As a 26-year-old Newcastle United fan, these are my favourite games at St James’ Park

Today we’re giving away a historic book filled with over a century of Newcastle United headlines (enter HERE on Twitter!), and it got me thinking about my most memorable trips to St James’ Park.

As a 26-year-old, my memories of Keegan’s Entertainers come more from old VHS’ my dad showed me as a kid, and I was also too young to remember some of the early Sir Bobby Robson days, however I’ve still been lucky to see some absolute classics over the years.

In no particular order, here’s twelve that will always stay with me for one reason or another:

Newcastle 4-3 Man Utd (2001)

My earliest memory of St James’ Park and the game that had me hooked for life. I was just seven at the time, yet I remember it so well.

Sat in the Leazes End, I was lifted up in the air by my Dad’s good friend as Laurent Robert curled in a stunning free-kick to give us a 1-0 lead just four minutes in. That was the moment I felt the spine-tingling buzz and electric atmosphere for the first time in a game we’d go on to win 4-3.

The Red Devils had a star-studded line up, with Van Nistelrooy, Giggs, Beckham, Keane, Cole and Veron all on display, but we had Alan Shearer – a man I’d go on to idolise as a ‘Junior Magpie’ enjoying every second of my first proper taste of St James’ Park.

Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa (2010)

Our first home game back in the Premier League after that brilliant promotion season under Chris Hughton – and what a statement we made!

I was sat up in the gods but it didn’t matter, with Joey Barton’s early thunderbolt and an Andy Carroll’s stunning hat-trick proving we were very much back where we belonged on a sunny day at St James’ Park.

The moment our Gateshead-born goal machine got off the mark in style and also pretty priceless to smash SIX past a club whose fans mocked our devastating relegation to the Championship at Villa Park barely 12 months before.

Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland (2010)

Beating your bitter rivals in any game is big, but this was an absolute massacre in arguably the most memorable Tyne and Wear Derby to date.

Sunderland strutted into St James’ Park after spending big that summer and starting the season well, only for those travelling up from Wearside to leave with their tails well and truly between their legs after a Kevin Nolan hat-trick and two goals from Shola “The Mackem Slayer’ Ameobi.

The win – which came over none other than Steve Bruce! – sent us into 7th and above them in the table and also featured a comical red card for ex-NUFC centre-back Titus Bramble.

Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal (2011)

Yet another game from that 2010/11 season that delivered so many classics at St James’ Park and perhaps the greatest Premier League comeback of all time.

At 0-4 down at half-time, I remember switching off from the game and wondering what takeaway we were going to have that night. Little did I know what was about to come next.

Arsenal absolutely crumbled in that lions den of an atmosphere and we took full advantage, with that late Cheick Tiote equaliser creating a moment that will stay with me and many other Mags forever. Limbs everywhere and that famous pile-on on the pitch! Goosebumps.

This one is sure to be included in Historic Newspaper’s book of Newcastle United classics!

Newcastle 3-0 Man Utd (2012)

There were many magic moments in this 2011/12 season, but this was right up there on a brilliant night under the lights at St James’ Park.

A bit of genius from Demba Ba gave us an early lead and Yohan Cabaye made it 2-0 at the Gallowgate End with one of the best free kicks you are ever likely to see, before Phil Jones put through his own net to make it three.

I’ll also remember this one for the way Cheick Tiote bossed the midfield and didn’t give Wayne Rooney a moments rest, with our Ivorian warrior being at his best in a win that all but ended Alex Ferugson’s hopes of another Premier League title – and boosted our chances of making Europe in the process!

Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool (2012)

A game that was so enjoyable for so many reasons.

Seeing a lethal Papiss Cisse score twice, Jose Enrique end up in goal after they went down to 10 and Andy Carroll return to Tyneside on the losing side was memorable on a day that saw us stay in the race for a Champions League spot at St James’ Park.

We were without Coloccini in this one, but a front six of Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez was too much for Liverpool to handle – a side we went 11 points clear of after the win!

Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea (2013)

Moussa Sissoko’s first outing on Tyneside following his January move from Tyneside and perhaps one of the best home debuts we’ve seen at St James’!

The then 23-year-old looked an absolute monster of a midfielder, not only scoring twice but going on several lung-busting runs – including one incredible sprint that saw him get in behind Ashley Cole, despite giving the England left-back a 10-yard head start!

