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At least there was no chance of stealing Keith Barrett’s flag…

5 years ago

It takes all sorts doesn’t it?

Anybody who was in St James Park before kick-off today would have seen the fruits of the Gallowgate Flags initiative.

Looked canny, hundreds of flags waving, fans singing, then it all went pear-shaped – the match kicked off!

The game was a shocker as a lack of spark, energy, inspiration…everything, left fans feeling ever so frustrated.

Matt Ritchie’s introduction at half-time brought the game (relatively) to life but even after United were gifted a penalty and only scored it at the second attempt(!), they still managed to throw it away with a comedy gift goal of epic proportions.

However, this pales into insignificance at the behaviour of some ‘Newcastle supporters’.

Hundreds of fans had raised thousands of pounds to pay for the Gallowgate flags, only for some of their fellow supporters to steal them.

You honestly couldn’t make it up.

After the game there were reports from the Gallowgate Flags organisers that around 20% (80) of the flags had been stolen and taken away at the end of the game.

It wasn’t just kids either, with numerous reports of grown men snapping off the poles and marching off with them.

It could have been a lot worse as a lot of supporters in that area have stated that they challenged a number of other people, who backed down and left the flags when confronted.

Back in the days of the immense Keith Barrett (who along with others raised the money for the massive flags in the Keegan days) flags, you wouldn;t have seen anybody marching off with them.

Firstly, they wouldn’t have dared…

Secondly, they would have needed around 10 mates to help them, double that if it had rained!

If you are reading this (or having it read to you…) and have one of the stolen flags, do the right thing and take it back on Wednesday for the Reading match, no need to embarrass yourself any more than you already have.

(To read writer/fan reaction to today’s match go Here)

(To view the interactive player ratings from today and add your own, go HERE)



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