Newcastle Fan Site “The Mag” Is A Truly Pathetic Publication

1 Posted by - September 29, 2015 - Daily Thoughts, News

Newcastle United’s fan-run website The Mag is now well-known for its obsession with Alan Pardew, despite the fact that the silver-haired 54-year-old left Tyneside nine months ago.

To read The Mag’s woeful rant on Alan Pardew’s recent comments, click here

Predictably, their collective desire to pick apart every word he’s ever said in relation to the Toon Army has led them to publish an opinion piece focussed around a throwaway line uttered by the Palace boss in relation to our upcoming Captial One Cup tie against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium.

It seems that Pardew’s claim that we can go into the tie with confidence, given Newcastle’s victory over them at the same venue and stage of the competition last season, has angered the people who populate The Mag’s pages from day to day; which, given past experience, comes as no great surprise.

Whilst you may well struggle to decode the exact reason for their ire (given the fact that you’re a logical human being) it appears to centre around the fact that Pardew put out a below-par side on the night, in preparation for a league game against Liverpool a few days later. Conveniently, those mischievous little scamps at The Mag have ignored the fact that Pardew’s weakened starting XI ran out comfortable winners on the day, vindicating his decision perfectly and giving every one of their traveling fans a memorable triumph at the home of the soon-to-be champions in the process.

You could ask why I am taking the time to shine a light on the website’s deep-rooted passion for Pardew bashing and in some senses, it’s a feasible query, but to put it quite simply, I find it utterly baffling that a publication who claim to speak for a football club’s supporters as a collective entity are still spending such a considerable portion of their time analysing the words of a man who they so desperately wanted to leave in the first place.

I could almost understand it if Pardew had left the Magpies high and dry whilst everything was going swimmingly, but in truth, his final few months at St James’ Park were marred by countless protests over his continued presence in the dugout, whilst news of his eventual departure for SE25 sparked celebrations from Newcastle fans across social media platforms.

The fact that The Mag continue to obsess so openly over the every move of their former gaffer smacks of a former partner regretting their decision to end a relationship and proceeding to tap their ex’s phone whilst hiding in the bushes outside their home in a bid to go through their bins when the moment presents itself. From an outsider’s perspective, the website in question has made itself look truly pathetic in recent months and quite frankly, isn’t worthy of the standing it appears to hold within their supporters’ thoughts.

As a general rule, I have a huge amount of time for Newcastle United and many of the supporters who follow the team so fanatically around the country, but enough is enough; The Mag deserve to be called out for the joke that they’ve so rapidly become.

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  • BillytheFish September 29, 2015 - 1:40 pm Reply

    Negger troll sites have no place with true football people whatever the club, and most Geordies are very happy Pardew has found a new home at Palace at good luck to him.
    He was bloody awful at our club which is a fact, but as a man we wish him and his family well.

    The Mag is a site run by, and for angry people, and if you take that rubbish seriously then are you any better……..?

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 1:50 pm Reply

      As someone who regularly checks NewsNow, it’s the frequency of the pieces that appear from them with this tone which jars me.

      Thanks for the measured response.

  • Archie Brand September 29, 2015 - 1:47 pm Reply

    While The Mag may “claim” to speak for every Newcastle fan that ever lived this is not actually the case. They only speak for the disaffected ones. Those who have either long since forgotten what positivity smells like, or, as is more likely the case, those who have never known.

    As unbelievable as it may seem there are some Toon fans out there who were sad to see Pardew go, and even some who wish him good luck, though you wouldn’t think it browsing the websites.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm Reply

      Cheers for that, Archie. All the best.

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh September 29, 2015 - 1:47 pm Reply

    “The fact that The Mag continue to obsess so openly over the every move of their former gaffer smacks of a former partner regretting their decision to end a relationship and proceeding to tap their ex’s phone whilst hiding in the bushes outside their home in a bid to go through their bins when the moment presents itself. ”

    This sounds like something Clive Martin would write

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm Reply

      The Guardian and Vice writer?

      • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh September 29, 2015 - 3:15 pm Reply

        Yes, for me its a compliment because his writing is funny and well worded but other people dismiss it due to being affiliated with VICE.

        • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm Reply

          I have no qualms with VICE and I definitely do take it as a compliment.

          Cheers, mate.

  • Jeff September 29, 2015 - 1:50 pm Reply

    Those little scamps winning didn’t vindicate his choice to play them because the plane was for them not to win and get out of the cup ASAP as requested by Ashley and his minions So if he is now taking credit for a victory that he had not wanted then he is a bigger **** then we first thought. So not only did he blame everyone including the fans when we lost he is now taken credit for something that was purely down to the grit and determination of the below par team he put out to,lose

  • Chris September 29, 2015 - 2:18 pm Reply

    I have 0 affiliation to ‘the Mag’ bit I am a Newcastle United fan and a regular user of news now and while I do occasionally read articles (if the can be called that in even the loosest sense of the word) on the mag for a good chuckle because they are just click bait idiots… But this site is 100% as bad, they constantly spout article aimed the Newcastle United fanbase without actually knowing any fact spouting utter rubbish and then fixate on this Pardew-Newcastle nonsense.. Please do us a favour and stop your pathetic obsession with Newcastle!

