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Newcastle Fans Initiative To Put Wigan Embarrassment Right

8 years ago
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I am sure almost everyone is now familiar with the ugly events that took place before Newcastle United’s controversial premier league clash with Wigan Athletic, for those that don’t, I shall quickly recap.

Before the game, when the coaches arrived in Wigan, several hundred Newcastle fans started to watch a nearby local Sunday league game, with Wigan Cosmos taking part. Then, several drunken supporters stormed the pitch, disrupting the game, before many turned to vandalism. The goal nets were taken down, the corner flags were stolen and broken, and the match ball was stolen. Whilst this was taking place, another game on the next pitch was also invaded.

These events have caused a large amount of extremely negative publicity, with the national and international media, supporters of other teams, and with supporters of Newcastle united.

The damage caused to Wigan Cosmos was in excess of £200, which to a Sunday league team relying on subscriptions, and occasional sponsors for funding, is a lot of money.

A lot of decent Newcastle fans have endeavoured to gather funding to reimburse the club, and there is now a link on the club’s website where fans can donate to try and cover the damages caused.

Newcastle fans are known worldwide for being some of the best fans in the world, and we have always had a good reputation, but when stories like this come about, it is not good for anybody. The donations to the club will hopefully help to show that the majority of Newcastle fans are decent people, who would travel across the world to follow our great club, but that unfortunately, a minority is spoiling our great reputation.

Anything you can donate will go a long way to covering the damages caused to the club, and even 50 pence or a pound will be extremely appreciated by the club (This is still a very worthwhile gesture for any fans up for contributing, even though Newcastle United have announced that they will pay for the damage caused).

The link to the donations can be found on the Wigan Cosmos official website:

http://www.wigancosmos.co.uk/#/home/4544466440 and click the donate button.

Hopefully this minority of fans realise that what they did caused a lot of damage, to both the clubs involved, and the great reputation of Newcastle United Football Club, and we will not see scenes like this again..

Remember, when you are following Newcastle United, you are representing Newcastle United.

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