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A year in the life of Newcastle United, and NUFC Blog III.

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 | 32 Comments |

Part three of our Toon trip down memory lane.
Part three of our Toon trip down memory lane.
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Moving on from the last chapter in out one year retrospective, we come to the end of October. With the club still in a state of flux, now departed midfielder, Nicky Butt, was calling for the permanent appointment of the then caretaker mananger, Chris Hughton. Of course though, back in those days there was still one giant figure in Newcastle’s history looming over the position, despite having it already at the time of our relegation and things not working out. I am of course referring to Alan Shearer, who many still presumed would be the choice of a new owner, an owner who never came. So we come to another story by Hugh de Payen which tackled the issue of our next permanent manager. It was titled “Next Toon manager: Shearer v Hughton.“. Despite the title though, he also looks at other options for the position. It’s an interesting read for many reasons, not least to see how much things have changed since those days.

Our next stop on this trip down memory lane is, erm, a trip down memory lane from Geordie Deb. She wrote a wonderful and evocative little piece shortly before our away trip to Nottingham Forest, one of the few Championship games which we actually lost last season (1-0 to a Dexter Blackstock goal). It looks back to the infamous FA Cup tie with Forest in 1974 when Magpie fans invaded the pitch, and we were made to play all our FA Cup ties in the next year as away fixtures. This was especially poigniant for myself, as this was the year when, as a very young bairn, I really started to get into supporting the lads, and I remember being heartbroken when my Brother in Law, who wasn’t a football fan at all, turned down tickets from ‘Supermac’ himself for our appearence in the Wembley final of that year. Decades later, the scars have yet to heal. Deb’s piece was entitled “The Forest controversy of 1974“.

Next comes another superb piece from Hugh de Payen, posted on 28th October last year. Entitled “Here we go again – the next episode in the Toon soap opera begins“. Like a true professional, Hugh perfectly encapsulates the big news of the time, and the main theme of the story, in the first sentence:

“Mike Ashley has taken Newcastle United off the market after 5 months and appointed Chris Hughton as permanent manager until the end of the 2010/2011 season”.

Though many fans recoiled with horror at the thought of Ashley staying at the time, the two ill fated attempts at a sale, both of which dragged on and on were arguably destroying the club more than the rumpus which inspired Ashley’s attempts to ‘get out of Dodge City’ in the first place. Ashley or no Ashley, with the ending of the destructive sale process, and the permanent appointment of Chris Hughton, some kind of stability was with us at last. Before we leave this particular story though, it also touched on the latest Ashley decision to get fans rabidly foaming at the mouth with undisguised rage, the announcement that he was planning to rename the temple of St James’s Park to incoporate sponsorship. Even I got a bit ‘radged up’ about this one!

More retropection tomorrow…

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32 Responses

  1. Yes, looking at things with the benefit of time and having more information tends to give different perspectives to what actually took place.
    Of course there are those who`s minds set as they are will never change.
    All in all there`s enough blame to go around, fans ,owner, players, management, all bear a certain responsibility.
    I have to admit the greatest surprise to me was how Hughton took over a side in Chaos, a despondent side with many wanting out, then molded them into a cohesive group.
    I know some will disagree, believing the senior players were responsible for the transformation and sure they may have played a part.
    But whatever you may think about him, Chris Hughton IMO has been the driving force behind the teams success.
    He took what many regarded at the seasons start as relegation fodder and made them into a side that believed in themselves, who only lost four games, in that long season, comfortably re-gaining entry to the EPL.

  2. Agree chuck CH should take a lot of credit for the marvellous job that he did last season. I hope this buys him some time with the fans and Ashley if we don’t have a smooth start. Another class summary also may I say worky.

  3. Agree with Chuck. I have the impression that if things go belly up and we do get off to a bad start and are struggling at christmas, that it will be Ashley who shoulders the bulk of the blame.

    That is of course if there ends up being no money spent on players. I think the fans recognise thee job Hughton has done, and feel that Ashley will be hanging him out to dry if Hughton doesn’t get the players HE wants in. Not what WE want, what Hughton feels HE NEEDS.

  4. 5 games in – 52,000 fans – no investment – poor football (again) – several defeats – and a bore draw – the fire in geordie bellies is ready to erupt and revolution begin – eviction of the cockney’s – no investment means…the end of clever cockney barrow boy.

    Keep your small change for roulette MA-I want to see you physically removed from sportsdirect@stjames.com on a stretcher next season you stingy robbing bastard.

  5. Looks like SJT has had one too many of those Amstels…

    @4 SJT that’s the the irrational (& now aggressive) nonense I was referring to several blogs ago.

