The new issue of true faith is out now and ready for reading pleasure. We’ve told you about some of the stuff that’s in it but by no means did we let on about everything. So eyes down, here’s a sample of what else is in it that we haven’t told you about just yet.
Michael Ryan read every word Alan Pardew wrote in his World Cup column in The Independent. Here’s what Michael thought of the opinions of the manager and what they tell us about his thoughts regarding football generally.
Peter Embleton loves Italian football. No, correct that, Peter Embleton just loves Italy and one of its most celebrated footballers, Andrea Pirlo. Peter has reviewed the great man’s book – I Think Therefore I Play. Good stuff this.
Daz Blackburn has followed Newcastle United since childhood but in his piece Dreams Of Children, reflects on whether the same childlike pleasure he used to get from football has gone and whether he’s up for continuing following Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United.
Hatem Ben Arfa has become something of a stick to beat Alan Pardew given the player’s popularity with many in th stands and the enduring belief that our mercurial magician has been poorly managed and “Pardewed”. Steve Watson analyses the rights and wrongs in his detailed analysis – A Waste Of Talent.
Our Deputy Editor, Gareth Harrison has been troubled by the club’s association with various partners in the last few years and in this excellent piece – TOXIC – explains why the liong-term association of our club with businesses like W***A, S****S D****T and The Sun are bad for Newcastle United in the longer term.
We kept Gareth busy in this new issue and I think he got the tone absolutely correct when he analysed the response to the sad deaths of Liam Sweeney and John Alder. This really is an intelligent and emotional summary of what has happened.
true faith has always kept half an eye on what is going on in the North East’s excellent non-league scene and we were delighted to join partnership with For The Love Of Football. The website is the brain-child of Mark Carruthers, a lad who has contributed to true faith previously and who has a pivotal role himself these days with Blyth Spartans. Mark will have a column in each issue of true faith, under our traditional non-league moniker, News From Nowhere and in this issue, he looks at the new season for our clubs in the Northern League, Conference and others over 2014/15.
Like many in the stands, Pat Hughes has had mixed thoughts about following Newcastle United in these days when dreams are hard to find at St James’ Park. Coming into the season, Pat reflects her own mind-set in a thought provoking piece, In The Mood.
Alex Wilson has been keeping an eye on a few things over the last couple of seasons and in his tremendous piece – Hoy It In The Mixer, examines something that has become something of an itch – how Pardew’s teams take advantage of free-kicks and corners. A very entertaining and informative piece.
Craig Nicholson is something of a stats man and after analysing how Pardew’s teams delivered last season identifies those areas in the team that need attention in 14/15 in his extremely informative piece, Room For Improvement.
Obviously, that’s not all that is in this issue. We are all over the World Cup, had writers on the pre-season tours of New Zealand and Germany as well as following England in Miami. Our Spanish correspondent has produced some outstanding coverage of what goes on under the radar over there. Our history and nostalgia pieces are unsurpassable with pieces covering the 1900s, 1980s and where it all started to unravel just over ten years ago under SBR. As well as that we have our usual ever popular columns as well as the new bells and whistles we have added.
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