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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

6,745 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #81

    Way to go JJ

  • richyg01

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #82

    Condolences to yourself and the family.
    Ed shared much joy (and sadness) with us all over the years. He devoted so much time and effort to the blog.
    He took the time to keep us all up to date, even on personal matters, often when it may have been easier for him to just close the blog and walk away, he still took the time to post.

    Black and white and read all over!
    Thanks Ed.
    Howay the lads! ??????

  • NUFC New Boy

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #83

    I have just seen post on Twitter and wanted to send my condolences. This is the first time in 12 years I have commented on here under this username, and it was this blog that was my entry into the world of supporting Newcastle. This evening I have read fondly the interactions I had with him over email about the shared love of Newcastle. I just wanted to say thank you to Ed for the sense of community that he created over decades and has since endured on Twitter and social media and beyond. Your father was a good man and an even better Geordie, howay the lad!

  • Poet Of Prudhoe Park

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #84

    Condolences to Ed
    The Dr who deserves enormous cred
    It will never be the same again
    This blog was the best to entertain
    Ed will finally Rest in Peace
    With the blog nearing the time to cease
    We offer the great man a handshake
    And bid adios amigo with good craic

  • captainmarvel

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #85

    Rest in peace you lovely, lovely, man.

    And many condolences to the family.

    Ed was the ultimate in what a man should be, such strength and devotion throughout his fight with this killer disease.
    The messages from the members of this blog show what we all will miss, he was irreplaceable, an icon of the highest order.
    Rest in peace, Dr Ed Harrison.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #86

    everyone is coming out of the woodwork. Great to see.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #87

    I mean that in a good way.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #88

    no paws left 🙂

  • IrishRob

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #89

    There were some great great years on this blog, Ed made all that possible. Im genuinely close to tears for someone i didn’t even know. Such a strage feeling.

    So sorry for your loss Harrison family.

    Go watch the Toon win the champions league in heaven Ed you earned it.

    Rest in Peace!

  • JohnJ

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #90

    This is a reminder of what Dr Ed wanted from the blog!

    “The following policies should be taken into consideration before commenting:

    Personal insults and continually provoking other posters should be avoided

    Comments on politics, religion, or controversial topics should be avoided.

    Political disputes will result in both participants being moderated.

    Do not post streaming links to pirated matches or links to content on controversial topics

    Physical threats will lead to a suspension or a ban

    Revealing personal information about another poster without permission will result in a ban

    Creating alternate accounts will result in an immediate ban of all accounts.”

    It would be absolutely GREAT if we could all get along in friendship in the remaining time the blog is “Open” in remembrance of Dr Ed Harrison.

    God Bless Dr Ed rest in peace your battle is now over!

  • Certain Toon

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #91

    Heartfelt condolences Ed Harrison

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #92

    JJ . Yes

  • xfer

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #93

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    As a Newcastle fan growing up during my teenage days, this blog was my main source of info on all NUFC related news. Very well written articles and a comment section where the fans can interact – before the social media got popular.

    Its only of my most visited bookmarks apart from maybe google (speaks volume). Its a part of my surfing habit seeing it in my bookmark bar.

    RIP Dr Edward Harrison – you are in a better place now, relieved of all sufferings. You are a legend loved by many.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #94
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #95

    listen to the words!!!!!

  • baty1963

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #96

    Rip Dr Ed, you fought one hell of a fight sleep well my condolences to all your loved ones

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #97

    oh Dog, I have started late night music hall.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #98
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #99

    How is Milo?

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #100

    part of the family.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #101


    You are so right we will miss him but he will always remain in our hearts and minds.

    It is especially sad that his passing comes when the Toon is on the rise after suffering with us all through the Ashley years.

    His blog has been an inspiration and a comfort since it’s inception in 2007.

    I was with it since it’s beginning and feel a sense of honour and great sadness to still be here as the creator of it passes on to the great stadium in the sky.

    My deepest sympathy to you, Jessie and the rest of Ed’s family for your loss.

    If there is a heaven I’m sure that there will be hordes of Toon supporters there in the famous shirt to welcome him with a rousing rendition of Blaydon races.

    RIP a very noble and popular Toon hero.

    You will be missed!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #102

    St. Peter at the gate.

    “Come on in Dr. Ed. Wor Bobby’s got the #cans in”


  • Unused Substitute

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #103

    Condolences, Neil. Never got a chance to meet Ed in person. A personal loss for.me neverthele?ss.

  • Sav

    Jun 14, 2024 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #104

    Sad news. As well as being a proud geordie, Dr. Ed was brave and open about his illness. I’m sure that encouraged many of his readers in their own battles. Sincere condolences to his family, Neil.

  • ChicoUSA

    Jun 14, 2024 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #105

    Somewhere….beyond the reach of the ravages of time and age,
    A fully restored and revitalized young man walks onto a perfectly green and maintained football pitch, not unlike the pitch at St James Park. He smiles knowingly as he realizes he is now beyond pain and filled with the love of the family he left at home, but only for a short time. The gaffer, who has a strong resemblance to Sir Bobby Robson, looks over at the youngster, and he asks “where do you play, lad?”. The new free transfer replies, “keeper, sir”. The gaffer nods and says, “ ah perfect, just what we have needed”.

