Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Safety reached but Newcastle fans unite against owner Mike Ashley

Protests at Ashely's ownership on show throughout the game

Jonathan Woodgate stresses Boro’s ‘winning mentality’

Middlesbrough vs Norwich: Jonathan Woodgate on the threshold of realising dream with first love

Woodgate's second spell with his hometown club could result in promotion to the Premier League

Hull's David Meyler believes they can escape Premier League relegation

Hull vs Manchester United: David Meyler backs odds for Hull pulling off their great escape

Hull need to beat Manchester United and hope Newcastle slip up against West Ham

Philippe Albert joined Newcastle in 1994 and the defender was an integral part of the side which nearly won the Premier League two years later

Newcastle vs West Ham: When Prince Philippe Albert was ruler of a united kingdom

As Newcastle stare into the abyss, Martin Hardy speaks to a player who remembers a time when the club still had a strong connection to its fans and harboured hopes of success

Newcastle twice made overtures to Steve McClaren in January after Alan Pardew left the club

Steve McClaren to Newcastle: Magpies ready to make fresh move for Derby County manager

Exclusive: The former England boss is on the brink of being sacked by the Championship side after failing to win promotion

Fabricio Coloccini shows off the new shirt

Wonga may end £24m shirt sponsorship deal with Newcastle United

News comes just days ahead of final day of season showdown

John Carver watches his Newcastle side slip to defeat

Newcas tle cancel end-of-season party - even if they avoid relegation from the Premier League

Party would 'not be appropriate,' read a club statement

Papiss Cisse

Newcastle relegation battle: Papiss Cisse return boosts survival hopes at St James' Park

Lack of fire-power has contributed to dreadful form on Tyneside

Everton vs Sunderland: Dick Advocaat insists new confidence will keep Sunderland up

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat believes three or four more points could keep them up

Favourite son: former Blackburn striker Alan Shearer eyes boss's job

Alan Shearer 'taken aback' at plea by Fabricio Coloccini to Newcastle fans

Captain wrote an open letter to fans calling on them to get behind the team

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