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Let’s Keep Believing – Three Wins Can Do It

6:41 pm, Sunday, April 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 121 Comments

Sunderland got a 0-0 draw against a poor Arsenal side at the Stadium of Light today, so they go above the drop zone on 31 points – level with Norwich but with a better goal difference.

Sunderland and Norwich both have a game in hand on us.

Newcastle are on 30 points with three games to go and certainly the next two games – at home to Crystal Palace and away to Aston Villa are games we can win.

If we can do that then we could (should) be in with a chance of saving ourselves in the final game of the season at home to Spurs.

Wins are what’s going to save one of the three teams battling it out against relegation and we are top favorites to go down with Villa.

Rafael+Benitez Liverpool thumbs up - +v+Newcastle+United+s3vR87dhO7yl

Rafa Benitez – keep believing

But if we can continue the form of the last three games, we could certainly win the next two games – and then it would all depend on the final home game of the season.

Leicester didn’t miss Jamie Vardy much at all today in their 4-0 win over Swansea at the King Power Stadium – and his replacement – Argentine Leonardo Ulloa – scored another two goals.

That takes Leicester to 76 points from 35 games – 8 points above Tottenham – and they now need 5 points from the last three games to ensure their first Premier League title ever, after being rock bottom of the league last season with only 9 games to play.

Incredible.

Tottenham are at home to West Brom tomorrow night.

If The Foxes have won the title before we play Tottenham at home on 15th May, that could even help Newcastle, since Spurs will likely finish 2nd in the league no matter what the result against Newcastle.

Not that it will be an easy game against Spurs.

It could well be we need to win that game to survive and we have to remember that Sunderland have a better goal difference than Newcastle.

The good news is that we are much better positioned now then we were three games ago after the terrible defeat at Southampton and we are playing a lot better too – especially at home.

The lads have three games to play and it looks like if we can win them all we could be safe.

Since we have only won seven games all season long  that will not be easy.

But we do have Rafa Benitez starting to get some good performances and results out of the side – and the players are responding to their new boss well – although it’s taken some time to get things sorted out.

And as Rafa keep saying – keep believing.

That’s about all we can do – anything is still possible this season – including the great escape for Newcastle.

And fortune favors the brave too.

Here’s the bottom of the Premier League and we play two of those teams shown – Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in our next two games.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League




121 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Soon it’ll be a

    “Only two wins of 6-0 each and Norwich and Sunderland to lose all their games 6-0”

    Article.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we disappointed against Palace and Villa, and beat Spurs.

  • 3 Jib // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Weirdly on SuperSunday Jamie and Thierry are talking about this very thing and both think we’ll stay up !

  • 4 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Ron the script is virtually writing itself.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Two wins and a draw might do it. I’m being optimistic I know. Norwich have Aresenal and ManU next so there’s a good chance they get no points from those two. Sunderland have Stoke and Chelsea so I’m hoping nothing for them. If we win both of ours we’re ahead to stay.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Tsunki

    Who wrote the part about the resurgent Sunderland?

  • 7 wolfshead@toon // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    lol ron it wouldnt be out of character after two excellent results to f*** up against similiar / weaker opposition

  • 8 Ron Knee // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    G2

    Are you relying on Arsenal to do us another favour? Steady on!

  • 9 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Well city and Liverpool had compelling reasons to beat us but couldn’t. By the time we meet spurs, by rights, they shouldn’t either.

  • 10 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    I have already made the point on here that those on this blog who are.gloating about us being relegated, and there are quite a few, as it’s nothing less than Ashley deserves are being totally disrespectful to the history of this club and to the fans who are committed to supporting the club for its results on the pitch as oppose to its politics and hatred of the owner.

  • 11 Ron Knee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    wolfshead

    It would be typical!

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Everything still to play for. Based on our season it’s the best we could have hoped for. Without Rafa it would already have been done and dusted. If we win the next two and Spurs can’t take the title that last game will mean nothing for them.

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    I don’t think anyone is celebrating our impending doom. But it is understandable that some may accept the beating in exchange for the knowledge that it will also cause a measure of deserved punishment from the Fat Benefactor.

  • 14 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    For the Fat Benefactor! We’ve had enough FROM the bloke! 🙂

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Yes Ron mate. Arsenal need to buck up and play well against Norwich. Wenger has to get them sorted!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Fat benefactor oot!!!

  • 17 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Oh look, Ed’s with me lmao! Some on here have us in division one in a seasons time before this one even ends. Hope you didn’t pay too much for those crystal balls – they’re faulty. If you’ve not got hope and belief, what have you got? We might not get nine points, but there’s still a chance. We’re playing better football and the lads are responding to Rafa. When all hope is gone, be as glum as you like – i certainly will be – but until then, BELIEVE and hope. Honestly, giving your support to the team you claim to be a fan of really doesn’t hurt. Until all is lost HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    We can definitely do it now with Rafa in charge. Six points from the next 2 are crucial but doable Bobbybee.

  • 19 Belfast // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Odds still stacked against us imo looking at Sunderlands fixtures I could see them picking up points easily enough. We could even win all three games and still not stay up.

