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It is difficult to get a handle on what is happening with Papiss Cisse and the Wonga branded
It is appalling how the interests of Wonga are now being placed above the football team we support.
What Wonga want, it seems they get and if that means our No.9 doesn’t take part in pre-season training with his team-mates, that is what happens! Does it mean we will be forced to sell Cisse, against the interests of the team and the wishes of the manager in order to keep Wonga sweet?
Whether this dispute is being used as cover for something else we don’t know. There are those who suggest Ashley will want to make at least one big sale this window in order to fund any new purchases we may or may not make. That could be Cisse though there has been constant speculation about Cabaye, Krul and Ben Arfa. I do think part of Kinnear’s brief from Ashley will be to sell players at a profit. This could be part of that. Or it may not be.
There are those said to have contacts close to Cisse that insist to us he has not refused to wear Wonga branded kit but wishes to discuss it with the club but the club has refused to even speak to him and his representatives about it.
There are those who wonder at the apparent moral relativism of Cisse given he plays in the Barclays Premier League and has previously worn Virgin Money-sponsored kit. This is a fair point but we are all compromised in some way or another and Papiss might just find Wonga morally questionable as so many of us do even though we have mortgages, loans, shares and all the rest of it.
Naturally, the club has not saw fit to tell us what is going on but the basics need to be answered:
Has Cisse refused to wear the Wonga sponsored kit?
Has Wonga refused to accept he could wear a shirt sponsored by a charity next season?
Has United banned Cisse from the pre-season trip to Portugal?
Has Cisse refused to travel to Portugal wearing the Wonga kit?
Who is going to sort this out?
This latest saga isn’t the only reason why we shouldn’t have had any truck with Wonga but it further adds to the pessimism around the club at the moment following a summer in which the grotesquely ill-qualified Joe Kinnear has been appointed Director of Football and left us speechless with a series of wild claims to his achievements that read like something from Fantasy Island, saw the resignation of Derek Llambias as Managing Director, dealt with the potential departure of Chief Scout, Graham Carr, witnessed a complete radio silence from anyone in any authority at St. James’ Park and got used to some crazy media releases from Sports Direct about our club.
We should be looking forward to the new season but those of us scarred by the mismanagement of United over many years are experiencing a kind of dread.
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This image is doing the rounds on yon internet and
said to be the shirts United will be
Its not just the Wonga thing .. but Puma could do a lot, lot, lot better.
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MATCH REPORT , Fir Park, 16/Jul/13 – Pre-Season Friendly 2013/14
United’s first pre-season fixture after the summer break was a predictably pedestrian affair, with neither team looking to exert themselves too much on a muggy Tuesday night in North Lanarkshire.
The absence of our illustrious Director Of Football, (just back from his holiday on the surface of Saturn with the Swedish Beach Volleyball team), meant that any potential fan protest at the recent goings on were kept to a minimum, save for one “SUPPORT THE TEAM, NOT THE REGIME” banner, positioned directly behind the away end goal.
United handed starts to a number of their younger upstarts, including Paul Dummet and James Tavernier at
left and right back respectively, and started with a strong midfield pairing of Sissoko and Anita (Who?). Mapou Yanga M’biwa was made captain for the evening and was paired with a nervy looking Mike Williamson at the back. With limited striking options available, Yoan Gouffran was played as a lone striker, (imagine that? A striker!) with the impressive Haris Vuckic, making his return from serious injury, playing just behind him. Sammy Ameobi and Gabby Obertan provided the width.
United started brightly and knocked the ball around with purpose and intention, the majority of the play going through Sissoko and Vuckic. The latter looked in fine shape after nearly a year out of football and the Slovenian opened the scoring after Gouffran’s initial effort was saved. It was good to see the lad back playing and hopefully we’ll see him pushing on and challenging for a first team place this season. Gouffran’s movement and guile were rewarded seven minutes later when Vuckic returned the favour, teeing up the Frenchman in the area to slot home. Motherwell’s Ian Vigurs fired low past Rob Elliott to give the home side something to celebrate with only their second real attack of the game, but United’s two goal lead was restored moments before the break when Sissoko’s drive squirmed under the Motherwell keeper and into the net. The big Frenchman looked confident and comfortable in his natural position in the middle of the park, and Newcastle looked in control at half time with little threat from the lads in the Cash Converters branded shirts.
