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A third of Newcastle season tickets unsold

Newspaper Clip Art30 per cent of Newcastle's season tickets remain unsold, with Mike Ashley unable to convince fans that he will lead the club to silverware

Newcastle United are struggling to sell season tickets, despite owner Mike Ashley's attempt to convince disgruntled supporters that he will invest heavily in the team this summer in order to compete for silverware.

A study of the season ticket stadium plan by influential fanzine The Mag has shown that almost 30% of season tickets remain unsold, which could mean a drop in attendances at St James' Park next season.

Although Newcastle had the third largest attendance in the Premier League last term, the apathy caused by the club's persistent lack of ambition and the anger towards Ashley are a toxic combination.

The majority of Newcastle's fans want the Ashley regime out

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Marathon Man

CWC logoWhitley Bay based Trust member, Jimmy Spence, is running the London Marathon this weekend. Having taken to the road only within the last year, this is his Jimmy's first marathon and he is appealing for donations to add to the £3000+ he has raised so far for his chosen Children's Cancer Charity. Good Luck, Jimmy!

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Volunteers Needed

Toma-Fund-logo-alternate200TOMA FUND Children's Cancer Charity are having a bucket collection at St James' Park on Sunday 19th May 2013 at the Newcastle v Arsenal match. If you can help them out by being a bucket collector for a couple of hours please get in touch with them.

Volunteers need to be 16+ and be available from 2.30pm until kick off at 4pm. There will be a short break during the match and then we will meet back up at 5.30pm to catch people that are leaving the ground when the match has finished.

If you can help please contact Toma Fund on 0191 4956186 or 07712 173515 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More info on Toma Fund can be found here

 

Man On A Mission

walk-the-92Scott McLachlan is on a mission and he is heading in the direction of St.James’ Park, 1000 miles walked and over 40 clubs visited, here Scott explains what this is all about when he had the original idea;

'2012 is going to be an inspiring year for Britain and for Sport. I also wanted it to be an inspiring year for me!

I love football, and I am a fan of Portsmouth Football Club (Pompey). I’ve supported my team since I was a child. Being born and raised so close to the ground its fortunes have been a big part of my life, even continuing whilst living away from the City for many years now. Football is a passion and I proudly work for the Pompey Supporters Trust in trying to secure Fans a say in how the club is run and we are currently working to buy the club.

Late in 2011 I was thinking about which resolutions I could make to really make 2012 a year that would personally improve my life. It was when I thought about how to get fit that my mind turned to perhaps doing something momentous and amazing.

So… in August 2012, I am going to quit my job, put on my walking boots and travel the length and breadth of the country between each and every football league ground. There are 92 in all – it will take me over 7 months and is a challenge that has never been attempted before.

I decided that I would take this opportunity in my life to do something I could be very proud of. My ambition was to:

  • Catch people’s imaginations
  • Raise some significant money for my chosen good causes and others
  • Promote Fan unity as I go

So, in a nutshell, what is “Walk the 92”?

“Walk the 92” is walking to all the league grounds in all 4 professional divisions in the space of 8 months. I will attempt to see a match at every league ground I have not seen a match at before. This may prove impossible, but its one of the aims of the Walk.

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Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds cutting edge cancer equipment

Sir_Bobby_laughing400The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has announced significant investment into new cancer equipment with the purchase of a cyclotron.

This cutting edge technology is only the second of its type in the world and will be the first in Europe. It's purchase has only been made possible thanks to tremendous support from fund-raisers and donations to the charity.

Everyone who has been involved in this charity, from the smallest donation up, should be extremely proud of themselves.

Press release from the SBR Foundation follows :

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Freddie Fletcher Speaks Out On Newcastle United....

FFletcher_with_ShearerFundraising evening in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
In support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Freddie Fletcher has arranged a fundraising night where he will give fans a fascinating insight into his time at Newcastle United. Freddie was a good friend of Sir Bobby's and indeed was one of those on the launch committee of the Foundation.
Tickets for the 'Evening With Freddie Fletcher' are available at £10 each and can be ordered by phone via Anne Griffiths on 07921888136 or email for further details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , alternatively click here to download an order form. The event is hosted by the excellent John Gibson and takes place at Northumbria University, starting at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd November.
 

