At last a name to put on the back of a Newcastle United shirt but only one problem
Putting a name on the back of a Newcastle United shirt is a (relatively) modern phenomenon.
Indeed, for some of you with a few years on the clock, you will remember the days before you could even get replica shirts.
Back in the day, when I was a kid, I remember there was just generic shirts.
You could get a black and white striped shirt back in the 70s but then it needed to be customised with a sew on crest if you could get hold of one.
Now of course it is massive business, when the new home Newcastle United shirt went on sale this summer it was an outrageous £65.
You also now have the options of having it personalised with a name and number, which definitely wasn’t an option back in the 70s.
With my older kids, they were spoilt for choice when it came to choosing a name.
They missed the Keegan 90s team but were around for Sir Bobby’s best years, with the likes of Shearer, Speed, Woodgate, Solano, Robert and so on.
In the Mike Ashley era it became more difficult for my younger kids to make a choice as time went on.
I remember Christmas 2010 and the youngest so excited to get his Andy Carroll NUFC home shirt with a number 9 on the back, he wore it almost non-stop for a month and then never ever again, refusing to do so after Ashley sold him.
There was a decent choice for names on the back with that 2011/12 team, the likes of Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Coloccii, Tiote…
However, once that team quickly faded, it has been very difficult.
My older teenager was a Mitro fan, probably the only one who seemed to properly catch the enthusiasm of younger fans in the last five years or so, even though I wasn’t that struck on him as a player.
After barren years I do now think there are a fair few candidates suddenly to go on the back of a Newcastle United shirt.
A straw poll of my kids and a few of their mates saw Saint-Maximin as by far the most popular if they got a name on the back of a shirt, with then Almiron and Schar, followed by ‘Longstaff’, the multi-purpose choice!
However, there is only one problem.
Whilst we are all still going to the matches, we don’t buy anything else from Ashley’s NUFC or his tat empire, indeed my kids are more militant that me! Their group of NUFC supporting mates just the same.
Buying a Newcastle United shirt from other shops will still see money trickle back to his sweaty paws so whilst there are now names to choose from, no NUFC shirt to put them on.
A real shame that this is what Mike Ashley has ‘succeeded’ in doing, not even out of school and kids are so political about their football club and with such good reason to hate the owner.
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