  • 20 killit the bulb // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    here we are again. scratting around for a point or a miracle. It’ll be terrible if we went down on goal difference, but that could be the reality, so then you look back over the season to the batterings we took week in week out, Knacker Ned shouting “I can do it, give me another 10 games and judge me then” and he had his chances. And turned into the biggest frauds to manage NUFC. The word Sackless was his to own….. right in both senses.

  • 21 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Seriously, i don’t think Arsene Wenger is even thinking about our plight, he wants to be in the CL. He’s done better in his job than we have in ours.
    Tsunki. Do you honestly believe he will care even one iota, compared to how we will feel? Oh great, we’ve gone down, but at least it hurt ashley so it might be worth it. That was EXACTLY my earlier point. You really couldn’t make it up. Anyone who feels or thinks along those lines just doesn’t get it at all. It will break my heart. Ashley will carry on regardless.

  • 22 Belfast // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Stoke are absolutely awful at the moment. Everton much the same. Chelsea might turn up? Watford in rubbish form.

  • 23 soundoid // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    We need to thrash Palace and Villa hope palace lose all their remaining games with an eye on the cup final and get that idiot relegated.

  • 24 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    G2, we’ve just held city and liverpool (away) to draws. Beating palace and villa are very doable and a must. There’s usually one twist and this season it could be us. A week ago we were 17/1 ON to go down. Doubt we’re still that. Why anybody would give up on us is just sureal. When the maths say we can’t do it, i’ll accept that and sulk 🙂 Until then, I’ll hope and pray and believe. Come on Newcastle!!!

  • 25 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Soundoid, think that boat has sailed mate, with their gd. We can match them on points if we win and they lose, but it would take a monstrous swing to catch them on gd. Love the spirit though marra!

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Boobybee,
    I think you owe me an apology, I have been very cordial in my conversations with you of late even though you are a dick and a raving lunatic. And by the way I will be there on Saturday hoping we thump Palace and the mackems slip up but I, like many others think it is a little bit to late.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Our former hero is in the fa cup final, well done couldn’t happen to nicer person.

  • 28 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Tsunki…….. I agree with Bobby’s point at 21. Let’s get relegated as it will hurt Ashley never mind how much it hurts us. Why don’t we cut our noses off to spite our faces whilst we’re at it.

  • 29 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Jail, yup, i probably do and therefore, sorry i mistook you for that other clown, it’s an easy mistake to make. He spoke so much like you i thought it was you. 🙂 To be fair though, i was wrong and apologise for my error. Still think you’re a dick though. 🙂 x

  • 30 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Well done Welshie.. Just what we need to hear at a time like this.

  • 31 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Jail, talking of cordial, please explain your heated comment when i was talking about plastic Leicester fans. I asked at yhe time but you scuttled off rather than reply.

  • 32 beermonkey // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    welshie wum is back in the building

  • 33 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Is that jail who swore he’d never enter SJP as long as Ashley was there? Surely a man of your standing wouldn’t be a hypocrite would he? I take it someone else is paying as you would never give him another penny. 🙂

  • 34 toon kk // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Miracles may happen, but in reality we will go down, but the board only have themselves to blame for hanging onto Macca for so long and not strengthening our weaknesses.
    Our players have been diabolical nearly all season, so we are in the bottom three for a reason.
    It’s a shame we’ll be relegated but nice to see us going down fighting for a change.
    We can only hope Rafa stays and we bounce back up in a few seasons, hopefully because our players are very unpredictable and there form won’t garentee promotion.

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Was it something i said,

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Bobbybee,
    I think it was in response to you calling someone who doesn’t go to every game as a plastic fan, not being a die hard fan does not mean you are plastic. I get to ten ish ges a season under normal circumstances, does that make me a plastic fan?

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    No Bobby,
    I said I wouldn’t go back unless I thought there was suitable investement and there was 80M spent. I may have said that in a fit of rage.

  • 38 Back Door Man // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Those knobs here who can’t believe we’ll survive are simply revealing a broad déclassé streak; a real fan would recoil at the notion of slamming our chances!  

    Clearly, there’s a real demand for this band of simpering fools to prostrate themselves in abject, sobbing obeisance before those of us with faith. 

    Keep reminding yourselves that until it’s mathematically impossible it ain’t impossible.

    I was hugely disappointed that the Arsewipes didn’t stuff the scum in that awfully shabby tin shed today.  But, when I reviewed the table it REALLY didn’t look too bad at all.  We know what we have to do!  BDM is confident of success.

  • 39 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Jail, that was what you thought i’d said, but check back and i made no mention of ST’s, i was pointing out that Leicester fans managed an average crowd of 19k last time they were in the PL. Like i mistook hail for jail, you totally took what I said out of context, even making up words to put in my mouth. You knew immediately you’d made a clown of yourself, because ST’s were never mentioned – except by you. See how easy I apologised? We all make mistakes, how we respond makes us what we are. Over to you then. 😉

  • 40 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Welsh may have intended for that comment to be laced with clever sarcasm and irony, however he’s that much of a WUM at the best of times that it is impossible to know for sure.

  • 41 Yo-yo // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    A decent win against Palace will cement the lads confidence. I can’t see Rafa letting them take the game as if its anything but a cup final. He has only just got them psyched up.
    That will put even more pressure on Unwashed Canaries.

  • 42 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    BDM

    With all due respect, your opinion on what makes a fan ‘real’ or not is just that – an opinion.

