It feels strange to say it but I am pleased to say that the home win over Bournemouth will be my last Newcastle United game until at least Chelsea away on the 12 January 2019. An impending trip to Asia awaits me and I will be glad to get away from it all.

This season more than ever, it has been hard supporting Newcastle United.

The owner remains one of the worst football owners in the UK, as well as an immoral business leader.

The future of the manager remains uncertain.

The performances in general on the pitch this season have been abysmal to watch (although I am leaving at a time when performances have picked up).

Our fans are more divided than ever.

The stadium is falling apart.

The academy is a mess, and well, I love Newcastle more than any other city in the world, but I hate the cold! Maybe I have spent too much time in London.

To sum up what it is like supporting Newcastle at the moment, I went into Barluga before the Bournemouth win and one member of our party was told that they couldn’t come in because they were wearing a Newcastle shirt. A Newcastle shirt, in Newcastle, before the Newcastle game!

Another example this week came from the news that Newcastle are one of the clubs to agree to pay £250,000 to Richard Scudamore for quitting his job. There are many a reason to criticise Ashley but the fact that he has given more money to Richard Scudamore than he has (in net spend) to Rafa Benitez this season should boil the blood of every Newcastle fan… although I don’t think it will.

This whole saga represents yet another illustration of the increasing disconnect between regular fans and those who run the game. As if we needed reminding.

What has Scudamore actually done except make more money for the rich at the expense of the poor?

The English football team is yet to benefit with youngsters being forced to go to Germany to get their chance, ticket prices remain a disgrace and issues surrounding TV dates and cancellations have only got worse. For Newcastle fans at the moment, football stinks, from top to bottom.

Likewise, there remains no support from the local news media, especially the Chronicle, who seem intent on remaining neutral on most issues rather than backing the fans. I can only assume that this is to keep in the good books of the club, who provide them with access to Rafa and the players for interview. Lets face it, if it wasn’t for that access, there wouldn’t really be much point in that once great institution existing. I can’t remember the last time anybody in my family bought the paper, nor do I know anyone who still buys it.

Additionally, because of the incompetence of those leading the Magpie Group, the protests against Mike Ashley have derailed significantly. I think if it wasn’t for the success of the London Magpie Group so far, and the team’s poor start to the season, then the group may well be dead and finished. While we must continue to back the group, and back anyone who is against Mike Ashley, I believe that over the coming weeks, new leadership at the top of the Magpie Group is needed.

The Premier League is not the be all and end all that some people like to make out. Having a football club you are proud of though, that is the be all and end all.

I sense that the next few weeks will be massive, not just for the current season but the entire future of the football club. It is make or break in terms of the ongoing protests, it is make or break for the playing squad, and I also suspect it will be make or break for Rafa who will want money to spend in the upcoming window.

Of course I will be watching he Toon games from a Bangkok bar for the next few weeks, you may call me whatever for it but I’m quite happy that I am not going to be around to see it unfold from the front row.

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  • Toontaff

    Let’s hope a big lady boy gets him!

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      Not if i get the Lady boy first

      • Leazes.

        If your going via Dubai the beer in the concourse at the Heineken Stall is nearly £10 a pint.

        • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

          £5.45 for a Guinness which isn’t bad!

          • Leazes.

            That must be a half pint surely…. there used to be an Irish bar but I lost it the last time…. staffed with Tibetans…. bizarre place.

  • Toontaff

    My season ticket deal ran out in 2013 and with the hope kicked out of me by Ashley, I stopped. After 3 years I returned with some renewed hope to watch another Championship season. Gradually the hope has been eroded, with this summer killing all hope! Unfortunately, my partner had renewed my season ticket, but as things stand I will certainly stop going. Not only that, but I will stop watching Sky, stop watching any Toon games, stop listening to Ando’s moaning on the radio. I no longer get any joy out of NUFC whilst Ashley wrecks it. A massive part of settling in this area was my support for NUFC and it’s sad to reach this point. Thankfully I have seen us play proper football under Sir Bobby!

  • Leazes.

    How can you afford all of these trips Jonathan, you’re a student?

    Yes sad but true, and as I said before I think the problem with the fans here is that they’re not from Newcastle but from a hundred villages surrounding Tyneside.

    They don’t have the affiliation with the city or club of a Novocastrian. I’ve had conversations with people on here that I’ve found perplexing, they call United…. ‘Newcastle’ and that is the give away, the name call ‘Carver’ as ‘Geordie John’…. that is another give away!…… Nobody from Newcastle would contemplate using it as an insult….. only people from this city know what it means, your family are from Gateshead are they not….so I can include that as Newcastle South, as it should have been if it were not for the intervention of the Bishop of Durham in Medieval times.

