Saturday, 16 February 2019

CSKA MOSCOW v THE TOON XX11 * LIVE PIX AND REPORT

Posted from '12:35pm bells' onwards, Saturday 16th February 2019

FULL TIME FROM PINATAR STADIUM, SPAIN

CSKA MOSCOW 1   THE TOON 1 

NUFC scored with a Rondon shot in the forst half, after he had expertly chested the baall doon.  The Rushins equalised just before half time in a game that last 2 halfs! (Last season it woz 3, 45 minute periods at the same venue!)
In total 22 players took part with every starter substituted at some point durin the game! (Aall at half time apparentleee!)

Crowd: 2,000 (estimated) Az far az we are aware anly TWO 'NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' 'made it', namely 'Glennn from Ashington' (by bus!) and 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer'! (via Gatwick airport)
'Byzee', who woz supposed to fly from Southend airport 'binned the flight' az he realised he wouldn't have enough time to get to the match from Alicante airport!!!😲

The Toon are in the light blue strip




Special thanx to 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer' for pix!

Special thanx to
Glennn from Ashington
for this pic!

PS: We have since been informed by 'Blondie Alan' that 4 more NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers were present, who had flew in from Edinburgh airport!



Friday, 15 February 2019

CSKA MOSCOW v THE TOON XXV *** FRIENDLY FARCE!

Posted '2:50pm bells' Friday 15th February 2019

Az tradition haz it, NUFC have a free weekend for FA Cup 5th roond day and are heedin' to Pinatar Arena near the village of San Pedro, 30 miles from Alicante in Spain for some waam weathaa trainin'!

NUFC were here last season az well, followin' wor annual exit from the FA Cup in January and farcically played 3 'halfs' of 45 minutes v Royal Antwerp of Belgium in the 135 minute kickabout!
Matt Richie scored in the 1-1 draw

This time its Rushin side CSKA Moscow and the kick off iz at 'high noon bells' tomorrow!
25 players have travelled and aall 25 are expected to be used at some point! (3, 45 minute 'halfs' perhaps, again?)

3 of the 'NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' are makin the trip, includin' Glennn from Ashinghton (by bus!), Byzzzy (via Southend Airport) and Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer (via Gatwick airport)
('Yours truely' haz to gan to graft tooneet, so aa cannit gan!)

'Blondie Alan' iz wor reportaa for the game and will send some photos az well!

Az per usual "Watch this space!" for updates from 'high noon bells' tomorrow!



"YI CANNIT DE THEM AALL!"

Meeenwhile!---wor U23 side are in action v Reading U23s at Wycome Wanderers ground tooneet, meenin' that 'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' cant de both the above games, az the game tooneet kicks off at '7 bells', makin it impossible to get to Spain in time for the 'high noon bells' kick off tomorrow! (with 25 players in Spain, god naaz wot the U23 team will be!)
We were at Adams Park last season and won 4-1 and a Geordie Times match report on that game iz printed below! (aall the threeez!)

Update: Wor U23s won 2-0
(og and Bartlett)

333 adams park wycombe (v reading u23s)

Ground number 333
Date of First Visit: 16th April 2018
Adams Park, High Wycombe

Reading U23s 1
Newcastle United U23s 4 (Wilson, Bailey, Yarney, O Conner)

Premier League 2

Attendance: 150 (est) (6 NUFC mad sad groundhoppers + a few other exiles) (ie: 1 from London and 1 from Hong Kong!) (Honest!)
NUMBER 6 OWEN BAILEY (with the lang hair!) SCORES WOR 2nd GOAL!
'GEORDIE TIMES EXCLUUUSIVE!'

"FROM WHICKHAM TO WYCOMBE!"

3 of us set off from Geordie Times HQ at high noon bells for the lang trek to High Wycombe where wor U23s were playin Readings equivelent in a leegue game! (That's Biffa the Beer, Glennn from Ashington and Fink (me!)

I got the 'short straw' and woz drivin' on this 500 mile plus roond trip to deepest Buckinghamshire!
We have ne idea just why Reading play their resorve games at Wycombe Wanderers groond, but it woz a 'new one' for us and we wornt complainin'!

After hittin a traffic jam coz of an accident on the M1 near Sheffield we eventually arrived at wor destination at 5 30 bells some 5 and a half hours and 280.1 miles after leavin Tyneside!

The groond woz at the very end of an industrial estate in the middle of 'ne where' and woz surronded by a forest of trees!

We parked up and heeded for 'Monty's Bar' which woz the  name of the clubhouse situated underneath the main stand! (Shandy for me coz I woz the driver!)
And then 3 othaa 'saddos' came in, namely Dave from York, hiz 'sidekick', Alex of St George (who looked in a bit of an 'inebriated' state!) and Bysey!

