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Can anyone tell me the point of going to watch Newcastle United this season?

1 month ago
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The height of Newcastle United ambition this season will be survival in the Premier League with the same lack of ambition and progression in cups that we have seen for a number of years.

I’m not a great fan of the Steve Bruce style of football – assuming that he signs on.

I have been a season ticket holder since the mid-1970s and seen some rubbish football as well as some wonderful times.

I can’t remember a more depressing prospect than the start of this season.

Can anyone tell me the point of going to watch Newcastle United this season?

What to do on a Saturday (Friday, Sunday, Monday etc.)?

My other team is Spennymoor Town, who also play in black and white.

They came within a penalty shoot-out of promotion to the National League. They have, unlike Newcastle, reduced their season ticket prices. They have also just dug up their disaster of a pitch to lay a completely new surface.

This season should be a cracker with derbies against Lee Clark’s Blyth, Gateshead and a Christmas/New Year double header against Darlington. There is a reasonable chance of promotion.

There is also the opportunity to visit some of the more exotic stadia – The Citadel (Farsley Celtic), The Impact Arena (Alfreton), The Walks (Kings Lynn), St. James’ Park (Brackley) and to begin with, a trip to a nightmare; Edgar Street, Hereford.

If like me, watching Newcastle has little remaining attraction, or you just want to boycott our St. James’, lower league football provides great entertainment, commitment and your local side will be happy with the increased attendance.

You might even get to bait a Mackem who has given up on their demise.

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