Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – The end of an era, and start of a new one!

Howay the lads!
Howay the lads!
Some of you may have been wondering how where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to and why I’ve not been banging the keyboard so much lately.

I won’t deny it has been tough as writing about my club for fans who also love my club has been one of my greatest leisure pleasures for coming up to seven years now at a guess.

It all started on another site which allowed me to cut my teeth and really get into the buzz of writing. I then started up this place with big ideas and it went really well. Too well in fact, if such a thing exists, and soon others had to be enlisted to help out.

It is those people who I would like to thank as I announce my movement away from the day to day running of the site. Those who have become closest to me will know just how much time and effort and money this place has taken out of me but I wouldn’t change it for the world and I wouldn’t be writing this now if it wasn’t for you.

You. That is you the reader, you the person who comments every now and again, you the regular commentator, you the regular contributor, the shared administrators. Everyone. There are really too many to mention.

Time for me has become a precious commodity and I’m doing this place a disservice by letting it go on as it is. I’m also doing my family a disservice however and want to spend my spare time with them. My son is now three and it feels like only yesterday he was born! How time flies. I still remember Icedog sending me a card! Thanks mate.

So you’re probably wondering what is going to happen to this place now? Part of a condition of me stepping aside was that I could find someone willing and able to continue and grow the site in the way I would have liked. Fortunately I have found someone. I’ll leave the ‘hello’ to the new owner as he’ll be able to tell you a bit more about themselves once the dust settles.

So all that’s left is for me to say goodbye, and thank you. I have a feeling with fresh impetus this place will again thrive and no doubt you’ll see me still penning the odd article if allowed.

Take care everyone! I wish you all the very best. Howay the lads!

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

149 thoughts on “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – The end of an era, and start of a new one!

  1. Who’s the new owner then? Been a pleasure Toonsy and sad to see you go. This is a fantastic site you have built and it has created many good shared memories for a lot of people.

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  2. Toonsy,Gutted, you will be missed mate. You were so welcoming and complimentary about my first ever article and it won’t be the same without you 🙁 Hope you now get the quality time with your wife and lad and good luck to you.

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  3. He’s an NUFC fan who has much the same aspiration as me for the place. It’s only right and fair I let him announce himself 🙂

    You’ve all done me proud. Through the good times and (mostly haha) bad we’ve all stuck together. Abd that’s what NUFC is about.

    I’m sure he’ll speak to all Admins also 🙂

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  4. All the best to you my friend you will be a big miss you wrote some great threads which turned it into the best blog on the web with some of the best bloggers with a wide range of football knowledge so you can be very proud of what you have achieved with this site,good luck with what you do and hope you do get to write a thread when time allows,go enjoy your son and wife as time goes so quick,all the best

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  5. All the best Toonsy lad and thanks for the memories…speaking of which, it’s not that “special” friend you kept hugging at the derby game taking over is it? 😉 😆 that was back in the days when we used to be able to win them 😕

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  6. Rich yeah man those were the days 😆

    Just think if I’d have been pushed over the edge I wouldn’t be here now hahaha

    Ice and Hitman it’s been my pleasure 🙂

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  7. I’m not sure if it’s any regular poster. Nobody has even been interested in writing articles lately, never mind taking over the site! It’s a mystery.

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  8. TOONSY thanks for all the effort you have put in too produce the best NUFC blog and given us all a place too be happy ,sad ,too vent our anger and enjoy the good times together .Its been a brilliant seven or so years , be proud with your achivement in creating this place and good luck for the future.

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  9. Axel I was thinking Eric, but he does not write articles. If its an existing user, then it will be interesting to know their strategy moving forward – because it will be very different to how Toonsy did things over the years. If it’s a new user – it will be weird suddenly having somebody around in a hands on capacity out of the blue.

    Zuckerburg is taking the internet over. Must be him. This is his first step in his grand plan to take the club over.

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  10. Toonsy – I don’t know you as well as some of the other lads & lasses on here, but you and your site (and it will ALWAYS be YOUR site) has become a daily part of my life for around 7yrs now … and yes time does bloody fly!!!.
    It was shortly after the birth of my son, when my social life slowed right down and I needed something new outlet for my footy craic and there was an empty seat in my local.
    I found the site by chance but immediately enjoyed it and knew it was something I wanted to be part of. That was thanks in large to the articles & comments people were posting.

    Your reasons for handing on the reins are fully understandable mate. I know Shamrock has been doing a lot of articles lately but struggles with work & family commitments too.
    I hope we don’t loose you as a poster of comments, even if you struggle to find time to write the articles. 😉

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  11. It’s not an existing user. Rest assured there’s no massive shift in how the site will be run and you’ll get more fresh content out of it.

    I wouldn’t move over if I didn’t believe that it would be the best thing for this site

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  12. No doubt you would not Toonsy. You have put too much into the place to watch it go down the drain.

    Well I have been doing some investigating and it looks like the new owner has a bit of experience with this sort of thing if my lines of enquiry are right. So we should be in safe hands.

