As usual we were interested in what the away supporters made of the match at the weekend, so sought out the views of Bournemouth fans.
I ended up getting more than I bargained for…
Whilst winning the match and outclassing the opposition is never going to do any harm to how people feel, just read what the visitors had to say about Newcastle United, our City and the United supporters they met.
Reading the comments I felt a bit (well ok, VERY!) emotional, not because of the problems on the pitch at this moment in time (though they don’t help), simply because it reminded me of just how brilliant it is to be a Newcastle fan in so many ways, BUT also just how far Mike Ashley has dragged us down into the depths of misery.
Just read their comments about the friendly locals (especially bearing in mind the result/performance), the nightlife, location of St James Park and sheer intensity that revolves around football in Newcastle Upon Tyne (I can guarantee you that they won’t have said anything similar after visiting Stoke, Villa, Leicester etc etc).
It is a disgrace what Mike Ashley has done to the club, the fans, our idols (Keegan, Shearer etc), the club, city and fans’ reputation (links with companies such as Wonga and Sports Direct etc) and I can only count the days until one day he sells up and leaves.
We searched out the reaction of the Bournemouth fans via one of their top message boards Bournemouth Vital Football:
‘Whatever you think of Newcastle as a club you have to admit it is impressive as a football city.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place where football completely dominates everything as much as it does in Newcastle. The way the ground dominates the city’s skyline is like a metaphor for the influence the club has on the town.
I met up with friends in a suburb on Friday night and literally every conversation I had with shopkeepers, tax drivers, random strangers on busses, bar men, etc. was about NUFC. These people didn’t just have a cursory knowledge of NUFC either they knew all about their team – they also knew all about AFCB, our record, injuries, likely line-up, history – this was everybody!
Newcastle city centre is a level above most of the other cities we have visited – on a par with Liverpool, Manchester or Birmingham – the difference in Newcastle is that they have a massive stadium right on the edge of the city centre and it is a one-club city so it is completely taken over on a match day. The match seemed to be the only topic of conversation for the whole night – this wasn’t just because people had clocked us as AFCB, every conversation you overheard was the same.’
‘Great place to visit and echo your comments re the fans. It’s an impressive stadium but don’t like being high up in the clouds.’
‘We had a fantastic weekend up there doing the city centre bars on the Friday and Quayside on the Saturday night.
The locals were all so friendly and welcoming and still wanted to talk football in Yates bar even after the game.’
‘An excellent away trip.
Friendly, knowledgeable locals, masses of pubs, ground within walking distance, fantastic away support and a great performance and win
Walking back after the game got stopped a few times for a handshake and a chat with one of the locals, all of whom were very complimentary about our club
If Carlsberg did away days….’
‘I have to say that Newcastle has been the best away day/trip of the season.
When you visit a place like Newcastle, you realise how much we are NOT a footballing town… Whilst we love Bournemouth and there is growing ‘interest’ in the club, however, it is nowhere close to that of a place like Newcastle…
I actually really want them to stay up so we can do it all again next season… Great weekend and great city…’
‘If they don’t stay up you’ll just have to go to Sunderland again but stop in Newcastle. That’s what we’ll be doing!!!!!’
‘The bottom 3 now will be the ones to go I think. The Villa players are poor, the Norwich ones are not good enough and the Newcastle ones don’t care.’
‘Sunderland and Newcastle have the greatest potential for improvement of the three, but the majority of Newcastle players don’t want to work for McClaren.’
‘I think Sunderland are the best team out of those three (mackems, Norwich, Newcastle), and have a better goal difference and one more point at this stage. Though Newcastle have the better run in by far and a game in hand, also depends on whether tufty is still their manager.’