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Newcastle’s matchday Gallowgate Flags displays cancelled for the ‘foreseeable’ future

5 years ago

Anybody hoping to see the pre-match Gallowgate Flags displays in upcoming home matches is going to be disappointed.

The people behind the idea have cancelled the idea indefinitely due to lack of support.

Responding to supporters asking when the next Gallowgate Flags display would be (there wasn’t one for the Wolves Cup match – though that is the norm for midweek games), the organisers answered via their Twitter account.

“For people asking there’ll be no flag displays for the foreseeable as we don’t have the volunteers.”

There had been questions asked as to whether the diminishing number of flags on display at recent matches was due to more of them being stolen, after almost 20% of them were reported to have been taken home by other supporters after the first Gallowgate Flags display v Huddersfield.

However, the organisers refuted this, stating:

“No not at all. All are handed back. We’ve just been doing smaller displays due to lack of volunteers.”

Somebody else queried whether the intended special ‘Legends Day’ display would go ahead but that has also been knocked on the head for the foreseeable:

“Postponed. We’ll be back after New Year.”

Good on the organisers and the many fans who contributed money to pay for the flags but there was always one big obvious flaw in the plan.

With no Gallowgate Flags able to be used during the actual match to help stir up the atmosphere, why would supporters (both volunteers and those in the rest of St James Park) be interested match after match to desert their friends in the hundreds of drinking establishments (and cafes, restaurants etc) only minutes from the ground, to watch flags being waved?


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