We are often referred to by our players and others as a big football club, but we get lots of fans from other clubs asking (usually not very nicely) why Newcastle fans think their club is big.
Just one reason Newcastle United is a big club
Here’s some ammunition to use in the argument, as we continually get blasted by the media, who would be so happy if the club were relegated this season.
- Newcastle are the14the richest club in the world based on revenues each season.
The club have slipped just one place in the last two years even though recently we have had little success – make that no success
- Newcastle get 50,000 home gates every home game, even though we keep losing.
Tell me another club who gets that type of loyal support, based on their performances. Don’t give me Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool – they cheat by winning their games most of the time and actually winning trophies – so we obviously have to rule those teams out. 😀 Also most of their fans aren’t real fans at all, because it’s “in” to support a winning side.
But we know those 4 teams have fans dyed in the wool too, and that comment is not meant to be a slight against them, not in the least.
But because we don’t win we have few fans like that so our fan support is loyal, or stupid, whichever way you want to look at it.
We remember a season or two ago when Chelsea’s form dropped and their gates dropped accordingly. We think they drew a couple of games and their gates went down by 5,00 or more. The top 4 have to keep winning to keep their gates high .
Not Newcastle – we have big gates and keep losing. Even this season when players don’t seem to care too much about anything, certainly not about guts and spirit and earning their wages, the support is still there. Oh, and we haven’t won a trophy for 40 years, I knew there was something we had missed.
- We have a wonderful stadium right in the center of the City and great facilities overall.
Not only the stadium but our other facilities are top class. Also, the club is now being run extremely well financially by Chris Mort. Mike Ashley has paid off our Â£80M debt that Shepherd racked up during his 10 year vacation at Newcastle, so financially right now we’re in the best position we’ve been in a long long time.
We also like the way Chris is getting the club more involved with local charities, which is really great for the club and also for the region. But this season must also be causing Mort and Ashley sleepless nights – if we stay up you can almost guarantee when we do that Ashley will be out clubbing and buying anyone he sees drinks, because he will have avoided the ultimate disaster – the club slipping into the Championship. Wouldn’t it be good if you were lucky to be there at that specific club when we officially avoid relegation. If you are there get Ashley to commit to 5 world class players in the summer – no make that 6 – thanks 😀
- Newcastle Upon Tyne is a football city through and through.
Londoners wouldn’t even know what that means. But the only thing that really matters in the City is football and there are probably more black and white striped shirts to see in the city center, than you’ll find anywhere else. If we were to rate towns on how much football is important to them Newcastle would be top, Sunderland would be up there near the top, and London would be bottom of the league, even though they are spoiled for choice with so many good teams.
- Newcastle United has a fabulous history
The club has a wonderful history with some great achievements in the past to talk about, None in modern time we know.
Winning the FA Cup 3 time in 5 years when we smashed Blackpool (2-0), Arsenal (1-0) and Manchester City (3-1) in those finals. And the support stretches way back. We still get accused of living in the past. We have only one response to that – just imagine what’s it like for Newcastle fans luving in the present – case closed.
Newcastle United is huge in the lives of the Newcastle fans – that’s probably the best we can say it – and we’ll leave it at that.
But don’t get into the trap of linking trophies with being big. Don’t even argue that one. 😀 We need a few seasons under Mort, Ashley and Keegan to do that – and we’ll have the cavalry arriving in the form of Alan Shearer at some point over the next 4 years or so.
One last point – if fans of other clubs are really annoyed at this piece of sports literature – lighten up 😀