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:06 pm Reply


      Pathetic obsession with Newcastle.. Right…

  • BW4ever September 29, 2015 - 2:35 pm Reply

    Smacks of bla bla bla. Yup, rolled off the tongue that did, nice writing there.

    What an utter load of nonesense this articule is and not for the first time I see Southern based blogs propogate your Xenophobia like disregarding attitude towards anyone living North of the M62 and against us Northerners who still point at airplanes. First, I call hypocrit, to the writer of this pointless titbit that has too much spare time, neither a defence nor attack is this article, I fail to see the point. You criticise another mans opinion. You see the common denominator here? The Mag, for good or bad, was pointing out Pardews unprofessional statement that his team is “better” than the one that won there last time and by all reasons this means that Super Pards will win again. This is wrong on so many levels it defies belief but that is the troll we know as Pardew. The reason I am here now, is because you lot have been blinded by your own biasm. First, Pardew hasnt shut up about Newcastle, every week you hear of his regrets, his memories, this, that Newcastle. Some good, constantly comparing his time with Newcastle, the f**ker can’t take a sh1t without comparing it to Newcastle. We are only responding to his statements here, you may have actually been correct by stating the hamfisted analogy you provided but you got the roles reversed. It is Pardew not us, that is the bitter ex, stalking his ex love, talking about us, reinventing history to placate his own bruised ego when really we all know what happened, linking us to him by bringing up our name repeatedly. This club is bigger than that cheesy little mans delusions. We merely defend ourselves and yet your cronies have a go at us for doing so?! So please, dont go throwing toys in crystal palaces, by covering for Pardew and do not patronise Newcastle United, because right now I think you owe an apology to The Mag when you consider that even the local press are also writing articles on Pardews statement and I quote one such headline from the Shields Gazette “Pardews cup swipe at former Newcastle players”. So drop the selfrighteous bigotry nonsense and put some true perspective on this and stop engaging in Pardews spin doctoring of facts, The reality is, Pardew is NOT at Newcastle Uniteds level and he knows it, he got the job when he never ever would have been considered had that pig not owned it, the same goes for Wise, Kinnear. Pardew just loves the fact that he can now say he managed such a big club and he doesnt fail to remind all and sundry. Put that into better perspective than this, I challenge you! B&W for life.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 2:42 pm Reply

      Blimey.. Someone’s taken the jam out of your doughnut.

      If you knew anything about me, you’d know that I have a huge amount of affection for Newcastle United and always have done.

      Try not to get too bent out of shape, the man you hated is long gone, replaced by a man who has failed regularly throughout his career to date.

      The mere fact that you’re describing Newcastle’s “level” as above Palace highlights the mind numbing delusions that are held by an ever-decreasing section of your fans.

      Fan numbers don’t denote status, simply the fact that you are a team with no rivals for a city’s football-mad public.

      • Richard Glen September 29, 2015 - 3:55 pm Reply

        Just look at where Palace are compared to Newcastle!!Enough said!!

  • JP September 29, 2015 - 3:00 pm Reply

    The Mag has been against Pardew for a long time, and O fully agree with that.

    Whether or not it was his choice, he always played a weakened side in the cups. Look at our record in the cups under Pardew and we lost very early on, every single season in the FA Cup and League Cup (usually against lower league sides). Like I say I don’t know if this was his choice or orders from above, but he did it and stuck by it in his press conferences.

    Regarding the general dislike of the man…yeah he had a bit of a rubbish situation at Newcastle with having players sold etc. But here’s the thing, he was happy to take credit for it when we came 5th, but he never really stood up and took the pressure the rest of the time when we were woeful, losing a large amount of our games by 3 goals or more. While it’s not his fault that he was in this tricky situation, it was completely him who decided to: push a linesman, call Pellegrini a “f-ing old see you next tuesday”, and a whole host of other things which made our club seem even more of a joke. I can’t say I like him as a person because he seems like a rotten individual.

    No doubt he has worked miracles at Palace, but I watch you play and see the stats from games and it’s usually typical Pardew. Winning the game with less than 200 passes for example. It may be effective now (if it’s anything like West Ham, Southampton, us, then it won’t last), but it’s not pretty.

    I wish your club the best, hopefully i’ve explained some of our ire toward Pardew.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:02 pm Reply

      Much appreciated JP. Top man.