    Personally I totally understand why there are those of us who are already resigned to relegation. It’s usually the ones who have stood by the club through thick and thin only to get slapped in the face on a regular basis who have that viewpoint. In other words…..real fans.

  • 43 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Back door man……… That’s the most acceptable post you’ve ever made . Well said. Don’t want to sound patronising , I mean it .

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Bobbybee,
    I can’t remember what you said but you have most definitely labelled fans as plastic in the past and mentioned your ST more than once as though it is some kind of medal that separates you from lesser fans.

  • 45 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    That’s fine jail. You take that if it makes you feel better. The drama queen will never die. 🙂

    BDM Well said marra. The time for defeat is when it is complete – and the fat bitch ain’t singing yet! We need to win all our games and fate will take care of the rest. The mackems might not win another game and we might win ours. Loads of belief yet and plenty of twists and turns. The pundits keep siting Defoe as a reason the mackems will survive, but his goals have always come at the price of many, many missed chances. All through his career, not just now. He missed a shedful today and if you don’t score, it is impossible to win a game. Arsenal were there for the taking today and the mackems blew it. How anybody can’t see that we’re better off than before this weekends results is beyond me. Before the games, 32 points took us to safety and sunlun had two games in hand. Right now, 32 is still the target and they’ve lost one of their games in hand. Why is that difficult to comprehend? It’s not ideal, but i truly believe if we win all our games, we will stay up. I believe it and until we lose one of those games, either palace or villa, my belief will only strengthen. We are Newcastle, we’ll fight till the end. 🙂

  • 46 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Welshie only comes on here to give his recessive gene a workout.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — A boy, who lived until he died peacefully at the age of 12, defied all odds after being born without a brain.
    How old are you welshie?

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Jail

    I’m 102, fit as a fiddle, having sex 30 times a day helps at my age.

  • 49 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    The desire to make a cheap jibe about sheep is strong but it can be ignored :p

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    30 times a day, you must have seriously muddy feet!

  • 51 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    BDM

    Nah, it’s called preparing to fail because Charnley and Carr failed to adequately prepare. I’ll be gutted if we go down, but there’ll be no tears or devastation, because I’ve accepted it’s more likely than not.

    Don’t worry, we’ll be there, stoic, for you simpering fools to prostrate yourselves in abject, sobbing obeisance, should we go down, due to your earlier rejection of the reality of the situation suddenly hitting you.

  • 52 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    My ST does, you clown. I’m 100% proud of my undying and continual support for the mags. Argue any which way, but match going fans are the lifeblood of the club and I’m well proud to be one of them. Sick of this political correct BS that we’re all equal – we ain’t. Those who willingly give up their time, effort and money to commit totally to being a fan are a different sort to those who don’t. Regardless of who they support. For those who won’t make that commitment, but feel they have a right to slag those who do are making a fool of themselves. Ooh, happy clappers who keep turning up are the problem at Newcastle – say those who never go. Calls for boycotts from those with nothing to give up? You can’t boycott if you don’t go ffs. We, the hardcore fans, will buy ST’s even in the second division, because we are fans. If widnning is so important, they certainly picked the wrong club. Then again, most of those were attracted by us winning under kk and sbr. I truly hope that if those who gave up ST’s because we were shyte, never get them back if we progress under Rafa. It will serve them right and fully deserved.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Cheap sheep jibe, why stop when one tosser makes a joke the rest follows.

  • 54 stuart no9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    the way i look at it is, sunderland also need to win their games , just like norwich and sunderland. I dont think sunderland are too happy with that point today, at home against an arsenal side who i think were beatable today. The three teams are all in the same boat ,ok sunderland have games in hand but they still have to win them. Newcastle are hitting form , sunderland have hit form earlier and let it slip by conceding late goals in a few games off the trot. unless a catastrope happens we will still be in with a shout against spurs by which time the title will be settled. i think we will stay up , however , worst case scenario , we go down for 1 season , rafa stays and brings us back up stronger and better and in 4-5 years time champions league beckens . thats how i rationalize it in my head anyway.

  • 55 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Bobbybee

    I think you’re missing a key point. I imagine a lot of the people boycotting are not of the opinion that the team must alway win. Just that the players, and everyone associated with the club, gives 100% every day. Which has not really happened up to now.

    Since you’re so vocal in telling everyone on here how much of a good fan you are on here, I might as well ask…are you just as vocal on match days? Or are you one of those who just sits there and doesn’t open their mouth to shout any encouragement? Serious question, I’m not having a go.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    There you go Bobby, that’s why you get grief, you are no more of a fan than anyone who posts on here, whether it be West Oz Mag or Ed Harrison himself, going to every game does not make you love the club anymore than I do.

  • 57 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    What a muppet! We’ll accept the reality when it is a reality, but right now it ain’t. And that’s what seperates real fans from the likes of fail2. It is more likely that we will go down, but right now we fight till the end, not give up simpering about chumlee and carr etc. It IS their fault, but harping on about it, like it makes you insightful and we don’t know who’s fault it is just makes you boring. We’re well aware who’s at fault, because we live for the club and turn up regardless. Fair weather fans really piss me off.

