Hughton Asks Fans To Continue 100% Support Of Side


Chirs Hughton wants Newcastle fans to forget their differences with Mike Ashley and support the team 100% tomorrow, and also continue in that vein.

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Chris Hughton – asks for 100% Newcastle support

All 3 points is the only thing that;s important tomorrow when we entertain Peterborough United.

Posh will be the first club to revisit the re- branded sportsdirect.com@St James’ Park.  What a mouthful and what a disgrace. 🙁

Newcastle fans have focused well on supporting Newcastle’s promotion push during matches this season, and for us to be successful we have to keep doing that.

It will be  a huge mistake to upset the Newcastle United apple-cart again with huge demonstrations – a huge mistake.

Chris continued:

“There are two ways of supporting a team,” “There is no support in this division which has turned up as consistently as our fans have. That is something that is vital for us.”

“It is the supporters’ prerogative (to protest), it is their club. My concerns are that they get behind the team and from that angle they haven’t let us down.”

Newcastle have averaged just over 41,000 fans in the  Championship home games this season, so far, which shows you the fantastic fan support that exists in the  football crazy City of Newcastle and the surrounding area.

And it’s not like the fans are turning out to watch Manchester United, Chelsea and the Arsenals of this world – although we hope to do that next season. 😀

According to the Newcastle Journal, only 5 Premier League sides – Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea (only just) – have bettered that so far this season , and our home gate average is now 8,000 above the Premier League average.

By the way we are glad Sunderland are not in that bunch of five clubs!

Chris talked about that support:

“I sympathize with the supporters. They give us wonderful support and there is no doubt this is their club.”

“When you look at the numbers which turned up at Sheffield United, Scunthorpe, Forest. After what we have been through, that is wonderful.”

Good words from the boss and he will know it is very important o keep on the good side of the fans, as Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness found out during their time (short time may be add) at the Tyneside club.

But the results on the field will shape the view of Hughton from a fan’s perspective, much more than anything else.

On the enormous controversy surrounding the recent renaming of St. James’ Park Chris had this to say:

“I am quite sure that in a year’s time, two years’ time, 10 years’ time, people will still refer to the stadium as St James’,” he said. “It’s not like a club that has actually moved its stadium.”

“I can understand where the supporters are coming from, but in everybody’s eyes, it will still be St James’.”

“There are always going to be commercial decisions, but the most important thing for us is we are able to strengthen in the areas we need to prolong a season that hopefully sees us at the right end of the table.”

“I have been told they (the board) will look to support me in my endeavors to strengthen.”

We’ll just have to wait and see if there are any  demonstrations  tomorrow afternoon – but if they do take place they should be after we’ve beaten Peterborough United.

Comments always welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Can the man without a birth certificate rename the site or just the buildings he owns for now? He can stick his rag and bone company logo on the buildings but can he rename the actual site. Is not St James Park actually part of Leazes? Who owns the land? Do we not have recourse to the City Council and the City Fathers? What a sad day when our club is being bulldozed into the ground by a barrow boy and a London casino bouncer! My new cat has arrived. He is black and white and is called Howay. And unlike Ashley he is not a fat cat.

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  • premier

    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Fat Ashley puppet asking for no protests inside sportsdirect.com but outside only please!!

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  • Ross

    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    They’re mental if they think 40,000 or so will turn up to the “sportsdirect.com@stjames” (it looks, sounds, IS, f***ing ridiculous) and all keep hush.

    Hughton knows fine well we’ll support the team regardless, but he wouldnt be asking for 100% commitment and nothing more if he didnt think there was a potential issue-that being the backlash to having that fat b@stards name now plastered into SJP’s history along with the clubs.

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  • listie

    Nov 6, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I think CH is nervous about what effect protests will have on the team, obviously he saw the effects last time, which where a nightmare and effected the team badly.
    On the naming rights on 606 they cam up with a good idea, as it is a showcase and no money is being paid why not thebobbyrobson foundation@St James’s Park
    I’d be a lot happier with that

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  • Spitfire

    Nov 6, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    I have a request. Can you unilaterally rename Mike Ashley “Lardarse@StJamesPark” and Derek Lambias “Lamebrain@StJamesPark”. And hereafter and forever more never use their proper names again unless or until St James Park gets its proper name back

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  • Mags

    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I dare say Hughton is a little fearful if the demos on Sat will affect the team, but I am pretty sure there will only be displeasure shown prior to and after the game. For the rest of the time, we will be 100% behind our team.

    Ericles, hope Howay brings you many years of joy, especially after your recent tragic loss.

    Spitfire, what a wonderful idea, count me in forever in my mind now as lardarse and lamebrain.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Great comment Spitfire !

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  • Rem

    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    For Gods sake its just a corporate name. No one and i mean no one will ever call it anything but st james’ park, so what the hell does it matter.

    I was really annoyed when they said they were changing the name, but i thought they meant completly.

    the @ bit means absoultly nothing, im not pathetic enough to affect my teams chance of promotion over a @.

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  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t see a problem with the club allowing Sports Direct to have a few months as @ at no cost.

    It could be argued that apart from the recent £20m paid in by MA, it provides an opportunity to live-market the concept and availability of brand-supported ground sponsorship to potential backers for next season.

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  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Whoops, meant to read ….

    ….Can’t see a problem with the club allowing Sports Direct @ to have a few months at no cost.

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  • Geordie Matriarch

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Ericles – perhaps you can teach Howay and all the other pet tooncats to scratch the living daylights out of the daft bizzem. Surely given what a hash up he’s made of the club you’d think he would want to keep Sports Direct quite separate – not let on it is connected with him. Anyway, none of us will ever call it such a daft name. Sooner he haddaways hyem the better. Thinking of you, Ericles, GM.

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  • Ashley Hole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Hello Mr. S J James…sell me your soul, i`ll give you what you want….

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