Elsewhere, fellow French import Yoan Gouffran also scored on his debut, but it was Sissoko that stole the show in a frenetic five-goal thriller.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham (2015)

A fairytale moment for Jonas Gutierrez, who not only beat testicular cancer but came on to score the goal that helped keep us up on the final day of 2014/15.

It proved to be the Argentine’s farewell appearance as a Newcastle United, however he left his mark in magical fashion, creating a moment few will forget and sending a clear message Mike Ashley and Co. in his iconic celebration in front of the Milburn Stand.

A battler both on and off the pitch and an adopted Geordie for life.

Newcastle 4-3 Norwich (2016)

With just just two minutes of added time remaining, Norwich were 2-3 up and set to go SEVEN points clear of us in the Championship table – until something quite extraordinary happened on a cold Wednesday night in Newcastle.

Yoann Gouffran rescued what looked set to be a huge point with 60 seconds left to play, but we weren’t done there. We immediately won the ball back from the restart, Shelvey pumped one long and it fell to Dwight Gayle – whose low shot snuck past a host of Norwich legs and the Canaries keeper to send St James’ Park delirious.

For me, this dealt a body-blow to promotion rivals Norwich which they never recovered from, paving the way for their collapse and our immediate return to the top flight.

Newcastle 3-0 Barnsley (2017)

From “going down, going up” to “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS”, this really was an atmosphere to savour at St James’ Park.

We knew we were heading to the Premier League (and replacing Sunderland!), but the noise and buzz around St James’ Park after word go around that Brighton had conceded late at Villa Park was priceless, with Jack Grealish’s strike meaning we were not only going up but going up as Champions!

Promotion was all that mattered, but the late drama and party atmosphere after the full-time whistle was the cherry on the top of a brilliant season in the Championship for Rafa Benitez’s Mags!

Newcastle 2-1 Man City (2019)

A Rafa Benitez masterclass and five-star display from everyone in black and white to beat a formidable Man City side who had been breaking records left, right and centre across 2018/19.

After conceding in the opening minute via Sergio Aguero and fearing a hammering, we went on to defend superbly in the next 90 minutes and score twice to send us five clear of the drop zone.

The brilliant Salomon Rondon bullied them all night and gave us a lifeline with half an hour to play, until Matt Ritchie slotted home a late penalty to send the Gallowgate wild.

Newcastle 3-2 Everton (2019)

Everton came out for the second half 0-2 up and Jordan Pickford immediately goaded the Gallowgate End with a cheeky smile and show of the tongue. How he would live to regret that.

Salomon Rondon started the comeback on the 66th minute and a late double followed from Ayoze Perez in the final 10 minutes – leaving a previously peacocking Pickford to look foolish and sending 50,000 Mags inside St James’ Park wild.

Considering it was also a win that sent us SIX clear of the bottom three at the business end of the season, this was a priceless three points in more ways than one!

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

62 thoughts on “As a 26-year-old Newcastle United fan, these are my favourite games at St James’ Park

  1. If driving is a sport then Lewis Hamilton is the greatest British Sportsman ever. Sir? Lord? Seb Coe is a Lord for running fast, why not Hamilton for driving fast? Lord Botham? I am OK with that as long as he doesnt promote his cheap plonk off of it. Wasnt Jeffrey Archer a Lord as well?

    Lewis has an MBE. Is it a black thing?

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  2. Been watching the France/Portugal game and Pogba ambling around. France were trying to push all of their play through Pogba.

    I will say it now.

    Paul Pogba is the most overrated player in the history of the world.

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  3. Yes, Pogba has even overtaken Jack Wilshere as the most overrated player in history. I watched him closely today and he did nowt. Just strolled around and wasnt even arsed to be a show pony. I expected him to whip out his phone and get on social media he was that bad.

    Some players have always made the game look easy – Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Vincent Kompany.

    I have seen people say Pogba is like them. No he is not! He is sh!t and he is getting worse.

    I hope he plays against us, he slows the whole team down.

