Last week an amazing moment happened at Parklife which saw a young man publicly propose to his girlfriend of seven and a half years at the Manchester festival.
The proposal happened on the main stage during Yung Filly’s set after Myles Goodfellow, 25, won a competition to go backstage at the event in Manchester and took the opportunity to pop the question to his partner, Indy Geraghty.
The young Scottish couple met at parties when Myles moved to the same town as his other half and haven’t been apart since he messaged her on Facebook one day.
For the couple, this was a fairy tale day.
“I felt amazing after it happened! In the moment I was completely shocked I just never thought he would do it and for him to do it in such an amazing way was crazy!
As you can see from photos and the video I was so shocked couldn’t even speak I just cried so bad but they were very happy tears!” Indy commented.
Check out the video of the moment it happened here:
On the reaction from the public, Indy told us that she has had so many kind messages and offers to help plan the wedding.
“I’m just trying to take everything in that’s happened and eventually I’ll move on to the wedding planning I don’t even know where to start.”
Unfortunately, however, internet trolls have given lots of ‘negative and vile’ reactions to these two young people sharing a special moment.
After noticing these negative comments, the Director of Parklife, Sacha Lord, offered ‘to find this couple and give them free entry to Parklife and The Warehouse Project for life and not only that, but to pay for their honeymoon, so that when they go away, I want them to sit there in the sun posting pictures to social media, knowing that those people who had a go at them are bitter, and they’re not there.’
The Mirror have reported that the young couple are eyeing up the luxury Island of Bora Bora as a potential honeymoon destination and it doesn’t seem like the pair are allowing trolls to ruin their moment.
Indy commented, “he’s my first love and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to spend the rest of my life with. I wouldn’t change how it happened at all!”
What an inspiring story and gesture we could all use right now.
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Eddie Howe’s pre-season: Opposition, Venues and more.
Pre-season is vital when it comes to preparing for a new season for all football clubs around the world. It is a time where you can test different tactics, experiment with young and new players and overall get a sense of where your squad is at before the start of the new season.
For Newcastle, they have plenty of games to test the waters and give new signings like Nick Pope and Sven Botman time to get up to scratch before the start of the new Premier League season.
First, they play Gateshead in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Newcastle United Training Centre on Saturday, 9th July. Gateshead are managed by former Magpies defender Mike Williamson and their side have just been promoted to the National League after winning the National League North.
Eddie Howe’s side will then travel to Austria for a week-long training camp where they will play two games.
The first opposition is TSV 1860 Munich who currently play in the third tier of German football, 3. Liga. The match will take place on Friday, 15th July and will be played at the SaalfeldenArena Burgerau, kick-off is set for 6 pm local time. The former champions of Germany have had success in the past when they finished as runners-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1964/65 season. The Toon met with this side in the UEFA Intertoto Cup back in 2001, Newcastle won 6-3 on aggregate across the two legs. One of Munich’s best players, Marcel Bar, scored 21 goals in 37 appearances last season.
Then, Newcastle play Mainz on Monday, 18th July in what will be their third pre-season fixture. The match will be played at the 4,500-capacity Kufstein Arena and will kick-off at 5 pm local time. Mainz, currently managed by Bo Svensson, finished 8th in the Bundesliga last season. The last time the two sides met was in a pre-season game back in the summer of 2017, Mainz came out on top winning 2-1. Some of their best players include Jonathan Burkardt who managed to bag himself 11 goals and 3 assists last season as well as Moussa Niakhate who scored 8 goals and assisted 5 times.
The Toon then have eight days to prepare for their next pre-season fixture as they travel to Portugal to play Benfica at the Estadio da Luiz for the Eusebio Cup. The match will take place on Tuesday, 26th July and will kick-off at 8 pm local time. Benfica finished third in the Portugal Liga Nos last season. It’s been 9 years since the sides last met in the Europa League quarter-finals when Papiss Cisse’s goal in the second leg wasn’t enough and the Magpies exited the competition losing 4-2 on aggregate. Benfica were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Liverpool last season and some of their best players include Rafa Silva who came out with 23 goal contributions last season and Alex Grimaldo who scored 5 and assisted 5 from left-back last season.
