United We Rise: Football Matters..

St James' Park  from NE 1908


Wispy black clouds passed  quickly or the Gallowgate
As  white hot passion began to slowly form and emanate

An eruption of sound and noise arose from the crowd
A chorus of hope fulfilled, leaving us very  tearful and proud 

Champions, champions we are today, we'll away and savour 
And send us a tweet to the Villa for doing us such a big favour.

Majestically the Magpies claim the northern sky 
At a lower level the Seagulls  are allowed to fly.

So weary with emotion they gan  away from the ground
To  have a bit craic in the taverns that in the toon abound.

'In Rafa we trust'; history in Black and White writ large and plain
We canna wait to start in the Premier League all over  again.

St James' Park today.

10/05 '17 CK. ( with apologies to Geordies everywhere)

Well bless my blubber, we ( Newcastle United A.F. C.  'Magpies'), on the last match of the season , by beating Barnsley 3-0, managed to overhaul Brighton and Hove Albion ( ' Seagulls' ), who only could draw with Aston Villa 1-1, to win The Championship by one point. 94 to 93.
One supporter who was at St James' Park for the game against Barnsley, said he had never heard such a commotion, when news broke of Jack Grealish's goal for Villa, which occurred in the 89th minute and gave the trophy to the lads.

Rafa Benitez , our wonderful manager, has agreed to stay on next season, when we head back into the Premier League- Howay!

Read more here: Rafa Stays


Whilst we are on Footie matters, with the end of the Season for all leagues excepting the Premier, how did my predictions  turn out ?


Predicted                                         Actual Final Position

1st  Newcastle                                   1st Newcastle
2nd  Derby                                         9th Derby

Finally leaving out Derby from future calculations. They have flattered to deceive  too often for me.

League One

1st Sheffield United                    1st Sheffield United
2nd Millwall                                 6th  Millwall

A roller-coaster of a season for Millwall, but they may still get promotion by way of the play-offs. They face  Bradford in the Wembley Final on May 20th. So a good chance of a happy ending.

League Two

1st Doncaster Rovers                  3rd Doncaster Rovers
2nd Plymouth                             2nd Plymouth.

Well this was interesting. Last week, you may remember I was at the Cheltenham football match against Hartlepool. By winning and thus securing a vital three points, Cheltenham Town survived in the league for another season.

So Hartlepool's last chance to avoid the drop depended upon them beating Doncaster and Newport losing to Notts County. Hartlepool performed heroically and actually beat Doncaster 2-1, only in the last few minutes of their game to learn that Newport had snatched victory by the same score 2-1.

This meant Hartlepool were relegated cruelly on goal difference and Newport stayed up. 
Also by Hartlepool  beating Doncaster I was deprived of nominating all three winners of the Leagues.
Oh well; can't win 'em all.


Last week you may remember I nominated as the winner of the Two Thousand Guineas ( first classic race of the Flat season) Eminent who I predicted had Churchill to beat. Alas it was not to be. However,in finishing sixth, in a  bunch finish two lengths behind the first two,  Eminent showed promise for the future. He ran green and will shape better over distances further than a mile. Money may only be loaned,

Churchhill, on the other hand showed, in winning. a rare turn of foot. He appears to have a lovely disposition and must be backed until he loses.

So ends my sporting blog for this week. Watch out for some end of season Rugby thrillers this weekend,

WiFi for now,


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