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Cambridge fans comments after trip to Newcastle United and a 1-0 win…

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Cambridge fans travelled to Tyneside to enjoy themselves.

Though exactly what levels that enjoyment would reach, not many of them would have predicted.

A sold out St James Park (with the exception of 90 unsold tickets by the away club and a slightly reduced capacity due to different segregation to normal because the FA Cup allows more visiting fans than for Premier League matches) saw a famous win for the visitors.

The 4,830 Cambridge fans amongst the 51,395 crowd, having the time of their lives.

They had travelled with the full intent of having a great time in our magnificent city, only to put the cherry on the very top of the icing with their players delivering a win on the pitch.

Cambridge fans understandably ecstatic in their comments below with regard to reacting to their team. However, there were also many of them wanting to make clear just how impressed they had been with how they were treated by the locals, both before AND after their shock win.

I might be biased but I don’t think any visiting team and fans pulling off such a shock away win at a Premier League club, will have been met with such a gracious response as Cambridge have experienced from Newcastle supporters.

Obviously a very strange time at our club as Newcastle United fans are so hopeful of better times ahead BUT at the same time, the overwhelming majority also so understanding of just what a mess has been left behind by Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce. This defeat a big surprise but maybe not quite so big for NUFC supporters, as it is for neutrals and Cambridge fans.

Cambridge fans commenting via Twitter:

‘Newcastle fans are absolutely class.

The nicest fan base I have ever seen.

Everyone of them I met yesterday were amazing, friendly banter and so welcoming.

I do now have a soft spot for Newcastle.’

‘Got to tell you about the funniest dream… got on a train and went a long way with a lot of people to a very big place and…’

‘I hope you lot can turn it around. A club and city as big as yours deserves Premiership football.’

‘Mostly a nice bunch…just don’t say that you didn’t like Rafa, turn on you quicker than the Kardashians!’

‘Only had one bad encounter with a Newcastle fan yesterday, other then that they were all quality.’

‘I lost my car keys in the away end last night and I’m currently stuck in Newcastle.’

‘Did something happen yesterday?’

‘Just watched the Us kicking off MOTD for the second time – surreal !!’

‘Woke up this morning feeling fine…..’

‘Superb result.

With results in the Champions League and Europe becoming ever more predictable, the FA Cup is a reminder this is the only competition where these type of shocks can happen with the huge gap level. The worlds best Domestic Cup Competition.’

‘I still can’t believe it!!’

‘Newcastle were poor today but we played as a team with spirit and desire. Our club has something special going on and we are just loving it right now!’

‘This is a special team in a special club with a special manager, they give everything.’

‘What a team performance that was.

Mitov save at the end was world class.’

‘So proud of all the Cambridge players staff and fans

A day to cherish. And thank you Newcastle United fans.

Warm, generous and gracious. Good luck for the rest of the season.’

‘I couldn’t have asked for more today. Absolutely outstanding!!!’

‘Shoved up in the rafters….and still won.’

‘Love this team and club.’

‘Back in time for Match of the Day. Buzzin.’

‘Can’t sleep still buzzing.’

‘These lads epitomise “United” – they are awesome.’

‘Pocketed Saint Maximan all game.’

‘Cambridge boys making all the noise every where we goooo.’

‘I’m Cambridge till i die amazing today bounce bounce amber army.’

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Cambridge 1 – Saturday 8 January 3pm

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Goals:

Cambridge:

Ironside 56

Newcastle:

Possession was Cambridge 42% (40%) Newcastle 58% (60%)

Total shots were Cambridge 7 (4) Newcastle 23 (10)

Shots on target were Cambridge 4 (2) Newcastle 9 (6)

Corners were Cambridge 1 (1) Newcastle 12 (5)

Crowd: 51,395 (4,830 Cambridge)

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Trippier, Krafth, Schar, Ritchie (Manquillo 78), Shelvey, Sean Longstaff (Almiron 60), Murphy (Willock 60), Fraser, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Dummett, Hendrick, Anderson, White

(Newcastle United owners meet with players after Cambridge disaster – Read HERE)

(Eddie Howe reflects on Newcastle 0 Cambridge 1 “I thought we played OK” – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Cambridge 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Cambridge 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

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