Thursday, 18 October 2018

THE TOON v "NE WHERE NEAR" BRIGHTIN *** SATURDAY AFTERNOOON

Posted '2:00pm bells' Thorsday 18th October 2018
ST. JAMES' PARK

Havin' not won a competitive game since the end of last season, NUFC gan into the weekend game in desperate need of 3 points!

3 of wor next 4 games are at home and we reeely must get sommik from them or else we will be in deep deep trouble! (or shud that be deeper trouble!)

Rumours that yet anothaa very rich consortium iz puttin' in a bid for the club simply divvint wash anymore and it looks likely that we will be stuck with 'The Fat Controller' for a considerable time more!

Soloman Rondon iz STILL not fit to play and so a forward line of eethaa Joselu and Perez OR Muto and Perez looks to be the options Rafa haz for the game!
Kenedy looks set to start but Ciaron Clark looks doubtful

Ironically tickets are still on sale for this match, while "ower the waataa" in Dunston, 3 miles away, their game v Gatesheed in the FA Cup iz a complete selloot, with every one of the 2,500 tickets sold! (the groonds capacity)
AND 3 MILES AWAY!
FEDERATION PARK, DUNSTON (aka: UTS STADIUM)

The Geordie Times and many Toon fans will be at that game which kicks off at '12:30 bells' and then rush ower The Redheugh Bridge for wor '3 bells' kick off @ SJP! (a 10 minutes drive away)

A match report on both games will appear here sometime on Sunday!


Footnote: Brightin's groond iz in a place caalled 'Falmer' and iz "Ne where near Brightin"---hence wor name for them!
"Ower the waataa" meenz "Across the river Tyne" in Geordie slang

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

BAD BLUE BOYS RECORD CROWD PREDICTED!

Posted '2:43pm bells' Wedinzday 17th October 2018

With 2,000 tickets aalready sold, oot of 2,500, 'The Bad Blue Boys' of Dunston are expectin the biggest crowd in their history, when they take on 'The Heedbangers' of Gatesheed in the FA Cup 4th prelimanary roond this Saturday dinnaatime!
('12:30 bells' kick off and live on BBC stream)
There will be NO pay gates and the remainin' tickets are on sale @ The Dunston clubhoose today and tomorrow<(if there are any left?) from '5 to 7 bells' 

For those of yoo who divvint naa, Dunston iz in the west end of Gatesheed and they play in 'The Northern Leegue 1st Division' (level 9 in the Pyramid), while Gatesheed from 'The National Leegue' (level 5 in the Pyramid) hail from the east end of the town.

'The Bad Blue Boys' are the lowest ranked team still left in the competition and 'top marks' to them for not puttin' up their prices for admission (£6 and £3) and the match programme iz just a quid! (Food and drink iz the same price az for a usual Northern Leegue game, az well!) (Guisley, for example, are chargin' £13 admission for their FA Cup game!)


Dunston's groond iz just 3 miles from St. James' Park and the plan iz to hire a 16 seater mini bus to whisk us across the Tyne to watch NUFC play a vital 'must win' game v Brightin in the Premyaa Leegue at '3 bells'

(The Dunston game should finish by '2:20 bells' (hopefully!?) which gives us ample time to make the kick off at SJP (Fingers and toes crossed!)

It should be quite a hectic day on Tyneside!

Updated '11:15pm bells' in Manchester (night truck run depot!)
Anly 160 tickets left for Dunston game!
You'd better be quick if you want one!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

ST. JAMES' PARK 1880-2018 *** 138 YEARS OLD TODAY! *** HAPPY BORTHDAY TOO YOOO!"

Posted '4:22am bells' 16th October 2018 (after night truck run to Manchester!)
This iz the orliest known photo of a stand at St James' Park when Newcastle West End occupied the ground (Oliver Hardy iz on the far left and Stan Laurel iz on the far right!)---HONEST!

Newcastle East End took over the ground when West End folded and a small wooden stand can be seen in the background filled with bowler hatted gentlemen!
This photo woz taken in 1890

The forst ever game of futbaall at St. James' Park took place 138 years ago on 16th October 1880 when a Newcastle Rangers 'Captains X1' took on 'Others' who had 15 players on the field!
Rangers anly had 11 players but won 6-1!
The Daily Journal recorded that: "The new ground is very nicely situated. It is 120 yards by 60 yards broad and is comparatively level!"
Rangers headquarters were recorded as: 'Strawberry House, 78 St James' Park' and Rangers christened the ground St. James' Park az it woz next to St. James' Street which iz still there in the shadow of The East Stand!

*By amazing coincidence I got married to Val on 16th October 2005 at St James' Park!---on the 125th anniversary of the forst game!

