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‘Newcastle United fan groups need to unite or not bother’

2 weeks ago
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I recently distanced myself a little bit from The Mag, reason being I got a bit fed up of some of the vitriol that was flying about (in the comments section).

I don’t abuse anybody so did not really want it back just because I have a difference of opinion to some, however, I thought I would come back and give my thoughts on where we are at so far.

So, where are we at?

Well eleven games in, we are better off than last season…does that make Steve Bruce a better manager than Rafa?

Of course it doesn’t and anyone who remotely thinks so is clearly delusional, but it is a fact we are better off having had similar fixtures, for me the jury is still out and probably will be all season.

That said, this season I have witnessed both the best and worst of Newcastle United performance wise, Leicester away was appalling and the whole nation witnessed it and no doubt giggled. West Ham on the other hand really did border on the outrageous for half an hour or so…but typical NUFC we hung on in the end.

Unfortunately, I did not get to Tottenham but that was another unexpected win, as was the home win over a very toothless Man Utd, results against the top teams won’t define our season, it’s how we get on against the likes of Southampton, Villa, Everton and of course Bournemouth.

Of course we have Bournemouth up here on Saturday and you can be sure Eddie Howe will have a very workmanlike and organised side at his disposal, it will be a good test and could give an indicator as to how good, bad or average we actually are, I am looking forward to the game and hopefully further progression can be seen.

Back to West Ham last Saturday and this was my first visit to the ‘Olympic Athletics’ stadium, make no mistake about it, this stadium is not fit for football. It has no atmosphere and the layout suggests nothing will ever change, even the away section is split upper and lower with a 10 yard bridge over the abyss between. The game however was one for the NUFC purist as we took the game to West Ham and they could not cope with the pace of ASM and Almiron.

You can be hyper-critical and say both should have scored but they ran West Ham ragged and it was a joy to behold at close quarters, if we had been five up after an hour then there could be no complaints.

I caught up with a couple of West Ham supporting mates later in the evening and they were full of disdain for their own team, highly critical of the sideways passing of Declan Rice and tortoise paced Zabaleta, but very impressed with our forwards including Joelinton. Their compliments were countered by their opinion that the forthcoming transfer window will see ASM on the bigger clubs’ radar – I sincerely hope not but with Ashley you just come to expect these things.

Ok, so the season as a whole, the good the bad and the ugly.

Well the good has been the emergence of Matty Longstaff alongside his brother and of course the unpredictable excitement that ASM provides.

The bad – well you have to look at the aforementioned Leicester away.

As for the ugly, you know who is still here and that casts a shadow over the whole thing.

This brings me to the various groups working to try  and get rid of him, and to me the word various, says it all, Empty for Ashley, If Rafa goes we go, Toon for change, NUST, its ridiculous, unite as one or don’t bother!

Toon for change messaged me inviting me to join their group as they had worked hard on new initiatives, I replied telling them there are too many groups, only for them to reply saying we used to be Empty for Ashley, this is my whole point, why did they change their name – no answer!

Why don’t they unite with NUST – No answer, I’m sure there are other groups out there all wanting the same thing but all competing with each other with ideas.

It’s only my opinion but you need to be united as one or it is destined to fail, I am not being critical as I’m sure the canny lads and lasses involved with all groups puts serious effort in while others like me don’t.

A quick word about our boycotting fans.

Despite what some will say, the boycott is having some affect, the attendances are down and the published figures are clearly inaccurate as I would estimate a further three to four thousand empty seats at home games, whether people like me like it or not, it’s a fact. I still think it’s sad that one man and his policies have forced people to turn their back on attending games. Hopefully one day soon one of these fictitious buyers turns out to be real.

What else is happening in football?

We all saw the horrific injury the Everton player Gomes suffered the other day and I for one sincerely hope he makes a full recovery. For me it bought memories of David Busst all those years ago at Old Trafford and shows how fragile a career can be. I felt for Son as it was a complete accident.

Have a great week all and hopefully we can get thee points Saturday.

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