Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – SIR BOBBY ROBSON – AN INSPIRATION 

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Thousands of words have now been written about the late Sir Bobby Robson.   Obituaries which were originally drafted in the 1990s – and then updated again and again as he bravely fought cancer five times – have finally been published.   His great footballing achievements have been revisited by the media and his contributions to former clubs and the national side appreciated all over again by fans and players alike.   Amid the overall, very genuine, sense of sadness it is inevitable that there is also debate about his time at Newcastle United.  Would we be where we are now if he had retained … Continue reading

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Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SIR BOBBY ROBSON’S DEATH

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This Thursday (31 July) marks the fifth anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson’s death.  The football legend is greatly missed by those who knew him – and those who knew of him. The former County Durham pitman enjoyed an incredible career as a footballer and manager and his influence within the game he loved continues to be felt today through the many people he worked with, inspired or helped along the way. During his last 18 months, as he was receiving treatment for cancer for the fifth time, Sir Bobby was focused on a new goal – for once, away from … Continue reading

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – Sheffield Wednesday 0 Newcastle United 1, 30/Jul/14, KO: 7:45pm, Hillsbrough Stadium. Att: 10,273

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We want our heads testing! We honestly do. Bringing nearly 2000 people to an away pre-season friendly, most of whom will be travelling to Germany some two days later, is just crazy. Most of the 92 clubs don’t even get that sort of away following for a league game. £15 for a ticket, plus the travel and by the look on some, copious amounts of beer is a large sum of money to spend on a glorified training session. Not only that, but a glorified training session where the first team are tucked up at home sleeping off their jetlag. … Continue reading

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true faith – GET SIGNED UP FOR THE NEW SEASON!

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This coming season sees true faith start its fourteenth successive season of publication. 2014/15 will be different because we have made the move from hard-copy to DIGITAL format. By making the switch, we are part of a wider trend in publishing and the fanzine movement more generally to embrace the technology of the new DIGITAL age to preserve fanzine culture and develop it even further. We really will be bigger, better, faster and cheaper. This coming season will see true faith publish ten issues per season. Last season we did eight. This coming season each of our issues will be … Continue reading

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true faith : KOREA OPPORTUNITIES

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Hello again from a hot and humid South Korea. Before the new season kicks off (both over here and back at home), I thought I’d post a submission about my very first footballing experience in Korea. Back in March, I was informed by a colleague that Gangwon FC had a K-League match coming up in the city of Gangneung, close to where my girlfriend Becca (another Brit teaching English over here) lives and so we went along. The signs on the way up to the stadium were all good: we could see the team’s crest impressively mounted upon the stand … Continue reading

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THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – Unfinished Business – 27/Jul/14

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Last week saw United win both games on their tour of New Zealand but just as was said after the Oldham pre-season defeat, these results don’t really matter and it is more about fitness, formations, trying stuff out and heading towards readiness for the proper stuff starting. Frankly, given we have managers approaching each other as Pardew is said to have done to his Wellington counterpart to agree to no hard tackling, I often feel the organisers of these games have a bit of a neck to even charge an entry fee. Obviously, both games were horribly over-shadowed by the … Continue reading

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – Wellington Phoenix 0 Newcastle United 1, Westpac Stadium, 26/Jul/14. Att: 30,968

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Premier League football came to life in Wellington, New Zealand on the 26th July on a day that was jam packed like a typical 3pm back in the Toon. The city of Wellington had put on a show with a mock up strawberry pub being created that housed hundreds of Geordies before the game.  Before marching to Westpac stadium in great voice. The game was marked with a minutes silence before the Newcastle side faced the Maori Haka before the game. Quite possibly the haka had an influence on the team as they were slow out of the blocks compared … Continue reading

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true faith : BALL GAMES ALLOWED

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England Lost to India on Monday by over 100 runs.  It’s a heavy defeat in any form of the game.  It’s an even heavier defeat when England had a custom made ‘green’ seam friendly pitch prepared for them. If you consider won a favourable toss it begins to hit home how poor this defeat is. Normally I’d write a match report with the twists and turns of the game – and this was an excellent game of cricket – but I feel like it’s best to lay out what’s wrong with English cricket and the England team. Defeat to India … Continue reading

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FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS FEDERATION – Annual Report 2014

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We are pleased to promote to all readers the work of the Football Supporters Federation via their newly published Annual Report (2014). All you need to do to get full access to the FSF’s Annual Report (2014) is click here. Obviously the best bits are when they mention true faith. Sniff. That is all.  

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NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – United In Grief

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When news came through that a plane had crashed in the Ukraine on Thursday 17 July, it was an horrific event that shocked the World, little did most of us know just how close to home this tragedy would hit. On the Friday morning initial rumours turned to hard fact, two of Newcastle United’s most ardent fans had been on that flight, never again to watch their beloved black and whites in action. The loss of John Alder and Liam Sweeney was of course the worst news possible for the two families and the pair’s many close friends. It was … Continue reading

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