  • 58 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Surely if a group of fans feel strongly enough that they have to carry out a boycott, then that makes them no less ‘real’ than the ones who turn up over and over again, just hoping something will change out of nothing, like headless chickens?

  • 59 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Andrew, do you even go to games, because if you don’t you hardly warrant an answer. But yes, i am incredibly vocal inside the ground. Have been all my 58 years and will continue to be so until they cart me off. Want to know something else? I’ve lived all over the country and ALWAYS managed to get to games, regardless of the travelling. I’ve recently moved back to my beloved north east, because due to disability travelling was becoming difficult. That’s the only reason I moved. Gave up drinking to be able to afford my ST. I’ve been to every ground we’ve played at, and was there when the crowd was less than 10k. So yes, I do see myself a better fan than any whining tw@t who can’t be bothered to make that commitment. Lifes made up of different sorts and i’m a doer not a talker. Anything else you feel you have a right to question me about?

  • 60 Average_Contents // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Buster’s at it again I see.

    Antagonising to say the least.

    If you say it, IT must be true.

    Go lie down before you hurt yourself ya know it all.

  • 61 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Bobby

    You’re wilfully twisting what I say and have been since the start. The reality is that it’s more likely we’ll go down, you said it yourself, just like I said I’m willing them on to the last. Not once have I said anything about giving up, it’s just another one of your fabricated arguments.

    Puffed up postings on a blog about fight does not a good fan make. Nor does attending all the matches make you ‘real’. Have you ever considered it’s the 21st century and people move all over the place for work?

    You’re another that can’t separate the blog from reality. You think your ‘rousing’ posts make a difference to the players or how fans root for them on matchday?

    Get over yourself.

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Booby,
    Have you been to La Romareda and the Citrus bowl?

  • 63 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Bobbybee

    Yes, you’re a doer not a talker. Well done on that, you must be proud 🙂

    I do go to games, when I can afford the tickets.

    Can’t help but feel you’re a bit narked with me asking perfectly polite questions. Might I suggest that if you don’t wish to engage with people on here, you either stop contributing to the blog, or you refrain from giving it the big one over the rest of us?

    You’re acting like the bloke in the pub I know who brags about his brand new motor every 10 minutes, but when someone asks him about the miles per gallon he tells them to mind their own business.

  • 64 Back Door Man // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Andrew – agreed … the blog needs to be a better place for conversation pregnant with opinion but often it’s just like eavesdropping on a remedial reading
    and writing lesson.

    Sure, all us ‘real’ fans (and I’ve been at it since 1964) are aware that the tickle in our gut is the growing tapeworm of relegation.  
    Yep, we’ve been infected before, we know he sucks at our vitals slurping our very life juices, but he can be prevented from developing into a 30′ monster by the application of the appropriate tonic.  Dr Manuel’s Snake Oil administered over the next three weeks should do the trick.

    Andrew, have faith in the cure.

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    andrew84,
    Booby will be all nice tomorrow and blame it on the booze he’s given up!

  • 66 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    BDM

    Thanks for taking my comment in the spirit it was intended 🙂

    Faith is all I have left when it comes to NUFC.

  • 67 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Jail

    Judging by the way he talks himself up, he’ll definitely blame it on something other than himself….

  • 68 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Bobby and Betty ( ha ha sounds like a variety act) – did you two actually read what I said? No, thought not. I just said I understand how some might gain some satisfaction from the despair in the knowledge that Mike will not be invulnerable to his share of pain. And no he will not sit in the clouds shrugging off the spectacle beneath him, he will be losing millions. And I think that will hurt, yes. You’re not of the “Mike Ashley thinks a million quid is chicken feed” clan are you? Whoever heard of a rich man who didn’t love money? 😀

  • 69 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Bobby
    You rant that I said you wanted Arsenal to lose. No I didn’t say that. You need to take a chill pill, mate. People are entitled to make predictions, be pessimistic and criticise Charnley or Ashley or Carr. It doesn’t make you the best fan because you will not countenance it. Whodo you think you are, insulting everyone and claiming to be the best fan because you’re optimistic?

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Tsunki
    I wasn’t debating religion or the merits of it. I was discussing football and making a point about football. I won’t debate religion.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    BDM (whoever you are),
    I was very positive we could beat the drop when I heard that Rafa was taking the job, in fact I was sure of it. There were five very winnable games, mackems, Norwich, Swansea, Palace and Villa away. Unfortunately we fcuked up by not winning the most important of those two, had we of we’d have been five and eight points clear with two of those winnable games to come. I said it was not a disaster drawing with the mackems as I was clutching at straws and not wanting to admit it. Losing to Norwich was the end of our chances, yes it is mathematically possible but the mackems are playing three teams that have literally given up for the season and eight points for them puts it out of our hands. I will be hoping with all my heart we can do it but at the same time I am bracing myself for the worst and just praying that we keep Rafa on if we do go down.

  • 72 andrew84 // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Blackley

    You know who he thinks he is – the greatest fan of all time, and how dare you suggest otherwise. He’s been to every stadium we’ve played at you know!

  • 73 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Tsunki….. We don’t care about Ashley and how many millions he might have, the same as he doesn’t care about our emotional attachment to our football club.

  • 74 Toon XI // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    If someone has to give up drinking to afford STs, they probably shouldn’t be spending the money on STs…much less bragging about it.

