Monday, 18 June 2018

A BARROW LOAD OF TROUBLE!

Posted 'high noon bells' Munday 18th Joon 2018

Havin aalready booked the flight on the Munday mornin' of July 16th to Dublin for wor forst team game against St.Patricks Athletic on the Tuesday, we then find oot that wor U23s are playin' at Barrow on the Munday we travel to Dublin!

Az a'v nevaa been to Barrow's groond before, which iz a former leegue groond, it woz with long thought and careful consideration (aboot 5 seconds!) that I decided to 'bin' the flight to Dublin and catch the train to Barrow instead on the same day!
After the match in Barrow it's anothaa train orly the next mornin to Holyhead via Warrington---and then onward by ferry to Dublin!

A bit of a carry on, but bein a former leegue side, Barrow's Holker Street groond iz one a'v aalways wanted to tick off 'mee list'!

'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' await with trepidation to anymore fixtures planned that may 'clash' with aalready booked travel arrangements!😨


Saturday, 16 June 2018

FROM RUSHAA WITH LUZ!

Posted '2:00pm bells' Saturday 16th Joon 2018
Updated '11:37am bells' Munday 18th Joon
View of Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, where the openin' game 
and final of the 2018 World Cup will be played
(Geordie Times pic from 2013 when 
NUFC drew 0-0 with Anzi in The Europa Leegue)

Results so far from the World Cup

JOON
Thu 14th:Rushaa 5 Sowdee Arabia 0 (Luz)

Fri 15th: 
Eegipt 0 Urigwy 1 (Yeka)
Murrocco 0 Irann 1 (St Petes)
Portugil 3 Spayne 3 (Sochi)

Sat 16th: 
Fraanss 2 Ostraliaaa 1 (Kazan)
Argenteeena 1  Icelind 1 (OTK)
Peruw 0  Denmaark 1 (Saransk)
Cro-ay-sha 2  Nigeriaa 0 (Karl)

Sun 17th:
Costaa Reeka 0  Sorvia 1 (Samara)
Jawmany 0  Mexsico 1 (Luz)
Brazilll 1  Switzaaland 1 (Rostov)

TODAY
Mun 18th
Sweedin v Sooth Koreaa (Nizhny)
Beljim v Panamarr (Sochi)
Tunizziaa v Ing-er-land (Volgo) ('7 bells')




Friday, 15 June 2018

NUFC PRE SEASON FIXTURES 2018-2019 ***LATEST

Posted '12:45 pm bells' Friday 1st Joon 2018
Updated '12:26 pm bells' Friday 15th Joon

"INTO THE DRAGONS DEN!"
Estadio de Dragoa

Some forst team fixtures for pre season have just been annoonced!
They fit in nicely with wor trip to Mousehole to watch wor U23 side!

Updated Friday 15th Joon
The final 1st team pre season fixture haz been annoonced. We will be away to SC Braga of Portugal on the forst of August---2 days after we fly BACK from Portugal for wor game v FC Porto! 
(Yi couldnt make it up!)(😨)

KEY: GOLD=1st team game    PINK=U23s game
GREEN=U18s game

Tue 17th July @ 7:45 bells
St Patricks Athletic, away @ Richmond Park, Dublin

Fri and Sat 20th and 21st July
Mousehole tournament near Lands End, featurin' NUFC U23s, 'udersfeeeld U23s, Bolton Wanabeez U23s and Mousehole FC 
A penalty shootout from a Mousehole FC
game last season!😨


Mun to Wed 23rd to 25th July
Northern Ireland Super Cup.
Mun: U18s v Coonty Down
Tue: U18s vDeportes Iqique of Chile
Wed: U18s v Itcifuna of Japan

Tue 24th July @ 7:45 bells
Hull, away @ KC Stadium

Sat 28th July (ko tbc)
FC Porto, away @ The Estadio de Dragao

Mun 30th July @ 2 bells
U23s v Rangers @ Rangers trainin groond

Wed 1st August @ 7 30 bells
SC Braga, away @ Estadio Braga 
BRAGA'S GROOND WOZ BUILT IN AN OLD ROCK QUARRY!
(AZ CAN BE SEEN BEHIND RIGHT HAND GOAL!)


