The Good And The Bad Of Being A Top Team

Newcastle haven’t had a good team for a while now and since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in late August, 2004 for finishing only 5th in the league,  since then  Newcastle have finished 5th in the Premier League only once – back in 2012.

And just in case the Geordie fans got carried away with that, the next season we were struggling mightily against relegation.

Since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007 we have finished in the top eight in the PL only once and been relegated twice so until this year things have been pretty dire at Newcastle – and that may be a huge understatement.


Rafa Benitez – this picture was not taken on Friday night

Now Rafa Benitez is starting to put a top team together and we have to get used to what that means.

There will be some jealousy from other fans – whether they admit that or not – and we’ve seen some of that this season – we are buying promotion and all that stuff even though we made a £31M profit last summer.

And  in games we may even  get some good calls from the referee.

Just think of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

We remember well in games when they were behind after 90 minutes they got 7 minutes of added time (or until they equalized?) so they had time to rescue the game.


But we also saw on Friday night that in some games it appears (of course we would never say this actually happened) the referee is completely against Newcastle and makes some weird decisions as Stephen Martin did in that first half.

That’s what happens when you are a good side and since we want to get better and better with Rafa Benitez at the helm we should probably just get used to it.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 5, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve rang up about tickets for Brentford away, have already booked hotels and trains but someone at the ticket office says the game could be rearranged if we draw in the third round of the cup. Surely if Sky have already booked the game then that’s final??


    Dec 5, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Nowt will happen with lansbury retrospectively,they dont dish out yellows after the fact…. he’s got away with it….he myt get a finger wagging letter from f.a but it will mean f.a to him…..cant see shelvey gettin of with it,he kicked out…despite the tackle on him…..u cant do that no matter what a player does.

  • scrotty

    Dec 5, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Lots of comments on here over he last few days about match rigging or betting irregularities following fridays game.

    Just thought I’d point out that if any of you had placed a bet on the game and felt strongly enough you would have grounds to take your concerns to the police.

    I have no idea about any possible outcome but it would be interesting to see the reaction if a individual or group made a police complaint.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Wonder how Shelvey got that bloody lip prior to be sent off? I can’t see either player really kicking at each other, just getting untangled. Certainly no penalty.
    Ref really lost it when the whistle from the stands was sounded. he should have stopped the game right there as most of the players and staff started to the dressing room, including our central midfielders. It was Dummitt that saw too late that the play was still going on and tried to help. A very harsh penalty, ref should have stopped game and done a drop ball after the whistler was found out and banished from the stands.


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