In the past couple of seasons there has been a distinct decrease in the level of noise at our beloved St James’ Park. Some fans have seemingly blamed the extension of the family area as the main culprit and I can’t disagree with them – but why has the noise decreased and how can we solve the problem?

SJP3I’m not going to lie, I am a season ticket holder in Level 7, and have been since the start of the 2011/12 season. In that season, even though Level 7 had become the family area, the noise levels still seemed to be as deafening as they are known for. The noise was unbelievable in games against both big and smaller teams, like it was during the Championship season, I distinctly remember losing my voice at a dull 1-0 win over Leicester. So can the extension of the family area really be blamed?

In some ways, yes, because even though for the majority of my first season as a season ticket holder the ground was bouncing and it was a truly amazing time to be a Newcastle supporter, not all games were like this. Norwich was a game that stood out to me as being almost completely dead except for the goal and the sound of conversations between friends. The Swansea game can also be used as an example where SJP was like sitting in the Stadium of Light. The problem only got worse last season when the results weren’t going our way. Every game, everyone wants the crowd to get going, waiting for the first man to chant. The only problem is there’s no big, fat, bald 40 year old men that’s stood there ready to belt out the familiar phrases. They’re all now sat in the Gallowgate end.

But these leaders of fans are surely under utilised in the Gallowgate. They already have men who are prepared to be the first singers. Level 7 did, but now they need them back. This meant I spent many a game last season wishing somebody in Level 7 would start chanting to show the team that we were behind them. This random hero amongst us all never stepped forward. This can be put down to a simple reason, and the same reason I haven’t stepped forward myself. I don’t consider myself to be brave enough, and neither does anyone else in level 7 by the sounds of it.

Do we get help from other areas of the ground? Every so often. But not on a consistent basis. People will point out how much noise comes from the Gallowgate end every game. However, the only problem with this is that the Gallowgate sounds about as loud as a librarian’s funeral from Level 7. So no help can be received from the other singing section of the ground.

Then you have the majority of the stadium that grumbles about there being a lack of noise and choose to do nothing productive like actually trying to get a chant going. These people will even take to Twitter and other social networking sites to complain about how the youngsters and the extended family area is killing the noise within SJP. All I have seen in the past season is abuse be sent towards Level 7. But what these people fail to grasp is that the vast majority of the people in Level 7 are the future of Newcastle United and need to receive a better example than the one being currently set.

In a football ground it should be all for one and one for all, but you just didn’t get that feeling at SJP last season. We need to start feeling like a family again, shouting and chanting as one giant body of what we are: Newcastle United Football Club Supporters.

So how else do we make our beloved stadium as loud as a Pavarotti concert? We need those leaders amongst fans (and they know who they are) to come away from the Gallowgate end, climb the millions of steps to Level 7 and use the power from within their almighty lungs to spur on the thousands sat in the heavens to join them in chanting for Newcastle United. We have all seen with our own eyes the effects that a noisy St James’ park can have on a football game. We have made the players on the pitch feel invincible. That they can take on the world because they have 52,000 fans roaring behind them.

We need that feeling back. The players need that feeling back, because God help us, with Joe Kinnear in charge of transfers, the players on the pitch need all the help they can get.

amacdee 5pts

My concern is that our two wins (in the form table) have come at home against teams who, according to their respective managers, didnt turn up. Can we expect to find another five or six teams so generous ?

I dont trust McWally to get these players performing to their highest standards week in, week out so ultimately I think it's down to the players themselves and their levels of confidence that'll see us over the line. A win at the home of Roman's Roubles would go a long way to inspiring them.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

I wouldn’t bet against the Toon in this one…or go strictly off the form table… it was against Arsenal the number crunchers had us run over and stuffed before the game, but the lads had a real go and were very unlucky to come away with nothing…

...could get a point this time…who knows!!

EthanHoward 5pts

Who would have predicted that this game would be between 13th placed Chelsea vs Newcastle (17th) before the start of season. If you want to watch live streaming, subscribe with PureVPN and get access to online channels which are restricted like Sky Sports, BT Sports, ESPN and more

jimblag 5pts

@EthanHoward  It's like that episode of Southpark where people are actually online ads. GO AWAY

ArtyH 5pts

Next 2 games will define our season as they are against Chelsea Away and Man City Home. If we can get some points against these two it will be a miracle I know but should boost the teams confidence. Then March sees Stoke A & Bournemouth at H possible 2>4 points, followed by Leicester A, forget about that one, then the Derby at home 3 points, must be this year! Into April, Norwich & Southampton A>3 or 4 points. Then Swansea H 3 points Liverpool A 0 ( we NEVER win at Anfield ) and Palace H 3 points. As Shearer says " Squeaky bum time in May, hopefully a dispirited Villa side away for 3 points and a home tie with Spuds to finish the season with a win or draw, so go for a draw on this one unless we are NOT wallowing in the bottom four, if we are it will be a nervy game and we could even crash out with a loose. So possibly  22 points from that very optimistic list, no not predictions but what we need for safety. I just hope it goes something like that. Will be interesting to see how it pans out when its generally accepted it takes 40 points for safety. There are only 13 games left = 39 points available so taking the mean average of say 20 that would put us on 44 which would give us some wiggle room, but where will it come from I wonder???

I wrote this to try and convince myself we have a chance of staying up, but at the back of my mind I just know with our past history it will go to rat poop, just hope i am wrong.  

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

@ArtyH       The Man C game has been rearranged, and no date has been settled yet (certainly not Feb though)…due to their participation in the cups, etc…

Dick Turpintyne
Dick Turpintyne 5pts

I think the most interesting thing about the table is where the likes of Villa, B'moth, Swansea and even Sunderland are they are all improving more than we are and with 13 games to go anything can happen.

Stoke, WBA and hopefully Palace are going to be dragged into the mire.