A New Dawn?
By Davey Brown
Thursday 18 Oct 2012 14:37:00
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And so another season is upon us. It's a pretty tough start for the Toon but we should have enough to see off Spurs and while I can't see us repeating last season's 'Cisse goals extravaganza' at Stamford Bridge, we could maybe sneak a draw if we have a good go at them. Despite the predictions of many; the Southern press and all of wearside; that we would fall victim to something they call "second season syndrome", we didn't do too badly did we? I was very impressed with the way the players all gelled. Each and every one of them was a credit to the black and white shirt. With a full season of playing together under their belts, let's hope the lads can step up again and have a good go at winning a trophy.


This is the time of year when football fans everywhere are full of hope and expectations. 'This will be our year'often the words on everyone's lips. Newcastle fans are no different, but in many peoples' minds, we are perhaps more deserving than others of a little bit of success. It's not too much to ask is it? Obviously no club or set of fans has a divine right to trophies. They have to be earned, competed for, achieved. Starved of success since 1969, we crave a cup. Even the Carling Cup; so often ridiculed by those used to more prestigious honours and usually undermined by weakened teams; would do me and I bet many other Toon fans. A day out at Wembley, 40,000 Geordies celebrating like never before and most importantly, the barren spell over at long last. Aye, I'll have some of that!


Both of the domestic cups are winnable. Cup games are different. It's all about passion and desire. They are there to be won. So, within the walls of St James' Park, who has got the balls to issue a rallying cry, a pledge of 110% effort and determination and the foresight to see what a trophy would mean to Geordies everywhere. This place would explode if we won something and we'd party for a week. So why don't

the club hierachy have the same ambition as the fans? Speculate to accumulate is surely the way forward for a club the size of NewcastleUnited? As much as we loved The Entertainers and the amazing players Keegan brought in back then, we're not demanding or even asking for a return to those heady days. It would be nice of course, buta reality check is in order when it comes to the current owners! But it'shardly rocket science to figure out what would happen here if there was some decent investment in the right players.


At the time of writing (August 1st), we have had a pretty slow transfer window. The Debuchy saga is still running. His future will have been decided one way or another by the time you read this and while I would sincerely love to see him in a black and white shirt, I fear this one could be another 'Erik Pieters' drama. I hope I'm wrong though as he looks a class act. The three young lads we have brought in: Curtis Good, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano; look very good prospects, but we really need to be buying players who can step straight in if we get injuries or suspensions. Despite his apparent stubborness, I honestly thought Ashley would have pulled out some decent money for a serious assault on the Europa League. The squad was blatantly short on numbers last season and now, with an extracompetition beckoning, we need cover in all areas. I don't want to get into a rant about Ashley, but all I'll say is that this club must have raked in millions during his tenure and it's time to spend a good amount of it on the players we need NOW. Aye, some people havefallen for Ashley's healthy NUFC balance sheet spiel according to thatlaughable poll in the Chronicle, but if a man of his financial standing who pulls the strings at a club the size of Newcastle United, can't pull out £20-30million for 3 or 4 top players, then there is something sadly amiss. That's just my opinion of course and I'm sure Mike has a surprise up his roomy sleeve. I just hope it's not one of his monumentalfuck-ups which have become his trademark while he's been here. You may have guessed by now that I'm not a fan of our owner. And I doubtthat will change in the foreseeable future. In fact, the only way I wouldeven consider changing my opinions on Mike Ashley is if he changes the stadium name back, we win the Champions League and he changes his name by deed poll to Mike St James' Park Ashley. Looking back over last season, there are so many highlights. Probablytoo many to enable me to pick just one favourite moment. Yet another derby win. Cisse's two wonder goals at Chelsea would be right up there. So would Cabaye's strike against Man Utd. Ryan Taylor's corker against Everton and of course his cracking free kick against the unwashed ensured his place in Geordie folklore for ever. Demba Ba banged goals in for fun and his mate followed suit after his arrival in January. But it wasn't just about goals. There were so many pluspoints in other areas. James Perch deserves a special mention for the way he rode the criticism and put in some sterling performances in whatever position he was asked to play. Tim Krul firmly established himself as our No1 and he seems to improve with every game he plays.

Coloccini was immense, Santon came into his own, Williamson,

despite a few clangers, kept his head down and got on with the job

despite the over-the-top stick he got, Cabaye was a class act

throughout, Gutierrez put in some serious graft and DannySimpson

deserves the pay rise he's asking for after a no-nonsense season. Tiote

just stared at opponents and that was enough. And let's not forget ourmanager of the year. What a magnificent job Alan Pardew has done!


Incidentally, Tiote went to a restaurant recently. The waiter asked him "How rare would you like your steak, Sir?" Tiote replied, "Just snap its horns off and wipe its arse."

So, all in all, Newcastle United are back. Hopefully the Europa League draw will be kind to us. We certainly don't want FC Zhetysu

Taldykorgan of Kazahkstan as their ground is only about 150 miles

from China! I can't see many coaches being put on for that one. I fancya trip to Cyprus or Spain but whoever we get drawn against, I just hope we give a good account of ourselves and have a go.

It would take a huge effort by any team to break into the top four andalthough we came close to doing that last season, I'd be more than happy with fifth place again. That was a fantastic achievement. Teams will be more aware of what Newcastle United can do now, but as long

as we keep our feet on the ground and don't get carried away, we can

have another good season. And who knows, maybe a trophy as well.


One thing is for certain yet again and that is the unrelenting and

amazing support we give the team. In fact our support is so good, it has led Mike Ashley to charge a £1.00 administration fee for each and every away ticket sold. He knows we'll travel far and wide to support the lads and he's cashing in on it. The total he rakes in over the course of the season may not be a fortune in football terms, but it's the principle of the matter which bothers me. And what exactly is an administration fee? Staff who process ticket applications etc surely do this administration anyway as part of their day to day work routine? This stinks of corporate greed and as usual in football, it's us, the fans who pay the price. If Ashley wants to make a quick fortune, how about charging us a pound a time to bitchslap Dopey Derek? He'll earn millions from that one!


Enjoy the new season. Howay the lads!


Davey Brown

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