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  4. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/10/11/world-exclusive-man-utd-liverpool-driving-project-big-picture/

    Manchester United and Liverpool are the driving force behind the biggest changes to English football in a generation and an extraordinary overhaul of the Premier League, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

    The two clubs have worked together on a radical set of proposals – called “Project Big Picture” – that will reshape the finances of the game. The Premier League, the most lucrative sports league in the world, would see a reduction to 18 teams, and controlling power in the hands of the biggest clubs.

    In return for tearing up many of the rules that have governed the game since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 there will be £250 million rescue package to the Football League to see them through the Covid crisis.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal the details of the working document “Revitalisation” authored by Liverpool’s American ownership Fenway Sports Group with support from United. It anticipates the backing of the other members of the so-called big six, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

    In a remarkable set of proposals, which will send shockwaves through the game, 25 per cent of the Premier League’s annual revenue will go to the EFL clubs with £250 million paid up front to see them through the current crisis. There would also be a gift of £100 million to sustain the Football Association.

    However, there would be an abolition of the one-club, one-vote principle that has sustained the Premier League since its inception as well as the abolition of the threshold of 14 votes to pass any decision or regulation change.

    Under the new proposals, the League Cup and the Community Shield would be abolished. There have been additional discussions that the League Cup would survive but without the participation of the clubs in Europe.

    There would be two automatic promotion places for Championship clubs, but the third, fourth and fifth placed clubs would be in a play-off tournament with the 16th placed Premier League club.

    The nine clubs who have been in the Premier League for the longest – which includes the big six – would dictate its running in every aspect and would be free to play more games in the expanded Champions League that is anticipated from the 2024-2025 season onwards.

    As well as the Premier League dropping from 20 clubs to 18, there would be 24 in each of the Championship, League One and League Two making a total of 90.

    The plan is supported by the EFL chairman Rick Parry who has held talks with Liverpool’s principal owner, the American investor John W Henry, and shareholder and director Mike Gordon. In addition, Parry has spoken to the Glazer family, who own United.

    The talks began in 2017 but have been accelerated since the coronavirus pandemic has thrust football into the grip of crisis with no fans in stadiums until March at the earliest. Liverpool and United are prepared for a fierce debate over their proposals but they want them implemented as soon as possible.

    The Revitalisation document calls for immediate action to cut dramatically what it calls the “revenue chasm” in earnings from television contracts between the Premier League and the EFL. In order to discourage Championship clubs from gambling recklessly on promotion, the parachute payments system would be abolished in favour of the 25 per cent share of Premier League revenue being shared more equitably among EFL clubs.

    Under proposals for the new model of distribution of television revenue in the Premier League, Fenway, the driving force behind the document, insist there would be no greater share for the top six. Their stated aim is to eliminate the huge gap in earnings between Premier League and EFL clubs while in return having a greater control of the decisions made by the Premier League.

    The document says: “A reset of the economics and governance of the English football pyramid is long overdue”.

    The proposals also rewrite the Premier League’s 20-club democracy in favour of placing huge power in the hands of the nine clubs with the longest continual stay in the division. As things stand that is the big six, as well as Everton, Southampton and West Ham. Those nine clubs afforded “long-term shareholder status” would have unprecedented power, with the votes of just six of them required to make sweeping changes. These clubs would even be able to veto a new owner taking over a rival club.

    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, Parry said that he had the support of many of his 72 members, many currently facing financial ruin, to go ahead with the plan. He said: “What do we do? Leave it exactly as it is and allow the smaller clubs to wither? Or do we do something about it? And you can’t do something about it without something changing. And the view of our clubs is if the [big] six get some benefits but the 72 also do, we are up for it.”

    He accepted there would be opposition from the Premier League clubs outside the big six who would see it as detrimental to their financial prospects with less money and two fewer places in the top flight.

    “It is definitely going to be challenging and it is an enormous change so that won’t be without some pain,” Parry said: “Do I genuinely think it’s for the greater good of the game as a whole? Absolutely. And if the [big] six are deriving some benefit then why shouldn’t they. Why wouldn’t they put their names to this otherwise?”

