I had a conversation with Scott yesterday about the famous Newcastle United end of season back in 1997, which for me gave me one of the happiest days of my life.

I just thought I’d share what I was doing and ask other readers to say how the day affected them.

For those of us who are a bit younger than me, the football ended up with Newcastle beating Forest 5-0 (Tino Asprilla (20), Les Ferdinand (27, 23). Alan Shearer (36), Robbie Elliott (77)) at home and finishing second to qualify for the Champions League, leapfrogging Arsenal and Liverpool (who lost and drew respectively) in the process.

However, even better than that was the plight that met our close friends from chemical infested Middlesbrough and the land of deserted pink seats sunderland, who were both relegated.

Can you imagine that!

I wasn’t at the game and spent the afternoon listening to the radio as I drove south down the M6.

Everything had gone well for me that day as I’d just won a duathlon competition and I was feeling pretty good but as events unfolded, I was so happy I could have cried, just like Boro’s favourite little Brazilian did.

When I stopped the car at my house I had to sit there for a few minutes and take it all in before I could move. Could life really be that good?

Fast forward twenty years and here we go again.

Our two little opponents seem to be competing with themselves for twentieth place while our “project” marches onward and upward.

So lets put the bubbly on ice. Get the flags out.

Lets make a start on an amusing banner and tell Newcastle airport to get the light aircraft ready!

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  • Jezza

    I don’t understand the comparison with 1997 at all. Sunderland and Middlesborough might well get relegated but we are not going to qualify for the Champions League this season or at any time in the forseeable future for that matter.

    • Albert Stubbins

      your a happy wee soul mind arn’t you? I couldnt give a flying toss about the champions league- but them T**** heading into oblivion must surely raise a smile on even the most cynical soul??

    • Dennis Tate

      Forseeable future, yes that’s where we are heading under Benitnez.
      The best supporters in the land will get this, that’s Benitez goal.

      • Jezza

        Let’s wait and see. It’s quite possible that Rafa will be leaving in the summer.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Have you just found out that Spinal Tap were taking the p*** or what? ffs

          • Jezza

            Get off my back will you. For all you know the guy was being serious about Rafa having a long term goal of taking us into the Champions League.

          • Albert Stubbins

            er- that’s because he was- its called having a positive attitude- why support a team unless you can dream about winning? seek help.

          • Jezza

            When you’ve supported Newcastle United as long as I have it’s hard to stay positive all the time.

          • Albert Stubbins

            No offence mate but I’ve been a season ticket holder for twenty nine years. Been to over fifty different away grounds and more european adventures than Philips fogg. I could have easily topped myself on a few occasions but supporting newcastle was never meant to be easy. Stay positive and you never know what may happen. Look on the bright side at least your not a makem.

          • Jezza

            Fair enough but I first went 45 years ago. I remember the dark days of the 70’s and 80’s. The Seymour McKeag Westwood regime, Richard Dinnis, Bill McGarry, Bobby Shinton, Pat Heard, Billy Rafferty, relegation in 78, Wrexham, Exeter, the sales of Supermac, Withe, Waddle, Beardsley and Gazza and I’d been to over 70 away grounds by the time I stopped counting some time in the mid to late 80’s.

          • HappyToons

            You forgot Hereford, that was a cheerful day, at least when we came back to draw 2-2 at home BEFORE the replay. I’ve been going for 47 years and the darkest day was when the floodlights failed against Ipswich Town and the loons went and attempted to tear up our own city and even trying to loot shops in Eldon Square. But do I look miserable this season? As long as we finish in the top 2 I am HAPPY!!!

          • Jezza

            Hereford was just before my time. I started going a few months later but like the rest of us have been constantly reminded about it by the media. I too will be delighted if we can finish top two this season. All this talk about me being a doom merchant came about simply because I pointed out, quite rightly, that we won’t be qualifying for the Champions League this season as we did in 97.

          • HappyToons

            By the time we next qualify for the Champions league I won’t have enough hair left to form my ‘comb over’, I guess that makes me a doom merchant also! Though if we win something I am happy to wear a hair piece at a jaunty angle to celebrate.

          • Jezza

            I don’t know if there have been any studies on the subject but I imagine Newcastle fans are prone to going bald earlier than the average man.

