Newcastle United Blog – Updated Site – Millionth Hit

Some of you may have noticed last Monday that our site had been updated with a number of improvements.

We’ve gone to bright blue headlines (wow!) and have made one or two other improvements so that the predominant colors on the site are those of Newcastle United – black, white and blue.

Today we have added a new header with most of our new players and managers in a Mount Rushmore type setting – for Newcastle United.


Many thanks to PhoonCK, one of our readers from Singapore, who independently worked on the header and then sent it to us a couple of days ago – and we were delighted when we saw it – many thanks PhoonCK!

We started the blog on April 23rd of this year and as of right now we’ve had over 950,000 hits and expect to hit the million mark next Monday – or Saturday night if we thump Aston Villa 6-0 😀

Some statistics.

We’ve had 638 posts (articles) since last April and received more than 12,000 comments so we’re close to 20 comments per article. Comments are the life blood of the site so we really hope you’ll continue giving us your opinions on our stories. Your participation is always very welcome.

We’d like to reiterate our goals for the site – so readers understand what we are trying to do, and how we see ourselves as somewhat different from most other Newcastle fans’ web-sites.

Newcastle United Blog – Site Goals

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 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 each article). The policy 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. Opinions aren’t necessarily facts 😀

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 great Newcastle fans – and we hope you’ll participate with us.

Thanks for your readership and comments so far – we know it’s upward and onward for Newcastle United under new owner Mike Ashley, new chairman Chris Mort and our great new manager Sam Allardyce.

We’ll also try not to get carried away too much – but no promises there.


37 comments so far

  • Jamie

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    doing a great job lads and ladies the site htat keeps me sane at work

  • george t

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    yes well done and keep up the best site going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex Brett

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I read the site everyday!!! thinks it makes good reading!!!
    Keep up the good work!!!

    Toon Toon!!!!

  • steve k

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    well done guys. i enjoy reading your articles as they pop up on newsnow. the site has made a great start and i hope you keep improving it.

    i hope you won’t mind some constructive criticism.

    1) the re-sizing of images makes their resolution “blocky” and really spoils the presentation. read-up on how to re-size your images properly so they don’t get distorted.
    2) sometimes the articles can feel just like news stories with bland comments attached, and could be just fitted into the news digest.
    3) improve your wordpress skills! get someone on board who can re-organise the site and add some features.

    but i do love reading the blog every day. thanks for all your hard work. best of luck.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    OK Steve – some homework for me 😀

  • Soren

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Excellent job with this blog! I check it every single day.

  • Secky

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    You’re doing a great job and I enjoy reading all the stories & comments.
    The Banner looks fantastic.

    PS Any bets before one of the Ex-Toon Players is involved in some scandal or will it be Bowyer vs Dyer the Rematch?

  • The Jackal

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Well done Guys !! A fantastic new site and now essential viewing alongside NUFC.COM and True-Faith. Keep up the good work. Howay the lads !!

  • Bill F

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    One minor criticism, it would be nice to see the occasional Bill I agree with you or Bill you are talking crap just as an acknowledgement I exist. Otherwise love the site it makes you feel you are in contact with real people warts and all. On a lighter note I have to applaud Sam’s latest move on locking out latecomers to the training ground, will they have to write out a hundred lines as well. We mere mortals have to get to work on time so the overpaid superstars should be able to.

  • Bev

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Well done ed and the crew! must admit this is the only site i bother reading now, its more interesting than the official one! keep up the excellent work!

  • Nick C

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, I agree with some of the constructive criticism, but at the same time your obvious blind love of NUFC is something most punters can associate with. That keeps them coming back for more.

    I am intrigued though. What is your story? Are you originally from the North East? Do you ever get the chance to come across to watch the match?

    Cheers, Nick

  • Doc

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12


  • Murvar

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Well done Ed – I said from the start that your site filled a gap and has prompted some of the others to raise their game. I think the tone is right and thankfully readers’ comments are focused on us not on the mackems; I always think we turn our focus towards them mainly when we’re not sufficiently entertained by our own club – but that’s never been the case this close season, which has been by far the most interesting – and promising – for many years. The atmosphere tomorrow is going to be electric; let’s just hope it lasts for all 90 minutes, not just the first 20!

    Thanks for all the hear work – it’s the “first look” site for many of us now.

  • Murvar

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    And all your hard work, too!

  • stjames

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    This site is great. My main source used to be icNewcastle. Now it´s your blog. Just fantastic.

  • Coolsmurf

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    it has been a great site each time i come here…awesome and keep it going!

  • G.

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Hi guys,

    congrats on the website,
    it’s great for fans abroad to have this site, as we don’t have english newspapers to read n stuff like that. Also is quite late sometimes with it’s stories,

    so thanks for keeping abroad fans happy !!

    grtz from Belgium

  • Gibraltar Geordie

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Excellent site I read most days, keep up the good work

  • david veitch

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Keep the good work up people. You have a finger of the pulse of Newcastle supporters dreams. Do you know if Sam and Morty read this forum, if not could you recommend it as required viewing?