    ….What have we got here? A press who look at the crowd and say its
    the same 50k that started, playing a loyalty card at every opportunity to try and kill protest, yesterday they devoted the whole day to being what they are an offshoot of the club programme…. pure public relations for Ashley!

    I went back after a few years when Rafa ‘took control’….and recognised one person from the three rows closest to where I sat…. There has been a turnaround in customers! Ashley has made it affordable for those that Hall and Shepherd excluded financially, its a reduced season ticket in reality not a price hike…..for a downsized product….. that’s why they sit on their hand…. they’d heard about the entertainers and are just waiting for them to turn up!

    No really, this is a club that can’t seem to shake off its problems no matter how, because it simply doesn’t face them, and with a conurbation like this it has allowed failure to be normalised, just listen to the tone of local news broadcasts….,”oh dear problems again…..tsk”….

    ….they are part of the problem, there’s a Tyneside Press Corp which smothers the club in treacle and when you have a catchment base like this it can continue as a very well supported failure, We knew the problems back in the 70s. We’d go to away games and busses were put on by every other CIU club from Durham to the borders….. its a regional club poorly supported by its host city! It remains in the heart of every Geordie and those who call themselves Geordie…. but there is that division……

    Do you call the club ‘United’….or ‘Newcastle’?

    I’m a Geordie…..there’s only one United…… take note Alan Shearer and MOTD….its United!

    John Hall was right about the ‘Geordie Nation’ thing because it encompassed all of United’s fan base, not just Novocastrians….. and it darn near worked.

    • Toontaff

      War and Peace!

      • Leazes.

        Lord of the Rings….book one….the fellowship of the ring.

    • Brian Standen

      A lot of what you say there makes
      good sense. I hate hearing people refer to Man Utd as UNITED!
      Sure they are a big club but at the risk offending people they were not even the biggest club in greater Manchester until the tragic events of 1958!
      I detest everything about them!

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      i agree with a lot of what you say, but the suggestion that those who don’t live in an NE post code ‘dont get it’ is wide of the mark.

      • Leazes.

        The NE (Newcastle Sorting) postcode covers from the border to the Tyne and Gateshead, and you count Jonathan….they are inclined to have a day out…… I wish I had a better definition other than ‘Matchday Experience Fans’… its not snazzy enough…..

        ….they might get it….as Ryder and Douglas often say (they don’t) and we know that nobody wants this owner, lets hope we can make an empty house statement, otherwise its another decade off this stinking rotten owner and regime.

        • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

          I fully back wolves and have refused to give my ticket to anyone for the game but i have a bad feeling that it all depends on our form over the next three games rather than 11 years of Ashley’s deceit

    • Wor Lass

      I do agree with your message here but: Newcastle, newcastle, newcastle ….. newcastle, newcastle, newcastle ….I seem to recall the massed ranks of sjp belting that little ditty out on more than one occasion in the past. Also, calling Carver Geordie John is more an underlining of the fact that he seemed to be trying to trade on his Geordie credentials (not to mention association with SBR) to curry favour with the fans. PS have you been in touch with Bet Victor for the odds on him taking over from Jose?

      • Leazes.

        He’s not more Geordie than thou…..he’s less…. much Less….. he stuck up for this crooked cabal.

        • Wor Lass

          True enough.

          • Leazes.

            You know what, we’ve had this ‘Fantastic support’ thing written in stone by the media…..its not true, they look at a population of Newcastle at a third of a million and discount the conurbation and region…. its a poorly supported Regional club which fills a stadium without any success or entertainment….. its Lazy journalists, Lazy club and lazy fans who keep it ticking….

            Keegan knew the score he was on a commission to raise the gate…he got a percentage, he was a great salesman the stadium was too small too quickly…. but it showed one thing….the possibility of running it as a success.

          • Wor Lass

            The population of Newcastle upon Tyne is about 250,000 but when you add up the towns of the Tyneside conurbation it must go over a million then you`ve got the rest of Northumberland and some of Durham.

          • Leazes.

            No 300k and Tyneside as a whole loses about 3,000 people a year to the South, its an aging population which hasn’t recovered from the loss of heavy manufacturing. Google it if you want exact figures, the catchment area for United is say an hours commute and over 2m

    • KennySamsung

      They don’t care enough!
      Too many people saying too many things.. probably more disunited than ever, average is at the centre of the paradigm it is now part of the psych of the proletariat who are conditioned to accept mediocrity.