I didn't realise this til a fortneet ago when I woz researchin' this article!   I thought "16th October rings a bell?"--- but I couldn't remember why??? 

PS: I tell people I got married to Val in a cathedral!  
"The cathedral on the hill!"---az Sir Bobby Robson caalled it!
SJP buildin' work 1890's



SJP 1904 (St James' Street iz on the right)

SJP 1905

SJP 1908


SJP 1930

SJP car park 1930

SJP 1960s

SJP entrance 1960s

SJP 21st century

SJP 21st century "The cathedral on the hill!"







  

Monday, 15 October 2018

TELLY DATES FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY

Posted '1:54pm bells' Munday 15th October 2018

Ootside The Geordie Times HQ
The telly fixtures for December and January were released on Friday and news of this haz just reached The Geordie Times by carrier pigeon (4 days late!) (wot did yoo expect?)

4 NUFC games have been picked!

December 2018
Sunday 9th: Wolves @ SJP @ '4 bells' on SKY

January 2019
Wedinzday 2nd: Moan U @ SJP @ '8 bells' on SKY
Saturday 12th: Chelski @ Stamford Bridge @ '5:30 bells' on BT
Tuesday 29th: Man C @ SJP @ '8 bells' on BT

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

BILLY TOON 1 DUNSTON BAD BLUE BOYS 3 *** FA VASE

Posted '11:37am bells' Sunday 14th October 2018

JAKE STAFFORD (RED 4) SCORES DUNSTON'S EQUALISER

It woz declared 'Non Leegue Day' in the north east az aall the leegue clubs were not playin coz of the International break!

We heeded for Billingham near Middlesbrough to watch Dunston (on the Dunston team bus!) and arrived at '1:30 bells' where we heeded to the clubhoose!  ( where else?)

Soon it woz time to heed into the groond where a tidy crowd of aroond aboot 250 were assembled, includin aboot 70 Bad Blue Boys supporters!

Billy Toon are in the leegue below Dunston and took a shock lead in the minute when Flounders fired in!
Bang on half time The Bad Blue Boys (playin in aall red!) produced an equaliser from a great free kick from just ootside the box by Jake Stafford----and we went to the clubhoose at the break in boystrous mood!

The Bad Blue Boys, who were unbeaten this season took the lead in the 55th minute when Liam Brooks prodded the baall home!

2-1 to THE BAD BLUE BOYS IN RED! (LIAM BROOKS)

It woz 'curtains' for 'Billy' not lang after when Dunston added a 3rd through 'Brooksy' to progress to the next roond of the 'Vase'!
3-1 to DUNSTON AZ PLAYERS CELEBRATE (BROOKSY AGAIN!)

A good day oot on 'Non Leegue Day' and a canny crowd for Billy Toon (they normally get 100 or so)
BILLINGHAM'S 'STATE OF THE ART'
INFORMATION BOARD!

DUNSTON'S AWAY FOLLOWIN' INCLUDED A BLACK 'N' WHITE COLLIE!


"SING IN THE BUS STOP!"

IT EVEN HAD THE BUS TIMES TO STOCKTON AND BEYOND!
(ME 'FINKX' THEY MIGHT HAVE A LANG WAIT!)





Friday, 12 October 2018

NON LEEGUE DAY! ****** THIS AFTERNOOON!

Posted '3:11am bells' Saturday 13th October 2018 (after a nightshift truck run to Manchester!)
BEDFORD TERRACE, HOME OF BILLINGHAM TOON FC  
WITH SMOGGIELAND IN THE DISTANCE!

With nee Premyaa Leegue or Championship futbaall to gan te because of the 2nd International break of the season (wot!---aall ready?) Saturday haz been declared "Non Leegue Day" where fans of leegue clubs are asked to support their local non leegue clubs on the day!

There are quite a few local games to gan te involvin Tyneside and Northumberland clubs and we list them below:

Aall kick offs '3 bells'!

FA Trophy:
Morpeth v Brighoose Toon

FA Vase:
Hebburn v City of Liverpool
Billy Toon v Dunston Bad Blue Boys
Nelson v Ashington Pit Yaakers
The Terriers of Bedlington v Whickham (wanderers!)

Northern Leegue:
Newton Aycliffe v North Sheeelds
Whitley Baywatchers v Newcasil Benfield
Jarraa v Ryton
West Allotment Celtic v Crook Toon
Heaton Stan v Redcar

There are aalso a number of games in the Northern Alliance
www.northernfootballalliance.org.uk 



We are optin to gan to Billingham, where 'The Bad Blue Boys of Dunston' are playin Billy Toon in the FA Vase ---and a match report on that game (plus pix) will appear here on Sunday!



TOON TRAIN TROUBLE!

