The prospect facing Plymouth Argyle supporters, The Green Army, this Saturday is a 820 mile round trip to Newcastle.
On Saturday current Championship leaders Newcastle will face Plymouth at St James’ Park, in a game that should have the biggest crowd so far this season in attendance, and which is expected to be anywhere north of the 45,000 mark.
Newcastle have averaged 40,000 is their 3 home league games so far this season in the second division, and we expect that to rise as (if) the lads keep winning their games and playing with tremendous spirit and class – a lot different than last season for sure.
But a good win against Blackpool on Wednesday evening could increase the crowd even further.
It will be the first time the Pilgrims have played on Tyneside since September, 1991, when th game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Despite the long trek there has still been a huge demand for tickets, despite the travelling involved, and that says a lot for the Plymouth Argyle supporters.
Apparently, more than 1,900 tickets have already been sold, and fans are snapping them up from the box office at Home Park at a very rapid pace, and their ticket allocation is likely to be sold out soon.
The local Daily Herald paper is reporting there will be at least six Travel Club coaches leaving at 4:00 AM on Saturday morning, while many supporters have booked plane flights to the North East.
Hotel accommodation has not been easy to find either in the Newcastle area, because the Great North Run, which starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields, is taking place the day after the game.
Newcastle will be looking to get all 3 points from the game, as they will in almost every game this season, and certainly at home at the St. James’ Park Cathedral.
But of course nothing is ever certain in life or in football, as we all found out last season, when we were surprisingly, but deservedly relegated.
The Newcastle players lads have been great so far this season, and hopefully are on their way to restoring some of the broken pride on Tyneside.
And with Alan Smith hopefully returning from his one match ban for the red card he received yesterday at Cardiff, after another man of the match performance, here’s a player who will be on display, who has been little short of an inspiration to both the Newcastle club and fans this season.
It should be a good game on Saturday, and a game we think we can win if the lads continue to show the tremendous team spirit, mixed in with grit and pride, that has been on display in all our games this season.
Howay The Lads!!