November 2007 Archives
Every now and again we are all guilty of sticking on the rose tinted spectacles but when it comes to reminiscing the Kevin Keegan era in Newcastle, you will not find too many people that have too many bad memories.
They are mainly all good, the feel good factor couldn't have been any higher for much of his tenure.
OK there were ups and downs, we nearly went into Division Three and we lost the title by a whisker but if most of us had the choice we'd go through it all again.
Keegan to a lot of people will always be Mr Newcastle.
Newcastle United fans have never been backwards in going forwards.
And when they don't see what they like, they'll make sure people know about as football legends Ossie Ardiles, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson and Graeme Souness all very well know.
It's something that Big Sam is now also acutely aware of too.
So with 6,000 Geordies dedicating the bulk of their weekend (and a fistful of cash just weeks away from Christmas) to the black and white cause - isn't it time United served up a decent performance?
It isn't every day you get the chance to spend the day with two Newcastle United favourites but today I was invited to NUFC to spend the day as a Toon player.
It only seemed five minutes ago that I was sat in the Press box lambasting the lads after the 3-0 defeat against Liverpool but at least this gave me an idea of just what life is like for Premier League players of today.
The two guys in charge of the operation - which has now been extended to Toon fans as well -are well known figures in Warren Barton and John Beresford.
Talking about Newcastle United is certainly a touchy subject at the minute but it's fairly obvious that if Sam Allardyce didn't know what us Geordies are all about before the Liverpool debacle, which comes not that long after the Pompey debacle, he should now.
Unfortunately patience is not on the menu on Tyneside and it's easy to see why after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Basically if you are experienced enough to have watched Newcastle win a trophy (and I'm not talking about the Northumberland Senior Cup) you are old enough to be a some of the current player's mam or dad, or if we are talking about a domestic trophy a grandad, grandmother or even a great grandad or great grandmother!
Put it this way it was a long time ago - but to be fair the frustrations and abuse that came the way of Big Sam against Liverpool weren't even about the trophy drought because most people have actually threw the towel in on seeing United win something - it was all about the performance and the fear that this team - like the one before it - is going nowhere.
Sam Allardyce was the target of angry Newcastle United fans today after Liverpool pulled off an easy win on Tyneside.
The fact that Pepe Reina wasnÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t even tested in the Liverpool goal summed up a miserable day at the office for Big Sam as the Merseysiders could have left a rain swept St JamesÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢s Park with an even bigger scoreline.
The Geordie crowd then turned on Allardyce when they chanted ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã ÂYou donÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t know what youÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢re doingÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬? and ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã ÂBig Sam for England.ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬?
And Liverpool fans were also happy to join in when they chanted ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã ÂYouÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢re getting sacked in the morningÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬? and ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã ÂYou should have stayed at the Reebok.ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬?
It was always going to be a shambles.
And it isn't often that this Newcastle United blog strays to international football.
But with our own manager Sam Allardyce now on the FA's shortlist to take over how can you ignore a farce that makes Newcastle United's problems look straight forward?
And should Michael Owen remain a Newcastle United player - and I know there aren't many who would put their house on it - surely a summer of rest for a player bombarded by injuries sustained on international duty can only be a good thing?
No matter what walk of life you're in - you always seem to get kicked when you're down.
And that has to be the case for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor now the latest injury victim of another international break to forget.
Taylor's back problem sustained in Portugal means he will miss the Liverpool game on Saturday and like Michael Owen before him may be facing a stint on the sidelines for several weeks.
But like Owen, it isn't the first time for Taylor and never mind lightning striking twice!
This is now the FOURTH time it's happened involving both Owen and Taylor when it comes to international duty!
I don't think there are too many Geordies who will be surprised by the injury to Michael Owen.
Annoyed yes, but the pointless trip to Austria and the disaster that went with it was always on the cards.
And if anybody was going to get injured admit it, your gut reaction would have said it would be Owen.
Because that's what gut reactions do when it comes to our players going away to represent their countries - and it's not like it hasn't happened before.
Well the Tyne-Wear derby certainly wasn't pretty was it?
But Newcastle United's blushes were saved by a fortunate James Milner equaliser and the cross bar.
In the end the Toon fans were in great voice singing "get the drinks in for the lads" to the black and white clad Mike Ashley but we were pretty close to a horrible result.
Sunderland will never get a better chance to beat Newcastle and for Sam Allardyce and his team the hope has to be we can get our season up and running again when the international break is done and dusted.
Lee Ryder reports from the Stadium of Light
Newcastle United fans had to be content with a 1-1 draw on Wearside today as James Milner secured a point in an emotionally charged derby at the Stadium of Light.
United had gone behind to Danny Higginbotham in the second half but Milner's goal saved the day for Big Sam and Co as streets emptied on both Tyneside and Wearside alike to take in the first Tyne-Wear clash of the season.