Their wasnt one Reading fan in the bar, which woz virtually empty (apart from us!) just 30 mins before kick off, which gave us an indication of the size of the crowd!
"IZ THERE ANYBODY THERE!?"
THE 'PACKED' CLUBHOOSE!---30 MINS BEFORE KICK OFF!

It woz soon time to gan in and pay the £3 entrance fee and we took up wor places at the back of the tiny main stand!

The Toon were playin in their aall black change strip and went for 'the jugular' and were on top from the start az we attacked the left hand goal and took the lead in the 15th minute when Adam Wilson scored with a scrambled effort!
NUMBER 3 MACAUAY GILLESPHEY TAKES A THROW IN (1st half)

There woz ne more scorin til half time but Toon goalie Nathan Harker made 2 excellent saves to keep us in the lead!

The 2nd goal came came in the 52nd minute when Owen Bailey heeded home from a Barlaser free kick aa caught on mee bottom of the range camera phone! (see top picture!)

3 mins later it woz 3-0 when from anothaa Barlaser free kick, Josef Yarney heeded past the Reading keeper!
NUMBER 10 DAN BARLASER GETS READY TO TAKE THE FREE KICK
WHICH LED TO THE 3rd OR 4th GOAL (can't remember!?)

The 'home side' (Reading iz miles away!) then pulled one back on the hour mark throuh Tyler Frost but we regained wor 3 goal advantage 7 mins later from yet anothaa Barlaser free kick which this time foond the heed of Stefan O Conner to complete the scorin!

It woz then homeward which took nearly SIX hours due to roadworks and diversions and we completed wor roond trip at 2 45am bells and 560.5 miles later!


Footnote: This woz the 2nd 'Wycombe' groond I have been te! 
The othaa one woz a junior game at 'WHICKHAM' near Gatesheed many moons ago! when we won 6-0 in a friendly!




History lesson:
Adams Park, Wycombe woz the 82nd current Leegue groond that The Toon have played on oot of the 92
And 'The Geordie Times' haz been to everyone of them az well!😊

For the record the 10 groonds NUFC have nevaa played on are az follows:
Fleetwood, Rochdale, Newport, MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon, Northampton, Shrewsbury, Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers!
PS: We have seen NUFC play on the old groonds of Shrewsbury, Barnet and Bristol Rovers plus the old Wimbledon who played at Plough Lane!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

LANDLOCKED!

Posted '3:20pm bells' 'Valentines Day' 14th February 2019💘


'THE FAT CONTROLLER'S LEGACY!
(An arrow 💘 through wor hearts!)

News that the planned development behind The Gallowgate End in Strawberry Place iz to gan aheed, woz annoonced last week!  Wor beloved owner 'The Fat Controller' sold the land, bought from NUFC in 2009---and haz sold it for a 'fat' profit!

Az yoo can see by the above photo the 10 story tower blocks planned will stop any forthaa expansion of the groond at this end! And there iz 'ne way' that we can build the huge Milburn Stand or Leazes End any higher, or else the roofs will touch the sky!

The smaall East Stand (in comparison), cannit be built any higher eethaa, az there iz the Leazes Terrace listed buildin' behind the stand!

In othaa words SJP iz now 'landlocked' and it looks increasingly likely that the 52,354 capacity will not be able to be increased!

Iz this a 'partin shot' at the fans for wor dislike of him SO much?---and even if he sells up, the new owners will not be able to expand the stadium UNLESS we build a tier on top of The Gallowgate End, which would be very expensive indeed!
LAST WEEK'S FRONT PAGE
OF 'THE RONNY GILL'

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

THE 100 AWAY PUB CRAWL CHALLENGE! ******** 94 DOON! ******** JUST 6 TO GAN!

Updated periodically az away pubs are added to list!
Last updated Tuesday 13th February after Wolves game
TOON FANS ENJOY A FEW 'GARGELS' IN BAR GUNDELESE, 
WHICH OFFERS SPECTACULAR VIEWS OWER PORTO
(BAR NUMBER 024)

Six years ago, durin' the 2012-2013 season, we did a '100 PUB CRAWL CHALLENGE' for NUFC home games! 
We had ne idea just how many drinkin dens there were within the 'NE1' poscode area and if it woz possible to de it!  
 To wor amazement we actually did 102 pubs/clubs ower the season!---and there were still loads we hadn't done!
Aall the bars/clubs were within 20 minutes waalkin distance of St James' Park!
We have decided (against wor better judgement!) to try and de at least 100 pubs/clubs etc for AWAY games this season!

 In pre season we visited 38 'liquid lubrication locations' on wor travels to Barrow in Furness, Ireland, Cornwall and Portugal! (Theeze include airport bars and a butchers shop in Porto that sold beer!) (17 bars/butchers visited in Porto in total!)
Wor forst away game in The Premyaa Leegue sent us to Cardiff, where we did 9 bars in 2 days at various locations!.
We will index aall the drinkin dens az we de them---the anly rule bein' that we CANNIT include the same bar twice, even on different visits to say London, for example!