  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Hi lads,

    Superb job on the blog – read it as often as possible.. I was actually getting kinda frustrated and anxious a few weeks ago when you didnt have any stories for a couple of days (all the signs of an addict..)..

    Keep up the efforts – and lets all hope/pray/whatever necessary to help NUFC have a great season.. and get our beloved club back to where it belongs – at the top of the table, playing in Europe, and dare I say it.. some silverware.. (is it too much to ask?)

    Howay da lads!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Nick C – you can read a little of my story on the “About” tag – but yes I was born and bred in Newcastle (St. Anthony’s Estate) until I finally left for the USA with IBM in 1973 – when I was around 28.

    I do get across to Newcastle usually once a year but didn’t do it this year – my wife Madeline was over for 2 weeks and returned a couple weeks back – she is also from Newcastle.

    I did play football when I was young for Newcastle Boys, Newcastle University and English Universities but was at University until I was like 25 so never got in the professional game – not good enough. Was a goalkeeper.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Bill F – i need to get involved with the comments more – will try to do better

  • Stami

    Aug 17, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23


    Thank you for the site, outstanding job. i read it at least 3 times a day!

    Much appreciated:) Keep up the good work!

    Cape Town
    South Africa

  • ToonKing

    Aug 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Great job Ed. Best read out there.

    My daily three : Newcastle Official Site, NUFC Blog (thats you Ed 😉 ), Sky Sport

  • Tetsuo

    Aug 17, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks for providing such a fantastic outlet! Keep up the good work!

  • doby the mag

    Aug 17, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Excellent site Ed..well done and keep up the good work!!

  • Mark G

    Aug 17, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Great website. Best Newcastle website by far. I check it every day several times so unfortunately my work suffers as a result. Fair play for all the hardwork.

    Mark from Dublin

  • Bill F

    Aug 17, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed, sorry it wasn’t aimed at you specifically, I just feel as it is an interactive chat site, there could be more reaction to comments which were not necessarily team selection or wish lists. We are all wannabe managers and all want to see a succesful team. I have for fifty+ years. From your comments I guess you are just a little younger than me and suffered as many false dawns. I have to say I have never felt so optimistic about a season. Your site is a great way for the Newcastle community to have their say , foster world peace, reduce global warming and, oops sorry got carried away there. Seriously though it’s a great site despite my whimsical pearls of wisdom.

  • Andreas

    Aug 17, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Brilliant blog. ’nuff said.

  • Todd

    Aug 17, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #30

    1. Thanks for the great site and all your work.
    2. Thanks for being so relentlessly positive. It is easy to be a bummer Magpie supporter.
    3. It is great that you can bring both an English and American flavor to the site at the same time.
    4. Come to DC and play keeper for my over 30 indoor team! We are called Real Tired.


  • Tito

    Aug 17, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Nicest NUFC blog around. Very nicely done and juicy views and opinion.

    Keep it up Ed!

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 17, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s great to see this kind of response, Ed, you’ve done an amazing job.

    A word to all readers – if you guys have any design / feature improvements in mind, please let me know. Someone talked about Ed needing to learn WordPress – well the reason he doesn’t is because I’m there to handle all of that, so if there are some specific suggestions or even just general ideas, please let us know here.

  • phoonck

    Aug 17, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #33

    loved this site when i learned of it a couple months back.. a week ago, at one of the threads, came across Ed mentioning about changing the header/banner, and being a keen reader of this site and a supporter of Newcastle since 1995, i thought of wanting to do something (banner, in this case) for the site.. and being in the graphic design industry, it is the least i can do 🙂 so i sent my completed work over to Ed, and then was forwarded to Ahmed.. didn’t understand how the actual pixel banner became pixelated over the internet, and i agreed with steve k on the ‘blocky’ effect it turned out to have wasn’t exactly pleasing though.. glad a couple of you like the banner though :p

    i’ve sent another correct pixel version to Ahmed, hopefully everything will turn out fine. just feel great having done something for a great site like this. i read it everyday, and sometimes, 2-3times a day! Ed and Ahmed, continue the gd work of this site and i’m sure the fans here will be appreciative of your hard work..

    Howay the lads!

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #34

    The correct header is uploaded now.

    Earlier I had to resize the image, and then sharpen it, which caused the problems. Anyway, smart header mate 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Todd – love the name of the team 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 17, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Banner looks excellent.

  • Hammy

    Aug 17, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Great site, love it…..Ed does a great job and I haven’t bought a paper since I started logging on…this site has even knocked ebay off the top of my favourites list!!!!!
    Keep up the good work Ed us Bloggers really appreciate it……
    Regards Hammy of Seahouses.


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