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Introducing the Newcastle United ‘Collaborators Club’

3 weeks ago
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Inspired after reading the excellent excellent article by Bazoox about The Gloaters Club.

I have came up with my own – ‘The Collaborators Club’…let me explain.

Back in 2005 I’d recently remarried, had my own business and life was good.

You all know what’s coming next, Newcastle United. I was still home and away but was becoming increasingly fed up with how fat Fred was running the club, this came to a head when in the space of four days I flew to Lisbon (UEFA quarter-final) and Cardiff (FA Cup semi-final), only to watch two 4-1 defeats in the most abject manner.

I’d had enough, chucked in the season ticket in the East stand that I’d had since 1982, life went on and I still went to the odd game if a free ticket came up.

I only went to two away matches in the proceeding ten years, Ventspils and Accrington Stanley.

Then in 2015, when we needed to beat West Ham in the last game of the season to stay up, I felt this overwhelming compulsion to go to St James Park and support the lads, we won…I was hooked again.

Having predicted the way the club was going under FCB when he selt little Jimmy Milner, unfortunately my love of Newcastle United overcame my hatred of Ashley’s tenure. I also came up with two tangible plans to get rid of Ashley but no one would help me. That’s all am saying in print on that subject.

Fast forward to Barnsley away under Rafa, my mate got two tickets and asked if I fancied it, upon entering Oakwell that was it, the atmosphere was back to Keegan’s first era in the eighties. I was back to home and away.

I had always bought a paper copy of The Mag and so earlier this year I checked out the online edition, only to find out that for some, me and my match going mates were sheep / collaborators, the lowest of the low, keeping FCB at the club. Not taking into account the fact that the reason he wasn’t selling, was due to nobody meeting his price, until wor Mandy’s mob showed up.

I had previously joined the protests but at the end of the day, to watch us anywhere, you have to pay to get in, end of, and by boycotting I was cutting my own nose off…but some of the vitriolic comments by folk got to me.

This is just my take on things, no side was right or wrong, so now let’s all join together and get behind nice guy Eddie.

HWTL

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