  • murvar September 29, 2015 - 3:00 pm Reply

    The swivel-eyed Parder haters have problems deeper and wider than anything football can resolve for them. Feel pity for them, not irritation with them. As for the Mag – it lost all credibility with many of us at the time of the campaigns against the club and Pardew. Comment was stymied, trolls digitally assaulted anyone with even mildly opposing views, and every article was propaganda. It’s moderated in tone since then, to be fair, but any mention of Pardew is guaranteed to stir up the folk mentioned in my first line. I wish Pardew and Palace well – I have happy memories of Selhurst Park from when I lived in Streatham and went regularly. Especially the day Peter Beardsley scored a great winner late on. Sorry.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:03 pm Reply

      That’s a fantastic response, Murvar.


  • Stewart September 29, 2015 - 3:04 pm Reply

    Please don’t ever take the Mag as a representation of what most Newcastle fans think!

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:05 pm Reply

      I’ll use that piece of advice Stewart.


  • Ash September 29, 2015 - 3:08 pm Reply

    As a Newcastle fan I absolutely detest the Mag and l it stands for! They are a bunch of 80’s football hooligans, trying to bully those fans who are able to think for themselves. But please don’t think they speak for the majority of our fanbase.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:19 pm Reply

      Cheers, Ash.

      That’s good to know.

  • Paul September 29, 2015 - 3:50 pm Reply

    I listened to one of these Geordies on the radio whilst driving back from Watford on Sunday. They are a good source of entertainment aren’t they. Do any of them disagree with the actual statement or do they all believe that the team that he put out for them last season is better than a strong team that we would expect to put out?

    I really do wonder how none of them can see the reality of life at Newcastle. BW4Ever I hate to break this to you but you need to know the truth. Newcastle are not a big club. You’ve won one cup since 1979. To put this into perspective that’s the same as Wimbledon and Wigan. Even Sunderland and Midlesborough have managed League Cup final appearances in the last 15 years. You had a season where you finished 2nd. That’s a place higher than Palace finished in what was arguably a more difficult era. I’m not saying that us or any of the others are bigger than Newcastle, just pointing out that your belief that you reside among the Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s of this world is wrong.

    Now here’s the real kicker and I hate to be the one to tell you this for fear it might be the end of you. The way football is going the reality is that the Stokes, Leicester’s, Southampton’s, Swansea’s and even Palace’s of this world have a much brighter future than you. Along with Liverpool fans you have to get used to the fact that football is an ever developing beast. You’re biggest worry shouldn’t be the obsession with Alan Pardew, which you can’t deny the Mag has, but the fact that if you don’t survive your relegation battle this season there will be 20 clubs financially light years ahead of you. The fact that they could include Bournemouth, a club I’m sure you struggle to comprehend being above you, will surly melt your brain.

    P.S. Please take Sunderland with you when you go.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:54 pm Reply

      Shots fired from Paul.

  • Jonny Smith September 29, 2015 - 3:52 pm Reply

    Did it ever occur to you that these people were the Sack Pardew group and are trying their best to justify getting Alan Pardew out. It´s made difficult when he´s done so well at Palace and Newcastle have collapsed since Pardew left.

    • admin September 29, 2015 - 3:55 pm Reply

      There are plenty of Geordies who wish him well, sadly, they are the silent majority.

  • Richard Glen September 29, 2015 - 3:53 pm Reply

    Just look at where Palace are to Newcastle!!Enough said!!!

  • Davey September 29, 2015 - 7:19 pm Reply

    Not the first time I’ve seen Newcastle United articles on this site, not by a long way. The Mag used to be a decent fanzine but now seems to be a ‘free for all’ website where good and bad writers will have their say. The Mag being 80’s hooligans bit made me laugh though, I’ll have a bit of whatever the lad who wrote that had. Pardew doing ok with Palace doesn’t particularly surprise me nor do I give too much of a toss about it, we have our own problems, however, I’m just glad he isn’t around stinking the place out with his patter, with his heavy defeats and unprecedented derby record. I see a few of you mention the size of our club and our delusions, etc. There’s no delusions, we’re a big club that has been run very badly for far too many years. That’s it, no entitlement, no ‘unrealistic expectations’ unless you count hoping we’ll win a cup someday as an expectation then guilty, m’lud! (Actually that’s not quite true, I’m now middle aged and have lost hope on that score). Anyway……..NUFC fans obsessing over Pardew? Not quite as much as this site obsessing over NUFC and our support. Good luck to you, I honestly couldn’t give a monkeys about Palace. Here’s to the next newsnow Newcastle story with your site linked to it.

  • Davey September 29, 2015 - 7:24 pm Reply

    As for Paul and his idea that we compare our club to Real Madrid and Barcelona? Good one, Paul, like it. Keep ’em coming. He obviously has his finger right on the pulse of all of us Geordie folk with a love of the nut house that is on Barrack Road.

  • Chris September 30, 2015 - 12:20 pm Reply

    All clubs have an eclectic mix of fans. I’ve read plenty of rational thought coming out of Tyneside. Often, like everywhere, including Palace, the most deluded have the loudest voices. Here is some rational Newcastle opinion:

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