Football fans are strange creatures and maybe nowhere are they stranger than some of those who follow Newcastle United.

Newcastle fans live on extremes, maybe that is at least partly down to how this club is so capable of hitting the (relative) heights, only to then plunge into the depths.

Champions League and nearly winning the league in the nineties, followed by season after season in the bottom half. Fast forward to Sir Bobby’s reign and we had more of the same.

With individual players you get players falling into various categories and already this season some supporters seemed to be targeting Obertan as a scapegoat for the not so good performances, or even when the team did play well he was the whipping boy to give the moaners somebody to target.

Alternatively, Sammy Ameobi has become a bit of a cult figure and while he has shown glimpses of promise he has been helped by the ‘cult’ status which deflects some, if not all, criticism.

We look as though we are now going to head into a period whereby team spirit will be essential as injuries and a small squad combine to create big problems.

The spine of the team are all big characters who have shown they can perform on the St.James’ Park, some such as Coloccini and Steven Taylor have had a fair number of detractors in the past but had that character to carry them through it.

Players without that character or self-belief will need the fifty thousand to stay with them even if times turn tough.

Surely if you are signing up for a season ticket you are also signing on for the days when things aren’t so bright, not just those great moments that lift you off your seat.