River-Cottage-Football: Fog on the Thames

NEWCASTLE UNITED’s fans are incredible. Just consider the club’s honours list: last trophy of any significance, 1969; most recent FA Cup triumph, 1955; last league title, 1927. They haven’t had much to cheer about, but they are intensely loyal, passionate and mostly, very well behaved considering that the river Tyne, in football terms, has been very foggy for years. At Fulham, they were signing their … Continue reading River-Cottage-Football: Fog on the Thames

72 Classic: Kevin Keegan and the art of the shrewd purchase

NOBODY had really heard of Joseph Kevin Keegan before August 1971. He had previously tried his luck with Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers before signing for Scunthorpe United and had barely appeared on the radar screen of the big clubs. Apart from Liverpool, who had something of a track record in unearthing lower division gems. Bill Shankly liked nothing more than getting value for money … Continue reading 72 Classic: Kevin Keegan and the art of the shrewd purchase

Great Reputations: Newcastle United 1968-69 – the last chorus of Blaydon Races

NEWCASTLE UNITED fans like to think of their club as one of the truly big footballing institutions in the country, and in terms of the Magpies’ support, heritage and potential, they are not too far wrong. But the problem is that Newcastle’s glory days are now more than half a century away and the era in which they were indeed the top club in Britain … Continue reading Great Reputations: Newcastle United 1968-69 – the last chorus of Blaydon Races

Newcastle for sale – a chance to step-up

NEWCASTLE UNITED owner Mike Ashley has finally had enough, putting the club up for sale, which will please many of their supporters, but could perhaps be the catalyst for the Magpies to move into the “bulge bracket” of European football. If you made a list of under-achieving clubs in Britain 20 years ago, Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United would probably have been top of … Continue reading Newcastle for sale – a chance to step-up

No-way the lads: Fulham v Newcastle United

YOU have to feel for Newcastle United’s fans. As loyal as a Labrador, but rarely do they get chucked a morsel from the table. They trotted up to Craven Cottage on the opening night of the 2016-17 season, forced into Friday night football by the broadcasting gods, and no doubt they were still arriving back in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne mid-morning on Saturday. “Unless we do something drastically … Continue reading No-way the lads: Fulham v Newcastle United

The cost of the drop

WITH SOME worrying messages coming out of both Newcastle United and Aston Villa, two of the clubs most likely to suffer relegation from the Premier League, the cost of dropping out of English football’s top flight is becoming ever more apparent. According to the game’s think tank, Football Benchmark, relegation has never been more costly than it will be in 2015-16. In KPMG’s new release, … Continue reading The cost of the drop

Newcastle and Villa – will they bask in the sun again?

IF THERE’S two clubs that feel they should belong to a higher echelon, it is Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Sadly, apart from the odd exceptional performance, they are names that belong to the past – the challenge for both clubs is how they can retain a pivotal role in the future of English football. Their part in history is without question, but the polarisation … Continue reading Newcastle and Villa – will they bask in the sun again?