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The Boo Boys

11 years ago

I’ve never really understood the culture of booing at football matches, well not booing your own team anyway.

At the final whistle on Saturday there weren’t a lot of boos but enough to be heard, why?

Were the boo boys (and girls) doing it because they thought the players weren’t trying, the manager had annoyed them, the grass wasn’t green enough?

Alternatively, was it just because we hadn’t won?

I’ve been at plenty matches where it was quite clear supporters were going to vent their frustration at the final whistle, only for a late goal to completely change the mood. Generally the team hadn’t suddenly improved their play, they had just got a break.

I would argue that opposition fans booing our players can have a positive affect and inspire them, I can’t imagine that our own fans booing can be anything but a negative for the team.

Against Swansea I thought Newcastle deserved to be a couple up against a defensive away side but luck deserted us, shame the woodwork hadn’t deserted them.

The second half saw United continue to press for the elusive goal but as energy levels dropped it became more and more unlikely.

I don’t think the players ever stopped trying and I wouldn’t have a go at Pardew as his options aren’t great in an attacking sense, although personally I would certainly have thrown Ben Arfa into the equation.

Failing to bring the enigmatic Frenchman on doesn’t equal booing, especially when his indifferent form so far this season means you wouldn’t have been sure of a positive contribution.

When it comes to booing I can only really think of managers like Allardyce and Souness who I’d have been happy to boo, although turning up outside their houses might not have impressed the cops!

So the question is, why did you/they boo on Saturday?


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