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The fickle finger should be pointed at Aston Villa fans not Newcastle

6 years ago

It’s a joke, but not a funny one, when pundits and rivals supporters call Newcastle supporters fickle rather than aiming their fire at the likes of Aston Villa fans.

Newcastle fans got stick, and continue to get it, because we are enjoying this current run of wins.

The accusation being that because many of us were unhappy with a shocking run of form, we are somehow being fickle in terms of showing maximum pleasure when the results are going our way.

They miss the whole point of what being fickle is really about.

Still turning up and backing your team in huge numbers but at the same time doubting the manager, is NOT fickle.

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When Newcastle played and eventually beat Leicester five weeks ago, United hadn’t won a Premier League all season and only five in ten months, yet a potty crowd of 51,886 turned up.

That is really mad but we just take it for granted.

On the other hand, go back to September and Aston Villa fans fill the ground to play Arsenal. Glamorous opposition and Villa riding high with three wins and a draw in their first four Premier League matches – a total of 40,013 turning up to ‘support’ their team.

In two short months, some fifteen thousand of those Aston Villa fans decided not to turn up tonight for a vital home game with Southampton.

Villa aren’t even in the relegation zone and yet only 25,311 bothered turning up at Villa Park to see the 1-1 draw.

The definition of ‘fickle’ is;

“Changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties or affections.”

That’s Aston Villa fans for you, there when the times are good and disappear when things turn sour.

I think the word you are looking for is fickle.


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