Newcastle United’s Toon Army is the best in the country.
The legendary Newcastle fans
So says Newcastle boss Chris Hughton after 3,000 traveling Geordies supported the lads to a second successive league victory last night at Bramall Lane.
And Newcastle’s faithful fans, like the many of us who are now spread around the world, were more than happy at the 1-0 win, even if we didn’t play at our best.
When we win we are ecstatic and when we lose we are near inconsolable, as some regular readers may have noticed when this blog went missing for 24 hours after the Scunthorpe defeat. 😀
My dear wife’s constant nagging – you take this stuff far too seriously – but she just doesn’t understand – and she’s a Geordie too.
It was Ryan Taylor’s second-half strike that sent the lads back to the top of the CCC – now 2 points clear – and we must start to widen that gap.
But the game was tough to watch, especially near the end, when goalkeeper Steve Harper had to pull off two outstanding saves in injury-time, no less, to preserve all 3 points – it was close!
Shay Given, who was in the Sky Sports studio last night, called the save Steve somehow made from Henderson world class – and Shay knows a thing or two about world class saves – he made a few himself on Sunday, including a penalty save.
Chris Hughton spoke to Newcastle United TV about the away support today:
“They turn up in their thousands game after game and it is without doubt the best away support in the country,”
“There cannot be a better away support anywhere – I’m sure of that.” “So we’re delighted to be able to send them home with a win.”
“You get very disappointed as a group of players and staff when you don’t do that because it’s a long way home.”
“But I’m pleased for them tonight and I hope they enjoyed it.”
We often refer to the Newcastle fans as legendary.
And while many may think we are overstating that – when you are anywhere in the world and you mention Newcastle United – a couple of thing come up – Alan Shearer and the Newcastle fans.
I can tell many personal stories of this when I was in China, Japan, Australia, South America, Europe, and of course the US – while doing my job at IBM until recently.
Newcastle are known as one of the best supported clubs in the world, not just in England, and also a club who haven’t won anything for 40 years.
But we’d like to be remembered (soon) for being successful on the field, and that has to be the club’s aim over the next few years.
But please don’t leave it too long – some of us are starting to run out of time in this life-time. 😀
Howay The Lads!!