Just Another Year In The Life Of A Newcastle Fan


We’ve had 3 managers at the club this year, so another 12 months of normal activity for Newcastle United Football Club fans is about to end.

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Let’s hope for more of this from Joe Kinnear next year

We’ll go through the main events that have happened during this last year and if we missed any, then please don’t remind us – they may be just too painful for us to recall.  😀

In 2008 Sam Allardyce was sacked in early January after a rather ordinary start as Newcastle United manager.

But when the Allardyce sacking came, it was still somewhat of a surprise. Big Sam is now manager at Blackburn Rovers, and we wish him well.

Newcastle then pursued Harry Redknapp, then Portsmouth manager, soon after that, and after Harry initially said he would take the job, he backed out at a dinner with his friends, and within 3 days the City of Newcastle rejoiced as Ashley brought back the Messiah to Newcastle United – the great Kevin Keegan.

Kevin found it difficult to get going initially and it was 10 games before he got our first win with Kevin back as manager, but after that breakthrough we did very well, and even had a good start to this season, with 4 points from our first two games, plus an exciting win at Coventry City in the Carling Cup.

But then after the Coventry game, in which James Milner had one of his best games ever for the club, came a big surprise as Milner was sold to Aston Villa for £12M, against Kevin’s wishes. Newcastle fans were shocked and we all thought that to be rather odd.

But about 5 days later all hell broke loose on the last day of the transfer window at the Newcastle club, over some argument between Keegan and the Board, and after a few days of trying to get Kevin Keagan to stay at the club, Keegan finally resigned.

We still don’t know just exactly what happened, but Kevin is now suing Newcastle United Football Club for £8M, for improper dismissal, and after this case is complete, maybe we’ll get to know exactly what did happen. Maybe.

Newcastle fans were furious at Keegan leaving the club and turned immediately on Ashley, who happened to be in America when Keegan resigned, and after multiple demonstrations, Mike Ashley finally issued a statement saying he would sell the Newcastle club.

We then lost 5 games on the trot, four in the league, and were sinking fast until Ashley tried to get Terry Venables to the club, but when that failed Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear, right out of the blue, as Newcastle manager, on a month by month basis until the club was sold.

Joe did very well and was able to stop the rot, to his credit, and he was then appointed manager through the end of the year to give the club just a little stability.

While Joe’s done a decent job both on and off the field, we are still not out of the woods yet, in terms of relegation.

And then just last Sunday owner Mike Ashley announced, to nobody’s real surprise, announced that he had taken the club off the market, after failing to sell the club over the last four months or so, and would now be keeping the club.

Hours later of course, we were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool, just in case we thought we had a good team, although in truth we had lots of injuries for that game – well that’s our excuse in any case.

So in retrospect was has happened this last year is just another uneventful 12 months in the life of being a Newcastle United fan.

Nothing really exciting like actually winning something.

We now look forward to Ashley supporting Joe Kinnear to strengthen the squad in the January transfer market, and we hope at least that we can stay in the Premier League this season – that’s the least we hope for.

On the upside, it would be great, and yes – rather amazing, if we could get into Europe next season, and the chances of that are about the same as getting relegated, with 14 clubs so bunched together in the league right now.

We would not venture to even think what things will be like in 12 months time, but as long as we are still in the Premier League, we guess we’ll be OK.

We expect to again we writing about yet another uneventful year next year at this time – but you just never know with Newcastle United.

But our main message is to wish a Happy New Year To Newcastle United fans all around the world – and we know there are lots and lots of them – we know that.

And as far as next year goes ………..

Howay The Lads!!



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113 comments so far

  • Gareth Coker

    Dec 31, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, we may win the FA Cup this year. We live in hope.

    Happy New Year from Japan!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Happy new year from Turkey!

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  • blurrr...

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Happy new year from Brunei!

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  • neeraj

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Happy New Year from Spain

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  • Bosamuelson

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Happy new year from Germany

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  • reillers

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Sam was this year, Christ.

    Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh!!

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  • daniel...

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #8

    happy new year from south shields =p

    howeyy the lads!!

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  • Daniel Abela (Malta)

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    happy new year from MALTA!!!!

    Howay the lads!!! We wont give up…and lets just hope that 2009 will bea year which will be remembered for making great results on the field!!!

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Feliz Año nuevo
    (castillano)

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Feliz Any Nou
    (Valenciano)

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  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Tiocfaidh Ar La .. hopefully this year FA cup .. that’d make up for a hell of a nightmare 4 seasons.
    Happy New Years fellow Newkie supporters.

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  • Antti

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Happy new year from Finland.

    Hyvaa uutta vuotta!

    I’m not looking forward the cup at the moment.. not with the injury hit squad. would be happy if we survive the relegation scrap.

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  • dougnufc

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Happy New Year from Hong Kong!

    30 mins into year 2009 here already!

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  • KuWaiTi MaGPiE

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM KUWAIT

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  • ditto

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    happy new year from vietnam!

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  • carleezud

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    happy new year, from SINGAPORE!
    long life newcastle fan

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #18

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM WALLSEND!!!!!!

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  • nimo

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #19

    just so you guys know we had two loan signings from arsenal lined up but due to injuries and some off field problems, i have a friend who helps with the set up there and he said diaby who they wont let come cos there looking to offload eboue and denilson was coming but with cesc getting injued they cant afford to let him go.

