Today is the 26th of November and 135 years ago to the day in 1881, a game took place between Byker’s Stanley FC and Elswick Leather Works 2nd XI, the result 5 -0.
More important than the result though, a few name changes later and we then had Newcastle United in 1892. This would appear to be an unbroken 135 years link to the past of our present day club.
Obviously plenty research has been done with regards to our past but if you believe in the continuity of our club from the East End, then today (Saturday) is surely a day to celebrate. As well as reflect on where our great club has come from and all those people who have ever had anything positive to do with it, as well as its great supporters past and present.
Of course, anyone who was part of any football on Tyneside during those early days, in my opinion played an indirect role in contributing to what was to become only one club in a great city.
East End’s great rivals, Newcastle West End, had just as equal a part to play in what is now called Newcastle United.
My view is that regardless of the exact details at the time of how it all came about, for me it is all about how they made the City united. How it made football stronger on Tyneside and of course the attempt to bring everyone together by using football. Which to this day there still exists great friendships due to the city’s football club.
Newcastle United may have only been the 3rd or so team to be called United but for me there will be no other club who can truly call themselves a bigger united, after East and West End’s directors came together (albeit out of necessity/survival/progression) to put in place the foundations of our club’s history.
Of course, it could well have been so different and today we may well have been sharing football with a city neighbour, so I am grateful and thankful for the way it turned out.
Everyone will have their own interruption of the history and argue East End or West End first – but it’s not important. What is important is that it’s just one club and the people are united behind the one team.