Following the Geordies

by Chris

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Newcastle’s fate awaits

Being a Newcastle United fan is certainly a roller coaster experience, from the more successful days with Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan, to becoming the laughing stock of the football world.

Newcastle’s certainly a unique club, and the reasons for supporting them could only be understood by the Geordies. Since Kevin Keegan left in 1997, the club has had no fewer than nine managers, ranging from Ruud Gullit, who thought that Paul Robinson (now at Torquay) deserved to start ahead of Alan Shearer, to Sam Allardyce, who splashed £6million on the goal-machine Alan Smith.

In difficult times, which lets face it, is almost every season for Newcastle, you can’t help but reminisce of the good times as a reminder as to why you love your club so much. Who could forget Newcastle’s 5-0 demolition of Manchester United, which was topped off by a delightful Philippe Albert chip? Then there’s that magical Champions League night at Feyenoord, when Craig Bellamy scored in the 90th minute to put the Toon through to the second phase of the tournament.

With Sir Bobby Robson in charge of Newcastle, you had a gentleman, a well-respected football manager around the world and a great ambassador for the game who lead Newcastle into the Champions League. Now compare that to this season and you have Joe Kinnear, who somewhat differs from Sir Bobby.

Since the Sir Bobby Robson days, the personnel at Newcastle have changed more than the Geordie dancer changes his socks. Managers, chairmen and owners have come and gone, and lets not forget the addition of the executive director role been handed to Dennis Wise.

You could argue that there are many different individuals who have caused the decline of the club, but now is not the time for Newcastle fans to be pointing fingers, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get behind the team.

Despite all of the criticisms that are thrown at Newcastle, there’s one thing you cannot question – the fans. We are all aware that the Magpies have failed to win a trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969. So why do the 50,000 plus still turn up? Many could argue that no other club would still be attracting these huge attendances, despite being in the relegation zone.

The Magpies have not gained three points since their 3-2 win at West Brom in February. A vital point at Stoke for Shearer’s men was followed up by a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane, leaving Newcastle four points off safety. However, the towel need not be thrown in yet as Portsmouth, Middlesborough and Fulham still have to visit St James’ Park, whilst Middlesborough and Hull seem to have very difficult run-ins.

So if there’s one message to the Newcastle fans, it has to be to keep believing. Look at Fulham’s great survival last season, the Cottagers won four of their last five games to stay in the top flight. There’s hope yet.

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  • Gareth

    50,000 plus

    I’d check you facts for attendances this season and for those times when you wasn’t in top flight football. Most over-rated deluded fans in the country.


  • Tef1on

    Agree with Gareth, Firstly the Average attendance is about 47,000 this season including away fans. Secondly they are extremely over-rated! Thirdly they will be relegated, they have already only got 1 point from 2 of the games they needed to win, 1 point vs Stoke and Spurs is not enough.

    Doom & Gloom for ze toon!

  • Darren

    It’s true in that they are the most deluded fans in the country (apart from the Spuds) but at least they are loyal. At the end of the day football is about loyalty. And lets be honest, there’s no such thing as a glory Newcastle fan is there.

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