If you are developing the early onset of cabin fever after a few days locked indoors with an infinite supply of poultry products, peeve and sweet food-stuffs, a keenly contested game of association football between our very own Gateshead Football Club from the Banks of the Tyne and Hartlepool United from down the North Sea coast could just do the trick.
A good 2500 tickets have been shifted for the game with a good travelling contingent from ‘Pool expected.
Tickets are still available on the door.
A great opportunity to get down and support a good Geordie team managed by United old-boy Steve Watson.
You’ll like it.Read More »
Where the hell do I start with this? There’s zero chance of me keeping this restrained and rational so I might as well launch straight in to the hyperbole.
THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.
This magnificent day of football and booze started off with a pint of Longhorn IPA at 1200 which meant I was 2 sheets to the wind by approximately 1209. The first bit of ‘WTF’? news filtered through when we saw the line-up.
No Hayden. No Merino.
Diamé and Saivet in the centre midfield. The only 2 Mags in the pub did a collective arse-dropping. My initial reaction was one of disbelief……then one pint later the belief started coursing through the veins. West Ham’s line-up didn’t induce any fear at all and the fact that Moyes stuck Antonio up front meant that his game plan was obvious – the big man up top to open up the space for Arnautovic. However, with Clark and Lascelles at the back I never anticipated this being a tactic that the team would struggle to cope with.Read More »
A season that started so promisingly is turning into a grind. Our form is awful, the hopes of a takeover being completed in time for some urgently needed re-strengthening in January look distant at best and there are signs of the supporter base becoming fractious over exactly where blame lies for our current position in the bottom three.
Looking back on 2017, you’d have to say that overall it has been a positive year for United – promotion, Rafa still here, full houses and more wins than losses. However, looking forward to 2018 there are serious problems lurking just below the surface.
Despite generally being a glass half full sort of lad, I seem to have done nowt but empty glasses over the festive period, largely containing overly strong beers and porters so I’ll start with the fears. The greatest fear is clearly that after having the potential takeover dangled in front of us, that it is not going to materialise at all. I hold two views on this and it is important to say that the first is that in order for United to avoid implosion, we must be rid of Mike Ashley at the first available opportunity. The club has regressed in the years of his ownership and it will continue to regress, at an accelerated rate with him in charge.Read More »
The London Stadium. Worst name for a club in the league and the worst place to play football. One of the great crimes of modern football was ripping West Ham out of their home in search of new fans to support a London football club. Not our problem like but makes you think. The London stadium for me is everything that I hope Newcastle United will never become.
That’s where United head this weekend in need of points, and at the very least a draw. Defeat would see West Ham United move five points clear and would probably edge us closer to the most avoidable relegation yet under Mike Ashley’s tenure.Read More »
Hello from Australia’s most boring city (hopefully), Perth. It’s nice here, if nice is your thing. Nice enough anyway. If I was retired and had no mates, Perth would be right up my street. I don’t want to be overly harsh though. Nice beaches and that. I’d say a trip to pretty much any major city in Europe would hands down beat my 10 days in Perth. Decent weather if that’s your thing but I can’t escape the feeling that Perth is what happens if if you read the Daily Mail too much. The people in charge here seem terrified of their own population. I took their version of the metro the other day and every single advert in the carriage was about not doing stuff that would lead to a fine or prison. I should have put my feet on the seats or bought a child ticket as being in jail would have prevented me from watching the Everton game at 03.45.Read More »
The folly of two failed windows, when once again Ashley failed to keep promises and do the right thing by the club, manager, players and supporters is now becoming more obvious with each passing defeat. Rafa identified the goalkeeping area as one he wanted to strengthen and we’ve seen so far this season exactly why with the limitations of both Darlow and Elliot cruelly exposed against more testing opposition than we faced last season in the Championship.
The club completely failed to heed the warnings of an elite coach who it pays a handsome salary to lead and direct the playing side of the club. At the other end of the pitch the cramping inadequacies of United’s striking options now means debate amongst supporters rages around the likely attributes of Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovich and Perez. But the bottom line is the discussion boils down to who is the least worst.
Those of us who have been privileged to enjoy watching some absolutely superb striking talent down the years can only wince at the cheerleading that goes on for Mitrovich on social media.Read More »
Attendance: Officially 59.379. Definitely wasn’t unless 2000+ people were dressed as seats.
A day that started with a lovely meander through Angel and a few decent ales ended in the disappointment of an eighth defeat in nine games for Rafa’s Mags. Along with wins for West Ham and Crystal Palace, failure to avoid defeat saw NUFC slip in to the bottom 3 for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.
On arrival at the concourse in the Clock End I was surprised at how peaceful it all seemed. Didn’t have to queue for my piss-flat, over-priced and miserable mass-produced cider, got a nice section of urinal all to myself and didn’t see anyone lob plastic pint glasses in to crowds of people.
A lingering air of resignation or just a collective unconscious lethargy brought on by being in another football stadium selling UTTERLY SHITE BEER?Read More »
If you’ve missed the Podcast following Wednesday’s defeat to Everton, don’t fret, its all here and you can get at it by just clicking on the image below.
I’d say enjoy it but that’s probably not the right choice of words.Read More »