Toon Talk Articles- The Rock And Dole Years


  If Newcastle United’s shameful and completely preventable relegation from the Premier League in 2008/2009 ranks as the club’s worst season in twenty years, then this absolute humdinging pile of dog excrement has to be in the silver medal position, well ahead of the fag end of the Jim Smith regime and false dawn under Ardiles that comprised the 1990/1991 campaign, so feted by ....

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  For Newcastle United supporters, after finishing fourth and then third in the two seasons immediate prior to this one, the bland statistic of a fifth place finish in the season under discussion could be viewed as something of a disappointment, but it certainly was not the catastrophic disaster that it was painted at the time, resulting in the shameful booing and catcalling of the team by ....

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  Season 2002/2003 has gone down in NUFC folklore as the year Geordies truly were in the Champions’ League, with Newcastle playing a grand total of 10 games in Europe’s foremost club competition, but it’s only in retrospect that our 3rd place finish in the Premier League can be seen as a real achievement, especially in relation to what came later. Bearing in mind the ....

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The potential opening exchanges of the 2000/2001 campaign, which was to be the first full season under Sir Bobby Robson’s stewardship, were viewed with something akin to anticipation by the Tyneside faithful. A relatively quiet close season saw our summer purchasing concentrated in South America, with, in order of effectiveness, Clarence Acuna arriving from Universidad de Chile and ....

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  There is nothing worse in football than losing a derby game at home; that sickening feeling of despair and impotent frustration, like a punch in the guts. You push your way out of the ground, shoulders hunched, past the hysterical, gesticulating supporters of your bitter rivals, knowing there’s nothing in the world at that minute that can make you feel better. The last thing ....

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Oscar Wilde was an Irish homosexual who spent time in jail; these days he’d probably be a sunderland fan. Before his untimely death in 1900, Wilde was renowned for his quick wit and repartee. My favourite of his smartarse quips has always been this one from chapter 5 of A Picture of Dorian Gray: Children begin by loving their parents. After a while they judge them. Rarely if ever do they ....

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The Rock And Dole Years 1995/1996

  It took an awful lot of self-discipline to sit down and write this. Normally, I crouch down at the computer and a couple of hours later I’m able to send these articles in as soon as the Ed mentions when the next deadline is going to be. However, this particular season is a bit different. Despite the fact it is twelve years ago now, it still hurts, a lot. I think it always will. To ....

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Look Back In Anger: The Rock & Dole Years, 1993/1994

Resident Toon Talk writer Ian Cusack takes a look back at days gone by in this weekly article.   It’s a desperate thing to admit, but I’ve only really enjoyed two seasons since we were promoted to the Premiership; 2002/2003 because our fourth place finish came absolutely out of the blue and 1993/1994, when we finished third in our debut campaign, when it all seemed so new, so ....

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