In Memory Of One Of Our Readers – Jimmy Magpie

As our readers will now know, we have been saddened by the death of one of our most avid readers – who went by the name of Jimmy Magpie – and Jimmy was a regular contributor in the comments section of this blog.

This is the message that was posted a couple of hours ago by his family, and I want to share it to a wider audience:

“I have come on this blog to let regular posters know that the man you know as Jimmy Magpie passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday evening.”

“I and the rest of the family spent the last few hours with him, and he had the presence if mind to ask me to explain why their will be no more postings.”

“My uncle, who was also my best friend, was a lovely, generous, man who will be greatly missed by his large, loving family, and his wide circle of friends.”

“Legendary for his knowledge on the history and traditions of NUFC by all who knew him, he was well known at Benton behind the scenes by the medical staff in particular.”

“A gifted non-league footballer when he was younger, he also socialised with a handful of the current players who live in the neighbourhood. I will close in the way he would have approved.”


We respect the privacy and anonymity of Jimmy, and we are all very sad to hear of his death, and we pass on our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

We now hope the lads can get a win on Sunday against Manchester United – and we’re Jimmy will be watching from above.

Thanks, and rest in peace Jimmy.

Ed Harrison.

162 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, thank you for the big words 🙂

    …you truely run a fantastic blog here and the fact jimmy wanted us to know proves that.

    Lets have that win on sunday 🙂 …for jimmy!

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #2

    R.i.p Jimmy


    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    R.i.p Jimmy. Well done ed as well


    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Is Steven Taylor still injured? When will he be back?

  • Tommyy

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Sad news. RIP Jimmy. Always enjoyed his posts and insight. Certainly didn’t go unappreciated by me at least. A real loss to the blog but will always be remembered I’m sure.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Only just heard the news.

    Always enjoyed his posts.

    Rip Jimmy.

  • IndieGeordie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    R.I.P Jimmy

  • NUFCWill1986

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    RIP Jimmy mate

  • TorqToon

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    What a lovely thought ed to give the big man his own thread! He will be missed on here for his wit, his knowledge and his input.

    RIP Jimmy. Flying with the magpies now sir!

  • nufc786

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    rip jimmy


    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Shocked, shame he’s no longer with us. Win on Sunday would be fantastic for Jimmy.


    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    R.I.P. Jimmy!

    Lets try and win the three points for him this Sunday!

  • Graeme

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    A real “Gent”. Jimmy had some great insights and loved NUFC with a true passion. I enjoyed our “chats” – he will be missed by many on the blog.

    RIP Jimmy, condolences to his family

  • norwegian magpie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said, Jesper!
    RIP Jimmy, you will be missed!

  • archaeomag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #15

    ED; Very sad, thank you for posting this, he will be missed.

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    R.I.P. Jimmymagpie.

    Very sad news. Our thoughts go to your family mate.

  • hainesy

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Incredible to think that all of us on the blog ‘know’ and respect someone so much despite never having met them! All for one and One for all with us toon fans, you’ll be missed Jimmy! Gonna miss having the team news from you! 🙂 Enjoy yourself up there fella. Regards, the Haines clan.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Another one bites the dust – RIP.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    RIP JimmyMagpie.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    R.I.P jimmy, thoughts go out to your family and friends.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Nice touch Ed,
    Farewell Jimmymagpie but not goodbye.

  • pizzicatochan

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #22

    RIP Jimmy. you’ll be missed.

  • nico

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #23

    RIP Jimmymagpie
    All the best to his family and friends

  • BmoreToonFan

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #24

    RIP Jimmy

    Well done giving him his own article Ed, you are a class act.

  • hatem786

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #25

    R I P jimmy

  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve read this blog for the last few years now, but I’ve only started commenting on it quite recently. I remember jimmymagpie’s name coming up and reading a lot that he had to say.

    It’s great to see old commenters come and pay respects too and this blog has a remarkable community.

    Thoughts are with the family, great tribute Ed.

  • tequilamag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Will raise a glass for you Jimmy. Black and White till the end. RIP

  • solano

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Thanks, Ed…a nice touch for a good man.

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #29

    RIP jimmy. Spoke a lot of sense and always respectful. Will be missed by many. Hope he is having a half with Sir Bob up there. Pity he missed last night, here’s hoping the boys do the biz on Sunday.

  • Minato

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Well said Ed. Just want to echo a lot of what has been said on here already. Condolences to all Jimmy’s family and those that knew him well.

  • Sir Erec

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Rip Jimmy lad. Hope you enjoy the view of St James’s from up above

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #32


  • afro

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    RIP Jimmy.
    Will miss the post….

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Unless eds confirmed it which by the sounds of it he hasn’t still think this is a hoax.

  • beefman13

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #35

    R.I.P Sir James!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Condolences to Jimmy’s family.

    Sad news.

    RIP Jimmymagpie.

  • eastend toon

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Out of the night that covers me,

    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

    I thank whatever gods may be

    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance

    I have not winced nor cried aloud.

    Under the bludgeonings of chance

    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears

    Looms but the Horror of the shade,

    And yet the menace of the years

    Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,

    How charged with punishments the scroll,

    I am the master of my fate;

    I am the captain of my soul.


  • Lynxie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #38

    RIP Jimmy. Top marks Ed for a fitting send off to one of our own. A Magpie to the end. God Bless Jimmy, hope you have a good seat on a comfy cloud so you will eventually see us win something mate.

  • djchrisanders

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    R.I.P. Jimmy

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #40

    RIP Jimmy. Lets hope It’ll be another performance like the 5-0 victory in 1996 on Sunday. Man Utd are my most hated team in the league.

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