Video Special – Newcastle United ‘Having A Go’
I don’t ask for much, honestly!
While our enemies claim that all Newcastle United fans are deluded, we know the truth is that the vast majority within our ranks have no expectations of ever winning anything. We do live in hope but what we do expect is to have a half decent team that will have a go, we will have our disappointments but even when the odds are against the team we expect them to give it their best shout.
Speaking of which, the opening day against Manchester City was agonising. After Pardew and some of his players had bragged of giving us all a surprise, we got exactly what we expected, that is unless you honestly believed we were going to give City a game.
This is all the more gut-wrenching when only 6 days later, newly promoted Cardiff gave it a right go and surprise surprise, they not only gave City a game AND beat them. Only a late City goal giving the game a more balanced 3-2 scoreline.
Maybe we wouldn’t have beaten City on their own patch but surely we could have given it more of a go than we did and at least set the team up to try and take some of the game to the opposition.
It led me to go back down memory lane and a match just under nine years ago against City.
Keegan was actually the visiting manager and Souness hadn’t yet managed to destroy the legacy he’d taken on from Sir Bobby.
As you will see from the United line-up, it wasn’t an all star line-up but with players like Shearer, Robert and poignantly (bearing in mind his contribution on Sunday) Bellamy, you could always expect the team to have a right go.
Newcastle 4 Man City 3 24th Oct 2004
Team: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Andy O’Brien, Robbie Elliott, Olivier Bernard, Lee Bowyer, Laurent Robert, Jermaine Jenas, Nicky Butt, Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy
Subs: Aaron Hughes for Stephen Carr, James Milner for Laurent Robert, Shola Ameobi for Craig Bellamy
Manchester City may be a completely different animal to what they were then but what is happening at Newcastle at the minute, is destroying our hopes of United trying to be the very best that they can be again. Surely ‘having a go’ is the very least we should expect, isn’t it?
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