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Newcastle v Liverpool – Similar Fans But Clubs Poles Apart

8 years ago
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I’m a Newcastle fan. Always have been, always will be.

I have to admit though that when Philippe Coutinho’s winner went in against Manchester City I was jumping for joy. As far as I’m concerned, Liverpool’s victory on Sunday afternoon was a victory for football.

And as much as I love Newcastle, I love football even more (I can already imagine the hysterical accusations in the comments that I’m not a ‘Proper Newcastle Fan’… What the hell does that even mean?).

For me, Liverpool represent everything that is good in football right now. A stark contrast to our despicable excuse for a football team.

The reds are a team playing attacking, creative and energetic football. They score lots of goals and are good value for money. There’s a couple of talented local lads in their side, with the right mixture of age and youth. Their captain plays for them with pride and displays great leadership.

Their manager, Brendan Rodgers, continues to insist on a “one game at a time” policy while talking about his long-term plans for the club: nurturing talented players through their youth system. He likes to play a high tempo, pressing game with the impetus on getting the ball to their creative players. The board is looking to expand their stadium. A couple of games ago, they dropped their usual shirt advertiser in favour of a charitable organisation.

Then you have Newcastle…

A team of players who simply couldn’t give a monkeys any more, attempting to play negative, attrition football with absolutely no creativity or ingenuity. We’ve scored less goals all season than Liverpool have in their last 13 games. Oh, and we have 5 local lads on our books, including Shola ‘my legs went 10 years ago’ Ameobi. Our captain looks like he couldn’t give a toss any more either.

Our manager. Where do you even start with Alan Pardew?

His tactics and team selections are baffling, predictable and repetitive. He plays our poacher striker on the right wing, when he isn’t playing our box to box midfielder there, he plays a right footed winger at left back and a washed up journeyman striker ahead of a half decent looking young striker even when we have nothing to play for. His footballing philosophy is negative and cowardly. Oh, and he likes to put our best and only creative player on the bench.

He has lost the dressing room, the fans and when he isn’t calling his opposing manager a “f***ing old c***” he likes to headbutt their players. Worst of all, he’s too arrogant to accept that perhaps the criticism coming his way is justified. Extrapolating our current form, we’d have 31 points over a 38 game season, I’m ashamed to say I ever backed him.

Our shirt sponsor is a morally bankrupt company that preys on the desperation of the most vulnerable in society, and the board is trying to sell the lease on the only land where we could potentially expand our ground.

I am jealous of Liverpool football club. I envy the noise their fans made today (and every week.) While you can’t blame us, the atmosphere at the cathedral on the hill is non-existent. I wish it could be our club promoting charities instead of proliferating, what I consider, one of the most evil companies in the world. I’d kill to have a youth system like theirs, and I’d give my right arm for a manager with the talent and ambition Brendan Rodgers has.

I see Liverpool and the Scousers as kin to Newcastle and the Geordies. They’re a team backed by fiercely loyal, working class fans who, in my own experience, are a dead canny lot.  We’re a way behind them right now but just 17 years ago we were everybody’s second team.  We can emulate them. Some day. But right now we represent everything wrong with football.

And it’s killing me.

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