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This article was sent in by Will who, along with his family are recent convert to Bay 60.

It’s Sunday morning following our late draw with the Wanderers. I’m feeling frustrated and confused. It’s not because of the performance on the pitch last night. It’s because I’m not sure what it is that supporters of the Newcastle United Jets want.

My wife, some family members, friends and I have all joined Bay 60 in the last couple of seasons since moving to Newcastle. We used to be fans who looked across and longed to join the active support. We were unsure. How do you become a part of an established group? We moved over and were welcomed with open arms, asked to share our ideas and formed new friendships.

We couldn’t believe the commitment amongst the group. Imagine never missing a Jets game. Home or away. Making sure that you were there to watch the team in Perth and Wellington. Driving from Sydney to Newcastle to do your part for active support at every home match. Putting hours into tifo. Working with the club, security, police and ground staff in an effort to build an active support culture that is welcoming and friendly.

Maybe it’s the air of Valentine’s Day lingering, but it’s all driven by passion. The one thing that probably justifies the time and money spent on supporting the club. It surely hasn’t been easy when the results on the pitch have been so disappointing. Yet their support has held firm.

You may have tired of my excessive admiration already, but it leads me to why I feel frustrated and confused about what it is that Jets supporters want. It would seem that they want a loud and vibrant active support group, and indeed atmosphere, at our home ground. That much is clear judging from some of the remarks I’ve heard, read and witnessed at the match.
Yet, it seems that there are fans acting on the contrary. I can understand that people feel disappointed with the current state of support around our home ground. I’m sure other members share such sentiments. It is after all, although not the only group, the active support group that is widely considered to represent the club. As a football community, Newcastle is far from its best. Of course, those judging the commitment of its members may not be aware of the effort put in by many of the regulars. Particularly when ridiculing the size of the squadron, a lack of noise and presence or claiming that the group should be ashamed of their support.

Perhaps someone could explain to me the reasoning of those who don’t actively support the team, in the sense that the Squadron do, but criticise the group when they’re not loud or big enough?

Complaining online or even in person and then returning quietly to your seat does not help build numbers and noise. In fact, I’d say fuelling an air of negativity amongst the fans might actually hold back others who might be considering becoming a part of the atmosphere around the ground. Might I suggest some positive support for the team and fellow fans? It’s not a contest for all those who think they can do it better. It’s about supporting the team and building another facet of our great city.

The Squadron is a group that encourages active support around the ground. Any Jets supporter is encourage to join in with the group in Bay 60 or around the stadium. Imagine the swell of emotion to be experienced at home games if the entire stadium were to sing ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ or join in with chants. We are one of only seven places in the country fortunate enough to still have a top flight football team in our city. Something that should be cherished instead of taken for granted.

If you’d like to be a part of the Squadron, purchase a Bay 60 ticket and come and say hello. The aim is to create a friendly, large and vibrant active support group. If you want to help build a positive culture of active support then we’d love to see you at the coast derby. To everyone else around the ground, with your support, in time we can build a great culture and atmosphere at the club.

Ultimately, we all want the same thing. A football club that we can be proud of. A home fortress where tickets are like gold. A ground filled with chorus and colour. We supporters should support the club and one another.

Never Tear Us Apart.

2014/15 Hyundai A-League – Round 18 Match Preview – Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle United Jets

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2014/2015 Hyundai A-League
Season 10 Round 18
Wellington Phoenix FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC

When: Sunday 22nd February, 2015
Where: Hutt Recreational Ground, Bellevue Rd, Lower Hutt, NZ
Kickoff: 3pm AEDST (local time 5pm)
Watch: LIVE on Foxsports 4 and FoxSports 4HD
Listen: ABC Grandstand Digital online or ABC Radio App
Tweet: @newyboys #WELvNEW #NTUA

If you are unable to travel to the game in Wellington, please join us at our new away venue – Sydney Junction Hotel (SJ’s) at Hamilton and watch the game LIVE. SJ’s is our new venue for away Newcastle Jets fixtures. Show your Newcastle Jets Membership at the bar and receive $5 house beers.

FIXTURE FACTS

Overall – 24 games between the two teams.
Jets Wins – 6, Phoenix Wins – 15, Drawn – 3

In Wellington – 13 games
Jets Wins – 2, Phoenix Wins – 9, Drawn – 2

Average Away A-League crowd – 9211

Goals in Fixture
Jets – 26, Phoenix – 48

Cards in Fixture
Jets – 44 (40 Yellow, 4 Red), Phoenix – 40 (37 Yellow, 3 Red)

Recent Form (FFA Cup & A-League)
Jets – DLLDL
Phoenix – DLLWW

Leading Scorers
Jets– Joel Griffiths, Edson Montano, Jeronimo Neumann 3, Phoenix – Nathan Burns 10

Last Result –
Jets 1 (Griffiths 24’) – Phoenix 3 (Burns 73’, McGlinchy 74’, Krishna 78’) at Hunter Stadium, Round 9.

FIXTURE RECORDS

Biggest Win

Jets 5 (Heskey 36’, Griffiths 46’, Taggart 57’, Taggart 77’, Bridges 90+3’) – Phoenix 0 at Hunter Stadium, Round 24, 22/03/2014.

Heaviest Defeat

Jets 0 – Phoenix 4 (Brown 18’, Rojas 31’, Greenacre 41’, Macallister 88’), Round 19, Season 6 at Westpac Stadium, 18/12/2010.

