I have been asked recently, since our relegation to the Championship, why I still support Newcastle – I am from Ipswich and have no real connection to the area.

I began supporting Newcastle United in 1994.

I admit I had a brief, misguided dalliance with Arsenal but once I saw Newcastle on Match of the Day and as Kylie Minogue sang “It was love at first sight.”

I just loved the way we played, the players we had were just amazing and we were top of the league –  ever since I have been hooked. I would not change supporting Newcastle for any other. My heroes: Andy Cole, John Beresford, Paul Kitson and Pavel  Srnicek (so sadly missed) just drew me in.

If Newcastle ever ceased to exist I would give up club football completely such is my love for the club –  I nearly had a heart attack/broke my ankle again last week, celebrating the third and fourth goals against Norwich .

I cannot really describe to others how supporting Newcastle is different to other clubs. We are a special group of loyal, football mad fans and I just hope one day we have a trophy to celebrate. The celebrations at St James Park and in the city centre would be really something special.

There have been some really trying times, such as Kevin Keegan resigning (twice), Dalglish’s ill-fated reign, the monsoon derby against Sunderland which subsequently led to Gullit’s resignation and the ill-informed decision to sack Sir Bobby a decision – which set the club back and I feel led to us being eventually relegated.

On the flipside there have been many great days and I trust under Rafa Benitez that the best of them are still to come.