Newcastle’s Home Gates Exceeded Livepool’s Last Season

Keith Harris, who has again become the man in the spotlight for Newcastle fans right now, has offered a little bit of good news today – so we’re going to concentrate on it!


Keith Harris – real and decent interest in Newcastle – a big club

Keith has said today there is eal “rand decent interest” in the club from a number of parties, and he is hopeful a deal can be done by July.

By July? So what happens to the club until then, because the players (whoever is left), return for pre-season training on July 1st – so what happens until then in terms of who does the work, is an open question – but how can any work get done  with no manager?

Are we missing something here – or is Mike Ashley the complete incompetent he appears to be? Answers on the back of a postage stamp should be sent c/o Newcastle United Football Club.

The Chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, said there are “two or three” interested parties, and as we have been informed by some other reports recently, some of the interest is local within the United Kingdom itself.

Harris told Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek:

” I’m confident…that there will be offers for Mike to consider in quite short order,”.

“There is real and decent interest, this is not necessarily from far flung parts of the globe and those expressing interest when it was first marketed but this is good, gritty interest.”

Harris said the Newcastle United club remain an attractive proposition because of the infrastructure and potential at St James’ Park, not to mention the support they received last year with an average  home gate of 48,00 in a relegation season.

Harris told Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek:

“It is a huge club,” “If you think in attendance terms last year, it exceeded Liverpool, averaging 48,000 and Liverpool a little over 45,000.

“If you walk around the infrastructure, the training ground, the academy, if you’re a person who is willing to take a view over the next two to three years, this is a club that belongs in the top seven.”

There are a lot of people who like to laugh at Newcastle being referred to as a big club, and it’s very true we haven’t won anything for 40 years, and don’t look like winning anything right now for maybe another 40 years if the truth be told. 😀

But answer this question –

“Which other club in England would have an average home gate of 48,00 in the season they were relegated, when the team was hopeless most of the season, and only won 7 of their 38 league games?”

The answer – it could only happen at Newcastle.

It’s OK for the Liverpools and Manchester  United of this world to have large crowds, but these clubs win European Championships, and to their credit have been winners for years – and they deserve those crowds.

But that can hardly be said about Newcastle United, unless we’ve been in some dream for the last 40 years (hope so!).

So this is why Newcastle is referred to as big club – because they have the greatest fans in the land – without any question.

And the Newcastle fans will be celebrating big time, when Mike Ashley finally departs the club, as he seems intent on sending Newcastle even lower while he remains leading ( we use this term lightly) Newcastle – we may be wrong about that – but that’s what his actions tell us.

And finally,  just imagine what things would be like if Newcastle actually started winning some games – whoa – now there’s a thought. 😀

33 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope Mr Harris realises the reality of Ashley and Lambias. To these men we must remind ourselves of the wife of Rob Roy – the truth to these men is but a lie undiscovered. Howay the lads.

  • BenjiToon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Ericles – Harris is no numpty. He has no “agenda”. He’s not an Ashley pal, although some people seem to think so! He’s just a football focussed banker – no euphemism intended! So he said/confirmed:

    – unable to sell the club last year due to intensity of credit crisis which made it seem like too big a gamble
    – but price of club has dropped due to relegation, making us more attractive
    – there are 2 or 3 “serious” parties interested, who are “local” and not the same as the chancers last year
    – those parties would expect the club to be sold to them by the end of June

    That all sounds pretty good doesn’t it? If the people who want to buy us are serious then they’ll wade through Ashley’s nonsesne and bargaining to get a deal that works.

  • Spoonman

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    You can’t criticise Ashley for trying to get the club sold by July. If that can be achieved it will be about as quick as we can hope for.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    So this is why Newcastle is referred to as big club – because they have the greatest fans in the land – without any question.


    We will see how great they are by how our attendance looks next season.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5


    Well its a typical Sunday papers wise and they all have a different slant on our situation.

    1st prise as nearly always goes to NOTW for the Shearer to West Brom pice. Quality journalism at its best.

    This may be absolute crap but this morning as I was out in the car heading for town I saw a helicoptor flying towards the airport. Now I have seen a similar helicopter before in a pic with Mike Ashley getting into it.

    Could it have been him arriving for a meeting? Chances are not but its the first thing that entered into my head.

    We should all take todays stories with a pinch of salt. Ive said that before but it is HARD.

