First loves last forever, some people say, but my love affair with Newcastle United is just pain.
I dearly love the club, the ‘Geordie’ faithful though should be knighted for enduring the inconsistency that has existed in this club since the first time I saw the light.
This was 1958, Newcastle United v Manchester United and the score ended 1 – 1. I was hooked, the atmosphere was electric and to cop it all Bobby Charlton scored for Man Utd. We all remember the year, the terrible Munich air disaster that destroyed a fantastic team.
Over the years I followed Newcastle through thick and thin and most of the time it was the thin edge of the wedge.
1969 was an unexpected success for the club, back door job but who cares, we won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup.
Remember the 3 – 2 win in Hungary, Joe at half-time said ‘score early lads and they will fall like a pack of cards’. What resulted was sheer magic.
The crowds would turn up and year after year no silverware appeared but the true ‘Geordies’ that we are, we stand by our team.
This will always be the case, we will always stick together, we will always love the club.
BUT when we talk about the people who have run, or should I say, destroyed the club, I can offer no defence. For years we have been run by people who have no vision other than to make money for themselves. We sell all our best players and keep going backwards, never look into the crystal ball and think we can win a cup, if we add to our strong squad.
The closest we came was the Newcastle United Keegan era but alas the bottle dropped and we failed, who was to blame – who knows, but at least we had a great period under Kevin.
Today we are overseen by a man who has no idea what passion means or what football is about, he lives in a fantasy world.
What will happen this year; we will drop down the league, survive and plod on as usual.
Before I finish, may I say the greatest man who was involved with Newcastle United is Sir Bobby, a true gentleman and a true Black and White supporter.