The second half welcomed Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor in to the fold as Williamson (never looked comfortable) and Vuckic made way. The Slovenian impressed on his senior return and hopes are high for his involvement this season if he can stay fit. Motherwell pulled back another seven minutes after the break when Sissoko fouled Stuart Carswell, allowing ex mackem charity case James McFadden, (listed on the team sheets as A. Trialist) the chance to dink what has become universally known as a “cheeky bastard penalty” down the middle of Elliott’s goal. 2-3.
It was United, however who had the last word, with Dummet combining with Ameobi, the young left back bursting forward impressively and crossing for Sylvain Marveaux, who finished his sodoku, and tapped home from 3 yards out. Another plethora of subs around 75 mins saw more of our younger lads get a run out and United coasted out the final 15 minutes without really threatening or being threatened. Final score 2-4.
While a non competitive pre season friendly was never likely to offer much in the ways of a tough test, it was a useful run out for a few of our younger lads and a decent first step in what will undoubtedly be a difficult pre season for Newcastle both on and off the pitch. The travelling mags behaved very well save for one arsehole with a smoke bomb and the locals were welcoming, sharing good natured back and forward with the away fans who feasted on the dirt cheap and quite frankly very delicious scotch pies available from the catering kiosks. Onward!
Newcastle United: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Remi Streete 83), Mike Williamson (StevenTaylor 46), Vurnon Anita (Michael Richardson 83), Gabriel Obertan (Shane Ferguson 74), Sammy Ameobi (Romain Amalfitano 83), Moussa Sissoko (Mehdi Abeid 68), Haris Vuckic (Sylvain Marveaux 46), Yoan Gouffran (Adam Campbell 58). Unused Substitute: Jak Alnwick.
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The Football Association has today unveiled full plans for The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday 10 August 2013 – a call for people to come together in celebration of the nation’s favourite game and one of English football’s most iconic figures.
The day will see 150 events taking place across the country as part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations – providing a showcase of The FA’s work at a grassroots level and giving the entire nation the opportunity to get involved with the sport. The events, being held by County FA’s and FA Charter Standard Clubs, will be open to people of all ages and abilities, with the public able to join in everything from tournaments, to skills sessions and coaching workshops. The day will provide a focus on every aspect of the game including women’s football, disability football, refereeing and coaching.
A highlight of the day will be at the Sir Bobby Robson Football Centre in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, near to where the former England manager played as a youngster. The event will be attended by Lady Elsie Robson and will involve various activities including a children’s football tournament, a coaching clinic, skills sessions, and the chance to try out futsal. The FA will also make a donation on the day to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity he established during the last 18 months of his life to fight cancer.
Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “I’m sure Bob would have been thrilled having a National Football Day named in his honour.
“He was always so incredibly passionate about football. He just loved it, whatever level it was being played at. He was lucky enough to play and manage at the top of the game but he was just as enthusiastic talking to youngsters about their junior club matches.”
“It’s a lovely gesture from the FA and we’re very grateful for their generous support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation too.”
Former England captain and patron of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Alan Shearer said: “Sir Bobby sums up everything that is great about English football. From elite success – guiding England in their best World Cup showing on foreign soil and top club honours in England, Spain, Portugal and Holland – to his love for the grassroots game and natural affinity with the fan in the street. On a national and international level, his contribution to football cannot be underestimated.”
Other planned events for 10th August include a women’s football festival at the home of English football, St George’s Park, a beach soccer event in Dorset, a Respect event at Netherton United in Peterborough, and a tournament and coaching session at AC Paulista FC in Lewisham, London. Many of the events have been planned and will be managed by county FA youth councils and volunteer coaches– just some of the people who form part of the huge volunteer network of 400,000 people in grassroots football.
A number of famous faces who knew Sir Bobby Robson, including Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Pep Guardiola have taken part in a short film to launch National Football Day. The film can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/Ccxu_ThWCjI
To find out more Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day and your local event and The FA’s work developing football for everyone, visitwww.TheFA.com/nationalfootballday. To find out more about the Foundation, visit http://www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk/
Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA’s Director Of Football Development, said: “The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day has been created as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations to showcase the nation’s love for the game and the huge number of people who get involved in football every week, whether that’s playing, coaching, volunteering or refereeing. This day will shine a light on the sheer breadth of the nation’s favourite game and we hope it will encourage more people to get involved. Whether you visit one of the planned 150 events or simply head to your garden or local park with family and friends, there’s no better day to get into football.”
This October, the FA is once again supporting Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction. Organised entirely by volunteers, this online auction will raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within Suffolk Hospitals. For more information about how to get involved please visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com.Read More »
England has won the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham by the narrowest of margins. 14 runs isn’t a big victory in anyone’s book and the game ended up being far closer than many predicted before a ball was bowled. Australia’s laughable preparation to the series came to a head when they sacked their coach and replaced him with ex-player Darren Lehmann. Getting humped 4 0 in India, ‘homework gate’, and one of their batsmen attempting to assault an England player on a night out all pointed to a comfortable England win but it didn’t turn put that way in the first test.