    I was at SJP today (parked) I cant help but look up at the ground when walking past and thinking of how it all when so bad for our club.

    I do hope that something goes right for us this week and we hear good news.

    Im sceptical about Keith Harris and his Radio 5 interview. Is he just saying what we want to hear?

    Fingers, toes, balls, legs and eyes crossed.

  • batty

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    toongrme we all know how it has come to this m8

  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Graeme- Try not to cross your balls, very painful!

    I’ve got a horrible feeling we aren’t going to hear anything concrete until the end of the next week. Deffo nothing tomorrow.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    I imagine the hold up with Shearer is this takeover.

    If were as close to a sale as Harris says the club won’t appoint any manager I wouldn’t have thought.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart79- I agree, can’t see Shearer being apointed manager whilst we are up for sale as he could be sacked if not wanted. Only if 1 of the groups gets an offer accepted and maybe pays for due diligence, will we see AS appointed, assuming that group wants him.

  • Nick D

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone know the name of the woman and her company who brokered the sale of Man city to the Abu Dhabi group ? I think it was Caroline ….? She had it done and dusted in days. Harris is on his second time round and doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

    Please god don’t let it be Shepherd. What have we done to deserve that ??????

    To think we could have been sold to the Abu Dhabi group ,but now have Shepherd back just to feed his bitter ego and no serious money or any idea to run a club other than in to the ground. Shepherd started this mess and he’s coming back to finnnnish it.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    I hate FFS but if someone else handled the finances i wouldn’t have a problem with him coming back. HE is greedy, but he is a proper fan, not like cashley.

  • batty

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    the fans who dont want sheperd back are they the same fans that bullyed him in to sacking wor bobby and the same ones who wanted him to buy owen and sack roeder etc ?

  • batty

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Tino 11 // Jun 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    I hate FFS but if someone else handled the finances i wouldn’t have a problem with him coming back. HE is greedy, but he is a proper fan, not like cashley.
    <<<<agree m8

  • Mag 48

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #14

    For several years the great giant toon has been ill.Quite a few medics have been employed to try and cure the sick toon.All failed until Dr KK briefly revived him in 2008.Unfortunatetly the guardian of the toon Ashley said Dr KK could not use his treatments but would have to use cheaper ones brought in by Dwarf Wise a quack recently employed by Ashely.Dr KK then walked out not wishing to work with these treatments.Ashley then through a tantrum and said someone else could be toon guardian and he was afraid to bring his children to see the ailing giant.
    While waiting for a new guardian a joker by the name of Kinnear was employed to cheer up the giant and his supporters.It was soon found that the joker was as ill as the giant.
    January came the time when new medicines could be bought but unfortunetly some good medicines were sold and replaced with cheaper ones.The giant was now being cared for by two orderly’s
    Ashley then decided not to look for a new guardian. Day by day the giant got weaker and weaker.Drastic measures were called for if the giant Toon was to be saved Dr Shearer who had served the giant loyally in the past answered the call.Tragically the giant Toon relapsed into relegation.
    Ashely once again decided to look for a new guardian The great giant Toon now lies critically ill with no nursing staff Dr Shearer has a plan to revive the giant.but is not allowed to.
    This fairytale may not end And they all lived happily everafter.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Mag 48 Very good mate i will have to copy and paste that for reading to the wee boy at bedtime mate. lol

  • magforlife

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Its a very nervous time for us all and the media are not helping by feeding off our fears and printing anything they like in the absence of any solid information. I do believe that buyers and sellers are bound by confidentiality agreements during the process so no news isnt necessarily bad news and the statement from Harris contradicts most of the chip paper stories today, one story i did read in the Sunday Sun had some very nasty quotes in by Liam Gallagher from Oasis ( or is it Shameless) about us fans, what a gobshite.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    heres an interesting piece of tittle tattle,19528,11678_5368110,00.html

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #18

    sorry for being a bit off topic but does anyone play the trophy manager game that often gets advertised on here?

    least even the teams on their have a manager 🙁 sad times

  • Mag 48

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Big Dave
    I would’nt read that to the wee one it might give him nightmares It does me!