  • 75 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Andrew
    I think the pressure of our predicament is getting to the old fellow. I know he’s not in the best of health. It must be hellish so I’m cutting him some slack.

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    If you’re only spending £600 a year on drink, unless you’re only getting pi$$ed six times a year then what’s the point of drinking anyway?

  • 77 Thump // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    @Toon XI: I’m more confused about how anybody can watch NUFC sober.

  • 78 Toon XI // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Thump – best comment of the day!

  • 79 Jib // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    BDM
    I thought the remedy was a course of boiled eggs and choccy biscuits and a hammer .

  • 80 bettyswallocks // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    The next two matches will separate the men from the boys, the way they do it in Welshies village is with a bucket of cold water.

  • 81 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I lived all over the country yet still managed to get to games as do many other exiled geordies every week. It comes down to commitment and effort. If any of you plastics think your opinion has any bearing on me, then dear me, get over yourselves. If you can’t back the team whilst there’s still hope, then why even bother? Call me what you will, honestly, your plastic opinions are worthless. The blog is about opinions, except mine apparently. Lmao. You love it when people say ‘i love newcastle fans, they’re always there for their team etc’ when in reality you lot never have been. Leaching off our loyalty whilst slagging off the real loyal fans is your default setting. Call me all you want, but I’ve lain down my credentials so please, explain how you are in fact a better fan than me, i’m dying to hear it. If winning was all that mattered, there would be only a couple of teams in the PL ffs. If you can’t support the club when we’re shyte, don’t slag those who stick by the team through thick and thin. A few twisted opinions mean jack to me, because on Saturday i’ll be in my very own seat, surrounded by like minded people, laughing at you. Most of you won’t even watch it ffs. We hear regularly on here fair weather fans saying ‘i’ve stopped watching, we’re so shyte.’ All the ST holders around me feel the same way as me, so it’s far from being just me. They too turn up week in and out and will continue to do so because it’s what real fans do. Some of them live at the other end of the country as well. You simply can’t compare that level of commitment to the doom n gloomers on here. Dream on suckers.

  • 82 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Bobby at 81
    What you trying to say buddy?

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Ha ha what a tw@t !

  • 84 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    What are some of those comments? I used to be fit and healthy and could afford to do both, but things change when you become disabled and you have to cut your cloth according. It can happen to you, dick, but i’d never wish it on you. Not much anyway. The facts are that if some people didn’t piss it up the wall, they too could afford to go. If you can afford it, where the f are you then? Not committed enough, why can’t you just admit it? What a total bunch of first class nobs!

  • 85 Average_Contents // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    “Get over yourselves” so sayeth the self proclaimed best fan in the world and all round martyr.

    Found that cure for world hunger yet? Perhaps you can nominate yourself for the Nobel peace prize or is that too lowly for the likes of yourself.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  • 86 Munster Mag // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Bobby, read your reply on last thread. Cheers for that. Yes I’ve been to Burslem. And Millwall when bottles were fluong over the garden walls. And Luton ( same ) , and Peterborough ( is there a duller town ? ) . I used to get The Pink sent to me in college in Ireland so I could keep up. So yes, NUFC ( this Toon mullarkey didnt exist when Paul Goddard was becoming my here ) is in the soul. When you have to fight physically and verbally with kids because you are odd enough to support NUFC, not MUFC, you earn the stripes! That said, I have always felt Sam getting the Mackems gig was a serious issue for us. I slagged Rafa here more than once because, particularly because of the shocker against Sunderland, whom e had played off the pitch previously, with 11 men. I really do think his defensive style ( which annoyed a lot of scouse fans until it won the CL ) hurt us then. We needed to go for them, but they were far more pumped up than us, and i dont think first half motivation is a Rafa card. Anyway, i cant think there are many on here who have any desire for us to go down, although there are plenty of oddballs here. I think we will go down, mainly becaiuse Sunderland got a manager in early, who knows this league well, and can buy good players ( and he did ) . We reacted too late, and bought shit, for years. Hopefully something will go wrong, but i just cant see the likes of Everton raising a gallop. And I hate Martinez too. Ane Pardew is at wembley, which in conjunction with our 5th place finish, shows him to be not as awful as has been said. Its all bad right now. COME ON MAN U !! 🙂

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Booby,
    I like a drink every weekend, does that make me a better drinker than someone who only drinks on special occasions?

  • 88 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Yes fail1, i’m a twat but live by my convictions. What does that make you? Hypocrite is what. Brag about never setting foot inside SJP whilst Ashley is in charge, you being such a big fan, but then start sneaking in. Call us for giving our money to Ashley, then do exactly the same. Muppet of the highest order. Your not even a committed plastic fan lmao! You change like the weather apparently. Like I say, I’ll be there on Saturday, surrounded by like thinking fans, screaming the lads on. You lot do whatever you wish. 50k must be wrong, but one or two idiots on here are right. Seriously, you couldn’t make it up.

  • 89 Toon XI // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Bobby – I all I feel for you is pity. To be so wound up about a football club is insane. How many times did you put football before family? How many times did you spend money on matches that your family could have used instead? How many hours did you run the roads going to matches getting pi$$ed instead of spending that time with the people who really matter? I wish you the best in life and if being the self proclaimed greatest NUFC fan is your proudest moment then I am happy for you. But calling other fans plastic because they have their priorities in order is not acceptable in the eyes of the sane.

