Season 2008-09 Result
Newcastle United 1-2 Hull City
 Xisco 82.
 King 34 (pen),
 King 55.
Date: 13/09/2008  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 50,242
Match Report Submitted on 26/09/2008 by ?
Oh Dear!

It's a shambles, init?

The sad thing is that the present plight of our club doesn't surprise anyone.....nothing is surprising anymore.

It must be really tedious to support a team that wins, or challenges for a trophy every season. What must the fans talk about? Which trophy they'd like to win next? How boring. It's much more interesting wondering how long the next manager will last, will we ever get another manager, is the owner a profit-making cheapskate or does he really love the club, will our next expensive signing be as big a flop as the last one. Now that's excitement! Nothing's new really; it's been like that for years: I'm old enough to remember the fiasco when Joe Harvey left and Gordon Lee took over.

I've got no sympathy whatsoever for the fans that have bought their season ticket for three years and are now complaining......what did they expect? Three trophies? No chance, this is Newcastle United. I, like most, paid for three years because it was a good offer and I'd be saving some cash as I'd be going anyway for the next 3 seasons (apart from ill health of course, gout or something like that)......because that's what I've done for years.
I really felt we were starting to head in the right direction; we'd started the season very well,
  • A well deserved point at Old Trafford with a commendable performance
  • 3 points ground out against a resilient Bolton team, something we couldn't manage last season
  • A good Carling Cup win at plucky Coventry after they'd equalised with the last kick of the game. In the past this we would have certainly lost this game in extra time, however we had the spirit to still go on to win
All huge plus points. Initially I was a fan of Mike Ashley's and I thought he was going to be good for the club. Who can forget the stadium of $hite last season when he had his Carrville Mags badge pinned to his Toon shirt? I really liked the way he dodged all interviews, a refreshing change from Fat Fred who always seemed to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and Ashley seemed to have the cash we needed.

Bringing Keegan back as manager was a great move and we were certainly getting better, however buying and selling players above his head was always going to end in disaster. Why Ashley had to interfere when Keegan is perfectly capable to get on with the job is beyond me. The way James Milner was treated and his ultimate transfer to Villa was nothing short of a disgrace. Selling U21 international players is not the way forward!! Never!!

Anyway with all the talk of boycotts, protests and marches there was only ever going to be one winner today....Hull City. All The Tigers had to do was score the first goal, and they new it. They opened the scoring on 34 mins when Butt's tackle on Halmosi in the box was deemed a penalty and Marlon King stepped up to force the ball past Given and that was in effect the points on their way to East Yorkshire. 10 mins into the second half and Halmosi was involved again, threading a diagonal pass into the Newcastle half for King to stride onto in acres of space before rifling a low shot passed Given. Cue more pro-Keegan, anti-Ashley chants. The Toon did manage to pull one back 8 mins before the end when N'Zogbia's low effort from the edge of the area came back off a post and Xisco, on his debut, converted the rebound from close range at the Gallowgate End. This prompted a frantic last 8 mins, but Hull were more than capable of seeing the game out.

Where do we go from here? Who knows? It'll certainly be interesting.