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Match Preview vs Fulham

Do six pointers exist three games into the season?  Are we going to score a league goal this side of Christmas? 

Our man, Chris Betts compiles a more thorough dossier on the oppo than yer man, Jose and his take on this weekends match can be found right here

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Perfect Ten - Things to like about Fulham

Today's opponents are an inoffensive lot.
I like them. For the following reasons

1 - That new owner's tash

2 - The fantastically crackers Micky J statue outside the ground

3 - Berbatov.  Everything about him - brilliant

4 - Loss of sight brought on by a session at the Bricklayers Arms in Putney last season

5 - David 'Diddy' Hamilton (*Yewtree dependent)

6 - Popping of the Paolo bubble on the opening day

7 - Aaron Hughes - Canny Lad

8 - Craven Cottage - an oasis in a sea of flatpack

9 - The 'neutral end' - shouldn't work but it does

10 - Ex-Mag hero/manager links - Keegan, Sir Bobby and Supermac.

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We All F*kin hate Leeds

After averting our potential banana skin down at Morecambe, we drew Leeds at home in the next round of the League Cup.

Personally, I think it's a brilliant draw - to be honest, it's the most excited I've been about a domestic cup tie for a good while.  My first thought was 'Christ, that's going to be fun in town' and Leeds will bring as big an allocation as they can get.
Our younger readers might not fully appreciate the level of enmity between the two sets of fans but put simply, a trip to Elland Road in the 80's and 90's wasn't for the faint hearted.  And that underpass on the way back into town felt like a long long way when you were a soft as shite sixteen year old, I can tell you.
 
As well as some of the miciest times following United, Leeds have also provided some of my happiest memories aswell.  Particular highlights include winning just before Christmas to go top of the league under SBR.  We stopped down in Leeds that night and had an absolutely phenomenal time.  For those of you into that sort of thing, Leeds was hands down the best night out in the country and clubs like Mint, Basics and the Glasshouse were absolutely rocking.  As detestable as some of their fans are, I've actually got a lot of time for the city itself and having lived for a (thankfully for my liver/mental state) short time down there in the early 2000's, have extremely hazy but happy memories of the place.
 
Back to the football aswell and the other standout game was the 5-2 at the start of the 89/90 season when Micky Quinn ran riot.  I was only 11 at the time and despite the way that season ended, I still look back at that era at SJP with a good deal of rose-tinted nostalgia.
 
So, welcome back dirty Leeds.  A proper club with a proper set of twats following them!
 
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Non League Day

Inconveniently, England have got a couple of World Cup qualifiers coming up so we've got next weekend off from NUFC.  Is that a sigh of relief or a blow of discontent at international football I hear?

Either way, fear not.  Next weekend brings the annual Non-League Day, so you can get your football fix across the North East and still have a tab at half time without being sent to Guantanemo.

The Northern League website - has a list of all the fixtures on the 7th September and it's also the first qualifying round of the Vase, so there's fixtures all over the region.

Higher up the food chain, the Heed are at home to Hereford, with entrance at £9 for NUFC season ticket holders.  Get yourselves along and exorcise the ghost of Ronnie Radford (EDIT - I've just checked and he's still alive and working as a joiner!)

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Football Frrrrriends - PAOK and Partizan

Fan 'friendships' are something that don't really exist in English football, especially between two English clubs.

I first came across the phenomenon a few years back at an Inter-Lazio game at the San Siro when some rather rum looking gents from both sides were enjoying some beers, class A drugs and tales of derring do in the bar outside the ground together.

The whole 'friendship' thing is big news on the continent and we'll have an look at some of them, along with various other bits and pieces around world fan culture in the newsletter until you tell us otherwise!

Possibly the most chummy of all friendships in Europe is between PAOK Salonika and Partizan Belgrade.  Based on nationalist politics, a shared Orthodox faith and black and white stripes (!) the friendship goes as far as going to each others games, singing each others songs and hating each others rivals.  There's a load of stuff on Youtube, some of it verging on the saccharine sweet.

This made me think about NUFC and any 'friendships' we have.  Nearest I could think in Europe was probably Bilbao and then domestically, the only one I could muster were vague hoolie links with Shrewsbury from years back.

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Stand AMF - Making Inroads    

Stand AMF are a cracking organisation and one that our man in sunny Spain, Tony Higgins is involved with.

Their lobbying of MP's is starting to make a difference and their website in general is a cracking read, especially if you are a sad bastard like me and love articles exploring Israeli lower league football The tide is slowly turning against the greed of modern football and  they knock out an excellent fanzine as well.

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