brothers from Manchester.
            Jezza and Leazes know all about it, I’m just the messenger! Don’t shoot.

          • Pezza

            Wow, Do you really believe both Leazes’ and Jezza would go to such effort, Leazes’ posts lies and Jezza is a cross dressing fantasist.

          • Pezza

            Well done, I don’t always agree with you but you give a good account of yourself and stick to facts. I wish others would do the same

          • Damon Horner

            It’s already destroyed the place in my view.

          • Pezza

            It has, as soon as they banned people for not going along with the agenda, the debate was dead.

          • Brian Standen

            Point taken and thank you!, but he ain’t me, I simply know him as so many others will do if they followed the club for decades

          • Themoscow72

            Only one name till I get banned and far from arrogant complete opposite.

          • JohnnyH

            Read through it all, then ask yourself if the animosity that Brian refers to could in some way be caused by you winding people up.

          • Pezza

            Don’t post stupid, I’ll thought out comments. It’s easy to come over as arrogant when dealing with daft opinions.

          • Themoscow72

            Fleckmen and Monkseaton got banned from here because certain people who give stick out can not take it when given back and grassed them up that is why they are no longer on this site under those names.

          • Wezza

            No you got banned for trolling.
            “Rafa gets every penny”
            Need I say more?

          • Pezza

            No, all the intellectuals got banned at the same time. You are now left with the wit of Wezza, the literacy of Leazes’ and the hilarity of Harryhype.

            Some have gone to the bother of getting a new profile, others just leave you to it.

            Enjoy the high brow debate chaps. Be sure to wave a bedsheet, shout at buildings and attend unminuted meetings, you are making a difference.

    • Brian Standen

      idiot!
      At least he had the balls to come meet me – unlike you!
      Offer is open anytime – stop hiding behind your alias!
      Your season ticket gives you away!

      • Leazes.

        You sticking with it Monkseaton?

  • JohnnyH

    Well then Brian Moscowmonk;
    Explain?

  • Andy Mac

    “Why should he boycott, he can go to his grave knowing he saw Newcastle United win something!”

    Yay that’s the spirit, all for one and one for oh wait……………🤔

    • Leazes.

      So did I….. one cup….. its been costly over the years

      • Andy Mac

        Did you do a deal with the Devil ?

    • Carverlier football

      “I saw my trophy win, everyone under 55 who harbours hopes and dreams of one day seeing the same thing can fookoff…”

  • KennySamsung

    Isn’t it funny .. all we have is memories. At least at the moment it is history, when it becomes ancient history the UK will be further out into the Atlantic and Ashley will be thinking about selling House of Fraser

  • Brian Standen

    Next time I see Monk Mag I am gonna ask him if I can name him but I am gonna leave all you idiots who think he is me a little teaser!
    He had a nickname when he ran the buses – his nickname began with the letter G!
    Some will now know him,
    I wrote an article today which briefly mentioned him in a passing comment , I also mentioned The Mag’s best writer -Jinky Jim, but no comments on him!
    I also touched on a recent tragedy – nobody comments on that!
    Too many people are showing an unhealthy interest in Monk Mag!
    I care not if you hate him or like him, what I will say is he is a genuine fan who follows this club all over the country – I wish I had the time and money to do that !

    • Leazes.

      Was the nickname ‘Git’?

      • Pezza

        Lordy, you don’t even read the posts do you, you are an idiot.

    • Geordiegiants

      He is a bell end no matter who he is. A pure doylem, as much as I don’t agree with your hands over your eyes and pretend you can’t see attitude, you seem to have some sort of intelligence. He is a pisstaker. Even you can’t believe the spew that dribbles down his chin and you are taken in by one of the worlds worst and pay him for the privilege.

      • Brian Standen

        I will take the intelligent bit as a compliment
        For the record I disagree with much of what he says and he knows that but at least he turned up to meet me to speak about it – as soon as he walked in the bar I just knew it was him!
        And I did used to go on his buses many years ago!

        • Leazes.

