Five Years Of The Newcastle United Blog

It’s now exactly five years since I started the Newcastle United Blog back on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 with three initial articles.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle’s latest and very successful manager

You can check any and all of the articles in the archives,  but at that time Glenn Roeder was the Newcastle manager and Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman.

But since then, Newcastle have had 7 managers in those five years – Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew, and the last two managers have been the star men – that’s for sure.

Mike Ashley bought the club a short two months after we started, and we’ve been relegated, promoted with a massive 102 points in our first season down below, and are now 4th place  in the Premier League table, and restoring some of that Geordie pride back to Newcastle United.

To say it’s been a rocky ride for Newcastle over those five years is still a massive understatement however.

But with Newcastle’s great win yesterday against Stoke City 3-0, we are now as high up in the Premier League table, since the great Bobby Robson was manager of the club back in 2003.

Here are juts a few facts and figures about the blog:

  • There have been 15,184 articles published – that ‘s an average of just over eight  every single day  – including weekends
  • There have been 756,897 comments posted – an average of  around 50 comments per article
  • We have had 63M hits – which is over 1M a month over the five years time-frame
  • We know of at least six Newcastle Blogs started by some of our former readers since we started out – are they trying to tell us something? 😀
  • The blog was shut down for a couple of months from November 2009 through January of the next year, when I did some consulting work for Accenture

My goal is to continue with the blog just as long as my health permits me to – and thanks for all your support over the last five years.

95 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Been with you from the early days Ed – great blog and your a great lad.

    All the best and hope your health improves.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed – you are a star.
    We all know it but don’t say it often enough.
    Always hoping for the best for you and the Toon.

  • ChicagoToon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve probably only made half a dozen comments or so but I read this blog everyday for a few years now. You do a hell of a job Ed. Thanks

  • mondziu

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve been following the blog only for a couple of months, but it’s already the first page I check everyday! I wish you good health for years!

  • MacToon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Many congrats Ed, best blog around imho, I too have been around for nearly as long as your blog and wish you continued success for many, many more years to come.
    Fingers crossed you may one day write a thread dedicated to Newcastle winning a trophy.

  • fanphil

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed I just wanna say that I dont comment often but I have not missed an article of yours for the last few years! You are a legend and thank you for all the time and effort you put into this blog! I go onto nufcblog before any other site! Keep up the good work! Keep well! Howay the Lads! Champs league, why not? 😉

  • wynsleap

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed – your Blog is like the Toon front three – irresistible!
    It is a fantastic platform for us fanatical supporters and you do a wonderful job.
    Hope your health continues to improve and best wishes to you and your family.
    I echo the last line in MacToon’s message @ 5

  • Warwick Hunt

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Was this blog only started just before Ashley bought us?
    Thought it was started long before that, been reading it from day one then I suppose. I first picked up on this site from ‘news now’ and have been reading ever since.
    Well done Ed and many thanks.

  • alanrichie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #9

    This is the first page i check everyday, probably on it more than facebook.

    Great blog everything toon i need in one place.

    Been visiting for a few year now, i hope it continues for a long time more.

    Hope your health continues to improve also!


  • Burni

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed! Happy fifth anniversary of the blog!! Long may it continue.

    Been here for 3 and a half years now and still love it! Love the time, passion and effort u put into this to bring people together to support the only united!

    So glad that the blog is filled with positivity at this momentous time too.

    Sure there will be many years eft of this ol’ blog here haha

    Thanks again ed, truly.

  • ImightBe Wrong

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Ed. Im on this site every day and i think its just fantastic. 🙂

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Well done Ed!

    I’ve been reading/commenting for about a year, your devotion is unwavering, never miss a trick, always maintain perspective and offer a dependable platform for the rest of us in this dysfunctional family to row, rant, reminisce, round-up and above all share in the rejoice of NUFC!

    I hope and believe we’re not far off a glorious day, in the meantime, we’ll keep watching this latest era of heroes march on, making magnificent memories along the way.

    Thanks 😀


  • gl3w

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #13

    I have followed this blog since it started, it’s the one and only
    blog I follow. I have very rarely posted but enjoy nothing more
    than following this blog during the transfer window!! Hope it continues for many more years. I’ll have to talk to Mrs more if it ends ;(

  • Toon73

    Apr 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Nice one, Ed ! I’ve only been on here a short time with a few posts, but read this blog everyday. From Sydney, Australia so games are normally shown here live at midnight !

