So Sad To See Loyal Fans Returning Their Season Tickets


We read the news story in the Chronicle today about Tom Ireland of South Shields, who has had enough of Newcastle’s many missteps under Mike Ashley, in particular the return of Joe Kinnear to the club, and Tom wants his money back on his season ticket, although he’s been told he has to wait until mid-way through next season to get a refund.

Tom Ireland

Tom Ireland – has had enough after 56 years of loyal support

For Tom Ireland, the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football at Newcastle, and his ridiculously ill-informed interview before he was even officially announced in the job, when he couldn’t pronounce the names of many top Newcastle players, was enough for Tom to demand his money back on his season ticket.

This is what Tom had to say today:

“I tried to cancel and get a refund on next season’s ticket, but I was told it was not allowed. I rang them up and said I was not happy with some of Joe Kinnear’s comments.” “I have supported them since the 1950s when Bob Stokoe was a player and I can name entire squads from that era. But I have had enough, I did not sign up for all of this.”

It’s just so sad that fans like Tom cannot take any more – and don’t get us wrong – we don’t criticize Tom at all – because Mike Ashley has again seemingly gone out of his way to upset Newcastle fans – and it’s not the first time he’s done it.

He sided with Londoner Dennis Wise over Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan, then he fired gentleman Chris Hughton after Chris had got us promoted and we were doing well in the Premier League, and then he changed the name of St. James’ Park to that of his own company – with Sports Direct signs seen everywhere around the ground, and workmen were then sent to rip the famous St. James’ Park signs from the walls.

And then he signed up Wonga to a new shirt sponsor deal – and let’s just say the pay-day lending company are hardly a well-respected business.

It must be something in Mike’s character that he wants to keep shocking Newcastle’s fans – because that’s what he keeps doing – and again we have to remind Mike the fans are his customers – so it’s just a terrible way to treat your customers – that’s another way of putting it.

But Mike is Mike, and he will not change – so we just hope that Joe Kinnear doesn’t sabotage the club too much while he’s here – but Joe’s hardly made a promising start to his new job at Newcastle.

Maybe it’s the dignity of Alan Pardew who can drag us through all of this – and before you laugh – whatever you think of Alan’s coaching abilities – the Newcastle manager has represented Newcastle to the press with dignity and some class since he arrived on Tyneside.

And we were dead against his appointment, but that first interview he gave to the press was masterful – it’s something Joe Kinnear should have watched – but obviously didn’t.

Some of us are just starting to realize how good Alan’s been under some severe pressure, after seeing what Joe Kinnear can accomplish in just one interview and no pressure.

We’re really sorry to see loyal fans like Tom Ireland give up hope on the club – but maybe, just maybe – we can do a lot better next season than we did last term – and certainly Alan Pardew knows he has to do a lot better next season.

That’s what’s needed in the short-term – and a good start to the season is just what the Doctor ordered – and 10 points from the first five games is very possible.

That’s the hope now.

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80 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #1

    This Tom Ireland’s Profile is similar to

    Stuartno9

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Ukraine and Russia can attract all single footballers.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I admire his resilience, but will it effect anything in the long run ? , probably not . Now if thousands cancel their season tickets they might get somewhere but it is just a waste of loyal support IMO.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 55s
    CONTACT: We understand that William Vainqueur is in contact with Newcastle. #NUFC

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #5

    @ Kets

    If you get paid that kind of money finding attractive girls is not a problem. Regardless of where you live. even Sunderland 🙂

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #6

    vainiquer was lieges player of the season, hes french and hes a good midfielder, would be a good signing

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Indian
    I said it the other day and I’ll say it again, possibly the most underwhelming signing we could make this window!
    Hope it’s BS how many CDMs do we need ffs!!!!!

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  • scout

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s a shame really if I was him just sell the ticket to someone for a season and see how we stand next season. Shame to give up what’s probably a decent seat aswell

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  • scout

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I knew of a player with 2 mobiles one had 93 women on it. Quite sickening really.

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  • dmac

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Something needs to happen. I went to a fair few games last season and the atmosphere was dead. It was actually better from travelling fans at away games than it was at home games. No-one sings. That platinum club is a disgrace – When i sat in there, there was people that didnt know the players let alone the chants.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Tads

    A free agent, some one tweeted earlier that Tiote is done at #NUFC

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #12

    “Maybe it’s the dignity of Alan Pardew”
    Haha that is a Classic one liner Ed 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian
    Could well be tiote off or maybe were going for that famous formation of 9-0-1!!!

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Called this last week. He wanted a move in January but it was blocked due to the asking price of £3mil. Forced his way out of his contract at his own expense as wants to sign for us. Yes, it’s not ground breaking, not is he a world beater, but he is a classy player who would compete for a place at centre mid. Composed, loves having the ball and is excellent at breaking up the play.

    We have had to call upon gosling far too much, and he just can’t cut it. Plus if we lose Tiote (possible) and perchy (hope not) then this lad is a definite upgrade.

