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Over 50,000 Attend Steve Harper Testimonial

9:24 pm, Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

There was just an amazing turnout for Steve Harper’s testimonial tonight at St. James Park, where the official attendance was 50,793.

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AC Milan Glorie line up before the testimonial game tonight

The match was between the Newcastle Legends side and an AC Milan Glorie side, with Milan finally winning on a penalty shoot out 2-1, after the game finished with no score on either side.

It’s a tribute to Steve Harper, the Newcastle fans and the legendary players on display,  that the game attracted such a fantastic crowd- and all in aid of local charities too.

This game marked 20 years of loyal service at Newcastle for Steve Harper, who joined the club back in 1993 when the great Kevin Keegan was manager, and Steve made 199 appearances for the Magpies.

Andy Cole hit the post, and Lee Bowyer, Nolberto Solano, Tino Asprilla and Paul Kitson also went close for the legends side.

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For Milan,  the incomparable Paolo Maldini, as well as Maurizio Ganz and Christian Lantignotti also went close for the Italians.

But it was some night for the Newcastle fans, who witnessed some of the great players of the past – and it was a fitting tribute to Steve Harper, and his 20 years of loyal service at Newcastle United.

It would be great to see Steve Harper back on Tyneside in the future as a coach at Newcastle.

Take a walk down memory lane, and just look at some of the former greats who were on display tonight.


Newcastle United Legends: (4-4-2): Steve Harper (Shay Given 25, Pavel Srnicek 60); Nolberto Solano (Steve Watson 52, Steve Stone 72), Darren Peacock (Brian Kilcline 52, Olivier Bernard 73), Nikos Dabizas, John Beresford (Alessandro Pistone 35); Ruel Fox (Keith Gillespie 35, Paul Kitson 67), Lee Bowyer (Joey Barton 60), Rob Lee (Nicky Butt 35, Kevin Nolan 60, Ed Speed 75), David Ginola (Scott Sellars 52, Alan Thompson 67); Alan Shearer (Peter Beardsley 46, Tommy Speed 75), Les Ferdinand (Faustino Asprila 20, Andrew Cole 46)
Subs not used: n/a

AC Milan Glorie: Sebastiano Rossi (Massimo Taibi 41); Giuseppe Pancaro (Pietro Vierchowod 51), Giuseppe Favalli, Franco Baresi (Roberto Mussi 42), Paolo Maldini; Massimo Oddo (Ibrahim Ba 51), Alessandro Costacurta, Mark Van Bommel (Roberto Lorenzini 79), Gianluigi Lentini (Daniele Massaro 51); Paolo Di Canio, Maurizio Ganz (Christian Lantignotti 41)
Sub not used: Angelo Carbone

Attendance: 50,793

Tags: Charity · Newcastle News · Other News · Sol Campbell

93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonking // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    please come back your the players football deserves not mercenaries

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    @Le_Danny0: It hurts, but Harper said it best… #NUFC #ThanksHarper

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    @MagFansNZ: Got to hand it to Di Canio for turning out tonight and playing the pantomime villain role so well.

    Fair play to Di Canio
    People jumping on Barton …….. Ffs it was staged Di Canio was loving his role as the panto villain and Barton was loving his role as being part of the toon again

  • 4 CDEVINE69 // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    and joey barton snapped di canio. biggest cheer of the night

  • 5 Thump // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Have to take my hat off to Di Canio for him playing. From what I’ve heard he played bloody brilliantly by all accounts.

    What happened with Barton and him, like?

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    @lstewie14: Great photo of two legends! #NUFC #NUFCLegends

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    By all accounts Di Canio should make himself player manager!

    Between him n Joey was nothing both got up and shook hands was simply playing the crowd mate
    @TaylorandBesty: That tackle.

  • 8 Thump // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    @toonarmydownsouth: Hahaha no surprise at it being staged. Look at Di Canio’s face, man! Never seen anybody look so happy to be taken out.

    Have to say, reading through the Chronicle’s live updates made me nostalgic and a little bit excited. Had a few mates who were at the game and they said it was the best atmosphere they’ve heard in the stadium in years. So, why excited? Hopefully because that’ll make people realise what we can have. Harper said it best, the fans feel disconnected. Once Ashley goes we can have something to sing about. And sing we bloody well shall!

