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Would Yesterday Have Been Acceptable In The 80s?

7 years ago
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Would yesterday’s deplorable scenes in Newcastle city centre have been acceptable at any point in history, never mind in the 70s/80s heyday of the football firm, hooligan etc? I doubt it.

Watching black and white shirt(ed / less) Newcastle ‘fans’ acting with such disdain for the law was completely and utterly sickening.

Why? Because they were on the streets of my city, somehow representing my club in such a vile manner. This cannot happen again. It is unacceptable in wider society so it is unacceptable in football.

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Yesterday was my 7th derby experience at SJP and was probably the worst performance I have witnessed from our team in a long long time. No coincidence then that the behaviour off the field was equally as bad, if not worse.

From my pew in the Leazes End I saw Nazi / Facist salutes, I saw children (I’m talking 6 or 7 year old) swearing and gesturing to the away support, and I even saw one of our lot throw a full can of coke down on a block of seats and then go mad towards the away support blaming them. Have people gone mad?

Now don’t think I am politically correct and that I don’t swear because I do. I have been known to have a mad shouting rant at home fans while following the Toon around the country but yesterday some people seemed to lose their minds. When I got to the Metro on the way to the ground I thought something might be up when the announcer told us that Central was closed. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the videos on Twitter that I knew what had gone on.

The bottles out of the bin on Westgate Road was probably a good laugh at first for a few people and turned quickly into “whey aye al’ hit a coppa man”.  What do you think you were playing at doing that?! Are you insane? Sorry but we are not in London and we are not Millwall nor West Ham.  This should not be happening.

Those guilty should stop and think about what image they have created for football fans in our City. What do people who don’t like football think? My better half doesn’t like football, mainly because she sees it as a pointless exercise played by overpaid, soft tw*ts…I have paraphrased there….and these incidents don’t attract people to the beautiful game.

Also, our new found friends across the Channel, who have recently taken a keen interest in us, will be watching on wide eyed, remembering the World Cup in France 98 when water cannons sent English louts and patio furniture skidding across the village squares. What will they think? More importantly what will our newest signings think!!!

For those that were there, who do you call when your mate has been smacked in Town on a night out, or your house has been burgled, or car keyed? The Police, yet you throw bottles at them? Great logic.

Tell you what else you could do is try to knock a Police horse out, “ye na, just for a daft laugh”. I know that most of the people there yesterday were kids and people swept along in the crowd.

But if you are old enough to be there and know what you are doing, you are old enough to face the consequences in the courts and a potential well deserved ban from SJP. In addition the attack on the Police horses is totally disgusting.

I have witnessed it before at Blackburn when cans were thrown at a mounted Police officer…someone explain that to me?!

For all those people who have read this and thought “what about the Mackems, they threw flares down?!?”…yeh they did, but I’m talking about us letting ourselves down, not the great unwashed from down the A19.

Forget them. I don’t care about them and you shouldn’t either.

I’m black and white. And I am embarrassed of people claiming to be under the same banner as me. If you were there and involved I hope you get done by the authorities.

Let’s hope for 3 points next week, and the usual impeccable away support at the Hawthorns.

Thanks for reading.

@BillQuayMag

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