In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Newcastle United have confirmed the creation of a new singing section for the new season.
A great initiative but let’s hope it lasts longer than the previous one…
When Mike Ashley took over, Chris Mort was his man in charge.
After listening to fans, Mort instigated the creation of a 3,000 strong singing section in the Leazes/Milburn corner.
An acceptance that in modern all seater stadiums, it is ideal to have a space created where similar minded fans can come together to set off the atmosphere, compared to in the past where in standing areas supporters could choose to do that organically. Even moving in and out of the more boisterous areas match by match if they chose to do.
Unfortunately, when Mike Ashley forced Kevin Keegan out by undermining him with Kevin Keegan, the fans were in revolt.
The singing section, unsurprisingly, became the focus for starting off anti-Ashley chants and in retaliation, the club’s owner disbanded the singing section.
Newcastle United Official Statement:
Newcastle United have launched an official singing section at St. James’ Park ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season.
The section will be located in the upper tier of the Gallowgate End following consultation between the club and supporter groups Wor Hyem 1892 and Gallowgate Flags.
With space limited across most areas of the ground, available space was identified in block V (ED: Sadly, the Chronicle report that the new singing section area is only 350 seats, which shows what a short-sighted move it was by Ashley to dismantle that original 3,000 strong one. Though the organisers are urging other fans to aim for sections P, Q and U if they miss out on the designated block V) of the Gallowgate during a stadium visit by both groups and the process of moving their respective members has commenced.
Wor Hyem 1892’s Mac McEvoy said: “We are massively excited about the return of a singing section at St. James’ Park.
“Our fans are known for their vocal support and alongside Gallowgate Flags, we wanted to create an area for likeminded fans to really kick-start a positive atmosphere across the stadium.
“We’d like to thank the club, who have been very receptive to the idea, and everyone involved with Gallowgate Flags. We can’t wait to be back in August.”
Gallowgate Flags’ co-founder Alex Hurst said: “Everyone at Gallowgate Flags is delighted that we’ve created a singing section inside St. James’ Park alongside Wor Hyem 1892.
“Over the last season we have worked with the club to foster a positive visual displays for home games and now that likeminded supporters can be grouped together, the atmosphere will only get better.”
How to move to the singing section
All supporters wishing to move into the section alongside likeminded fans are now able to do so by emailing their name and supporter number to [email protected], using the subject line ‘Singing section’.
Supporters wishing to be relocated alongside friends and family are asked to include all relevant supporter numbers in a single email using ‘Singing section’ in the subject line.
The club will endeavour to move all fans requesting the move at no charge and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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