Newcastle’ Greatest Asset Is Also Our Wooden Leg
What does Newcastle United mean to you? Do we crave stability or is it really just all about the glory?
In the new issue of our magazine, columnist Gavin Webster examines our craving for excitement and the highs and lows that automatically go with it.
Here is an extract from Gavin’s latest column, to read the full article and the rest of our 44 page special new issue, visit The Mag online shop where you can get single copies for £3 plus p&p with subscriptions from £23.
It’s like a mate of yours who never borrowed money or packed in his good job because he fancied selling sandwiches from a van on the A1 in Northumberland, or decided that he’d go to college and learn saxophone.
No, he would stick with his good job at the ministry, not waste his money on the horses, or buy a car on a whim, or p*** away his redundancy on a holiday of a lifetime. He’s that mate who has ‘done better’ than you but hasn’t had any of the rock and roll, never lived in the now, never failed like common people, to quote Jarvis Cocker.
I think there’s something in the make-up of Geordies that we don’t ever see our football team like that, like some sort of old fashioned building society passed by its members onto its children who will be the future members. We all know that’s not for us, the very thought of Newcastle United excites me and fills me with dread, it never gives me peace of mind.
The game is about glory Danny Blanchflower once said, not about waiting till the other team dies of boredom before you beat them.
Maybe that’s our greatest asset but also our wooden leg.
The instant reward is what we crave; that Fairs Cup win, Supermac’s home debut, the semi final win against Burnley, Keegan’s debut, the 5-0 against Man. City in ’83, Mickey Quinn’s debut.
Or Kelly’s goal against Portsmouth, Ginola’s goal against Ferencvaros, the 5-0 against Manure, the win against Barcelona, Shearer’s semi final blockbuster against Spurs, Rob Lee’s equaliser at Wembley, the 3-1 win at Highbury that put us top, the 4-3 against Man U when Keane lost the plot.
The sheer joy of Feyenoord, what about the 4-1 against our near neighbours in the IKEA flat pack stadium, the Dabizas 1-0 when the title looked achievable, who could forget the recent 5-1 and also Ryan Taylor over the wall…and while we’re at it ‘I fancy Liam O’Brien over the wall’, what a moment that was!
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