Two Years Of The Newcastle United Blog

Today is the two year anniversary of the day The Newcastle United Blog was first founded.


Of course since then, when Glenn Roeder was still manager, the club has been bought by Mike Ashley for close to £137M, and he has pumped over £100M additional funds into the club, but to little avail, as we are the lowest we’ve ever been in the Premier League at this time of the season.

And of course this season will go down as one of the worst in living memory, especially if we end up getting relegated.

The club has had Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer as managers over the last couple of years, and you can also throw in Chris Hughton, who has had a couple of tough spells as interim manager this season.

So that’s six managers in two years, and would you believe that when Mike Ashley took over the club, almost two years ago, he stressed that stability was what the club had been lacking.

Oh well.

Of course we are now in deep relegation trouble, and could well be playing in the Championship next season, and that would be both disastrous and embarrassing for our proud club, which has had such a wonderful tradition over the years.

Newcastle is supported by the best fans in the land, and if some people still don’t believe that, tell us at which other club, second bottom of the league, and playing hopelessly all season, can play in front of a sold-out stadium of over 52,000 fans? Only at Newcastle.

But we continue to try to look on the bright side, and three consecutive home wins can save us, but the players need to somehow wake up from their comatose state of being, and remember which club they are playing for.

Some stats on the site.

  • We have published 6,270 articles over the last couple of years, which is an average close to 5 each day of the week, including weekends
  • The site has received more than 307,400 comments from our readers on those articles, which is an average of around 421 comments every day, including weekends
  • We have had close to 18M total hits
  • We have had almost 7 million unique visitors at some time come visit the site, including fans from other clubs of course
  • I get up around 4:00 am EDT every morning to review the news, and start writing the articles, equipped with some strong coffee
  • We have made £12.59 in advertising over those two years of solid hard work

Guess which stat above is the one that is not true?

The goal of the blog has been very simple from the start, and has in general worked quite well:

To provide analysis and insight on the football stories associated with the Newcastle United Football Club, from a fan’s perspective, to the many Newcastle fans scattered around the world

To solicit comments, views and opinions from our readers throughout the world on these stories.

To increase the world-wide support of our club world-wide.

We thank our readers for the support they have given us over these two years, and the biggest problem we’ve had, is to keep the comments decent and appropriate for all to read.

You can help us if you just give us your opinions on our stories, give us an alternate view, or some new ideas on the stories, but please be civil to other readers and refrain from using bad language – we’re all in this together.

Howay The Lads!!


Dr. Ed Harrison – founder and author


Here are the overall stats for each quarter for those interested.

Quarter.   P Loads.   Unique V.  First-Time V.  Return V.

Q1 09               2,807,451            1,280,132             565,353                 7 14,779
Q4 08               2,747,516              990,839             492,348                   498,491
Q3 08               5,901,009          1,875,865              955,466                  920,399
Q2 08               1,880,759             905,553               374,051                  531,502
Q1 08               1,497,802             689,836               286,758                 403,072
Q4 07                  794,754             368,976                163,952                 208,287
Q3 07               1,023,223            556,502                214,756                  341,746
Q2 07                  373,925             230,517                  94,460                 136,057

TOTALS         17,026,440        6,898,220            3,148,144             3,754,333

P – Pages
V – Visitors

47 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #1

    great site!

  • Dragonera

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #2

    well done Ed, much appreciated.

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Congrats Ed, definately the first stop for news on NUFC and lets hope you have many years ahead too.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Great job Ed! 😀

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Ed, congratulations and happy anniversary!

    But most of all, thanks for providing a place for fans to “gather” on line to share our woes and the occasional joy in supporting Newcastle United.

    Best wishes.

  • shearer05

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #6

    i have just registered my account tonight after reading this post, ive checked your site for a long time now through and i have always enjoyed your posts so thanks for the last 2 years and well done on the success

  • DJG

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Well done Ed, 🙂

    Great site cr@p undeserving football team!

    Lets hope this time in another two years we aint fighting to get in the championship play-offs!

  • PadreJoe

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Congrats Ed. I’m a long time reader and I love the site. Keep up the good work!

  • Sav

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Good morning, Ed.
    Thanks for all the hard work, common sense and latest Toon-related news and speculation.
    In 2 year your blog has left lots of lads and lasses all wi’ smilin’ faces.

  • telsave

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #10

    May I pass along my congratulations Ed for a job well done. I did not think anyone was as mad as me getting up at 4 am each day, I put it down to age or perhaps excitement as to what will happen at our beloved club today to give us another sleepless night.

    You are truly worthy of praise for giving the fans a platform to vent their spleen – get rid of frustration or throw their opinion into the ring. It would be nice if some would leave their obsenties for another time and place but that is life.

    Thank goodness for the Geordie sense of humour it keeps us going. Having supported the team now (by attending most games) for over 57 years I have been I think through it all, nothing as crazy as this last couple mind but I have been through some desparate times.

    If anyone has a calculator I came on board with my Dad in 1952 now they were the glory years. I had the honour of pulling on that great black and white shirt as aschoolboy then a junior and cleaned Jackie Milburns boots, been thumped (in the nicest way by Jimmy Scoular – to harden me off you understand) and had Bobby Mitchell run rings around me just for fun but I am still here to tell the tale.

    Again thanks Ed for you sterling efforts.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Thanks Ed Harrison For All your hard work and efforts to keep this site up for us to blog / nag.

    Singapore Toons

  • ieffrey

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Dear Dr. Harrison,

    I am a fan of NUFC from Hong Kong who really appreciate your endeavour.

    My wonder is that where else we could found a better Blog than yours. I understand waking up at 4:00am every morning is something hard to sustain, both physically and psychologically.

