As we head towards what remains of the transfer window true faith is organising a transfer window forum to discuss the successes and failings of how the club has conducted its business. The forum will look at what the squad’s overall strength now is and what kind of season we can look forward to. The forum will discuss Mike Ashley’s conduct over the window, his treatment of Rafa and Newcastle United as well as what the window might mean for Benitez’s future at the club.
The forum will take place on Thursday 7 September 2017 at the Tyneside Irish Centre and commence at 7:30pm.
The forum is in aid of the Newcastle United Fans Foodbank and will be hosted by one of the stars of Ken Loach’s superb I, Daniel Blake film, Sharon Percy (she played the part of the hard-faced bitch at the Dole with the granny perm. She’s lovely really).
All proceeds from the forum will be donated to the Newcastle United Fans Foodbank.
Entry to the Forum will cost £10 and tickets are available here.
There is limited availability for tickets so we are encouraging those who wish to attend to buy tickets quickly.
All questions to the Forum will come from supporters both online and on the night.
The format will be 45 minutes of questions with a 15 minute beer/comfort break followed by a second half of 45 minutes with some injury time. We are not expecting this to go to penalties and expect the final whistle at 9:30.
The panel for the forum will be made up of:
George Caulkin, The Times.
George is one of the most respected and long-standing journalists covering Newcastle United for more than twenty years. George is a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and helped our former manager write the excellent My Kind of Toon. George is respected for his subtle and well-crafted writing which chronicle the gut-wrenching ordeals following the North East’s football clubs.
Martin Hardy, The Independent.
Martin is another veteran of the Newcastle United reporting scene and in recent years has published the excellent Touching Distance, Tunnel of Love and Rafa’s Way covering the club over the last twenty years and up to the contemporary era. There are fewer journalists closer to Rafa Benitez and understand what makes the man tick.
Luke Edwards, The Telegraph
An outsider to the region who has cut his teeth with the local press and is now The Telegraph’s man in the North East. Luke’s spiky writing has incurred the wrath of the Ashley hierarchy on several occasions and has faced numerous bans from the SJP Press Box. So he’s been doing something right.
Craig Hope, The Mail
Craig is a local lad who has covered NE football and Newcastle United in particular for The Mail. Craig is known for his determined journalistic style as Steve McClaren discovered at the training ground after trying to be a bit snide.
Mark Douglas, The Journal / The Chronicle
Mark is one of the rising stars of football journalism and also published the excellent Inside The Rafalution and is another on the panel with a very good relationship with the Newcastle United manager. Mark is respected for his well-written and nuanced pieces in the North East’s biggest newspaper.
Louise Taylor, The Guardian
Louise is a well established and respected journalist having covered North East football for many years. Louise has written some fantastic pieces recently on Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United and we are delighted she’ll be along on the night.
Simon Bird, The Mirror
Simon has covered Newcastle United for over ten years and broken some of the biggest stories going whilst covering the club. Covering all the major North East clubs (and sunderland) Simon has his figure on the pulse for what is going on in the North East.
true faith is working on other guests becoming available on the night too.
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