Posted '1:37pm bells' Friday 12th October 2018

News that South West Trains are to strike on the very day that 'The Toon' are away to Sooothampton in 2 weeks time haz reached us!
It doesn't affect wor train trip to London on the east coast line to King's Cross, but now we cant get from Waterloo station to the south coast by train!

It's bad enough havin' to de this 700 mile roond trip withoot the hastle of tryin to find anothaa way to Sooothampton from London!

It could aanly happen to us!---couldn't it just!

We will keep yoo, wor loyal reeeders updated on how we are gannin to get there now!

Az per usual---"Watch this space!"

Thursday, 11 October 2018

THE QWAATAA OF A THOOSAND CLUB!

Posted '3:55pm bells' Thorsday 11th October 2018

On this day 13 years ago aa visited mee 250th groond followin' 'The Toon'. It woz a NUFC Academy X1 v Ryton Academy at Kingsley Park, Crawcrook

Below iz an archive match report on that game 
(Kingsley Park---ground number 250)

250 kingsley park, ryton


(GROUND NUMBER 250)☺

Date of First Visit: 11th OCTOBER 2005

KINGSLEY PARK, CRAWCROOK



RYTON ACADEMY  0

NEWCASTLE UNITED ACADEMY X1  1  (Finnigan)



FRIENDLY FIXTURE

ATTENDANCE: 105 (Estimated) (accordin’ to ‘Glennn from Ashington’!)





Chapter one:

“SHELTER(S) FROM THE STORM!”

 
"SING IN THE BUS STOP'SSSS!"

A’d been on an ‘adrenalin high’ for weeks, thinkin’ that Wigan’s JJB Stadium, was to be me 250th groond watchin’ The Toon.

But this aall changed at precisely ‘eleven thorty one (am) bells’ on the day of the above match, when aa got a ‘text message from ‘The Bear’ on me mobile ‘tellin’ bone’, which read: “Young academy side at Ryton tonight 7pm”

This was a groond that a’d never been te, which meant that Kingsley Park, and NOT the ‘JJB’, would in fact be me ‘250th’ watchin’ the ‘black ‘n’ whites’ in action!



Aa then made a quick phone caall to ‘The Caped Crusader’ (who himself knew nowt aboot the game) to give him ‘the good news’, AND to ‘cadge’ a lift off him!

Twenty mins after he’d picked iz up and we were sittin’ in the clubhoose bar at ‘Craacrook’ (where Ryton play) suppin’ a nice cool pint of  ‘frothy liquid refreshment’!



It was then that aa bumpted into and old mate who aa had’nt seen since me teen years, caalled ‘Dinky’

“HELLO FINK!----WOT ARE YEE DEEIN HERE!?”, he said to iz, with a surprised look on his face as he shook iz by the hand

Aa telt him, and asked HIM exactly the same question!

“Mee son plays for the Newcastle Academy team!”, came the reply, so aa asked him what he was caalled.  “Callum Little!”, he said, addin’ that he was anly sixteen.



“RULES ARE RULES!”



By this time it was ‘p*****’ doon’ and the discussion amongst the ‘Toonhoppers’ was whether we could include the groond if we watched the match from the lounge window, which owerlooked the pitch!

The fact that the perimiter fence was in FRONT of the clubhoose MEANT that it was actually OOTSIDE the groond, so we would HAVE ti gan IN to include it! (Confused?---so a’m aa!----pass the ‘broon ale’!)

My suggestion of ‘movin’ the fence’ so that it was BEHIND the clubhoose went doon like ‘a mackem in freefaall’!  (ie: 1st division, 2nd division, 3rd division, etc.!)

Rules are rules aa suppose!----so wi had to gan in and  risk a soakin’ to include it in wor groondhoppin’ records! (it’s SO! SO! sad!---is’nt it just!)





Chapter two:

“BY A STRANGE QUIRK OF FATE-----HE’S NUMBER EIGHT!”



By the time the match was due to kick off it had actually stopped rainin’ (briefly!) but  apart from Finnigan and a couple of other players, nebody knew the rest of the team which was comprised of mainly ‘mid-teen’ ‘hopefuls’!



As this was me 250th groond aa desperately wanted ti naa the name of the forst Toon player to touch the baall, as one of me superstitions IS!-------(Er!)--- that aa cannit include the groond until a’v seen a Toon player actually touch the baall!  (nuw yi naa why it’s caalled “The Reeely Sad Bastards Club”!)



This ‘historic moment’ (sic!) occurred at exactly ‘seven thorty bells’ when wor number eight kicked the game off, but nebody had a clue just who he was!

“Gan an’ ask yi old mate if he naaz  the team”, ‘Dave from York’, said, as he handed me his pen and notebook for him to fill in.  (It was an ‘historic moment’ for Dave as well, incidently, as HE! was visitin’ his 200th Toon groond!)



