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.
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