    Indeed, is there no other way aside from shutting down the site? is it possible to hire an assistance to shoulder your work load? I believe most of your readers would not mind to donate a dollar or two to support you! Anyway, it is just my sentiment.

    Last but not least, I want to express my highest gratitude to you, not only for your efforts, but also your passion!

    Best regards,

  • welshaussietoonfan

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed, may i say that this is my 1st site i go onto every single day of the week and have done for the last 18months and i dont think i could handle this site not being here!!!!
    Please dont leave us.
    All the best from Sydney Australia…..
    And come on the toon on monday…… 😉

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #14

    ED……Which Stat is not true???????
    The one where you get up at 4am with a large coffee..
    I reckon you hit the SNOOZE button at least 2 times,lol.
    Congratulaations ED,this site is definitely the best.

  • ToonFanNZ

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Thanks heaps for all this Ed, I live in New Zealand so i don’t have a tv station that updates me on football news or anything so I use this site as my general updater on whats happening at Newcastle. I do get to watch the occasional game, although its on in the early hours of the morning due to time difference.

    Thanks from NZ

  • inselaffe

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #16

    two years – seems like a lot longer than that, eh? (Given all that’s happened)

    Thanks a lot Ed – been reading more or less since the beginning and still on every day

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Thanks Ed for everything you have done.
    This blog has all of us together.

  • arctoa

    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Smashin’, jolly good. I wonder how many folks are left from the first few months?

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Thanks Ed and great job with this site! The first site I always check when im online.

    Never though that an IBM employee could do something this good.. 🙂

  • magforlife

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Best Toon site by a country mile, great cross section of fans contributing apart from the odd childish numpty, thank you ed for providing a platform for endless rants about the madness that is Newcastle United.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #21

    great site ed

  • lesh

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #22

    And the site’s birthday’s shared with William Shakespeare – each masters in their own ways!

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Love this site Ed

  • beamish

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Best fans in the land? Most fickle! The fans only returned when shearer turned up. I remember the carling cup game against spurs at sjp when half the stadium was empty and the geordies were outsung by the travelling yids for 90 minutes.

    This season alone the fans have turned on Ashley, Wise , Keegan , The players, Kinnear, Hughton, Calderwood, Back on Ashley and now some are questioning shearer and dowie. This best fans in the world rubbish, is an urban myth. Having said that it is only geordies who come out with it.

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Keep up the good work Ed. I like your articles and there are also some real knowledgable people here too..

    I was abroad for a couple of years, but this place kept me right in touch with what was going on..

  • Mags

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #26

    I just want to add my thanks to you too Ed for all the hard work you have put into this blog for us to enjoy over tha past 2 years. Those statistics make quite awesome reading.

    Selfish I know but I find it hard to accept that come the end of the season it will be no more. I just hope that there is something that can be done to make sure this blog is still here to carry on the Newcastle saga.

    Are you aware Ed that you are sharing your second anniversary with St George’s day too – England’s national day?

    Once more many thanks Ed from another of your faithful bloggers.

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Despite all the problems at the club and everything we the fans have gone through this season you can always rely on Ed to bring us every story with brilliant coverage. I always enjoy reading his stuff and the posts of fellow fans. Thanks for being here over the past 2 years Ed, you should be proud of the way that you bring Toon fans together. Thanks for everything and keep up the fantastic work.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #28

    There’s nowt to say that hasn’t been said already – great site, and responsible for many a misspent hour at my desk. (Easier to do if you have graphics switched off on your browser!)

    Thanks for the best work distraction on the web, Ed. I have no idea how you do that 4am thing – I only ever see that time from the other end, and my eloquence tends to suffer a smidge…

  • Mag 48

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Cheers Ed.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Thanks Ed for creating such a wonderful site!

  • geordie deb

    Apr 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Thanks Ed – fantstic site. I don’t comment a lot but read it avidly to keep up with Toon news and hear everyone’s opinions regarding the latest happenings at SJP. I really hope you have a rethink (selfish I know) about closing the blog at the end of the season as it will leave such a void for a lot of people. Congrats again for great work

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Been a pleasure reading the Blog Ed and I think it is fitting that it will end the same time as our last day in the premiership…I mean who wants to get up at 4 in the morning to write a report on newcastle v west brom next season.

    Next season will be poor as well fizzy pop mid table fodder.

    Best of Luck for the future I don’t really plan to participate much on the blog very much over the remaining games as it is just too depressing.

    Cheers Jason

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #33


    …and cheers Ed for all your fantastic work!

    P.S. Beamish, go FO back under your rock you parasitic little tramp.

  • sahota

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Thanks Ed for providing Newcastle fans a platform.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Parasitic Tramp….may borrow that to use on Benny the Bummer.

  • Craigg

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #36

    This is just repeating the above but i love this site.

    My social life has been totally destroyed as i spend any free time i have on here.

    Is it me or did i read somewhere that the blog was going at the end of the season ??

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Jason, ‘Beamish’ IS Benny the Bummer mate. It’s his new pseudonym.

  • budmon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Thanks for all the hard work you have done. From all the Toon supporters in Bermuda we appreciate the early mornings and dedication it must take just for, well, kicks really Ed. Hopefully we stay up to give you some sort of conselation prize for the site! HOWAY

  • Gunners

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    You could have gotten alot richer with that number of visitors in this blog. Business is not quite your forte I guess.

  • ark13y

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #40

    The blog is going? I wondered why everyone was sucking up. It’s a really good blog but getting up at 4am is your choice mate, you kind of make it sound like you have to, when you don’t. You could just let someone over here (England) take it over when you get rid, but I guess you don’t want anyone else taking the credit, which is a bit selfish if true.
    Cheers for the 2 years of the blog.


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