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Leazes End terrace legend gets fitting send off today

5 years ago

Two weeks ago we reported (see below) the sad passing of one of Newcastle United’s Leazes End terrace legends.

Newcastle fan Decca Thornton (pictured above on the barrier) was one of those great characters who led the singing in the old covered Leazes End before its demolition in 1978, then moving on to the Gallowgate End.

One of his fellow former NUFC fans on the terraces of years gone by, has been in touch to let us know about the fitting send off Decca is getting today.

Nev is now located on the other side of the world in New Zealand but has shared this with us:

Thanks for doing that article on Decca last week .. I have just been contacted by a fellow Magpie Ranger who has asked me to share some information, been on the other side of the world makes it a bit hard for me but I know your column is read by thousands.

Decca Thornton’s funeral will be held at Whitley Bay crematorium on Friday 28 October at 1.30pm then drinks and pre-match snacks afterwards at the Black Horse Monkseaton.  RIP

Go left go right go pick up the step go left go right go le e eft.


What we reported on Friday 14 October:

‘When younger Newcastle fans hear those with a few years on the clock getting all nostalgic about the terraces, and in particular the old Leazes End, you did really have to be there to appreciate it.

Any young fan back in the seventies (my era) being first introduced to the covered terraces of the Leazes End was just in awe of the whole thing.

It couldn’t be more different from today’s sanitised environment at St James Park, where younger fans lean back in their seats and get most animated when trying to film a goal on their smartphone.

Yes it was all a bit mad in the Leazes End and the the Gallowgate Corner/Scoreboard when the bulldozers moved in to clear the Leazes in 1978…but it was bloody brilliant!

The crowd surges, singing, ending up 20 or 30 yards away when somebody in black & white scored, it was electric. Yes it was all a bit basic and toilets were a bit of an optional extra but that all mattered little compared to the excitement you felt when you stepped onto that terracing.

At the top of the tree were the select few who climbed up onto a barrier and led the singing, we all dreamed of being one of them, but of course 99.9% of us were only ever going to be followers, not terrace leaders.

Sadly though, a number of Newcastle fan social media sites have reported the passing of one of these terrace characters,

The Old Leazes End as it was 1930-1978 facebook page are one of those to have paid tribute to the passing of ‘Decca’, the terrace legend pictured above up on the barrier leading the singing.

“Have just heard the sad news that Decca (Magpie Ranger and many other songs) central barrier old Leazes End, the East Stand Paddock, the Corner and the Scoreboard, has died RIP.”

“Very very sad.

“I honestly hope someone sings at least one verse of the Magpie Ranger at his funeral, Decca would be chuffed with that …”

We would like to add our sadness at the passing of one of these terrace greats who helped so many of us have such a brilliant time at the football, whatever the result on the pitch.


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