    Carr has given him glowing reports on many occasions, and his actions recently show he wants to play in the black and white, which is great to see.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Torq
    He may well be a canny player, I don’t know, but Christ we need some attack minded players!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    TADS

    He was Liege’s player of the year, but you are right.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Torq – If only my job was meaningful enough to not have spare time to be on here.

    Bring us good news on De Jong soon please 🙂

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  • Through all the rubbish we’ve been through under Ashley including a relegation and it’s the appointment of Joe Kinnear who hasn’t even had time to prove us all wrong that makes this guy ask for a refund…

    Perhaps the man has run in to monetary problems.

    If he has supported the toon for as long as he says surely this single appointment of a director of football who’s not even had 1 month in the job to prove himself cant seriously be the straw that broke his back…

    Come on man?!

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  • beddersmag

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Of course they wouldnt give you your money back. They wouldnt give me my tv licence fee back when they brought in a new director general. Ffs man lets just see how things go before we all quit supporting our club. If one interview with one man can compel you to throw the towel in after half a century then can i have your ticket please?

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    TADS – I’m with you mate!

    And its happening. Just slower than any of us would like.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #21

    torq
    evening mate,do you think sackho would consider us above Liverpool and ac Milan
    sackho has stated that the only reason he is unhappy at his beloved psg is playing time.and if he was to leave it would be only for guaranteed time out on the pitch.
    my concern is our captain is staying,mbiwa as my preferred partner of choice at the back.would we be able to offer him the game time he’s asking ???

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Okay I am off Good night

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy – evening jazzy.

    Sakho needs to play, yes, but he has some pretty serious issues with certain team mates and managerial staff. It’s evident to see in and around the club. He is a confidence player, and his connections with NUFC are huge.

    He is quality, and much depends on the club view towards colo and his commitment. I’m sure they have assessed him, and if there is any doubt, we will strengthen with somebody like sakho.

    We aren’t going to have to rely on perch or willo at CB should Colo lose his focus mid
    Season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Torq
    Just thought we’d be a bit quicker of the mark this summer, appointing kinnear a couple of weeks ago instead of after the jan window was bizarre, our pre season is a shambles, again, and we have no MD
    We need a signing!!!!

    Any rumours your side about cabs? Heard that the clubs failure to properly organise a pre season yet again has left him, well, fuming??

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe Kinnear can cancel the Vanniquer deal as well ? Perhaps he prefers Jay Spearing better ?

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I dont hear much from NUFC directly mate. But I very much doubt that’s the case. To me it sparks of paper talk and lazy journalism.

    Cabaye is the consummate professional, and even if he WAS angry, then he would never let it be known in open circles.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah, there’s nice lasses all over, but they’re particularly nice in the Ukraine/Russia etc.

    Have you been watching Wimbledon? The female Tennis players are incredible. Sabine Lisicki, Vesnina etc are immense.

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  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Funny all these fans who are supposedly giving up their season tickets. I’m on the waiting list for season tickets and I’ve heard nothing as yet. You would think they would snap my hand off if all these people are not renewing 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Torq
    Fair play, didn’t know if you’d heard anything from contacts at PSG

    Funny question
    You ever had much to do with PSG, mainly ibra?
    Would love to meet that bloke!

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #30

    respect to tom . pity not more of us are like him.

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  • Ashton

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #31

    TorqToon

    You just got your infos from here

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4771220/William-Vainqueur-is-next-in-line-for-Toons-big-French-revolution.html

    No wonder our club is in a such a clusterfuck! paying idiots like you to give advise to our medical team. It really worked!! You must feel very good about yourself.

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  • Jinky Jim

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #32

    74 and counting

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Tads – I’ve met him, on a professional basis, and without saying too much, some players you get a great vibe from, good banter and excellent attitude towards staff, and some…you don’t!

    Take that as you will…! 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Torq
    Ahhhhh reeeeetttt he’s a tw@ got it! 🙂

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Haha one for the missus, the other for the bang pieces. That’s the thing about having loads of money, it’s not clear if your gf will have serious feelings for you.

    Too many celebs go for celebs. What’s wrong with us?

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  • G

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #36

    I fully respect both Tom’s decision, and reasons, however, I respectfully hope this is an example of somebody cutting their nose off to spite their face. I too am very unhappy with the way things have gone, but that little spark of hope hasn’t given up just yet. Whilst I can see completely where Tom is coming from, I cant help but hope that he is wrong here. Just don’t start buying the tickets 5 metro stops South Tom.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #37

    TADS – I dont think it takes a genius to figure that

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #38

    If Vanquire was that good he would’ve been called up to the French national team or would’ve made more U21 appearances. If we miss out on Belhanda, N’Zogbia or Bearsejour could be options.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Kets – We have already missed out on Belhanda. Now a Kiev player on BIG money!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Tekkers
    Mate ballotelli is a tw@ but you’d still love to meet the bloke!!!

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