Well, this has been a horrendous week, on and off the pitch and with Hull City at home Hullprotestjust around the corner, let’s just try and take stock and apply a bit of perspective.

Firstly, that performance at Southampton was horrific. It was unacceptable, sadly, that wasn’t the 1st time under Alan Pardew’s rein that we’ve witnessed unacceptable showings. It needs to be the last.

When apportioning blame, where do we begin?

First stop, the Manager. It is his job to have our players well drilled, switched on and left in no doubt as to what their instructions are from the first whistle. Yet in the last 2 fixtures our players have looked lost and dysfunctional from the opening seconds of play (in both halves) – that can not happen, at any level, Pardew is responsible for that – along with, if I may add, the captain, and it’s not happening in that department either.

Next, the coaching staff. The army of Carver, Stone, Woodman and an assorted range of technical analysts and fitness coaches…… Why are our players making the same mistakes, time after time? Why are our set pieces so lamentable? Ultimately this is an area which reports to Pardew so again, he has to accept a proportion of responsibility for another area where we’re failing.

And on we go, the board. After an encouraging start to the summer recruitment derive our incomings dried up. For some reason best known to ourselves we began buying players for next fucking season, blew £7m on 2 players and gave them back to Nott’m Forest. Nor fucking good enough, not by a long chalk. Eventually our recruitment packed in altogether leaving us woefully short in vital areas, such as up front and centre back. So the board have failed to equip the manager with enough players of suitable quality and must take responsibility. Having said that, Pardew isn’t absolved, completely, here. He ensured Ben Arfa and Marveaux were ushered out the door, further reducing his pool of quality players to select.

Finally, the players. Some of this lot are taking the piss. Gouffran for example, an average player at best, but Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Monday night blew apart the myth that he’s some sort of ‘engine’ busting a gut for the cause. He certainly isn’t. Ultimately, if a player can’t pass a ball 5 yards, can’t mark his man, can’t head a ball, can’t finish a sitter, then that is not Alan Pardew’s fault. These fuckers have to take responsibility for their actions, starting on Saturday against Hull.

So, things aren’t great. In fact they’re a bit worse than that, they’re pretty, grim. But I know one thing that won’t help, this growing and consuming clamour to publically, humiliate the manager. I don’t think he’s the right man for the job, I’d rather we had a different manager, his record is horrendous, but I’m totally uncomfortable with such a personal campaign. He’s a human Being after all, trying to do a job, he’s ill-equipped to do under difficult constraints. He’ll be gone when Ashley decides his investment value and marketing platform is under threat and not before. On top of this, I am totally against any type of in game “Protest” of any sort. Charles N’Zogbia explained that when Hull broke to score what turned out to be a crucial winner vs us in ’08 he was caught out by the banner moving through the East Stand and took his eye off the ball, literally. Unprofessional? Definitely. But you see what can happen if you create the environment to make mistakes in?

So, I won’t be taking part in any banner waving either before or during the game. To an extent I agree 100% with John Carver’s annoyance at them being out before the game at St Mary’s when supporters ought to have been creating a supportive atmosphere, in no, way, shape or form does that excuse how he tried to deal with it. He was 100% wrong in his actual approach.

But the most important news in the build up to this game, by far, is that of Jonas Gutierrez’s fight against testicular cancer. The messages of support, particular on social media platforms like Twitter have been brilliant and personally, I’d far rather put Pardew on the back burner on Saturday and show huge (and unrelenting) vocal, support to Jonas. Nothing gimmicky or mawkish,  he’s got a superb song, I say lets belt it out constantly and get a fine message of support out across a worldwide audience that we back our own, when the chips are down!!

So what of Hull? Managed by a man who’s turned us down 3 times (twice as a manager, once as player) but who claims to be a mag. Aye, He can fuck off.

He’s had plenty of support in the transfer market and has got off to a mediocre start. Away from home they’ve lost to Aston Villa 2-1 but won 1-0 at QPR. They’re 12th on 4 points. Jelavic, who’s a bit shit really, has 2 goals as does Robbie Brady.

Robert Snodgrass is out with a knee injury.

Team News

It doesn’t really get any better, if Pardew wanted to change it around he hasn’t really got much in the way of options. Tiote should be ok to start which will beef up our midfield a bit. Maybe there’s an option to put Dummett in at left back and use Haidara further forward? Elmohamady is a threat bombing down the right so having two naturally left sided players over there may help stifle that threat?

One thing is for sure. I’m sick of Williamson. “Get Mike to Brazil”?? Some sort of joke that. Get Taylor back in.

Maybe he could find a formation that gives Riviere a bit of support, maybe something outlandishly revolutionary such as playing 2 up front? Perez or try Cabella maybe? Just a thought!!! Ultimately, someone has got to stop Huddlestone getting on the ball too.


Santon – knee – no return date

Cisse – Knee – October

De Jong- Groin – Xmas

Aarons – Hamstring

Not match fit

Ryan Taylor

Possible Team (4-4-2)

1.Krul: 2. Janmaat, 5. S. Taylor, 6. Coloccini, 3. Dummett: 7. Sissoko, 4. Tiote, 8. Colback: 11. Haidara. 9.Riviere, 10. Cabella:


Elliot, Williamson, Obertan, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Gouffran, Perez

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

History vs Hull City

We’ve not often met the Tigers in the league, however, when we have, they’ve not been particularly, ordinary games. The cups have been a mixed bag too!

1989/90 Won 2-0 as we looked to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt, 2 Mark McGhee goals did the business yet all the way home I’d prattle on about John Gallacher’s performance.

1990/91 A 1-2 defeat. A  very grim day unless you liked pitch invasions or really wanted to see John Watson and Lee Makel in a Newcastle shirt. Lee Clark’s goal the undoubted highlight as we ended the season with a home defeat and I took some SJP turf home to be washed in my jeans pocket

1997/98 2-0 with goals from Des Hamilton and Grandad, Ian Rush. Not one to be remembered

2008/09 1-2, A Xisco goal, but an absolute disaster. Anyone who says public showings of dissatisfaction inside the ground are acceptable couldn’t have been at this game! N’Zogbia watching a banner whilst Hull broke upfield for King to score a goal, when actually a point would have kept us up in the end!

2008/09 0-1 FA cup defeat. With extra time looming, Daniel Cousin cheered us all up by letting us go home on 90 minutes. I don’t think I met anyone afterwards who actually gave a fuck.

2013/14 Lost 2-3. To any neutral, this may have looked like an upset of some sorts. To hardened Mags, this was pretty typical really. 2 for Remy, a stand out goal from Aluko


Hull Fanzines

City Independent  http://www.hullcityindependent.net/

Amber Nectar  http://www.ambernectar.org/

Hull City Mad http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/feat/edx5/fanzines__websites_section/index.shtml

Some paper back stuff here http://www.footybooks.com/index.php?cPath=3_124


SJP to be at it’s worst and us to lose 2-0

Danger Men

There’s always the chance of one of the mackems notching and Huddlestone is a quality player. That new striker, Hernandez, looked tidy

Chris Betts

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