I lost my cousin (Charles Eagles) and best friend to Cancer last Sunday, after a brave 12 month battle with the terrible disease. Me and my cousin have had four Newcastle United season tickets for over 25 years.
As a fitting tribute and at a request from his wife, I contacted Newcastle United to request a mention at this Saturday’s home game with Huddersfield.
Yes he would have loved a minute’s silence, black armbands on players etc, however, I settled for a simple request for them to pay tribute to a life long devoted fan.
What I got back from somebody in the Media department, has not only saddened me, but upset me.
It was a: “We don’t do personal requests, if you want to pay tribute to him then visit the memorial garden outside the Milburn Stand.”
With all due respect, I do not want to visit a memorial garden, I simply asked for a goodwill (free) gesture from a FAMILY club who have the supporters at the heart of everything, right?
I cannot believe that a lad who has spent the whole of his life as a dedicated season ticket holder, does not even warrant an announcement as a mark of respect.
In the news you will have read about the teenagers who lost their lives in a car crash recently in Thirsk. Friends of theirs got in touch with Middlesbrough Football Club to ask for a dedication to their friends.
Not only did Middlesbrough respond by having a minute’s silence, but also had the players wear black armbands as a mark of respect, I have total respect for Middlesbrough after hearing about this gesture of humanity (that costs nothing by the way).
I then reflect on my own beloved club who treat lifetime season ticket holders in such a dismissive way.
I will be in my regular seat at the game on Saturday, with tears in my eyes, to cheer on Newcastle, celebrating his memory in my own way.
I will be seriously considering renewing my two season tickets for next season.
What a sad sad way to treat loyal supporters who have stood by the club through thick and thin.