I just wanted to air my thoughts about a fellow Newcastle United season ticket holder, friend and workmate, as well as NUFC fans in general.

I know that we complain about the noise levels at St James Park being too quiet but on the other hand, there is the banter amongst smaller groups of us that keeps most going.

My workmate sits a little way along from me in the Gallowgate end. On match days and to be honest in the days BEFORE a match, he’s often like a coiled spring.  Maybe I add to it as well…by winding him up at times.

He says his wife (bless her) knows her place in the order of things – Newcastle United, kids, beer, then wife. As we don’t sit together, he will text me during games with opinions and occasionally with views on players that I can’t repeat here!

For me, he epitomises just how important this season is in terms of promotion. Text and whatsapp messages go through every emotion he’s got over the course of 90 mins.

I keep telling him that Rafa plays the long game, as in the bigger picture, over the course of a season NOT always just the here and now. But does he get it? With his hair thinning out at the rate it is, I suggest not!! When we started this season the birds were still in the nest.

Soon I will be enjoying his company during the Brighton away game. That will be an experience if nothing else. I’m sure plenty of you who read The Mag have similar experience at the match or when at home watching.  It just makes us what we are and the banter we have at games.

We deserve as fans this season, and beyond, to have something to cheer and look forward to. The lady that sits behind me has taken to pulling my hood over my head every time we score – I will be glad when the warmer weather is here so I can leave my coat at home – ha ha.

Over time I have met wonderful people at SJP in my years as a season ticket holder. Hats off to you all, I do BELIEVE we are the best fans in the country.  I’m filled with nerves this season but Rafa is doing a cracking job of keeping them in check.

I hope and pray this club goes in the right direction for years to come.  We all deserve it and to stick two fingers up at all the doubters.

Well it will soon be the Brighton game and never mind Davey, plenty good hair replacement treatments out there should you lose the rest by the time May comes around.

We have some wonderful fans at this club, be proud of who you are.

Last season my daughter started coming along for the ride and now she is hooked. I hope for the future that many other young fans get that bug of being black and white, so we can continue to be the best fans in the country for years to come.

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