There is very little to report on from a Newcastle United perspective today that isn’t just a rehash of quotes and tittle tattle so being the day of the FA Cup Final which kicks off at 5:30 (why can’t some things just be left alone FFS?) we thought we’d have a look at  a couple of things involving the protagonists.

CUP RUNNETH OVER 

First up Watford. There are some really good pieces this week about the Hornets which are worth a read. Some might regard Watford as a bit of a diddy club, a bit homespun and in the commuter-belt and that’s as may be. But there they are above us in the PL and in the final of the FA Cup whilst spending more on footballers – fees and wages than that massive club on Barrack Road – really good piece about the owners at Vicarage Road. Click here to get at the piece about Gino Puzzo by Simon Burnton in The Guardian and question whether Ashley isn’t the polar opposite of the Watford Italian in terms of his engagement, knowledge and ambition for their clubs.

In the same paper, the somehow likeable Man City Vincent Kompany – click here to get at a really well-written piece about a lad who appears to have a bit about him. Decent lad that he might be, I don’t think there are many fans of non-financially doped clubs (hello there) who don’t want Sheik Mansour’s bid for soft-power on the international stage to come a cropper by using the resources of a sovereign state to blow everyone out of the water. Some stuff on that here by Sam Wallace of The Telegraph.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

I’m not sure if the long-running When Saturday Comes can still be described as a fanzine but whatever you want to refer to it, it is still worth a read and has some great articles in it. I really liked this one looking at the impact of Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium on local businesses and residents in what is one of London’s most deprived areas – click heregood piece by academic Mark Panton who also has a dedicated website looking at the social and economic impact of Tottenham’s new stadiumclick here

WOMEN ON TOP 

Friend of TRUE FAITH and all round canny lad, Luke Edwards of The Telegraph has a decent piece in his paper today regarding the domination of women’s football in Europe by Lyon. As the Women’s game continues to grow in prominence quality coverage such as this will only help to increase interest. Click here to get at Luke’s article.

Okay, that’s your lot for one day, so let’s go back to fretting about how Mike Ashley can ruin another summer for us.

TRUE FAITH – NEWCASTLE UNITED FANZINE