Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now's Time to Smarten Up Our Act; Feedback

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now's Time to Smarten Up Our Act; Feedback

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Byline: Mick Smith

PSST, a word to the wise, me old mucker... next time you appear before the beak, try and smarten yourself up!

Yep, that was my thought when I saw Andrew Cave, that's him looking scruffy, on the right.

Mr Cave you may recall, featured in our pages because of his stupid behaviour during Newcastle's recent derby day victory - but more of that later.

Anyway, my view shared by more than one of you.

My thanks, though, go to the correspondent, who wishes to remain anonymous, and wrote: "I was all ready to castigate, and worse, your reporter Andy Hughes for his reference to Andrew Cave's antics at the recent Newcastle United v Sunderland football match."

(No, folks, I'm not sure why he was ready to castigate Andy either. By the way, to continue the footballing theme, I know you'll want to welcome Andy to the Chronicle team which he recently joined on a free transfer from South Shields).

"OK, so he ran on to the pitch at the Toon's second goal, and did a stomachwrenching dive to celebrate the event before being ejected from the ground.

"Does that make him a 'yob', I thought? Does that heinous offence warrant a banning order? (Yes, and yes again in my book). "Then I looked at the photograph showing Cave leaving the magistrates' court in his working clothes. His paint-splattered overalls rolled down to his waist.

"Did he really stand before the beak looking like that? "If he did, then Andy's description is spot on!" And so say all of us! MOVING on, and as promised, back to that derby day game.

Never has such a victory caused me so much grief!

"You may remember, it all started with our front-page photo of a Newcastle fan celebrating the win. That, claimed reader Ian Gordon, was the wrong image to illustrate the sport and depict the region. Once lucidly corner, logic, He said it had undercurrents of aggression. I took him to task and scored what I thought was a first-half winner. intelligence rapier-oh. OK But back came Mr Gordon and re-iterated his point even more forcibly.

shouted nah Once more, I lucidly argued my corner, using cold logic, ruthless intelligence and rapier-like wit... oh. OK then, I shouted nah nah nah nah nah.

Anyway, I imagined that was it, until receiving this from Derek Butchart of Chester-le-Street, who wrote: "I found the comments of Ian Gordon accurate and fair. Will you be printing a similar photograph after that other 5-1 result at Bolton? "It seems the Mags threw so many bottles at Darren Bent's car last week the team had no bottle left for the match.

"That sort of disgraceful behaviour didn't happen 60 years ago. Whatever happened to sport?" This correspondence is now closed! MY thanks go to acid-tongued John Whitefield of Ryton, Gateshead, who contacted us by email recently. …

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