A group of 21 friends is attempting their third coast to coast cycle ride in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and is hoping they can break through the £15,000 fund-raising mark for the cancer charity.
With his end of season form on top of the massive groundswell of support he has back in France, it seems most unlikely to us that he will find himself unlucky a third time when the squad is finalised next week.
Alan Pardew has already said that with the added challenge of the Europa league, finishing fifth again will be impossible. Is he just calming everybody down or is it unrealistic to aim to stay up there?
Jim and the lads are pictured in Durban, South Africa where they relocated to four years ago and watch every match with the same passion as Jim did when he was a season ticket holder in the East stand for 20 years.