true faith is a Newcastle United fanzine. We were launched in 1999 and have been providing an alternative view on matters relating to the club and the wider world of football. The main body of writers who contribute to true faith are match-going supporters though we do have some ex-pats and those who have chucked it in protest at how Mike Ashley runs our club.
This is not an official product of Newcastle United Football Club.
We came later to the fanzine scene than some others but we have lasted longer than many formed in the fanzine boom and believe we have done so because we keep true to the ethics and beliefs of the original fanzine movement.
We believe in providing an alternative view regarding Newcastle United to that which you will find in the mainstream media and other publications. We’d like to provide a genuine narrative for supporters’ lives following Newcastle United.
Under no circumstances do we claim to be representatives for Newcastle United supporters. We have no mandate to do so and we don’t seek one.
There is no way we are “super-fans”. That’s all bull-shit. We are ordinary punters who love the club, the city and the North East of England. Just like you do! We have no interest in becoming celebrity Mags and you’ll rarely see us on TV, radio or in the press. We have enough space to express our opinions without forcing our grids at you through the proper media.
We try to provide a fanzine that is original in content and design. Others may be happy to plagiarise and copy … we’ll leave that to them. We’ll do the new stuff.
We have a commitment to improving the fanzine in whatever way we can. We want the best writing, the best design, the best photos and anything else you think of.
true faith is published 8 times per season. About once every six weeks. In 2014 due to problems relating to distribution we decided to bring forward plans we had been making to transfer our entire output to a digital format. We now offer the fanzine in an entirely digital format and it is also 100% FREE just like the rest of our content.
A few years earlier we had added the true faith website to our activities. Likewise things like our Facebook and Twitter have come on stream and we’ve also had an opportunity to add Podcasts on iTunes and Soundcloud (and a weekly Radio Show in partnership with Radio Northumberland) to our repertoire as well as our occasional Video-Blog.
All of that is absolutely free of charge.
The small profit we make from advertising and merchandise pays to keep the whole lot running. Voluntary donations to true faith are also welcomed.
The redeveloped website you are now reading has been redesigned to allow you to have maximum say on what is published online and to express your opinions on Newcastle United and anything else we cover.
We have an open-door policy for contributions. Whatever your age, gender, religion, colour you can join us in producing true faith. We don’t give a toss what you do in your own bedroom. Just so long as you don’t ask us to join in and you put the cat out. We aren’t arsed if you have just walked off the Shields Road with a twang as broad as the Byker Wall or if you are from the other side of the world.
You don’t have to have held a season ticket at SJP for the last fifty years and have never missed a game home and away since the discovery of the internal combustion engine. We don’t judge people on how they follow our club. Everyone has their own unique set of circumstances. There are no better Black & Whiters. As long as you have a big Newcastle United shaped space in your heart, you’ll do for us. You don’t have to be a published writer or professional to contribute to true faith. You don’t have to hold a Degree in English to write for true faith and you don’t have to be able to recite the reserve team from 1968 backwards either. That’s all weird stuff. People like you contribute to true faith.
We are a bit left-wing. We support a few left-wing causes but its nowt really heavy. We just put it out there.
true faith is almost exclusively a Newcastle United fanzine but we do some stuff on local, non-league football, football from abroad and we have a small section of the fanzine dedicated occasionally to music, film, art and fashion. We especially like to plug local, Geordie musicians who we think are worth getting off our arses to go and see and getting hold of their stuff.
true faith actively supports Newcastle United related good causes: the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Newcastle United Foundation and the Alan Shearer Foundation.
true faith supports the aims and objectives of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust, the Football Supporters Federation, Show Racism The Red Card and Let’s Kick Racism Out Of Football. That’s not to say we’ll always follow their lines or pull back from criticising them if we think circumstances warrant it. But hopefully that will be constructive and not personal.
true faith is run entirely on a voluntary basis. We don’t employ anyone and everything you see with regards to the fanzine, website etc has been produced by people with other proper jobs. We are all volunteers.
We want to have a constructive relationship with Newcastle United. We want a successful Newcastle United, one that is responsibly run and which is accessible to every part of our Geordie community.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or skills you think would help improve true faith just drop us a line on editor@https://true-faith.co.uk and we’ll have a bit craic about it.
WHO WE ARE
Founder and host of the true faith podcast, editor of the fanzine and Dwight Gayle’s biggest fan
Podcast contributor and Mag Talker. Still really rates Danny Guthrie
NUFC fan. Vegan Snowflake Left-wing Social Democrat Soyboy. Also does the match reports you read and is on the podcasts you listen to.
London based and still keeps his season ticket .That’s how much he loves this bloody football club. Exiles and other Podcasts.
Famous for celebrating United’s first half goal in a 2 0 home defeat to Wolves in 2016. Podcaster.
‘Bring back Micky’ cried the podcast listeners (some listeners*) so here he is. *Two listeners
Sometime contributor to true faith podcast, Charlotte migrated from her native Newcastle to spread the podcast word in London. She likes Beyoncé, drinking, and mascara.
Always Outnumbered, Never Outpunned.
Joined the tf team in June 2018. Whitley Bay based. Alan Shearer worshipper.
Chris is True Faith’s resident southern convert, having chosen this rollercoaster of his own will and volition.
While he now lives in London he grew up in Sydney (come on you Socceroos!) so as a consequence has some serious identity issues going on.