Spiderman and Shola help Sir Bobby Foundation

spidermen£433 was contributed by Magicbox to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. They contributed £1 per Spiderman mask sold for the Newcastle vs Forest game. The idea was born on Facebook and publicised by NUST and others for a very worthy cause. Also received recently was the confirmation of the £4673.86 donation (pictured below) which were the proceeds of the auction of the signed Shola shirt worn during the Sheffield United game.

Pauline Buglass, head of fund-raising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, says: "The ongoing support we receive from fans of Newcastle United and other clubs is wonderful and very much appreciated.

"We've never had a Spiderman fund-raising idea before and it certainly was a very different way to raise money. We're grateful to Newcastle United Supporters Trust for their continued efforts to raise money for Sir Bobby's charity. The money will help patients within the north east and Cumbria who are fighting hard against cancer."

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Shola Shirt auctioned for £4800

SholaShirt4The genuine Newcastle United shirt worn by Shola Ameobi during the match against Sheffield United at St James' Park on Monday 5th April 2010 ( the day the Magpies secured their return to the Premier League) has been auctioned for the excellent sum of £4800 in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The delay in the announcement was just to ensure that the funds cleared - which they now have. Our thanks go the purchaser from Scotland and of course Shola himself for enabling such an excellent sum to be raised.

The shirt was signed by the Newcastle United first team and coaching staff, and was kindly donated by Shola Ameobi.

Signatures on the shirt include Shola Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez, Fabricio Coloccini, Andrew Carroll, Steven Taylor, Joey Barton, Steve Harper, Peter Lovenkrands, Chris Hughton and more.

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Shearer and Milburn Auction

bronzestatuessmallThese 2 bronze miniatures of Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn will be auctioned at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington on 27th May 2010. They will be able to be viewed there from 1st May onwards.They are the artists proofs of the 8 feet high statues that were commissioned to go outside St James' Park - although these plans now seem to be on hold.

They are being auctioned on behalf of local charity Central Palz and the auction is part of their 10th anniversary art auction to raise funds. Central Palz provides a palliative care service to improve the quality of life for patients coping with a palliative illness, and their carers.

The miniatures are titled ‘Local Heroes’, sculpted by local sculptor Tom Maley, who originally had this to say about them :

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Ipswich Legend Mick Mills Becomes Suffolk’s Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

090926_ipswich_newcastle_07-smallMick Mills has been announced as Suffolk's patron for the Sir Bobby Robson Charity. Mick in his new role will be presented to fans at St James' Park before this Saturday's Newcastle v Ipswich Town game. He will be accompanied on the pitch by Sir Bobby's three sons Paul, Andrew and Mark, who will be taking the opportunity to thank both clubs and their fans for their tremendous ongoing support for the Foundation.

To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information on the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, PO Box 307, Heaton NE7 7QG.

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Run Geordie Run !

RunGeordierun2RunGeordieRun is Mark Allison's sponsored run along a 3100 mile route from the west coast (Pacific) to the east coast (Atlantic) of the USA. The run starts in California and finishes in New York City, running through a total of 15 states. The run starts in May 2011 and will be done over the course of 100 days and Mark will therefore be running 31 miles a day on average.

Mark's motivation for such a feat is to raise funds for 2 local charities - St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation and he hopes to raise £50,000 (£25,000 for each).

See Mark's explanation of "What's it all about" here and Order a RunGeordieRun T-shirt here

Watch an online interview with Tyne Tees here

NUST wish Mark all the best with his gruelling training regime and his unbelievable task of 31 miles per day for 100 days! He really deserves your support - so please dig deep and donate on one of the below links.

Donate to RunGeordieRun (St Benedict's Hospice) here

Donate to RunGeordieRun (The Childrens Foundation) here

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