Monday, 11 November 2019

NEWS AT TEN

Posted '1:35pm bells' Munday 11th November 2019

Andre Yedlin became the TENTH different Toon player to score a  goal in a competitive game this season, when he heeded the equaliser against Bornmoooth on Saturday!
The full list of scorers iz listed below:

2 Shelvey
2 Clark
1 Joelinton
1 Muto (Leegue Cup)
1 Schar
1 Willems
1 Matty Longstaff
1 Lascelles
1 Fernandez
1 Yedlin   

Sunday, 10 November 2019

THE TOON 2 BORNMOOOTH 1 *** PREMYAA LEEGUE 2019-2020

Posted '10:30am bells' Remembrance Sunday 10th November 2019
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!"
BUGLARS PLAY 'THE LAST POST' BEFORE KICK OFF
"TWO IN A ROW!"

We simply didn't naa wot to expect from a team that haz been blowin' hot and cold aall season!

Luckily for us it woz canny waam (warm) in the freezing cold! and we came oot 2-1 winners thanx to a great heeded goal by Yedlin in the first half and a close range effort from Clark to put him on 3 goals for the season (top goalscorer!)
ACTION AT THE LEAZES END (1st half)

NUFC went behind in the 14th minute when an unmarked Wilson slammed the baall into the net from just inside the penalty area to give Bornmoooth the lead at The Gallowgate End!


We are made of sterner stuff these days and the Yedlin equaliser came in the 42nd minute from a great centre by Saint Maximin (or woz it a shot?) which Yedlin heeded in from close range!
Just before this Maximin had broke through the Bornmoooth defence and hit the bar, when it looked much easier to score!
We went in level at the break!
THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY IN THE DARK SKY
AZ THE TOON ATTACK THE GALLOWGATE GOAL (2nd half)


The game could have went eethaa way, as both teams had chances in the 2nd period, but it woz 'us' who got the vital 2nd goal through Clark in the 53rd minute after a scramble in the box and he toe poked the baall into the goal!

Almiron woz dead unlucky not to get hiz forst goal for The Toon 10 minutes from the end, when hiz shot hit Saint Maximin who lay injured in the Gallowgate penalty area, and (of course) it went wide!  UNREEEL! (In othaa words, Saint Maximin 'denied' Almiron and 'saved' Bornmoooth from gannin 3-1 doon!)

7 minutes of injury time woz added, but we managed to haad on to claim back to back wins and propel us up to the dizzy heights of 11th in the table, above the likes of Moan U and Sporz (for the time bein at least!)

Toon team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles (Dummett 20), Clark, Willems, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 90), Joelinton
CAN YOO SPOT THE BORNMOOOTH FANS AND EMPTY SEATS?

Attendance: 44,424? (800 or so Bornmoooth fans huddled in the far corner of level 7 in The Leazes End)
With quite a few empty seats, we estimate that the actual attendance woz aroond aboot 40,000!) (This iz still nearly SIX times higher than the SMBs got for their FA Cup tie with Gillingham on the same afternoon!  (7,800!)

*More pix and team line ups to follow later az a'm gannin to a remembrance ceremony at '11:00 bells'

Geordie Times grovellin apology!--We said that Clark woz wor top goalscorer with 3 goals!====In fact he iz wor joint top goalscorer with Shelvey on 2 goals!


Saturday, 9 November 2019

THE TOON v BORNMOOOTH *** TOMORROW AFTERNOOON!

Posted '2:36pm bells' Friday 8th November 2019
DR JEKYLL OR MR HYDE?

NUFC gan into tomorrow's home game against Bornmoooth in  buoyant mood after wor great 3-2 win at West Ham last Saturday to give us 3 wins in 11 Premyaa Leegue starts! (3 draws and 5 defeats =12 points)

We can anly hope that wor 'Jekyll and Hyde' performances so far this season will produce a 'Dr Jekyll' performance and NOT a 'Mr Hyde' one!  (Or shud that be the othaa way roond???) 

Bornmoooth, however, are aalso in 'buoyant mood' after their 1-0 home win against Moan United last week and hopefully it will be a canny 'game in the rain' (wethaa forecast for tomorrow) and that we can win 'back to back' games for the forst time this season!

