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20 LONDON%CALLING Having been sent recently, the February 2014 Newsletter of ‘The Magpie’ courtesy of the Newcastle United London Supporters Club, below are extracts from within. It is well worth a read and we at Number Nine are looking forward to receiving more from Steve Cole et al..... From the Chair I was privileged to be invited to a preview o f To o n Ti m e s , a n e w e x h i b i t i o n dedicated to the history of Newcastle United at the Discovery Museum. The exhibition runs until mid October and is well worth a visit. Admission is free, not only to Toon Times but also to the museum itself. The Discovery Museum is handily between Central Station and SJP in Blandford Square, just off St James Boulevard. 50th Anniversary - We intend to make a bit of a fuss about our 50th year. The weekend starting Friday 6th of June is marked for a sportsman’s buffet style function with speeches & entertainment. A great deal of people has been a member of this supporters club and we wish them to take part in events too. These will be ideal opportunities for people to meet folk that perhaps they have not seen in a long time. If you are still in contact with past members, please give them notice about our events, we will make them most welcome. There will be published at some point a commemorative edition of The Magpie. We are certain that there will be lots of memories & stories tucked away. Please send them in. To assist with the organising of things an informal 50th year committee has been set up. We welcome anyone to take I attended the 2nd Fans’ Forum after the Cardiff game, the highlights of which you can read later on in this Magpie. The next gathering is scheduled for the Monday after Aston Villa so if there’s anything you want brought up, please contact me. A page is dedicated to ‘The Joe Harvey Memorial Plaque’ and ‘Spreading the Word’ and two further pages on the NUFC Fans Liaison Group where the following has been extracted – I opposed the banning of NUST from the forum but I am sick and tired of their constant claim that they are the only properly constituted, democratically elected supporters group. They are not! If you are a member of the Trust, please contact Secretary Andrew Harrison. There followed an open forum session, chaired by Bob Moncur. When asked what the Club’s expectations for the season were following the Cardiff defeat the Board representatives stated that with the exception of Loic Remy, Alan Pardew had fielded his strongest available 11. They stated that ‘the aim this season remains a top ten finish, clarifying that everyone at the club naturally wants to finish as high as possible’. Pool Team - In case you didn’t know. The NUSC (L) pool team again last season won a league & cup double. The final game saw the pool team led by Martin Clubb beat Sheffield Wednesday 7-2. Well done team! This season the pool team stands at the top of the table having played 4 & won 4 of their fixtures. Darts Team - Kari Mawhood (also the subject of a three page, In the Spotlight, an interesting read) the club secretary now captains the darts team, taking over from long standing captain Alec Ferguson. The team is currently second in their league. With over 400 hundred members in tow, Mr Cole has afforded permission to use his contact details should people be interested in receiving their newsletter so feel free to email him on steve@nufc-london.com or visit their website www.nufc-london.com for more information. In response to the question ‘Regarding strength of the squad, if we did qualify for the Europa League this season, would we strengthen where we didn’t last time?’ The Club responded saying that The Europa League generated circa £6m – not sufficient to strengthen the squad. Any funds available would be used to strengthen for the Premier League and not for the Europa League When asked about possible signings in the January transfer window the response was that the Board considers that’ the current squad is stronger than it has been for some time. It was stated that if the right player became available for the right price, perhaps the club would bring someone into the squad. If not, it would not add to it’ When asked about the relationship between the Club shops and Sports Direct, John Irving explained that Newcastle United were simply taking advantage of Sports Direct’s purchasing power and warehousing facilities. Their Player of the Year for 2012/13 was that of defender, Davide Santon