UTD111 Blog

  • Falling Crowds Prove Losing Rafa At Newcastle United Still Hurts

    Falling Crowds Prove Losing Rafa At Newcastle United Still Hurts

    Newcastle United lost a world class manager when Rafa Benitez left in the summer. That’s a fact we all know. Rafa was a manager with a glittering track record of success, a total professional who in spite of being provided with relatively paltry resources at the club, managed to organise and inspire our team to punch above its weight. And we loved him for it. He was loyal to the club, players and fans throughout his contract and, although totally disillusioned by the owner’s lack […]

     
  • 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 – 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 […]

     
  • Are United Fans Being Messed Around Yet Again?

    Are United Fans Being Messed Around Yet Again?

    It’s been a bit of a miserable summer as far as Newcastle United are concerned. And of course that has had a knock-on affect on us – the long-suffering fans. Rafa gone, Perez gone, Longstaff going (apparently) – and no doubt others will follow out of the door. No investment of any significance, no new players and scrapping around trying to find a manager who is crazy and/or desperate enough to actually contemplate working at a club that has been slowly and deliberately run down […]

     
  • Sheik Your Booty

    Sheik Your Booty

    Shake shake shake, shake shake shake, Shake your booty! Shake your booty! Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake, Shake your booty! Shake your booty. Yes, I agree – well dodgy lyrics from an old “Kool & The Gang” tune. Apologies to anyone too young to remember the song but basically, you missed nowt! But those lyrics are no more senseless, no more repetitive than a lot of the stuff currently being written about this mystical takeover at Newcastle United. Let’s face it – nobody […]

     
  • The Madness That Is NUFC – And Why Vince McMahon Would Be Daft

    The Madness That Is NUFC – And Why Vince McMahon Would Be Daft

    Let’s get one thing straight. Just because Mike Ashley has announced that he wants to sell Newcastle United, doesn’t mean the club will be sold. Anyone who’s been a United fan for more than 5 minutes knows that we’ve been here before. Since the first “For Sale” announcement in 2008 we’ve had mixed messages via the press. Sometimes we have been told the owner was still seeking to sell, other times we’ve been told he didn’t want to go until he won some silverware. Does […]

     
  • Newcastle United Are For Sale: It’s Official!

    Newcastle United Are For Sale: It’s Official!

    Rumours have been doing the rounds over recent weeks of various parties being interested in buying Newcastle United. Things came to a head at the Liverpool game when Amanda Staveley, allegedly managing a $28Bn portfolio, attended the game with rumours rife that she represented wealthy clients who were interested in a potential bid for the club. Today, things took another step forward as the club issued a statement confirming that Mike Ashley was once again making it known that the club is now for sale. […]

     
  • Rafa Benitez: Aren’t West Ham Being A Bit Arrogant Here?

    Rafa Benitez: Aren’t West Ham Being A Bit Arrogant Here?

    Newcastle United entertained West Ham at St James’ Park yesterday in front of the usual 50,000 plus faithful. The Premier League’s bottom club came to town being backed by the London-based “national” media to come away with all three points. The Sky pundits on Jeff Stelling’s “Gillette Soccer Saturday” in particular (why do they hate us?) wrote us off before this match – led by the usual anti-Newcastle garbage that spews constantly from the mouth of Paul Merson. Why is it that West Ham, bottom […]