Tales of Two Magpies
Championship related activity has been on the increase over the past week and although friendlies are as sure fire a way of divining what the season won’t bring as anything, two results at the weekend nevertheless stood out. First came, multi-million spending Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 tumble to their Trentside neighbours County. Although Tricky Trees’ fans will remind us (yawn) that Derby are the real enemy, the presence of a large contingent of red shirted hordes in the away end might suggest otherwise. Of course the whole affair was presided over by a bespectacled gentleman from Scandinavia, unless the whole unlikely scenario is actually the work of Derek Williams?
A hundred and fifty miles or so south and the suspicion that a Hollywood scriptwriter is choreographing Newcastle’s current fortunes was further confirmed by an alarming 6-1 reverse at Leyton Orient. O’s manager Geraint Williams was generous enough to describe it as a freak result, but following a brawl at Huddersfield, the other Magpies are lurching from one catastrophe to the next. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see them promoted next May though.