    The proposals include:

    £250 million immediately to the EFL to compensate its clubs for lost matchday revenue, deducted from future television revenue earnings and financed by a loan taken out by the Premier League
    Special status for the nine longest serving clubs – and the vote of only six of those “long-term shareholders” required to make major changes, including amending rules and regulations, agreeing contracts, removal of the chief executive, and a wide-ranging veto including on club ownership
    Premier League to go to 18 clubs from 20
    £100 million one-off gift to the FA to cover its coronavirus losses, the non-league game, the women’s game, the grassroots
    8.5 per cent of annual net Premier League revenue to go on operating costs and “good causes” including the FA
    From the remainder, 25 per cent of all combined Premier League and Football League revenues to go to the EFL clubs
    Six per cent of Premier League gross revenues to pay for stadium improvements across the top four divisions, calculated at £100 per seat
    New rules for the distribution of Premier League television income, overseas and domestic, including proposals that base one portion on performance over three years in the league
    The abolition of the League Cup and the Community Shield
    24 clubs each in the Championship, League One and League Two reducing the professional game overall from 92 clubs to 90
    A women’s professional league independent of the Premier League or the FA
    Two sides automatically relegated from the Premier League every season and the top two Championship teams promoted. The 16th place Premier League club in a play-off tournament with the Championship’s third, fourth and fifth placed teams.
    Financial fair play regulations in line with Uefa, and full access for Premier League executive to club accounts
    A fan charter including capping of away tickets at £20, away travel subsidised, a focus on a return to safe standing, a minimum away allocation of eight per cent capacity
    Later Premier League start in August to give greater scope for pre-season friendlies, and requirement for all clubs to compete once every five years in a summer Premier League tournament
    Huge changes to loan system allowing clubs to have 15 players out on loan domestically at any one time and up to four at a single club in England

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  5. Dan Roan
    @danroan
    BREAKING | Government condemns Project Big Picture
    “We are surprised and disappointed that at a time of crisis…there appear to be backroom deals being cooked up that would create a closed shop at the very top of the game….deeply troubling.”

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  6. Henry Winter

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/operation-avarice-would-surely-leave-all-but-big-six-on-life-support-dct38dtcb

    Operation Avarice would surely leave all but ‘big six’ on life support
    Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer

    Project Big Picture, or Operation Avarice as it should be called, is so wretchedly, nakedly cynical, so obviously greed dressed up as munificence, that it deserves the widespread contempt it has immediately garnered. Everybody can see through what the “big six” are up to, wanting to run English football, ruining the dreams of those who aspire to the heights, diminishing the power of the FA further, and setting the scene for the European Super League. It is “the theft of hope”, as one Newcastle United fan eloquently but mournfully lamented. It is a short-term bandage that leaves a long-term wound that will never heal.

    The need for a proper debate on the structure and finances of football is beyond question, and was urgent even before the poisonous wind of the pandemic blew through the English game. But discussions should always take place as a football family, as a collective, not a self-interested cabal led by Liverpool and Manchester United dictating terms in patronising fashion to the rest of the pyramid, including their supposedly less-celebrated colleagues in the Premier League. This closes down the dream factory of English football.

    So shortly after FSG’s Liverpool had seven put past them by Aston Villa makes it a strange time to launch Mission Power Grab. At a time when the players of Liverpool, such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson, and Manchester United, like Marcus Rashford, are doing so much for the community, the threat by their owners to control English football seems even more egregious.

    Elements of the proposal are good — helping out the EFL with £250 million and FA with £100 million, capping away tickets at £20, addressing the madness of parachute payments and encouraging sustainability is to be welcomed throughout the EFL — but close inspection of the proposal reveals immediate and manifold concerns.

    It seems strange the elite have recently been pleading poverty, some flirting with furloughing staff, and yet have now found all this ready cash, ready for transferring down-table. What the “big six” offer the EFL is effectively what they gave to agents last year. And it’s not even only their money, and depending on their broadcast negotiating power they will effectively be saving £200 million of the £250 million long-term by losing two clubs.

    It needs saying again that Richard Scudamore’s greatest gift, beyond the former Premier League executive chairman’s mastery of broadcast negotiations, was to keep all 20 clubs pointed in the same direction. Not now. This plan points the Premier League towards civil war.

    A proper plan would be to acknowledge how much of their talent is honed in the EFL, and how much it is in their self-interest to help the pyramid. There is enough broadcast money at the top level to assist the weaker parts of English football, and they are stronger together, a 92, unique throughout the world.

