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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


6,748 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #41

    Neil, good words. If the blog can come together over the next short period and not post insults or worse, that, in my opinion, will show our respect.

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  • Wimbletoon

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #42

    Thank you Ed, RIP

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #43

    AnyToon in Indiana #6.

    Exactly.

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  • David

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #44

    Rest in peace Ed. I’ve enjoyed this blog for years and I’m very grateful for all the effort Ed put in to it. My condolences to his loved ones.

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  • Ronway

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #45

    Thank you for your post Neil.

    Your Dad was indeed “one of a kind” and will be sorely missed by many, many Geordies; he can now rest in peace following a job well done.

    Condolences and Best Wishes to you, your Mam, Jessie and all the Harrison Family.

    Howay the Harrisons.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #46

    People coming on who have not posted for years, but they read the BLOG.

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  • Gábor Varga

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #47

    This blog was my No 1. go to place about Newcastle from youth, loved reading Ed, and loved to read the comments.

    Neil, Condolences to you and your family , may he rest in peace.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #48

    Just shows the reach of the BLOG.

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  • jasper

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #49

    For many years I have logged into the blog almost daily and have greatly enjoyed the efforts of Ed, Neil and very occasionally, “The Wife”.
    The dedication to the cause made by Ed despite his protracted health issues has been quite admirable and has given so much enjoyment to so many for so long.
    My condolences and my very best wishes to you all.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #50

    Gábor Varga is the place …. not was.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #52

    RIP Ed Harrison, thank-you for the years of dedication to our mighty club via your blog. You are going to be a huge miss in all our lives.

    Love to all your family. You can watch our future glory and be proud from above.

    Good neet

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  • Fat Basta*d

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #53

    Rumours we have triggered olise rele

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  • Fat Basta*d

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #54

    ..Release clause with chelsea. Depends who offers best deal

    1
  • thereallowickmag

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #55

    So sorry to hear this news. Thoughts are with the whole family.
    RIP Dr ED

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  • IndieGeordie

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #56

    Condolences and prayers! Feels like losing someone close and family. This had been my go to place for NUFC news whereever I have been across the world.

    May your soul rest in peace, Sir Ed! ? ?

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  • exiledtoon

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #57

    I’m really sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.

    Ed like myself lives away from Newcastle now and I felt through his writing a connection to Newcastle that we feel living away from the area.

    He brought a lot of joy and realism to supporting my beloved Toon Army.

    Thankyou x

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #58

    Such sad news but we thought something might have happened with the drop off in posts. Ed clearly lived a good life and set an example to his family and us on how to confront a life threatening illness. Such courage, bravery and unselfishness. None of us know how we would react in such circumstances, and just hope we are never tested in that way, but Ed was and was not found wanting. A great example of human spirit. RIP Ed.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #59

    Dr Ed
    R.I.P.
    the angels are singing

    Aa went to Blaydon Races, ’twas on the ninth of Joon,
    Eiteen hundred an’ sixty-two, on a summer’s efternoon;
    Aa tyuk the ‘bus frae Balmbra’s, an’ she wis heavy laden,
    Away we went ‘lang Collin’wood Street, that’s on the road to Blaydon.

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

    We flew past Airmstrang’s factory, and up to the ‘Robin Adair’,
    Just gannin’ doon te the railway
    bridge, the ‘bus wheel flew off there.
    The lassies lost their crinolines
    off, an’ the veils that hide their faces,
    An’ aw got two black eyes an’ a broken nose gannin’ te Blaydon Races.

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

    When we gat the wheel put on away we went agyen,
    But them that had their noses broke they cam back ower hyem;
    Sum went to the Dispensary an’ uthers to Doctor Gibbs,
    An’ sum sought out the Infirmary to mend their broken ribs.

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

    We flew across the Chain Bridge reet into Blaydon toon,
    Find more lyrics at ? Mojim.com
    The bellman he was callin’ there, they call him Jackie Broon;
    Aa saw him talkin’ to sum cheps, an’ them he was pursuadin’
    To gan an’ see Geordy Ridley’s
    concert in the Mechanics’ Hall at Blaydon.

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

    Noo when we gat to Paradise thor wes bonny gam begun;
    Thor was fower-an-twenty on the ‘bus, man, hoo they danced an’ sung;
    They called on me to sing a sang, aa sung them ‘Paddy Fagan’,
    Aa danced a jig an’ swung my twig that day aa went to Blaydon.

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

    The rain it poor’d aall the day an’ mayed the groons quite muddy,
    Coffy Johnny had a white hat on –
    they war shootin’ ‘Whe stole the cuddy.’
    There wis spice stalls an’ munkey shows an’ aud wives selling ciders,
    An’ a chep wiv a hapenny roond
    aboot, shootin’ ‘Noo, me lads, for riders.’

    Oh! me lads, ye shud a’ seen w’us gannin,
    Passin’ the folks alang the road just as they were stannin’.
    Aal the’ lads and lasses there, aal wi’ smiling faces,
    Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road to see the Blaydon Races.

