Jeff Stelling in fine form at Newcastle United but Sunderland fans unimpressed…

A great day had by all, a Newcastle United atmosphere to savor.

I got the correct score but not our first goalscorer of the season. Hope someone backed Fabian Schar as his inclusion wasn’t a certainty.

I had been to Wetherspoons (Fire Starion, Whitley Bay) for a few pints early yesterday morning, and the place quickly filled with young boys and girls in their new bands (the third band which caused all the unnecessary controversy is awesome).

I could feel their excitement and anticipation and spoke to a few of their hopes and aspirations for this season. I got the usual responses like “being happy with a top 8 and a good cup run”. No one can guess where this tricked-out Geordie trash came from.

I explained that the transfer window doesn’t close until the end of August and it seems clear that Newcastle are going to spend heavily on attacking options. There will also be new recruitments in January 2023.

This seemed to lift the spirits of the youngsters.

I then headed to the Tynemouth club for another couple with my buddies. We saw Liverpool struggle against Fulham, even though the red scousers had the referee playing for them, especially in the first half. Klopp’s reactions were sometimes a sight to behold.

My appetite had been whetted by Fulham’s gritty display which was full of promise for their season and I headed home.

The ‘stellar’ (not Monk juice) Jeff Stelling was in fine form, saying St James’ Park was the only place to be before kick-off as the atmosphere of the occasion ramped up.

I noticed last night that he got smeared SME’s on the RTG Sportwashing thread.

Apparently Jeff ‘only came back to Sky because nobody else wanted him, and signed his new contract stipulating that he would praise the Saudi ownership of our club’.

He’s also a “Hartlepool Mag” apparently and all because the poor guy told Sky viewers the obvious.

Jeff Stelling has been the greatest football presenter since the days of the greats Brian Moore, Jimmy Hill and David Coleman…God rest their souls.

Eddie Howe had Sven Botman on the bench and opted for Nick Pope ahead of Martin Dubravka.

It didn’t take long for the Toon to get going and the midfield of Guimaraes, Joelinton, Willock and Almiron quickly invaded Steve Cooper’s side.

Surprisingly, there were still no half-time goals, but Newcastle again took the bull by the horns on the restart, and just at the right time Schar found a rare find.

Shortly after, Allan Saint-Maximin, who had been in the thick of the action all day, sent the ball past Joelinton down the left and his cross was met with a skillful and sublime finish from Callum Wilson.

Job done, three points in the bag and a confident start to a new campaign for change.

There are obviously tougher challenges to overcome than newly-promoted Forest, but you can only beat what you have in front of you, and we did that comprehensively.

It was also great to see the post-game photo again from the locker room and have them go on for a long time.

They are Newcastle United’s best side in spirit and morale since Kevin Keegan’s began their journey in 1992.

Congratulations again Eddie Howe and congratulations on your new contract….Boss.

HTL

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