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Newcastle United fans used to dream of seeing their team win a trophy before they die and now they…

1 year ago

Newcastle United fans are famous for their unrealistic expectations.

Imagine dreaming of winning a trophy before you die…

That is the reality of our ‘unrealistic expectations’ no matter what the haters would say, hoping to see your team win something in your lifetime, not even expecting it.

Many a pub discussion over the years talking about what might have been in 1974, 1976, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Those having been the five times Newcastle United fans came closest to experiencing that dizzy feeling of winning something these past 50 years.

It is now guaranteed to be at least 51 years since the last trophy and 65 years since the last domestic one, none of though believing anything will change in 2020.

In this Premier League era though we have experienced plenty of hope, at least in the opening 15 years or so.

Runners up twice in the Premier League, third on another two occasions, fourth in another season. Whilst we also reached a UEFA Cup semi-final as well as four FA Cup semi-finals (two of which then led to finals).

These past 13 seasons of course, even hope has fled the building.

An official club policy of not even trying in the cup competitions, never winning more than one game in the FA Cup in a single season.

Many Newcastle United fans are now saying they dream of Mike Ashley selling the club before they die, replacing the winning the trophy unrealistic hope.

Yet again we are teased by what has become the annual Mike Ashley is set to sell the club reports.

I think Newcastle United fans now believe there is as much chance of winning a trophy as there is of Mike Ashley genuinely trying to sell the club.

We are now being bombarded by the usual suspects attacking Newcastle United fans after the team won a couple of games.

Chris Sutton summing the idiots up when asking what are Newcastle supporters expecting…something more than escaping relegation?

The answer to that is we of course expect the club to try to be the best they can be in everything, if that is the case then just maybe sometime it would then set the platform for a trophy to be won.

The ambition should never be just to survive in the Premier League but that is what Mike Ashley is only interested in of course. Plus, he appears to have somehow convinced so much of the media that Newcastle staying up now equals success for NUFC.

Yes we all welcome Steve Bruce’s team winning these last couple of matches but that is something totally different to our issues with Mike Ashley.

We can still celebrate individual games but we know it will never lead to anything better long-term under this owner.

The only danger is that some Newcastle United fans have become a little bit too used to this shameless shambolic ambition-free running of our club.

Years and years of massive free promotion for Ashley’s retail empire supplied by the football club, renaming St James Park the S***** D***** Arena with not a penny going into the club coffers, the disgraceful treatment of club legends Keegan and Shearer, discriminating against Jonas Gutierrez when he had cancer, employing Dennis Wise, JFK and the rest, that club policy of not even trying in cups.

Just in these recent months, we saw Mike Ashley dismiss Rafa Benitez’ long-term plan to build Newcastle United into the great club it can be once again, a refusal to allow proper structured realistic investment in the first team squad and the desperately needed proper investment in the academy and the state of the art training complex promised back in 2013.

It is also easy to forget that season ticket prices were vindictively put up yet again by Mike Ashley this summer when the vast majority of other clubs were yet again freezing their prices.

The one that really sums up why we need Mike Ashley gone though…

Previous owners Hall and Shepherd arranged for Newcastle United to buy land opposite the Gallowgate End so that one day St James Park could be expanded, plans drawn up for a 60,000 capacity.

Mike Ashley buying that land from the club and then selling it to developers. The NUFC owner making a personal profit of millions for himself and not the club, as well as ensuring that St James Park can never ever now be realistically expanded in our lifetimes, no matter what is around the corner.

That is why I dream of seeing Mike Ashley sell up before I die.


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