Sat 4th Aug @ 3 bells
Augsberg of Jawmany, home (sweet home!)
From one cathedral to anothaa!
View of St. James' Park  from St. Nix cathedral!



Thursday, 14 June 2018

NUFC FIXTURES 2018-2019

Posted '2:00pm bells' Thorsday 14th Joon 2018

ST. JAMES' PARK FROM LEAZES PARK!

"De Va Ju!"

Wor openin game of the new season iz at home to Sporz, which iz exactly the same az last season!
Then its The Taffy Noses away in their retorn to the top flight!
At Xmas time we are away to The Liverbirds on Boxin Day and at home to Moan U on New Years Day
Then in February we gan groundhoppin' to Sporz new abode, which iz next door to their old one!

Because of copyright laws we will publish the fixtures in Geordie Times 'cryptic code'

Of course many fixtures will be moved for live telly and we wont find that oot for anothaa 3 to 4 weeks!
Aall games (at present!) are Saturday '3 bells' kick offs, unless stated! 
(We 'fink' that at least 25 of wor 38 games will be moved)

KEY: GOLD=HOME GAME   PINK=AWAY GAME

2018 AUG
11 SPORZ   H
18 THE TAFFY NOSES  A
25 CHELSKI  H
SEP
01 THE BLUE MOONIES  A
15 THE ARSE  H
22 THE CRYSTAL BAALLS  A
29 THE BASIL BRUSH BRIGADE  H
OCT
06 MOAN U  A
20 NE WHERE NEAR BRIGHTIN  H
27 SOOOTHAMPTON  A
NOV
03 WOTFAAD  H
10 BOURNEMOOOTH  H
24 BORNLEE  A
DEC
01 THE JELLIED EELS MOB  H
05 (WED) THE TOFFEE NOSES  A
08 WULVZZ  H
15 'UDDERSFEEELD  A
22 FULIM  H
26 (WED) THE LIVERBIRDS  A
29 WOTFAAD  A
2019 JAN
01 MOAN U  H
12 CHELSKI  A
19 THE TAFFY NOSES  H
30 (WED) THE BLUE MOONIES  H
FEB
02 SPORZ  A (NEW GROOND!)😁
09 WULVZZ  A
23 'UDERSFEEELD  H
27 (WED)  BORNLEE  H
MAR
02 THE JELLIED EELS MOB  A
09 THE TOFFEE NOSES  H
16 BOURNEMOOOTH  A
30 THE ARSE  A
APR
06 THE CRYSTAL BAALLS  H
13 THE BASIL BRUSH BRIGADE  A
20 SOOOTHAMPTON  H
27 NE WHERE NEAR BRIGHTIN  A
MAY
04 THE LIVERBIRDS  H
12 (SUN) FULIM  A







"HAVE YOO EVER SEEN A mACKEM IN MOSCOW?"

Posted '4:00am bells' Thorsday 14th Joon 2018

"From Rushaa with Luz!" 
RED SQUARE, MOSCOW

The World Cup kicks off in Moscow @ '4 bells' this afternoon in the MAGnificent Luzhniki Stadium, which will aalso host the final!
'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' have of course been there before (az yi'd expect!) when we played Anzi Makhachkala in the Europa Leegue (roond of 16) in a near desorted stadium az Anzi play in a war zone 1,000 miles away to the east of Moscow! (hence why the game woz played there!)

In total 73 Toon fans managed to get visas plus 30 Russians who aalso supported us!
The crowd woz 5,000 or so in this 78,000 seater stadium!

Below iz a match report from that game  (ground 298 on the list!)

THE ANZI MAKHACHKEMS 0 THE TOON 0

Updated '9:40pm bells' Saturday 9th March 2013

(Ground number 298)
Date of First Visit: 7th March 2013
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Anzi Makhachkala  0
Newcastle United 0

Europa League round of 16 1st leg

(Brief trip report---more to follow much later!)