Sean Longstaff iz still suspended and both Fabian Schar and Matt Ritchie are expected to miss the game az they recover from injury!

Wor visitors are not expected to bring more than 500 fans, so the crowd is likely to be in the low 40,000s as the boycott continues!

Meeenwhile!---wor U23s were in action at Blue Flames in Benton at dinnaatime today against West Brom U23s and lost 1-0 in The U23s Premyaa Leegue Cup group stage in front of a 144 'crowd'!
(which included 'Broken Nose Bruce')

A full 'Geordie Times' match report on the Bornmoooth game will appear here on Sunday--az per usual---watch this space!

Friday, 8 November 2019

A VIEW TO DIE FOR!---BUT FOR HOW MUCH LANGER? ***

Posted '1:59pm bells' Thorsday 7th November 2019
Updated '3:33pm bells' Friday
THE CAR PARK IN QUESTION NEXT TO THE STRAWBERRY BOOZER (IN BLUE)
WITH THE GALLOWGATE END BEYOND

The plannin' decision to allow/not to allow a massive tower block development on land to the south of St. James' Park will take place tomorrow by Newcasil City Cooncil in Jesmond (A Newcasil suburb)
CURRENT VIEW OF "THE CATHEDRAL ON THE HILL", FROM GALLOWGATE

The land iz where the current car park iz, behind The Gallowgate Stand and shud the development pass the vote, it will block fabulous views of "The Cathedral on the Hill", az Bobby Roobson caalled it!
Aalso, it could stop any future expansion of The Gallowgate End and 'land-lock' SJP!

Despite huge protest from NUFC fans, we fear that it WILL be allowed to gan aheed and yet more tower blocks will surround the stadium!

The Geordie Times will of course bring yoo, wor loyal reeeders the decision az soon az we find oot!

Updated Friday

We feared the worst--and we were right!----This iz how the skyline will look after the building work iz complete!
FUTURE VIEW FROM ST JAMES' BOULAVARD

BEFORE AND AFTER!

BEFORE AND AFTER!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

HAZBEENZ AND VILLAINS TIE SWITCHED TO VILLA PARK!

Posted 'high noon bells' Munday 4th November 2019

Wor U23s Premyaa Leegue 2 game v Aston Villa U23s, haz been moved from Villa'z trainin' groond to their main stadium tooneet!

The game at their trainin ground woz BCD (Behind Closed Doors) but tooneet's fixture iz 'pay at the gate' for any 'NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' who fancy gannin'!

Florian Lejuene iz expected to play, az he recovers from injury and the game kicks off at '7:00 bells'!

'The Geordie Times' will of course bring yoo the result az soon az we find oot!

Updated '10:10pm bells'

Lost 3-2 !

Pix from 'NUFC mad-sad groundhopper' 'Secret Pigeon'!

Accordin to 'Secret Pigeon' (pictured below), "F**k knows who scored wor forst goal?"--and "Number 9 scored wor second!"
(Luke Charman!)
PS: Foond oot later that Charman aalso scored wor forst goal!


Updated '3:10pm bells' Tuesday
Wor U23s heed coach Neil Redfearn haz sensationally resigned from hiz post!----Nee reason haz been given, but its reported that he didn't get on with othaa backroom staff!
He wasn't in the away dugoot at Villa Park last neet!

Monday, 4 November 2019

"THE TEAM ON THE TYNE *** IZ ON CLOUD NINE!"

Posted '4:44pm bells' Munday 4th November 2019
TOP GOALSCORER JONJO SHELVEY CELEBRATES HIZ GOAL 
IN FRONT OF THE TOON FANS AT WEST HAM!

Incredibleee!, Jonjo Shelvey's 2nd goal of the season against West Ham, makes him NUFCs top goalscorer, az we heed into November!
Aaaltogether, we now have NINE (9!) different goalscorers so far, in leegue and cup!----and they are!

Shelvey, 2 goals
Joelinton, 1 goal
Muto, 1 goal (Leegue Cup)
Schar, 1 goal
Willems, 1 goal
Matty Longstaff, 1 goal (MOTD goal of the month winner!)
Lascelles, 1 goal
Clark, 1 goal
Fernandez, 1 goal

PS: Despite scorin' 3 goals at West Ham, NUFC are STILL in 89th place for goals scored, oot of the current 91 clubs, with just 9 leegue goals.
Anly Wotfaad with 6 goals and Bolton with 7 goals have scored less goals in leegue futbaall this season!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

THE JELLIED EELS MOB 2 THE TOON 3 *** PREMYAA LEEGUE 2019-2020

Posted '11:04am bells' Sunday 3rd November 2019
"SPOT THE TRAMPOLINE?"