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Exactly mate, was the most staged act since shearers pen in his testimonial!!
    Stevie Harps has summed it up brilliantly, disconnected
    Being part of this club always felt like being part of one big mental family
    I’ve said it countless times, yes we probably have had worse owners in terms of investment but none have ever made the club more soulless than Ashley
    Very much doubt he was there tonight, 50,000 fans who want him gone along with 30 odd players pulling on black and white who can see the clubs suffering

  • 10 martoon // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    My son has just got back from the match and though it pained him to say it he said Di Canio was the best player on the pitch.

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Although I will say its not just Mr Ashley who could of learnt a thing or two about the pride and passion that runs through SJP tonight….

    Pardew should of made every player attend that game to see what this club and its servants mean to the the toon, hopefully they were all there…and hopefully cabaye was taking notes

  • 12 toonking // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    if I were to compare out current 11 to that one the only players I could say can keep their place from our current team would be HBA and colo the rest I would rather have gone back in time and collected a legend

  • 13 Thump // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Don’t worry about Cabaye. He’s here until January so he’ll do what he has to do.

    I do hope they brought the French players in just to see what they can do. Sellars, Fox were never the most skilled players but they always did their jobs and we loved them as a result. Harper did an amazing job with setting it all up. Chuffed that it went so well.

  • 14 Sir Braveheart // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Can anyone provide the link to the interview/article where Harper said those words? Not just the image of Harper with the words pasted on.

    Would be really interesting to hear his views a bit more.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    @robbieelliott3: Couldn’t of got a bet on @Joey7Barton tonight #comehomelad

    @27StevenTaylor: Great to see @Joey7Barton back in a black and white shirt making a tackle on the 5under1and manger. #whatatackle

    See it’s all just banter
    The players certainly enjoyed it, just a few uptight idiots getting on at Barton

  • 16 Sir Braveheart // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Found it. Makes for good reading. Its just a shame its likely to fall on deaf ears.

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Sir Braveheart
    Ed done 2 articles on both parts of his interview there only 3 or 4 topics back

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Harps deserves a medal mate talk about putting on an event!
    All money to charity and got speeds boys on the pitch

    Still can’t see the logic in letting him go!

    Your right cabs is here til jan and will playing for the shop window/world cup but still could learn a thing or two about class and professionalism

    Just a side note, anyone know why the lads weren’t wearing an official kit, have a feeling but be nice if someone knew

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    @GetFootballNews: IMAGE: Emmanuel Frimpong posts his version of the FIFA 14 case. This is class!! Some players may not be too happy..


  • 20 outsidethebox // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    good night all round …nice to see young speedos get a good reception …rob lee and nicos dabizas top for toon while paulo di canio and baresi best for ac ..shame clattenberg couldn,t let a few offsides go though…

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Yeah but if he does it a couple of times for tino then cisse will expect it every week ;)

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    @nufcfans: VIDEO: Boos for Di Canio. He’s loving it. > #NUFC

  • 23 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Great evening brilliant send off great to see some older (rounder) legends step out in to the pitch again. Also the send off Barton and Nolan were never granted and upsettingly a mention for Di Canio he was great on the pitch and brave for showing up…but scared of Barton by the end haha

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Great night up at st James’

    Di canio looked the best Milan player on the pitch, he played to the crowd and took it all well. Barton caught him late, very soft and Barton even said before the game he’d get him…totally staged and one for the crowd.

    Seeing all those makes you realise how lucky we were to see these lads turn out every week for us.

  • 25 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Oh and Speeds lads coming on was fantastic classy thing to do and they weren’t half bad against some old dogs

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM


    Brilliant night wasn’t it.

    I’d take Barton and Nolan back right now. Both good players and play with passion, something I feel we lack

  • 27 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Oh aye brilliant

    And agreed mate I still don’t think we should of let either leave when we did but that’s the past now, they got a good send off like Harper did this evening and I think they more than deserved it

    Shame Harper couldn’t play the full game though but seeing Given again and Pav isn’t a bad thing

  • 28 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    I think that there’s a right way and a wrong way to speak out about the club. Anyone involved with the club and who loves the club needs to consider that. Comments can harm the club as well as help. I thought Harper’s were very well judged and of course he deserves his say today of all days.

    I don’t think comments by Barton, Shearer or Elliott have been very helpful though. The first two are obviously bitter towards MA and Elliott just seems a little dumb! :-)

    I know it could be argued that they’ve earned their rights to comment (especially Shearer), but their timing isn’t always helpful and their skills were on the pitch and in the dressing room.