Leading Scorers in fixture –

Jets – 4 (Joel Griffths)
Phoenix – 6 (Shane Smeltz)

2014/15 SEASON STATISTICS

Appearances

  • 17 Edson Montano
  • 16 Andrew Hoole
  • 15 David Carney, Joel Griffiths,
  • 14 Zenon Caravella, Jacob Pepper
  • 13 Jeronimo Neumann, Kew Jaliens,
  • 12 Ben Kantarovski, Scott Neville
  • 11 Allan Welsh, Sam Gallagher, Ben Kennedy
  • 10 Adrian Madaschi,
  • 8 James Virgili
  • 7 Taylor Regan
  • 6 Mark Birrighiti , Marco Flores,
  • 5 Sam Gallaway,
  • 4 Billy Celeski,
  • 3 Radovan Pavicevic
  • 2 Jonny Steele, Nicholas Cowburn, Daniel Mullen, Lee Ki-Je
  • 1 Braedyn Crowley

 

Goals

  • 3 Joel Griffiths, Edson Montano, Jeronimo Neumann
  • 1 Kew Jaliens, Marco Flores, Radovan Pavicevic, Scott Neville, Lee Ki-Je

 

Assists

  • 3 David Carney
  • 2 Andrew Hoole
  • 1 Joel Griffiths, Scott Neville, Jacob Pepper, Taylor Regan, Jeronimo Neumann, Adrian Madaschi

 

Yellow Cards

  • 5 Kew Jaliens
  • 4 Andrew Hoole, Adrian Madaschi, Taylor Regan,
  • 3 Jeronimo Neumann, Edson Montano, James Virgili, Scott Neville, David Carney,
  • 2 Jacob Pepper, Marcos Flores, Joel Griffiths, Ben Kantarovski
  • 1 Jonny Steele, Allan Welsh, Sam Gallaway, Mitch Cooper, Zenon Caravella, Radovan Pavicevic, Daniel Mullen

 

Red Cards

  • 1 Kew Jaliens

COACHING

Coaches Head to Head – 2 matches
Phil Stubbins – 0 wins, Ernie Merrick – 2 wins, 0 drawn.Newcastle Jets Coaching Records –

  • Phil Stubbins – 2 Matches (0 wins, 0 drawn, 2 losses = -% win ratio)
  • Gary Van Egmond – 12 matches (3 wins, 3 drawn and 6 losses = 25% win ratio)
  • Richard Money – 0 matches (0 wins, 0 drawn, 0 loss = -% win ratio)
  • Branko Culina – 7 matches (2 wins, 0 drawn, 5 losses = 29% win ratio)
  • Nick Theodorakopoulos – 0 match (0 wins, 0 drawn, 0 losses = -% win ratio)
  • Clayton Zane – 2 matches (1 wins, 0 drawn, 1 loss = 50% win ratio)
  • Craig Deans -1 Match (0 win, 0 drawn, 1 loss = 0% win ratio)

Wellington Phoenix Coach Record – Ernie Merrick 60% win ratio (3 wins, 1 drawn, 1 loss)

KEY FACTS:

  • Joel Griffiths had scored in his last 3 appearances against Wellington.
  • The Jets have only been ahead at half time twice this season.
  • The Jets have conceded 10 goals in the last 10 minutes of matches this season.
  • It has now been 50 matches since the Jets have started quickly by scoring in the first 10 minutes.
  • The last match against Wellington was the first time in 24 matches the Jets have lost despite being ahead at half time.
  • The Jets haven’t scored a first half goal in the last 8 rounds.
  • The Jets kept two clean sheets against the Phoenix last year – once at home and once away.
  • Last weekend, Lee Ki-Je became the 51st goal scorer for the Newcastle Jets.
  • Despite announcements Ben Kantarovski made his 100th A-League appearance last week, he has actually made only 98 appearances.
  • Andrew Hoole and Taylor Regan are both 1 yellow card away from an automatic suspension.
  • In Wellington, the Jets have only scored 3 times in the first half and scored 7 goals there in total. The Phoenix, however have scored an average of 2 goals against us per game.

Jets v Phoenix Trivia:
1. Lee Ki-Je’s first goal for the Jets was scored from the penalty spot. Who are the other 2 players to have achieved this?

2. Who was the last Jets player to score in the first 10 minutes of a match?

3. How many players have made an appearance for the Newcastle Jets this season?

Please visit the forums at newcastlefootball.net for the answers to the trivia questions, and to discuss the match.

The Jetstream Podcast Ep23 – Farewell Sweet Griff

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David (@Jeterpool) and Mitch (@jerkpv4) join furns (@newyboys) for another episode of The Jetstream Podcast.

As usual, we talk Jets on the field against WSW with reviews of players and tactics, off the field with the continuing ownership news and player movements, Mitch provides an update on former Jets and then we preview the game against Wellington in the A-League.
We also chat to @Dale_Warburton from the Yellow Fever Podcast – In The Zone.
Any questions, comments, feedback, topics, etc:
Facebook – facebook.com/JetstreamNewy
Twitter – @JetstreamNewy
email – podcast@newcastlefootball.net
Join the forums at newcastlefootball.net and go to The Jetstream subforum.

by and for supporters of football in Newcastle, Australia