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Dr. Edward S Harrison (1944-2024)

My father, Edward Harrison passed away today, June 13th 2024 at 1:30PM EST, which equates to 6:30PM in his beloved Newcastle upon Tyne. He is survived by his wife Madeline, son Paul, myself and my wife, daughter Elaine, and older brother Rodney Harrison.

My father started The Newcastle United Blog in 2007 and kept it going, at times sparingly, until earlier this month. His final post announced Anthony Gordon winning the blog’s 17th annual Player of the Season award.

Dr. Ed’s passions in life spanned many areas but nothing could compare to his love of Newcastle United. As many Geordies before and after him, this club held a special place in his heart.

I would like to personally thank all of the readers of this blog who made this endeavor a special one for my father. He was one of a kind, and we will miss him.

With love,

Neil Harrison

6,759 comments so far

  • DrGloom

    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Neil, Condolences to you and your family , may he rest in peace – he’ll be missed by all who came to the blog

  • jettson

    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Such sad news, thoughts to you Neil and your family. Your father has brought so much joy and happiness to many 000s of Newcastle United FC fans world wide, my thoughts are are with you all at this time. RIP Dr Ed a true Geordie legend.

  • JaveaToon

    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Neil…My sincere condolences to all the Harrison family. No matter how expected nothing can quite prepare you for it. My thoughts are with you all and I’ll be raising a glass to Dr Ed Harrison, a Geordie legend now and always.

  • Mag :P

    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #4

    If it wasn’t for Ed I would never have had the opportunity to speak to fellow mags from around the world. I joined this blog as a young man and left it an adult. It will always hold a special place in my heart for that.

    Rip you absolute legend. Condolences to your family Neil.

  • coming home

    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Dr Ed’s finale post was 10 days before his passing


    Deepest condolences Neil

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Neil….the fact that you took the time on this very day to actually write a new blog post says it all. Sorry for your loss and thank you for your past contributions over the years as well. Dr Ed I believe was the epitome of the Geordie spirit, ethos, culture, ethic…however you want to put it. I grew up watching the show Cheers and every time I walked into this blog space I felt like we all knew each other…the good, the bad, the ugly, the highs, the lows, etc…but it was Dr. Ed’s…the greatest Geordie pub around.

  • simon376

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Neil & Jessie and rest of family

    Just want to pass on my condolences and love. Know exactly what you are going through with me losing my Dad only almost 8 weeks ago. So hard and never known anything like it, just have to remember all of the good times and I know you will have so many.

    The word legend is used far too much and easily throughout football, but have to say Dr Ed was a true ledgend. He started this blog off 17 years ago and has kept us all going and up to date over the years. Throughout the pandemic, this was the place to go for some kind of normality and keep us all up to date with our football. I did manage to get Gavin to log on and read the blog, shame he never posted.

    On a personal note, in the weeks leading up to my Dad passing and just after he did, the people on here became almost like family, well wishes aplenty even couple of cards through the door, so again want to say thanks to everyone. Just want you and family to take care of yourselves and know that we are all here for you if ever want to talk or need anything even if so far away. Just want to pass on my thanks for everything

  • Reilly

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Sad sad news.
    R.I.P Ed.

  • simon376

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Just wish it could have been arranged to fly Dr Ed over for a game and half time pitch appearance. Hopefully directors might think about doing it for you and the family Neil, to show how much you and more do your Dad has done for the worldwide fan base

  • Andy Brown

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Many condolences Neil, I never met your dad but I wish I’d had the chance. Proud to have a Geordie state side flying the flag as proudly and vibrantly as he did. We’ve lost a warrior with a huge heart.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Neil, Condolences to you and your family.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Condolences to you and all your family Neil.
    Your dad was a fighter. He has brought years of joy to me and many other Newcastle United supporters.
    I have loved contributing and reading this blog for many years and none of this would have been possible without your dad.
    I’m truly grateful.

  • coastferret

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #13

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Sending my condolences and thanks for the dedication, hard work and honesty shown by Ed. One of the good guys

  • Freddy Forrest

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Very sorry to hear about Ed’s passing, I have enjoyed reading the blog for many years and have always been a lurker until now.

    He will be sadly missed, before the advent of social media it provided (and still does) a wonderful service to all of us NUFC fans ????

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP Dr E Harrison….its a sad day for us all

  • Kangatoon

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Condolences Madeline, Neil and family.
    RIP Ed

  • magicmac54

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Some really heartfelt comments by all blog members on the sad passing of Dr Ed on this very sad night, and a truly great testament and acknowledgment of the magnificent NUFC blog that Dr Ed created.


