Newcastle’s Fabulous Fans So Important To Survival

Chris Hughton has come out today and asked the Newcastle fans to keep the faith, and support the lads through the end of the season.


Chris Hughton – appeal to Newcastle fans   

There was some discontent shown by some Newcastle fans during the defeat against Arsenal, and that was no doubt borne out of utter frustration, at yet another defeat.

Hughton hopes the fans will keep supporting the team through these very difficult times, and will not turn on him or the players:

“They’ve been excellent this season and we’re going to need them with us until the end of the season,” 

“It doesn’t surprise me that the supporters were so good last weekend. The atmosphere was excellent against Arsenal, but it has been since I’ve been here.”

“It’s a vocal crowd, it’s a passionate crowd and a support that gets behind the team. Even in the difficult periods they get behind the team and that’s something that we appreciate.”

“It’s something that we’re going to need until the end of the season. We’ve got some big home games and those games have become even bigger because of the situation we’re in.”

“We’re going to need them as vocal and as passionate as they can be.” 

Newcastle’s support has remained steadfast this season, despite the perilous predicament of the team, and of course there’s not many clubs that have their team supported like Newcastle, through thick and thin – mainly thin over these last four seasons.

Everybody knows that.

And the Newcastle fans have not been given a home win from the team for 7 games, things are that bad right now, but we are forever hopeful, and hope the lads can deliver that win against Chelsea, but that will be a gigantic challenge, but still possible.

Hughton did not notice the angry fans last time out at St. James’ Park, but admits he can understand them if they are frustrated and even angry, during this very difficult period for the club.

Chris continued:

“I think any reactions from supporters are done for the best reasons – they have the best interests of the club at heart,”  

“There is a lot of frustration around at the moment and that is normal. I must admit I didn’t hear too many of the comments from supporters towards me last weekend. But it’s their club and they’re entitled to voice their opinions.”

“But you can see the passion of our fans at every game and they are vocal when we are doing well and when we are doing badly.”  

It’s never been easy to support Newcastle United, that’s for sure, and if you support the club it’s quite likely because you just love the club, or were born and bred on Tyneside – and that will do it.

We have the very highest regard for Newcastle fans who are able to attend the home games, and we fully expect them to support the lads in the crucial last games of the season.

We all need to support the team, and put all the negativity to one side (and there’s more than enough of that around), at least until we can achieve safety this season.

If we do manage to survive what has been a such a dire season, we expect Mike Ashley to have a very busy summer indeed, as he and Joe Kinnear vastly improve the squad in both quality and quantity.

Anything less than that will not be good enough for the fantastic and faithful Newcastle fans – and we think Mike knows that.

It will be a case of now or never for Mike in the summer – we’re sure of that.

But before that comes, we have to somehow survive in the Premier League this season, and we know the Newcastle fans will once again we our biggest help.

They are, and always will be, the very heart and soul of Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • batty

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    chris your like a parrot

  • komfort

    Mar 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    batty , you can say that again !

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye, here we go with the ‘we need the crowd to get behind us’ speach.

    Im sure many on here will agree its never good to see people vacant SJP before full time – especially in the volumes that did.

  • komfort

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    tg , did you see old trafford empty when they were getting stuffed off’s a trend in football now along with the booing .

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    komfort – i quote the terrace chant aimed at other team “You only sing when your winning” – so far that summed up Manure and Arsenal at SJP. Arsenal were as quiet as mice until they scored – Oba shut them up straight away and the rest – well.

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Guys we need to stay together am not giving up on my beloved club its all i love.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    WDFTTA –

    Aye fella – Im with on that one – there til the death (end 90 mins that is)

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I totally agree with Ed. We need to fully back the team and put all the negativity to one side. We have always supported Newcastle and now is when we Newcastle United need us more than ever. This really could be the season we go down and we must all do what we can to help the team get out of this mess. Leaving matches early just makes the situation worse and so does the booing. I hate to see Ameobi run on to the field to replace a fit Martins but booing (even if it was directed at Hughton’s poor decision(s)) it doesn’t help anyone. He will never become a brilliant manager anyway so the booing will never alter his poor judgment. We need to stay loyal and support the team to the end and hope and pray we stay up.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    JP from the rock – which rock you from? Northern Rock?