  • TheFatController

    Asking for a boycott was doomed to failure – as in life generally, there is a number among us who make ‘being hard done to’ a badge of honour. As such it’s hard to give up telling people they’re hard done to.

    People generally only like moaning when they’re heard. Ashley doesn’t listen, so they just turn up and he ignores them (see how quickly a child stops moaning when the parents ignore it)

    But ask them to boycott – why should they? they’re already the hardest done to, ever in the history of being hard done to – and they have a new audience to tell just how hard done to they are by being told what to do.

    Meet someone who doesn’t play ‘the hard done to in life’ card, and they’ll tell you it’s only Ashley in their life who mocks and abuses them and gets away with it, so of course they won’t stand for that – they want joy in football like in the other parts of their life, not a vehicle to indulge their speciality for telling the world they’re hard done to.

    • Leazes.

      No the boycott is the best idea…… its easier to get people to do nothing and stay in a pub than it is to coerce them into doing something practical….. Its a one off show of strength and it has to make a mark……

      …..its something that even the ‘matchday’ experience soccer fans can grasp.

  • Leicester Mag

    A colleague of mine once got into serious bother with HR after googling SriLankin beaches, that was his excuse anyway 😂😂

    • Leazes.

      That story started well but I got a bit lost in the middle, and the ending was a disappointment.

  • Billmag

    After reading that Jonathan don’t hurry back please.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      which parts did you really disagree with? or was it just boring?

      • Billmag

        Well Jon it’s my 70th birthday weekend and I wanted to be on a high but after reading your post I felt like slitting my wrists, normally your posts are quite upbeat but maybe fatty is gradually grinding you down, have good break son and come back refreshed you never know we could be in a European place😀😀.

        • Peaky

          Happy Birthday Bill….have a couple of these on me…🍺🍺

          • Billmag

            Cheers mate, Kenny’s put me on to GLENMORANGIE so if I wake up with a bad head I will blame him.

  • Street

    See you then Jonathan. Don’t think anyone will be too gutted!

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      you’d have to lead a pretty sad life if my absence would affect you anyway!

      • Leazes.

        Thats a troll….he’s come on using a guest sign-in (greyed out)…. pay no attention.

  • Wor Lass

    I agree with a lot of what you say here, Jonathan, but I would like to pick you up on a few comments. First of all, although maybe I`m splitting hairs, I thought every PL club was paying the disgraceful bonus to Scudamore. It seems to be more of an instruction from the league hierarchy (ie his best mates!) than a request so I don`t see Ashley as being any more culpable than anyone else where that`s concerned. Secondly, “.. youngsters being forced to go to Germany to get their chance …” You might know more than me here. I know Sancho did that but how many others have? I would be interested to know. Quite a few of our promising youngsters are working their way through via Championship loan deals and forcing their way into PL match day squads. Most importantly, I would hardly describe the Chronic as neutral – they clearly peddle the fat barsteward`s agenda in article after article. Anyway, it was a good, honest artcle. Have a good holiday!

    • Rich Lawson

      Can they order us to pay the ”handshake” if we/others don’t want to ? Isn’t it just like a fine in that case or a ”tax” from medieval times ?

      • Wor Lass

        I really don`t know but it looks like they`ve done some sort of shady consultancy-type deal and the £5 mill is like a retainer or something! At least that`s how I`ve read it. Not bad work if you can get it. i`m sure pezza/Bobbi will put me straight on that.

        • Leazes.

          Its a retirement ‘gift’ to say thank you for the Stevens report into football corruption…..(it found nowt)

  • 45709

    Bangkok you say… ok if you’re gonna pay for me to accompany you and pay for everything I’m in. I’ll look after you😂😉

  • Andy Mac

    Scudamore getting £5m payoff when he’s earned PL style wages for nearly 20 years does more than boil my blood. As I said on social media, Sky built the PL because they needed the customer base. All Scudamore did was recognise that fact and kept bumping up the TV money which a well trained monkey could do.

    Disconnect between Chairmen and fans – its never been more so ? 🙄

  • KennySamsung

    Enjoy! There are more important things in life and if people were honest they would wang to do the same.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    So Jonathan, I take it that none of the others,you included,were wearing a toon top. How many of youse supported your banned friend and walked out with him on protest?

  • mentalman

    Growing up going to pubs and clubs before and after games there has always been ones that you couldn’t go to if you had the top on its nothing new. I’ve not been able to go in bars because someone had a jacket with just the emblem on

  • Themoscow72

    May I ask why are you deserting the team in the hour of need. Rule no 1 book no holidays August to May. Rule No 2 do not attend any family weddings August to May. Rule No 3 do not watch any other team when Newcastle are playing.