Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes."
It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city."
It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.
The goal is to get as many points as possible from the next four games – although we suppose the goal for the rest of the season is exactly the same – to get as many points as possible from the remaining 14 games – 42 points would be good.
We should be able to get 3 points tomorrow against the out-of-form Bristol City, but we have a feeling that Rafa will field a strong team to ensure we get off to a good start over the next four important games.
Those are Bristol City at home and then Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away in a short 11 days.
Matt Richie has picked up 9 yellow cards and one more yellow card will see him miss the next two games.
It’s obvious that Rafa needs to increase the creativity of his side in central midfield this summer and the Spanish manager did his best to sign 26 year-old James McCarthy from Everton last month but was unsuccessful.
James could still be a target for Newcastle in the summer depending on how much he plays for Everton through the end of the season, but Rafa is also looking at some of the top younger players he may want to bring into the club and then turn into top players on Tyneside.
We have been linked for the last six months or so with a top young player at Anderlecht – 19 year-old playmaker Youri Tielemans – who now has 16 goals in 35 games for the Belgian club this season and is attracting the attention of some big clubs.