  • 29 jammylambo // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    just got back. i tell you walk guys. paulo di canio was an absolute gentleman tonight . he played the villain very well and he applauded when necessary . apart from the fact he was the best player on the pitch tonight .

    after seeing him play tonight i think ive seen why the mackems will do shit with him as manager.

    when a player of thers screws up in training , he can easily grab te ball and show them how its done. that cant be good for confidence.

    fair play to the man.

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    WWSBRD / Sage
    Proper gutted couldn’t be there
    The atmosphere seemed electric harps looked overwhelmed and there were some truly all time greats stepping out tonight!

    The whole Barton / Di Canio thing was all panto as you say, can’t get why some people can’t get that?
    Also what was with the Pro Evo kits? :)

  • 31 fatman // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I went over tonight and i was turned away i was gutted after everything i had to do to get there, i will donate the ticket price to booby’s fund, i bet not many would be thick enough to put themselves through what i did, stupid really i did the same for Joe Harvey testimonial and ended up in hospital for three weeks as a result, i idolized Joe i probably would have adopted him as my dad, i could not count how many times i have said never again, my bloody neck arms and hands are burning, i woke up after about 2 seconds and was aware of them putting the breathing tube in the closing my eye lids and taping the, and its a scary thing when you think your about to be operated on awake, as i was paralyzed could not breath or move. scary but thankfully i have no recollection of any more but i did tell them what they were talking about and they went whiter than me. i should write a book madness of a toon fan

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM


    Only thing if have done differently is let harper be in goal for the penalty shoot out…sure he had the choice though so guess he didn’t want it.

    And yeh they were brilliant. Both understood the passion and put in so much effort, had a never say for attitude and fought to the end. Could never see the current lot coming back from 4-0 down to arsenal or even trying too.

    Hope the new boys do well this year though and pull their fingers out. Think as a collective everyone from top to bottom under achieved last year, more than just the manager…tonight will have shown them how much they will be remembered if they give us years of good service.

  • 33 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Gotta give respect to Di Canio for playing the role of pantomime villain with aplomb. And Barton fulfilled his role too. Excellent!

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM


    It was fantastic. True club legend. Sacrificed a lot of games and probable England caps to play for his boyhood club.

    Everything about tonight showed me the club can still do things the right way and be truly classy. Absolutely magnificent night.

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Couldn’t disagree with you more and tbh the way you see the club seems to be very calculated
    Perhaps what you perceive as poor judgement by others is simply there passion and love something they hold in high regard

    It has nothing to do with earning the right to speak out, everyone has right and the ex managers and players speaking out against Ashley stem much further than Shearer Barton and Elliott, all of which still have connections within the club and know what’s happening behind the scenes, I’d say there much better placed to comment and no I won’t perceive there passion as stupidity…… least they have some

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    Yeh do canio did a good job tonight. Class player and played the role in good humour. Kept taking throws and corners to let people boo him haha.

    Think tonight will show our players how truly special this club is. If this doesn’t get Ashley caught up in toon fever nothing will haha

  • 37 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I was in the Gallowgate and Harps started in goal in front of us and he was gesturing for us to stop singing “there’s only in Stevie Harper” because he was getting emotional… We sang louder haha as good of am atmosphere as I have been at in St James in a long time

    Aye was all just for show though Barton did go through him haha I’ve not seen any one complaining about it though has that been the response like?

    They’d both be kicking some backside in our current squad I’ve no doubt about that. And I hope ur right and the current squad see how we wil back them if they deserve it

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Just a few tits on twitter not really understanding the banter!!
    Honestly so made up for harps, the lad put his all into this club and put his all into organising tonight and deserved every minute of it!

    Was also great hearing nikos dabizas getting introduced at SJP again! Loved that guy!

  • 39 Transfer Sage // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM


    My favourite night up there for many a year. Missed shearers do but glad I got this one

  • 40 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM


    I just think with the modern media (Internet, Twitter etc.) that people have to be more careful of what they say in public.

    I don’t confuse love and passion with bad judgement, quote often they are very closely related!

    I’m not suggesting for a second that they have ill intentions towards the club, quite the opposite, but the best thing for the club isn’t always going on the attack against the things that are wrong.

    It’s not that I’m satisfied with the situation, but yeah, you could say I’m calculated. I was a lot more emotional when we went down, but this sh*t has been dragging on for so long, I just want what is best for the club.

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    If it was anything like shearers then yeah you had a great night!!!!

