Newcastle’s Vice-Chairman Chris Mort says the Toon Army were a key factor in attracting new owner Mike Ashley to the club.
The young London Lawyer was full of praise for the Geordie supporters, admitting that their passion and enthusiasm for the club has really impressed him since he moved to Newcastle a week ago.
Chris Mort told Newcastle World TV yesterday:
“You get some appreciation of how close the bond is between the club and the fans wherever you live in this country. “The Newcastle United supporters both home and away show you the bond, but it really starts to come home when you come to the place.
“There are some great footballing cities around the country like Liverpool and Manchester, but the exception with Newcastle is that there is just one club. I think that puts it in a special place compared to the rest.”
Newcastle are of course the biggest city in England that has only a single football club. Other large cities like Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and London have at least two.
Chris went on:
“I worked with Mike (Ashley) on the acquisition of Newcastle and in the meetings with Sir John Hall, and that was a real theme of his about how much the club means to the area as a whole, not just the supporters.
“Mike sees Newcastle United with its fan base and heritage as a great place for him to invest his money.” “The Newcastle United fans are an absolutely fabulous set of supporters. “I don’t think anyone in the country would have any doubts about that.
“Lots of people talk about them being incredibly loyal and that is obviously true, but we cannot take them for granted. We have to deliver on our side now.”
That last sentence is a good one because as everybody knows Newcastle may have the best set of supporters around but the club hasn’t won anything since 1969. The way Ashley can really get the fans on his side is to win a trophy in the next year or two â€“ that will break the drought and also set us up for further trophies down the road.
That’s what the fans need â€“ plus the team playing attractive football while doing it.
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