Toon Talk Articles- Ian Cusack

Herding Cats

Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number - Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you - Ye are many - they are few! (Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Masque of Anarchy) On a gloriously hot Saturday in July 2013, I was proud to be one of the 150,000 individuals who converged on Durham for the 129th Miners’ Gala. Some were there mainly out of respect for ....


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Gb89 : Jft96

The news that incompetence and complacent avarice at the heart of the English domestic game has finally and officially been accepted as the root cause of the Hillsborough disaster and appalling police tactics on the day itself the main contributory factor as regards the scale of the tragedy, bearing in mind the complete contempt and outright hostility with which all football fans, regardless of ....


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The Semi-midas Touch

    Let’s be honest, the biggest transfer of the close season was a long, tortuous process, involving many hours of fraught negotiations, whereby the deal looked to be dead in the water several times, only for interest to be resuscitated on an almost daily basis. Finally, after several weeks of to-ing and fro-ing, the player put pen to paper and a genuine Geordie hero centre ....


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United 100%

  I’m writing this the day after I witnessed Hatem Ben Arfa scoring our first against Bolton, which was undoubtedly one of the ten best goals ever seen at St. James’ Park. Unfortunately the tight deadline for this issue means I have to jot these thoughts when there are still 5 games to play, so in many ways, what I’ve got to say is pure speculation. Having won five on ....


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2010-2011

2010/11   Well, here goes with the last instalment of the Rock & Dole Years. This is a project that has occupied me since 2004 and the Editor has been gracious enough to support my endeavours by publishing the last 16 instalments of the series, from 95/96 in players inc #13 to 10/11 in Toon Talk #7. I’ll always be grateful to him for that. I began the series by writing about ....


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Let's Wallow In Nostalgia

Kevin Keegan signed for Newcastle United from Southampton in August 1982. It is almost frightening to think that 29 long years have passed since that momentous month, which also included my 18th birthday. As a result I was legally allowed to enter licensed premises and have a pre match pint to settle my nerves before the visit of Queens Park Rangers to St. James Park on August 28th 1982. I ....


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2009/2010 The Rock And Dole Years

  2009/2010 Following the catastrophic and avoidable, yet inevitable and fully merited relegation from the Premiership, courtesy of Damien Duff’s own goal at Villa Park in a limp and lousy 1-0 defeat, Newcastle United spent the Summer of 2009 not so much navel gazing as viewing the unimaginable void that lay below the precarious precipice on which the club had crash landed, while ....


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2008/2009

It’s taken a while for me to finally sit down and pen this article, which is a change from the normal state of affairs. Generally, as soon as I know our deadline, I crack on with the business of doing the season’s review, but not this one. However I don’t want you to think I’m some kind of mental wreck who is still scarred by the events of this train crash campaign; ....


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Tweeting In A Pardew Wonderland

Tweeting in a Pardew Wonderland   One of the best things about dumping your season ticket and paying, or scrounging, on a match by match basis is that you don’t have to put up with the incessant whinging of the miserable sods nearby who’d been getting on your nerves for the previous decade and a half. You’re now free to sit anywhere you want in order to hear yet more ....


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2007/2008

  It’s now more than three years since Sam Allardyce was shown the door at St. James’ Park. With the benefit of hindsight, absolutely nothing at all to do with his brief, inglorious time on Tyneside, including such disparate elements as his appointment, tenure and sacking, makes any sense at all. However, the same can be said of his replacement Kevin Keegan’s odd and still ....


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2006-2007

  One of the things that I like about Chris Hughton is that he has a quiet dignity to his personality that shows he bears the stamp of a gentleman, much in the way that Sir Bobby did. In the recent history of Newcastle United, only one other manager stands out from the blabbering self-publicists and pretend tough guys who’ve occupied the dug out at SJP as being anywhere near as fine a ....


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Flying The Nust

    You’ll remember in the debut issue of “Toon Talk” that I expressed my unease about the direction and pace of travel exhibited by NUST. In short, following the discredited false start of NU$C and the shameful, undemocratic leaflet put about at the Blackburn game in September 2008 calling not for democratic fan ownership but for a mythical, benevolent Geordie ....


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Flying The Nust

Flying the NUST by Ian Cusack   You’ll remember in the debut issue of “Toon Talk” that I expressed my unease about the direction and pace of travel exhibited by NUST. In short, following the discredited false start of NU$C and the shameful, undemocratic leaflet put about at the Blackburn game in September 2008 calling not for democratic fan ownership but for a mythical, ....


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Lines In The Sand

Welcome to the debut issue of “Toon Talk.” Having previously scribbled about Newcastle United for (deep breath): “The Mag,” “The Mighty Quinn (aka “The Number 9”),” “Half Mag Half Biscuit,” “Talk of the Toon,” “The Giant Awakes” and, of course, “Players Inc,” I’m looking forwards to this new ....


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