The atmosphere at nearly every ground is a problem these days and the sooner safe standing is introduced in England the better.
However, Newcastle and St James Park has always had that reputation of at least being a few notches above a lot of other grounds around the country.
Sadly though, the issue of atmosphere at our home matches is unfortunately a lot more deep-rooted than I realised.
The problem isn’t necessarily that the ground needs a more vocal part of the ground to give the platform for others to join in – the problem is that most people in the ground do not want to sing full stop – and actually have no interest in joining in with any singing.
It’s simply not on the agenda for 95% of fans who attend the games.
Now our attendances are brilliant, amazing. That’s not in question – but the actual support isn’t there.
A lot of people ask the team to dig in during tough moments – such as going 1-0 down – but why don’t we? Why don’t we practice what we preach?
Those questions obviously fly in the face of the reality I described above – but I find it a very disappointing aspect of modern day football in general that grounds these days are not the inspiration they used to be – and could be.
Don’t get me wrong, when a club is in crisis and has been hijacked by owner(s) for all the wrong reasons, like we’ve seen at Newcastle in previous years, then that’s a different story.
However, our current situation is that we are in the top two of the league, looking to rebuild. It is sad that the reality of modern day football has stomped on the reputation of St James Park and while some may say this was confirmed a long time ago, it is only recently that we finally had everyone at the club pulling in the right direction, with no politics as a distraction.
I was hoping that would be the springboard to bring back the singing, enthusiasm and also defiance during tough games when the team needs lifting – living up to our reputation.
The fact that it hasn’t, has hit me in the gut more than our defeats this season.