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Simon Kelly

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Joined January 2019









Maybe I’m missing something but as far as I know the MCFC v Newcastle Jets game WILL be played. Victory still may finish wooden spooning last!

Is it ever okay to laugh at Melbourne Victory?

The Jets have their mojo back. MCFC can play who they like. I’m confident of at least a point. Goodwin to bag his first goal too. Victory are more than welcome to the spoon. Come on Newy.

After the best A-League season ever, we need a finals series to match

You’re right, and Adelaide Andy too. Adelaide And Melbourne City are the two form teams at this stage. The return of Craig Goodwin to Hindmarsh looks like the final piece in the jigsaw. Going down to The City of Churches in a couple of weeks. Already pencilled in a visit to enjoy the match atmosphere in their game v MacArthur.

Adelaide Andy tried to tell us how good the Reds were, but no one listened

Newcastle fans have certainly booed their own team in the past. Phil Stubbins tenure certainly created a great deal of angst. At the moment though we’re just happy to still have a team on the park. As things progress expectation may well grow here in the Hunter. When a new owner is securely in place even more so.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

I was one of the Newcastle fans lucky enough to be at the game.Initially I was surprised that the Victory fans booed their own team. Newcastle lost four on the bounce at the start of the season and we still clapped the boys off the field. Expectations are obviously much higher in Melbourne than inNewcastle.Or is it a Melbourne thing. Booing at the tennis on Saturday night. Not the same reaction though to a similar speech after the women’s final though.I doubt the Melbourne hierarchy will give Brebner many more games. A certain Tony Popovic is now available.
Meanwhile Newcastle will keep flying under the radar( if that’s at all possible in the A League) and keep moving up the ladder.

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Boogard imo is in the best form of his career. I have no doubt he’s the first name on the team sheet. Topor is indestructible. Jackson is off the injury table and is an obvious successor when one of these finally hangs up the boots. Not sure whose currently in the youth or even junior squads that may eventually step up. I don’t know for certain if the Jets are the youngest squad, but we have many young players. Plenty are getting opportunities too.

Anything is possible for the Newcastle Jets

Hmm, the table doesn’t lie the Mariners aren’t on top just by sheer luck. I don’t see either ourselves(Jets) or the Coasties languishing at the bottom. Johnny K just keeps getting better and he’s a genuinely nice guy. I met him briefly in the lead up to the Grand Final and he was seriously blown away by the fans excitement and gratitude of making the Big Dance. We haven’t seen too much of Yengi yet. I’m sure he’ll get further opportunities though.

Anything is possible for the Newcastle Jets

Yes I agree with most of your comments. Money doesn’t necessarily mean success though. Just look at Melbourne City, although covid could well be playing it’s part. With everything that’s occurred with the Newcastle Jets it’s amazing that we’ve pulled through and are looking like contenders again. Time will tell but there’s definitely a positive vibe at the moment.

Anything is possible for the Newcastle Jets

Ramy has been excellent so far and an absolute pleasure to watch. Newcastle really are not that far away from the rest of the A League teams either. Newcastle really have to go after opposition teams from the very start of games.I’m really hoping for a massive three points on Wednesday against a fancies Roar team. It’ll be an interesting one considering they haven’t played since January 2nd.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

It’s Ben Homer and he’s an avid reader of the Roar.

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

I feel your pain Franco. My first year in Newcastle,1995, there was no team then in the NSL. They sat out for a year due to financial difficulties. It’s very much like a rollercoaster ride. Lets hope we’re on the up from now on.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

The easy thing for Lawrie McKinna to do would have been to walk away. The guy has massive respect in Newcastle and I hope he stays involved in the club in some way.

I’ll agree we’ve blown money on some foreign players in the past. Mario Jardel is the classic example.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

I contacted the club direct. Not sure about other clubs. I’m guessing their own club websites.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

Glad you enjoyed the article Chris. Testing times here in the Hunter. To be honest though with everything that’s going on in the world I feel lucky that we can get out and watch the game. Upwards and onwards from here.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

No, tickets are cheap as chips for non members on Friday night $10 adults $5 kids. Members in as normal.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

The Papas rumour has been going around for a few weeks. So I think we can officially call it now as a trumour. Anyone who thinks the Newcastle licence will move to another city is way,way off the mark. Good positive news for the Newy faithfull. Laurie and the back room staff have done a fantastic job keeping the club going. Upwards and onwards from here.

Jets set to announce new owner, coach and hope

One win for Sydney FC since the resumption is very ordinary. Can’t see them making the big dance , never mind winning it. I had Rudans Western United down as very dour earlier in the season. I’ve changed my mind since. They were good on the weekend. Even with an inexperienced line up for the latter stages of the game they they stood up to the challenge and got a deserved late winner. I’ll continue to watch games even though my team, Newcastle didn’t make the finals. Western United for a fairytale GF appearance.

Would the A-League be better off if Sydney FC weren't crowned champions?

Saw something pre the A League restart that gave Newy less than 3% chance of making the Finals. Not sure how accurate that was but surely in such a small league some results will fall our way. Just keep performing and winning.

The feeling's sweet as the Newcastle Jets defeat Sydney FC

Nice article Ron. One of the best players I’ve seen live played for Leeds. Eric Cantona, a maverick of sorts, but a genius with the ball. Welcome back to the big time Leeds United.

Welcome back Leeds United

Definitely a rivalry that goes back many years for sure. How sweet was that win tonight though?

The Jets versus the Sky Blues: Another A-League rivalry

In the Northern NSW comps clubs are given a breakdown of fees. In my time involved with registration days these fees are clearly there for all to see. I thought this was a requirement. If not then it should be Australia wide.

The football community is its own worst enemy – but it doesn't have to be

Agree with you there on the Foxtel . It’s the only reason I got it. They gave me the movie channel for free when COVID hit . Haven’t watched it yet. If Foxtel pull the pin they’ll lose my custom too.

FFA chief admits he can't say if all A-League clubs will survive

Well we’ve heard from the FFA today, but nothing really of any substance. The deafening silence over the Fox money is a major worry. Surely discussions must be going on behind the scenes as to wether Fox are going to stump up the cash and continue on.

Reddy: Players want A-League certainty

Hmmm a 50/50 split on the Newcastle v Perth game. Newcastle have to win to have even a glimmer of hope of a finals berth. Think Wanderers will step up and give The Smurfs a hard game, but a draw will be the outcome. Likewise for theVictory v Adelaide game. Melbourne City to beat Brisvegas. Toss a coin almost with Western Utd v Mariners, but WU experienced players will probably get them over the line…just. Wellington are looking like real contenders so I’ll pick them for a surprise win over Sydney.

A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 21

Basically Ernie kept giving other players too many chances/playing players in the wrong position. That is though water under the bridge. I really believe Newcastle will continue to climb the later. Maybe too late for a finals surge…but you never really know.

An interview with Bobby Burns