    Agreed with the booing thing.

  • komfort

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    aye , the booing thing is like the 12th man for the opposition , it needs to stop or it’s going to help send us down.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon Graeme- I am from Gibraltar a British colony at the south tip of Spain. I fell in love with Newcastle United since the Keegan 95/96 years and I have been hooked ever since 😀 I just love the club and I hate to see it underachieve every year. Terrible decisions all the time have put us were we are now. I really fear for us this time as it has to be the worst season i have witnessed all these years. Even though i hate the way the club is run I can’t push the team to one side. We need to support the team now more than ever. I have been fortunate enough to be at St James’ at least once and support the team in person. I wish i could go every day but I hope I can re visit again knowing we are still playing in the premiership against proper teams. I cannot stand the situation we are in and it kills me not being able to give my vocal support on a match day. Therefore it bothers me to see fans on matches leave the before the 90mins. It probably hurts more when you can see it up close and personal the sh1t we’re in but I still think leaving the ground early and the booing is the worst thing we could do right now. Players need our backing and so does the management till the end of this revolting season. In the summer IF we are still in the premiership I can really see us improve drastically in every department.
    We just need to survive this season and we need all the help we can get.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    JP – a few left early from I sit and comments were made by some about those people who sodded off early. I dont think it is something anyone can control apart from the people who get up. If we had crawled a second goal (if he says) back and it was 2 – 3 – it might have been different. Only time will tell if it will happen again.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    We need to be strong for the tough games ahead but I don’t know about you but so many players talking about relegation doesn’t inspire confidence either. I know it’s a wake up call attempt but it could work both ways. I just hope we start performing against the average teams in the premiership instead of just the big boys. If we could do only that we would jump places instantly and save us from the R word.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Danny Guthrie summed it up plain and simple and you cant say anymore really.

  • BT9MAG

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    These monotonous drivel like articles from the staff are becoming so boring now! That’s not a jibe at Ed for publishing them by the way!

    Everyone on here knows that walking out early, booing, sitting in silence doesn’t help the team, BUT instead of Hughton coming out and saying ‘please support us’, why not go into the dressing room and tell the players to give the fans something to get behind! Would you go to a gig/concert and cheer and sing along for 2 hours if the band played badly, were out of tune and sang all the boring songs off of their album?

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Yawn..go and bang a goat Chris I am bored of your clueless twaddle week in week out you,I think the phrase “way out of your depth”,springs to mind.

    The club don’t give two stuffs about the fans,they are treat like vermin and your tactics make me laugh out loud.

    Prepare for half empty stadia next season Mr Houghton,You,Mike,Wise,JK,Calderwood are like a breath of death around our club.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #18

    BT9MAG- I am sick of hearing it too but I do think he has tried to get his message across in the dressing room. When he says these things to the press I think it is after he has witnessed fans leaving early and booing. I think he knows that we need to back the team 100% now more than ever. Though I think that the players have lost confidence in Hughton and Colin Calderwoon as they are coaches and nowhere near what a proper manager should be. I respect their courage but we need Joe Kinnear back ASAP even though I don’t see him as the long term solution either. We desperately need a manager whoever that may be to instill some life and belief in the players again. Our full support will help towards our safety too.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    SJT – lets just hope that our team can find their shooting boots and defensive abilities before and during next Saturdays match.

    Expect much more next week in the run up to the ‘big’ game as the NUFC positive PR machine kicks in.

    Dont get me wrong – Im all for a bit of positive news but we shoudlnt be in this position in the first place for the ‘drum’ of support press releases.

    Is Chris blind – a near full capacity on Saturday gone!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Just as a point and probably gannin off somewhat but isnt it in the Captains job description to aid the team also? – Ive never seen that look in MO’s face or eyes on that pitch – unlike Nolan, Barton and Tayls? All you can see is his peeed off look.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    The Spin and Bull just goes straight over my head now Toon G.

