I don't know when I first started to hate Newcastle United.
In the 60s, 70s and 80s, they weren't a team you could really hate, unless you're a Sunderland or Middlesbrough supporter.
The first time I realised just what scum they are, is when they were promoted in the mid 80s, I think, and brought a large following to play at Old Trafford. It's the only time I've seen violence at Man Utd, in that the Newcastle fans were throwing coins at the rest of the crowd.
But my hate really started in the 90s, when Newcastle thought they're
bigger than they actually are, without winning anything, and lurching
from disaster to disaster, which is so much fun to watch.
Losing a 10 point lead to Man Utd. Kevin Keegan mouthing off. Alan Shearer declining Man Utd yet again, and never winning anything since. And Shearer is possible the most boring footballer I've ever heard interviewed. I really hopes he becomes manager of Newcastle, because he's a Ruud Gullit in the making.
But what makes Newcastle most detestable are not the fans, (those happy go lucky Geordies), but the morally bankrupt leadership, which starts spouting about good behaviour in football, when some of the directors' behaviour over the years has been deplorable, sacking Bobby Robson, and then not settling until today, and signing a bunch of thugs to play for them.
Controversy surrounded the club in 1996 when two board members, Douglas Hall, son of Chairman Sir John Hall, and Freddie Shepherd made a series of disgusting remarks to an undercover tabloid journalist. They ridiculed Alan Shearer, called the supporters “stupid” for paying through the nose for the cheap shirts they like wearing, and stated that they preferred to do their whoring abroad because the women of Newcastle “are all dogs”. Almost unbelievably, Shepherd subsequently became Chairman!
And from the Guardian
This, let us not forget, is the same Bowyer who has a bit of form when it comes to sorting out grievances violently. Although he was cleared of grievous bodily harm and affray after a rowdy night out with Leeds team-mates left an Asian student seriously injured, he had previously been convicted of attacking the staff of a McDonald's restaurant.
Little wonder then, of my joy this weekend to read that two of their players were sent off for fighting with each other. Two of the nastiest, ill-behaved thugs. The outcome being, that they can't play against Man Utd in the F.A Cup semi-final. Shame.
I loved reading this Guardian article,
Bowyer made his feelings known then and would use statistics showing Dyer made 36 passes on Saturday with only one going to Bowyer, to illustrate a pattern.
No wonder Bowyer hit Dyer. Dyer wasn't passing to him!!
Long may this Newcastle thing continue, and may they never win anything!!