To finish pre-season the Toon then face a double-header at St James’ Park. The first game played on Friday, 29th July will be against Atalanta. It is expected that Howe will split his first-team squad across the two fixtures and play two completely different teams. Atalanta finished 8th in Serie A last season and exited the Europa League quarter-finals following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig. Mario Pasalic is one of their best players and had a very successful 2021/22 season which saw him earn 20 goal contributions from centre midfield in the league. The match will kick-off at 7:45 pm in St James’ Park
Newcastle will then face Spanish side Athletic Bilbao, just a week before the first game of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest to finish their pre-season. Bilbao finished 8th in La Liga last season and were close to cup success, following a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. Inaki Williams who hasn’t missed a single game for the Spanish side in over six years is a threat up-front and captain Iker Muniain will also be a danger for the Toon following last season where he managed 10 assists and 4 goals.
Ticket information for these games are to be confirmed soon.
So what do you think of the pre-season fixtures and how many wins will Eddie Howe’s side manage in what promises to be an exciting season ahead.
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Nick Pope: What to expect
With Nick Pope currently undertaking his medical and looking to be the second signing of the summer transfer window for Eddie Howe, many have questioned if he is what Newcastle should be after.
Nick Pope made his Premier League debut on September 10th, 2017 and the now 30-year-old has been Burnley’s first-choice Premier League goalkeeper for over four seasons. Throughout his time at Burnley, Pope has cemented himself as one of the Premier Leagues’ top ‘Sweeper Keepers’ due to his quick reactions off the line behind a sturdy Burnley defence.
Known for his tall stature and clinical shot stopping, when it comes to goalkeeping, Pope is right up there with some of the very best in the Premier League.
Even just last season, Pope came out with a remarkable 9 clean sheets, which is a very impressive stat when playing under a team who were battling relegation all season, ultimately leading to them going down at the very end.
In his first three Premier League seasons, Pope kept 37 clean sheets in 105 appearances. Pair this with his natural cat-like reflexes and exceptional talent to stop the impossible under extreme pressure, it is understandable why he has attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in England.
Not only does the signing of Pope suggest that The Magpies really do mean business for next season, but it also gives vital competition to the likes of Martin Dubravka who has been the Toons regular number one recently.
Pope adds quality Premier League experience and not only is he an exceptional player, but he will keep Dubravka on his toes. Competitiveness is one of the most important things in a Premier League football team and having two quality Premier League proven goalkeepers in your team is something the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City don’t even have in their squad at the minute.
So, whether you were expecting Hugo Ekitike or Sven Botman to put pen to paper this week, the signing of Nick Pope can only add optimism and excitement to the Newcastle dressing room as they push for European football next season!
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Keep, Sell or Loan? Opinion
With deals flying around left, right and centre and players all over the world moving for millions, the transfer window is definitely underway and things are starting to heat up!
When it comes to Newcastle United, for a few players within the squad their future is uncertain. Whether it be a lack of game time, contract running out or simply not being good enough, here are five players in the current Newcastle squad and our decision on whether to keep, sell or loan them in the transfer window. We are also asking for your opinions, so feel free to vote in each poll to let us know what you would do if you were in Eddie Howe’s position.
Matt Ritchie – Sell
In 2022, Matt Ritchie was involved in two Newcastle United games. The Scotsman got himself a start against Cambridge United in The Magpies’ 1-0 third-round FA Cup defeat as well as a brief 15-minute cameo away to Norwich in which both Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinto scored. After a shaky start in defence in the first half of the season, including disappointing performances against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, it was clear right from the start that the left-back position was one that needed improving. Since the recent permanent signing of Matt Targett and other players such as Jamal Lewis looking to get back to first-team football, it looks all but over for Matt Ritchie at Newcastle United.
With a rumoured link back to old club Bournemouth, this type of move would make sense for both parties. Ritchie is arguably still a solid Premier League player who would offer consistency and leadership if given the minutes on the pitch. If Newcastle wishes to push for a spot in Europe, Ritchie is not the player that would add that extra quality if called upon in the latter stages of the season.
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