          • Albert Stubbins

            aye its been a long slog for you mate. My first game was first season back in old first div- 1985 but a supporter since 1979. It has been a long hard road but Rafa tactically is by far the best manager we’ve had in my time in my opinion- with him we have a chance of competing in next few years if he is backed. Its been years since this has been realistic so lets get back on the rollercoaster- it could be fun!!

          • BinTanG

            cheer up bud.. why so miserable?

        • Azza

          Mackem

        • Scottpaige

          God your a happy bloke !!!

  • ross richardson

    Lets get promoted first eh

  • Albert Stubbins

    Hope they both go down- remember the Makems are traditionally a division 3 club!!! ;)

    • Jezza

      To be fair I don’t think one season in division three makes them traditionally a division 3 club.

      • Albert Stubbins

        It’s called sarcasm dear boy- a bit like me saying- my what a good looking and positive young man you are!! lighten up man for goodness sakes- you’re like the prophet of bloody doom!!

  • gallowgate26

    They’re at home Sat 29th May to Bournemouth, they will probably be relegated after the ‘boro game. The last game of the season they are away at Chelsea but they will be down weeks before that and the novelty will have worn off…the Mag should organise a ‘Fundme’ page, I would contibute if half went to a local Charity.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I’m happy to fly the plane- could we fill it full of horse s*** to drop off to our unfortunate neighbours- I hear the grass needs feeding? ;)

    • Dennis Tate

      As Kevin Keegan said
      I’d Love It, Really Love it.

  • gallowgate26

    Actually no…. Why not do it over Middlesborough on the 26 April?? hahaha they will BOTH be as good as down with only four games left. YES DO IT!!!

    • Jezza

      Why bother? Middlesborough are just a small club 40 miles down the A19 who are completely irrelevant to Newcastle United. I feel exactly the same way about them as I do about say Hull or Burnley. Pure indifference.

  • Dennis Tate

    Yes I definitely like the banner bit.
    I well remember the Makems showing there A4 comments at the Stadium of Shtie
    when we were relagated.
    LETS ALL LAUGH AT NEWCASTLE.
    Remember it.
    Well let’s go one better, hopefully they’ll be relegated come there last game on home ground and that light aircraft courtesy of the NUFC supporters with a nice comment on flys around that ground to give them a final send off.
    Sad lot.

    • Jezza

      I don’t see any need for us to lower ourselves to their level. If they do go down let’s put on a display of total apathy to make it clear that our relegation last year meant a lot more to them than their relegation means to us. As far as I’m concerned Sunderland are just another team, I am not obsessed with them the way their fans are obsessed with us.

      • 1957

        I agree, they get relegated so what. Let’s concentrate on our future.

  • Jimblag23

    Personally I thought the plane was completely pathetic so I say how about we don’t make a banner and we just concentrate on supporting our team.

  • toonterrier

    Don’t mind Boro but don’t give a monkeys about the mackem inbreds but would still rather have both of them as well as us in the top league as it makes the games more fun even with some of the bile coming from the scumbags. Just make sure we go up before we take the mick as don’t want to see us join them in the second division.

  • GToon

    To be honest I wasn’t being serious about the plane and the banner. “They” did it and I don’t care if we do or don’t as it’s not like we’ve played a part in their demise. Far from it as we normally supply them with the points they need to stay up each season. I would just find it hilarious if they went down as we go up, assuming we do. I just want to see their fans faces on the last day.

  • Dennis Tate

    Even the Seagulls have admitted defeat for Sunderland to avoid relegation.
    They are now flying upside down over The Stadium of Shtie, as there is nothing worth below to shtie on.

  • Leazesl Ender

    Belated congratulations on the duathlon competition…. I presume you can’t swim..

    • GToon

      Haha. I used the 3 series duathlons in March April and then the one in May to prepare for the triathlon races that summer. That series was good as it was round an industrial estate on a Sunday so it was flat and fast with no traffic. It wasn’t a huge event. They posted the series trophy to me and I had to stick the first place stickers on it myself so I just chucked it in the bin!

  • Rich Lawson

    Don’t mind Boro,nice to have an away game just down the road,and nice to see an owner who is supportive of the club and local community ?

  • MadMag83

    I think an original idea is needed, the bedsheets and the plane have both been done, for any response to Sunderland’s relegation to be of merit it would have to be something different.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Remember when Sunderland got the plane with the banner and the flag on the bridge, most NUFC fans ckaimed mackems were obsessed and pathetic, that would be us. Worst idea ever but wouldn’t be surprised if The Mag organised it