  • RolandoOverhead

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #18

    God bless you Dr Ed.
    Enjoy looking down from up high, with Sir Bobby, Speedo, Pav, Tiote, Atsu and many other Geordie legends who have left this earth richer for their brief time.
    Condolences and best wishes to all those saying goodbye to a family member, friend or someone who just gave them a place to talk about the team we all love.
    May he rest in peace.

  • Return Of The Jedi

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #19

    May The Force Be With Ed RIP

  • scott

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Neil,Jessie & all the Harrison family,my deepest condolences to you all on the loss of a truly tremendous geordie legend & thank you all so much for your efforts & sacrifices in keeping this blog going all of these years!
    RIP Dr Ed, thank you for all you put into this blog to make it the one & only!
    I will always be in awe of the fact you chose to keep posting as much as your body would let you for as long as it would allow!

    Sleep tight legend!

  • Steven Hewetson

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #21

    So sorry to the sad news , God bless you Ed

  • Elliot T

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Neil, I created this account just to say thank you. I was an early reader back when there was nowhere else to turn for overseas fans. Ed’s articles and blog were my go-to for the latest, unbiased information on the club.

    Ed’s writing wasn’t just unbiased; it was always well-crafted and full of a gentle warmth that’s hard to find. I hope this blog continues. If it doesn’t, the articles should be kept – the last two seasons are a story in themselves!

    He showed up even when the club didn’t. By doing so, he built a community in an online world that needed it the most. This community will live on, and for that, I thank him and you for your strength during this time. Wishing you and the family all the best in the tough times ahead.

    In those inevitable bumps, I hope you find peace in the comments here and remember what your father built.


  • valle

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Sad news indeed… RIP DR. Ed

  • Lynxie

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Deepest condolences to all of the family Neil, very sad news. Your father has created a worldwide legion of followers, and I’m sure I speak for every person who has ever visited his beloved blog, will miss him from afar.
    Sleep tight Ed, bonny lad.

  • Trequartista10

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Ciao. Very sad news. All the best Harrison family. God bless Dr. ED. All the best fellow blog posters

  • coming home

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #26
  • Jessie

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Thank you all so much for the lovely sentiments.

    I will do my best to keep an eye on approving the pending posts from first-time commenters, to make sure everyone’s thoughts are seen.

  • Grafton83

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Love to all the family, sorry for your loss. Rest in peace x

  • lochinvar

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29

    (In the style of Cushy Butterfield)

    Was a grand lad an’ a bonnie lad an’ much loved ower here
    An’ they called him Dr. Ed Harrison as Newcastle sheds tears.

  • Calm Before The Storm

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Rip ed 🙁

  • Fat Basta*d

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Did Ed ever mention who his number 1 dream signing would be this window?

  • Toon Brigade

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Sincere condolences Dr. Ed Harrison and family

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Very sad news. Neil your father has touched us all and is a Legend. Truly one of a kind and my deepest condolences to you and your family and thank you for everything you’ve all done for the blog. May God bless you.

  • Elmanio

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #34

    A Toon legend who provided a fabulous place for Newcastle fans to discuss everything about a wonderful club

    My condolences to his family

  • Ooooo........it's Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #35

    So terribly terribly sad to hear this, but so very grateful to Ed for this excellent place.

    With thanks, and gratitude, and genuine respect, farewell.

  • Charge

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Very rarely commented but your dad’s blog made me feel part of a community of fellow fans. I never met him or even messaged him but he made my life better.

  • magicmac54

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Jessie, Madeline, and Neil

    I thought this little number might be appropriate and suitable tonight under the circumstancess.

    God Bless.


  • Toonces

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #38

    My condolences to the Harrison family.

    Thank you for hosting this great blog where we could talk all things Toon.

    Rest in Peace, Dr. Ed.

  • snowdone

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Thank you , Neil, for letting us know this sad news. Your father created something special in 2007 and his was and is my go to blog for news about and comments on our beloved Newcastle. He will never be forgotten by us and I am so pleased that the recent developments at our club will have given him so much pleasure and hope during his illness.
    My thoughts are with you all.

  • geordie157

    Jun 13, 2024 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry to hear the sad news, thoughts are with you Neil and your family!

    The blog has been a great place bringing fans together, Ed played a huge part in that and his geordie spirit and love for the team, the city and people was clear to see.

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