If you couldn’t have a pint would you still be going to the match?

Over the last couple of seasons I have had the same discussion with numerous mates.

When you speak to those who are still going regularly to St. James’ Park, I hear the same thing time after time.

Everybody is fed up with Mike Ashley and hates what is happening at the club, as well as the football being rubbish.

So how come we still get over fifty thousand week after week with only the odd exception when it falls under that?

The only reason I hear that keeps most fans going is what happens aside from the football.

Meeting up with friends and having a few pints before, during, after the game.

Newcastle is unique of all big clubs, with the stadium bang in the city centre and only five minutes away from countless drinking establishments.

Imagine just for a second if a matchday drinking ban was brought in, would you still go to watch Newcastle at the present time?

I want to find out if it is only my drink-addled mates who feel this way or do you all share this only reason to keep on going?

As far as possible, can only the fans who are still going to matches and who drink alcohol answer the following question:


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  • Toonbadger

    I am not bothered as I stream the games and drink in the house

  • LeazesEnder

    Imagine watching that lot sober!

  • mick57

    I still meet my mates for pint a d out of ten only 2still go. We watch the live stream in the pub

  • Greekgeordie

    What a bias question, a Pint cost more in or around the ground, so where is the justification of going to the match for this particular reason? the question should be would you go to the match or not? then the answer should be more representative to the present circumstances.

  • LeazesEnder

    Greekgeordie The implication is that a lot of fans treat United as no more than a social club.

  • fflagg

    I sometimes have to work Saturday nights and on those occasions I wouldn’t be able to have a pint. 
    So despite being a season ticket holder I give it a miss.

  • toonterrier

    As far a I’m concerned drinking and eating have been banned from inside the ground and have been for the last couple of years. Will go to the games but my pie and pint (or two) is supplied by the Black Bull and its money well spent. The same goes for the shop. Used to buy strips for the kids but now they get the money to spend on other things. When the large one goes then my attitude will change but until then I just pay for the seat.

  • toonloyal

    I dont drink, have a coffee at the ground,

  • DavidDrape

    toonterrier Under ashleys separate business RRL (Rangers retail Limted) its common knowledge he gets most of the profits for every shirt sale & RIFC have been recouping approx 75p for eery shirt sale. so well done toonterrier as no doubt the contract agreement will be the same at the Toon i guess. if fans only knew this then some fans may be more bothered about whats happening at SJP

  • DavidDrape

    toonterrier Maybe a question for the fans forum?

  • Brian Standen

    I’m not embarrassed to say WE ( and you know who you are) drink to oblivion win lose or draw or lose or lose or lose or lose or lose ……..

  • SGM

    We go as a family beer or no beer to watch Toon, good or bad. Win or loose.

  • LeazesEnder

    SGM What does SGM stand for?

  • Jarra MIck

    Toon loyal anyone who buys anything inside the ground is scum.