Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive, and he was born and bred in St. Anthony's estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM in 1970 after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.
Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM with his then new wife Madeline - formerly Madeline Carol Rose of Longbenton - who is also a Geordie.
Dr. Harrison did well at the American company, and was instrumental in building and managing a $2B Network Consulting business for IBM Global Services, before he finally retired back in 2004, and since then has concentrated on something really important - Newcastle United.
Ed and Madeline have been married for 43 years, and have three children, twin sons Neil and Paul and daughter Elaine, who live near their parents in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Click here for a longer bio - but it gets a bit boring.
“What is a club in any case?" “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes."
“It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city."
“It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”
The fourth player brough in by Steve McClaren this season was Florian Thauvin, although we were surprised that Remy Cabella was sent the other way on a season long loan deal with Marseille, and they have the option to buy the player for around £7M.
Apparently the decision on Cabella had already been made before Steve arrived at Newcastle in early June.
We haven’t seen many pundits be too positive about Newcastle for this season, after we seemed to have a strong transfer window, spent a net of £52.6M and brought in four good first team players in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin.
Last season was an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans, after we had a very poor start with just four draws and four points in our first 7 league games – and that was after we had lost seven of our last eight games in the previous season.
Newcastle fans have appreciated the enthusiasm and skill they have seen from new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, but he’s been a bit of a liability in his first few games for Newcastle, picking up two yellow cards and then a straight red card against Arsenal – which lost us the game – and now he’s going to be out for three games through suspension.
The Serbian needs to settle down, but we are afraid he’s already a marked man by referees, and we’ll just have to wait and see whether he can have more control on the field, when he returns.
Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off against Arsenal
We’d much rather see him scoring goals [Read more →]
There’s a report in FootMercato today that Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham apparently made approaches to Newcastle to try to sign Moussa Sissoko this summer, although Tottenham were the only club to lodge a bid, which Newcastle turned down.
So at least we kept one of our best players, and in fact kept all the players we wanted to keep over the summer.
I must admit I hold my breath every six months as I go through medical tests to measure my PSA count.
But good news early last week that the PSA count is still undetectable, which means the prostate cancer is still under control, and there is no trace of cancer in the body.
League Position 2014-2015
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In Honor of John Alder and Liam Sweeney
John Alder and Liam Sweeney
In honor of two dedicated Newcastle fans, who lost their lives supporting Newcastle United, when their passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday July 17th, 2014 by rebels, as they were traveling to support the team in New Zealand.
We will never forget them.
Tore Eikeland Foundation
Tore Eikeland was a huge Newcastle fan in Norway who was tragically killed in the Norwegian massacre in July of 2011.