          I can see why Wezza thought you had that same controlling arrogance as the namesake Brian Lee (funlovingexpress)

        • Geordiegiants

          Mala peg used to put them on when I was a youngin.
          I can’t really imagine him having that sort of outlook.
          Moscow must surely of been a cleaner on the buses with that sort of intelligence.

          • Brian Standen

            I preferred being on Mala Peg’s bus to Mullen’s

      • Themoscow72

        Just because a supporter has a different opinion this site brans them a troll who lives in Manchester and works for Sports Direct quite pathetic really. I have 525 away loyalty points I wonder how many the anti Ashley mob have not many I suspect.

    • Wor Lass

      I don`t think you should name him, Brian, for two main reasons. One, it`s his business (I know you said you would ask his permission) and if he hasn`t posted under his own name then he has reasons for that. One, no doubt, is that he doesn`t want the aggro that could come from some of the less tolerant and socially integrated elements on here. Not “in your face”, “mano y mano” type stuff but keyboard warrior, nerdy, vindictive internet-based stuff. Secondly, why destroy the legend? Half of the posts on here seem to be concerned with the Lee Brothers and all that stuff. I`m sure there`s some basis of fact there but I`m also sure Monkseaton/Moscow hasn`t got anything to do with it – but I`m also not bothered. It`s mystery and entertainment especially during the close season, international breaks and transfer windows when we don`t have anything interesting to hold our attention. Noone knew who Zorro was or the Lone Ranger so why unmask Monkseaton?

      • Brian Standen

        That’s certainly a different angle

        • Wor Lass

          I`m not saying he`s the Champion of the Oppressed or a hero, mind. I just think it`s good to have a full range of opinions on here. If you think someone`s talking $hite then tell them why – preferably with a bit of humour thrown in. We don`t need to know who they are. Most of the people on here, me included, use monikers.

          • Leazes.

            Not really, he detracts from the point to make himself the center of attention, its not opinion its attention seeking….

          • Wor Lass

            I`m pretty sure I`ve read someone saying that about you, before now. He, at least, acts as a sounding board. What`s the point of having a comment board where everyone agrees with each other? It`s a recipe for boredom. We need controversy to stimulate debate.

          • JohnnyH

            Fair points, and I for one have never thought banning him would serve any purpose, he has already came back twice under different names. Plus most of his stuff is so far out it’s actually amusing.

            Regarding having a comments board where we all agree with other, and respecting people’s views etc…..I’d ask you to consider this; it would be a cheap and easy tactic to employ one or two people to adversely influence the supporters of the club by posting comments on The Mag that are pro Ashley, and often anti-Benitez. You will have observed these comments no doubt. I’m not paranoid about this, I’m sure it’s happening. Trolling in this way is distinctly different from debating a point.

            That’s where Moscowmonk maybe needs to distance himself in my view.

          • Carverlier football

            I’m sure it’s happening too. Attention seekers and insane genuine Newcastle fans don’t explain the more subtle trolling which definitely is going on. A few months ago there was someone called Mark Potter who popped up, posted quite a bit, mostly reasonable, uncontraversial stuff, with just the odd subtle pro Asley anti protest stuff. He then gave himself away by stating as fact a mistake from Transfermarkt which any genuine fan would know was wrong. Having been called out on it he has never been seen again. Trolling that subtle isn’t seeking attention or looking to cause aggravation, it’s someone who is Up to No Good. There will be other aliases. So who is that?? It’s a great big stew of Russian style social media disinformation…

          • Leazes.

            Often said that these message boards come with built in protagonists, generating hits. The chronicle one a few years ago had a American company host (I don’t know if it was Disqus) and with it came the politics of the religious right, it was bizarre, but when you consider that so much of the British written media is ultimately owned by American interests is it surprising?

          • Carverlier football

            It wouldn’t surprise me if there was some deliberate hit-generation, but some of it is too subtle even for that – I do suspect at least some level of outside attempts at influencing opinions and behaviours…

          • Leazes.

            Its probably Cambridge Analytics…. or Nargles.

          • Wor Lass

            Don`t you think the most likely culprits for the origin of the “protagonists” are the Chronic and the Mag rather than the club?

          • Leazes.