*"IT SHUD HAVE BEEN SIX!"

For a change the train journey doon to King's Cross (London) woz on time and so we heeded for 'The Merchants Tap' in Hackney Wick not far from the groond for the customary pre match 'liquid lubrications' at '11:30 bells' (with 'Tiny Rebel' real ale at £5:50 a pint!) The pub iz in a disused factory warehouse and iz a bit of a mess inside!---very basic to say the least!---BUT! it did sell BEER!

"REBEL!---REBEL!"--THIS PLACE IZ A MESS!"

It woz soon time to heed for the match (3 hours drinkin time later!)and thankfully the predicted heavy rain didn't happen and we had a 'soak free' walk to the London Stadium!
WE TOOK 'THE SCENIC ROUTE' TO THE STADIUM!

With 3,000 Toon fans in attendance, split into 2 section, divided by a 'trampoline' (see top photo) we were in buoyant mood!

Wor enthusiasm woz justified az we pounded the goal in front of the travellin' fans and 2 excellently heeded goals from Clark and Fernandez gave us a 2-0 lead-----but it shud have been many more az Saint-Maximin ran through the West Ham defence twice, but with anly their goalie to beat he shot at the keepers feet for the forst one--and passed to Almiron for the second, but hiz shot rebounded oot az well, (off a defender) when it looked easier to score!
Jonjo Shelvey aalso hit the bar from a great effort and we went in 2-0 up at half time, instead of 5-0 up!

We attacked the far goal in the 2nd period and soon it woz 3-0 when Shelvey hit a low free kick from ootside the box and it went into the net with their keeper beaten---to huge roars from the Toon faithful az the 'Jellied Eels Mob' fans heeded for the exits!
(Explanation: 'Jellied eels' are a favourite delicacy in "eest Landan", where West Ham fans come from!) 

NUFC were 'cruisin' but 2 very sloppy goals near the end from West Ham nearly spoiled wor afternoon, but we held on to claim the valuable 3 points which lifts us up to 15th in the table and just 1 point behind Moan U in 10th place! 
Wor 3 goals doubled wor away tally for the season and we now have 9 goals in total from 11 games and 12 points! (Happier days for certain)

We heeded for the night life of Camden Town after the game (with some pints more than £6 there!) before heedin back to King's Cross to catch the '8:00 bells' train yem and arrived back on Tyneside just after 'midneet bells' (4 hours back, because of 'line work'!)---but still at the predicted time---the forst time this season that we haven't had major train mishaps! (Happy days aall roond!)

Toon team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Dummett 87), Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint Maximin (Atsu 77), Joelinton (Carroll 89)

Attendance: 59,907 (3,000 buoyant Toon fans!)

*The post match celebrations took place in Camden Town! 



Friday, 1 November 2019

THE JELLIED EELS MOB V THE TOON *** TOMORROW AFTERNOOON!

Posted '1:13pm bells' Friday 1st November 2019

"(EEST) LONDON CALLING!"

*With Sean Longstaff suspended for 3 games after hiz sendin off at home to Wolves, hiz replacement iz likely to be Issac Hayden who haz completed hiz suspension!
Matt Ritchie and Florien Lejeune are in contention to retorn, but both Fabian Schar and 'Andy "I'm crocked again!" Carroll' are predicted to miss the game!

'The Jellied Eels Mob' of West Ham haven't won in their last 4 games and so there iz a chance that we might (just might!) come away with 1 point or (hopefully) 3, provided we can find the back of the net! (just 3 away goals so far for NUFC in 5 away games!)

NUFC have sold wor entire 3,000 ticket allocation for 'The (Clever) Trevor Brooking Stand' and there iz sure to be a 60,000 crowd in total!

