true faith : Friends of the Durham Miners’ Gala

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I thought you might like to know about the various educational, cultural and political events taking place in the run up to and on the weekend of this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala. Starting on Tuesday 7th July, there are a series of activities at the Miners’ Hall, Redhill, including two film showings, a workshop on banner making and talks about the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign and the blacklisting of union activists. Please find the full programme here. I’d also like to draw your attention to the collection for County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank and the Durham Foodbank, organised by … Continue reading

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true faith : SEASON TICKET SURVEY – RESULTS!

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As regular readers will have clocked we ran a survey over a good few days which attempted an oil-check of season ticket holders and their intentions regarding renewals etc. No-one here is going to claim that survey and its results as a scientific fact or make any claim that is 100% representative. However, it does provide a worthwhile indication of the way the wind is blowing (if any of you needed to know) and so we have the results. Over 500+ of you took part in the survey, this is less than we usually get for our surveys but it … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – CRITICAL MASS – 29/Jun/15

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Depending on who and what you read Newcastle United’s season ticket sales have collapsed by between 25, 35 or even 40% in some parts of St James’ Park. That isn’t me being the hand-wringing misery you have come to know and er, love rather it’s based upon informed calculation from information gleaned from the club itself. So, it’s happened then. Those who for years have told you and me they were going to chuck it have done so. Those who accuse me and those like me of negativity in matters of Newcastle United can now join Moncur and Co. in … Continue reading

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true faith – THE SUMMER SPECIAL (TF 121)

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The brand spanking new issue of true faith is ready to come out today, tomorrow at the latest. It is a staggering 150-pages of proper fanzine with fantastic writing and brilliant design with loads more. As you would expect, true faith covers every twist and turn in the Newcastle United story from people who follow the club home and away. Anda  few who can’t bear to give Ashley another penny as well as others for whom hope springs eternal. We have a full season review (if you can bear it) as well as varying pieces looking at the McClaren appointment, … Continue reading

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ALAN SHEARER FOUNDATION – Mags Climbing Kilimanjaro

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A very good friend of true faith, one Colin Wilson of the Republic of Gateshead and long-suffering season ticket holder is giving up his time and money to support charities –  the Alan Shearer Foundation and the Children’s Heart Foundation.  Colin explains below what he’s doing for the Children’s Heart Fund (CHUF) and if you would like to support Colin, please click on the link below Colin’s piece. Hopefully during Colin’s climb we’ll be providing you with updates and photos to chart his progress to the summit.  Over to Colin:  In September, I’ll be undertaking an six-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. … Continue reading

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NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – Whickham Parochial win 3rd JUSTNewcastle Tournament

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On Wednesday (24th June) 120 children from Tyneside were involved in a high quality football tournament, thanks toJUSTNewcastle, with the help of our partners;Newcastle Community Football, Show Racism the Red Card andPhoenix Taxis at our third annual schools soccer 6 tournament. The event at the Westgate Centre For Sport in Newcastle, featured 16 different teams from schools across the north east. Newcastle Community Football made sure everything ran smoothly on the day and that the matches had the right balance of commitment but also fair play. The schools involved ranged from those on both sides of the Tyne and the … Continue reading

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true faith : WEEKLY PODCAST-RADIO SHOW – 26/Jun/15 – LIVE 7:pm.

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Its that time of the week when our true faith Podcast squadron assemble with our friends at Radio Northumberland and have a good chin-wag about the affairs of Black & White. Just because it’s the close season doesn’t mean we can forget all about Newcastle United. There does seem to have been movement this week for McClaren in terms of a new coaching team. Some of us may have had visions of a harassed McClaren running around like an over-wrough child-minder a week on Monday when the players return for training but it seems he will have some help with … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES- Always Crashing In The Same Car – 24/Jun/15

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There’s a half-baked theory that fanzines and their writers secretly enjoy the bad times at a football club because it causes a surge in sales and energises the strength of the polemics penned by their writers. Like most theories of this kind there is a grain of truth in it but it has its limits. I think in the case of Newcastle United we are well beyond the limits. I’m very much aware writing this stuff on a weekly basis that I’m often expressing the same sentiments and on so many occasions they are negative and critical of so much … Continue reading

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true faith : DISCUSSION DAY – Comings and Goings

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One of our regular writers, Steve Watson penned this piece for us at true faith but instead of getting it into the next issue of the fanzine we thought it might be better used online to kick off another one of those true faith : DISCUSSION DAYS we are quite fond of. Have a read of Steve’s article on the players he thinks we should keep and bin and let us know your thoughts via the comment boxes below. Cheers. Comings and Goings After another season of complete mediocrity, our reclusive owner faced the TV cameras and announced that the … Continue reading

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true faith : SEASON TICKET SURVEY

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There’s been a lot of talk over the last year about supporters chucking season tickets. I’m sure many of you reading this know friends and fellow fans who have decided enough is enough with Mike Ashley’s running of the club and simply decided to cut off the direct debit as an act of protest at how the man has brought the club to one crisis after another. Clearly, United is in something of a flap about the whole thing as its inconceivable Ashley would have been appeared on TV had the stands not been emptying rapidly in a mixture of … Continue reading

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