It is Newcastle v Blackburn later today and I’m actually quite looking forward to it.

Like a lot of others, I will be taking along non-regulars for this game.

At only a fiver each it is a bit of a no-brainer to take along extra kids from our wider family in the shape of nieces and nephews.

Also, a lot of the miserable bast…s that sit around me never go to cup matches, so I don’t have to put up with them today. Having lost eight out of eleven at home already, plus the shocking 0-0 with Fulham, they have been in their element this season.

Others (who probably never have gone to many/any matches anyway) say that we shouldn’t be giving all this extra money to Mike Ashley.

I hate Ashley as much as anybody and want rid of him but am I really supposed to go and tell my five, six, seven and nine year old nieces and nephews that they can’t go to their one match of the season (which they are all excited about) because it could be the final straw to get rid of him?

I just checked and it looks like gate receipts for FA Cup matches still see 45% go to the visitors, 10% to the central pot, and 45% to the home club. So for each of the kids I make it that Mike Ashley will be getting £2.25 at the very most.

Also, don’t worry, we will be visiting Greggs on the way to the match to stock up on food and drink, so no extras spent at the ground, plus I will try to divert their attention away from programme sellers…

As for others saying all the regulars should be boycotting this particular match, clearly they haven’t been to many cup games in the past decade.

I reckon there will be around 30,000 there today but only maybe 10,000 at the very most who usually go to the league games. So 40,000 or so are boycotting regardless! (Plus, a boycott only works when people are showing they are willing to give up something they would otherwise be going to!!)

The vast majority of punters at these games now are the irregulars, which pretty much means one game a season due to Mike Ashley refusing to allow us to compete in the cups. Young children vastly outnumber adults and you just hope the experience doesn’t put them off supporting Newcastle for life!

My main reason though for looking forward to today, is that we should see Newcastle trying to score a goal, rather than just trying to stop the other team.

This isn’t a case of having a go at Rafa Benitez (well maybe a tiny wee bit up to a small point…) because we all know how limited his options are and te lack of quality – but it does wear you down.

Match after match where we just sit back and hope to counter attack occasionally. That Fulham game before Xmas was the absolute pits, why on earth play five at the back against them???

Anyway, at least today we can all be forward-looking and hope to see the team play without the usual fear, try to score goals, and  if the other team scores more, then no real damage done.

Also a chance to see hopefully the likes of Longstaff and Woodman, plus maybe the odd other younger player getting a game, as well as Murphy and others trying to show why they should get more matches.

I try to forget about the fact Joselu will no doubt be playing but you can’t have everything – I would have loved to have seen Elias Sorensen on the bench and throw him on with 20 minutes to go and see what happens..but having helped NUFC Under 23s beat Sunderland on Friday, scoring his 19th goal of the season, it won’t happen.

So enjoy the game if you are there today, this might just be our year…to reach the fifth round!

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  • Kenny

    Have a good day,
    i`d rather p1$$ into the wind than freeze my bollix off watching a team not fit to represent Newcastle.

    • We’ll support you evermore

      Don’t worry kenny you won’t be missed, like you were ever noticed in the first place.

      • Tommy

        same phrases different name, troll

        • Wor Lass

          You’re going up in my estimation!

  • Wezza

    I wish I had the same level of excitement but I’m just about done with this club. Rotten from top to bottom.
    I’m considering not even listening to it!

    • We’ll support you evermore

      Well shut the door on your way out then.

      • Tommy

        Troll, get a life.

      • Kev Newcastle England

        P rick

        • We’ll support you evermore

          You can shut the door on your way out aswell🖕

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Double p rick ashley hoop licker.I had the sense to find my way out years ago.

  • Mirandinha9

    The £5 for the kids. Is that what the club gives the kids for going to the match? If not, my kids won’t be going until Cashley leaves SJP for good. Remember he’s laughing at any single fan as soon as they go through that turnstile.

  • Tweed Mag

    I have more or less given up on going, the Brighton game finished me off.
    However, there is no reason why youngsters should be denied a visit to St James’ on the basis that a greedy oaf owns the club. I hope the young ‘uns enjoy it and in a few years time they will be part of a much happier fan base under a new regime.
    The moaning minnies you refer to get what they deserve though.

  • NUFCLX

    It is so easy to use Family & friends to justify going to games, I know from personal experience, I have been doing it for the last 11 years under Fatman until finally the penny dropped. Supporting the Toon in the current climate is supporting the most odious man I have ever came across in my life. Carry on going to games, carry on supporting the Fat parasite, maybe, like me, you will realise one day that you are part of the problem not part of a solution.

  • We’ll support you evermore

    I wouldn’t admit to that on here mind, you’ll have armchair whinger mob trying to find out where you live! So they can terrorise you for supporting the team.

    • Tommy

      Troll idiot, go and die somewhere.

      • We’ll support you evermore

        Typical response from a loon, very predictable. Howay the lads!

        • Kenny

          Oh look lads, stupids back, the 1 that sticks out like a sore thumb as a troll.

        • Tweed Mag

          We’ll support you ever more – apart from the last 10 minutes of course.

  • mentalman

    I get the whole going for your kids thing, if my son’s ask to go then i take them. Its the only time i go and I’m not denying my kids the opportunity to go.

    I know of a lot of people who are refusing to take their kids and refusing to buy them strips etc and aren’t encouraging their kids to support the club, there’s a big risk we are going to lose a generation of fans

  • DeadToiler

    Stop the kids going to matches and you’ll get more and more following Liverpool, Man City or whoever is top of the league. We’ll have crowds of 10,000 if we’re lucky. That’ll teach them. If / when we get a takeover will all these, currently boycotting, loyal supporters immediately return? Or will that depends on how successful we are?

    • We’ll support you evermore

      No they’ll find something else to whinge about. It’s impossible in life to keep everyone happy.

      • toonterrier

        The majority of supporters who stopped going did so because the football and atmosphere was bloody awful. Get a new owner in with ambition then there will be queues at the ticket office to get our season tickets back.

        • We’ll support you evermore

          Some may struggle to get them back, I’ve had one 18 year and remember when I first got mine, I had a 3 year wait before I was offered one. Best 18 year of me life. I’m not sure some on here even if we did get a new owner would go. A new owner isn’t going to be like man city.