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NUFC Blog: Lee Charnley's declaration that 'we are all in this together' made it a pretty nervous walk to the park today

By Andrew Davis

Another crisis, but at least fans get an email nowadays.

After two defeats in a week including a humiliating display against Sheff Wed Reserves, there's a glimmer of hope of Tyneside.

Knowing Chelsea could probably field three stronger teams than us, there were contrasting reactions before Newcastle even kicked a ball today.

The anger had barely subsided from midweek. Jeering at Half and Full-time in the Cup game and Steve McClaren's nod to a crisis, as well as Lee Charnley's declaration that we're all in this together made it a pretty nervous walk to SJP today.

What we witnessed was an excellent performance from all 11 players with great footwork by Perez. In one slick movement he dispatched a beauty, and then a great free header from Wynaldum almost made us hopeful.

The way we got at Chelsea at every turn in a fantastic first half makes you wonder what we've missed in not having a front player who has height and presence and a team who play with so much aggression and commitment.

Even though Chelsea came back to snatch a point with a wonder strike and a fortunate free kick, a heartening Geordie roar rang out today when our team finally seemed to wake up.

Next up Manchester City. Same passion and desire please lads.


Billy Elliot The Musical to hit Sunderland

International smash-hit Billy Elliot the Musical will visit the Sunderland Empire for a four week run from 6th to 30th April 2016.

Credit: Sunderland Empire

“With such strong local and regional connections there is no doubt that this inspiring and moving production will strike a chord with audiences across the region."

– Ben Phillips, General Manager, Sunderland Empire

Based on the film, the show is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike and follows Billy’s journey from boxing to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance.

“Having recently celebrated ten extraordinary years of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a new touring production of this inspiring show to fans across the UK and Ireland and the chance to delight new audiences along the way.”

– Eric Fellner, Producer

Is this the world's smallest bus?

A man from Durham has transformed his Fiat Seicento into a miniature school bus.

Chris Atkinson, a bus driver for Arriva, will travel from Scotland to Cornwall to help raise vital funds for The Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The ‘bus’ is painted Arriva blue, with the matching checkered seats and even has a ‘Sorry Not in Service’ sign for when it’s taking a well-earned rest.

The charity is very close to Chris’s heart, as his son Kieran was born 3 months premature. Staff at the RVI provided lifesaving care to Kieran and he is now a healthy young boy


Greggs one of the best places to work in UK

Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Greggs is one of the friendliest places to work in the UK, a new study has shown. The chain ranked sixth out of 25,000 companies.

Jobs website Glassdoor, who conducted the survey, said comments it received about the winners included praise for managers, a friendly atmosphere, staff discount, subsidised canteens and different time-off options.

Joe Wiggins, of Glassdoor, said: "When it comes to finding a new job we all have our own priorities, whether it's better pay, career progression or seeking out a certain company culture."

"Retail is the UK's biggest employer, so the atmosphere at work potentially impacts millions of people on a daily basis."

"It's no coincidence that this list is packed with some of the UK's most popular high-street retailers, because clearly camaraderie is easily forged amongst people working on the front line in customer-facing roles"

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