Talking points from the first test are numerous. The first thing I need to make clear is that the Ashes (and especially Ashes series where England are any good) bring out your cricket fans who only really get involved once every 2 or 4 years – which is fine; I’m the same with international rugby (which I’ll come onto later) and it’s great to see Cricket on everyone’s lips. The downside of this is that certain media people or celebrities all of a sudden become experts and desperate to give their opinion at any possible point.
The main ‘controversy’ from the First Test was England’s Stuart Broad’s decision not to admit he was out when he edged the ball to an Australian fielder. I’ll not go over the fable of ‘The Spirit of Cricket’ as it’s a total myth – Stuart Broad is paid a fortune to help England win cricket matches, not to hold up a principle. In what other sport do you see players overturning referring decisions in the opposition teams favour? Australian players and team had no problem with Broad and the whole thing should have blown over but the likes of Piers Morgan and some bloke who wrote a book on Evolution have pronounced their disgust and shock at the whole thing – which the media jumped on. Cricket is a sport superbly analysed by the written and spoken media. It is miles ahead of football but often during an Ashes summer chief or senior sports writers will switch from covering pre-season to the cricket and they bring their football sensationalism with them. Bore off.
The umpiring across the test was poor, with both teams getting some shockers and Australia managing to make the DRS as effective well as corner to Newcastle United. Overall England played some really poor cricket and won, whereas Australia played some really turgid stuff, sprinkled with genius from 19 year old debutant Ashton Agar who pulled his senior colleagues out of the mire with a world record high score of 98. He clearly isn’t a number 11 batsman but England’s inability to stay calm and bowl out the opposition tail isn’t new and it’s becoming a concern.
Jimmy Anderson was sensational for his 10-158 in the match and he really is the world’s best bowler in my opinion. Ian Bell’s match winning Hundred was seamless. Bell’s a class act and he could become world class with some consistency but I’ll not dwell on that. A crucial innings. KP and cook all weighed in with runs and only Bairstow and Root struggled for runs. Runs will come for them both and I hope we stick with the same team for Lords on Thursday even if Steven Finn was Australia’s best bowler. I like Finn and he can bowl well over 90mph with genuine pace and bounce. Lords is his home track and he’s had hardly any cricket all summer – he’ll come good. England won the game after being skittled for 215 on the first day on a flat deck. This bodes well for the rest of the summer in my opinion. I’m going 3 – 1 England.
The early part of this glorious sporting Summer was dominated by the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia which ended up in a famous 2 Test to 1 victory. I don’t follow Rugby at domestic level but take a keen interest in the international game. I’m no expert but know what’s what and I know this series victory is one of the great accomplishments in sport. To win any Test match in the Southern Hemisphere is incredibly difficult and to win a series with the best players of the British Isles and Ireland, with little over 6 weeks to try and forge a team is sensational. Around 40,000 Englishman, Scots, Welshman and Irishmen flocked to Australia and they saw the Lions, whose existence was questioned after humiliation in New Zealand in 2005.
They regained pride in South Africa in 2009 going down 2 1 and have now cemented the Lions place in the Ruby calendar with their first series win in 16 years and it was great to witness while they achieved it.
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It isn’t the finished product but we’ll be working hard to get the site’s format just right for you between now and the start of the season, so bear with us.
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Welcome to the new re-launched true faith website. We know our on-line output in the last year hasn’t been at it as much as in previous years. That was down to some technical headaches that was no-one’s fault really but now we’re back with what we think is an attractive new site with some new features that we desperately hope offers better coverage than we have delivered over the last twelve months.
Many thanks to Mark Brophy and Sean Robson who have kept the plates spinning for the last year!
The site offers a lot more in the way of interaction so we’re hoping you’ll not be shy in coming forward (as if) and giving us your responses to the stuff we put on-line here. As long as stuff isn’t abusive and is well written then there shouldn’t be a problem with it. We won’t allow anything to be published under silly names either. If you honestly believe in what you are writing, then have the balls to put your real name to it! This isn’t for anonymous message-board-type doylums who play the keyboard warrior act.
The new site has been designed to be user friendly so hopefully you’ll be able to access it via a variety of social media – computers, i-pads, tablets and smart-phones etc.
The site will also offer a glimpse into some of our carry-on with Twitter and Facebook. Get involved in that, it seems to be growing really well.
