We’ll have our new issue of true faith (TF 110) on the usual newsagents shelves this weekend but you can save yourself the drama of going to the paper-shop by pre-ordering your copy here and we promise to get it straight at you as soon as they come back from the printers.
This is the craic about what’s in the new pocket rocket.
As ever, we have our usual and much loved regular features including the Thru Black & White Eyes diary of every twist and turn in the life and times of Newcastle United. Then of course there is the surreal look at United through the eyes of top lad and Hebburnista, Paully who sends in more Postcards From The Edge to you all. Our man, Sean Whelan’s descent into hitherto unchartered depths of misanthropy is illustrated in the excellent Sub Culture piece. Young Mr Harrison covers every game since last time in the Feel Every Beat feature from the front-line of going to the matches. Rounding everything off is long-standing writer Gavin Bradshaw who tries to bring a degree of logic to proceedings in his aptly entitled column, The End. We do a wee bit of light relief and as ever Neil Smith (aka Emile Strunz) in his life and times as a DJ for hire has been Russia getting the lads and lasses from the Steppes on the dance floor (see what I did there?). We would like to stress that our man had nowt to do with all of the carry-on in Ukraine. Chris Raper, well-known Tyneside Cinema regular has been to the flicks again and he’s here telling you all about it, while Tony Higgins has read a great book about a rather different German football club, who we like. But back to the football and Chris Laws takes us back to the 1902/03 season for an excellent read (60 Second Season) about what was going down on Barrack Road over a century ago. Cracking little piece this. As you know, we’ve been doing surveys on the true faith site this season and the results of the third survey are available in this issue with Steve Farrell summarising your thoughts in this issue.
But this issue’s biggest feature is a nostalgia piece from our excellent writer, Wallace Wilson who travels back in time to his student days and following Newcastle United to the 1974 FA Cup Final. A brilliant piece this and not to be missed.
As we’ve been doing this season, we’ve been analysing the finances at United this season and our resident bean counters Chris Betts and Andrew Trobe have taken a magnifying glass to Ashley’s player-trading since 2007 and the latest accounts. We’ll admit these pieces aren’t easy-reading and you will need to read and re-read them closely to gain a full understanding of what the writers make of what is going on but we’re the fanzine doesn’t do dumbing down, so you are going to have to make an effort. Again on the heavier side, our political correspondent, Peter Sagar continues his analysis of what the major political parties are doing to reign in the excesses of football club owners and make those institutions more accountable to their stakeholders. Very good piece this and again a must for those who look deeply into what is happening at United and in the wider game.
We’ve also taken a look at the changing style of Newcastle United coverage as provided by the Thomson House titles since they have been banned as well as the press reaction to Mr Pardew’s hand-bags at Hull. But here’s another quick run down from writers both familiar and new: Andy Roberts looks at the value of the current squad and possible sale values, Sam Dalling analyses the work of our so-called super scout, Graeme Carr, Ryan Bell looks at new boy, Luuk De Jong, Patricia Hughes casts and eye over the previous regimes at Newcastle United and what we might get in future, Patrick Fagan has a great piece about the changing attitudes of Newcastle United supporters down the years after many decades supporting the club. Elsewhere Gareth Harrison has a look at what the club has to do this coming summer not only to stand still but whisper it, possibly progress even.
What issue of true faith is complete without an exasperated piece looking at Joe Kinnear’s contribution to Newcastle United whilst Jack McLane considers the great Mag question of modern times – should I chuck my season ticket in? Jonathan Lane has a look at the role of the Director of Football and its less than successful history at St James’ Park. Have a look also at the centre-spread of true faith to get an indication of how Newcastle United’s net spend on players compares with every other club in the Premier League since Mike Ashley took over at United. We hope you’ve been enjoying reading Tony Higgins brilliant Blogs from Spain because Tone has a brilliant piece in this issue about how Athletic Bilbao’s policy about bringing Basque players through into the first team actually works in a superb Grow Your Own piece.
So that’s about it. 64-pages of brilliantly written, magnificently designed coverage on Newcastle United. All original articles. All original design. By supporters. For supporters. A proper fanzine.
true faith is one of the best known, biggest-selling and most respected fanzines in the country. For the last three seasons we have made the final short-list of only six of the Football Supporters Federation’s Fanzine of the Year in their prestigious annual awards. We’ll win it one day, we will, we will …
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