Brentford may have inadvertently provided a solution to the ongoing debate/arguments amongst Newcastle fans regarding the minutes of applause at St James Park (and on the road).
It is obviously an emotive subject as we are talking about Newcastle fans who have passed away but at the same time, when the minutes of applause are so regular, many supporters feel that they tend to lose meaning and impact.
The main focus of course is the minute of applause every match at 17 minutes to remember Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who were lost in the MK17 plane tragedy/outrage two and a half years ago.
This has now become a divide between supporters as some still passionately applaud, some seemingly do it out of just habit, whilst others have stopped joining in.
After two and a half years and many other Newcastle fans having passed away in the meantime, a lot of fans question why this still happens every game.
In addition, we have also seen other calls, usually starting on social media, to have a one-off minute of applause to recognise the passing of somebody special to them.
There is no absolute right and wrong answer but Brentford look to have something that works well for them and no reason why Newcastle United can’t copy it.
Each year Brentford have one match where they remember all supporters who have passed away over the course of the previous year.
It just so happens this year to be Newcastle’s visit on Saturday,
Newcastle fans will be asked to join in with the home supporters in a minute of applause before kick-off to remember all their fellow fans who have passed away.
In addition, the match programme will also carry the names of supporters who have passed, with friends and family supplying the details.
Brentford Official Website:
‘Add names to our Remembrance list for Saturday’s game at Griffin Park
This Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Newcastle United will be our Fans’ Remembrance match, where we will pay respect to those members of the Brentford Family who have died over the past year.
There will be a minute’s applause before the match against The Magpies at Griffin Park while Saturday’s copy of Bees Review will carry the names of those who fellow supporters wish to be remembered.
To add a name to the Remembrance list in the programme please email email@example.com before 12 noon on Wednesday.’