    They team has lost far too many games,drawn too many games and no matter how much hot air Houghton and his band of PR idiots spin the team has to bear up to the fact they are simply not good enough to play competitive premiership football..those days are now history.

    We are Down and huffing and puffing aint gonna save us now mate.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Mar 28, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Newcastles fantastic fans so important for survival?
    Why, are they gonna be picking ticket numbers for people to play with a bit of heart?

    Because we can play well against the top sides but are so unbelievably bad against the rest.

    I’m all set for next year in the Championship. BUT IF we survive I’ll be getting the barby out and getting lashed in a big celebration and I will be there singing. I just hope during my 150 mile drive home I have something decent to talk about rather than discuss the ineptitude of what was played out in front of me.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Mar 28, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    The fans will not keep us up – the management and players are all to blame.

  • dougnufc

    Mar 28, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #24

    LOL! Anyone seen the England kit? Its a joke.

  • batty

    Mar 28, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    geordie69 the jockey wants shot m8

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26


    TOON hero David Kelly has reassured Newcastle fans that they are in safe hands with his old team-mate Chris Hughton.

    Kelly is part of United folklore for scoring a goal against Portsmouth in 1992 that saved Kevin Keegan’s side from dropping into the third division.

    This is the closest United have come to being relegated since that season.

    And Kelly admits that, two points adrift of safety with eight games remaining, things look bleak for the side he helped into the top flight back 16 years ago.

    But he believes that former Republic of Ireland colleague Hughton is the man to lead United out of trouble.

    “I am surprised to see Newcastle in the position they are in, and it must be a big concern for everyone in the city. I loved my time at Newcastle – it’s a fantastic place to play football and I can’t imagine them not being in the Premier League,” he said.

    “But they’ve got a chance of getting out of it. I still stay in touch with Chris, who I know from our Ireland days, and he’s a top guy and one of the most professional men you could possibly hope to meet.

    “He’s a top coach and I think everyone in the game knows that.

    “No-one is hurting more than he is at the situation Newcastle find themselves in, and he is working day and night to get them out of it.

    “It’s not an ideal situation with Joe being out and, of course, everyone wishes him all the best. If he comes back then that’s great – but I know that Newcastle are in capable hands with Chris there.”

    Kelly is currently number two to Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest, fighting a relegation battle of their own in the second tier.

    If they stay up, Kelly is hoping there will be no reunion with his former employees.

    “The people there have supported that club through thick and thin and I’m sure they will get behind the team in the run-in,” he said.

    “When we stayed up in 1992 we had superb support, and it was the same the next year when we went up. That kind of backing lifts you and players react to that kind of thing.”

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 28, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone go to the Whitley game?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 28, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #28

    I was there, class game in 2nd half

  • DJG

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Just seen a vid of that Nascimento, he is a 6’2” LB by the looks of it. Tall and physical but also quite skillful.
    Would slot straight into our reserve team by the looks of it. Has a good touch and pass down the wing.
    Still not very strong or fast but he is only 16.

    Does anyone know if Xisco is fit for the reserve game against Man U on Monday at SJP?

  • boater

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #30

    The reason relegation is such a real threat is because we have lost our winning mentality. That sounds like stating the obvious but when I see people writing about bottle and fight and ‘playing like their lives depend on it’.. I see the writing on the wall.

    It isn’t about spirit or fight now… the players are so full of nervous energy they are incapable of grinding out wins, playing passes, defending well or any of the basic stuff. When KK turned it around last year – it wasn’t about fight it was about getting your heads up, playing the best players available in a new system that allowed this and playing composed football. We will go down with Houghton in charge BECAUSE Houghton is in charge.. not his fault – Ashley can’t even see the basic psychological lift needed by the players to avoid relegation. This would come from someone at the helm taking control… where is KK anyone?? Give him a blank cheque to save us… his mardis gras return – however short-term – would provide the catalyst for a last breath rescue mission.