    I travelled all over Spain when I was a teen. Spent some time in *Malaga* selling kites on the beach and sleeping overnight under a DAF van in an industrial estate. Good times.

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  13. Best wishes for the future Toonsy. You’ll always be remembered for creating this site and more importantly, banning Troy 😆

    It’s not troy that’s took over is it?? He’ll be in his glory sitting top of his ladder dishing out bans for all who calls Pardew 😆

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  14. All the best Toonsy lad, it’s been an absolutely pleasure following toon crack on by far the best NUFC website going.

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  15. All the best to you toonsy, twas a great site you put together. Hard to believe how long it has been running, it was and still is the only blog both nufc-wise and the on the internet in general that I comment on (not that I’ve commented much over the last couple of years).The craic has always been the best and the articles were always interesting, you even let sixteen year old me post an article back in 2012 and for that I am again honoured.

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  16. Shamrock: I wrote one article in the summer that you published but you don’t really want an article on Pards do you 🙂 If I can think of a subject I will write something when the new launch kicks off.

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  17. Thanks Shamrock
    Yeah I’ll make more of an effort this year, uni has kept me bogged down a bit, but I’ve been keeping an eye on whats been said 😉 . Also when we are playing **** I kind of avoid everything newcastle except for watching the games

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  18. Shamrock: I have thought of a subject but it is probably not long enough to write an article on. It is how to arrive at the real length of time a NUFC player will be out injured:

    Step 1: See what the club say in weeks.

    Step 2: see what Ryder says 2 days later and totally ignore it.

    Step 3: add two weeks

    Step 4: Multiply by the circumference of Paul Merson’s head in metres (that’s approximately 2 metres, and not the size of a small planet as some think, although it does have moons orbiting it).

    Step 5: don’t believe a word NUFC management, physios, Drs and The Chronicle say in the meantime and go back to step 4, and

    Voila, there you have it.

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  19. That’s a canny formula Eric, but it leaves you about 30 minutes out. Factor in a 30 minute tolerance and you are spot on.

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  20. Andy – hells bells I remember you posting that article!!. Was that 3+ yrs ago 😯 where has that time gone man?!.
    Hope you are well mate & getting on OK at uni 😉

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  21. What ever happened to that young girl that wrote a couple of threads think she played footy in one of the local lges and was studying to be a sports writer,cannot think of her name now?

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  22. Zoe mate. No idea where she went, shame because I was looking back over some of her stuff the other day and she was a good writer.

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  23. Ice…That was Zoe, she went to Uni in sunderland so probably converted to the darkside, she’ll be eating cheesy chips and have 6 kids by now if so (joking Zoe 😉 )

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  24. Sham, she went to uni to study to be a sports journo I think. Last time she posted on here she was saying she was losing faith in the club.

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  25. Silly me I should have known RICHIE would know the crack,if she has gone to the dark side she will have lost the power think,poor soul

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  26. Sharpy
    Aye it was a few months before the London Olympics so almost four years ago now. I’m alright, almost finished third year, so just one year left.

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  27. Sharpy yeah she’s doing well, best not to mention anything NUFC if you want to be a serious sports journalist 😆

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  28. There’s no hiding anywhere if RICHIE wants to track you down,sure he does a bit of private detective work on the side when he’s sober like that’s once a month on a Sunday,that’s the day he washes his White mack

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  29. Richie – 😆 you’re probably right mate, they’d never let her near Canary Wharf if they found out she was black n white 😆

    Andy is doing well too. I’m pleased to hear it as well. I was convinced a young Andy was at risk of being corrupted by the old boys on here. 😆

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  30. Toonsy
    Thanks for the blog and will always keep reading it. Never forget the day Batty was on Ed’s blog telling me and others to get on to this one after Workys was really going down hill.

    I’ve often thought about doing an article, talk about the good old days when we won promotion and just stayed up in the old 2nd division, the days when I used to get my free tickets and also used to train, well try with them on a weekly basis coz of Gavin playing for us. Great days when somebody as useless as me could actually play well attempt to with professionals on the training pitch.

    This is always the blog I look o first and really only try the others for links for away games. Enjoy your break Toonsy and keep posting. Try not to drink too much beer down the Dun Cow, still cry about cost of the beer I had in there!!

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  31. All the best Toonsy, Still makes me chuckle thinking of the early days on here. Like that Man Utd match when some mardy ****s flounced off after seeing the teamsheets, Only to miss out on watching us absolutely **** them

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  32. Toonsy what can I say mate ? Pissed of that your going but I also understand as you work **** hours and I am sure the family would like to see you more in your spare time. But thanks for everything, the only thing I ask is that you try to come on and comment a bit more and that its not that c@ nt Worky taking over 😆 but then I know you wouldnt sell is down the river.

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  33. Andymag good to see you.
    Ref Zoe she was a good lass and has done well for herself, I did ask her a while back if she was going to make a return, but she was to busy. Add to that the state our basket case of a club has been in and I cant blame her as lately I get enough downers watching us play never mind talking about us.

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