  • DJG

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Three Premier leauge clubs are fighting for Alan Smith. For £3M


    Bye bye Smudger.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Mag 48 I know its hard but we need to keep the faith. and no i wouldnt really read him that story as it was hard enough explaining to him about relegation when he says that we will beat manure and liverpool next year he is only 6 lol

  • chuck

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    It`s not difficult to figure, Harris is pushing any positive in regard to selling the club.
    However any one with a brain in his head would realize next seasons crowd attendance will probably drop dramatically.
    On saying that I still believe the Toon are a bargain and the fact there`s more than one interested party is a positive sign.
    When one makes a comparison with the top clubs in the PL, Arsenal, L`Pool, Man. U. even Chelsea (The club is indebted to the owner)
    Arsenal even with a group of really wealthy owners, are still having a tough time servicing the stadium debt using annual income.
    We all know about Man. U. and it`s 40m plus service on debts.
    Liverpool, well what can you say, actually owned by the banks.
    There are others, Spurs , W. Ham all looking for new owners, it`s a treadmill spend or sink.
    My point, in comparison NUFC with a great stadium in place, little debt (that we are aware of) plus a loyal (but demanding) fan base of around fifty plus thousand.
    They look quite attractive, the only problem at present is the outrageous wage bill, which will hopefully be reduced drastically in the near future.
    A season or two in the Championship and back to the PL with a sound business plan which hopefully will include a vastly reduced wage bill and a continued policy of developing young talented players.

  • Mag 48

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Trouble with the likes of Smith and a few more of them Whats the betting they’ll be real stars with there new clubs and no doubt come back and score against us in the future.

  • Mag 48

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Big Dave
    I did’nt think you were serious I’m just trying to brighten up another dull Sunday afternoon waiting for some REAL news lol

  • tom tomb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    lads how do you stop this site being directed to another page. Like nufc blog is brought to you by…….

  • Big Dave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Mag 48 I couldnt wait to read the papers thinking that there would be some good news but as usual diddlie squat mate. im just hopeing that AS short break was organised at the last min because he knows come monday he wont have time to get away well heres hopeing

  • Big Dave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #27

    tom tomb I have tried before and i cant stop it from being redirected.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I find those smileys worse, was have asleep 1 night and suddenly got “oh no, go away”!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Time is not on our side…no plan B was in place when relegation was on the horizon i.e January transfer window and the arrival of Nolan (Yawn) and Taylor (ZZZZZZ), a bit more sensible investment and we would have been safe.

    My frustration is that if we had a plan B we would have a chance of promotion next season,instead we have the vultures circling snacking on the clubs ravaged carcass.

    I am just so hurt by what has gone on I never thought it could get this bad…if we did a Leeds this season I would not be surprised.

    Dark days. 🙁

  • BenjiToon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t agree with those who are saying Harris can’t be trusted. I think he’s alright and he’s not saying anything that is untrue or stretching the truth. He just wants to show the club ARE attractive…

    …of course, he may also be spinning things so that he forces a would-be-buyer to stump up. I.E. say there’s lots of interest to get someone to try and beat the competition.

  • tom tomb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #31

    cheers dave

  • Nick D

    Jun 8, 2009 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Batty I didn’t want SBR sacked and I didn’t want owen signed but i definitely wanted to see the back of Shepherd.

  • nufcindia

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33



    Mike Ashley has said he had made many mistakes. But I think the biggest mistake he will ever make is selling the club at this time. I have big doubts that he is genuinely trying to sell the club now. I think this is some sought of a trick to make Alan Shearer lower his demands. But if he is genuinely trying to sell the club then why did he buy it at the first time. This club is a big club. It has got 52000 people coming week in week out to see the players and the manager do rubbish in the pitch. Mike Ashley paid in total 240 million to buy this club. How was he going to make profit from this club? I see only 2 ways. One is to get the club into the champions league buy spending heavily on players. But that is tough thing to do given the quality of the teams up there. Then the other was the arsenal model. Buy young players and sell them when become good players. I think the owner choose this method. But biggest mistake he has made was to get a manager who didn’t agree with this method and to get a director of football to implement his method. Conflict of egos occurred and what most of us feared when we heard the name director of football has happened now. From then onwards Newcastle has gone down and down and now onto the championship. I would like to say again- IF YOU CANT ACCEPT SHEARER’S DEMAND IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD. GET ANOTHER MANAGER WHO LIKES THE PASSING GAME AND STICK WITH HIM. WITHIN ONE MONTH EVERYONE WILL BE BEHIND HIM. Give me the job


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