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Special Feature On Newcastle United Fans In Malaysia – Video

6 years ago
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Newcastle United is a club that is renowned as having a massive support local to Tyneside and the wider north east region.

There is undoubtedly also a massive advantage in the fact that we are privileged to have a one city/one club situation with no divided loyalties.

Like everywhere else you have glory hunters who are Newcastle/north east born and follow Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester, whoever has just won the league – but I think we (who are from round these parts) are so fortunate to come from a place that has such a strong regional pride, the numbers of people who desert their local team is far less than pretty much any other area of the country.

Also, most of you will have heard the expression ‘wherever you go, you’ll always find a Geordie’. This of course stems from the fact that mainly for career opportunities, over the years many people have left the north east and found their way to every location in the UK as well as now pretty much every corner of the globe. While they leave friends and family behind, what they very rarely leave behind is the love of their city and the football team. So Newcastle’s fanbase has spread over the years as exiles bring their kids up as Newcastle fans and brainwash them into the true faith.

What about other fans of Newcastle though? Random people around the UK and indeed the world, who follow the fortunes of Newcastle United despite having no previous ties to the club or region and indeed in countless cases, may never have even set foot in our city or football ground.

It would be a pretty strange accusation to call any such people ‘glory hunters’ considering the lack of silverware at St.James’ Park, unless of course they are now in their eighties and were attracted by our glamour team of the fifties that lifted the FA Cup three times.

Anyway, as somebody once wisely said to me, it’s not when you start supporting the team that matters, it’s if/when you stop.

So today we bring you this illuminating video.

It was filmed a year ago when Newcastle played Spurs and sees fans of the two clubs watching the match in Malaysia on TV and Newcastle’s Malaysian fans talking about what the club means to them and the issues of the day.

Of course developments in technology now makes things so much more accessible around the world and nowhere more so than coverage of football.

I hope they don’t think it patronising but I was really impressed with ‘wor’ fans in Malaysia with their knowledge and their passion, as they discussed events both on and off the pitch.

I also love the fact that at key moments such as when the goals go in, the Newcastle fans filmed in Malaysia are far more radgie than their Spurs counterparts.

Long may it continue.

Watch this interesting feature below and a big shout out to all of our fans in Malaysia and indeed wherever you are in the world – Howay The Lads (and Lasses)!!
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