The frustration of having an owner of Newcastle United who appeared to be mismanaging the club, draining money out of it and not investing in the team led to Trophy4toon being formed.
The objective was clear as it is with all free press, to communicate and comment on events.
Our original website was launched on 27th December 2006 and the first match we covered was a surprising 2-2 home draw with league leaders Manchester United. Glen Roader was manager that day and James Milner and David Edgar scored.
Since then we have been managed by Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan’s second coming, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and now a new era dawning with Steve McClaren. Quite a motley crew of ill judged appointments.
The tight fisted owner ripping money out of the club back then of course was Freddie Shepherd who then sold the club to todays version Mike Ashley. Little did we know at the time it was a case of be careful what you wish for.
These were the days when the size of your fan base determined whether you were a big club or not. It’s not long after the days when with Kevin Keegan we finished runners up in the Premier League and the following year after Freddie Shepherd had bought the club from Sir John Hall he sacked Kenny Dalglish as manager after again finishing runners up in the Premier League and losing the FA Cup final.
These days to be classed as a big club qualifying for the Champions League and winning the Premier League depends very much on the size of your owners investment. Man City for example spent around £600 million buying the team to win the Premier League.
Newcastle are no longer in this small exclusive band trying to win the Premier League and by this definition are no longer a big club.
However the big clubs these days are not interested in the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup and that’s where Newcastle should be competing. A day out to Wembley in one of those finals would be just perfect for us fans.
It’s completely unacceptable for us to play weakened teams in the cups to ensure we don’t get any injuries and put our target of 10th place at risk.
Mike Ashley seems to have finally got the message that this complete lack of ambition is totally unacceptable to the fans and causing much unrest.
So this is where we come in, to provide a voice to remind him and the club management of what the supporters want to see.
We are not one of the current preferred media partners hired to give positive messages about the club but that’s not to say we don’t have positive things to say.
As we start a new era under Steve McClaren we at Trophy4toon need to replenish our ranks and need some new blood.
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