Back in August, The Chronicle revealed that Newcastle fans spend more than any other Premier League team’s supporters on train tickets to travel to and from games.
This isn’t intended to be another article on “why we are the best fans in the world” but rather a slightly different take, from a slightly different perspective.
A group of fellow mags and I made the trip from Luxembourg to Stamford Bridge and whilst I was there watching our team getting beat, I wondered to myself, who are the others that have travelled today and why do they come to games?
Having lived in Luxembourg for nearly two years (moved there for a job), I discovered for the first time in my life that Newcastle United is not just a local lads club. I had always maintained until that point that it was a club where if you were a supporter, you were either local or had a parent/relative with ties to the club.
The latter is true in my case, however, after going to our local Geordie bar in Luxembourg one afternoon (The White Rose) I discovered that out of the 10 or so of us that go there regularly to watch the games, only two of us are actually from the North East.
I went to Mainz last year for our pre-season friendly and met a few German toon supporters, all with vibrant stories of how they became fans and just as passionate as anyone rooted in the North East.
To hear people from Portugal, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium all talking with passion about why they love the toon, really opens your eyes to the fact that we are a bigger club than some would believe we are.
We may not win silverware and we may be called “unrealistic” by the press, but we are a great club, made so by the army of fans that turn up week in week out, rain or shine, to watch a game of football.
I believe we’re a group of fans that deserve better than what we currently get from the powers that be and will be checking regularly for updates in the coming weeks. Takeover or no takeover though, I’ll still go to the games, not because I owe it to the club or to Fat Mike, but because I owe it to all the other fans that consistently make away days great days.
So why do we do it?
Why do people spend hundreds of pounds to go to an away stadium and watch their team get beat?
Well the simple answer is that there is no one single logical answer, everyone has their own personal reasons and it’s this that unites us as fans. For me personally, I only know that there’s something about being surrounded by other mags, chanting in our thousands, watching our team run out in black and white, that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
Magpies Luxembourg meet up in The White Rose in Luxembourg every time Newcastle are playing, all welcome!
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