This coming season we will be retaining all of the features we’ve focused upon over the years – the weekly editorial, match previews and match reports for example. However, we are hopeful we’ll also be able to offer more in the way of coverage in the build-up to games with interviews with fanzine heads from other clubs, history pieces on our fixtures and You-Tube features.
Likewise the Video-Blogs young Mr Harrison (Deputy-Ed) has been doing in collaboration with SKY will also be featured for you and we’re delighted to bang the drum for true faith’s very own podcast with the brilliant Taylor & Besty.
There is also going to be some new stuff as well. Neil Cranswick, a Mag exiled in Berlin will be writing a Blog for the site on all things German with some observations on the on-going pantomime at Newcastle United from Deutschland. Emile Strunz (or Neil Smith to his friends) will be giving us regular slices of musical nirvana both from the people he digs but also from his own rather good output himself. If you love a bit electronica, big beats and dance music, Emile is your man and it’s all exclusive to true faith. As you know we are all rolling-eyed Marxist insurrectionists here in the true faith bunker so it would be remiss if we didn’t do a bit of left-wing hectoring every now and again. We’ll be welcoming Peter Sagar into our stable of writers. Peter as well as being a Mag with more service than he cares to mention at SJP is also a mover and shaker within the Tyne & Wear Coalition of Resistance and he’ll be giving us all the angles on how our game and country is being torn apart by selfishness and greed.
We will also be continuing to support the NUST, FSF, Show Racism The Red Card and Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football as well as others who have a sincere and practical intention to improve the lot of football supporters here at Newcastle United but also more widely.
All of the design for the site comes from our very own Glenn Ashcroft who has done a brilliant job with our paper fanzine over many years but has now transferred his skills to the web-world and I think he’s done rather a brilliant job for us. We are massively in his debt, so thanks mate.
Obviously, it’s a big privilege and honour for us that you choose to spend time here reading, listening and watching our musings on the cruel mistress that is Newcastle United. 90% of the feedback you give us is really encouraging and thanks for that. However, we do need constructive criticism and ideas so we can keep making improvements. A lot of the time we know when we’ve dropped bollocks with typos, made grammatical ricks etc because we do this as enthusiastic amateurs fitting it in around work, families and other commitments. We don’t have hours to spend poring over one piece every fortnight. Cut us some slack on that one but for the same token it is something we are mindful of and want to improve upon.
We are also always after volunteers so if you have any skills, ideas and time to help us out just get in touch. Designers, writers, photographers – if you’ve got a skill and an original idea that would help us push the site and the fanzine on, just drop us a line and we’ll have a natter about it. Don’t expect to get paid for it as our laughter can be rather disheartening.
Anyway, enough of the blather, we really hope you enjoy the site and take time to get involved and help us make the site as successful as we’ve had it previously along with our wee fanzine.
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In recent years we’ve brought you Blogs from across the Geordie diaspora and this time we are delighted to bring you the first in a regular Blog from Germany, written by Neil Cranswick, an exiled-Mag now living in Berlin. We’ll let Neil introduce himself ….
I guess the best place to start this is with a question: Who am I?
My name is Neil, I’m a Geordie (North Shields-born, grew up in Whitley Bay), and I moved to Germany over four years ago.
I’ve finally got a ‘proper job’, am about to get married to the missus, and am about to hit the big 30, which the missus takes great joy in reminding me about – although she’s shut up about it recently since she was called a MILF on the street by a young Turkish kid. She was devastated.
Anyway, off and on I’ve written letters, a blog on the 2010 World Cup (or WM as they call it over here), and a few articles for the spot-on lads at true faith, and they’ve asked me to give my thoughts on Newcastle United, football, Germany and all sorts of other shite. So, here goes.
Do I love football? I’m not actually sure. The only English games I watched last season were United matches, which is a hell of a change from someone who used to watch all of the football he could. I don’t want to come across as a football hipster or elitist, but I just don’t enjoy watching English football. To be honest, I’m not even sure I enjoy watching The Toon, although, then again, I guess it’s the same for most of you reading this right now!
However, I have to say that I do love watching German football. It’s an oft-repeated fact, but the games are more open, the atmosphere is much better, and there is a lot more exciting young native talent on show. It’s a lot cheaper as well but that’s a whole subject in itself.
When I moved here in 2009, I faced the classic expat dilemma. How to choose your ‘local’ team?
I already had a fondness for Dynamo Dresden, having been to a few of their home games and the fact it was the favourite team of a lot of my missus’ mates (although not her, for some reason). The atmosphere was intense, and their fans have a hell of a bad reputation, but standing on the old K-Block was an exciting, and thoroughly intimidating experience.
