“A load of men kicking a bit of leather round a field” as Mrs Doyle from Father Ted once said.
“Well, Mrs Doyle, there’s more to football than you think”, replied Ted.
How right he is.
Think what you will of Newcastle United Football Club; frustrating, bonkers, mismanaged, the list goes on, but it’s never boring.
Newcastle, a club where even during the quiet periods there is still something going on; a story to read about in the paper, to discuss with your mates down the pub, to tweet and post about.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for as long as we can remember and it doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. We’re the adrenaline junkies, desperate to have one more ride before the park shuts, even if it makes us sick. We’ll all be back in line tomorrow morning when it opens again.
That’s life for many hardcore Newcastle United fans and deep down perhaps we really love it, because we sure as hell put up with it and carry on supporting regardless. It’s our club, not Mike Ashley’s, not Lee Charnley’s and certainly not the underperforming players who’ve let us down over the years.
They will come and go but we’ll always be here.
For so long, it’s been a lonely road.
Every now and then, we get a glimpse of what it feels like to be a club on the up, from King Kev to Sir Bobby and even Pardew’s fifth place finish in 2012 gave us optimism that the future was bright.
We also know all too well about the bad times.
So despite sitting in 19th place with 10 games to go after a season of utter rubbish, a season which has brought mismanagement and unprofessionalism to low levels that we didn’t even know existed at Newcastle, we are all jumping for joy at the announcement of Rafael Benitez as our new manager.
Last Saturday we were all down in the dumps, losing at home to newly promoted Bournemouth with Championship football around the corner. In typical Newcastle fashion, you don’t have to wait long for the next twist in the story.
There has not been a bigger name on Tyneside since Sir Bobby Robson left over a decade ago. The way Benitez walked in and had his demands met were impressive, even his message to the Toon Army had fans already hoping that the escape is really on and next season, things will be different.
Even if they don’t, at least we have this optimism to cling to right now, something we’ve not had all year.
So much has happened this week that it’s hard for anyone to keep up, but that’s just another week in the life of a Newcastle fan; down one day, up the next, maybe right now you’re even somewhere in the middle.
However you feel about Newcastle United, we are never boring, and that in a sense makes it all worthwhile.