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Godt Nytt År from Norway

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  • Toontastic

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #21

    We should really expect it for next season, this season has been the same as the previous seasons, Newcastle in turmoil, 1 suprise team, 1 underachieving team, foreign flops and wenger moaning. it gets a bit obvious now, watch Newcastle in more turmoil next year I can all most predict it

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  • nightfall

    Dec 31, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    happy new year from slovenia..

    ..and..cheers 🙂

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  • Andy Hone

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Howay the Lads!!!

    Up the Premier League we go!!! in 09!!!

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  • egg

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Happy new year from Surrey

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  • scotty

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Happy new year from kingston park. Lets just hope we don’t get relegated this season!!! Lets face it – we could hardly complain based on the last few years…..

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  • J Tudor

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t wish Big headed Sam A best wishes in fact he’ll be too busy talking himself up to notice if Blackburn get relegated. Some of the worst tactics I have seen under this man, going into almost every game looking for a draw. Hope Blyth wipe the floor with him!!!

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  • Sania

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Happy New Year From Belarus!!!!!

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  • Erik Svansbo

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Happy new year from Sweden!

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  • Ed Dub

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Happy New Year from Ireland!!

    May we only have two managers next year!!

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  • ToonAsia

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Happy New Year from Malaysia!!

    Howay The Lads!!

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  • Gareth Coker

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    For half you lot commenting, it’s not even the New Year yet 😉

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  • geordie jock

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Happy New Year from Kelso to all nufc fans everywhere. It can’t be any worse in 2010. can it? In all the years i have followed the toon i never felt this bad going into the new year but as usual i still have hope. I don’t know why cos i’m sure to get a kick in the b*lls from the club i can’t stop supporting. I cant help hoping and i can’t stop praying that this will be our year. If the fat B*****d that is destroying our club ever gets to listen to the supporters, will he please take notice of us and get his f****ing finger out to get this club where it belongs (and not in the championship).

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  • Soren

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Happy newyear from Denmark

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  • Dan157

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #34

    J Tudor

    Do you reckon Big Sam will go to Blyth looking for a draw. I think his philosophy is always that when away from home. i know for sure he used to tell our players to sit back for the first 30 mins and try and stop the home team, christ we went to Derby last year and did that. Could be interesting if Blackburn go there and don’t attack.

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  • Nick

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed I don’t wish Allardyce well. I hate him with a passion. Long ball, negative, physical, ugly, ground emptier. A cancer on and a disgrace to football. He’s left us with a pile of absolute rubbish, apart from beye and Enrique.

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  • fostino

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Happy new year from Stab City – Limerick!!

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  • Steeley

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Happy New Year (almost!) from Cyprus!

    Just a few quick things I think will/should happen in January:

    1. If someone offers £6m for Owen then take it. Nothing less though. I think if he was serious about staying with us he would have signed a contract extension now.

    2. We desperately need to get an AM and a LB in. I know we need a RB with Beye out now too, but I would take the first two as essential.

    3. We cant get carried away with wanting to spend loads in this window. Its not the best time to get the best players in (clubs dont want to sell), and even though Ashley has taken the club off the market, he wont want to do a ‘Citeh!

    4. If Ashley is serious about staying, we really need to just behind him. I hated what he did to this club, but lets make it s 2009 resolution to stand firm for the club….if we kick him out and piss him off, what the hell else will happen to the club?

    5. The club need to make a big decision on Kinnear. I really like the guy, but is he really long term for Newcastle? I totally agree he should be here until the summer, but the board and Ashley need to be looking now for a new manager in the summer as I dont think Kinnear is long-term for us.

    6. We should stop mentioning Given leaving. Shay has come out personally many times saying that he will stay here to see his career out. Bearing in mind how much some of the worlds keepers go for, £8m is a seriously bad joke. If a club offers around £15m then that changes things, but I dont think that will happen.

    7. Geremi, Cacapa and Viduka should be sold this window. I would include Smith in that, but I dont think anyone would bid for him when he’s crocked.

    8. Ameobi….well, what do you say about him. Just at the time when you feel certain we will finally get shot of him, he gets ANOTHER chance. I must say he has come a little bit better this time, but he IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I dont think for a second that Kinnear will sell him, but I hope he does.

    9. Well, thats it really. Thanks for listening. Does anyone agree?

    Oh, and before I forget….does anyone else think that UEFA/FIFA need to re-look at the whole offside issue and revert back to the “if ANY player is ahead of the defender, then it’s offside”….too many times now have I seen “inactive” players getting away with being offside. The defenders will ALWAYS look at all players behind them, and no matter where the ball ends up, if someone is ahead of the defenders they will take that into account when trying to play the other team offside. It really, REALLY pisses me off when I see it happen!!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Happy New Year from sunny Darlington (I’ll say happy new year from nottingham as well were i’m at uni)

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  • listie

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Always in the back of my mind, if Newcastle ever did become stable, predictable and slightly successful, what would we talk about 🙂 !!

    Anyways Happy New Year from my own little part of Newcastle in Worcestershire, have a good one

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  • chuck

    Dec 31, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Happy new year from New York City.

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