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.

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  • Paul Patterson

    The club have done special mentions at games in the past, I’ve heard them. A simple ‘Hello to Mr Halliday and family who are sat in the Gallowgate Stand today. They are mourning the tragic loss of family member and fellow season ticket holder Chris who sadly died of cancer this week. The club sends it’s condolences go out to his family at this difficult time’.

    There is nothing difficult about that from a club that should be building as many bridges as it can with it’s fans. Sorry for your loss.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yes sorry for your loss. Saturday will be the first game since my mate died who went to all the away games with me and a load of other pals who were at the funeral.
    I assume that many other fans will also have sadly died since the Southampton game and it is not possible for the club to honour everyone. When another pal died in his early thirties we requested to scatter his ashes on the pitch but instead a club representative met his dad and he was allowed to scatter his ashes in the memorial garden and he could not have been treat better by the club.

  • Rich Lawson

    My mam and dad held their 50th wedding celebration in one of the suites at the park a few years ago. I rang up and asked if it was possible for a player or someone from the management to come in and say hello (my dad had been going to the ground for over 70yrs,kiddie,season ticket,bond holder) and ”no one was available’ These people will take your money but they don’t really care about ”us”.

    • inclusion

      I can understand your frustration but it would be really impossible for a player or someone from management to visit on a matchday.. just a personal view, as the match days in PL have turned into something beyond just your local club playing on the weekends.. Only if someone had any positivity in owning NUFC would take care of every aspect of a clubs relationship with a fan and seriously Mike has no interest in our club and has no NUFC fans as appointments or official at any mid level or top level

      • Rich Lawson

        Appreciate what your saying,but it wasn’t a match day,it was a midweek afternoon and I really thought that there would have been people at the park for whatever reason who could have extended a hand to a literally life long supporter,there you go,water under the bridge etc !

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    It’s a difficult one, i understand why the club may have difficulty acknowledging all those who have passed as they will be setting themselves up as setting a precedent and leaving themselves open to the accusation of favouring one person over an other.

    That said, the response from the club appears (as reported here) to be a little dismissive where a more understanding response was required.

    There are issues to consider. The local paper will no longer take obituaries from families, these must come via the funeral director as sadly they have been victims of hoaxes but the club perhaps should have a policy where, in such an event, the bereaved could be directed accordingly via their funeral director. The M17 event was an exception and the memorial garden was set up by the club and they (the club) were at their best in their response to that event but they do need a policy for everyone.

    Sorry to hear your loss.

    • Paul Patterson

      It could’ve been passed on to someone in PR and they could have pulled the captain to one side and asked him to just meet the guy before the game.
      It takes nothing, but could meet lot.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It could but this is what I mean by setting a precedent, if the captain acknowledge s the author’s family, then what about Monkseaton’s mate? That’s 2 folk on this forum and there are around 1/4m Newcastle fans, it means Lacelles is going to be too busy to play the match.

    • Brian Standen

      I agree with you but I also feel there is a lack of personal sensitivity at times! It’s a difficult one!
      My sympathies are with the family and wish them well
      Players come and go but fans are for life!

  • Philippines

    I agree that even a one liner in the programme would have been nice. Condolences.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The culture at the club has sadly diminished under the tenure of Ashley.
    the fans are just there to fill the seats, it`s a quite appalling situation & won`t be rectified until Nufc is run on a professional basis.
    That won`t happen until Ashley`s gone