    And yes, I have attended matches home and away.

  • 90 Average_Contents // Apr 24, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Well, by that admission, people who don’t go spend all their spare dosh on booze.

    Alchofrolicks the lot of you.

    Me? I’ve booked Cuba for two weeks all inclusive with the wife and kids. Premium class too. How very dare I.

    For the record, I was a regular up until 2010 at which point my eyes opened and I decided that I no longer could support at great expense I might add (lived all over the country and served) the running of our once great club by the blob and his cohorts so made my own little stand against him. I also never go in his shite shops out of principle Aswell. They make my skin crawl.

    I did (not this year because of the holiday) and continue to, go to away games at goodison and Anfield (if the father in law can wrangle tickets) the etihad and occasionally old Trafford if I can and their available.

    Used to go to the reebok and Ewood when they were both in the prem too.

    I guess I’m not a real fan though eh.

    You’ll be on tomorrow or the day after, just like last time though won’t you.

    Blaming it on the drugs.

    You remind me of a poster called dulcinera who frequently came on, ironically boozed up, shouting the odds, running his mouth then apologise for it a day or two after.

    He became known as kuntinera….

  • 91 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Ganging up on one person.

    Tut tut tut

  • 92 Average_Contents // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Bobby ‘bow down to me’ big balls.

    I’ve never in my entire life read anything quite like your verbal diarrhea. That’s some going that considering the wife is a special needs primary school teacher.

    Are your lips sore, ya know from blowing the biggest trumpet in the universe?

    I bet your jaw muscles are stupendous.

    Ignore this I’m just a plastic fan….

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Booby,
    Smeaking in? Calling fans for going to games?, I think you better turn in for the night sunshine!

  • 94 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    stark raving mad. Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his team is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning “completely wildly insane,” is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures.

  • 95 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    No jail, it doesn’t. You’re just a muppet and no amount of beer goggles will alter that. Hypocrite of the year, maybe, but that’s about it.

    Munster, glad you ain’t fallen out 🙂 I’m aware of your past and we probably fought side by side at some point through the years. Were They mad days or what? Loved every second of it though 😉 Fat heeded sam will fall flat sooner or later marra. They had shown form, but seem to be petering out lately. We’re scoring now and they aren’t, yet seem to believe their safety depends on Defoe. How many chances does he need before he scores? Too many i hope. Bit harsh though i think to blame Rafa for the mackem result. He came in with a mountain to climb and set off making us harder to beat. Seriously, do you think going gung ho would’ve won the game? I’m not so sure. We’ve tried that with the same players and got stuffed remember. I think he came in and wrote the first few games off, realising how demoralised and bereft of confidence the entire squad was. Imo he targetted our last few games, once he’d managed to instill belief into them. He’s done a great job imo, but we’ll never agree on everything. We did look doomed, whereas now we’re well in with a shout. Three wins is not beyond the realms of possibility and if that’s enough, then magic. If it isn’t, the future is looking brighter than before he came. He believes we’ll have enough and i think he might be right. We’ve both been to some shitty places with the toon marra, mainly in the second tier as it happens. 🙂 You did your bit and circumstances forced you to hand over the batton, plenty to be proud of there imo. It’s those who’ve never been and have no intention of ever going, yet feel they have the right to slag off loyalty that bugs me. Not just my loyalty, but all those who ever have or will display that loyalty. Not fit to lace our boots. I had eighteen hole docs back in the day, so that ‘s some lacing to do lmao. If we can win our last three winnable games, i truly believe we’ll stay up. That belief may not be enough, but nobody can predict the future, despite claims on here! Those who KNOW we’re already down and can’t bear to be wrong so would prefer to cut of their noses to spite their faces than see us escape. Strange people imo.

    B&B. I’m talking about none attending fans slagging off those who go. As that doesn’t include you, from what you post, maybe you shouldn’t bother yourself. I am a totally committed fan. That’s not a boast ffs, it’s a statement of fact. Some people take offence because they’re not for some reason. I used to like rock climbing and mountaineering when I was in the army, but i’d be damned if I’d tackle Everest. I still enjoyed it, but wasn’t that committed and knew it. Why people get so upset when faced with reality is beyond me.

  • 96 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Bobby

    You’re so parochial you think by moving all over the place is limited to the UK.

    Suppose Nobby Solano isn’t an NUFC fan, suppose Sir Bobby wasn’t when managing abroad. Suppose those natives that lived in Newcastle and were on the waiting list for ST in the 90s weren’t, didn’t have the passion to beat the others to them!

    Keegan, does he attend matches? No. Shearer isn’t even there every time, why, because they both have lives outside of NUFC and other commitments.

    I can see your sense of self-worth is wholly attached to being the no1 NUFC fan in the whole world though, so we’ll leave it at that.

    Oh, one last time, who said they’ve given in ffs? Can’t read or won’t read?

  • 97 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Average, don’t worry yourself, i’ve ignored you for months, why would i change now. Not boasts, statements of fact. Why that bugs you so much i can’t imagine. Your importance in my life is zero. Fans are on different levels. Those like Mr Sweeney, who went to the moon to watch the toon were more committed than me. I have no problem admitting that fact. I’m not our best fan, but i am a fan who goes to games and puts his money where jis mouth is. Do you? No porkies now.

