Newcastle Apologise To Wigan Cosmos – Will Reimburse Them


We had reported earlier today that a group of Newcastle fans (200-250 in number unfortunately) interrupted the Wigan Cosmos game against AFC Leigh on Sunday before the Wigan vs Newcastle game, and pulled their trousers down, stole corner flags, ripped the goal nets and some swung from the crossbar – and shamed the name of Newcastle United in the process.

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Supposed fans tearing the nets up

We are pleased that Newcastle have now issued a statement and said they will fully reimburse the Wigan Cosmos club, because there had been some rumors they had refused to do that.

This is the statement issued by Newcastle today:

“Newcastle United are very disappointed with the behaviour of a minority of its fans who were involved in the vandalism of equipment belonging to Wigan Cosmos Football Club and pitch incursions during their game against AFC Leigh Centurions on Sunday, 17th March which caused the match to be stopped.”

“Our travelling fans have a very good reputation, but the actions of a minority on this occasion were wholly unacceptable. Football, at all levels of the game, deserves the same degree of respect whether it is played in the Premier League or at the grassroots level.”

“We were sorry to learn that this South Lancashire Counties Premier Division game was disrupted in this manner and we would urge anyone who witnessed this incident to contact Greater Manchester Police.”

“The club will be contacting Wigan Cosmos to arrange to reimburse them for the damage.”

It’s good that there is even a Twitter campaign to collect money to pay for the Wigan Cosmos damage – and even this morning if the club hadn’t reimbursed them, I was thinking of sending them a check myself.

And I’m sure I wasn’t the only Newcastle fan who thought about doing that.

We hope the fans who did this can be identified by the police, and then charged appropriately – so they never do it again – because they have surely brought shame to Newcastle United.

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114 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Mar 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Good Job

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Your a good man Ed! Felt bad for them but ummm yeah no way was I sending them any money! £65 for a ball? Aye areet ya bunch of bandits!!!!

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #3

    More like 2 for £5 umbro footballs from sports direct, and a bit of fishing net that they used

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone think the guy in the St Patricks day hat looks like Ant McPartlan from Ant and Dec

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    normally i would be just as upset as anyone looking at those so – called toon fans, however i find it difficult to be annoyed, i just dont care 1 f///ck about wigan, their fans or their poxy non league football, – sorry.

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  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    It is him Charlie… 🙂

    Send them nothing but the price of a few balls from SpDirect and some fish netting… big deal… we have apologised now lets move on to why McManaman hasn’t?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I was going to say exactly the same as bills-son, Ash, you are an idiot.

    Any Toon fan who thinks this is just a bit of fun is an idiot and an embarassment to the lot of us and the club. Those fans had just as much right to watch their team play as we do ours. Can Real Madrid fans trash one of our matches and our stadium and say “It’s ok, it’s only Newcastle United…” Hell no they can’t.

    It wasn’t “just a bit of fun”.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Stuart – the epitome of eloquence. But nobody is talking about that are they? The problem is the representation of Toon fans around Britain and possibly further afield. That’s what we care about.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    a pair of jimmy nails crocodile shoes and we’ll call is squits

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    stuart no9 – as Tsunki says…plus, don’t those fans have a right to enjoy watching their club as much as we do ours? Have some damn respect.

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  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11
  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Ireland vs Sweden – Tonight… Off I go… Take care dudes and chat next week…

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #13

    tsunki i understand what you say – but imo wigan are not worth the publicity. nufc have apologized to them , now its about time for Mcmanaman to apologize to us.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Just read this post
    137ash // Mar 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    ToonDarnSarf have a massive word with yourself they are a sunday league team they dont have supporters dont pay there players money they are SUNDAY league side who play on a council pitch with dog shit all over it, and the fact there there making money out of your lot is really funny. i never said i condone this type of behaviour but is this a life or death situation, jesus i played last week and three dogs ran on the pitch a few balls from the subs on the sidelines opposition team players walking on trying to scrap with our team. This is what happen’s its SUNDAY league it is not profession you cretin

    Umm ash what do you mean making money off your lot? You mean the toon? Mackem troll?

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  • dmac

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope they use these pictures to permanently ban these inbreds from st james park. What are these mackems doing in disguise? Surely that is the only reason a fan would deliberately bring shame upon our club.

    Also catch the kids that have starting throwing flares. Its bloody embarassing.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    toon darn sarf – ” have some respect” ? have you been hibernating this last week or what ? its not as if the story is going to go “global” is it .who cares about some poxy sunday game in wigan ffs, do you know what goes on every sunday leaqge game ? no – are you bothered -no, a lot worse goes on in sunday league football , try it some time – youll be disgusted , give you something to moan about.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    toonarmydownsouth – Looks like I flushed him out! Sad gits should stick to their own forum…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Speaking of embarrassing fans, an English fan has been left with severe injuries ahead of the qualifier with San marino after a brawl broke out with…………fellow England fans!
    Ffs

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  • south coast toon

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #19

    theres a of ref around that area with cash in his pockets better off he pays for it you know keeping money in the area and all that. god they,ve got a bit carried away broke some nets and i doubt the ball costs £65 i got a toon army ball with the whole squads signatures on it for £75 thats got bobby robson and co signature on it a few years back
    robbed by wigan
    robbed by cosmos

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #20

    stuart no9 – These were a group of Newcastle United fans on the way to a match, that’s embarrassing for all of us. 250 complete strangers running on the pitch and trashing the pitch, causing them to stop for 40 minutes and also stealing the ball. I care because they travelled to Wigan to represent my club. And yes, we should have some respect for the fans of Wigan Cosmos.

