Do Newcastle Fans Overreact – Do Fish Swim?

After the defeat at Manchester City in the first game of the season, when Yohan Cabaye refused to play for us, the doom and gloom has been replaced over the last few weeks with excitement that Newcastle could even  have a good side this season, so it’s gone from one extreme to the other,  but this is Newcastle, so what do you expect? 😀

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Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew before Saturday’s game

Alan Pardew does a good job at keeping the players feet firmly in the ground, and he wants to do that with the media as well:

“Let’s hope that the media, particularly in Newcastle, don’t overreact to the win against Villa, like they did to the Man City defeat and we will be all right,”  “If we can keep things on kind of a level playing field we might do all right this year.”

What does Alan mean about overreacting – we suppose he’s not talking about the fans – but Geordie  fans are ecstatic when we win, and are down in the dumps when we lose, and it’s always been that way.

As far as the media are concerned that may be a different kettle of fish, and certainly when we were down last season, there was a report the team spirit in the dressing room had been decimated by the Frenchmen in the squad, which turned out to be totally untrue.

So when you have friends like that, who needs enemies?

Yes we can get down on the team on this blog – but only when we lose. 😀

But seriously, Alan is right of course, and there will be ups and downs this season, as there always is.

So it’s always good not to be too up when we win, and not too down when we lose – that’s the theory in any case.

But the reason Newcastle fans are in good spirits these days is after that 4-0 hammering at Manchester City, when we looked a very poor side, we’ve actually looked good in picking up 7 points in the last three league games, and also winning at Morecambe in the Capital One Cup, which was not an easy game.

That’s been a bit of a surprise, so after the summer months, which were really difficult for Newcastle fans, to say the least, we have something to feel good about, and much earlier than we thought possible.

Are we overreacting to all of this – of course we are.

What do you think?

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19 comments so far

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    From the Chronicle:

    Newcastle’s elevation to the Premier League’s top eight – United’s highest top-flight placing since the early part of last season – resulted in fans snapping up tickets on general sale for the weekend visit of Hull City with Toon chiefs keeping their fingers crossed for a crowd over 50,000 on Saturday.

  • theartfuldodger

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Speaking about Reactions and being reactive, Lets bring up Ashley. All transfers are reactive. Not Preempted.

  • Rooster

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Did we over react to being lied to all summer????? i don’t think so, it is not acceptable, it has to change. we have a good start on paper we have done well, stiffer tests to come, then we can gage were we are, for me ive maintained all along win loose n draw, around 50/55 points, better than last year, but two tears back on were we were supposed to be we should have had the investment and be pushing for top 6 after our good season the one before last.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4


    ArtyH @ 6

    ‘…so many other teams who have strengthened their squad which improves them immensely..’

    That is not entirely true.

    I don’t know whether there are any Stats but I’m sure that buying a lot of players in one fell swoop does not improve the team immediately, especially when all or many of those players have never played in the Premiership and/or never lived in this country. It takes quite awhile for a clutch of new players to settle into a team, its structure and method of playing. We were very lucky with our January intake. It was touch and go whether we would be relegated. Of course it’s arguable that without them we would have been relegated.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Having looked at a few blogs of other teams, I think it’s fair to say that Newcastle fans are no different to that of fans from other clubs.

    Perhaps the difference between Newcastle fans with fans from other clubs (but not necessarily all clubs) is that our fans often have a far higher expectation even when the history suggests otherwise (eg nothing won in 50 years). This is the illusionist argument is what brings scorn and derision from fans from other clubs. Even Sir Alex had a pop with ‘wee club’.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Lie to the fans and break promise after promise whilst we watch Norwich and Southampton become “bigger” clubs than us … I think NUFC fans have to put up with a lot more than most others.

    Shut up Pardew.

