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Am I guilty because I intended to go to Spurs match?

6 years ago

There really isn’t much left to say about Newcastle United.

We had already rotted to our once-great core and now that core itself fades away with each passing week.

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The core of an entire city, a legion of thousands that abused their hearts and throats via the love and noise they selflessly devoted to those in black and white.

We were a club that once offered hope, oozed passion and immersed all supporters in a collective feeling of belonging.

None of this rings true anymore.

Newcastle United is diseased. Now only worthy of sympathetic, pitiful glances from the rest of English football, who watch on as we suffer under our scandalous ownership.

Jamie Carragher, Niall Quinn and Glenn Hoddle all sat in the Sky Sports studios after Sunday’s latest no-show from Newcastle and laid into Mike Ashley’s running of the club solely as a business, rightly stating ‘that isn’t what football is about’.

But right now, nothing remotely to do with Newcastle United is what football is about, and that includes a great deal of the fans.

After the 3-1 reverse to Spurs, abuse was sailing around social media toward the alleged 47,000 (a figure I don’t believe for a second, by the way) who had gone to the game.

So now it seems that Newcastle United fans doing what we do best, supporting our team, is now a crime?

We’re now at the stage where we, the greatest fans in the world, can’t even stick together through this horrid spell.

Everyone who went to the game had every right to do so.

Everyone who stayed away had every right to do so.

But there was no need, from either side, to abuse or belittle any fan whose opinion didn’t match their own.

We all crave for what is best for Newcastle United, either through team support, or through protest.

But some people aren’t realising that.

I’m a season ticket holder and watched the game from home.

I intended to go, but my Dad suffered a slipped disc that morning and was unable to even walk to the toilet on his own, so instead I stayed back to take care of him.

Is anyone going to have a go at me for my original intention to go? Well, yes, someone probably will, thanks to the poison that seems to be running through us.

The reality is, we are helpless. Premier League football is becoming more and more profitable each year, and even 52,000 empty seats at St. James’ Park each week isn’t going to stop Ashley from adding to his back balance.

For next season at least I’m just hoping that he sees what everyone else sees.

Newcastle United need a new, innovative coach and some serious investment in the playing staff (as well as, at the very least, adequate replacements for the likes of Moussa Sissoko, who seem destined to leave).

It was once promised to us that we would never go anywhere under Mike Ashley and we’re all fully aware of that now.

I don’t know what the answer is. All I know is that I want my Newcastle United back, just like everyone else does.

But the fans have to stick together for that to become a possibility.

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