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Alan Pardew Calls For Singing Section

8 years ago
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What is important to the fans?

Obviously the team winning is top of the list but what beyond that?

Most fans thrive on a decent atmosphere, whether they are shouting their heads off, or quietly sitting there taking it all in.

It was to Mike Ashley’s great credit that he took the trouble to create a ‘singing section’ to help the atmosphere…only to deserve equal measures of criticism when it was taken away.

Most fans take for granted that it was to remove the focus for what were at the time frequent anti-Ashley chants.

The short-term nature of that decision is now been felt and even Alan Pardew has inadvertently backed the idea when he said this after the Anzhi match;

“It was a special night because it was made by the fans, they were unbelievable tonight. The noise levels when we created a bit of pressure…”.

The atmosphere at the Anzhi match was almost exclusively down to the fact that we had two ‘singing sections’ on the night.

You had the (fan) organised/inspired one in the Strawberry corner, a repeat of the Metalist match, but then there was also a more spontaneous one in Level 7 where people paying on the night gathered together to make some noise. The fact they were all standing up and obviously not in their ‘correct’ seats was thankfully ignored by the stewards because they weren’t in the way of anybody else. However, neither of these gatherings are possible for Premier League matches.

It was like going back in time for those with a few years on the clock, if you wanted to be where the atmosphere was then you turned up on the day and chose your turnstile accordingly. I started off in the Leazes end and then when that was knocked down it was the Gallowgate corner.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that most of the people in the signing sections on Thursday night were at the younger end of the spectrum.

It is all well and good having an ever expanding family section but you need something beyond that, especially for younger people who want to immerse themselves in supporting Newcastle United.

The football on the pitch is the main event but what got me hooked as a kid was something beyond just that, we need to rediscover that to make sure of the next generation of supporters.

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