true faith : THE RIDE TO RIO (2)

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  I had been in Peru for no longer than two minutes when I bumped into my first cyclist, a Scottish chap who was living close by and was keen a cyclist. Before I could get the chance to to talk about being in Peru and my excitement of seeing the country, he confirmed that I was 99.5% likely to get robbed on the road and Peru was the worst country to cycle in. Brilliant news. He was a lovely chap  and just trying to help out but really wish people would be a bit more positive  about south American … Continue reading

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true faith : READ ALL ABOUT IT

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I travelled to Stoke on Saturday and saw an improved, but still impotent United succumb to defeat to the most average of Stoke sides.  Much has been made in the media of Stoke’s new improved style of football under Mark Hughes this season – I saw nothing of thatas Stoke continued to foul, cheat and hoof their way to move within three points of a United side ‘having a decent season’ according to the manager. Yes we should have had a pen, and were a tad unfortunate to lose – but on the back of the horrible run we’ve had … Continue reading

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true faith : DIGITAL – GET INVOLVED

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As has been mentioned a few times here and elsewhere, true faith, will be going 100% DIGITAL following the publication of our last ever paper issue later this month (TF111). We don’t see this as the end of something but rather the beginning of something else and obviously we’re desperately hoping you help us continue by taking the leap with us. Its understandable there is a bit of scepticism but the potential is enormous for us to bring out an absolutely superb fanzine for the Digital age. Whilst retaining everything you have come to love in the paper issue we … Continue reading

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true faith : THE HISTORY FILE (Swansea City (h))

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Our next meaningless fixture in a season that has drifted into the wilderness in such a pathetic manner pits us up against Swansea City, who will be looking for a win to give themselves breathing space from the sides in the relegation zone; our record against them at St. James Park is decent and our first port of call takes us back to 1935 when we ran out 5-1 winners against the then named Swansea Town. The hero that day was young forward Billy Cairns who managed to get a hat trick, Cairns had an impressive record of 51 goals … Continue reading

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true faith : POLITICAL FOOTBALL – How Little We Know

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We’ve all done it. Indeed it is part of the fun of following a football team and indeed arguably the only enjoyable thing about following Newcastle United any more, or at least until Mike Ashley finally puts us all out of our misery and disappears into the sunset.  I am thinking here of the arguing and debating about who should and shouldn’t be in the team, who should and shouldn’t be bought in the summer and all those other issues we have strong opinions about. I have certainly been known to share my disbelief at a decisions taken by managers … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Leaders of Men – 13/Apr/14

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There is absolutely no question about it at every level of its operations Newcastle United is now suffering from a crisis in leadership. In the boardroom, in the dug-out and out on the pitch, Newcastle United is afflicted by a complete absence of courage and responsibility. Obviously the general mood music is set by Mike Ashley whose slavish obsession with the bottom line is threatening to derail the whole club. Much of this last week has focused upon the appointment of Lee Charnley, a man whose CV is so threadbare for the position he now occupies as to be laughable. … Continue reading

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MATCH REPORT: Stoke City 1 Newcastle United 0, Britannia Stadium, KO: 3:07pm, 12/Apr/14, Att: 27,400

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How shit must you be if “you’ve only scored once”. That would be my general assessment of Stoke City’s performance, having promised my Mam I’d swear less in this report, I may have to hold back on assessing ours. Now, before going on to the match thank God I’ve woke up this morning and I’m not in Stoke. What a backwards place that is. The whole persona of the town is unaccommodating and time warped. Not letting people into a pub past 2:30 – what the flying fuck is that all about? Every time I’ve came to Stoke and it’s … Continue reading

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true faith : TIFOSI (Stoke City (a))

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Today’s inevitable defeat was made slightly more intriguing by Pardew’s bewildering formation and team selection. Playing devil’s advocate, you could say that at least he was trying to change things. Unfortunately for our manager, he doesn’t posses the necessary tactical skills to make a lot of difference. Three centre halves; Anita and Dummett as wing-backs and Gouffran in the middle (Ben Arfa, MYM on the bench of course). Shola started up front. Baffling. To be fair, we weren’t as awful as we’ve been in the last few defeats but we weren’t any good either. No creativity from midfield whatsoever gives … Continue reading

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NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – FOI Act To Request NUFC Sell-Off Details

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The Trust has responded to fan concerns by requesting details regarding Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell an NUFC owned lease on land next to St.James’ Park. The land is opposite the Gallowgate end and Newcastle United have a long lease from Nexus, having purchased it under the Hall/Shepherd regime for potential ground expansion as part of a wider development. The club had quietly put the lease up for sale hoping for a quick sale away from the glare of publicity. Once though NUST brought the Ashley move into the public domain, Newcastle supporters have reacted with dismay at the fact … Continue reading

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JUSTICE FOR THE 96 – RESPECT!

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Today will see every traditional 3 pm KO of all football matches put back to 3.07pm as a mark of respect for the 96 Liverpool supporters who went to a football match twenty five years ago and never returned. As those of us who travelled away following Newcastle United in the 1980s will testify our support came within a whisker of a similar disaster on several occasions. My mind is taken back to a game at Hillsborough in the 83/84 season when I am sure that but for a successful invasion of a vacant paddock adjacent to the away end, … Continue reading

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