Month: October 2016

29.10.2016… Wrexham (h)…

Gateshead 2 Wrexham 2

Gateshead International Stadium… Saturday October 29th… 3pm

Attendance: 832

Ticket: £15Programme: £2

I had a good rant last week about the current structure of Newcastle’s Loyalty Points scheme. My position? I don’t have any issue with a scheme that rewards fans who travel regularly to away games, ‘do the miles, earn the points’, I get that. I do, however, have an issue with a scheme that allows me to ‘do the miles’ but then won’t allow me to ‘earn the points’, because I’m only a non-season ticket holder who travels regularly to away games…

The most disappointing aspect of ‘the debate’, from my perspective, was the reaction of some of our more high profile fans. I guess that the current system works for them, or if it doesn’t then they can always blag a ticket, so why rock the boat…?

Ironically, I’d already managed to get a ticket for Preston (albeit it in the home end), but given recent events, I really didn’t fancy it. Things to do, so an extra couple of days at home carried far more appeal than sitting on my hands in Lancashire…

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Gateshead International Stadium: Pre-Match…

Anyway, back to the game that I did attend. Gateshead had to settle for a point after surrendering a two goal lead, when they appeared to be cruising. I guess that some consolation could be taken from the fact that they remained unbeaten in the league in October…

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Gateshead International Stadium: Second Half Action…

Gateshead; Hanford, Brundle, G. Smith, M. Smith, Atkinson (Wrightson 86), Penn, McLaughlin, Hannant, Jones, York (Mafuta 82), D. Johnson (Styche 75)

Not Used; Johnson, Robson

Goals; Jones (36), Johnson (49)

Wrexham; Jalal, Edwards, Evans, Bencherif, Tilt, Powell, Carrington, Smith, Rooney, McDonagh, Harrad (Bailey-Nicholls 55)

Not Used; Nortey, Dunn, Marx, Harvey

Goals; Rooney (59), Bencherif (69)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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25.10.2016… Preston NE (h)…

Newcastle United 6 Preston North End 0preston

St. James’ Park… Tuesday October 25th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 49,042

Ticket: £10 – Programme: £3

Just under 50,000 for a League Cup 4th Round tie. Two below strength line-ups, but one of those nights when you remember just why it is that you persevere…

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First Half: Newcastle Defend…

The feelgood factor is starting to build but with a note of caution attached. This is still Mike Ashley’s football club, and the wheels could fall off spectacularly at any time…

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Second Half: Newcastle Celebrate Their Fifth…

Newcastle United; Sels, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett (Anita 57), Ritchie (Perez 74), Hayden, Colback (Shelvey 31), Atsu, Diame, Mitrovic (YC)

Not Used; Clark, Gayle, Gouffran, Darlow

Goals; Mitrovic (19,55), Diame (38,87), Ritchie (53pen), Perez (90+1)

Preston North End; Lindegaard, Wright, Davies (Gallagher 46), Huntington, Humphrey, Browne, Pringle (Clarke 46), Grimshaw, Spurr, Doyle, Makienok (Johnson 62)

Not Used; Beckford, Maxwell, Hugill, Robinson

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

22.10.2016… Ipswich Town (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Ipswich Town 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday October 22nd… 3pm

Attendance: 51,963

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

I’ve missed a few games recently, my dad hasn’t been well…

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Outside St. James’ Park…

He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer last year; it spread to his arm, then to his back, then finally, to his liver. He died on Monday 17th October at 10.30am, peacefully in bed in his front room. I was holding his hand…

He taught my how to ride a bike, how to bowl overarm and how to kick a ball. He bought me my first black and white shirt. He took me to my first match, January 1981, an FA Fourth Round game against Luton Town. He bought us season tickets in 1983, and we went together until he thought that I was old enough to go with my mates…

He was never as big a fan as I became, he never understood the away trips or the boxes of programmes but it was always something that we had in common. Even in my thirties and forties I would always enjoy the game more when we went together…

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Inside St. James’ Park…

The match…? We won 3-0, and I wish that my dad could have watched it with me…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Colback, Shelvey (Hayden 83), Ritchie, Gouffran (Atsu 75), Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic, 79)

Not Used; Sels, Mbemba, Anita, Diame

Goals; Perez (1, 73), Ritchie (78)

Ipswich Town; Bialkowski, Knudsen (Emmanuel 46), Chambers, Berra, Webster, Ward,  Douglas, Grant, Lawrence, Sears (Williams 83), Best (McGoldrick 46)

Not Used; Gerken, Bishop, Digby, Bru

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…