            I don’t believe the club sends people to message boards to twist things….I do believe a few journalists have had a pop back under other names, Ryder being one of them.

          • Wor Lass

            That`s my view. To spot Ryder “incognito” just look out for the posts full of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and bits copied and pasted from other people.

          • Wor Lass

            Anything`s possible but I doubt it. When I first started commenting on the Chronicle I stood up for Pardew purely on the basis that if it was fair to blame him when things went wrong (which it clearly was) then he ought to get the praise for things going right. I didn`t like him as a person and I didn`t particularly rate him as a manager – I just thought he should get fair treatment. The main man on the site at that time was Michael Caine and for months he always referred to me as “Wor Lass aka Big Wendy”, accusing me of being Wendy Taylor. Another complete head-the-ball (I forget his name for the moment) thought I was actually Mike Ashley. Michael had to stop calling me that eventually when other posters told him it was ridiculous. We got on very well in the end (even before Pardew went) and it`s a shame he`s not around any more.

          • Leazes.

            That’s a rotten thing to say, there’s a difference between taking a perverse view of Ashleys tenure to seek attention and bloody well trying to change people’s perceptions of events.

          • Wor Lass

            I`m commenting on what other people have said, Leazes. As for changing people`s perception of events, I don`t think he can compete with Ryder, Douglas and co at the Chronic.

          • Pezza

            Wow, for a start, you blocked him (because he got the better of uou) so how do you know?

            2nd, pot and kettle

          • Brian Standen

            Totally agree. I get grief though and I don’t use one!

          • KennySamsung

            First time I’ve ever heard that word moniker. I can’t believe I’m lorning new words on the Mag.
            Side note: I used to go out with a Monica, a Sunderland supporter from Hebburn she kept pigeons and grew tropical plants.. the memories!!

          • Wor Lass

            We`re never too young to learn. I came across a few new words reading Kenny`s posts!

          • KennySamsung

            Canny name Kenny

          • KennySamsung

            Can I call you Wor for short?

          • Wor Lass

            I went out with a Sunderland supporter once – she didn`t come back!

          • KennySamsung

            With a name like Wor Lass I’m not surprised 😄

          • KennySamsung

            With a name like Wor Lass I’m not surprised 😄

      • Wor Lass

        PS We also never found out who jack the Ripper was!

        • Leazes.

          Why do you think it was one person?

          • Wor Lass

            Sickert and Gull? That was Steven Knight`s solution and it`s still the best book I`ve read on the subject.

          • Leazes.

            There was he Swedish documentary maker who came up with the best version I’ve seen and named Charles Lechmere a meat porter….. still everyone seems to want to say all were the work of one person…. it makes a story and antihero.

          • Wor Lass

            Have you read the Patricia Cornwell book? She says who did it right at the beginning then sets about arranging things to prove she`s right. I liked Knight`s theory because he found a link between some of the victims. Just think, though, if he wrote something set in Brum where an ageing Ripper stalks the streets of Small Heath and has to be hunted down by the Peaky Blinders. Could be the basis for series 6!

  • Pezza

    You touched on 2018 being an annus horribilis, hope 2019 is better all round.

    • Brian Standen

      It needs to be – trust me! Challenging to say the least

  • KennySamsung

    Reading through all the comments on here.. the message I get is this
    1 a few comments about what has been written
    2 a million comments about who is wrong and who is right
    3 who likes who
    4 who doesn’t like who
    5 “I respect peoples opinions but don’t give your opinion again cos I disagree with it”
    6 THE END
    Debate about how people debate is debatable. Loving it!!

    • Squintytoonarmy

      7) who is who

      • KennySamsung

        Doctor

  • Jorge

    Some good points. I unfortunately did not see the final or even listen to it on the radio. I was on backshift down the pit. There was no video recording in those, and I cannot even remember if anything was shown on the TV. Fifty years, where have they gone. I watched Newcastle since I was a child. I saw Wyn, Mac, Keegan, Shearer, some good times. we never won anything. I went to Wembley. Only to be disappointed again. I stopped going years ago. I refuse to set foot in St. James Park while that scumbag (Ashwipe) has his grubby paws on our club.