Sad to say that the football club have failed to give the Newcastle United kids the big stage that they deserved.
An article on our site ‘Let’s Have Newcastle United Cup Fever At St.James’ Park’ (Read it HERE) came up with an innovative idea that seemed to tick a lot of boxes.
Why don’t we all treat the Newcastle Under 18s FA Youth Cup quarter final exactly like a first team match?
I imagine the intention is to have the match at St.James’ Park regardless but rather than some random night-time kick-off, why not have it at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon (March 8) and put everything into making it a massive occasion and a real occasion to remember.
Get the press behind it and give it the big build-up with pre-match interviews on TV and in the press with the coach, the players and so on.
Let’s do everything to get a massive crowd, why not make it a fundraiser for the likes of the Alan Shearer Foundation and the SIr Bobby Robson Foundation, two great local charities who are doing so much good in our region.
We can put aside our collective misery with recent form and Mike Ashley’s running of the club, just for that Saturday afternoon we can show Adam Armstrong and all the other aspiring young Newcastle players just how good it can be playing for Newcastle United, and that they could potentially have a great future at this club if that right things happen off the pitch.
We got in touch with the club and they replied by saying the idea sounded a decent one and that it had been passed on to those in authority.
Sadly we heard nothing since and subsequently read on the Chelsea official website a few days ago that the game was scheduled for a….random night-time kick-off – Tuesday 11th March at 7pm.
We contacted the club again this morning to ask if this kick-off was correct but have heard nothing back, although we have just seen Newcastle United’s official website has just put something up confirming that Tuesday 11th March date.
Hopefully plenty of you will still be able to get along but I believe clearly this is a great opportunity missed and it could have been a much bigger and better occasion for both our fans and the stars of the future, plus something where there could have been a real United support in these fractious times under Ashley.
Back to the drawing board!