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Touching Distance by Martin Hardy
23 August 2015 18:58 Post ID: #462379
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Just started reading this, covers Keegan's era at Newcastle.
Interesting read, shows how close we came to folding.
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23 August 2015 20:29 Post ID: #462382 - in reply to #462379
Not Bob Johnson.
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linky?
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24 August 2015 11:41 Post ID: #462388 - in reply to #462379
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Just bought it off amazon, looking forward to reading it on the plane on Friday.
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24 August 2015 12:56 Post ID: #462395 - in reply to #462388
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daftladguy - 24/8/2015 11:41

Just bought it off amazon, looking forward to reading it on the plane on Friday.


When you do could you shed more light on the owls vague comments on "how close we came to folding."

Would be much appreciated.
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24 August 2015 14:58 Post ID: #462397 - in reply to #462379
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No problem PieMag.
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24 August 2015 17:01 Post ID: #462407 - in reply to #462379
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When Hall joined the board but held a minority share, the existing Board had an overdraft with Barclays for 1mil. They were not supposed to buy anyone but did and Barclays pulled the plug and said fund yourself.
They phoned Hall who was on holiday in the Far East and he pledged the money as they said the club was going into receivership. So says the book.
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24 August 2015 18:12 Post ID: #462408 - in reply to #462379
You can sample some of Touching Distance here:

http://www.touchingdistance.com/?paged=2

Looks a canny read and I'll be picking it up sooner rather than later.
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24 August 2015 18:12 Post ID: #462409 - in reply to #462379
Double post as usual .

Edited by keggy_keagal 24/8/2015 18:13
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24 August 2015 21:50 Post ID: #462415 - in reply to #462379
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2 games Rob Lee missed in 'that' season were consecutive away games at West Ham and Man City. We picked up one point against two teams who were eventually relegated. Man U won both 1-0.
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25 August 2015 09:07 Post ID: #462418 - in reply to #462379
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Thanks owl and dlg.

As tight as I am, k_k link has has tempted me into considering a purchase.
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25 August 2015 09:28 Post ID: #462419 - in reply to #462379
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I don't think I could bare to read it
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25 August 2015 11:53 Post ID: #462421 - in reply to #462379
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I'm with you Mac. It was bad enough first time around - you must a masochist to want to relive that.
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25 August 2015 14:09 Post ID: #462425 - in reply to #462379
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Please leave your arse in your trousers, Glen.
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25 August 2015 18:00 Post ID: #462433 - in reply to #462419
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McCreery - 25/8/2015 09:28

I don't think I could bare to read it


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30 August 2015 11:53 Post ID: #462618 - in reply to #462379
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Well lads about halfway through and is an excellent read written really superbly, being involved around that time it rekindles memories of firstly Keegan. And then the players etc... Won't spoil it for those that are thinking about it, but it's the best book I have read in 10 years, flying on Friday I almost got emotional with some of the stories recounted.

When you compare what is happening today, it's a sobering thought as to what CAN be achieved with the WANT to do it........
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30 August 2015 11:53 Post ID: #462619 - in reply to #462379
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Well lads about halfway through and is an excellent read written really superbly, being involved around that time it rekindles memories of firstly Keegan. And then the players etc... Won't spoil it for those that are thinking about it, but it's the best book I have read in 10 years, flying on Friday I almost got emotional with some of the stories recounted.

When you compare what is happening today, it's a sobering thought as to what CAN be achieved with the WANT to do it........
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30 August 2015 12:12 Post ID: #462622 - in reply to #462619
My double postitis is catching. Condoms next time I think.
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30 August 2015 12:12 Post ID: #462623 - in reply to #462619
My double postitis is catching. Condoms next time I think.
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30 August 2015 13:11 Post ID: #462627 - in reply to #462618
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daftladguy - 30/8/2015 11:53

Well lads about halfway through and is an excellent read written really superbly, being involved around that time it rekindles memories of firstly Keegan. And then the players etc... Won't spoil it for those that are thinking about it, but it's the best book I have read in 10 years, flying on Friday I almost got emotional with some of the stories recounted.

When you compare what is happening today, it's a sobering thought as to what CAN be achieved with the WANT to do it........


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09 September 2015 15:55 Post ID: #462829 - in reply to #462379
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Well finished it last week, and what a sequence of events it recounts in a superbly written piece.

It evokes so many memories for me, that I did not think about, until, they are recounted, and you look back at the season with immense pride at what nearly happened.

Highlights for me are Keegan (obviously), the way he handled the players, was always looking to move the squad on to the next level, and the squad themselves for the team spirit, and maybe leaving myself open for criticism here Sir John Hall, who seemingly provided the loot to make a go of it.

Yes the Hall situation became clouded eventually, but at that point the support for the manager was unwavering, the energy and commitment from Keegan and the playing staff rubbed off onto board level, and whatever was required was delivered.

It seems easy to me, have a respected top class manager, backed up by plenty of dough, and the ground is not big enough, why the present encumbents cannot see it is beyond me.

Summing up, well worth a read, it evokes amazing emotions, looking back.
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10 September 2015 09:14 Post ID: #462842 - in reply to #462379
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A lot of people slagged of John Hall for making money out of NUFC dg.

Hopefully the present owner has given them a different perspective on the matter.

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10 September 2015 09:32 Post ID: #462843 - in reply to #462379
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Totally agree PieMag.

Would be quite happy for any owner to make a living out of it, IF, they had the backing and balls to give it a real go again.

Don't think anybody can argue with that sentiment.
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10 September 2015 11:09 Post ID: #462846 - in reply to #462843
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The irony is that Ashley educated the majority of our support myself included.

Where Hall and especially Shepard wasted fortunes,the fat one has clearly shown his way is a better model for success.

All he had to do was invest with real intent.

Sadly for our club that was never going to happen,the fucker won't even invest sky's money never mind his own.
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