The lang trip to Rushaa started off on the Wednesday mornin' @ '3:30 bells' when the taxi pulled up and we were whisked off to Toon Airport for the '6 bells' flight to Brussels.

From there we boarded wor next flight not lang after landin' and arrived in Moscow some 12 hours after leavin' Tyneside.
Customs waz suprizingleee easy to get through, (which we didn't expect) and we were soon on wor way to wor hotel which waz an hours train ride away plus havin' to negotiate THREE Metro lines to get there!<(it waznt easy!)<(it waz aall in Rushan!)

It waz in the middle of newhere next to a buildin' site and after a quick wash n brush up it waz doon to the bar for a quick pint before heedin' off to Red Square!
Unbelieviblee it waz ower NINE QUID a pint and so I opted to stay 't-total' until we reached Red Square!<(a'd anly brung £100 spendin' money, thinkin' that that would be enough!)

One taxi ride later and we were there, but it wasnt cheap there eetha, with beer between four and six quid a pint!

Next day it waz match day and we decided to gan to the groond orly to suss the place oot before heedin' across Moscow to visit Locomotiv Moscow's groond in the suborbs!
"IF YIV EVER WONDERED WHY LOCOMOTIV MOSCOW
ARE SO CAALLED***THEN NOW YI NAA!"

Temperatures were reportedly minus ten in the bitin' wind and so (az yi de!) several liquids were consumed before heedin' back to Red Square for the afternoon session.
From there it waz onward to the match which kicked off at '9 bells' local time (5 in England)

TOON FANS TAKE OWER THE LONDON GRILL
NEXT TO MOSCOW'S RED SQUARE!

70 odd faithful who had managed to get visas in time were in the away section behind the goal, plus a fortha 30 or so Rushans who were there to support us, givin us a total followin' of ower 100!
SOME OF THE 73 TOON FANS---LOOKIN TOWARDS
THE ANZI FANS IN THE MAIN STAND


Anzi fans were in the main stand and there looked to be 4 or 5,000 of them who had made the thoosand mile jorney from Dagestan az the match kicked off, with the rest of the 78,000 seater stadium totally empty!




"IZ THERE ANYBODY THERE!?"
(Apart from the 'Secret Police'!)
The temperature had dropped sharply by this time and mee 'plates of meat' were startin' to freeze up, despite iz havin' two pairs of thick socks on!
And az predicted by us, an understrength Toon X1 side started the game. (see team line up below)

The forst half waz az borin' az it gets and the anly action of note waz when Rob Elliot in The Toon goal tipped a shot ower the bar near the end of the half!
The plastic pitch didnt help of course and the 2nd half wasnt much better although Ben Arfa makin' hiz retorn after injury shud have done better when he tried to chip their keeper in front of the 73 Toon fans!
 Obertan aalso had a rare shot that he blazed ower the bar but that waz aboot it and we look forward to the 2nd leg next Thorsday @ St James'

Toon team: Elliot, Simpson, Yanga, Perch, Haidara, Cabaye (Tiote 84), Anita (Steve Taylor 75), Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 64), Marveaux, Obertan, Sissoko 

Attendance: 5,000 (73 Toon fans plus 30 Rushan Geordies az mentioned!)

It waz then back to Red Square for somemore liquid refrehments before heedin' back to the hotel in the orly hours!

By the next day the 'bit' had run oot and we had to get some more to satisfy wor 'thirst requirements'! and it waz then the 'torturous' jorney back yem via the Moscow Metro/train/2 flights and then WOR Metro from Toon Airport and finally a bus from 'the Central' and I arrived at mee front door @ '10:30 pm bells last neet totally 'cream crackered'!--"ZZZZZzzzzz!!!!!" 

More fotoz from Rushaa!



^"IZ THIS BLACKPOOOL IN DISGUISE!?"^










Wednesday, 13 June 2018

NUFC FIXTURES OOT TOMORROW

Posted '1:00pm bells' Wednesday 13th Joon 2018



Just one day to gan til 'the big day'---and NO!---a'm not taakin aboot the World Cup!
A'm on aboot the Premyaa Leegue fixture list for next season, which are released tomorrow mornin' @ '9 bells'!


