Six Years Of The Newcastle United Blog

Six years ago today I started the Newcastle United Blog, principally for people like myself, who were away from home base – but could now closely follow Newcastle United because of the Premier League being broadcast around the world.


Glenn Roeder – the Newcastle manager in April, 2007

In April of 2007, Glen Roeder was the manager and Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman, but Glenn was subsequently fired and Sam Allardyce was installed as Newcastle manager in late May.

And that all changed when Mike Ashley bought the club in June of that year, and he installed Chris Mort as Chairman in August, and fired big Sam the next January.

And of course we were relegated in May, 2009, and came straight back up and were 5th last season – but this season has proved to be very difficult – extremely difficult in fact.

I started the blog simply for people around the world who supported Newcastle United, and wanted to share my views on the news of the day associated with Newcastle.

And I have encouraged readers to express their opinions on the news of the day also – via the comments.

The only thing I have asked is that each of us respects the views of other people – even including Sunderland supporters. 😀

There have been close to 18,500 articles written in those six years, and we have had over 1,100,000 comments, and over 86,000,000 hits on the site.

And yes – it’s still true I get up at 3:00 am eastern time every morning over here – when the news comes out – and my wife Madeline (and others) think I’m crazy – they may not be far from the truth.

My aim is to keep the blog going for as long as I can, but of course like most other things, that will depend on my health.

Many thanks for your support over these six years – and hey – top six or bust next season.

Ed Harrison.

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197 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #1

    good stuff mate :-(0)

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #2

    oops 🙂

  • ebol

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Brilliant blog Ed, been following since the 2nd week. Thanks for all the hard work and hope it continues for many years longer!

  • casmag

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Well Ed after finding this site completely by accident just over a year ago, I find it is the only NUFC site worth reading.Not only due to interesting articles but also the comments section,where you will find a diverse collection of geordies (and non-geordies) ready and willing to entertain, amuse, educate and infuriate you all united by one passion- NUFC. Thanks Ed and here’s to (hopefully)many more years of the NUFC BLOG.

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Good on ya Ed.

    The BLOG has definitely made me a better and more well informed fan of the TOON .

    God bless

  • sissoko kid

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed thanks for your time, enthusiasm and commitment. I have been reading the blog for a few years now, everyday!
    I get most of my news and laughs from here. I expect to be reading for more years yet to come. Its unfortunate that at this time we are dependent upon other teams losing, rather than the toon winning.
    Hope that changes soon too.

  • Jackel001

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #7

    I read the blog for a while and the comments but its only of late that I’ve started to put my two pence in and must say it’ll without a doubt the most read/comment worthy blog on the net.

    Well done Ed!

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8

    big ups Ed, top blog, sorted for news and debate. Ive been dropping knowledge and hard facts since day 1, its now day 2 so i guess ive got some posting to do.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Yup well done Ed, keep it going for another six years and, who knows, we may have got rid of Pardwho by then 🙂

  • Todd-USA

    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed: I’ve been reading since the start. Hard to believe it’s been 6 years. Congrats, and best wishes. Here’s hoping the blog goes for a long, long time!

  • archaeomag

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Well done ED – best blog going – you keep it up – many many thanks

  • Moe_UAE

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Thank you Ed for the great blog,
    I’ve been following it everyday since 2009.
    Great views on the toon in an unbiased manner.
    LOVE the positive approach and thoughts you’ve been feeding us Newcastle fans!

    Keep it up, and may it last for long.


  • ochytoon

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #13

    In the four years I’ve been present on this blog, there have been a number of quality, friendly and bizarre (Kets I’m looking at you) contributors to the comment section. Engaging with fellow Newcastle fans from all over the world has been a fantastic experience since I don’t know any Toon fans around me. Despite this, the real reason for the success of the Blog has been the commitment and enthusiasm shown by Ed to provide us with top notch articles and analysis of our beloved club. Here’s to another 6 years!

  • Dagwoodz

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #14

    By Far The Best Toon Blog On The Net! Many More Years To Come Ed! (Phone Thinks It’s Funny To Capitalize Everything….)

  • Trent Toon

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #15

    I want to really thankyou for this website ed! Your commitment is just astonishing! A true geordie legend! I have now been reading for 5 years and it is by far my most viewed site (even more than Facebook). Your the voice of thousands Newcastle fans. I hope your health improves, however if you need a holiday or a break I (and we readers) would definitely understand. Your a true gentleman. Thanks for the last 5 years.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #16

    As a Scottish Toon fan who has loved the Toon for years I came across the blog last year and I love it !