    Shearers was possibly one if the best nights I’ve ever had at a footy match I was absolutely mental, especially when sir les got *fouled *cough *cough in the box in the 92nd minute!!!

  • 42 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Well they clearly haven’t got a clue about it mate it was good humoured throughout

    On Nikos he was the best player in a toon shirt tonight imo didn’t put a foot wrong

  • 43 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM


    Do you know if Fat Ash was there?

  • 44 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I’m not arguing that you want that but I completely disagree with the wait and see attitude and think every player ex player ex manager has every right to openly criticise Ashley and the p*ss poor way he handles this club

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Sign him up!!!
    Also sounds like Tino was out to really enjoy himself, heard he even busted out a bicycle kick! Dangerous for a man of his age ;)

  • 46 WWSBRD // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Is Nikos still playing? He’d take Saylor spot no bother haha
    And yeah it was an outstanding attempt haha he looked like he loved his time back on the pitch as well. Tbh it was just good to see people enjoy playing at St James again seems to of been awhile

    Anyway lads am off have a good one

  • 47 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    @Joey7Barton: What a turnout tonight. 51k fans for a testimonial. As good a set fans as any in the world. Humbled by my reception. Thank u all very much x

  • 48 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    @Joey7Barton: Delighted for @steveharper37 You all did him proud by turning out tonight. What a servant. 20 yrs at one club. What a man. #toonarmy

  • 49 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    @Joey7Barton: All the legends and me…

    @MsiDouglas: Tonight was the real #nufc, stripped of the cynicism of the Ashley era. Fantastic night. Well done to @steveharper37 for pulling it off.

  • 50 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM


    I don’t have a permanent wait and see attitude. I said judge JFK once the transfer window closed, and he has failed in my eyes. I said judge Pardew in November and we’re not there yet. MA has done a good job of running the club as a business but a terrible job of engaging with the fans. I’d happily see him replaced with the right owner but I’d rather wait and have a stable club for a few seasons than rock the boat for no reason at all other than getting things off my chest.

  • 51 DoctorZelig // Sep 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I know Di Canio is now working for the wrong side but huge respect for him tonight.

    He is a truly passionate guy. If passion counts for anything anymore he will go far.

    Would not want him anywhere near our club but I respect him and will treat him with respect.

    Great night only thing that dampened my mood was that I could not help but think about Speedy… He so belonged in there…

  • 52 Ciaran // Sep 12, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Tonight was an example of what our club could, and should be. Both delighted for Harper, and upset over how bad things currently are at the club.

  • 53 bishopblaize // Sep 12, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I’ve never known Shearer pass a ball in the box (must of confused every1 lol)
    Cracking night!
    Hats off to Di Canio .. Better footwork than his beloved Mackems ;-)
    Hope Graham Carr was watching .. Speedys young Boys in the making.
    Nice one Harps .. Let’s ava anoter 1

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Sep 12, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Seems to have been a good night at SJP. Whilst it was a match where nothing was at stake it makes me ask the question -what is the purpose of a football team. I suppose in the early days having a local team enabled
    local lads who were good enough to exhibit their skills and more folk came to watch and be entertained.
    Football is different now -it’s a multi million pound entertainment business – but what’s the purpose of a team – it surely must be to entertain. What should the
    asperations of a team be -surely to reach for the stars in all competitions – to be the best -to thrill and entertain the supporters.
    What should a team not be – whilst I do not like a club to be the toy or plaything of a billionaire subject to his whims -it seems now that football success is directly
    proportional to the obscene amount of cash offered to the best players in order to “buy” team success.
    What a football team should not be is a team without hope or aspiration of success -it should also not be an entity used as a vehicle to establish the unrelated business success of it’s owner.
    Steve Harper uttered some wise words tonight about Ashley. I fear Harpers words will not get a response from El Gourdo. I fear dark days ahead.

  • 55 ToonArfa // Sep 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM


    That line up would ruin any team with goals!

    Shame pardew hasnt got the bollocks!

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    The response Joey Barton got showed what the majority of fans think of Ashley.

  • 57 theartfuldodger // Sep 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    At the next interview we can all watch Pardew suck up for his boss when questioned about harpers comments.

  • 58 Charlietoon // Sep 12, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Cheapest tickets in the league? BBC – The cheapest day out is at Newcastle United, at £23.20, while Cardiff City, Norwich City and Manchester City also offer a ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea for less than £30. The Magpies offer the cheapest adult match-day ticket at £15, with the other three clubs selling one for £20.