    And somewhere a chorus of fans are singing, “Ed Harrison….he is one of our own!”.

    Love to Ed’s dear family. We are so blessed to have been touched by Dr Ed and by you all who supported him! Peace to you and to all my fellow bloggers….tears…

  • Big Archie

    Jun 14, 2024 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #106

    Sorry to hear the news Neil.
    Your dad provided a balance that is not often seen on fans’ sites, resisting the temptation to follow the easy route of just writing what the fans want to read.
    I had a few good chats with him when I was running my own blog and he was very generous with his time and his advice.
    Condolences to the family.

  • Zambiantoon

    Jun 14, 2024 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #107

    RIP Ed,

    Go well sir.

    Sending my condolences form Zambia.

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Jun 14, 2024 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #108

    You could pick from any number of Mark Hollis or later Talk Talk pens but here you go…

  • The Ledge

    Jun 14, 2024 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #109

    RIP Ed, you not only gave us the best Nufc blog there was, but your fight against that bastard of a disease was inspirational.
    You helped many of us who’s loved ones were fighting the same battle have a bit of hope in dark times .
    A Geordie legend RIP.

  • hkgeordie

    Jun 14, 2024 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #110

    Neil, thank you for sharing this very sad news. I am sure all our thoughts are with you and all Ed’s family and friends.

    I am sat in tears for a gentleman I never had the pleasure of meeting but felt I knew well – a friend who brought so much joy to Toon fans across the world.

    Rest in peace Dr Ed, you wonderful Geordie.

  • GvFalkirk

    Jun 14, 2024 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #111

    RIP Ed

  • Douglas

    Jun 14, 2024 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #112

    Sad news. My deepest condolences.

  • Dubai Micky

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #113

    Condolences to all of the Harrison family, a great man has been taken from us.

    Many people the world over connected to Dr. Ed, from just one man who set up a bulletin board over 17 years ago with the foresight to just have a chat about all things Newcastle, that then became a blog that brought 1,000s of people together not just on-line but also in person (I met a bloke in a pub in deepest Michigan, in the snow, in a place I’d never been to before and probably never will again, and who became a friend) and that was because of Dr. Ed.

    Thank you and may you rest in peace.

  • Paul141726

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #114

    Being here in America, this blog sure was an incredible place to visit (and yes, sometimes comment) about this amazing club and the man who kept us all informed. In good times and bad, Ed was always there with posts that were so insightful that we all seemed to have good conversations here. Yes, there were some ridiculous arguments among some posters, but after getting used to the blog, I’m sure many of us overlooked those to concentrate on our love for this club, this town and this region. That is ALL down to this amazing man and his love for this club and region on England.
    Rest in peace, Ed and my condolences to the entire Harrison family.
    I’m sure there were tears at hearing this sad news.

  • Darnik

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #115

    So sorry to hear this sad news, condolences to Neil, the wife and family.
    Dr Ed was a true Geordie legend gone but never forgotten. RIP Ed it’s been a pleasure to be part of your community

  • iotarock

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #116

    Deepest sympathies to the Harrison family and the Newcastle community worldwide. Through this blog, Dr. Ed gave Newcastle fans around the world such as myself a way to connect to the club, city and other fans. It gave those of us who have only been able to support the club from a distance a glimpse of what it feels like to be in the city on match-day, at the Cathedral on the Hill. I think the fact that Dr.Ed himself was forced into being a fan at a distance, but with his heart always in his beloved Newcastle, helped us connect with him and his love for the club. Thank you Dr. Ed for doing that for us. God Speed!

  • the crown princes nashers

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #117

    RIP Dr E Harrison, what can I say what has not been already said about ed, he has over the years brought all walks of life around the world into our club to support, he has spent many many house in full dedication towards the club and ourselves to spread the word, if there was any infighting he would soon sort it out and we all carried on with our support of our great club, ed will never be forgotten ever, we will all carry ed in our hearts until its out time to pass

    to eds family and friends, he has not passed he stands right beside yous all, the true legend will never leave yous

    ed RIP to a true geordie legend

  • woodsee

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #118

    Another who hasn’t posted for a while,but this was the only blog I ever went on.
    Especially through the pandemic,this blog was so special for banter and just talking to people,you should be very proud of your dad,he created something amazing.
    Such a sad day,RIP Mr Harrison,and I like others,hope the club can acknowledge your father’s efforts in some way.

  • Hibbit

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #119

    “you can take the Geordie out of Newcastle but can never take Newcastle out of the Geordie”,
    god bless you my friend, rest in peace,

    My sincere condolences to family and friends

  • wynsleap

    Jun 14, 2024 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #120

    So sorry to hear the sad news Neil. I have been contributing to this blog for years and always found your dad a true black and white gentleman whose love for our team and his keen insight and fairness and devotion to the cause was forever to his credit.
    Some recognition of his dedicated work and standing in the hearts of Toon fans should be displayed in the first home game of the new season.
    Best of luck and condolences to all the family. You should be very proud of him.


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