    It’s the likes of you who’ll no doubt get us the much needed positive press when you dust off your ‘cockney mafia out’ banner. Dick Heed…

  6. The usual suspects spouting the same MA tripe which gets us exactly where? We are all aware of the catalogue of mistakes he’s made & the shortcomings of the team, but the unfortunate truth is he’s stuck with us & we’re stuck with him….or do people think that if we all sing “you fat cockney barsteward get out of our club” it will convince him to sell us & blow hundreds of millions or maybe if we give him enough abuse he’ll give chris £20 mil to spend. For the good of the club we can’t have another dose of the bedsheet brigade on sky sports.

  7. If we do get off to a bad start I don’t think Hughton will get too much stick. I imagine Ashley will get the stick, he will try and sell again and we’ll be in turmoil yet again.

    It’s clear he would rather be anywhere than here.

    But let’s hope we get off to a solid start and bank some points before we hit a bad patch. That of course depends on the fixture list.

  8. I agree stuart a good start to the season is very important n prob will depend how the fixture goes , anyone know when they r out?

  9. Stuart @11….. you’re right, we must get off to a good start to the season but if we don’t, then we must support the team and leave Ashley alone!

    Many fans just don’t get the fact that if any at all, there’ll be next to no money coming in during the close season AND there are still commitments to honour – wages, taxes etc etc.

    If the club’s living on an overdraft at the moment then it can’t commit to substantial outlay on players until the revenue starts flowing in – the estimated £60m value put on a term in the Prem isn’t a lump sum. But, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat of last season when there was some investment in players.

    Hence, Stuart, a good start is essential along with a lot of support, understanding and patience from fans. Getting at Ashley’ll be like scratching at old sores and make things worse!

  10. Lesh,

    It’s human nature, mate. Fans will look to take their frustrations out on Ashley – If we haven’t made any investment. That’s understandable. They will have invested their money so they’ll be entitled to voice their frustrations.

    Your point about no money coming in during the pre season would be valid if it only applied to NUFC, it doesn’t. Every club will be the same.

  11. Stu – explain how marching through the streets with a badly spelled, anti-cockney slogan scrawled on ya mam’s soiled bedsheets is human nature??

    A lot of people I know had have had much worse things happen to them and none behave like that.

  12. How has this blog passed me by during the last 12 months? I’ve just spent the last hour or so reading through the first 3 episodes reviewing the first year of the blog. It is some of the best blogging on Newcastle that I have read for a LONG time. Congratulations to the blog editor(s) and to the amazing contributors. You’ve got a convert and new regular reader and possible contributor!

  13. Toon Chicken says:
    June 4, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Stu – explain how marching through the streets with a badly spelled, anti-cockney slogan scrawled on ya mam’s soiled bedsheets is human nature??

    A lot of people I know had have had much worse things happen to them and none behave like that.

    Explain to me where I have said marching through the streets with badly spelled, anti-cockney slogans scrawled on my mams soiled bedsheets is human nature, please?

  14. You said it was human nature for fans to take their frustrations out on Ashley.

    Last time I checked that included marching through the streets with badly spelled, anti-cockney slogans scrawled on their mams soiled bedsheets.

  15. Yep – they’re included too.

    Personally think they’re moronic also though.

    It all just plays to the popular stereotype.

  16. Actually, let me clarify.

    It’s specifically the “Get out of our club u blah, blah, blah…” chant that I find moronic.

  17. Toon Chicken says:
    June 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    You said it was human nature for fans to take their frustrations out on Ashley.

    Last time I checked that included marching through the streets with badly spelled, anti-cockney slogans scrawled on their mams soiled bedsheets.

    Can you not have a conversation without twisting the words to suit your argument?

    Chanting in the ground is taking frustration out on Ashley – That was the last time – Bedsheet brigade happened once.

  18. If in fact Ashley refuses to back Hughton in the market this summer, then clearly he will be responsible for any poor results.
    IMO he should have given Hughton an extension of his contract, following the job he did for him last season.
    But if things turn brown during the period before Christmas, it would`nt surprise me if he were to get rid of him, with the excuse he was ok for the fizzy ,but not good enough for the EPL.
    Also less to pay out on what`s left of a six month contract than say a two and a half year one.
    C`mon mike everyone, manager,coaches,players and especially fans have done everything asked of them, your turn now ?

  19. You know there`s a few people who dominate this blog on a daily basis, who`s only goal is to annoy one another (not to mention the rest of us)
    Yeah you know who you are, the ones who have never had an original thought, or comment.
    Going over the same old ground, boring people to death with the same old arguments.
    Give it a rest for christ sake, dont you realize how dumb you sound.

  20. Chuck @ 27 – Agree completely. Like I said earlier, it is Ashley who will get turned on, not Hughton in my opinion.

    Thing is, will he react like the Geordie shyster Shepherd and give Hughton the boot? Or will Ashley remain true to form and just put his earmuffs and ignore the mob?

  21. toonsy says:
    June 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    “Like I said earlier, it is Ashley who will get turned on”

    That isn’t a very nice image, Toonsy.

  22. Toonsy
    Re 28#
    Could`nt resist it could you, funny !

    But I also agree with Worky, bit disgusting really !

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