As long term readers of the blog will know, we have had our own problems with this web-site we created back in April, 2007.
And there have been at least a couple of times, mainly due to the comments getting way out of control, that we have considered just shutting the thing down completely.
When we started, one of the main reasons we cited for creating the web-site in the first place, was because we were stationed in Raleigh, NC in the US, and we thought we had a unique opportunity to put our own opinions out about all the news surrounding the Tyneside club, and there’s always a lot of that, to be sure.
That was especially true at the time, when the Premier League and Newcastle’s games were being beamed live around the world.
Every single PL game in truth is televised and shown over here, and if it’s not live on TV, it can be found on one the many growing PC sites that show football games live.
We can tell you that’s hardly the same now, in the Championship, which is one reason we considered giving the gig up, when the club was relegated in May – because we just couldn’t watch many of the games.
And by the way, just to kill the myth about how much money this site makes – and the nasty letters I get from people who seem to think I’m making a bundle on this.
My personal billing rate per hour, when I was an Executive Consultant at IBM and hired out to other companies, at the end of my consulting career, was more than I receive in one full month from this site.
That’s absolutely true – so let’s hope that will end any debate , and no more nasty letters please. Good job I’m not doing this for the money.
Well, back to the only reason for this article – here’s one of the heart-warming letters we received on the 2nd of September:
How are you doing?
My name is Sgt. Caleb Heagerty, and I’m an Infantryman in the US Army, and I found the beautiful game of football back in 2004 while in Baghdad, during my first tour to Iraq.
All the kids there played and I saw one kid who I became close with from the Al Amiriya neighborhood, who I called Frankenstein and he had a Newcastle United shirt on.
We struck up a bond of friendship and I discovered Newcastle – I’ve been in love with the Toon ever since.
Although it feels like I boarded a sinking ship I can’t shake my loyalty to the Magpies.
I was wondering if y’all knew of any supporters clubs in Missouri, USA and if y’all new how I could watch the soda pop games on TV stateside.
Anyways just a Yank who loves football and loves Newcastle United.
We sent Sgt. Heagerty the information about PL games being on Fox Sports, Setanta Sports and now ESPN over here in the States, which all show PL games live.
Kevin Keegan is the new, rather impressive analyst at ESPN, and Warren Barton does a great job as the main analyst at Fox Sports.
And whenever Warren was reporting on a live Newcastle game, he would wax lyrical about both the club, the fans and the St. James’ Park Cathedral. Let it never be said that Warren Barton doesn’t just love Newcastle United – it was so great to hear him!
So you can see Newcastle is all over Stateside, even though the club is currently now in England’s second division.
But to get that letter from Sgt Heagarty was just so heart warming, because he is now a firm Newcastle United fan, and an avid reader of the blog we may add.
And apart from that, he is one of the thosuands of Military men in both Britain, America and other countries , who have shown so much courage, in the terrible wars taking place in both Baghdad and Afghanistan.
That’s another reason why we greatly admire Sgt. Caleb Heagerty.
This article is dedicated to Sgt. Caleb Heagerty, and all those brave souls like him around the world.