Newcastle United are Going Down but Looking Up

Saturday 7th May. A leisurely, idyllic afternoon spent at the open-air thermal spa-heated pool at our campsite in southern Tuscany. The skies, which had been cloudless and brilliantly blue for days, gradually turned first a bruised purple and then a stunning near-black. And then — just as news filtered through that Newcastle could only muster a 0—0 draw at Villa while Sunderland had twice come from behind to beat …

Football Cities: Newcastle upon Tyne

Perched on a hill, visible from all directions as you head into Newcastle, towering into the air in the centre of town — St James’ Park couldn’t really be much more symbolic. Its location befits its status as an iconic focal point, right at the heart of the city metaphorically and spiritually as well as literally. A compact, soulless, identikit new-build stadium on the outskirts, encircled by acres of …

Hot Seat Narratives: Alan Pardew’s Charmed Existence at Newcastle United

It will be the greatest comeback since Lazarus.”

The late, legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell may have been talking about Cliff Lazarenko, but, had he been alive in 2014 to witness the annus horribilis endured by the manager of his beloved Newcastle United, he might well have been moved to say the same thing about Alan Pardew. And yet, incredibly, the comeback appears to be on.

In …

Unexpected rivalries 5: Newcastle Utd and Nottingham Forest

I can pinpoint, to the day, when I first became aware of the animosity between my own club, Newcastle Utd, and Nottingham Forest: 16th May 1998. Up until then, I’d been relatively ambivalent about the Reds. If anything, I’d been inclined to look on them kindly for their part in what remains the single most enjoyable day I’ve ever experienced as a Newcastle supporter, one year earlier, when a 5-0 …

Newcastle united behind Plymouth Argyle cause

I was in Odessa on the night of April 19th 2010, writes Michael Hudson, and so, like the video, most of what I can remember of the game itself comes from YouTube links.


[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE3Ov2JhxQY[/tube]

The euphoric, guttural roar from the away end at the final whistle, bodies streaming on to the pitch, players mobbed, Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping blasting out over the Home Park tannoy. Before the game a group of …

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