Next June, this particular Newcastle fan will be 60 years old.
I don’t feel sixty and I’m still pretty fit for my age.
I have been a Newcastle United supporter for 52 of the 60 years.
I was too young to appreciate the Fairs Cup games in the winning season of 1968/69, however I did attend a number of home games in the following season. My mother was a cleaner for a wealthy family and one of the sons was pally with Pop Robson. My mother got me the tickets from Robson, which were for the Popular Side.
I don’t really want to go over ‘those were the days’, but nevertheless, there were some good times.
Supermac’s hat-trick v Liverpool, the Semi-final in 1974 at Hillsborough, Keegan’s debut and his second and third coming. Alan Shoulder and Peter Withe in the late 70s.
The downside was the absolute heartbreak I suffered during, and well after, the cup final in 1974. Dennis Tueart’s overhead kick in the League Cup final in 1976, and finally the hammering we received in the Charity Shield at the old Wembley in 1996.
I have been heartbroken quite a bit during my love affair with Newcastle United. I’m wondering if we will win anything in my lifetime.
The way things stand at the moment I’m not very confident, as we are miles behind the top Premier League clubs. We can’t even win a minor cup.
The Club may lose Rafa, if he isn’t given the right tools to do the job.
As I write this, there seems to be no progress with the takeover, which is worrying. We are one point above the drop zone and we could face a further humiliation in the FA Cup game against Luton Town.
When I look at the achievement of Leicester City two seasons ago, I can imagine the sheer joy felt by their loyal supporters.
I want some of that please.
Any trophy will do. It’s not too much to ask, is it?