 Amazingly!--we have done 94 bars aalready, the latest on wor trip to Wolves (2 bars)---BUT! the Porto trip woz ower 4 days and most games we travel te in The Premyaa Leegue will be ONE day trips and we will visit between one and fower bars in most cases!

When we gan to Lestaa, we gan to 'The Regent Club' and stop there for 'the duration'!
At Nottingham Forest in the Leegue Cup we anly managed to de ONE drinkin' den because of delays--- and at Man City we did 3, but one of them woz a bar we had been te on the way to Cardiff in between trains---so we cant include it again (The Whiskey Jar)
Just 1 new bar v Liverpool az well (we did Barlow Arms again but cant include that eethaa) 

London iz wor best bet to 'de it', az there are a multitude of bars at various locations! (22 different London bars so far in 6 away trips!)
Sayin that, with just 6 to de til May, we are now virtually certain to de at least 100!---mebeez a lot more!
With 6 forst team away games left, plus 1 resorve game on a new groond (At Guisley v Leeedz resorves) that's an average of just under ONE pub per away game needed!)

Those "Go Sober in October!" and "Dry January!" campaigners had better watch oot! ---az The Geordie Times iz 'fightin' back' and iz oot to break the 100 boozer barrier!
"Go high OCTane in OCTober!"
"Lets gan on a bender in November and December!"
"Lets gan on 'the bevvy' in Janu-ery!"---"and Febu-ery!"

Theeze are excitin' times for 'The Geordie Times entourage'! <(we naa aall the BIG words!)  

THE 100 AWAY PUB CRAWL CHALLENGE IZ ON!
So far---94 'liquid lubrication locations'---and coontin'!
(ower 9/10ths of the way there!)

                         Bar's 01 to 03: Barrow v NUFC U23s


001 THE FURNESS RAILWAY, BARROW

002 BARROW FC  CLUBHOOSE, BARROW

003 TRADITIONS, BARROW

Bar's 03 to 06: St. Patricks Athletic v NUFC

004 TOM TAVEY, DUBLIN

005 COFFEY'S, DUBLIN

006 CONFESSION BOX, DUBLIN

Bar's 07 to 15: Mousehole Tournament,
Mousehole, Cornwall
NUFC U18s v Bolton U18s

007 THE LONGBOAT, PENZANCE

008 LAMP & WHISTLE, PENZANCE

009 THE TREMENHEERE, PENZANCE

010 MOUSEHOLE FC CLUBHOOSE, MOUSEHOLE

011 KINGS ARMS, MOUSEHOLE


012 THE TREWAVAS, MOUSEHOLE

013 THE SHIP INN, MOUSEHOLE

014 THE FISHERMANS ARMS, NEWLYN

015 THE RED LION, NEWLYN

Bar's 16 to 38: On the way to-- 
and on the way back from Porto,
includin' bars in London where we caught
wor flights to and from Porto.
Porto v NUFC

