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10 & 20,000 Reasons NUFC Different To Sunderland & Villa

9 years ago

The confidence and self-belief of the fans of Newcastle United has taken a battering in recent years, with the club on the slide and the eventual relegation.

The subsequent seasons of promotion, stabilisation and then the excellent season last time, have raised the spirits but not the self-belief of many.

It isn’t that Newcastle should have a divine right to success but surely over a period of time the fans should really believe that our natural position is at the top end of the table, not necessarily winning the title but certainly challenging for top six every season.

Obviously the clubs that have dominated Champions League positions (which Newcastle wasted under the Halls & Shepherds) have used those riches to put them ahead of the game at the moment and of course Chelsea and Manchester City have been ridiculously bankrolled…but leaving those aside we are different to the rest and have the biggest natural advantage, the fans.

Last night you had Sunderland at home to QPR and they had a crowd of thirty six thousand, down at Villa they entertained Reading and dragged in twenty eight thousand.

Next Monday we have a night match against Wigan which is also televised and a realistic crowd will be something in the high forty thousands. In other words ten thousand more than the mackems and twenty thousand more than Villa.

This isn’t simply a case of a we’ve got more fans than you article, though of course we have…but more of a reminder that we are Newcastle United and for some bizarre reason we draw the best part of fifty thousand no matter what; whether it is the good times, the relegation times, or simply those times in the Premier League when we have finished bottom half season after season.

If we don’t have the belief that we can be up there challenging year after year, how can we expect people like Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias to really understand what Newcastle United is all about?

Newcastle United have always been capable of awaking and challenging for honours, for a couple of years there was that real understanding of what was possible when Kevin Keegan was manager and everybody pulled in the same direction.

We have the stadium and the fans, we just need the belief to go with them.

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