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Newcastle United Memories – You Had To Be There!

8 years ago
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In each issue of The Mag, Leazes Park Ender (AKA David Punton), has a monthly column talking about Newcastle United…whatever else!

With so much to talk about at the minute, we couldn’t quite fit all of David’s column into the magazine, so here we bring you a bonus on the website of Leazes Park Ender looking back at one of the highlights of the season, so far.

(To feature like David, send in your letters/articles for the magazine/website to [email protected] – write about anything NUFC related – past, present or future )

There are often games that come along that are just emblazoned on to your brain, almost etched into perpetual memory. You can recall every single moment of the action. Every kick of the ball, every bad or favourable refereeing decision, every piece of sublime skill and every memorable goal.

The game against Chelsea falls into that bracket, without any shadow of a doubt. People refused to believe me, but on the morning of the match I got a silly little feeling we might get something because it’s the type of daft thing Newcastle United go and do.

Lose at home to Reading but then go and eke past the Champions League winners by the odd goal in five.

The Chelsea fans asked us where our famous atmosphere was and despite having to grit my teeth and agree with them, the stadium came to life in that last ten minutes and when it’s like that, St James’ Park is such a special arena to watch football. Just unreal noise levels and that adrenalin buzz all around the place.

Then came the piece de resistance. Sissoko is quite simply an absolute beast of a player. Django Unchained. He hurt Chelsea with the best home debut I’ve seen for many years.

That moment he ran down Ashley Cole and handed the England left back his backside on a plate will stay with me for years, and for anyone not at the game I can tell you it looked much better from my vantage point in the Leazes than any TV highlights package later that night.

His winning goal brought one of those moments when you simply struggle to remember what you did as bedlam erupted all around as the ball hit the net. You feel like you’re levitating a few inches off the floor. In that single moment every worry, every problem, every rubbish day at work, every row with the Mrs, they all just disappear and it’s unbridled delirium.

After the game I was stunned at how aggrieved some of the Chelsea fans were at losing. I guess when you get used to winning so many games like they are, it hurts them. Hard cheese!

New issue of our magazine (including the excellent Leazes Park Ender column) is on sale in all Tyneside newsagents from tomorrow (9th March), or order now online for only £3 (plus postage) for Worldwide, delivery straight to your door – posted out today, or why not start a subscription – prices from only £23.

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