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Newcastle Held Up As An Example Of Progress And Success

In our Championship promotion season, we had two tough games against Burton Albion when we scraped a 2-1 away win on 17th December 2016 and then we won 1-0 at home in April of the following year.

That’s when the referee showed he didn’t know the rules of a penalty.

So when a Newcastle player (Gayle) encroached into the penalty area as Matt Richie took the penalty, the referee gave a free kick where Gayle encroached – simply unbelievable.

And the other three officials also didn’t know the rule?

Burton manager Nigel Clough and Chairman Ben Robinson

Matt should have simply retaken the penalty.

Unfortunately, Burton were relegated to League One last season finishing second bottom on 41 points.

And they are currently 5th bottom having taken 3 points from their first 4 games.

The hierarchy at the club – Nigel Clough is still the manager – have written a message to a section of fans who allegedly have posted abuse on social media.

The club’s Chairman Ben Robinson has issued a long statement on the issue and here is some of it:

“They understand better than anybody how we have gone from traveling to Bishop Auckland on a wet November afternoon in the Unibond League and playing in front of 371 spectators, to running out at St James’ Park to play Newcastle United in the Championship.”

“The only disappointment is that our fan base hasn’t grown as we have made that journey and even now there are clubs in non-league who get more through the turnstiles than we do.”

“But we know that the vast majority of our fans care, passionately and deeply, about Burton Albion.”

“Which makes it all the more disappointing when a small minority of our fans boo the players or use abusive language on social media.”

“We understand the frustrations of last season, not winning at home for such a long time, and relegation. And everyone is entitled to an opinion, that’s what football is all about.”

“But abusive comments and the language used by that minority on social media platforms is not acceptable – nor the letter that arrived at my office using a vile four-letter word that was personally very hurtful.”

“Burton Albion fans don’t behave like that and we aren’t the kind of club that wants those kind of fans.”

The attendance at the Newcastle vs Burton game over two years ago was 48,814.

Social media today makes it very easy for anybody to abuse people and we see far too much of it going – even from those in high positions in the word.

Where’s the civility gone?

Those are good words from the Burton Chairman and it’s nice to have Newcastle shown as an example of success even though it was when we were in the Championship.

Finishing 10th last season in the Premier League was another phenomenal achievement by our manager, Rafa Benitez, the players and the support given to them by our fans.

Burton is a fabulous small club founded back in 1950 and as we said earlier the Brewers gave us two very tough games two years ago.

The fans are naturally disappointed with things at the moment but we hope the abuse by a very small section of their fans will end.

Maybe we will see them in the Premier League in the years ahead?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    That story had an anecdotal feel about it.
    Were you the driver or the passenger ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Buton Kimbo?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    What did you work as on those diesel donkeys?

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    It must be all the talk of Bass that’s prompted an
    item on Burton Albion.
    We used to sing to the tune of Figaro
    “Oh for a bottle of Bass and a Dickmans pie”

  • Just a fan

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I like that ciaran Clark called it a squad.dont know when they started calling it a group but I’m not keen on that.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Ok I will go and sit on the naughty step for a little while.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    The bus moved so quickly there it almost had my wing off! 🙂

    catchy in norway

    Aug 21, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    “christianity came in 4-6BC, big difference”

    A classic oxymoron. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9


    Sibiersky was a cheap last minute jobby and he did OK, so they aren’t all failures.

    I still have a chuckle over Shefki though.

  • kimbo

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    So logic here is that we can compete with Burton?
    Ashley must be loving this as we are linked with the mighty Burton.
    We will be playing Burton soon but not in the PL.

  • hibbit

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Steve McClaren on the brink yet again

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    kimbo I think is a bimbo
    We should consign her to limbo

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    just a fan, I wasn’t being critical, just looping you into the conversation. All good, mate

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14



    I just know the bloke who did it.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Bill, I seem to remember Kevin Gallcher was a last-minute signing too, who turned out pretty well.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I know it’s early doors but it’s looking like
    Leeds and Boro up from the champo
    A couple of NE away games next season
    would be nice.

  • kimbo

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I think Jib needs to wear a bib and go back to the crib.
    Damp squib.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    so tragic that the only time ash provided decent funds was at mclaren’s disposal. d’oh!!

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib, Leeds have had good starts to the season over the last few years, but seem to fade around Christmas.

    I’d love to see them back in the Prem (as long as we’re in it still) – that’s where they belong. The Boro too. Far better than yet more London and South-East clubs, logistically and emotionally.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20


    Steves doing a good job with QPR though, you never know Big Mike might just be able to persuade him to return for another stint with us.

    That was intended as a joke but thinking about it, if he came back as an assistant to Rafa Big Mike might just give Rafa a huge wedge for the winter transfer window. He was after all pretty good as an assistant to Sir Alec, lateral thinking chaps, lateral thinking!!

  • one fine day

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Christ !24 hours ago we were discussing bridges and who stole the credit for electric street lights.
    I get back on to find Jib and kimbo engaged in an 8 mile style rap battle …. Dj spin thaaa sheet
    It’s why I love this blog lol

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    I think my biggest disappointment with Shefki was that we didn’t see his goal celebration.

  • one fine day

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Think he was always a decent coach.
    Just not a manager .
    And I think the way charnley handled his exit will ensure he will not set foot back in st James …hopefully

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24
  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #25

    May I have your attention please?
    May I have your attention please?
    Will the real Fat Ashley please stand up?
    I repeat will the real Fat Ashley please stand up?
    We’re going to have a problem here

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26


    I’m sure Kim is a better song to parody for Ashley

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27


    As a kid, I fondly remember the pungent smell that wafted across the City when they were brewing at Gallowgate in the early sixties. I’d guess it could’ve been any of Ex, Brown or Amber they were brewing unless they brewed anything else up there?


    A few pints of Bass, a packet of peanuts and two jobs done – a good dose of physic and a pebble-dashed toilet bowl!

  • one fine day

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Will the real fat Ashley please cash out,
    Please cash out
    Please cash out ? 🙂

  • one fine day

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Could always smell hops stood in the milburn as a kid when I first started going.
    It always seemed stronger on the midweek games too
    Me dad worked for Scottish and Newcastle for years and used to bring. He used hops home to put on his leeks lol another cunning plan to get them monster end for the leek show , who knows
    So been in the garden always made me think of match days

  • one fine day

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Will spare even trying to bother sorting the auto correct in that last post but you get the gyst

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    May be we need the smell of hops wafting over St James’s Park again…
    Might put the opposition off!!!

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    So, Burton’s Chairman, Ben Robinson, received abuse from some fans and lauded for issuing a letter understanding their frustrations while be moaning the club’s relative lack of support.

    All fine and very honourable on the face of it, but haven’t our fans treated Ashley’s statements with contempt? Yes and because he’s got form for silence with the occasional and well-timed utterance of Bishop’s carefully crafted words, billshut!

    Has Robinson got form or has he really been badly done to?

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    OFD, Charlie

    Oh yes, the smell of brewing could help dope the opposition at SJP but it’d result in snores rather than roars coming from the crowd!

    Now the Gallowgate brewery’s flattened, who’s brewing beer in and around the city these days?


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