Football clubs and their players have a huge influence on the towns in which they play.
This is what it was all about Thursday – the new strips
And that is so true at Newcastle where the fans are known for their phenomenal support of Newcastle United.
That was true in the 1950s when my father followed the team everywhere, and it is true today, even though we haven’t won anything for 41 years, but still expect 52,000 sell-out crowds at St. James’ Park next season.
That passion was shown again on Thursday, when supporters turned out in their thousands to get their hands on the new black and white home strip.
Newcastle players were amazed at the turn-out of fans, but many fans were then left locked out when organisers called time on the event at 4:00pm.
The players have now organized an open training session at St James’ Park next Wednesday to compensate for that disappointment, and will get to see Chris Hughton take the lads through their training sessions, with some commentary from Chris.
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle:
“Me and the lads were amazed by the number of fans who turned up at the shirt signing today. It was disappointing not to get the chance to meet everyone who had come along to see us.”
“We’ve got such passionate, loyal fans and it’s a shame to let any of them down. So as a thank you to them all, we wanted to do something special.”
“Hopefully Wednesday’s open training session will be a great chance for supporters to watch us in action before the season starts and see how we’re preparing for life back in the Premier League.”
There were a number of players on duty on Thursday including Sol Campbell, Peter Lovenkrands and Jonas Gutierrez.
That’s a good response from the players, and shows they are in touch with the phenomenal support that is always there at Newcastle, for their famous football club.