016 THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA,
CANNING TOWN , LONDON

017 TRAVELODGE BAR, NEAR
LONDON CITY AIRPORT, LONDON

018 LONDON CITY AIRPORT BAR, LONDON

019 FLOR DE BENTO, PORTO

020 A TAVERNA, PORTO

021 N'O MERCADO, PORTO

022 XAM LAURA, PORTO

 
023 BEARIA VAGA, PORTO

024 GUINALESE, PORTO

025 CAFE ALIANCA, PORTO
026 OSTERIAPORTO, PORTO

027 BOAS FESTAS PORK BUTCHERS!, PORTO

028 TAMISA, PORTO

029 BACKSON'S, PORTO

030 SELECCAO 1927, PORTO

031 SHIS BAR, PORTO

032 BRASA DOS LEOES, PORTO

033 ADEGA DO QUIM, PORTO

034 CAL, PORTO

035 PRANCESINHO, PORTO AIRPORT BAR

036 THE BETJEMAN ARMS, ST PANCRAS, LONDON

037 LORD JOHN RUSSELL, EUSTON, LONDON

038 THE BOOT, NEAR KING'S CROSS, LONDON 

BAR'S 39 to 47
On the way to and back from Cardiff
Cardiff v NUFC

039 PICCADILLY TAP, MANCHESTER
(ON WAY TO CARDIFF VIA NEWPORT)

040 THE WHISKEY JAR, MANCHESTER

041 VITTORIA, NEWPORT, SOOTH WALES
(OWERNEET STAY ON WAY TO CARDIFF) 

042 THE CROSS KEYS, NEWPORT

043 TINY REBEL, NEWPORT

044 THE QUEENS HOTEL, NEWPORT

045 THE GREAT WESTERN, CARDIFF

046 THE QUEENS VAULTS, CARDIFF

047 THE CAMBRIAN TAP, CARDIFF

Bar 48
Forest v NUFC

048 BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN, NOTTINGHAM

Bars 49 & 50
Man C v NUFC
("Half way there!")
049 THE CROWN & ANCHOR, MANCHESTER

050 THE PEN & PENCIL, MANCHESTER
(Aalso visited The Whiskey Jar again--Bar 040)

Bars 51 to 53
 Palace v NUFC
051 THE PORTLAND ARMS, SELHURST, LONDON

052 EUSTON TAP (EAST LODGE), EUSTON, LONDON

053 EUSTON TAP (WEST LODGE), EUSTON, LONDON
(These are separate bars opposite each other)
(aalso visited v Wotfaad)

Bars 54 to 57
Man U v NUFC
("Lets gan high OCTane in OCTober!")
054 ENGLISH LOUNGE, MANCHESTER

055 THE BEER HOUSE, MANCHESTER

056 THE DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER

057 CASK, MANCHESTER

Bars 58 to 62
Sooothampton v NUFC
058 GIDDY BRIDGE, SOOTHAMPTON

059 SADLERS, SOOTHAMPTON

060 THE ALEX, SOOTHAMPTON

061 LORD WARGRAVE, EDGWARE, LONDON
(after game)

062 THE DUKE, EDGWARE, LONDON

Bars 63 & 64
Bornley v NUFC
("Let's gan on a bender in November
AND December!")
063 THE TALBOT, BORNLEY

064 THE SWAN, BORNLEY

Bars 65 to 69
Everton v NUFC
065 EXCELSIOR, LIVERPOOL

066 SHIP & MITRE, LIVERPOOL

067 THE BARLOW ARMS, LIVERPOOL

068 MA EGERTON'S, LIVERPOOL

069 THE FALL WELL, LIVERPOOL

Bars 70 to 73
Huddersfeeeld v NUFC

070 KING'S HEED, HUDDERSFEEELD
(before and after the match)

071 THE JULES VERNE, HUDDERSFEEELD

072 YORK TAP, YORK
(On way back from Huddersfeeeld)

073 THE CORNER PIN, YORK
(On way back from Huddersfeeeld)

Bar 74
Liverpool v NUFC
074 ELM TREE, LIVERPOOL
067 (revisited) BARLOW ARMS, LIVERPOOL
(Can't include same bar twice---also visted 
v Everton)

Bars 75 to 79
Wotfaad v NUFC


075 THE FLAG, WOTFAAD
(3 qwaataaz of the way there!
get the FLAGS oot!)

076 WELLINGTON ARMS, WOTFAAD

077 GOLDEN LION, WOTFAAD

078 ESTCOURT TAVERN, WOTFAAD

079 THE ROCKET, EUSTON, LONDON
(after game)

Bars 80 & 81
SMBs v NUFC U21s
We actually did 6 bars before the game.
2 in Gatesheed and 4 in The Toon
but we cannit include 
  'Toon' bars in away games (Geordie Times rule 57X)
(There woz 'nee way' that we were gannin to gan 
to mackemland for a drink!)
080 NAGS HEED, GATESHEED
081 STATION EAST, GATESHEED

AALSO VISITED IN THE TOON
(Which we cannit include)
THE BRIDGE HOTEL

ROSE AND CROWN

NEWCASTLE ARMS

BAR LOCO

Bars 82 to 85
Chelsea v NUFC
(Chelsea play within the Fulham boundary)
082 WELLINGTON, FULHAM, LONDON

083 GIANLUCCA, FULHAM, LONDON

084 DUKE ON THE GREEN,
PARSONS GREEN, FULHAM, LONDON

085 THE GOOSE, FULHAM, LONDON

Bar 86
Blackborn v NUFC

MILL HILL WMC, MILL HILL, BLACKBORN


Bars 87 to 92
Sporz v NUFC

087 THE BARREL VAULTS, ST. PANCRAS, LONDON

088 SPORTS BAR & GRILL, MARYLEBONE, LONDON

089 VICTORIA & ALBERT, MARYLEBONE, LONDON


090 SIR JOHN BALCOMBE, MARYLEBONE, LONDON

091 THE BEEHIVE, MARYLEBONE, LONDON

092 THE MASONS ARMS, MARYLEBONE, LONDON


Bars 93 & 94
Wolves v NUFC

093 GREAT WESTERN, WOLVERHAMPTON


094 TRAVELODGE BAR, PICCADILLY, MANCHESTER
(We aalso revisited  bar 039 Piccadilly Tap, Manchester)

UNION ROOMS, IN THE TOON
BEFORE COMMENCIN' WOR JORNEY
TO WOLVES(cant include bars in The Toon
for away games--Geordie Times rule 57X)

















































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