It's All About...Newcastle United (Jets)
No. Not The Toon, The Barcodies, The Magpies. Whatever you want to call them.
Today, the club that will enter into the illustrious annals of Bleacher Reportdom is none other than Newcastle United Jets of Newcastle, Australia.
The A-League team has only been around for eight years but, as with Christmas in this age, new things are often more exciting...
So, to the facts.
What can I possibly tell you about the Jets that will make you think to yourself 'Wow! I never knew that' or 'Would you believe that?.'
Here we go...
1. The Jets were originally founded by businessman Con Constantine (no con!) in 2000 but later renamed in keeping with jazzed-up image the A-League creators wished to create—and also to avoid confusion with their eponymous English counterparts (or, perhaps, embarrassment at the association—oops...now in trouble with the Geordies!).
2. During a jittery start to their life in the A-League, the club swapped managers twice as Richard Money fell on hard times and Nick Theodorakopulos was all name and no game. Their current coach, Gary Van Egmond's efforts have not been scrambled just yet. Each pun intended—I am not going to apologize!
3. The side's biggest star was the hugely prolific 35-year-old Brazilian striker Mario Jardel once of Bolton. He scored 130 goals in 125 games for Porto at the end of the last millennium. Sadly for the Jets, Jardel failed to net in 11 games during his one-year stint with the club.
4. In a remarkable turnaround from their previous disappointments, The Jets won the A League final in 2007-08 thanks in part to an awful mistake from former Middlesborough Rangers and Cardiff City stalwart Tony Vidmar, who was playing in his last game in professional. That's one way to be remembered!
5. This year, however, proved to be an anno horibilis for the Jets. They lost four key players during the preseason and plunged the depths in an embarrassing attempt to sign has-been Dwight Yorke as their 'marquee player'.
To add to these problems, owner Constantine (see No. 1) refused to budge on his tough stance on adhering to a limiting salary cap and coach Van Egmond came to blows with the authorities were storming onto the pitch during a match.
6. Their core supporters are known as the squadron (clever!) and their most popular chant is as follows:
"Oh when the Jets come flying in, I wanna be in that squadron."
Not so clever!
7. The Squadron's Bebo profile has been viewed 827 times—presumably 826 times by the same guy and then I came along...
Next up is the magnificently named African team Accra Hearts of Oak.
That's all for now folks.
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