    If the elite clubs are concerned about their own profits, maybe they could temper the wages they lavish on stars, the substantial transfer fees they pay, the riches they give to agents. They could work more subtly with the government, persuade the exchequer to contribute to the lower leagues.

    It is particularly “disappointing”, to borrow the word of an outraged Premier League, that the EFL’s chairman, Rick Parry, has fallen into cahoots with the Glazers, FSG and those whose creed is greed. Parry, formerly chief executive of Liverpool, suddenly appears a Trojan Horse. Some of his 72 clubs will doubtless support the proposals, such is their despair which the “big six” are preying on. “Through this proposed restructuring we aim to strengthen those who need it most at a time when they need it most,” Parry says. “This is a blueprint for the future of English football and for everyone who cherishes it.”

    Nonsense. This leaves English football being run from Boston and the Everglades. It would leave the rich getting richer, leaving the Premier League under a rule of six, in control of broadcast deals, inevitably maximising their return, running the league, overruling the FA, even deciding who should come into other clubs. It adds some credence to all those stories that certain clubs intervened to stop the Saudi takeover of Newcastle, not because they objected to human rights abuses but because they feared a challenge to their attempted hegemony.

    These plans limit the likes of pesky upstarts who dare take on the established order, a Leicester City pushing for the title, an Aston Villa rebuilding. It restricts the ambitions of those in mid-table, and tells the promoted to know their place. They are an affront to sporting integrity.

    Reducing the number of clubs in the Premier League to 18 frees up more dates for the European Super League which is, partly, what this is all about, and everyone understands the damage that would do to English football. Those few supporting Parry do not see the real big picture.

    Well said Henry

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  7. Eric Sykes:
    Kimtoon: seems to back up the theory that certain clubs were pushing the PL block NUFC takeover.

    Indeed mate, as Henry alludes to above. Now all the other clubs fans will see what us toon fans have been saying all summer.
    Manure have massive unsustainable debt, should they fall out the CL slots they are ****ed, there was a piece i read before the end of the season that suggested it was imperative they get into the CL spots as certain deals were only payable if they did. They got rather a lot of pens towards the seasons end if i recall and it makes you wonder doesn’t it.
    Football is stinking the place out at the moment.

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  8. What they also fail to mention is the fact that Newcastle are not included in the “Nine“, even though both Villa and Newcastle have been longer in the Premier league than Man City! Corruption is rife! 🤬🤬

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  9. Gilly Toon:
    What they also fail to mention is the fact that Newcastle are not included in the “Nine“, even though both Villa and Newcastle have been longer in the Premier league than Man City! Corruption is rife! 🤬🤬

    Yeah it’s been done on consecutive seasons rather than total seasons in the PL

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  10. Interestingly these talks for this plan starting 16/17 season, immediately after Leicester won the league !
    I remember reading an article somewhere saying the so called big clubs were less than impressed by them gate crashing the league title.

    This is a power grab dressed up as a rescue package, nothing more than that.

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  11. @TeleFootball
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    @SamWallaceTel
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    @JPercyTelegraph
    exclusive: Tottenham Hotspur eligible for £125m stadium rebate under ‘Project Big Picture’ proposals #THFC

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  12. I will say it again,

    If Lewis Hamilton is not made Lord Lewis in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list then there is some racist sh!t going on. Lord Archer – give me a fckn break.

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  13. kimtoon:
    @TeleFootball
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    @SamWallaceTel
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    @JPercyTelegraph
    exclusive: Tottenham Hotspur eligible for £125m stadium rebate under ‘Project Big Picture’ proposals #THFC

    I have nothing against Spurs or their stadium. I had a problem with the London press having a collective w@nk about their new ground and showing pictures of the construction site, the cheese room, the beer filling from the bottom – like anybody cared!!! Every 2 days it was back page news.

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  14. Waddle, Gazza, Sir Les, Ginola.

    Maybe I do dislike Spurs.

    Ginola won footballer of the year after we sold him to Spurs.

    But, Jimmy Greaves, I will give them that. Keith Berkenshaw. Gary Mabbutt. Harry Kane. Son. Ozzy Ardiles.

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  15. I dont dislike any of the London teams. When the Koreans go to watch Son they seem genuinely happy and he seems happy to meet them. And I have a really good friend who is a Charlton fan. If we think we are shyte, then welcome to his world!