  • 98 NoahJ // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    I personally think wins in the next two games could be enough (36); I don’t think norwich will get another point (31), and i think sunderland will get 4 more (35)

    I’m alarmed at how everyone is just assuming we will brush palace and villa aside, though! in many ways these will be tougher games than man city and liverpool because the expectation is so much higher.

    but, as i put on a previous post, our last 3 games:

    palace – who will have an eye on the fa cup final
    villa – who are just awful
    spurs – who will likely have nothing left to play for

    #believe

  • 99 Jail for Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    So Booby’s an ex soccer thug, part of a generation that nearly ruined the game. Proper fan?

  • 100 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Anyway, it’s been lively if nothing else today.

    I’m sure the lesser fan that runs this blog will be really heartened to carry on should we go down, after reading all this 😆

  • 101 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Fail2, and i’m sure they would say they can’t get to games. Your point is? How many of those on the waiting list appeared out of the blue when we were good? As i recall – and being there i would know – previous to that our crowds were shyte. I’ve been there throughout the good and bad times, so i don’t need to be told how to support my club. I know, I’ve done it all my life. That offends a lot of bandwagon jumpers for some reason. Your problem, not mine. Of course i’m proud of that, maybe you would be if it included you? We’ll never know though, will we? If you can’t attend for whatever reason, that ain’t your fault, but it doesn’t put you in the loyal section. If anybody believes it means more to them than those who get up at three o’clock to travel to away games, then think again. It takes a lot of passion and commitment and downright effort to follow your club through thick and thin and if you can’t see that, your the arrogant one, not me. It’s PC bollox and those who do commit will tell you the same. If you’ve never done it, wtf do you know anyway. Just run along and take your head for a crap, it’s full up in there.

  • 102 The Newcastle Armchair // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Well I think bobby’s well and truly buried on the blog now.

    I don’t agree about being more of a fan because you go to games, however its also not fair to slate the bloke for quitting drinking and buying a ST.

    Not all fans can afford to go to all games Bob, but surely that doesn’t mean we all pain and feel emotion for the club and its situation.

    Plastic fans are the ones who are asking me who we’re playing this week, what times kick off? Its class that we got that ex Barcelona manager in!

  • 103 jane // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    this has probably been mentioned.

    it’s good Palace are in the FA cup final as they will hopefully be distracted by that next weekend. it will be the first time Pardew will have returned with Palace won’t it? should be interesting!

    a silver lining to Arsenal not winning and Leicester winning is that there is a good chance that Leicester will be champions before the last match and Spurs will have secured second place and have nothing to play for.

  • 104 lesh // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    It’s such a pity that there seems to some questions around what makes real fan. Does the fact not occur to some that there are many folk out here who have an emotional attachment to Newcastle United?

    Many of us can’t get to games as much as we’d like to and it’s wrong to think that we hurt nearly as much as those who do get to games. Those who do so, home or home and away have a greater stake in this critical stage of the season having spent do much money, time and effort getting to games. You guys are top-drawer fans. But and nevertheless, there are many of us who are in the second-top drawer who will be deeply hurt if we go down.

    We’re all in the same boat and should be pulling together.

    Howay the fans.

  • 105 ToonInPlym // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Haven’t written for a while, have kind of just been reading observing, and the fact that some of you call yourselves supporters is a joke.
    You have to believe up until it’s impossible, and past 3 results have been so positive, why shouldn’t the next three which seem a bit less difficult.
    I’ll come back laughing when we stay up!
    I can’t make it to any the matches, so for all of you that are going, shout for me!
    Let’s keep believing. Too right Ed.

  • 106 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Jane

    Don’t mention Mr P down at selhurst park, i mentioned it once and i think i I’ve got away with it.

  • 107 jane // Apr 24, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    if we stay up and are mid-table next season I hope they’ll not be any complaining!

  • 108 jane // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    maybe he has silenced a lot of his critics!

  • 109 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    There will always be moaners.

  • 110 welshgeordie9 // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    who has silenced his critics.

  • 111 jane // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    I can’t say 😉

  • 112 Average_Contents // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    I think I already explained about going to games and I can’t be arsed to do it again.

    For someone who says you’ve “ignored me for months so why stop now” but then feels compelled to try and explain himself by writing another load of tripe, your doing a mighty good job of that ignoring lark.

    Speak later best fan EVER.

    Don’t forget the trumpet. And the award. And the medal. And whatever else you can fit up your arse if your heads left enough room.

  • 113 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    I think deep breathing exercises may help. 🙂

    Ancient – let me know how Cuba goes, years since I went, I really hope it’s not changed much. Did the “rambo” tour in old army trucks in the mountains, swimming down rivers, speedboats in the sea, all you can drink catamaran ha ha all sorts of health and safety nightmares lol. Best memory was a beer in the cafe bar at the Capitolio watching Russian trucks and old American cars occasionally pop and bang past. Mosquitos mind – they were a bit of a downer.

