What a season for Newcastle United, what memories.

Every emotion has been felt by all of us this season but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I wrote an article a while back and mentioned that I would love us to win the league for the younger generations of Newcastle fans who go to games, for them to have a great feeling at the end of it all, including my daughter.

The timing of things in football sometimes is what makes us all love the game so much and why the passion for the club we love is so deep.

On Sunday we had all just settled for the idea that it wasn’t meant to be. Brighton one up, Villa down to 10 men and us doing all we could to swing things our way.

Back to the timing of things, Gayle comes on late on in the game for a stretch of his legs before the curtain comes down on what has been a successful season and mission accomplished.

Gayle scores and caps off a good day. Runs away to celebrate (‘going up, going down’) to the fans. The noise level settles and all of a sudden the word starts filtering through that Villa and old Brucey boy have done us a massive favour. Can we dare to believe that just for once things are going to go for us????

In the Gallowgate End we dared to just believe, people digging for their phones trying to confirm what we want to hear. Then suddenly it becomes real.

Maybe I’m getting carried away with this Roy of the Rovers stuff. But hey, who gives a stuff?. We are there.

Waiting for the final whistle to go at Brighton was agony but would it be football if it wasn’t this way…?

Great to to see the bars etc jumping into the afternoon. Rafa, staff, players, and fans have all done their bit to get us to the top. Hopefully now we can build for the future and be realistic.

I’m not getting carried away but want to enjoy this day and season for what it is. For me and my daughter (12) we have had a great year.

I loved the ups and downs – now looking forward to the summer and next season, let’s just all enjoy.


(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0 go HERE)

(Classic! Read what Sunderland fans had to say during today’s Newcastle and Brighton matches – Go HERE)

(One of our writers gives his match ratings HERE)

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  • Paul Patterson

    Cracking day out yesterday had by all. Well done Rafa and the lads!!

  • Viking21

    Utter pandemonium upon hearing the news of that Villa goal… What a time to be alive!

  • Leazes Ender

    Sunday was so important for the younger generation of Newcastle fans because it sets them on a lifetime of LIES and MISERY….. an endless dance of the devil with ‘local’ conservative journalism and corrupt owners.

    You don’t have to lie to the fans all of the time just the next generation, again and again….

    Welcome to your brave new world kids…..this is as good as it gets!

    • HarryHype59

      Winning the second tier is as good as it gets under this regime.

      • HappyToons

        ‘Winning’ the second tier is all I have ever seen since 1970 … so that might just be as good as it gets. I forgot the Anglo Italian cup which is probably the next best trophy. Fact is we’ll never compete for the top 6 and we rarely ever have in my 47 years of historical following. Cheer up, at least with Rafa it is more positive than it has been since probably Bobby Robson.

        • HarryHype59

          Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t the “sleeping giant awake” in the nineties almost won the EPL and were top four challengers under Robson up until 2004. If this club was run correctly it shouldn’t be getting relegated and struggling to survive in the top tier year after year.

          Ashley has turned this club into a semi yo yo side whose fans go delirious at winning a league they shouldn’t be in if the club was run correctly.

          • Scottpaige

            Yawn yawn.

          • HarryHype59

            Scotty lad, I’ll wager your chest was “puffing with pride” at winning the tallest dwarf in the village competition aka known as the Championship.

    • Viru leckworth

      Enjoy th moment man. You don’t actually know that this will amount to nothing. If Rafa can use influence over Ashley who knows. You probably want to retreat into your box and put the lid on.

  • Lord

    Pity the media coverage was so lightweight with our game not even getting any live commentary and the most meagre highlights possible. Winning the title didn’t even make the front page of BBC Sport and is a mere footnote on the BBC Football home page today.

    Most of the time I don’t buy into the perceived bias against NUFC but I wonder if the coverage would have so lackluster if Brighton had got the title?