    Now the plastics of Man U and even Liverpool. Whenever I go to the pub and they are there before or after our game they are just w@nkers. Seriously – “are you leaving now? do you mind if I sit next to you and save the seat for me mates? are you leaving now!!!!”

    FCK OFF you Scouse or Manc Cnt!

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  16. I dont know how many times I have heard it – I am sitting at the bar and have a NUFC scarf on and am asked for my seat. Sitting there with my scarf on talking to someone with a NUFC top on. Having a beer and some scouse git is wanting my seat. I am not just a NUFC fan, I am a football fan and might watch their game as well! Probably better than ours 🙂

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  17. This new proposal is total rubbish. Why does a reform of the PL need to be linked with funding for the EPL. It doesn’t, it’s just an ill informed badly disguised power grab from the american owners. Parry needs a good slap for supporting that! Reading the latest reports, the thing is dead in the water already.

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  18. How idiotic are the big 6? How on earth did they think this would pass? Why would anybody outside them clubs think it’s good to allow them to decide how much revenue the other clubs got via tv deals and only them could decide who owned the other clubs… It’s laughable. Why don’t they start their own league? Would anybody have a problem? I wouldn’t it…

    Also I see we’re back to square one with Covid. Lockdown achieved nothing apart from delaying the inevitable for many. Shall we just continue on the hamster wheel until the well runs dry…

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  19. Covid in all likely hood will become endemic, i cannot see it ever fully going away. There will not be a successful vaccine for it since it mutates too readily. We will eventually have a situation where most will of had it but not gain immunity to further strains of it. We just have to learn to live with it and accept many will continue to die from it.
    The black death was around for a very very long time ( approx 7 years ), disappearing and reappearing. Thought to be pasted on by rats but more and more scientist now suspect it was viral since it popped up in places where the rat responsible didn’t exist.

    So long as screens in shops and workplaces and PPE is continued to be used and we keep washing our hands properly we should gain some control against infection.
    It’s more likely we find better drugs to fight and lessen it’s effects than get a credible vaccine for it.
    Incredibly my lad who has constant coughs, colds and upper resp infections has been really well since lockdown even though continuing to attend day center. I think it’s because they are using ppe and being cleaner and working in smaller groups, he’s also been on prophylactic antibiotics since feb this year .

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  20. Why the fck can’t the old and ill just stay at home and shield?! Over 95% of all deaths are in this demographic. It’s absolute madness what we are doing.

    It’s like having a car manufacturer who has a model that has a fault and instead of recalling that particular model the government stop everyone driving!

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  21. Stu, it’s not as simple as the ill and elderly staying locked up at home though. You talked about mental health effects at the beginning of all this. Well mental health issues effect the sick and elderly too you know. They have as much right as anyone else to go out and enjoy a social life and fresh air, why should they stay cooped up, in some cases on their own for months on end just so the young and the rest of us can continue to go to the pub and socialize.
    Loneliness is a massive issue for many oap’s and throw fear into the mix and it’s a horrible situation to be in.
    Are we really thinking they should stay locked up alone never seeing their family ?

    There are no easy answers here, we just have to suck it up and be vigilant with hygiene .

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  22. kimtoon:
    Stu, it’s not as simple as the ill and elderly staying locked up at home though. You talked about mental health effects at the beginning of all this. Well mental health issues effect the sick and elderly too you know. They have as much right as anyone else to go out and enjoy a social life and fresh air, why should they stay cooped up, in some cases on their own for months on end just so the young and the rest of us can continue to go to the pub and socialize.
    Loneliness is a massive issue for many oap’s and throw fear into the mix and it’s a horrible situation to be in.
    Are we really thinking they should stay locked up alone never seeing their family ?

    There are no easy answers here, we just have to suck it up and be vigilant with hygiene .

    here,here,well said,bit different for you 21yr olds lol 😀

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  23. Alan Shearer
    “People say ‘Big Six’, but where were Manchester City 20 years ago? I’m not saying that to disrespect Manchester City. I’m saying it because things change in football.

    “We won the league at Blackburn when Jack Walker owned the club. That wouldn’t be allowed under this system because the top six clubs wouldn’t want anyone coming along with a genuine love of football, like Jack had, and trying to get his club to compete with them.”

