Late on Monday night, we put the finishing touches on the latest issue of true faith (TF108). In keeping with tradition, this slab of bonny pictures and words is a Christmas / New Year extravaganza of a staggering 72- pages! At no extra cost. Only £3! Barely the price of a pint in a very ordinary Newcastle boozer! You are going to need this fanzine to get you through the Christmas and New Year holidays.
All of the usual features you know and love are in there:
Editorial – where we think we are and where we’re going right now
Thru Black & White Eyes – the diary of everything that has gone down at Newcastle United since the last time.
Feel Every Beat – every game covered since the last time. Try not to turn to Man Utd (a) straight away.
60 Second Season – Its 1900/01 and things are on the move for Newcastle United. Fascinating reading this.
Drums & Wires – Music, film, books, ennui, melancholy … you love it.
Geordies Here, Geordies There – guess where one of our shy and retiring gob-shites has been to watch football in a different place?
News From Nowhere – And guess where another one of our pasty-faced malcontents has been round the doors watching more football. Clue? Not far.
Rumours, Half Truths & Lies – Tittle tattle dressed up as character assassination. Or the other way round. You decide.
Postcards From The Edge – our man Paully, is in pretty lucid form as it happens.
Sub Culture – the A-Z of a total misanthropist. Canny lad, mind.
The End – Gav Bradshaw sums it all up and in a word of constant change this is very reassuring.
But we also have some more Newcastle United financial analysis for you as well:
Our man Andy Trobe looks at Newcastle United’s commercial income over the last 6 years of Mike Ashley’s ownership and compares it to several fellow Premier League clubs in his excellent article – MIND THE GAP.
Chris Betts has had a look at the options available to Ashley in handing the United debt – a debt which our club revolves around in the illuminating piece – DEBT BECOMES HIM.
New TF scribbler and finance expert James Oliver weighs up the big question of Ashley selling up and moving on – is what he is doing pointing to MA and NUFC parting company. Check out James’ evidence and opinion in the piece – UNITED FOR SALE.
But there are also those saying positive things about Mike Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United and one of them comes in the shape of Jon Lane in his provocative article – A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION. The other is courtesy of Nick Tomlinson in the aptly titled: ASHLEY – THE CASE FOR THE DEFENCE.
We have several pieces of close analysis on some of our first teamers this time with TF first timer, Andy Marsh looking at HBA’s absence from the first team in his excellent piece – ALL TO DO, whilst Steve Farrell has a something of a left-field view of Papiss Cisse’s form in a very enlightening article, FLAGGING. Not to be out done, another writing debutant, Stephen Best, (yes, one half of the Podcast duo, Taylor & Besty) examines the enigma that is Shola Ameobi and wonders what the future holds for the nicest bloke in football in an article imaginatively called, SHOLA. Our regular scribbler, Chris Laws looks at the question of the Newcastle United captaincy in his piece, LEADERS OF MEN and questions whether with bad vibes continuing to come off Colo and Cabaye, we shouldn’t be looking for a new Capo. Chris has a suggestion.
He’s doing alright at the moment is Mr Pardew but our man Matt Stark wonders about his relationship with Mike Ashley – WHEN YOU SUP WITH THE DEVIL. Excellent reading, this.
Apparently, it’s the most wonderful time of the year …
So with that in mind we are in the mood to look backwards and forwards at the same time. Our Deputy Editor, young Mr Harrison reviews 2013 in a rather spiffing piece, the NEWCASTLE UNITED ANNUAL. Not to be out-done, TF’s international man of mystery, Guy Hannay-Wilson, files in his Half Term Report of the season so far. Sure to get the thinking matter going. Another regular writer, Alex Hurst has his eye on the transfer window and what we’ll need if we are to make sure we get through to the end of the season in the same style as we have started it – check out Alex’s excellent contribution in the SKETCH FOR WINTER. We’ve got Cardiff at home in the FA Cup. You know that don’t you. None other than Mr Ted Edwards reflects upon a trip to the FA Cup Final in a tip-top bit of wistful longing with the just the right amount of venom in his WEMBLEY WAY article.
Things Can Only Get Better
Mark Brophy is wondering what Newcastle United has to do to make his satisfied in a massively brilliant article – UTOPIA whilst Neil Gatenby is looking at the positivesd as well in his smashing article – A BETTER WAY.
There is some other stuff as well
Thanks to Steve Farrell we had a survey online last month and Steve has pulled the results together and presented them in his piece – OUR SURVEY SAID. You’ll be interested in the stuff you and your mates told us. Swedish Mag, Noa Bachner, tells us all about following Newcastle United from the land of progressive social democracy in the very interesting article – PARALELL UNIVERSE. Peter Sagar reflects upon the death of Nelson Mandela and the journey we have been on at Newcastle United to follow a genuinely multi-racial, colour, faith Newcastle United in his piece A GREAT DAY. Of course that’s not to mention a speculative piece of day-dreaming from always brilliant writer, Wallace Wilson who wonders what Kevin Keegan could still do for Newcastle United.
Don’t forget about the centre-page calendar we’ve included for you as well.
This new issue of true faith, our fourth of the season, will be on sale very, very, very soon and we’ll have all of the gen for you here.
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