  • 59 scout // Sep 12, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    It’s only 15 notes if you take a kid with you. Lets have it right. It’s about 27 for an adult ticket

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    It was brought up at the meeting the other week that fans think it’s devaluing the season ticket by offering all the tickets they can’t sell at knockdown prices.

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM


    Exactly…I can’t find a match day ticket for less than 27 then the 1 pound booking fee on top. Still better than most clubs though


    True, but at the same time it’s better to sell out. You season ticket still guarantees you a seat as well as your same seat so still something to enjoy. But I do understand fans issue when you shell out for a ticket.

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Basically, excepting your big games, if your wanging to go to the match then you’ll be better off waiting until they reduce the prices, further false economy by not spending on players.

  • 63 Pokat // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Wanging? Is that cheaper?

  • 64 bills-son // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Jail @ 60,

    So I assume you never buy anything at knock down prices because you feel it devalues the product/service that others have paid full price for?

    What a load of bollox – the lengths the anti Ashley crowd will go to criticise every single thing he does devalues your credibility imo.

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM


    Yeh, but there’s something nice about having your season ticket and sitting next to the same blokes for years, get a great spirit in the ground that way. The club need to make sure we keep that spirit. Last night was the best atmosphere I have been in for a good while…since the 3-0 over man utd 2 years ago…but still everything was just great, so upbeat, nobody against Ashley…everyone enjoying the players.

    I heard the sports minister on radio this morning saying ticket prices have dropped on average 2% in top 4 divisions…all well and good but went up 8-11% the other year.

    I’d like tickets to be cheaper….go to a cricket game at durham and anywhere between 5-20 pounds, not too bad. Only international games cost 60-80 quid but thats for 8 hours play. Football tickets should be capped at £20, don’t need to charge more than that.

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:39 AM


    I agree you should drop ticket prices to sell the last few, makes sense, can’t argue.

    I can see why season ticket holders get annoyed, they pay upfront to get cheaper prices…but then again its a balance, they get their same seat, guaranteed to get to a game…they can’t have everything.

  • 67 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Congratulations to Harper. Would now be excellent as goalie coach or more, or even on TV.
    Di Canio can still play eh. Was an excellent player, was always a fan of his. Till I learned he’s a fascist, that is!
    Barton-Nolan. Skills-wise, worse than what we have, but also what we need these days: leadership. Still remember when THEY (not the coach) brought us back from that 0-4. Together with people’s current pet hate, Tiote.
    Cabs: Harper indirectly referred to him in yesterday’s interviews, not too positively. In my mind he should apologise to the fans. Still, a good but overrated player.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Just saying it was an issue brought up at the fans meeting, but my biggest point is that it is false economy, refusing to pay an extra few hundred grand to get a player ‘over the line’ yet are losing tens of thousands every other week in ticket sales because they won’t buy players.

  • 69 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:51 AM


    Nolan is very very underrated in the league, he has a lot of goals for a midfielder, and is a leader like you say.

    The sad thing about the sale of him and barton is that it wasn’t a football reason, it was more to do with politics in the club which is a shame.

  • 70 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    i paid a big price for trying to get to the game, i ended up going into anaphylaxis shock i had to sit up in a chair all night looking like Arny out of total recall, and all the painkillers are just sticking in me throat i have done some daft things in the name of football but I’m never trying that again, it must have been the thickest thing tried in the history of medicine, I’m not having another go until the hull game.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    What exactly is up with you ?

  • 72 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Transfer, true. Didn’t we just give Barton away? BTW, saw him vs. Leeds a few days ago, played well. Didn’t realise he was back.
    Fatman, read your comment further up as well, hope you get better soon mate.
    I see the Ashley clashes going strong… Said would stop commenting on that, will try to stick to it… ok, a parting shot: both sides are equally to blame!

  • 73 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Are you that famous guy with NUFC on your belly?

  • 74 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Mike Ashley is an ‘orrible cnut who cares little for the club and even less about it’s fans, more and more ex players are talking about the toxic atmosphere he has created in which he seems to thrive in, why as a lifelong supporter of our great club do you continue to defend him.

  • 75 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    had two prolapse disks in me neck one was compressing the spinal cored, made worse as i seem to have an allergy to so many things. so my throat partially closed and my face swelled up causing my eyes to bulge.

  • 76 stan anderson // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    If it is correct that we have the cheapest match tickets,to
    me that says you get what you pay for.
    Good luck to Steve Harper and thanks for the sevice you gave to OUR club and for voicing your oppinions.

