Saturday, 24 July 2021

DONNY 2 THE TOON 3 *** FRIENDLY

 Posted '10:30am 🔔bells' Saturday 24th July 2021



BRIEF MATCH REPORT (More to follow when aa get time)

3 goals from Ryan Fraser, Sean Longstaff and Callum Wilson in front of 3,300 travelling fans sealed a 3-2 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium last neet!

It woz great to see away fans back in great numbers after an absence of 16 months! (Although a few got into York's new groond last Sunday!)


Today we are off on the train again, for the thord time in 6 days--this time to Darlo to watch wor U23s in action at Blackwell Meadows-- a new groond for 'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' and wor 2nd new groond in 6 days, followin wor visit to York! (We've been to Donny before, so that wasn't a new groond!)

A match and Darlo pub crawl report from today's game will appear here ----eventually!


The drinking den we went to before and after the game


Attendance: 6,787 (half from The Toon!)



Thursday, 22 July 2021

DESTINATION DONNY AND DARLO!

Posted 'high noon bells' Thorsday 22nd July 2021 


We have a double heeder comin up in the next couple of days. Firstly it's a trip to Donny(Doncaster) to see wor forst team squad in action on Friday neet!

And then on Saturday afternooon we are of to Darlo(Darlington) to see wor 2nd string at Darlo's new abode at Blackwell Meadows!

While this will be wor 4th visit to Donny's Keepmoat stadium, it will be wor forst ever visit to Darlo's Blackwell Meadows for 'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers!'🤪👍

A full match report on both games will appear here eventually!

Az per usual, "Watch this space!"

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

347 LNER STADIUM, YORK

Ground number 347 (at last!)

Date of First Visit: 18th July 2021

LNER Community Stadium, York

York City 1

Newcastle United 0

Friendly fixture

Attendance: 2,000, which included quite a few Toon fans who wornt supposed to be there! (plus 44,000 watchin on YouTube)


"HOWGAY THE LADS!"


I'VE HIDDEN SOME OF THE E-TICKET DETAILS SO IT CAN'T BE TRACED BACK TO THE PURCHASER!

Where dee aa start with this one?

Mee forst 'new groond' match report for 18 months, and one played in the highest temperatures aa can ever remember for a Toon game!

'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' had been tryin for weeks to get wor hands on match tickets for this game, az York had said that anly bona-fide season ticket holders could get their hands on a prized ticket to watch their team for the forst time in their brand new groond on the ootskirts of York!

A friend of a friend managed to get me 2 tickets at the last minute and az we set off to York on the train I noticed that mee ticket had 'Lesley' az the forename---the wife of the lad who got me the tickets! Mee mate Tex Taylor's ticket woz luckier and had 'Raymond' az hiz forename

Wot would I say if they checked the ticket name az I am obviously not a member of the fair sex!   Say I've had a sex change and changed mee name???   OR buy a wig and some mascara and lipstick in York and say that I woz a transvestite????

And az aa divvint naa mee dress size, coz a'v never worn one (believe it or not?) that woz oot of the question, az well!!!

I settled for sayin that 'Lesley' woz mee sister and hoped that that would work!  I would soon find oot when aa went through the ticket gate 4 hours later!



Anyway!---we arrived in York at '11:00 bells' and the forst boozer we tried to get into woz full, so we had to waak a canny way from the city centre to find one that we could get in----We foond one caalled 'The Winning Post' (near York racecourse) but had to wait til 'high noon bells' for it to open!----After a few pints we asked the barmaid for a taxi number to get to the groond which woz more than 3 miles from where we were!----We eventually got one and heeded to the groond!

It woz the hottest day aa can ever remember for a futbaall match and to complicate things further aa had to put on a light jacket to hide mee Toon tattoos----even takin the 6 Toon badges off in case they said 'home fans only' and bar me from entry!



A nervously approached the entrance gate with mee ticket, hopin that the gadgy on the door didnt notice 'Lesley' on the ticket!----He DIDN'T (thank god!) and scanned it and aa woz IN!

Aa took mee seat with loads of empty ones on both sides and behind and noticed that aa woz the anly one wearin a jacket az everybody else seemed to be in shorts and T shirts!---I stuck oot like a sore thumb and woz sweating like a pig, so not lang after the kick off aa took it off and put it in a carrier bag, hopin that nee one would notice mee tattoos!  Indeed there were other Toon fans present and some even had a banner behind the far goal from me which said 'BELFORD MAGS'


Anyway! the temperature reached 30 degrees after a while az the player struggled in the heat!---To take photos a'd even taken the Toon cover off mee phone in case anybody noticed!!!---



There woz nee way aa woz takin any chances!---But there WERE a few 'chances' on the pitch from both sides and Ryan Fraser had a great lob orly on which just missed the goal with the York goalie stranded!---This brought nice applause from the York faithful! (thanks lads n lasses!)



Because of the heat the game wasnt very good and in the 2nd half both Dwight Gayle and Saint Maximin had good chances to score, but their goalie woz in top form!



It shud be noted that wor FOURTH choice keeper Dan Langley woz in goal az Debravka woz injured and Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman had to self isolate!

This proved decisive in the 87th minute, when he woz unable to stop a heeder from York's Duckworth and the game woz lost!


Near the end the stadium annooncer said that, "trialist B was being replaced by 'a trialist", for York!