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Teams and management win matches. Supporters have little influence. I’ve been to Wimbledon many times when we’ve had twice as many suporters as them and never won. We’ve had 50K in SJP this year and won 4 matches. We will be relegated because we have a crap team, a crap owner and the worst manager. Supporters cannot do anything about that.

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    It makes me laugh when I read News Now and who NUFC are interested in buying , the youngsters we might bring in and our new manager. Haha. How can anyone take such speculation seriously until we are relegated. Then we can reassess things because most of the names being put forward now will not come to NUFC inthe fizzy. Such speculation at present is a complete waste of time.

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFC’s fabulous fans?
    The ones who sit at SJPP in silence waiting to be entertained?
    The ones who chant that the manager does not know what he is doing?
    The thousands who boo a NUFC player as he runs onto the pitch?
    Forget the fans as saviours. See post 31. They are staring at reality on the pitch.

  • DENIro

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Radomir Anti? for manager..Good, attacking football…
    Radomir Anti? (Serbian Cyrillic: ??????? ?????) (born November 22, 1948) is a Serbian former football defender and current football manager.
    Following a 17-year playing career – mainly modest and uneventful by top football standards – he found his true calling in coaching.
    He is the only individual who has managed FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Additionally, Anti? is one of only two men to have managed both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (the other one is Enrique Fernández Viola).

    Teams managed :
    1988-1991 Real Zaragoza
    1991-1992 Real Madrid
    1992-1995 Real Oviedo
    1995-1998 Atlético Madrid
    1999 Atlético Madrid
    2000 Atlético Madrid
    2000-2001 Real Oviedo
    2003 FC Barcelona
    2004 Celta de Vigo
    2008- Serbia

  • DENIro

    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Radomir Antic for manager..Good, attacking football…
    Radomir Antic (born November 22, 1948) is a Serbian former football defender and current football manager.
    Following a 17-year playing career – mainly modest and uneventful by top football standards – he found his true calling in coaching.
    He is the only individual who has managed FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Additionally, Antic is one of only two men to have managed both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (the other one is Enrique Fernández Viola).

    Teams managed :
    1988-1991 Real Zaragoza
    1991-1992 Real Madrid
    1992-1995 Real Oviedo
    1995-1998 Atlético Madrid
    1999 Atlético Madrid
    2000 Atlético Madrid
    2000-2001 Real Oviedo
    2003 FC Barcelona
    2004 Celta de Vigo
    2008- Serbia

  • RyanToon

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #36

    jonas STARTS for argentina

  • jimiley

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Ryan toon
    Says it all at NUFC with Hughton in charge. Imbecile. He cannot even get in NUFC relegation team.

  • Doocey

    Mar 28, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Ireland need attacking football!!

    new articles up lads, click the name cheers 🙂

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Amazing, good enough to start for the Argies but not good enough for a team destined for CCC… Something is really wrong with this club.

    The fat toss@ of an owner needs to invest:
    1: Quality manager (Sven/Hitzfeld/van Gaal/Roberto Martinez).
    2: Replace the (overpaid) dead wood (Harper, Butt, Geremi, Cacapa, Smith, Viduka, Ameobi, Duff).
    3: Give the new manager time and resources to create a solid Premiership side.

    If Newcastle survives this season (and thats a big IF), some serious changes have to be made, if not we’ll see the same scenario in a years time.

    I’d like to see this lineup in the first match next season:
    Beye – Bassong – Coloccino – Enrique
    Jonas — Barton — Mbia — Hleb

    3 signings for the first team, Mbia 8m, Hleb 6m and Riquelme on loan. In addition we’ll need a new full back, a winger and an attacker. I’d say Rat, Adam Johnson and Zigic (!).

    Howay the lads!

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #40

    DENIro // Mar 28, 2009 at 9:52 PM —34, 35…etc…

    ….OK, I take it you feel pretty strongly about Radomir Antic as NUFC manager mate (seeing as you’ve copied and pasted it into the last 6 news articles). But it ain’t happening. I could go on about wanting Slaven Bilic or Stuart Pearce as manager. But I won’t.

    3 points against Chelsea


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