    Well said Alan

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  24. And Ian Hollaway god love him, always says it straight

    “This cannot be right, this is not the way forward.”

    “Basically they’ve got a gun to all of our heads, and they’re trying to take over football and make sure they’ll get richer.”

    “That’s not what football is about. Who do they actually think they are?”

    “It’s embarrassing, absolutely embarrassing. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in my life.”

    “I knew it was coming – it’s a time when everyone’s struggling the most, they’ve come up with this.”

    “How are they the top six if Manchester United are 16th?”

    “Please make sure the greedy, manipulative, selfish, self-minded people don’t win.”

    “I’m saying Oliver Dowden, stop this right now, step in and tell us what we’ve got to do.”

    “Takeover football, make sure the pyramid is secure for the rest of however long this world lasts because this game is too good for it to die.

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  25. I suspected that the top 6 had some influence in blocking the Saudis from taking over NUFC and the more I read about this project the more I believe that has been the case.
    It certainly wouldn’t have fit their plan if scummy old Newcastle became the richest club in the league/World would it.

    They will shrug it off as ‘it’s just business’ but it’s not, it’s the rich wanting to get richer & it stinks!!.

    I notice an article the other day that suggested the richest have actually managed to get richer through COVID. Fat cats ready to do anything while others struggle.

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  26. This England Denmark game is Sh.it… Maguire sent off and Penalty to Denmark (unrelated), no way a penalty but there you are, losing 1-0 at home and down to 10 men

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  27. I was thinking after the Burnley game – ASM is the most exciting NUFC player since …. who?

    I had to go back to Ginola.

    I know we had HBA, and on his day he was very good – but he was very inconsistent – and I always found him a self absorbed player/person.

    ASM genuinely seems to have a passion for NUFC and the Geordie fans. He has the Geordie sense of humour.

    I worried a bit when fans weren’t there, about whether he could get as motivated for games. He seems to be a player that feeds off the fans – but he has proven there is no dip in form.

    I feared with the takeover falling through, that he may think ‘Im out of here ASAP’ – but him signing is a big statement.

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  28. Sharpy17:
    I was thinking after the Burnley game – ASM is the most exciting NUFC player since …. who?

    I had to go back to Ginola.

    I know we had HBA, and on his day he was very good – but he was very inconsistent – and I always found him a self absorbed player/person.

    ASM genuinely seems to have a passion for NUFC and the Geordie fans.He has the Geordie sense of humour.

    I worried a bit when fans weren’t there, about whether he could get as motivated for games.He seems to be a player that feeds off the fans – but he has proven there is no dip in form.

    I feared with the takeover falling through, that he may think ‘Im out of here ASAP’ – but him signing is a big statement.

    Sharpy, he said he likes the look of the Newcastle project, what project ? Does he know something we don’t ?

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  29. There is a bit of an elephant in the room as well though.

    A lot of fans slating Bruce – and I have had my say on him too, so I’m certainly not sat here digging anyone out.

    But fans calling out Bruce – then ASM signs a new contract suggests that our better players don’t seem to share our views.
    Bruce isn’t going anywhere soon, and ASM didn’t have to sign – he clearly wanted to and seems happy 🤷🏼‍♂️.

    Excellent business from NUFC though, securing our best player & best asset.

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  30. kimtoon: Sharpy, he said he likes the look of the Newcastle project, what project ? Does he know something we don’t ?

    Kim – I bet he doesn’t – I’m not sure any bugger knows for sure.

    Playing wise speaks for itself. I can’t imagine any toon fan not being impressed by what they see.

    But what I’ve been impressed with is his off field actions. His interactions with fans on social media. The work he’s done with local charities and the way he’s embarrassed the culture of the NE.

    He came with a bit of a reputation, which I think most accepted – coz why else would a player like that come to NUFC if he wasn’t damaged or flawed in some way.

    Maybe he doesn’t take well to over baring disciplinarians – I don’t imagine Bruce setting too many ground rules.
    Dare I say, we might see a very different ASM if Rafa was here for example. It’s no secret ASM clashed with Viera, who I can imagine runs a tight ship.

