A Black And White Christmas
In the new issue of The Mag, regular columnist Jamie Smith recounts his NUFC Xmas memories and below you’ll find an out-take from his article but what are your black & white Christmas memories? We’d love to hear about them.
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I generally love Christmas. Irrespective of any religious connotations, it tends to be a time of year that has everyone is in high spirits and the party invites come thick and fast. Little things such as Greggs’ festive bakes, Fenwick’s window and the prospect of humiliating someone with an inappropriate secret Santa gift, all add up to make me feel glad to be alive, set to a background of one great Pogues song and a string of terrible records that people have got away with for years because its Christmas.
I’ve had some tremendous times over Christmas, often faultless, but for one thing: Newcastle United invariably ruin the whole show with either a) a string of drippy awful performances that suggest the team have been hitting the mince pies and Baileys as hard as anyone or b) a particularly well-timed shower of a performance slap bang in the middle of the Christmassy fun, where you can feasibly turn up high as a festive kite, only for eleven men to send you grinching off home early full of humbug.
Here are a few of my own choice memories, please note these are from a personal point of view, as I’m sure each individual has their own recollection of seasonal woe:
1994-95 – United choose the Christmas period to embark on a run of 1 win in 13 games, disintegrating from title contenders to also rans. Unmemorable to most but this included my first ever away game, a 2-4 stomping off Spurs with Teddy Sheringham notching a stupid-haired hat-trick.
96-97 – another poor run culminated in a dour 1-0 defeat at Blackburn, my first Boxing Day away game that saw United well on the spiral. Early in the new year Kevin Keegan walked and NUFC spent the next 3 years going backwards.
2010-11 – we get a Boxing Day home game and Man City are 2-0 up in 10 minutes while people wish they’d stayed at home with their hangovers.
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