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Fans Of Newcastle United – Your Team Needs You

8 years ago
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Football fans are a strange breed, who are the most loyal?  Is it the large mass turnout we get every league game, or the hardy souls who follow the likes of Bury or Rochdale week in week out?

St.James Park is a magical place to watch football and when the atmosphere is cranked up there is nothing to surpass it, if only we played Sunderland every week, the crescendo of noise produced against them does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

I know that times are tough, and the North East is possibly the toughest place financially to live, shortage of jobs etc, lower incomes, I could go on, so any Newcastle or indeed football fan who does not go to games because they can’t afford it, is ok in my book.

So the conundrum I have with the motley crew I attend the games with is somewhat confusing, most of us are in our 40s and 50s and while one or two did jump on the Keegan bandwagon, some of us have been going since the 70s, my first game was Huddersfield at home in 1970 and it was a 0 – 0 draw, I was hooked and still am.

On Thursday we play what is what I would class as a really important game, dispose of this lot and who knows where it could end, we will need the team to be playing to its maximum and possibly get some good luck on the way, but who knows we could have the party of all parties in Amsterdam in the middle of May, being the eternal optimist I have already booked a hotel for 2 nights…here is hoping.

Going back to my lot, I asked them “who was going on Thursday?” , the response was fairly muted, out of about 8 of us only 2 will attend, the rest cited the most pathetic of excuses, wife’s birthday, dog at the vets, parents evening, it’s cold…etc, you know what I mean. Each of the middle aged misfits holds down good jobs yet they don’t go to the cup games, I am confused by them.

The Europa games have been poorly attended, yet last season we celebrated the fact we qualified with much gusto…….it’s very odd, the pricing is spot on at £15 for adults £5 for kids, so why are the regular season ticket holders not all going, the atmosphere from these smaller attendances have in fact at some games been quite good, but the masses of empty seats speaks volumes.

Back to Thursday, we can help the team, we need to help the team, we need to crank it up to ear splitting levels, welcome our Russian friends in the street, both before and after, but for 90 minutes we must make them feel like they have walked into the lion’s den

If anybody reads my drivel and is thinking of buying a ticket, stop thinking and go and get, your team needs you.

We pride ourselves on our loyalty and that we still go despite not winning a trophy for over 40 years, well we can try to help end this wait by making St.James what we know it can be, a cauldron of noise, passion and unwavering belief.

Look at players like Cabaye, Sissoko, Taylor  etc….they play with a pride and passion for the shirt, these are not Vidukas, Duffs or Owens, these are proper men playing with pride and passion for our club, let’s make them proud back.

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