A view of SJP from West Street, Gatesheed

Of course many of them will be changed for live telly, but at least we will get an idea of the approximate dates!

The Geordie Times doesnt have  copyright  ower the fixtures, SO we will have to de them in cryptic code (az per usual) to avoid any infringements or fines!😨

Watch this space tomorrow and we will guarantee that we will be last again to inform yoo, wor loyal subjects, of the impendin' dates!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

STAN ANDERSON RIP

Posted '2:55 pm bells' Tuesday 12th Joon 2018

It iz with great sadness that we hear of  former Toon skipper Stan Anderson's passing!

Stan was captain of wor 1964-65 promotion winnin team (az champions)
Indeed, Stan played in mee forst ever visit to St. James' Park in the orly 60's v Coventry

He woz 85 years old and died on Sunday!

Uniquely he aalso captained both the mackems and the smoggies!---- The anly player to captain aall 3 clubs!

RIP Stan


HAPPY BORTHDAY TO ME!---"IT'S WOR CUP!!!"

Posted 'high noon bells' Tuesday 12th Joon 2018

FRANKIE CLARK & BOBBY MONCUR PARADE THE CUP IN
FRONT OF THE WEST STAND & CENTRE PADDOCK
-----I'M IN THE CENTRE PADDOCK (SOMEWHERE!?)


The Fairs Cup celebrations continued from the previous day (see below) when we paraded the coverted silverware aroond St James' Park.

One home made banner made oot of a tatty bed sheet and hand written in black paint summed it up: "IT'S WOR CUP!", the banner proclaimed!

Aa was somewhere in the Centre Paddock that day and it was a very special day for me for it was aalso mee 15th borthday!

It is STILL to this day the best borthday 'present' that a'v ever had!
("Er!"---"It shouldn't be tooo hard to work oot how old I am today!? <("quick!---pass mee zimmerframe!")
Clue: it iz mee 'treble 21st plus 1!

Fink (the mad-sad groundhopper!)

Monday, 11 June 2018

FAIRS CUP WINNERS!---49th ANNIVORSARY!

Posted 'high noon bells' Sunday 11th Joon 2018

On this day 49 years ago 'The Toon' won the old Inter Cities Fairs Cup in the Hungarian capital of Budapest by beatin' Ujpest Dozsa 3-2 on the day and 6-2 on aggregate, after wor 
3-0 forst leg win a fortneet orlier .

I was still a schoolkid at the time and me and mee mate 'Billy the Skin' listened to the final on a crackly old valve radio in his bedroom of his muthaaz hoose as the game wasn't televised live.

It didn't look 'ower clever' by half time as we were two-nowt doon, but as the 2nd half started, Bobby Moncur vollied in to pull one back and Ujpest just collapsed after that.

Benny Arentoft got wor equaliser soon after  and then Alan Foggon got the winner from a rebounded shot off himsel? as the radio commentator screamed his heed off:"IT'S A GOAL!--IT'S A GOAL!", he shouted at the top of his voice, above the 'crattles' of the radio, and it was 'game ower' as the ref blew the final whistle soon after! 

The bedroom floor nearly collapsed as we jumped up and doon on the creakin' floorboards in jubulation, as, (just like the radio commentator) WE shouted at the top of WOR VOICES as well!

We celebrated wor win by runnin' doon nearby Whickham Highway wavin' an NUFC flag and a huge 'Rangers' 'William of Orange banner' depictin' a gadgie wearin' a funny lookin' hat, ridin' a white horse, (would you believe!) which Billy had 'half inched' as a souviner from the policehut at 'The Leazes End', after we'd played and beaten Rangers in the Fairs Cup semi final @ St James Park in May! 
(At the time we didn't have a clue aboot the 'significance ' of the sectarian nature of the banner---we were just schoolkids after aall!)

Some very puzzled motorists on the road nearly crashed their cars when they seen us!, but they 'didn't have a clue eetha' just wot we were dein', as we sang and danced and waved the huge banner! (which we could hardly lift as it was so heavy!)
"AAAHHH! BRILLIANT MEMORIES!"

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