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Well it’s all gone quiet over there…

1 month ago
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I have changed the great Don McLean’s words slightly…

However, I thought if a song was appropriate for this article…

There was none better than the opening chorus from his classic American Pie.

“Long, long time ago,

I can still remember

How the mackems used to make me smile

For I knew if they had the chance

A derby win would make all Wearside dance

And maybe they’d be happy for a while

But this October made them shiver

With every Sky update that was delivered

Bad news on their laptop

I bet it made their jaws drop…

I can’t remember if I cried

With tears of joy and Geordie pride

But something killed them deep inside

The day the Saudis…arrived”

Now believe it from me, I have met some canny mackems, not very many, but a few.

I served my apprenticeship in the early 1980s in South Shields and to quote another more local chanter….”I had to cross the river every day”

After last Thursday’s euphoria on Tyneside…over the past week I have tried to think what I would have felt like if Sunderland had have become the richest club in the World instead of us.

I know some of you will not have even considered this, as we bask in the wonderful feeling of having had all our hopes and dreams for Newcastle United restored.

But this will go down in Sunderland AFC’s history as the ‘whammy’ that came totally unexpected.

For 18 months we have had to listen to many Wearsiders (as well as rival supporters from up and down the country) ridiculing us for sticking with our belief that this takeover could somehow go through.

The Toon supporters that attended Parliament Square to protest and hand in a petition on behalf of our fanbase and region, were scoffed at and frowned upon, as being delusional. The fact that we had a teenager as our spokesperson on national television was a source of amusement to many at the time.

As that humble and beaming young lassie welcomed and thanked Amanda Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi last Thursday…..nobody that supports the mackems were laughing anymore.

Anyhow, back to how I would have felt if Sunderland had have won the World’s biggest ever football lottery instead of us.

Well basically, I would have felt that my whole insides had literally been ripped out.

I would have been totally devastated that I had ever thought that there may be a footballing God…after all these years of hoping.

And finally I would have been incredibly sad that Newcastle would almost certainly and eternally play second fiddle to a club and region….that I have always considered our club and Tyneside to be better than.

I still believe that David Kelly has scored the most important goal in our 129 year old history in 1992. The scenes that day at St James Park will stay with me forever. On that day a delegation from Wearside arrived to administer us the last rites….because if we hadn’t have beaten Portsmouth it would have meant almost certain relegation to the third division.

With the crippling debt that Newcastle United were in at the time, the club then would have almost certainly gone under.

If that scenario had have happened 29 years ago in our centenary year….the crazy events of last Thursday would never have occurred.

Instead, the PIF, PCP Capital and Reuben Brothers takeover on the 7th of October 2021….will now go down in Newcastle United’s history as the club’s forever “Eureka” moment.

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