NUFC means different things to different people, everyone will use just what it means to justify what they do on Sunday.
Me, I’ve been going up to St. James’ Park since I was 9 year old, I went to matches when I should’ve been spending my money/time on other things but didn’t because of the draw of seeing the lads going out, trying to get the ball in the back of the bloody net!
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The buzz of seeing The Toon score a goal is one the best feelings going but it means little when you feel no connection to the club. I used to argue until I was blue in the face that NUFC is the best team in world! Ryan Giggs? We’ve got Scott Sellars man, he’s mint!
Before games I’d see a way we’d win no matter who we were playing, now it’s the stink of resignation that comes with defeat after defeat. I could hack it if the lads were giving it their all but who of our current crop really cares about the institution that is NUFC?
What it means to represent Newcastle the City? To fill the shirt once worn by Milburn, Beardsley, Shearer et al? The current shirt’s stripes are broken, with a hideous sponsor plastered through them, sadly this represents NUFC at the moment.
There’s little joy going up to St. James’ Park these day;, no atmosphere, the odd win here and there, still turning up out of habit, like hoying endless quids in a fruit machine, never really winning.
This feeling of stagnation hasn’t happened overnight, the steady dilution of quality on the pitch in tandem with that off it, has led to the current state of Newcastle United, a shadow of its former self.
There’s a faction that have turned to the grass roots of football by watching their local non-league team as an alternative, I get myself along to Jarrow Roofing and North Shields games as often as I can and enjoy it. A lot of what is missing at NUFC can be found at those clubs but I can’t see these games replacing my NUFC season ticket just yet.
Having listed all these negatives I still find myself drawn to Newcastle United, it’s under my skin and rather than give up all together I want to contribute to something positive regarding NUFC. A change to how the club is ran would be a start and if a boycott, a protest etc can draw attention to this then count me in!
The fans are the lifeblood of any club, but with NUFC you have something special, a one club city and if the latest campaign could get the majority of those fans United in their stance that would make a hell of a statement.
Some may say it’s a waste of time but I’d bet on those people saying the same thing about going to the match at all, should Ashley be allowed any more time in charge of OUR club.
Where were you when we were sh*t? I was making a stand for a positive change.