Are we the only ones who are starting to feel a little upbeat and even excited by the future at Newcastle – isn’t that weird!
Alan Shearer – in prayer earlier this season
After being decimated, angry and in shock for at least 36 hours, some of the despondency is starting to fade away just a little, and things are starting to lighten up a bit, and that may continue if we get an announcement today or tomorrow that Alan is willing to stay at the club long term.
Mark Douglas has a long but excellent article out today in the local Newcastle Journal, and he makes more than a number of very good points. It’s really worth a read – see the bottom of this article for the link to Mark’s piece.
Mark captures and portrays the pride and stupidy of Newcastle – all in one article – but there’s one point that Mark makes, that we’d like to follow up on and even expand on, because it’s a trap for our supporters this coming season.
We have to stop thinking (before we even start) that we are too good to play teams like Scunthorpe or Peterborough next season, and we need to give these teams the great respect they deserve.
We’ve always thought English football wasn’t about the Chelsea’s, Manchester United’s and Arsenal’s – the privileged few – but with clubs like Scunthorpe, Wigan, Burnley, Southampton, even Hull City and many many others.
They all have very loyal followings, and the fans love their clubs just as much as we love Newcastle United.
We are not a big club right now, well as one reader put it in the comments – we may still be a big club but with a hopeless team right now.
We are sure we will help restore the dignity to our club if we give that respect out to other clubs and their own loyal supporters.
Just look at way Sunderland Chairman Naill Quinn handled the situation following their survival on Sky Sports on Sunday, when he said he would not gloat on Middlesbrough and Newcastle being relegated, and hoped Alan and Gareth could bring the clubs back up very soon – real class from Niall.
What goes around comes around – what you put out is what you get back – treat others as you would like to be treated – what you sow is what you reap – and simply mutliple other ways of saying this. But, interestingly enough, as a 64 year-old old guy – I can tell you it’s all true, from experience, both the good and bad (and the ugly?), without necessarily knowing why that’s the case.
We’d be the last folks on the planet to tell Newcastle fans what they should do, but it’s at least worth thinking about, and we could all individually help restore the dignity of the Tyneside club – which is nowhere to be found right now.
When we get huge disappointments in life, like Newcastle supporters had last Sunday, it has a very strange way of doing some good, hard though that may seem – because it at least lets you know what’s important in life.
And Alan Shearer has already shown the way with his gut-wrenching interview following Sunday’s game – where he did everything but break down crying – but persevered and was total class and dignity personified.
Did he lift the image of Newcastle United Football Club – you bet he did – even as some of his players in the dressing were on their cell -phones arranging their get-way plans from Newcastle.
He could easily have ducked the interview, as he was obviously in great personal distress – but when did Alan ever duck anything? We still have those images of the white bandage wrapped around his brow, following a head clash, but battling on at St. James’ Park for the club he loves – a certified Geordie warrior indeed.
Our admiration for this man has risen a lot in the last 8 weeks – we knew he was a great player and local hero – with a lion sized heart – but we didn’t quite realize he may even be a better person. And that’s what important after all.
If only he could have got one more point – oh well – that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now. 😀
Two things we can think about as Newcastle United fans:
- Acknowledge we were not good enough to stay in the Premier League last season , get to grips with that, we were not unlucky, and deserved to be relegated – so we have no excuses – and let’s get on with rebuilding the club
- Understand that other club’s fans however “small” their speciifc club may appear (it’s “big” to them just like Newcatsle is big to us) may appear – those clubs should be afforded the dignity and repsect they deserve – and as we expect ourselves, as Newcastle United fans
If we can do that we will be supporting Alan and the club – and even following the direction and attitude already set by our new manager (hopefully) – Alan Shearer.
OK that’s the sermon for today – comments are always welcome – but please keep them decent as a sign of respect for our younger fans.
If you’d like to read Mark Douglas’ excellent Journal article here it is.