Newcastle United Fans – That Unique Identity
I am not really sure myself but having watched the toon since the new (East) stand was built I find it hard to explain but there’s obviously something about the club that gets inside you.
Having liked another team when I was a kid, who were known for being an attractive footy team with stars and personalities in the early 70s, I like most kids on our newly built estate in the east end all went to St.James for every home game (plus midweek games were a bonus).
As kids we soon become aware of the fans’ passion for its team and city. Like today we came across many fans who were personalities amongst our support, attaching ourselves to our favourite part of the ground also helped (without realising it) to build our affinity with the club at a young age, as well as our pride in our home ground and the atmosphere it created, and the impact our fans can have on a game.
Also, a big part of being a fan for me when younger was also taking part in the singing and wearing our scarves and things like buying a programme (to collect the vouchers inside in case we ever got to a cup final), a hotdog or peanuts. Of course it was more Affordable in those days, which helped enormously
Of course some were attracted by the excitement of trouble as well but generally most were attracted by the love of football and Newcastle United.
As young fans, most of the lads I knew had the freedom of going to games without parents which meant a bit of mucking about and often the case I was buying a hotdog or at the toilet when goals were scored. I also still enjoyed being with (and still do) like-minded people who have the same aspirations and similar thoughts about NUFC and had the same kind of background to myself and of course feel that now many have similar expectations for our club even to this day.
Often I think it’s a shame I couldn’t explain more to my lad about what it was like being part of a massive supporting army that we were in the 80s with huge followings, for example 15,000 at Liverpool (Cup), 10,000 at Leeds, 12,000 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Those were the days when it really felt we took places over due to sheer numbers. Of course away trips were always a big part of supporting Newcastle and that proud feeling wherever you went about being Geordie and I think our own unique identity also helped to set us apart from other fans. In those days it never ceased to amaze me the turnouts we had in London at clubs whose support were often out to ‘kill us’.
These past experiences are still part of us today and those many trips/games and memories will never fade. Thankfully, we experienced some great times in a remarkable era for being a football fan.
If only we could recreate/bring back a little bit of those days by bringing back standing areas to SJP.
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