Aston Villa fans just don’t get it.
They think that by daubing bed sheets and singing about Newcastle United’s demise, that it upsets the average Newcastle supporter.
They believe that because they are pointing out how rubbish our team are and where we are heading (Championship), that our fans then will be upset because they are taunting us for signposting those facts.
Newcastle supporters, or at least 90%+ of them, know fine well how poor our team is and most of all, we all completely realise that Mike Ashley has dragged us down here yet again.
The point that Aston Villa fans completely miss, is that Newcastle United fans are not angry at this taunting, more it is ‘anger’ (or bemusement) at just how sad some people are.
The idea that somebody would go to the trouble of painting bed sheets and hanging them up at the match, in the hope that something bad is going to happen to a club 200 miles away who should in reality mean nothing to them.
The fact that Villa supporters have got some kind of reaction from Newcastle fans (and media coverage), appears to have been a massive boost in self-esteem for those few who still go to Villa Park.
It all very much reminds me of Middlesbrough (yes I know they have just got promoted), over my lifetime they have never been happier than when Sunderland and especially Newcastle, give any vague support to the notion that our fans or the Mackems think of the games as ‘derbies’.
Or indeed any more important than playing other nondescript clubs such as Crystal Palace, Hull, Blackburn…or Aston Villa.
It summed it up last week when the bloke responsible for most of these embarrassing Villa banners was happy to be interviewed by all and sundry, explaining why he did them…which according to him was basically because this is what football was all about, having a laugh and taking the mick.
Well yes, it is up to a point. However, spontaneous taking the pi** songs inside the stadium if things turn out bad for the opposition is one thing BUT going to the time and trouble of producing banners in the hope that something happens to a club that bears no direct relationship to your own, is sad beyond belief.
Proper (normal!) Aston Villa fans must be just so embarrassed at the lengths blokes like this are going to, in the hope of becoming some kind of local celebrity, when in reality he is simply king of the tramps.
Whenever I drive away from Villa Park, as I did yesterday after watching that rubbish. I always just think of how lucky I am to come from Newcastle, with a beautiful city and perfectly appointed stadium, rather than the dump that Villa Park and its surrounds are.
Yes our football team might be rubbish, just like Villa’s, but we can travel into the city centre and be lifted by what we see and feel, the benefits of having a huge cathedral up on the hill with hundreds of great drinking establishments to worship in before making a move to the ground.
The Newcastle United pre and post-match experience never failing to lift your spirits.
One day we might have a team that matches the surroundings but as for Aston Villa fans, whatever happens on the pitch they will continue their miserable match day existence that then produces some of the saddest football fans around. Who rather than having pride in their own club and fanbase and city, instead drag the sheets off their mam’s bed and spend their drinking money on a tin of paint.
Some Aston Villa fans will count yesterday as some kind of great ‘banter’ victory and we of course bow to that and salute you….