  • numba9

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    If anything I think the toon under react to the the way this owner keeps dragging our club through the mud , he has no ambition as he proved last summer with one extra player in and let more than enough leave knowing ba would be off too and STILL not replacing him along with all the other things like stadium name changes and bringing in the joker kinnear and yet again refusing to spend the clubs sky cash but pocketing it . Get out of our club

  • theartfuldodger

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    If were 6th or so and we drop positions due to injuries, I will react cause the penny pinchers are responsible for the squad.

  • Jamiemac

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9


    Southampton were crap at the weekend. They’ve played the most amount of long passes in the league this season while we have played the fewest. I’d be very surprised if Southampton are ahead of us come May

  • Coach

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Of course we overreact and speaking personally, when the day comes that I don’t, I’ll stop watching sport.

    I thought I was just passionate.

  • Goodfella

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t say one summer spending spree has turned those teams into bigger clubs than us.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m always puzzled when fans criticize Ashley saying he doesn’t communicate with them but then they go on to say that he lies to them.

    How does someone who doesn’t communicate lie?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Jamie & Goodfella

    It was puppet Pardew who said we couldn’t compete with Norwich or Southampton in the transfer market.

  • Geordie1

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is quoted in saying “If we can keep things on kind of a level playing field we might do all right this year.” I don’t want to do might do alreet, what I want is for us to compete and be successful not like in the Ashley mode where mid table mediocrity will suffice as long as the TV money train keeps rolling in.

  • Goodfella

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    That’s just excuses from Pardew to cover fat mikes greediness 🙂
    Qpr have more money than us yet I wouldn’t say they are a bigger club than us.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Who knows the ‘feelgood factor’ might catch on, on here!
    So it’s only four games and it might be short lived, what with two tough consecutive away league games after The Hull game. However the way i see it is that it sure beats the doom and gloom of last season.

    Reading some posts on here you wonder if the good results really matter. I watch football to be entertained first and foremost but winning games away from home sure puts a smile on toon army faces on a Saturday night. I just cant accept that any football fan would put finances as being more important and likewise with all the nonsense spouted from the anti Ashley camp which merely serves to illustrate the total inaction of the disorientated so called action groups. Aside from causing disturbances in a few local pubs – Where are they now? For either side to write endlessly-ad nauseum on the same point suggests a boring snoring Rachel Reeves type existence. The way I see it if we should exceed some expectations and have a good season( I forecast 7th finish but I confess to being an optimist by nature) then the numerous groups will simply fade away.

    As I have said on countless occasions it is a disgrace that Ashley has failed to communicate his vision and aspirations for the toon. He has treated the fans with disrespect. However the action groups have failed to get their message across. They are somewhat like the early railways all with different guages. To do that you need people with emotional intelligence and not bully boy tactics.

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Lets reserve judgement on how good we are until after the Everton game, would be nice to see us get a point and say we are playing a good football style, that’s all I want, football played in an entertaining manner.
    On any possible signings surely signing Remy is our only attacking priority and may be a Siem De Jong style of player. Anybody else I don’t see the point.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle fans don’t overreact at all. We must have the most level headed fans in this country. (Well at least some of us).
    Yes we are happy when we take three points and disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Isn’t that the way all supporters react to their team’s results?
    I’m sure, however, that sensible supporters don’t get carried away by two wins and think everything in the garden is rosy. Cos’ it ain’t.
    There is much wrong with this club and it is all down to Ashley. Won’t detail it again as I’m sick of going through the same complaints.
    When the bad results start coming, inevitable injuries start occurring and suspensions begin mounting up and we have to put the tea lady on the bench due to the thinness of the squad will we be ‘overreacting’ again?
    No – just accepting the inept way this club is run.


    Sep 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    We are definitely not the most level headed supporters not even close.
    I would say without doubt we are the most reactive fans in the league.
    It’s exactly why its well known that this is a difficult club to play for…..Pardew for once is spot on. ….. its either doom and gloom with relegation or a few wins and we should be challenging champions league spots.

    You really are deluded if you think we’re level headed easy going fans.

    The whole of football know that the football club means so much more in this part of the world than others. …. which is exactly why we don’t always react in the right way.

    Still need Pardew out 🙂


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