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Surely not another generation of kids on Tyneside will be forced to endure this under Mike Ashley – Nobody deserves that

2 years ago
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On 31 August 2005, thousands and thousands flooded up to St James Park.

It was reported that around twenty thousand were there to witness the public unveiling of Michael Owen, after his £16.8m move from Real Madrid.

There would have been children there who were set to have their very first day at school, only a few days later after seeing history being made.

Those children set to start school for the very first time, have now all left school without seeing that ‘new’ transfer record broken in the 14 years that have flashed by.

Just think of the life experience they have had in that time, the changes they have gone through in their personal lives, whilst at the same time Newcastle haven’t managed to break that club transfer record?

Just think of the changes football in this country has gone through in that time as well.

Yet Newcastle United is a bit like an extension of Beamish Museum, untouched by the changes going on everywhere else.

In these last few days of January, will that Owen transfer fee at last be overtaken? You wouldn’t bet on it.

Similarly, 24 January 2006 also holds special memories, Newcastle United beat Cheltenham that day.

The fact it was Cheltenham wasn’t the special bit, although it was the first time the clubs had met in a competitive match.

Instead, that was the last time Newcastle United won an FA Cup fourth round match, 2-0 away at Cheltenham.

Imagine that, going through your entire time at school and never seeing Newcastle reach the fifth round?

What does the FA Cup mean to these kids, apart from probably/maybe being games they first went to, cheaper prices and plentiful tickets seeing many regular and non-regulars introduce their children to Newcastle United for the first time.

Imagine instead if you had brought up your kids to be Chelsea fans…since Newcastle won their last fourth round match, Roman Abramovich has overseen Chelsea winning five FA Cup finals, as well as a losing final

Whilst Chelsea have won five finals, Newcastle United have won five FA Cup matches, all in the third round.

On Thursday, Deloitte revealed that only 18 clubs, in the entire World, had generated more money than Newcastle United last (2017/18) season.

Quite incredible that despite being deep in a relegation fight, Rafa Benitez is forced to scrape around for hopefully one or two late loan deals, rather than take it for granted he can sign somebody for £17m+ and have prevailing conditions that would allow him to have a go at the FA Cup this season.

The 19th ‘richest’ club in the World and the level of ambition for the kids, and their parents, is to see their side hopefully make a couple of loan signings and survive, whilst slipping out of the FA Cup as quietly as possible so it doesn’t affect the chances of survival.

Maybe history will turn on its head these next few days at St James Park.

What is for sure though is the saying about history teaching you valuable lessons, if you learn from past mistakes…and successes.

Newcastle United are a football club stuck in the past, with supporters now not even able to feel they can look forward, as what’s the point?

Surely not another generation of kids on Tyneside will be forced to endure what this most recent one has experienced under Mike Ashley. Nobody deserves that.

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