Bring Back The Atmosphere At Newcastle United
Ashley’s petulant decision to move the ‘singing section’ from the Leazes top tier, has I feel had a really damaging effect on the atmosphere in the ground. The wonderful waves of sound rippled right around St James’ Park last season and intimidated away fans and opposition players alike.
Several times this season I’ve found the crowd muted and lacking passion and this in a season when we have played some really good football and are hopefully challenging for a place in Europe.
I have also been dismayed to hear booing of our team, for example at the end of the Wolves home game.
Yes we let a two goal lead slip but we witnessed fantastic strikes from Cisse and Jonas and it’s been said in the Mag many times- what the hell do they think booing achieves, except to lower our teams’s confidence and encourage the opposition?
I know that a lot of the old season tickets holders in my section of the Leazes have moved and there are different faces every week. Maybe they haven’t been used to the lows of the low points over the past years so they don’t understand how vital it is to vocally get behind the team, even when they are losing and/or not playing well.
I think this has been noticed by Pardew who was exhorting our fans before the mackem match. Since when did we need to be asked to make some noise against anybody, especially in a derby?
So I’m making a plea to anybody who can influence the situation – please organise a new singing section, it sets off the rest of the crowd.
The scarf waving which started for the smoggie match in the relegation season was really effective and looks amazing, bring it back for every goal.
We need a new song for Shola the mackem slayer. The ‘any O’Brien’ song could be adapted. And finally, if you want to sit in silence and boo our team, go and support someone a few miles down the road.
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