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Where Newcastle ranks amongst the ‘most patriotic’ English cities ahead of Euro 2020

3 years ago

How ‘patriotic’ is Newcastle Upon Tyne?

Or rather, how ‘patriotic’ are the residents of Newcastle Upon Tyne?

Well, here at The Mag we are getting sent countless bits of nonsense from PR companies trying to generate publicity for companies ahead of Euro 2020 kicking off.

The faintest of connections to actual football often used and most of them embarrassingly naff.

This one did make me smile though, not that I don’t think it is still embarrassing naff…

This one is based on the premise of supposedly finding out ‘England’s Most Patriotic Cities Ahead of the Euros’…

This is what how they based their rankings…

‘By analysing average monthly regional search volumes for keywords and phrases relating to England and the Euros, such as ‘Euros England Kit 2020’.’

This one has been put together to try and give publicity to the ‘Top Rated Casinos’ site.

Here are the most patriotic cities and how many monthly searches were made online using the various England / Euro phrases…

1. London – 10,700

2. Birmingham – 2,240

3. Bristol – 1,250

4. Manchester – 1,100

5. Leeds – 1,110 (ED: No idea how Leeds is lower than Manchester but this is how the info was supplied)

6. Sheffield – 940

7. Liverpool – 800

8. Leicester – 790

9. Coventry – 680

10. Plymouth – 610

11. Nottingham – 500

12. Derby – 490

13. Reading – 460

14. Bradford – 460

15. Kingston upon Hull – 450

16. Stoke-on-Trent – 400

17. Sunderland – 350

18. Preston – 330

19. Southend-on-Sea – 330

20. Birkenhead – 220

Sunderland in there are 17 but no sign of Newcastle Upon Tyne!

No doubt many Newcastle fans will be having a smile at this, as for many people on Tyneside, there is a real disconnection with England, seeing it as a very London-centric thing. With in the past Newcastle United players often seen as not getting a fair crack at selection.

Also, the fact that all matches were played in London didn’t help.

When Wembley was being rebuilt and matches moved around the country, including hosted at St James Park, I think that definitely helped more people identify with the national side and strengthen the connection for many others.

Taking all the England matches back to Wembley was an absolute disgrace.

I must admit, I find England absolutely tedious most of the time, so much bland football against a succession of teams / countries who are really poor.

However, I do love the tournaments when they come around and things get more competitive and England…get knocked out once they have to play any decent team.

Hopefully this time will be different and Graeme Jones will do the business…


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