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04 ASPRILLA Happy new season and welcome to the first edition of #9 the very first online Newcastle Fanzine. I am very honoured to be the first guest editor as we begin another season in the Premier League. Last season really was one to forget for my old club. With the exception of the Europa League I felt the squad underperformed in all competitions and the football on some occasions was painful to watch. For me the failure to invest at the start of the season was the key factor and once the injuries and suspensions hit Alan Pardew his team was always playing catch up. The loss of Demba Ba was always going to hit the team hard and failure to sign a replacement was crazy. It mean that Cisse who had been outstanding the previous season was left to plough a loan furrow up front on his own on in many games and it made our style predictable and easy to defend against. The defeat to Sunderland was unforgivable and the collapse against Liverpool embarrassing but Pardew managed to get his team to pick up enough points to stay up, but only just. So have we learned our lesson? At the time of writing it seems not. We have sold Percg and Simpson and released Harper and brought in Remy on loan. For me that is a weaker squad. Okay we don’t have Europe to worry about this year but if we lose a Cabaye or a Colo or a Cisse in the first couple of games to suspension or injury then where is the ready made replacement? There isn’t one. Failure to invest in the squad for a second consecutive season for a club of Newcastle United’s size is not good enough. I guess the owner will say that they spent money in January and that those players will now have had time to bed in and we should see the best of them now. I hope that is the case and that this season sees us battling for points at the right end of the table. I will be back at St James Park on September 11th for Steve Harpers’ charity game to celebrate his 20 years at the club. I will be pulling on the black and white shirt once more to play alongside Shearer, Lee, Beardsley and my best mate in football Keith Gillespie against an AC Milan Legends team. It is always special coming back to Newcastle, I left a piece of my heart here during my playing career and to play at St James Park again will be really special. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children and available from the club website so please come along and give Steve the send off he deserves. Personally I am teaming up with a football club in Newcastle called Newcastle East End. I will becoming an ambassador for them and will be spending time with the up and coming footballers each time I visit the city. My big hope is that we can discover the next Alan Shearer at East End and he goes onto play for his hometown club. Never say never. Where do I see our season going? It’s a very hard one to call. The fixture list has been kind to us and if we can get off to a good start then who knows. We need a bit of luck with injuries and suspensions and hope that the likes of Sissoko and Mbiwa and Remy can hit the ground running. It would be nice to see a couple of new faces through the door before the transfer window shuts to. I just hope that the football is more entertaining than last season it is the very least the fans deserve. Tino Asprilla is available for talk ins September to October. To Book call 0191 2299631 WRAITH’S RANT Welcome to Issue 1 of the very first online Newcastle United Fanzine #9 named after one of the most famous shirts in the clubs history worn by the likes of Shearer, Milburn, Gallacher, and of course Supermac who we are delighted to have as one of our )ɕ