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Silly boys but really not a big deal is it? Maybe we had too much good press recently though so this’ll set the balance right

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  • biffajk

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #22

    End of the day, I don’t care how badly we feel we have been treat by Wigan or Mcmanaman or Whelan etc. I’ve watched the video and what those fans took part in was just pure thuggery and mindless vandalism. It gives us decent hardworking fans who want to be passionate but at the same time are decent human beings a bad name and is embarrassing for the club. Not only that but a time when we are trying to keep attention on that disgraceful challenge and get the FA to change their rules, this has given the media and the FA the perfect distraction to try and sweep last weekend under the carpet!!! I personally hope the idiots who were ripping the nets and damaging the goalposts are banned.. Half of them don’t look old enough to be going to away games on their own anyway!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    ” Silly boys
    You ran away
    Your unemployed
    You’d waste away

    Silly boys you run away to far
    Remember this remember where you are” 😀

    Evening lads! How are we doing this afternoon?…allrighty then!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #24

    ash // Mar 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM @136
    I am shocked to hear about the three dogs running onto your pitch and the side line brawl you describe – did the dogs and brawlers turn up in coaches. My God what is the world coming to. Sunday morning football is clearly getting dangerous these days.
    NUFC are clearly stupid in paying out any money at all for stolen and damaged equipment – they’ve clearly got it wrong as to the “wider picture” of bad publicity, degrading the name of the Toon, the North East.
    Well by your comments I’ve got to say I agree with others that you are an idiot. I’ll feel compelled to add my own impression of you -sir you are a tool, nay a complete tool. (by referring to you as a tool I thought is was more appropriate than calling you a bell end -much more polite I think).

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Jesper…What sort of a silly song is that 🙂

    Time to get my blue van fix on.

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  • chris_g

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #26

    I thought the initial response from the club was almost as disgraceful as the action of those ‘fans’.

    Did anyone read the full text of the Wigan Cosmos club statement? I’m referring to the bit that said:

    “We also spoke to an employee from Newcastle United whilst trying to obtain an email address from the club (we have now also sent a letter). He stated “that Newcastle United are aware of the incident following a number of complaints that they had received and that the matter was now being dealt with by the Wigan Police”, he added “that Newcastle United accept and are aware that they have a minority of fans intent on causing trouble and are working with the Police to identify these fans and were passing on any information and complaints to the Police.” He went on to say that “because of the Wigan away allocation there was a larger number of travelling away supporters”. He also went on to say that “your club (Wigan Cosmos) would not be reimbursed for the damage (by the Newcastle fans) to the nets, corner flags or for a replacement ball.”

    So who was that ’employee’ of Newcastle United who categorically stated during that telephone conversation that the club WOULD NOT be reimbursing them for the damage done by our fans. A humble employee wouldn’t make a comment like that, but would say something like “well I’m sorry but I’m not in a position to make that kind of decision.” The only person who would say something like that is a person who has the authority to make those sorts of decisions himself, without having to clear it with his boss first. In other words, it must have been a VERY senior person at the club who made that initial comment.

    I think a lot of genuine fans sent PayPal donations because they felt ashamed that their club was apparently not interested in doing the right thing. The club has since, of course, had a change of heart, but it’s too little too late. Certainly too late for those kind-hearted fans who have already sent their donations.

    Somewhere in St James’ Park there is an ’employee’ who deserves to be shot.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza…it was an ode to Yo’s comment 😀

    …yes! better get your Blue Van freak on. They are playing an accoutic session for free in my hometown:-D

    How have you been?

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    darn sarf – i have as much respect for wigan, wigan cosmos , or what you call them , any thing to do with wigan , as macmanaman has for haidara, – i hope that puts that to bed.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Just because there both English doesn’t mean that they like each other for gods sake. I hate loads of newcastle fans so if one of them was being an arse with you, you wouldn’t tolerate them would you??

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Jesper…That sounds cool, are you going (or are you no longer in your hometown)?

    Been doing well, busy, but that’s good. How about you?

    Stuart…Do you not think us directing hate at all of Wigan for the actions of one player and then his manager and chairman is similar to people blaming the whole of Newcastle for the actions of 200+ toon fans?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Latest Buzz
    Newcastle are going to recompense Wigan Cosmos and are going to invite them up to play against a staff team at St James’ Park

    Good on the Toon

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza…sadly I am no longer in my hometown (the birth place of the blue van), but I am thinking about going 🙂

    …I live in Aarhus now (Aarhus is to Copenhagen what Birmingham is to London so to speak)

    Good to hear – always niceto be busy. Guess that office in Caribbean is not that far away 😉

    …whatching any Int. matches tonight?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #33

    stuart no9 @16
    “its not as if the story is going to go “global” is it ”
    Phew thats a relief that the name of the club and the North East will not be tarnished by the behaviour of these louts -near escape there.
    Oh Erm -just hang on – I’m sure I heard somewhere about this form of transferring data within seconds worldwide -now what the hell do you call it -erm erm ah yes it’s the Internet. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    *watching

    …ohh thefamily and I are great thank you for asking 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Jesper…What, a sh*th*l*? Oh, do you mean distance? 🙂

    You should go, imagine it would be really good.

    Not planning on, but who knows, might catch a bit after work, drink a beer, unwind. Who are you guys playing tonight?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Mister…Tell me more about this internet you speak of? Do you really think news can be transferred within such a short time and get out of control?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Charlie…That’s good news. Where did you hear it?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza…lol

    …I was thinking in size 🙂

    We are playing Czech Republic!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Jesper…My mistake 😉

    Feeling confident about the game?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #40

    What is the second largest city in the UK?

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