'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' are on the '7:56 bells' train in the mornin', with plenty of 'cans' to keep us gannin to King's Cross (London)
This will be wor thord visit to West Ham's new abode and we have won 1 and lost 1 on wor previous 2 visits to The Olympic Stadium---sorry! London Stadium--and a pair of binoculars would be handy--just to to be able to see the far goal, az we are situated miles from the pitch in row 34 of the upper tier, behind the goal! (The worst 'away end' view in The Premyaa Leegue!)

A full 'Geordie Times' match and trip report will appear here sometime on Sunday!
AZ PER USUAL---"WATCH THIS SPACE!"

PS: Below is an archive match report from West Ham ower 50 years ago in 1969


009 upton park west ham


(GROUND NUMBER 9)
Date of First Visit: 1st MARCH 1969
BOLEYN GROUND, UPTON PARK, LONDON

WEST HAM UNITED 3

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 (Davies)

(OLD) DIVISION ONE

ATTENDANCE 26,366 (1,000 Toon fans)





"LIFE SENTENCES AND JELLIED EELS!"

West Ham!. (or West 'Aem' as the 'Cockney Boys' caall 'em!) Aa could honestly write a whole book alone on mee trips tih Upton Park.
So!---here gans! with mee very forst visit to 'eeest Landan'

This game was played in the same week as the notorious east end gangsters the Kray twins were facin' life imprisonment for the gangland killings of rivals George Cornell and 'Jack The Hat' McVitie and there was a sense of foreboding in the air as we approached the tornstiles.

We were in the 'South Bank End' that day and ah remember that a Toon fan caalled 'Kit Kat' was leadin' the 'Geordie Choir', to a rendition of 'Wyn is the King'.

Another Toon fan caalled 'Doddsy', who waz a reet radgie (and still iz!---even though he's in his late '50's nuw!) used tih wear a white butchers coat with 'LEAZES END BOOT BOYS' on the back, which was written very crudely in biro and felt tipped pen.




Underneath there was a drawin' of the F.A. Cup alang side a very large 'Doctor Martin Boot', and he was tryin' tih goad the mainly black West Ham fans in wor end to a 'punch up'.
They aall had their prince of wales suits on and carried rolled up brollies as part of their 'kit' and were knaan as 'The Brolly ***s' and they had a fearsome reputation at the time. (NO!---it's NOT! 'The Brolly Boys', by the way!)




The South Bank had a low pitched roof and shallow terracin' which made it hard to see the goaline from the back as the perimeter fence was practically on the pitch, the groond was that compact. (It was so close infact, that the goal nettin' was tied to the fences handrail!)
The white West Ham fans used to congregate in the opposite 'mirror image' North Bank end which had an even worse reputation, not unlike 'The Krays', so it was a 'no win' situation as far as we were concerned as there was still ne segregation of away fans in them days.
Yi simply paid 'your bit' at the tornsiles and 'took your chances'

To wor left was the double decker main stand which was by far the tallest structure in the groond and to wor reet was the newly built 'Chicken Run' stand, which, as it's Cockney slang name suggests, was aboot the same size as a 'hen coop'! and was aboot a qwaata of the main stands size





Before lang it 'kicked off' (not the match by the way---but the goadin'!) when the Leazes mob moved towards the 'Brolly Boys?' led by 'yee naa who'
"COME AND HAVE A GO AT THE GEORDIE AGGRO!", they yelled as they beckoned the Brolly Boys? to a pagger, but for some reason they declined the offer and before lang the 'Dibble riot squad' moved in tih quell any potential trouble by formin' a line doon the middle of the gangway.

As this was mee thord visit to 'the smoke' to watch 'The Toon' aa was hopin' for a 'thord time lucky win'----BUT!----aa just new that it was'nt gannih be wor day when

'The Hammers' scored in the second minute when 'Clever Trevor' (Brooking) had a shot which was cruely deflected past the stranded Iam McFaul in the Toon goal as he dived the wrang way! (he was aalways a 'jammy B*****D!')




Worse was to follow and after aboot quaata of an hour, West Ham went 2-0 up from a Martin Peters volley, and aall hell broke loose as the home fans goaded the Geordie hordes with chants of "Two nil—Two nil!".

The Boot Boys could'nt 'take it' and 'had a go' at The Brolly Boys' but were beaten back by the 'Dibble', who hit oot with their lang 'stick like' truncheons, which they used to carry back then.


The Toon eventually got on the score sheet with a fluke goal from Wyn Davies.