    Great job Ed in putting the site on and bringing Toon fans from across the world together

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Got to be the best nufc blog online, I’ve been following the blog by chance, I was actually looking for obafemi martins photos 1 day on google image after he scored that beauty against spurs when I came across this blog. It’s been awhile… Thank you ed, another 6 years please..

  • toonincheek

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #18

    You are a star man, Ed.
    Can’t imagine how we managed
    before the blog started.

  • dannyodyssey

    Apr 23, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed : You have done a great job. Every morning, this blog is the first thing I view before I start my work. Keep it up, Ed. Danny Putrajaya, Malaysia

  • ginola_tonic

    Apr 23, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Thank you Ed

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 23, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Well done Ed and many, many thanks.

    You’re a star!

  • Pigott93

    Apr 23, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Thanks Ed ive been following this for about 3 years now and its the first thing i check in the morning and keep checking throughout the day for all the news and transfer rumours 😉

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 23, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #23

    I vividly remember two years ago when i was bored at home and curious to see who we would sign in the summer window and stumbled across this site. Read the first article with 300+ comments, clicked on the next article and the next then added page to my favourites haha.

    Thank you Ed for creating a place where all NUFC fans can come and interact, share ideas, criticism and have fun. Here’s to your health and many many years to come

  • coatesy17

    Apr 23, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Like many of the others, i stumbled across you one day last year, i n,ow visit daily and is the first thing i look at when i wake up. Thank you Ed. For bringing us all a great place to keep up to date newd and views of our beloved Newcastle United.
    Long may it continue, so glad to hear good news about your health too.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 23, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Im on a break from engaging with comments on the blogs at the moment while we near towards the end of the season. I just want this season over with so we can all re-group, so much negativity around lately.

    Just nipped in here to say congratulations Ed, what a success this blog has been. I’v been following since day one. Excellent, im sure your very proud.

    Being born and bread in Walker myself, I know just how much the Toon mean to the locals and people around the world, as you have typically shown with your commitment and dedication on the blog.

    Well done and keep it coming Ed.

  • FilipinoToonFan

    Apr 23, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Tnx Ed for the blog, im well informed evryday and id been reading the blog for 1 year , im a fan from philippines and this is my 1st post

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 23, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #27

    This blog is excellent. I’ve tried others but they’re a pale imitation to this forum. I love the transfer windows and I enjoy the ITK’s, still don’t understand why people get worked up about them.
    Overall the patter on here is generally good and often informative.
    Thang you Ed for having the vision, dedication and skill to make this blog what it is. Outstanding.

  • Eddie

    Apr 23, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Thank you Ed, not only for creating this blog (which i think is unparalleled and the envy of other fan bases) but for your dedication in maintaining it.
    As you envisioned, I first came across nufcblog when living abroad and have come to cherish the space it provides to so many diverse voices among our community of love that is Newcastle United.
    You’ve brought a damn good thing into existence. Thank you 🙂

  • p

    Apr 23, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #29

    I can’t remember last week, never mind 6 years ago.

    Still, appreciate the site and think i have been reading it for 4 years, it’s an opportunity to air and read the mostly bollox other toon fans write.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 23, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #30

    great work ed I have been following this blog for more than 4 years and I really admire your work take care of your health ed

  • clinta2

    Apr 23, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Wow, has it been that long?

    I think I started reading the blog in the second year as I found it through News Now. I don’t always read all the articles or the thoughts of Ed, but I find it a great source of all the days news related to NUFC (via quotes, copied articles, rumours, etc).

    It definitely beats scrolling the internet myself for this information – Thanks Ed!


    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #32

    Wel Ed:

    Many many many Thanks for taking the time and energy in setting this Blog up and giving us overseas Mags an excellant insight into the Club!

    Long may it continue !

  • TheToonKing

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Congrats Ed, been here from the beginning, great job.

  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Cheers for the blog, Ed! Long time reader, very rarely post. I check this site 3-4 times every day to make sure I am always up to date – thoroughly appreciate all the hard work you put into keeping it running and long may it continue!

  • 89Norcal

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Long live Ed Harrison 🙂

  • xfxf20011

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #36

    thanks for the hard working in the 6y. i have read the blog for more than 3 years. but this is my virgin comment.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #37

    Great work ed. I just found this blog last January when looking for transfer stories and have read it pretty much every day since. All stories nufc related are here so don’t miss a thing.

    Keep up the good work.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Well done ed keep up the good work lets hope the next 6 years are better than the last

  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Great stuff ed. Definitely the only blog worthy of my time

  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #40

    @ts I found it in the same way but in the summer

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