Newcastle United Blog – Goals for The Site

We’ve been in operation on this Newcastle United Blog for four weeks now – and we’ve been pleased with the response of our readers.

We’d like to reiterate our goals for the Blog – so it’s clear what we are trying to achieve on this site.


Rather than just reporting the news on Newcastle United – the major focus of this blog is the analysis, comment and opinion on the major Newcastle news stories of the day.

We will report the news, briefly, in our daily feature Major Newcastle News Stories with some comments on what we think of each of the news topic – which includes whether we think there’s any truth in them. We’ll also provide links to the best coverage of each story that day.

We’ll also take the more interesting stories and present our own thoughts and opinions in our own articles – concentrating more on the analysis of the story and what it can mean to the club.

But we’d like you to join us and share your own views and opinions on whatever stories we publish. The blog is an opportunity for all Newcastle fans everywhere (as well as other fans) to have your opinions published and read – worldwide.

We do have a comments policy – which is just below the Leave A Comment section (at the bottom of the article) – which reviews what’s appropriate for comments – but the main thing is to be civil – and remember everyone has an opinion which needs to be respected.

So let’s have your opinions and ideas in the comments section of each of our articles.

The Newcastle United Blog is meant to be a blog for you – the fans – and we hope you’ll participate with us.

Thanks for your readership and comments so far – we trust it’s upward and onward from here – for both Newcastle United under Sam Allardyce – and for our new site.

17 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #1

    i think the site is very good and i am enjoying the debates – even if i dont agree with one or two, ha ha. i would like to know if anyone has any further news about the grounds getting made bigger… any news on it Ed?

  • Arthur Prince

    May 21, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree with Craig . Well done Ed and Ahmed .The debates are interesting and I dont expect everyone to agree . But it shows the passion the Fans and supporters of NUFC have . I think as long as everyone is civil and respects different opinions it wont offend anyone and we can all get a buzz out of sharing our hopes for a successful club

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Craig – are you talking about the St James’ Park expansion – i can look into getting info on it. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Arthur – just imagine if we start to be successful before Christmas – unbelievable.

  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #5

    yes, the sjp expansion? how many more seats etc. plus is there some deal going on about the whole area around it getting re-vamped etc, i would wonder will this help wipe out our debt too. i know that its not a done deal yet but i am curious – will the expansion (if they do indeed do it) be like the other half of what we did before. we went from 36 to 52 thoudsand. thats 16 more. if we get another 16 noqw that would give us 68 thousand. holy shit! could we fill it lads.

  • Ian Johnson

    May 21, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not sure exactly where I saw it but the plans were for a £300 million expansion. St James park was to become a 60,000 seater and there would be a hotel and some sort of business/conference centre. This would probably mean more debt for the club, but they wouldn’t be considering it unless the money they can get back would more that cover the costs. Well I hope so anyway!

  • dinko

    May 21, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I am Newcastle fan since champions league game with Dinamo zagreb. I also watch game against Zeljeznicar live(I think I was only Bosnian that night who was happy with Newcastle win 🙂 ) I often fighting witm my friends becouse they all prefering some “bigger” clubs arround the world. Even i do not know english enough to be more included in debates i must say that this site is the best thing to me becouse i finally can talk with realy Newcastle fans. Well done. I will keep enyoing.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Craig – my understanding right now is they will expand the old Gallowgate end with a new stand – – and the extra capacity will be “up to at leat 60,000 – which probably means it could be a few thousand more – but an increase around 8,000. The project also features the building of adjacent hotels, flats and a conference center. The whole thing is being paid for by private enterprise and the City Council – and by law Newcastle PLC are not allowed to go into detail concerning external investment – so the financilas are a bit muddy. It should not have any impact – positive or negative – on the club’s debt.
    Here’s a look at what it will look like (looks good ) – page down on this site a little – there are also questions being asked in the forum.
    May write a little piece on this tomorrow – just as an update and include the nice picture of it completed. 😀
    Here’s the actual formal development announcement.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Ian – you’re right about the seating – see above for the financing.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Dinko – your English is better than you think – it’s great having you part of our discussions.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 22, 2007 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, you’ve done great here, best newcastle united blog around 🙂

  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed – the stadium expansion plan is interesting because it comes at a time when there are many suitors interested in buying the club. If I was Freddy Shepherd (which I’m not) I would develop the real estate portion of NUFC as much as possible first before entertaining any buying interests. Of course not all of the profits goes to the present owners (otherwise they will explode!), but I would guess a substantial protion of the of it would… the rest would go to the private enterprise you mentioned and the city council of course… the expanded stadium, hotels and conference center etc… this are what is delaying the sale of NUFC to anyone, not the rubbish Shepherd has been telling the media. To profit from something you didn’t pay for is too much to ignore… my guess is that the sale of NUFC will only take place after a new valuation takes place that includes the newly completed facilities.. could be at least 3 years.

  • craig chisholm

    May 22, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #13

    thanks for the info on the new stadium Ed. its gonna be big – not just as a stadium in its own right but also the club. i notice that our market value has gone through the roof too eh!!
    on a slightly different note: have you seem all the stuff about owen and sam having had al ong and ‘fruitful ‘ conversation. it looks like sam is doing what he does best – smoothing things out and turning situations around. although nothing has been said officially, it looks like sam has owen onboard for the revolution. thoughts anyone?

  • lee

    May 22, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Craig – we still need a tall experienced center-forward to partner Owen or Martins… not Ameobi. Owen and Martins can’t play together, they have same style… we need different options upfront.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    lee – that’s a really interesting point you make – i’m sure it would never enter Shepherd’s head but good business thinking !

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Criag – yes i saw it when ti first came out – was going to rush something out but really niot sure what happened. Owen is a polie guy so think that Big Sam told him his plans – they are obviously good and Owen said – sounds good – but that was it. Just so i’m on the record – cannot believe Owen will leave in the summer – if he does his character is open to assassination – as my son keeps telling me – and it will be assassinated.
    He’s just too good a guy. Not surprised Sam’s already talked to Michael – and he’s a great man manager so i’m sure he and Michael will get on great – but wish he would let fans know he’s staying – that would be good news for us :D.

  • craig chisholm

    May 22, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    personally, i think that it would be a bad time for any player to want away from us with the new manager, load of shit players gone and clearly some good ones coming in, plus the ground expansion etc. our team is not bad, infact it is very good. it just needs a manger who can stick em all together and make them a family. i think if we can get that togetherness onto he pitch then we will win more than we will loose for sure. the future is bright. i would still let dyer go, i think he is tainted, plus babs out and carr – both crap.


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