true faith : GET INVOLVED


The new issue of true faith (TF111) is away at the printers right now and will be ready for you on Friday. You can pre-order it directly from us here. Our Summer Special issue (TF112) will mark a piece of fanzine history as we make the switch to a 100% Digital version of true faith, building upon what we’ve been doing over the last couple of years. This is our Bob Dylan picking up the electric guitar moment. Gulp! What it means is we have loads more opportunities for you lot to get involved in knocking out one of the … Continue reading

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I’ve totally screwed up with my timing of this blog.  I was going to write it once the State Championships finished (last Sunday), but then I got tickets to see the World Cup Trophy while it’s here in Rio at the Maracana this Friday so I thought I’d wait a little longer and write about both.  But then something happened that I should have been all too aware of, and now I’ve got loads to write about and not much time to do it… * First things first, then.  THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE OVER!  Well, why they even start in their … Continue reading

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NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – Public Meeting – 1st May Mining Institute, Newcastle , 7.30pm


The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust is holding a public meeting to discuss Mike  Ashley’s planned sale of the lease on land adjacent to the Gallowgate End at St James’ Park. We are concerned that future development of this land, potentially unsympathetic to the future expansion of St James’ Park may act to inhibit the future growth under future ownership arrangements. The Trust board has been pursuing a number of courses of action and would welcome the opportunity to share this information and take questions regarding the sale of the lease of the land from Trust members and other supporters who … Continue reading

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true faith – NEW ISSUE (TF111)


Welcome to this historic issue of true faith. This will be our final print and paper issue before we make the leap into the wonderful world of 100% Digital. This is not to be missed. It is now on sale via The Mag shop online and we’ll also have it in the usual shops etc. by the weekend. It will be posted to our subscribers as soon as we get it back from the printers on Thursday. It will be available to our Digital subscribers from Friday AM. The usual drill. We started the print fanzine 15 years ago. TF1 … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Gateshead v Cambridge United, International Stadium, 26/Apr/14, KO: 17:30pm.

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I think we are all a bit jaded and worn out at the moment, perhaps tired of the corporate tedium of following Zombie FC at St James’ Park and need a bit of a tonic. That can be had at the International Stadium this coming Saturday with a tea-time KO when Gateshead entertain Cambridge United in a big game as part of their push to regain the Football League status they lost so cruelly just over fifty years ago. Gateshead manager, Gary Mills is doing a cracking job under a genuine Chairman (Graham Wood) who seems to really care about … Continue reading

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true faith: READ ALL ABOUT IT (Swansea City (h))


Another pathetic defeat, another game which the opposition basically had to turn up to get the points.  Forget about questioning his substitutions, tactics, team selections and comments in the media; the players are not playing for Alan Pardew. It’s not that I think they don’t care, I think many do – but they have no confidence in the manager at all.  There’s no way back. The game itself was desperate.  A half fit Debuchy looked on a different level and an even more unfit Remy gave United a slight goal threat for the first time in a long time.  What … Continue reading

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true faith : POLITICAL FOOTBALL (Taxi For….)


There has been much talk recently about the future of Alan Pardew at Newcastle United and indeed whether he should even have a future at St James’ Park. I can’t see him going anywhere very quickly. I find it very difficult to believe that Pardew will resign and lose the opportunity of a massive pay-off from the rest of his long contract. On the other hand does anybody seriously think that Ashley is going to sack Pardew? Was he not brought in as a handy Yes Man and has he not fulfilled that role superbly in his three and a … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Responsibility – 20/Apr/14


I don’t know a single Mag who wants Alan Pardew to remain as manager of Newcastle United FC. I cannot detect a single voice putting up a cogent argument in defence of a man who is now breaking all kinds of unwanted records at our club. I didn’t think we would have a worse manager at United than Graeme Souness in my life-time but I think we now do. There is no question about it, Pardew has lost the confidence of the support and it would appear the players too. In some ways, it is unfair on Pardew. For all … Continue reading

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MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 2, St James’ Park, 19/Apr/14, KO: 3pm, Premier League, Att: 51,057


A late winner for Swansea saw us slump to a fifth successive defeat in what is rapidly turning into one of the poorest stretches in our modern history.  We started with an odd looking line-up with a ‘potent’ three pronged strikeforce of Shola, De Jong and Cisse with Anita reverted to right back but we finished the half with only one of those three still on the pitch. An uneventful opening period was at least illuminated by a comedy blow to the face for the referee, when the ball rebounded straight back into him resulting in a comedy wobble and … Continue reading

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true faith : TIFOSI (Swansea City (h))


The starting line-up today was one of the most baffling we’ve had in a while. I have sympathised with Pardew a lot of the time this season on the grounds that the size of the squad leaves him very little choice and makes it very difficult to just field 11 players in position. Thinking back to the mackems away, Paul Dummett and Mike Williamson, who was in no sort of form, at centre back and we lost the game conceding two very shite goals. Alas, here we were with a lot of players back from injury and the option not … Continue reading

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