  • 77 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    I had 2 plastic disc’s fitted as i have an allergy to metal.

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM


    We came 5th without Nolan and Barton. Nobody would have mentioned them again if Pardew hadn’t screwed up so bad tactically last season.

    Nolan yes gets some goals from a few hopeful flick-ons but he has no pace, creates nothing and wanted a contract taking him till 34 and he wasn’t interested in the incentive scheme for NUFC finishing top 7. OK he’s a good talker.

    As for Barton the guy is always trying to be bigger than the club, team, manager, owner etc with a massive ego the size of the Mersey. Trouble wherever he’s been. OK he put on some decent crosses for Carroll.

    Despite recent events I’d still take Ben Arfa and Cabaye
    over 2 x 30+ year olds.

  • 79 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM


    No a little overweight as i have had long periods of immobility.

  • 80 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM


    Thats was the sports ministers point also…if fans want cheap tickets but big signings there must be a compromise. That’s true but from a rough calculation…and being generous here.

    £30 average ticket, 19 homes games, 52,000 sell out crowd….comes out around 19mil a year. Thats nothing compared to the average 80mil from TV, 6 mil from wonga, then whatever from other advertising and merchandise (shirts, mugs, match day food/drink, etc).

    So surely you could half ticket prices and still not feel a huge impact?

    Clubs in germany manage to get by with only 15 euro ticket max price.

  • 81 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Again, best of luck regarding your health mate.

  • 82 Yohan Kebab // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    what a match to attend for my first game. literally just got back due to home in london due to part closures/roadworks/diversions on a1 and m1. still worth it, legends. god i miss joey barton. could do with some good old fashioned grit in the centre of the park right now

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Shows how football should be run. It benefits everyone except TV companies to do it this way…shows who controls the British game.

    Now with sky and bt (previously espn and setanta) you can’t even just have one paid subscription to see all televised games, need two.

    TV is ruining a lot of British sport, raising the standard but it’s an entertainment driven business now, not a sporting one.

  • 84 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I’m more worried about the football as i think well struggle to score goals just hope 3 teams struggle more than us, when i got out of hospital yesterday i got the wife to phone the box office to get a ticket and they told me they had pay turnstiles, and when i was asking the stewards the way to the cue they were sending me all over the place, and as i can only move my head 7 degrees i kept missing it. i told them i was having problem and the offered me absolutely no help. typical response from our club.

  • 85 clinath@ed // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    TS… surely that’s £29.6M per season? though in principle I do agree with you.. Were we not told by Sir John, that the club didn’t need the “fans” support to run the club, that corporate and TV sales alone were enough…? So for someone now to come out and tell us to expect BIGGER prices if we want better/more expensive buys, is a bit rich!

  • 86 stan anderson // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    The German example should be the way we go.make the matches more affordable to all.
    Standing area would add atmosphere to what we have at present.I preferred to stand in the old Leazes ,Gallowgate even with no roof than to sit with little atmosphere (mostly)

  • 87 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM


    my bad, a small type (well a 10mil typo haha).

    I think it’s a very poor comment from a sports minister. If clubs looked more to local/national talent and brought through more kids instead of paying 60% of club income on wages then we might see a better product for the fans.

    This isn’t just newcastle i am complaining about, but the premier league as a whole.

  • 88 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    The way we played in the last 15 minutes gives me a lot of encouragement: we can play football!!
    Remy Gouffran Cisse, if fit, can do alright, if they learn to combine. And let’s not forget the Nigeria CF, our (like)new signing!
    I honestly think AP has 10 games to show what this season will be about. If we are near the bottom 3 then a new manager will come in.

  • 89 Transfer Sage // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM


    totally agree, standing area would be fantastic again, not sure why you can’t have them fitted as germany does.

    Imagine getting an extra 10,000 in from making people stand, could drop prices and get those who want to stand a proper place to go

  • 90 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    And I hate to say this, as I am a fan, but maybe Cisse should sit out the first half. The movement of Gouffran – remy could cause problems if Marveaux Sissoko can provide the penetration…

  • 91 cyprus // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Guys, guys,
    No stands was the key ingredient in eliminating houliganism!

  • 92 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    That sounds like a great script for a comedy blockbuster. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t real life. I feel sorry for you mate. Some people take good health for granted. I hope you can get well soon. Typical of nufc helpful organisation.

  • 93 fatman // Sep 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Modern day stadiums are too steep for standing

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