View Full Version : When will the Toon Wise up?

3rd Sep 2008, 07:53
Laugh, I nearly started yesterday with the frenzy about whether King Kev had spat his dummy out (again); or whether the hard drinking well dressed owner of the Toon had sacked him.

Who cares?

Good business for the hotel trade in the Toon though as every man and his dog had their reporter 'ootside St James' bringing the latest feast of nothing important. Even a few more passengers through the airport - there - the pprune link!

Never mind, the proper season starts on Saturday; men, mud & oval ball.

tony draper
3rd Sep 2008, 09:20
If he gets resigns he gets nowt if he gets sacked he gets eight million,what?,he is just another spiv in a industry run and peopled by spivs the English premier league is a joke run by furriners gangsters and other assorted low lives,English Premier? the pitches are awash with overpaid tossers wi unpronouncable names, they may as well just look and see which club has the biggest bank balance at the end of the season and hand them all the trophies why bother playing matches?

3rd Sep 2008, 09:25
Half of that is right. The other half I would keep to myself, especially round the Gallowgate.

Keegan has a record of walking away, rather than waiting for the bullet. Doesn't matter who they get next, NUFC has been a joke on & off the pitch for years, a tiny club that thinks it's a big one. I hope they appoint Shearer so I can enjoy the subsequent relegation.

Effluent Man
3rd Sep 2008, 10:59
Keegan and Wise (Surely a candidate for misnomer of all time) Which one is better? There's only one way to find out...........

3rd Sep 2008, 11:04
Highly apposite pic taken by a mate of mine yesterday afternoon.

storm-clouds-gather-over-SJP on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauljw/2822603202/)

3rd Sep 2008, 11:14
I'm a lifelong football fan who's been to some 85 league grounds (er, back in my youth), I'm in the Drapes camp here.

The Premiership is dominated by money. Sure there's some attractive football to see, but the 'feel' just isn't the same. As an ex-sportsman I despise the diving, spitting etc that has become far more prevalent in our game.

I remember one Palace player (Alan Whittle -- five foot two, eyes of blue) chinning a dirty Hull bloke with an absolute belter, apologising to the ref and trotting off to his early bath. A bit of honest thuggery that! Even the home fans applauded him off.

My kids have got season tickets for Charlton (in Division 2 in old money) but I gave up mine a while back although I do go to see the odd game.

I thought about watching some non-league football, but it costs a tenner to get in and frankly isn't worth the money. Afraid I'm an armchair fan now. The money men have driven me, and loads of others, out.

On thread, Newcastle is a wonderful soap opera. It musn't stop.

3rd Sep 2008, 12:07
Yes, but is he the Messiah or just a very naughty boy?

Edited to add: I've just seen that the new owner of City wants them to finish in the top four this season, top next season, and win the Champion's League the season after that.

No pressure there then ..

3rd Sep 2008, 13:12
Everything that is wrong in football here was displayed to us in January. We went to see Man U on a corporate jolly. Took meladdo. Most other people around us wanted him to sit down and be quiet as this was a football match and not a place for children. Needless to say we won't be going back for a good long while. Free or otherwise. Times have changed from when I used to go as a kid.

Meladdo and Himself quite often go to see the local non-league team and they have a great time. Definitely a place for children.

3rd Sep 2008, 13:37
Highly apposite pic taken by a mate of mine yesterday afternoon.

storm-clouds-gather-over-SJP on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Your mate must be from south of the river using ........ "both literal and metaphorical" .... :)

3rd Sep 2008, 14:06

the problem was going corporate, not football itself, those in the corporates only there to feel important and most don't watch or take any interest in the game.

Had corporate tickets myself for one game, my 13 year old daughter made me proud afterwards(we have season tickets in one of the "rowdier" areas) by saying "It's not real football in there" Have to agree

3rd Sep 2008, 15:01
Tiny club that thinks it is bigger?? Until last week the average home crowd was 52,000. There is a difference between a big club and a successful club. I am a loyal Toon supporter. They ARE a big club, absolutely shocking and embarrassing, but definitely BIG. We are a laughing stock, but the fanbase and overseas commercial sales are huge. The potential has always been massive, but spivs and cons have kept us down. Only one or two clubs in GB have more season ticket holders, anyone care to guess? One in England and one in Scotland....

3rd Sep 2008, 15:16
No competiton = big crowds. Tiny means a club who have won nothing in a generation, not counting the Japan cup in 83 of course:p

3rd Sep 2008, 15:40
Slightly off topic. Back in the 70s while working in a 'boutique' Temple Jenson's ,St. John's precinct Liverpool. I assisted KK in the changing room while he was perusing the purchase of trousers. He's only got short legs 29-30" trousers looked a big long on him (31" length) "Hey Kev I said" try these platform shoes with the trousers (massive soles) "wow he said fab" they used the word fab in those days.

Made 5 commision on the sale.He went on to better things, myself? Ended up at Everton for four seasons.


3rd Sep 2008, 16:06
How much does it cost to watch Newcastle play at home these days?

3rd Sep 2008, 16:33
Too much.....

Richard Taylor
3rd Sep 2008, 21:00
Given the Carry-On, should be renamed Sid James's Park :)

(Can't claim that one!)

Ah, something to be said for football in the olden days...when men were men...heavy leather ball that weighed a ton when wet (try bending THAT Ronaldo!)...pitches deep in mud (Baseball Ground-stylee!)...elbows in face...goalies charged into the net from 10yds out...rap on the ankles in boots that weighed a ton...broken legs...black eyes...missing teeth...jumpers for goalposts...hmmm....lovely...


tony draper
3rd Sep 2008, 21:17
Yer they all used to long for the half time whistle so they could have a drag on a woodbine or two as well.:E
Your right, it used to be a sport,now it's just a branch of showbiz with all the associated hype and phoniness that entails.

3rd Sep 2008, 21:25
Back in the 70s while working in a 'boutique' Temple Jenson's ,St. John's precinct Liverpool.

You must've been the UK's youngest shop assistant.

3rd Sep 2008, 21:33
Might as well post this:

"The first day's the toughest, no doubt about it.

They march you in, hand you your striped uniform and force you to pose for
the photographer while loads of fat, tattooed, skinheads shout abuse at

That's when you know it's for real.

A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye.

Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.

That's when it hits home.

That's when you realise you've signed for Newcastle."