    Bring on the CL !

  • ochytoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Congratulation Ed. Been on the blog since the championship season. Let’s go for another 5 years!

  • miggy

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #16

    ed great read am not no writer but a love reading u blogs and every one elses opinions that come here a read it every day its all good and i love every one elses banter keep it up ill be checking in tmoz nanite

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #17

    its a pleasure being part of this blog I salute you Ed .. keep up the fantastic work and congratulations on the milestone ..
    Onwards and upwards from here for the toon army

    Howay the lads!

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Well done. Thank you.

  • Doocey

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Congrats Ed. Fantastic achievement, fantastic commitment.

    I was one of those readers who launched a site of my own, but started off here and still visit daily.

    From a writers point of view, it’s that bit easier reporting on positive Newcastle United news – but you’ve keep us updated through thick and thin!

    Keep up the good work and long may this site continue!

  • philippealbert

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s a brilliant blog, Ed. I read it everyday. Thank you for your efforts, I hope it continues.

  • bigthao

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Been a reader since I started out work back in 2008, keeping me entertained with the good, the bad and the ugly during lunch breaks since. Thanks for the great articles man, long may it continue.

  • nickfish90

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Fantastic blog Ed!

    It’s one of the first things I check when I log on a computer in a morning and one of the last things that I check at night (hence why I’ve seen this article at 1:36am :))

    I know how much dedication a blog takes, and that’s just a run of the mill blog, your’s is one of the highest level and that’s the God’s honest truth! Shear quality articles every day and I read every word of them.

    Shear magic! 😀 Come on the Toon!

  • tdt

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ve been reading the blog since May 2007, and it’s an essential part of my toon experience. Not sure what I’d do without it!

    It’s also funny that the blog’s coincided with a (particularly) crazy section of newcastle united’s history, which is now stored online for further generation.


    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #24

    wow 5 yrs 🙂 lets cut the cake……

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s unfortunate Taarabt had to get himself sent off (for kicking the ball away), meaning he won’t face Chelsea.


    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #26

    liamHWTT // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:21 AM
    what is Pulis on about? stoke had ZERO
    (0) shots on target. hardly 8 shots in all.

    lol they had 2 shots on target + pulis says walters should hav scored hat-trick hahaha…. we should hav scored 12 then..11 shots on target


    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:46 AM

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    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #28

    its 6:17 an still cnt sleep afta the win…. 🙁
    gtg to church too dammm

  • Baro

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Hats off to Ed Harrison!!!

    You have done one hek of a job.
    Day in n’ day out thousands of Geordies, and Newcastle supporters from all over the world come visit this incredible blog of yours.
    Thank you for doing this ED!
    Love the way u run this site,
    Keep it up,
    Stay healthy,
    Long live Ed Harrison!

    Howay the lads!
    Happy 5th year anniversary

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #30


    I know how you feel.

    Dare I say, it’s starting to look possible!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Happy Fifth Anniversary Ed

    Lots of up and downs of Newcastle United during that time.

    But now we be in E u R o p E !!!!!!

  • Baro

    Apr 22, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Hey lads we are 5th in the league!!!

    Wait a minute,,,,,, we are 4th!!!

    Guys seriously we should all be getting out of our seats and partying!

    2 years ago we were in a division under….

    Now this year we were a relegation candidate…

    There you again we proove doubters wrong again….

    This year, more like every year we are north east top dogs!

    Lets carry this form on…

    Enter champions league!!

  • soundoid

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #33

    My boss is a NUFC convert he said tonight If we get CL he’s going to take me to a match in europe! On the company card!

  • toonLYF

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Thank you Ed!

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #35

    1 month ago our goal difference was -1. wow!

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #36


    Get in!

    Make it the Final 😉

  • Minato

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Happy fifth birthday Ed and I mirror those that wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Sav

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Congratulations, its a credit to your effort and commitment to the Toon cause, Ed.
    Thanks for the last 5 and here’s to the next – you may have to do more tyhan 8 a day now that we are in EUROPE!!!!!

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Thank you ED. You are a star. Hope you get better 🙂

  • Cheickn Stevens

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #40

    I must have been following this blog for at least 3 years now, don’t comment a whole lot but I love reading your posts and everyone’s comments. Keep up the good work and I wish everyone who is a part of this great blog good health!


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