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Are we heading for a repeat of the famous Newcastle United end of season in 1997?

5 years ago

I had a conversation with Scott yesterday about the famous Newcastle United end of season back in 1997, which for me gave me one of the happiest days of my life.

I just thought I’d share what I was doing and ask other readers to say how the day affected them.

For those of us who are a bit younger than me, the football ended up with Newcastle beating Forest 5-0 (Tino Asprilla (20), Les Ferdinand (27, 23). Alan Shearer (36), Robbie Elliott (77)) at home and finishing second to qualify for the Champions League, leapfrogging Arsenal and Liverpool (who lost and drew respectively) in the process.

However, even better than that was the plight that met our close friends from chemical infested Middlesbrough and the land of deserted pink seats sunderland, who were both relegated.

Can you imagine that!

I wasn’t at the game and spent the afternoon listening to the radio as I drove south down the M6.

Everything had gone well for me that day as I’d just won a duathlon competition and I was feeling pretty good but as events unfolded, I was so happy I could have cried, just like Boro’s favourite little Brazilian did.

When I stopped the car at my house I had to sit there for a few minutes and take it all in before I could move. Could life really be that good?

Fast forward twenty years and here we go again.

Our two little opponents seem to be competing with themselves for twentieth place while our “project” marches onward and upward.

So lets put the bubbly on ice. Get the flags out.

Lets make a start on an amusing banner and tell Newcastle airport to get the light aircraft ready!

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