Mark Murphy got a bee in his bonnet whilst watching the Sunday afternoon match between Newcastle United & Middlesbrough, and it came in the form of co-commentator Mark Bright. In the best interest of his sanity, we thought it that it would be for the best to let off steam on the subject here.
We reported on the likely sale of the naming rights to St James Park on here last week, and Newcastle United delivered the punchline this week. Wait for it… until the end of this season, it will be named after Mike Ashley’s company. The man, we can only presume, is a comedy genius.
If Mike Ashley is going to try for reconciliation with Newcastle United supporters after taking the club off the market he’s going strange way about it, with an announcement from the club that the naming rights for St James Park are up for sale. Does he now hate Newcastle or they that desperate for cash?
The second in our very occasional (by which I mean once a year or so) look at the history of regional football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Tonight, we take a look at the North-East of England, which features one of the most famous voices in Britain and occasional interludes for horse racing.
Newcastle United lost their case before an independent tribunal and have to pay Kevin Keegan £2m in compensation. Mark Murphy wonders how they managed this, when much of the evidence seemed to point towards Keegan knowing the terms of his contract when he joined the club.
Newcastle United have started this season in the Championship, but a long trip west to Blackpool proves to be a step too far with Newcastle showing some unwelcome old habits.