Ryan Taylor Over The Wall

The Europa League trips to Bruge, Bordeaux, Kharkiv and Lisbon. There was a time when trips to Europe with 3,000+ of your best mates was part of the Newcastle United deal.

Although relegated, the pasting we gave to Spurs that convinced Rafa Newcastle United was worth persisting with in the Championship.

Fabricio Coloccini’s at times imperious defending.

Beating Liverpool at home with a player as average as James Perch in the team. 

Winning The Championship title when the media had already handed the trophy to Brighton.

Beating Man Utd at Old Trafford for the first time since the Crimean War (okay, early 70s).

Tiote’s shot hitting the back of the net at the Gallowgate to make it 4-4 and SJP gasping in delight before going mental. 

Beating Man City at home last season.

The inherent goodness of our Newcastle United support in the establishment and continuing support for the Newcastle United Fans Foodbank. Special mention to Rafa Benitez phoning in a donation during the True Faith Forum at the Tyneside Irish Centre.

The success of the Gallowgate Flags / Wor Flags displays.

The come-back at home to Everton and Jordan Pickford’s meltdown.

Cisse’s goals at Chelsea. Especially that one.

The re-energising of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust

A little ginger kid from Norf Sheels scoring the winner against Man U on his Newcastle United debut at the Gallowgate End and their lad jumping on his back. 

The bond between good men (Hughton and Rafa) with the Newcastle United support.

Villa getting relegated – schadenfreude moment after their behaviour on 24/May/2009.

Sunderland AFC’s relentless march to oblivion with the laughter of Mags ringing in their ears.

A diversity rainbow flag displayed in the Gallowgate End with the support of the vast majority of Mags.

Crystal Palace fans and the football world in general waking up to how garbage Alan Pardew is as a manager. 

The return of the True Faith hard copy fanzine.

Hatem Ben Arfa on it.

Jonas Gutierrez versus West Ham.

Paul Ferris’ book. The ex-player and physio not the Glasgow gangster.

Yohan Cabaye in the centre of Newcastle United’s midfield.



John Carver thinking he had the credibility to attempt to bollock the away end at Southampton.

John Carver’s séances with Sir Bobby Robson.

John Carver generally.

Risking relegation with Carver as manager in order to wait for Steve McClaren to take the job as Newcastle United manager. 

Getting relegated because Charnley didn’t have the balls to sack McClaren a good 3 months before he did. But then he appointed him so … 

Too many Cup defeats in the early rounds to mention. 

Andy Carroll being flogged to Liverpool and some fans talking about it being a “good deal” (sic).

Thousands of devoted Mags deciding they can no longer support Mike Ashley’s Zombie Club.

Ex-players many of us didn’t particularly rate now playing for top PL sides – Milner, Perez, Sissoko and Wiljandum.

Peter Beardsley found to have bullied and racially abused young players in his coaching role at the Academy. For many of us Beardsley is the best player we have seen in a Black & White shirt who graced SJP and brought the place to life with some of his sublime skills over two brilliant spells with United. Many will confirm he has been brilliant at community events and very obliging with his time when approached by fans. But then there is the side of him we’ve seen at Talk-Ins – the bile, bad language and the defence of the indefensible in Mike Ashley which has seen him haemorrhage admirers. When he received sanctions for his misconduct as Academy Coach and left the club the lack of sympathy for him amongst the support was telling. A massive shame but few rated him as a coach and its difficult to identify his legacy.

Mags tearing each other part on social media.

The deaths of Gary Speed, Pavel Srnicek and Chieck Tiote.

The realization that Mike Ashley has to give away 10,000 half season tickets to make the place look full.

Lee Charnley banning the Newcastle United Supporters Trust from Fans Forum with no explanation.

Joe Kinnear, Director of Football.

Newcastle United being touted as a “stepping stone” club.

Derby Defeats now a  thing.

The lamentable Lads-Bible, Liam Gallagher gig beer lashing, piss-poor chanting, bad gear taking, catalogue casual clobber wearing element of our away support. Maybe I’m too old. There’s no maybe about it.

Nile Ranger earning a good living from Newcastle United

Kieron Dyer’s Book. Michael Owen’s Book. Craig Bellamy’s book.

Takeovers coming to nothing.

Derek Llambias’ face.

Mike Ashley’s random appearances on SKY SPORT.

Richard Keys’ dangerous obsession with Rafa Benitez.

Steve Bruce’s Scenty Bottle accent.

Weird transfers and loans – Ferreya, Doumbia, Saviet.

Rafa leaving.