Newcastle Can Be Popular World Wide


It’s not just the Newcastle fans who are going wild about the return of Kevin Keegan to manage Newcastle United.

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Newcastle Chairman and Manager – Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan


The plaudits and accolades for Kevin Keegan have been rolling in from everybody and it’s not that many negative comments that we see. Of course there are always the nay sayers who want to point out that the previous successes will never happen again. Ruud Gullit is one of these, and there are a few others – but that’s only natural because that’s life. Everybody is allowed to have their own opinion – even if they’re wrong! 😀

There are always a very few, who will never be thrilled or excited by anything in life. Not so for Geordies!

But it does seem that most managers and football people are only too happy to welcome back Kevin Keegan at Newcastle. It’s great for the game of football, and especially for English Football. The Premier league is by far the most popular football league in the world now, and the games are beamed throughout the world on TV.

And while the Newcastle fans will be in sheer ecstasy in an hour so so, we would wager a bet that the TV audience for this game will be huge. So Geordie fans today – make sure you have your hair combed before you go to the game. 😀

It’s no secret that Brazil are loved and admired for playing the game of football the way it should be played – with skill and adventure. That was always how the beautiful game was meant to be played – beautifully.

And it’s almost like Brazil see themselves as the custodian of how to play the game.

Newcastle played great attacking football under Kevin Keegan the first time around, and they were very very popular and known as the entertainers. And if Kevin plays the same way this time, which he will, then Newcastle United will very shortly be one of the best supported clubs world-wide.

The difference from when Kevin was at the club the first time as manager, is that English Football now draws a huge worldwide audience, and we fully expect the Newcastle fan base across the world to grow enormously in the coming months.

Come to think of it isn’t that more or less what Mike Ashley said he wanted for the club when he bought Newcastle last summer – to make the Newcastle United brand a global brand? We think so.

Cannot wait for the game to start against Bolton Wanderers.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


8 comments so far

  • Dan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Im sure people like me in their 20s idolises Ginola, Ferdinand and Shearer in our growing up years… Newcastle United had been everyones second favourite team in the past… Now i do feel the love for Newcastle is coming back.. I can just sense something exciting brewing.. it starts today.

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  • Hadji

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #2

    For that to happen Mr Ashley,you need to clean 60 % of the team and give a nice check worth 150 mill to the King.
    Go for Brazilian,Argentinian,Italian,German,Portuguese,Dutch,Croatian,French.
    Why did Man Utd bought Park Ji Sung?!
    So they could sell their shirts in whole Korea.

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  • Gary

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe Ashley can be persuaded to bring the Toon over here to the States now on a tour.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #4

    need some south american flair , some joga bonito.
    altho i think zoggy and milner have more up their sleeves.
    gary – alot of talent gonna come out of the US in the next decade , im sure nufc will aim tobe setting up feeder clubs across the world now.

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  • Andy Smythe

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t forget Canada Gary, Toronto would love to host The Toon!

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  • clinta

    Jan 20, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    hmm… already comparing newcastle to brasil, i think we all need to calm down a little bit, maybe it’s true what they say bout us fans a bit too expecting?

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  • takashimakan

    Jan 20, 2008 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Let us all hope so…in my country here, toon fans are running THIN! The fans are the same from 96 keegan era. After he left, there were no more new fans as younger generations supported other clubs…

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  • Taiwan Toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes, we can. But I would put it the least important for the moment. As an Asian Toon, I must point out that most fans in Asia will usually only follow a team with the following reasons:

    1. Glory hunters

    This can not be their fault. Only the teams that do well draws ppl’s attention here. In addition, this is no difference to England, as we could see that the glory hunters type of fans are also the majority of the current big four fans.

    2. Star players

    The Beckham effects accross the Asia was amazing, espercially for female fans. Owen was also quite popular when he was playing well for England while Beckham was the captain of England. In a way, he gets more media attention here due to he was the team mate & co-star player of Becks.

    In terms of potential of signing Asian players. Yes, it could work if the right players come alone. For instance, Celtic’s every single game is broadcasted in Japan as Nakamura is doing quite well there. On the other hand, Hamburg attracts limited media as Takahashi has yet to established himself as a top player there.

    3. has connections with the city

    This is usually the strongest links of the three that I’ve mentioned. I think we should just keep working from the root level in order to develop the Asian market. Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U are all doing it. Sometimes their programs (their past classic games, not the live one)are on the telly.

    I will stop here for now. Thanks for the patience reading the my rubishes.

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