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Rafa gone, I'm gutted. Best manager we've had for yonks and the fat cockney bastard in charge has forced him out. 

I was never away Andrew, i just didn't have the heart to post on this happy site when i was so sad. I did read all about you seeing that Bruce fella, i loved it mate. Newcastle are indeed st

Newcastle United finished the season as Champions of the Championship after a memorable afternoon at St. James' Park, chalking up their 100th league and cup goal in the process. Fittingly it was Dw

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On 7/31/2020 at 12:54 PM, The Chicken Man said:

Hatred scales

1. Scousers - top of the list

2. Scots Nationalists

3. Geordies

4. Leeds Scum

5. Citeh

Basically everyone one you live more than 100 miles from

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Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley has bought the gym and fitness business from his rival and long-time critic Dave Whelan after they fell into administration.

Mr Ashley's Frasers Group said it would buy 46 leisure clubs and 31 retail outlets from DW Sports Fitness for £37m to merge with its own business.

Some 922 jobs out of a total of 1,700 across the business will be saved.

DW went bust earlier this month after its income evaporated during lockdown.

The firm owns 75 retail stores and 73 gyms in total, all of which had to close temporarily due to coronavirus restrictions.

Frasers, which also owns Lillywhites, Evans Cycles and House of Fraser, said the DW assets would "compliment (sic)" its own gym and fitness club portfolio, and would now be managed under its Everlast brand.

Susannah Streeter, senior markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said it was surprising the group had bought a gym business as they were still "grappling with the public's reluctance to train indoors".

"It's likely to be some time before people bound back to the gym in greater numbers and it can be ascertained whether this latest acquisition will have been the right choice for the company."

DW also owns the Fitness First gym chain which is unaffected by the administration.


Mr Ashley, who has been buying up struggling High Street brands over the last five years, has had a feud with DW Sports' owner, Mr Whelan, dating back two decades.

In 2000, Mr Whelan was famously reported to have told his younger rival from the south: "There is a club in the north, son, and you're not part of it."

Mr Ashley later reported Mr Whelan's JJB Sports business to the Office of Fair Trading, alleging it was involved in a price-fixing scheme over football shirts.

The OFT issued multi-million pound fines to those involved, including JJB.

Mr Whelan, 83, a former owner of Wigan Athletic football club, created DW Sports in 2009 when he bought 50 JJB Sports fitness clubs and the adjoining shops out of administration.

During the year ending 31 March 2019, DW made a loss of just over £20m.

Frasers itself has been struggling during the pandemic, calling its most recent financial year the "most challenging" in its history.

In the year to 26 April, its sales climbed slightly, but profits dived by 20% to £143.5m due to lockdown store closures.

Last week, it said that more of its House of Fraser department stores were "anticipated" to close, likely resulting in further job cuts.

It has already shut 10 of the 59 stores it bought out of administration in 2018

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Newcastle United have signed some players out of contract and some players on loan.

A couple of bids ..aparently for some players from relagated clubs..meh

2/1 NUFC to go down

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Newcastle's £20m bid for Callum Wilson has been accepted by Bournemouth, with the striker set to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical on Monday.

Aston Villa and Newcastle were locked in negotiations with Bournemouth on Saturday, both making offers for the 28-year-old striker.

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Ryan Fraser has agreed a deal to join Newcastle and is set to undergo a medical on Monday.

The Scotland international has been a free agent since his Bournemouth contract ended in June, when he opted against signing an extension to play at the Vitality Stadium upon the restart of the Premier League season.

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5 hours ago, DarknessandHope said:

Newcastle's £20m bid for Callum Wilson


32 minutes ago, DarknessandHope said:

Ryan Fraser has agreed a deal to join Newcastle and is set to undergo a medical on Monday.



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1 hour ago, DarknessandHope said:

Ryan Fraser has agreed a deal to join Newcastle and is set to undergo a medical on Monday.

The Scotland international has been a free agent since his Bournemouth contract ended in June, when he opted against signing an extension to play at the Vitality Stadium upon the restart of the Premier League season.

I was wondering where he would land. Now to see if he can regain his form.

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13 hours ago, Eileen said:

Well done, Lads!

The best I've seen us play under bruce, those signings especially Wilson are very encouraging and if Lewis can keep on improving it could make for a very good attacking force on the left flank with ASM. Hopefully Joelinton will be sold or loaned out, either way get rid coz he's crap.

Only the first game so I'm not getting carried way...here is the fear, the transfer window isn't closed yet and it will come as no supprise if ashley attempts to balance the books or make another transfer window profit by selling our best outfield player ASM ( Arsenal fancy him ).

It's a positive start, but the best news for me is it now looks like ashley is determined to sell the club ( unlike the previous 9 or 10 fakeovers)  It may take the rest of this season or longer but i think he will eventually sell up.


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56 minutes ago, DarknessandHope said:

Newcastle United have announced that Allan Saint-Maximin has signed a new, improved contract with the club which will keep him at St. James' Park until 2026.

That dude has some wheels!!

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Newcastle fans donated £20,000 to charity over the weekend in protest against the Premier League's controversial pay-per-view scheme.

The Magpies' 4-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday was one of several Premier League games only available live in the UK for a £14.95 fee.

It applies to the five fixtures in each round of games not televised in the UK.

The 'Charity Not PPV' campaign asked fans to donate to the city's West End food bank rather than pay to watch.

The food bank's chief executive John McCorry said "it will make a great difference".

He added: "We so appreciate the generosity of the Newcastle fans.

"We are feeding 1,000 people a week and use 10-plus tonnes of food every month, which costs £1,700 a tonne, so these donations are really needed.

"We have had donations from London, Spain and America, so it's not just locally that the interest has gathered. It really seems to have taken off."

In October, the five Premier League fixtures per round not shown live in the UK are available for pay-per-view on BT Sport Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office.

Clubs agreed the scheme as an "interim solution" with fans still not allowed into grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has been criticised.

The campaign set up by Newcastle fans has also been replicated by fans of Leeds United and Manchester City as an alternative to paying for pay-per-view matches.

McCorry also said the donations were welcome because they are unable to raise money from fans on match days.

Bill Corcoran of the NUFC Fans Food Bank group, who organised the campaign and normally collect money for the food bank on match days, said: "The most we have ever collected outside a game was £5,800 but the response has been from all over the world.

"Someone just suggested the idea on Twitter and we thought, 'that's great, let's do it'. Whoever recommended pay-per-view, pitched it wrong. If you're a season-ticket holder and already pay for games on TV, this was the metaphorical straw that broke the camel's back.

"Rather than paying into a multi-national media company, we are paying into a charity which helps starving people in the city. The solution was obvious and the fans have shown a great deal of kindness and generosity."

Newcastle fans are also still waiting to hear whether their season ticket costs will be refunded as a result of not being able to attend games.

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