Visiting Ajax and Schalke Has Opened My Eyes To Possibilities At Newcastle United
I was one of the many fans making the recent trip to the pre-season tournament at the stadium of Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen, and on the way there, took the opportunity to call in at the home of Ajax Amsterdam.
On both occasions my visits coincided with the clubs having their annual ‘Fans Day’, when they provided entertainment and welcomed the supporters, as a show of appreciation for their loyalty.
The youngsters were catered for with bouncy castles and numerous competitions and games, whilst older supporters could browse through the fan shops whilst enjoying a beer and having autographs signed by a selection of the players.
Supporters groups were also in evidence promoting their role, providing a fascinating history of the clubs and their links with it.In total the figure attending the Schalke event exceeded one hundred thousand and the Ajax day was also thronged during my visit. So come on Newcastle….why not one for the fans here??
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Leazes Park in the summer would be an ideal venue and its proximity to the stadium would mean that this could be linked with tours and activities there.
Such an event would cement the link between club and fans that has been strained in recent years and I am sure that the City Council could be encouraged to endorse and support such an event in view of football’s importance in the city.
It also gives fans and their families who cannot attend matches regularly due to cost, the oportunity to share the football experience and retain their relationship with the club, that is such an important part of our local culture.
During the summer months the recruitment of players has exceeded the expectations of many and restored an element of the goodwill that took such a battering at the end of last season.
It is therefore an ideal opportunity to build on this cautious optimism, and generate a sense of solidarity with the fans that is clearly evident at the clubs that I have mentioned, and plays such an important part in their success.
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