This woz a strong line up from NUFC (apart from wor goalie!) and so to lose to a 6th tier non leegue club with trialists in their side, sends a worrying message to fans!



We heeded back into York via bus (showin mee tattoos and 'jacketless', az it didnt matter then!) for the last 'liquid lubrications' in 'The Corner Pin', before catchin the train yem! 



Footnote:

York fans sang "Premier League--you're havin a laugh!" when Saint Maximin missed a good chance, but it iz indeed The Premyaa Leegue themselves "havin a laugh" at the expense of us, followin the disgraceful decision to postpone the arbitration case to orly 2022, leavin NUFC in limbo yet again!


PS: Wor U23s, who played at Harrogate at the same time az the above game, aalso lost (2-1) with Kyle Crossley scorin' for The Toon in the 51st minute!

MORE ARBITRATION AGONY!

 Posted '1:50am 🔔bells' Tuesday 20th July 2021



Monday, 19 July 2021

YORK MATCH REPORT LATE!

 Posted '11:30am 🔔bells' Munday 19th July 2021



The Geordie Times York match report will now appear here sometime on Tuesday az a'v got to gan to graft soon and have anly half finished the report--az we speak!  Grovelling Apologies to aall wor loyal readers!

Sunday, 18 July 2021

YORK OR BUST FOR THE MAD-SAD GROUNDHOPPERS!!

 Posted '8:32am bells' Sunday 18th July 2021  Updated 2:05pm bells


"IT WOZ EASIER TO GET FA CUP FINAL TICKETS!"

Az we speak some of  'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' are heedin for York by train to attempt to gain entry to York City's brand new LNER STADIUM for wor friendly v York! (We are aalso sending a team to Harrogate for a friendly at the same time!)

Anly 2,000 York fans are allowed to attend due to covid restrictions, BUT, we have hatched a cunning plan to gain entry to the stadium!

It might or might not work, so look at this blog after the '2:00 bells' kick off to see photos of match OR the ootside of the stadium, if we fail to gain entry!

Honestly, it woz easier to get FA Cup final tickets than it iz to get a ticket for a pre season friendly against a non leegue club!!!

Az per usual "Watch this space!"🙏

Updated '2:05pm bells'

"THE NUFC MAD-SAD GROUNDHOPPERS WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!🤪👍


HT 0-0  THE BELFORD MAGS ARE IN TOWN!

(BELFORD IZ A VILLAGE IN NORTHUMBERLAND)

Lost 1-0 after conceding in 87th minute!🥶


More pics later and full Geordie Times match report tomorrow  (not very good up til now!)


Saturday, 17 July 2021

THE UNDERTAKER AND LIAM FROM THE LAMP *** LOST BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!

Posted '10:30am bells' Saturday 17th July 2020
THE 'ALDER SWEENEY' MEMORIAL GARDEN' AT ST. JAMES' PARK

On this day seven years ago John Alder 'The Undertaker' and Liam Sweeney 'From the Lamp' were on their way to New Zealand to watch The Toon in pre season friendlies.
They never got there az their plane waz shot doon ower The Ukraine and they perished alang with nearly 300 others!

We play both York and Harrogate tomorrow in away friendlies, but we are sure that both John and Liam will 'both be there', lookin' doon from heaven watchin' NUFC!

They may be lost but they will never be forgotten by those who knew them well (like me) and those who had never met them!

RIP Lads!

Thursday, 15 July 2021

NUFC AWAY TICKET NEWS (for pre season friendlies)

 Posted 'high noon 🔔bells' Thorsday 15th July 2021  Updated 1:45pm bells Friday


GROUNDHOPPERS AWAY DAYS NEWS


NUFC 1st team squad

*New groond!   York City  this Sunday   Home fans only (allegedly!)

Harrogate Toon this Sunday   Home fans only (only season ticket holders could apply)

Donny Rovers on Fri 23rd July   An allocation of 3,300 tickets HAZ been made available to NUFC fans, az from today from Donny website

Rotherham United on Tuesday 27th July   NO ticket news yet

Burton Albion on Fri 30th July   An allocation of tickets WILL be made available to NUFC fans

Wor one and anly Home 1st team game v Norwich on Sat 7th Aug   NO ticket news yet

NUFC U23s 

*New groond!  Darlo on Sat July 24th   Az far az we naa it will be pay at the gate (accordin to Mal from Darlo)

We have just foond oot that tickets are now on sale and that NUFC fans are welcome! NO crowd segregation! See Darlo website

Gatesheed on Sat 31st July  NO ticket news yet

Blyth Spartans on Tue 3rd Aug   NO ticket news yet

*New groond!  Liverpoool U23s on Sun 8th Aug at their new academy in Kirkby    NO news if fans will be allowed in?



Tuesday, 13 July 2021

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY!

 Posted 'high noon 🔔bells' Tuesday 13th July 2021

SUNDAY AFTERNOOON!


MUNDAY MORNIN'!

Monday, 12 July 2021

"IT'S AALL NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FAULT!

 Posted 'high noon 🔔bells' Munday 12th July 2021

        NEIL ARMSTRONG, THE FORST MAN ON THE MOON!

In July 1966 Ing'land won the World Cup----In June 1969 NUFC won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup---In July 1969 man landed on the Moon!

Since then, neethaa Ing'land or NUFC have won a major trophy!

"One smaall step for man!---one giant leap backwards for Ing'land and NUFC!"

"IT'S AALL NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FAULT!"😬


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