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    A lot of you have been saying “G2, now that you’re the Official Blog Sage we’re going to need a lot more words of wisdom from you.” Hmmmm. Good point my people. Never fear I won’t let you down. I have a crack team of writers working on more words of wisdom as we speak.
    Hoy, beermonkey what have you got done over there? And stop laughing while you drink your beer or you’ll choke sooner or later! Wait, those are words of wisdom aren’t they?

  • 115 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Fail1, you really are a first class dick – but you know that already every time you look in the mirror. Back then, it was a social problem. I didn’t start it personally, so don’t blame me. We went to games and wore the style of the day. Just as the youth do today. Violence was a sign of the times, not a life choice. Supporting your club away made you a target for home fans and if you didn’t fight back, they’d still cave your face in. We didn’t kill football you knob, the people who treated us like shyte did, forcing us into crammed cages and providing disgusting toilet facilities did, at the cost of greed. I myself nearly died at Spurs because we were crammed into one cage, whilst others remained empty. Likewise the leppings lane fiasco, where we warned a future disaster would strike. We the fans of the day warned that the hilsborough disaster was virtually guaranteed, because it almost happened to us. No doubt you believed the sun in their bs about how those fans died. If you weren’t there, you know jack about it. Supporting your team was a dangerous business back then, but Newcastle always came first. It’s how it was and nobody is more delighted in the changes than those who had to put up with it. Judge me, you dick, when you don’t even know me. I went to the matches in the seventies so it was all my fault? Arrogant clown. You, of all people, who almost single handed got this blog shut down because ed was sick of you not talking football, but attacking those who did. It drove people away. You drove me away for a while, with you and your sad little gang, by persistently attacking jib and and welshie because you thought YOU were the blog police and they disagreed with your pathetic agenda. Don’t even bother, i won’t read it.

  • 116 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Bobby

    Many on here formerly attended matches regularly, for varying reasons they can no longer, often due to location, so they come here to chat with other NUFC fans of differing backgrounds and from one native to another, you’re not a great ambassador.

    If all were as up themselves as you, we’d never attract any new fans outside of those born into it, not that I think you’d be against that. I personally have family that still attend regularly and wouldn’t ever consider themselves above even a kid born in South Africa/Australia/China that now supports NUFC, if anything it takes something of a greater pull for those that don’t have B&W blood and still watch religiously.

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    I’m seeing a lot of strife on here. That and discord. Come on lads pull yourselves together. We need positive waves. We need powerful positive thinking. We are going to win our next two games. Think it and it will happen.

  • 118 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    As Mahatma Ghandi once said to me “you Geordie lot are too easily depressed. Buck up!”

  • 119 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Geodie Two

    You’re going all Uri Geller on us? Be bending spoons into score predictions next. Didn’t he claim to help us win once upon a time with?

  • 120 Bobbybee // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Fail2 Really?! No problem with any fan who supports the toon, as i’ve already said. I know more than you probably. I tend to meet them at matches. I only ever bite when people who never go, tell me how to support the club i’ve supported for decades. Boycott this. Buy crappy shirts that don’t even have the club badge on. A black and white shirt without a club badge is just that – a black and white shirt. Poitics about owners doesn’t interest me, it’s all about NUFC. Anybody who allows mr blobby to drive them away is very weak and never was that committed. A club is descibed adequately by SBR above. Winning is nice, as it was when we suddenly accumulated 50k fans, but it ain’t everything. You win some, you lose some. That’s football. Is my support blind? Yeah, it probably is. Is that a fault? Not in muy books.

  • 121 Bobbybee // Apr 25, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Whoops, pressed the submit by mistake. I hate to hear fans – loose term – who can’t go, or more to the point, those who can but choose not to, slagging off the club i love. Another fault? Maybe not. We are not down yet and giving up when there’s still hope – now that is a major flaw. We fight till the end whatever the circumstances or subsequent outcome, because that is what true fans do. We don’t throw the towel in and blame those fans who still go, for our current plight, by calling them names like happy clappers and headless chickens. My view always has been that the love for your club is unconditional. Thousands agree with me, that’s why we still get 50k despite years of utter garbage and why hartlepool fans still turn up week in week out. . I recall going to old trafford when regardless of whether we won twenty nil, we were still going down. We outsang the old stretford end all day, even chanting such as ‘we’re so bad it’s unbelievable’ or similar. ‘We’re going down, we’re going down, you’re not. You’re not’. Finishing up with a rousing chorus of ‘we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when. 3k of us with nothing to play for. Even they applauded us at the end. I don’t get this winning is everything bollox that has crept into the game. Really, i just can’t understand it. As someone who goes to games, do you honestly think i don’t realise how crap we’ve been? It breaks my heart, but deserting is never an option. If you can’t handle defeat – not you personally, but anybody – then maybe newcastle is a poor choice. 99% of out of town fans loved to see kk’s team winning and that’s what attracted them in the first place. Those who stick it out are enamoured with our loyalty and have commited to that cause. Those who couldn’t cashed in their ST’s, citing Ashley because he was responsible. Their choice, but loyal it ain’t. Anyone who calls me a happy clapper will get the same vitriol back, because regardless of who owns us, the team comes first. That is my stance and if people can’t handle that, fine. I’ll argue my point till i die. When people get personal, i return it double. I have no gripe with any fan who supports us, but i might question their sanity. I’m 58 and haven’t seen us win one single domestic trophy. We’re still here and always will be.




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