Other than Dynamo, who were in the Third Division when I moved here (although have since been promoted), I started out with the 36 Bundesliga teams (first two divisions) and decided to watch enough football so it would eventually narrow itself down.
How am I going with this?
Not very well, to be honest.
I disliked Bayern long before I even moved here (too much success and a bit of a Man Utd aura about them), and since then, I’ve only really taken a dislike (and that is probably too strong a word – maybe disinterest is a better word) in Hoffenheim (as close as you will probably get to a Chelsea situation here) and Wolfsburg (no idea why) in the First Division.
In the Second Division, aside from Dresden, I don’t really care either way. I like the East German teams and St Pauli, but otherwise, no-one really stands out.
I had thought that Dortmund was becoming my team (aside from Dresden). And what’s not to like? Young team, highly skilled, playing fast attacking football and sticking it to the man (Bayern). But then something strange happened. In the last game they played against Schalke, I found myself cheering for the Königsblauen. Schalke 04!
No idea is the honest answer. I can give you the usual shite about likeable and talented young players, quality older players, and that Gelsenkirchen is twinned with Newcastle upon Tyne. But, I honestly have no idea. It just seems right.
I find that, as with my first love, a team chooses you. I’m a Geordie, therefore the default setting is that I will be a Mag. My missus and her mates are from near Dresden, and it was my first game over here, so I have a soft spot for Dynamo. And Schalke? Like I said, I have no idea why I like them really, but they obviously speak to my subconscious on some level.
Obviously I’m on Twitter, and there are a load of opinions flying around. Maybe it’s just the people I follow (I don’t really keep an eye on the #NUFC tag, which is probably a blessing), but the majority (I guess about 60%) wanted Pardew out at the end of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I think he had a dire season, but we, of all clubs, should realise that chopping and changing managers is not the way forward.
We have to give Pardew one more season to see what he’s really all about. And to avoid rushing into appointing someone shite!
Obviously the main story this off-season over here (in fact, since it was announced early in the year) is Pep Guardiola choosing to join FC Bayern.
Once it was announced, it was admirable how Jupp Heynckes – the incumbent coach – managed to get the players to retain their focus and complete an extraordinary treble. Despite not liking Bayern at all, it was hard not to feel quite happy for the guy, who handled the whole situation with dignity and still won everything in sight. How Guardiola can top that, I have no idea.
I’ve spoken to a few Bayern fans, and they seem to think Guardiola is not just there for immediate success (although Paul Breitner once said that it was impossible to enjoy winning at Bayern, such is the level of expectation), but to infuse the whole club with a self-sustaining and successful culture. Mind, it’s not like they didn’t already have that. And the players they can’t produce, they can just buy from their rivals.
Still, it will be interesting next year, with Dortmund also making moves to replace Götze and (probably) Lewandowski with exciting replacements. And Schalke should also be a bit less haphazard next season and will hopefully push them both all the way, alongside Leverkusen.
It promises to be an interesting season.
What many of you possibly don’t realise is that, to put it bluntly, it gets fucking hot over here in the summer. Aye, it’s not the Mediterranean, but temperatures here can push the high thirties in summer. And there’s no wind to ease it, which makes it weird that Germans wear coats all the time! I mean, as soon as it breaks past 20, I’m in shorts.
However, the lord giveth and the lord taketh away. In winter, it gets bastard cold. My first winter here we had a month of around -20. It almost makes you wish for it to be wet and windy, but at least it’s relatively stable.
Anyway, the point I’m making (I think) is that the summer here is just starting to heat up. Just like the transfer market.
Let’s hope Joe Kinnear does us proud.
I had to end it on an optimistic note.
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As part of the support we are trying to give to the Fairs Club currently raising money to pay for a permanent plaque in tribute to our ex-captain and manager, Joe Harvey, we’ve been in touch with our pals at CULTZEROES who have kindly agreed to do a copy of the intended plaque on a t-shirt as a fund-raiser!
£5 from every shirt sold will go to the fund to raise the money for the plaque and the price of £13.99 covers all materials, overheads and postage. They are doing us a favour!
You can get any size of t-shirt so there’s no excuse for short-arses and bloaters.
The t-shirt features the exact image of the plaque money is being raised for and has been approved by the Fairs Club.
Support the plaque for Joe by buying one of these fellas as soon as you can:
http://www.cultzeros.co.uk/ product/19998/joe-harvey- tribute-tee-newcastle-united/
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