‘Dinky’ duly obliged and aa asked him which number  his son was wearin’???

“Number EIGHT!”, he said  (Honestly!----yi could’iv struck iz doon with an ‘empty broon ale crate’!)

The fact that an old mates son had kicked the match off, had made ‘the moment’ aall the sweeter!, and the name ‘Callum Little’ will be forever etched in me mind! (Whey!---for at least the next fortneet anyway!)





Chapter three:

“IS THIS WAALLSEND IN DISGUISE?”



Now where was aa???---Anyway!---Before lang the rain started lashin’ doon again and we had ti tek cover in one of the many bus shelters that lined the back of the terraces!----THAT’S REET!----F***** BUS SHELTERS! (I kid you not!)

The one we sheltered under had a ‘Wallsend Town Centre’ bus timetable on the back!

And in all aa counted that there were ELEVEN! shelters aaltogether, many complete with bus stop signs! in aall shapes ‘n’ sizes, includin’ two which doubled up as the dugoots! 

SO! if anyone from Waallsend is readin’ this and wondered who nicked their bus shelter from the High Street----well!---now yi naa!

(It should be noted that the 7:55 number 15 bus to The Haymarket DID’NT torn up!-----Public transport is a disgrace theeze days!)



“SING IN THE BUS STOP!”



The sight of the bus stops brought  memories floodin’ back of a game played at Twerton Park, Bath against Bristol Rovers in the orly 90s.  The groond had what can anly be described as a ‘glorified bike shed’ which doubled up as the family enclosure and it was situated reet next to the away end.

The Toon fans as usual took the p*** and started chantin’, “SING IN THE BUS STOP!”, to their Bristolian counterparts as they wagged their fingers towards them!----it was hilarious!



Chapter fower:

“HAND BAALL!”----“HANG ON!---HE IS THE GOALIE!”



Aa wanted ti naa what the attendance was, so aa asked the rest of the ‘saddos’ what they thought it was. Glen scanned the ‘crowd’ and said: (and I quote!) “At a VERY rough estimate aa reckon that it’s 105!”

(105!---Rough estimate???---howay Glen!)

Er!---not includin’ the dugoots that’s an average of 11.66666666666666666! fans to each bus shelter, by the way!  (accordin’ to ‘The Mad Professor’!) (who, by the way!, is aalso known as ‘Statman’,!)



The Toon took the lead late in the forst half when a cross from Scott Marshall was slotted home by Finnigan and it was then time for US to “sing in the bus stop!” as we celebrated wildly! (Whey!---a couple of ‘claps’ anyway!)

This is the way it stayed in a closely contested game and the anly other ‘incident’ of note was when a Ryton player raised his arm and shouted for “hand baall”.  The anly problem with this was!---it was the Toons GOALIE! who handled it and YES! he WAS! well inside his aan box when he did!  (Me ‘finks’ that Ryton should tell their players the rules of the game!)



The epilogue:



Throughoot the match the heavy rain had come and gone and the sight of fans scurryin’ backwards and forwards  to the bus shelters was comical!---THIS! was me second oweridin’ memory of me visit to Kingsley Park-----now known as!----------Wait for it!----------------------------------‘The Go Aheed Gatesheed Groond’!



PS---At the end of the match we heeded for the exits----and  still not a bus in sight!)



Fink (the mad-sad groundhopper!) (qwaata of a thoosand & coontin’!)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

THE TYNE BRIDGE*** 90 TODAY *** "HAPPY BORTHDAY TO YOO!"

Posted '3:01pm bells' Wedinzday 10th October 2018
THE TYNE BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION 1927
(THE LAST TIME NUFC WON THE LEEGUE!)
Geordieland's most iconic structure, The Tyne Bridge woz opened on this day 90 years ago by King George V and Queen Mary

The workers had ne safety harnesses or high viz jackets in them days and amazingly they walked alang a tightrope of steel rods high above the Tyne, with not a care in the world!
GEORDIE TIGHTROPE WALKERS!

I am proud to say that 'mee dad' woz one of the schoolchildren from Newcasil and Gatesheed, invited to the openin' and who were given the day off school to witness this great event! (he woz 12 years old at the time!)
"MEE DAD'S THERE!---SOMEWHERE!"

Mee dad got a souvenir brochure of this, which he kept and iz stuck in mee loft somewhere? (Must be worth a few bob now!)
"IT'S BREAKTIME LADS!"

THE FINAL PIECE IN THE 'JIGSAW'!

THE TYNE BRIDGE FROM THE NEWCASIL SIDE

THE TYNE BRIDGE FROM THE GATESHEED SIDE

"HAPPY BORTHDAY DEAR TYNE BRIDGE!
HAPPY BORTHDAY TOO YOOO!"


    

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