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Newcastle fans need Leeds, Sunderland and have to lose these 9 Premier League clubs

11 months ago
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We are all having a good laugh at Sunderland as they drop off cliff after cliff, seemingly destined for League One and who knows after that.

As for Leeds United, there is now a whole generation of Newcastle fans who see them as regular Championship also-rans, rather than relevant to us, apart from when Mike Ashley gives us one of our rests from the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Derby County…all in pretty much that same Leeds boat.

Well, much as it pains me to say it in one way, I have to admit that we desperately need the likes of Leeds and Sunderland back in the Premier League.

I’m not saying that clubs such as Bournemouth and Swansea don’t deserve to be in the top tier, they are obviously there on merit.

However, that doesn’t stop me wanting them to get relegated ASAP.

Think for a minute about the great days you have had at St James Park…

Was it that day we beat Stoke?

Or was it getting the better of Watford.

How about Crystal Palace, does that stick in your memory and on to tell the grandkids?

Bottom line is that in reality, we want to have games that matter.

Clubs that Newcastle United have history with, where they fill the away end and sing all game, sparking a reaction from our supporters and everybody comes out of ground with the blood pumping and adrenaline still kicking in.

Compare say Leeds at home last season in the Championship and the likes of Bournemouth and Swansea this season.

Forget about the results on any of those particular days, what about the atmospheres?

Yes it is horrible if Newcastle get beat off Sunderland but to properly enjoy the highs, you have to have also experienced the lows.

Yes your stomach churns in the days leading up to a derby match and at times you dread the game BUT the alternative of turning up and playing opposition after opposition, where they are totally anonymous and only the results stick in the memory, rather than the match experience, is not why we love going to watch Newcastle.

I think we have a Premier League where I would happily ditch half the clubs and welcome back instead those currently in the lower divisions.

Put it this way, if you are one of those who share a season ticket with a friend or family member, imagine if last August your half of the games this season were Watford, Burnley, Brighton, Stoke, Southampton, Swansea, Stoke, Palace and Huddersfield (West Brom and Leicester just about sneak in).

I would happily never play any of those nine ever again, they mean nothing to me.

On the other hand, to make it games that matter, I would instead have Sunderland, Leeds, Sheff Wed, Villa, Middlesbrough, Forest, QPR, Wolves and Derby County (other contenders for me would be Sheff Utd, Ipswich, Portsmouth, Blackpool (great away trip!). Clubs where they have elements of a good history of honours, rivalry with Newcastle fans, decent size fanbase and so on.

I know a lot depends on your age, in terms of which clubs you see as Newcastle’s big rivals, so who would be your choice to be in the Premier League?
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