Newcastle fans win the weekend with hilarious banner


Newcastle United’s fans appear to be in much better form than their team, as their banner at the Swansea match would suggest.

Not only is the banner self-deprecating and a plea to fire manager Alan Pardew (the art on either side reads SackPardew.com underneath), it’s also a brilliant dig at their Welsh opponents. High marks all around!

Pic via Twitter/@GaryLineker


Disabled Newcastle fan has season tickets pulled after missing first game in 13 years


This story will not make Warren Barton happy.

A 65-year-old disabled grandmother and lifelong Newcastle United fan had her season ticket pulled from the club after missing her first match in more than 13 years!

Lilian Held, who lives just a few blocks from St. James Park, had given her ticket to Newcastle’s December fixture against Southampton to her son while she went on vacation. That way, she thought, her two granddaughters, who usually accompany her to the games, would still be able to attend with adult supervision.

Wait, it gets worse.

Midway through the first half of that game, stewards threw Lillian’s 29-year-old son out of the stadium for wrongly being in the seat designated for disabled fans, leaving his 14-year-old twin nieces all alone in the stadium!

OK, surely it can’t get any worse, right?


Upon returning from vacation, Lillian immediately attempted to retrieve her seized season ticket, only to be informed weeks later that her ticket had been sold to another fan. She could pay for a new one next season.

Appalled, Lilian told her story to local paper The Chronicle:

“I have sat in that seat for years. I’m a lifelong fan of Newcastle United and I worked for the club in the 1990s where I had my picture taken with Kevin Keegan.

“Going to the match is the only bit of social time I get. I live for those home games. Taking my ticket from me and selling my seat without giving me the right to even argue my case has completely ruined my year.”

After being bombarded with phone calls and messages after the newspaper ran the story on Thursday, Newcastle felt “compelled” to respond.

This is the club’s statement:

Mrs Held’s subsidized disabled season ticket was cancelled and a pro rata refund given for remaining games of the 2013/14 season following reports of alleged misuse and a subsequent investigation.

As part of this investigation, it was found that Mrs Held’s disabled season ticket seat was being used by an able-bodied supporter during the Newcastle United v Southampton fixture, which is against the terms and conditions agreed at sale.

Mrs Held remains welcome at St James’ Park and can reapply for a concessionary season ticket next season.

Really? There was no better way to settle this?

Well done, Newcastle. *Sarcastic applause*

Photo: Chronicle


French fancy! Could Cabaye be heading to Paris?

Another Yohan Cabaye saga is looming on the horizon. The Newcastle midfielder wanted to join Arsenal in the summer and was fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to play in two matches at the start of the season for which he subsequently apologized. However, PSG have now emerged as a possible winter destination for the France international.

We’ve also got the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of Basel winger Mohamed Salah, plus much more - just click here.


Gunners set to offer boss new deal?


According to the English newspaper Daily Star, Arsenal are set to offer manager Arsene Wenger a new contract. The Gunners boss is in his 18th year at the club and the north London club want to extend his tenure.

Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Dutch striker Luuk De Jong has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Newcastle and Samir Nasri’s dad has blasted Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a ‘spiteful’ tackle that almost ended his son’s World Cup dream.

To read these rumors and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Newcastle United’s holiday party looked fun

Newcastle’s first team held their annual Christmas party on Sunday, and luckily Sammy Ameobi took plenty of pictures.

Fresh off a tremendous win against the defending Premier League champions Man United, the team decided to let loose and dress up like it’s Halloween, with plenty of superheros, cross-sport stars, and even a Chewbacca in attendance. Ameobi is the teenage mutant ninja turtle, but we can’t quite make out who everyone else is. Maybe you can?

Take a look:

Well, we do know who this one is. Looks like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a rough night!


Man United set to hold talks with Eto’o

Chelsea aren’t the only club to have been linked with Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o. According to the Metro, Manchester United are set to hold talks with the agent of the 32-year-old Cameroon international this week. We’ve also got a new name on Arsenal’s wanted list, plus the latest of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Just click here for more.


Liverpool stars heading for exit door?

Liverpool duo Martin Skrtel and Stewart Downing are both in the papers this morning as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to freshen up his squad. The Reds are apparently ready to offload Skrtel for the right price, while Downing has been linked with a move to Newcastle. We’ve also got the latest gossip on Wayne Rooney and his bid to leave Manchester United, so click here for more.  


Manchester United show interest in Newcastle’s Cabaye


The rumors are still as rife as ever down at Old Trafford, however, Manchester United seem to have switched attention away from Cesc Fabregas and selling Wayne Rooney.

In today’s papers they are heavily linked to Newcastle’s French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The Magpies seem to be having another clear out and Cabaye tops United’s list.

To follow this rumor and for the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Alan Shearer’s bar renamed at St. James’ Park following outburst


On Thursday morning, The Sun newspaper carried an interview with Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, who was uncharacteristically forthcoming with some strong views on the current state of affairs on Tyneside.

By Thursday afternoon, the club had announced that ‘Shearer’s’, the bar named after the Magpies’ record goalscorer, was to be rebranded.

'Nine', as it shall henceforth be known, is undergoing a facelift and takes its new name from the club's most iconic shirt number, which Shearer wore during his entire spell with his hometown club.