‘No Lap Of Honour Please As Face Saddest End To A Season I’ve Ever Known’
Having followed this topsy turfy football club for 44 years, I am pondering whether this is the saddest end to a football season I have ever known.
For sure it is not the worst place we have finished, in fact if anything it is one of the better positions, back in the late 70s early 80s when we languished in division 2, and then again in the early 90s when we nearly slipped into the third tier, were clearly worse places to be.
Maybe my memory is fading but at least football was fun to go to in those days, yes St. James’ Park like many other football grounds was a dump and had a sinister undercurrent, and some away games did leave you in fear of getting stabbed, but in general we enjoyed going to the games.
Obviously KK came and so nearly took us to the promised land, oh so close, and the atmosphere at a 36,000 capacity stadium was electric at every game.
Times move on and Ashley arrives with the promise of marquee signings and extending the ground further to make a capacity of 62000, I know he made those promises when trying to sell corporate boxes at an open forum….this is absolute fact!
Now 7 years on and all he has achieved is turning St James Park into a library, divided opinions amongst fans, banned what is some people’s only access to the news (local press), omits the only organised (membership open to all) fans body NUST from the fans forum and steadfastly refuses to speak publicly of his intentions.
So today arrives and it’s the last game of the season, if normal protocol ensues the players will show their appreciation of the fans by walking round the pitch at full time in a ‘lap of honour’, I would hope they don’t do this today.
I honestly feel for the likes of Debuchy, Colo, HBA, Krul, Remy……as it is probably their only chance to say goodbye…….and in my eyes they have done little wrong.
None will be wearing Black and White next season…. .unless something radical happens.
Will P45dew have the front to face the fans who are left inside, I hope not…….. Why does he not do the right thing, man up, admit he is not up to the job and resign, fans will think better of him if he does.
The stadium today will be empty, even the ones who don’t walk on minute 69 will surely not hang around.
So I asked the question – is this the saddest end to a season?
I feel it is, the spirit amongst the most loyal support in the world is broken, many fans who have gone to games with mates for years will part company tonight knowing that next season their number will be fewer.
To me, when the anger subsides, the sadness will be the overriding emotion.
Mike Ashley, I hope you’re proud, trying to break the hearts and spirits of proud souls who have followed this great club without condition.
However, the Geordie spirit is so much stronger than your arrogance – Newcastle United will NEVER be defeated!
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