Author UTD111

  • Rafa’s Gone, But His Spirit Lived On Against Spurs

    Rafa’s Gone, But His Spirit Lived On Against Spurs

    United went to the newest football stadium in that London and beat the media darling so-called “top six” Spurs team 1-0 with a classic Rafa Benitez setup, discipline, teamwork and effort. Meanwhile, the new “head coach” was apparently watching cricket. Tyneside celebrated this result, as only we can – and the sun is shining. God is definitely a geordie. Here’s what fans on the UTD111 Forum had to say about this result: Boydie: “Well well well….. Clearly the rant a few of our players had […]

     
  • The Great North Run And Fundraising For Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

    The Great North Run And Fundraising For Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

    Later this month, Owen Conlin, from Sydney, Australia, will return to his Geordie roots to take on a very special challenge to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The 51-year-old, originally from Forest Hall, Newcastle, moved abroad in 1995 for work. Now he plans to ‘come home’ to do the Great North Run for the first time, before flying back to Australia to complete the Sydney Marathon just seven days later. On both runs, iconic bridges provide key focus points and, as the […]

     
  • This Boycott Then, Will It Be Supported?

    This Boycott Then, Will It Be Supported?

    On 27th July we published an article entitled This Boycott Then, Is It On? Will It Work?” In the article, we explored the issues around the boycott of the Arsenal game on 11th August which has been proposed by United fan groups who largely operate on social media. We asked whether the bulk of toon fans would support it – and to be fair at the time THE MAG had identified there were circa 13,000 season tickets left unsold, so support for the boycott looked […]

     
  • This Boycott, Then – Is It On? Will It Work?

    This Boycott, Then – Is It On? Will It Work?

    Newcastle United fans are being asked by various fan groups to boycott United’s first home game against Arsenal. This protest is against Mike Ashley’s continued ownership of the club and his apparent unwillingness to invest at a level appropriate for a competitive Premier League outfit. The boycott seems to be largely (exclusively?) organised via social media. So if you use that media, you will probably know about it. If you don’t use social media, maybe you haven’t heard. I was on Twitter this morning and […]

     
  • “11 Minute Walk In” – Was It A Daft Idea?

    “11 Minute Walk In” – Was It A Daft Idea?

    A Newcastle United Fans Group yesterday attempted to stage the latest protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership. The idea was that fans attending the game against West Ham should miss the first 11 minutes of the match and then take their seats late. It’s difficult to see how this protest would ever be successful and as it turned out, it flopped miserably as only a few hundred fans, mainly in the Gallowgate End, took part. Was this attempted protest ill-conceived? Was it a daft idea? Well, […]

     
  • Sir Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager

    Sir Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager

    Ahead of the release of Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager – the definitive film about Sir Bobby’s incredible life and career – there will be three exclusive preview screenings at stadiums that were very special to him. Raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the previews at St James’ Park (22 May), Wembley Stadium (23 May) and Portman Road (25 May) will be an opportunity to see the highly-anticipated film on the big screen in the company of Sir Bobby’s family and friends. […]

     
  • “Portrait Of An Icon” Attracts Support For Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

    “Portrait Of An Icon” Attracts Support For Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

    Footballers are often remembered for more than their on-field abilities and a new book, released in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, celebrates some of most iconic characters that have helped make the game so special. Portrait of an Icon is a study of 58 of the greatest names from football’s recent history and includes a foreword by Jamie Carragher. The first print run sold out in just 15 hours and has attracted support from legends within the game including Rafa Benitez and Marco […]

     
  • Win Against Stoke City Puts United 4th In The Premiership

    Win Against Stoke City Puts United 4th In The Premiership

    Last season, United’s one-off tour of the Championship got off to a poor start when we lost the first two games at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield Town. We went on to win the Championship title. This season, on our glorious return to the Premiership we also lost the first two games! To Spurs and, funnily enough, to Huddersfield again. And no – I don’t think we’ll win the title this time around! However it has been very encouraging that since those first two […]

     
  • Huddersfield, West Ham, Swansea: Too Early?

    Huddersfield, West Ham, Swansea: Too Early?

    When the fixtures for the Premier League first came out, many pundits were saying that once we got the opening game against Tottenham out of the way, we were facing a series of winnable games against what the media have begun to label “lesser teams” ie clubs that don’t usually feature in the top six or seven. After our highly successful one-season tour of the Championship, this run of fixtures was touted as a relatively gentle re-introduction to the Premier League for United, for which […]