Saturday’s gutless 3-0 defeat to Leicester City has proven to us all just how far Newcastle United have fallen, from one-time Premier League challengers and Champions League qualifiers, to relegation candidates and also-rans.
Some slight comfort to our younger readers…we have been a lot worse than this.
Saturday 21st November 1980, just one day off exactly 35 years to the day since the Leicester tonking, we were losing 1-0 at home to Wrexham in the old second division.
That day the attendance was a massive 15,941. The thought of signing England captain Kevin Keegan was something that you would then have been sectioned for.
Our team had the likes of Kenny Mitchell, Peter Johnson and Steve Carney, with the mighty Ray Clarke and Bobby Shinton playing up front with the former Blyth Spartans striker Alan Shoulder, who had a penalty saved by the toothless veteran keeper Dai Davies.
The result meant we dropped down to 10th in the old second division and one brave soul invaded the pitch for a centre spot sit-in, the other 15,940, including myself, couldn’t see the point as we were as bad as we possibly could be.
The full team that day was:
Kevin Carr, Peter Johnson, Kenny Mitchell, Steve Carney, Stuart Boam, Terry Hibbitt, Mick Martin, Kenny Wharton, Bobby Shinton, Ray Clarke and Alan Shoulder
The only ‘foreign’ players were Irishman Mick Martin and Welshman Bobby Shinton.
A team that simply wasn’t good enough, no matter how hard they tried, and that’s the big difference with the shower we have now.
I know that football has ‘moved on’ but keep the faith, things have been worse.
Let’s just hope that some rich Arab wants to buy one of his kids a football club for Christmas.
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