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My 10 very worst Newcastle United moments

4 weeks ago
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Earlier this week The Mag were kind enough to publish ‘My 10 very favourite Newcastle United moments’, an article summing up the very best moments in time following our stupid and ridiculous football club.

It met with a really positive response and thanks to everybody who commented.

Indeed, you should make sure you read the comments (see HERE) as other fans came up with far more poignant and/or amusing tales than I did!

After that response, I thought the logical next step surely had to be My 10 very worst Newcastle United moments.

A category/subject that is arguably even more competitive than choosing the very best moments.

So without any further ado, these are my Newcastle United very worst moments in order, the very worst starting at the top:

Mike Ashley doesn’t sell – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011…2018, 2019, 2020…

Yes, now in our 13th season of his reign and no sign of him leaving, or indeed having any genuine interest in doing so. Despite Mike Ashley himself and his minions claiming it to be so.

Promised he would sell ASAP back in 2008 when fans revolted after he forced Kevin Keegan out.

Now we have the yearly torture/fatigue of media stories (planted by Ashley’s people) claiming a sale is imminent…

Kevin Keegan resigns – January 1997

Only Kevin Keegan could resign at a point when his latest Premier League results were 7-1 and 3-0 wins over Tottenham and Leeds respectively.

Obviously just missing out on the Premier League had been a massive blow for everybody but rumours claimed Keegan had walked due to Hall and Shepherd wanting KK to now sell players, to make the club’s balance sheet more attractive ahead of a possible sale or share flotation.

Either way, it was the end of that unbelievable Kevin Keegan era and we mourned his departure.

Gazza leaves for Tottenham – Summer 1988

What might have been.

They were the trio who almost led England to World Cup glory in 1990 and we wondered what could have been achieved at Newcastle.

Due to zero ambition and ability in the boardroom, Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley had already left.

Gazza was the final and most crushing blow as he left for Tottenham, the best and most exciting player of his generation forced to leave the club he loved and supported due to a lack of ambition. Within the year Newcastle were relegated.

Eric Cantona scores – February 1996

Newcastle United did everything but score.

Les Ferdinand could and should have had a first-half hat-trick, even though Peter Schmeichel was inspired.

This was the game/moment when the Premier League was lost, far more than any of the remaining games.

Eric Cantona scoring the only goal in the second-half with their only chance of the match. Nightmare.

Losing to Sunderland in the play-offs – May 1990

I just felt sick leaving St James Park that night.

The injustice of it all. The players had done the hard bit getting a 0-0 draw in the first leg, including a saved penalty, yet they just didn’t turn up for this one.

The Mackems were the better team and to make it worse, Newcastle had finished well clear in third position of the rest.

Keegan leaves and sues for constructive dismissal – September 2008

Of all the ridiculous strokes Mike Ashley as pulled, this one takes the biscuit.

Goes to all the trouble of sacking and paying off Fat Sam, brings in a club legend that immediately gets the whole club feeling instantly buoyant, then behind the scenes from the very start undermines Kevin Keegan.

KK obviously having no choice but to leave, as he realised it was Dennis Wise who had control of transfers and he’d been lied to.

Employing Dennis Wise – January 2008

The most hated and despised player for pretty much every Newcastle fan.

Then Mike Ashley goes and gives him a job!

I’m still gutted that my money (and yours) went into the pockets of this absolute tw.t!

Rafa Benitez contract ends without an extension agreed – June 2019

We all knew deep down that this was coming but hoped that it wasn’t true.

The actual moment it was confirmed pretty much summed up Ashley’s treatment of the top class manager, releasing a statement without telling Rafa it (the public statement) was going to happen.

Benitez had expertly guided Newcastle to a position on limited funds, where the button could be pressed to set in motion long-term plans and real ambition, only for Mike Ashley to refuse to entertain the idea.

Stan Collymore scores in the 92nd minute – April 1996

As I say above, Man Utd and Cantona in the February was the real killer but this was the next worst.

A brilliant game of football but luck just going against us in the final act.

Kevin Keegan slumped over the advertising hoarding was all of us.

The Leazes End is no more – Summer 1978

Going in the old Leazes End as a kid was awesome and terrifying.

When people talk about the Gallowgate End being THE end, they haven’t got a clue.

For all Newcastle fans of a certain age, they will tell you that the Leazes End was where the soul and heart of NUFC was.

The singing and atmosphere of that massive end under the roof. When I see the state of the atmosphere now, particularly this season, I feel so sorry for the teenagers of today who will never experience what we had in the 70s.

When they demolished the old Leazes End they took away a part of us all.

All comments welcome on the above, especially your suggestions of the very worst you think I have missed.

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