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  • Ged Clarke

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #60

    This is such sad news. Dr Ed always provided a voice of sanity in the often crazy social media world. While others were lurching from one extreme to another, his blog offered a sense of perspective coupled with common sense and reason. Yet his measured words never masked his love and passion for NUFC. He is a fan who deservedly earned total respect.
    Many condolences Neil, to you and the rest of the family.
    RIP Dr Ed ???

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  • Zack Zuccolotto

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #61

    Your father was such a passionate and enthusiastic fan and writer for this blog. My condolences to you and your family.

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  • Vin Stott

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #62

    I awoke in Adelaide and as I do every morning check in on the blog to the saddest news. Thank you Dr Ed you will be sorely missed by many across the globe. RIP

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  • Ged Clarke

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #63

    Apologies for the 3 question marks. The system couldn’t handle black & white hearts.

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  • happyjohn

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #64

    Sincere condolences on your loss.
    Dr. Ed contributed much to the NUFC loving community mainly in dire times but I’m glad that he was around to see the the beginning of the rebirth.
    R.I.P.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #65

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. As much as this day has been coming for a long time I’m still in shock. Part of me thought he would go on forever.

    His legacy is this community of Newcastle fans that he has brought together from all corners of the world. His persistence even through ill health has brought comfort to many and let them feel a sense of community and home no matter where they may be in the world. It’s something that very few create and I’m sure everyone feels honoured to have been a part of it over the years.

    I won’t pretend to know the hurt you’re all feeling now but I hope you feel immense pride in the work Dr Ed has done and how much he has touched all of us here.

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #66

    Neil and Jessie

    My condolences, I know how much it hurts.
    He was a great man

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #67

    Thoughts and condolences go out to you Neil and the rest of the Harrison family and all of Dr Eds friends.

    What more can be said about what an incredible human being and legend he is.

    A very sad loss.

    Rest easy Dr Ed

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  • Macas

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #68

    Was coming back home from a great night of live music when I read the sad news on the bus, and had to wipe the tears from my eyes.
    Have been on the blog since 2007 and Ed feels like an old friend, so words can’t properly express how devastated I feel right now.
    Condolences to all of Ed’s family, even though this moment was coming I know how hard it must be.
    Having said that, I am pretty sure Ed will be looking down right now and reading the comments, seeing how much he was respected by everyone who read the blog.
    And I am certain that after just a few minutes of speaking to Ed that God will be wearing a black and white strip right now!

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #69

    Fat B@51

    Thank you for that link at 51 lad.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #70

    This is such sad news, Neil. My sincere condolences to you, Jessie and your family.

    Dr Ed’s blog was my go-to place to discuss all things NUFC, till my own Mother’s illness and various other commitments meant I had less time to spemd here. I understand your loss at this difficult time.

    That said, the brightest stars can never be extinguished, and Ed will live long in our hearts and minds. He lived a life of extraordinary achievement, not the least of which was to provide this forum for us all to celebrate, bicker and debate all things NUFC. I’ll be forever grateful to him for that.

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  • Macas

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #71

    And I don’t know if it would be possible or not, but it would be great if there was a minute’s silence at the first home game next season for Ed.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #72

    REST IN PEACE
    ED

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  • Fat Basta*d

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #73

    You’re welcome Magic

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  • bill

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #74

    So sorry to hear the sad news. At least Ed was able to end his days with his team on the upward spiral. All my heart felt wishes to his family and friends. Lost my best pal from school a couple of months ago and it is difficult times. Just remember the happy times together.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #76

    Heartfelt condolences Neil on this very sad and difficult day ….
    Your dad was a very special man who managed to garner the admiration and respect of all Toon fans especially the ones from this blog ….I don’t ever remember a negative comment about him which says it all in this day and age ……

    R.I.P. Dr Ed you’ll be sadly missed but never forgotten….

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  • David P

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #77

    Hi Ed,

    Created this account after reading the blog for more than 10 years, you were absolutely loved and created a great thing here which made a lot of people happy, condolences to your family

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #78

    Condolences to the Harrisons. Ed’s blog was without doubt the best NUFC blog and did provide a service to fans.

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  • JohnJ

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #79

    JohnJ
    Jun 13, 2024 at 9:22 PM
    Comment #2002

    I’m re-posting this as it seems more appropriate on this page of remembrance to our friend to all who visit this page.

    “\So very sorry to learn of Dr Ed Harrison’s passing. He was an inspiration and a Legend in many ways.

    Today would have been my late Mother’s 107th birthday. So I will recall this sad date in many ways.

    Jessie I’m sending lots of love and a bucket full of compassion to you and all the Harrison Family.

    God Bless you all and much appreciation to Dr Ed for bringing us all together!”

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #80

    magicmac54

    Jun 13, 2024 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #68
    Fat B@51

    Thank you for that link at 51 lad.

    And I have people telling who I can blog to, FB has to stop the abuse. his Footy posts are good I have Jail on my tail. FB has only posted one offensive post over the road.

    We can bring FB into the Toon. If he tries.

    No one tells me who I may talk to, and Magic, where is my missing breakfast?

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