He centred the baall which went straight into the net past the desparin' Hammers keeper five minutes from time.

But!--- it was aall too late, and the final 'Hammer blow' came just before the full time whistle, when 'World Cup Hero' Geoff Hurst hit their thord tih tek the two points.

(Aye!---anly two points for a win, back then)

After the match wih had tih run a 'gauntlet of hate' as wih made wor way back tih the tube station past the various 'jellied eel' and 'pie and mash' shops and market staalls which lined the road. (jellied eels are a favourite Cockney 'delicacy' but personally aa would'nt recommend it meesel unless yi want to be ill with 'dodgy guts' that is!)





When wih got tih Kings Cross, me and mee mate Billy had tih tek refuge in the stations cafe, when a load of Spurs fans spotted us and threatened tih 'cave wor heeds in'.

The fans were much older (and bigger!) than us, and one kidda in his orly twenties, (aa was still anly fourteen!) had a huge stupid grin on his face and he kept punchin' the palm of his left hand with his right, as though, that's what he was gannin tih dee!, tih wor 'dials' when he got a haad of us!.


---We were terrified!, and were stuck there for quite a while, but!---as luck would have it, and just in the nick of time, 'the cavalry' arrived, when 'Kit Kat' and 'Doddsy' plus their motley crew suddenly appeared and they chased the Spurs fans oot the station, tih 'save wor bacon'!. (their 'stupid grins' had disappeared by this time!)





Then!----we heeded for the 'midneet bells' paper train which was a six hour (plus!) jorney back to the Toon through aall the back of beyond places imaginable, eventually arrivin' at 'The Central' at 'six thorty bells'.
We then had a lang waalk yem after that, as the busses had'nt started runnin' and we did'nt have enough money between us for a taxi.--------Happy days!???




Footnote: three days after this game was played The Kray Twins were sentenced to life imprisonment------ little did 'little me' realise at the time, but aa of course had aalready sorved five years of mee aan 'Newcastle United F.C.' 'life sentence'!
which had started in September1964 against Coventry at home!




©Fink (the mad-sad grundhpper!)















Tuesday, 29 October 2019

NUFC 3rd BOTTOM OF THE GOALS TABLE in 89th PLACE!

Posted '4:29pm bells' Tuesday 29th October 2019
ALMIRON MISSES ANOTHAA GLORIOUS CHANCE V WOLVES 
AND SLUMPS OWER AN ADVERTISIN HOARDIN IN DISPAIR!

The NUFC goal drought iz put in perspective by the fact that anly Wotfaad and Bolton Wanabeez with FIVE goals each, have scored less goals in leegue futbaall this season!
We currently sit 89th oot of the 91 leegue clubs with just SIX solitary goals in TEN leegue games!
This, (az we reported yesterday) iz the joint worst in wor entire leegue history, stretchin way back to the NINETEENTH CENTURY! (joint worst with last season!)

£40 million number 9 Joelinton, haz just ONE solitary goal in TEN games, while £21 million forward 'Miggy' Almiron has still to score for us in 20 appearances, since he forst played for us last February! (v Wolves az a sub)

That's SIXTY ONE MILLION QUID for 2 players with 30 appearances between them!---and ONE GOAL! (Joelinton at Sporz)
And to 'fink' that we could have had Rondon for £15 million!

Wor 'beloved'? owner known affectionately az 'The Fat Controller' to Toon fans, hasn't been to ONE game this season, which shows that he haz nee interest in us at aall--and just wants to pocket the TV money and have hiz horrible advorts plastered aall ower SJP!
A LONE PROTESTER SHOWS AN ANTI 'FAT CONTROLLER' BANNER
DURIN' THE WOLVES GAME!

WE must suffer the consequences of hiz failed transfor and managerial policies---and have to listen to 'Broken Nose Bruce' sayin that he woz "DELIGHTED" with wor forst half performance v Wolves, which woz far from "DELIGHTFUL!" (beleeeve yoo me!) 

The lang slog continues in "eest Landan" next Saturday, when we play 'The Jellied Eels Mob' of West Ham! 
Amazingly we have sold oot the away section, where 3,000 lang sufferin fans will be in attendance!
And guess who WON'T be there????
Have yoo seen this man?
Missing for 11 games!

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