    Whatever the reason, some players seem to thrive at certain clubs & it seems ASM is at NUFC – and we get to sit back and watch it happen.

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  31. kimtoon:
    Dubs out for another 5-6 weeks after a set back in his recovery.

    Kim – disappointed for Dub. But I think Darlow has done ok filling in so far. He hasn’t been a first team keeper for a while, and I’m not sure the int break will have helped him. But, I’m not as worried from what I’ve seen in the opening 4 or 5 games he’s been involved in.
    I think he can only get better with confidence – but there are some tough games coming up.

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  32. Does anybody trust Southgate. We were lucky at theWC and went out to the first half decent side we played.

    I still think Darlow had a bad game against Burnley but would probably pick him ahead of Pick ford.

    ANd McGuire. Hopefully the sending off will mess with His head for Saturday. I would give st max, Might and fraser the green light to run at him.

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  33. Do MAN U have a backup for Martial? Move Greenwood inside and start Daniel James. After that it is Lingard, Mata and It halo.

    How can a team that have spent so much have so many gaps in their squad. And that is even before we talk centre halfs and full backs.

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  34. Eric Sykes:
    Does anybody trust Southgate. We were lucky at theWC and went out to the first half decent side we played.

    I still think Darlow had a bad game against Burnley but would probably pick him ahead of Pick ford.

    ANd McGuire. Hopefully the sending off will mess with His head for Saturday. I would give st max, Might and fraser the green light to run at him.

    Eric – Southgate proved he hasn’t got a clue when Maguire was sent off.
    There was no need to change anything as early as he did. Leave James at RB, move Walker CB with Coady and keep AMN at LB – who was more of a LB than both Walker and James he put in there.

    His team select is very poor and the fact he switched to the long ball with so many creative players available to him was just scary.

    He wanted freekicks so Kane and DCL could contest them – but why bring Sancho on when nobody wins more freekicks than Grealish.

    It was an awful game & how we are favourites to win this tournament is beyond me!!.

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  35. Sharpy. You probably know my opinion on freakish. That he all the talent but is a cheat. However in the slow pace of international football that would be a benefit. Especially if he kept his dives to around the box. Last year he would dive all around the pitch which got very annoying because it made the games disjointed.

    Some pundits have actually noticed what he does now.

    It is like pick ford where it took them 2:Years to notice he is crap. We knew after the game where he lost it at SJP.

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  36. Eric – I’m not loved up on Grealish like the media & pundits are. But I do see what he can bring to a team and how he can change a game.
    He can run with the ball unlike most of the other players in that squad & you may call it cheating, but he draws people in and gets the foul.
    Diving to me is going down when there is clearly no contact – Grealish draws the foul and players keep making the contact.
    I’d be the first to question if every contact is enough to cause him to go to ground, but the lad wins freekicks.

    Sancho is a good player, but he’s simple to Mount and Sterling – Grealish offers something different imo.

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  37. Just been reading up on Gary Nevilles break away group to regulate English football.

    Absolute breath of fresh air after reading project sh!t on the little club.

    Heard him speaking on SSN earlier as well, and he’s dead right.

    Clubs can spend hundreds of millions on transfers in a matter of weeks – yet it takes months to pay a measly £50m to help the smaller clubs.

    He seems to have good intentions, and is a good bloke Neville. I’m sure his time with Salford has given him perspective across the leagues. I hope he’s doing it for the right reasons.

    It’s not right that so much can be spent in the PL when smaller clubs are folding. I get the more successful teams will get the lions share of the wealth – but it is totally disproportionate – and it seems Lpool & Man Utd only want to widen that gap.

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  38. I also think it stinks that PL clubs can still be buying Championship players. The window is closed and reopens as early as Jan – why can they wait til then. They had enough time while the window was open if they wanted that player – why not get them then.
    Doesn’t seem fair on the championship side with their better players still having their heads turned.

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  39. Does anyone have a go to site for a stream to watch the match tomorrow night rather than paying the £14.95? I really want to watch it but not keen on paying extra over what I already pay to tv crooks!

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  40. Gilly Toon:
    Does anyone have a go to site for a stream to watch the match tomorrow night rather than paying the £14.95? I really want to watch it but not keen on paying extra over what I already pay to tv crooks!

    get iptv mate you get everything,only about £40 a yr

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