I’m Not Embarrassed To Say We Have Best Fans In The World

Newcastle United  had an open day for fans at  St. James’ Park today, and it looks like around 7,000 turned up for the training.

Coaches and players applaud the Newcastle fans today

And Alan Pardew has come out and said that Newcastle United have the best fans in the world, and he’s not too far away from the truth there either.

It amazes us all the time, the way the Geordie fans travel to the away games, and Newcastle had half the crowd at Blackburn on Wednesday evening, when 5,000 made the trip.

Alan Pardew said today the open day today was a huge success:

“It was a super day.” “When you walk out at this stadium it’s always special, and then here we come on an open day when we have six, seven thousand people there.”

“It’s unbelievable and just goes to show that we have the best fans in the world – and I’m not embarrassed to say that.”

“It’s very important for a football club that you have a good feeling running through the terraces right down to the pitch-side, and we have that.”

“I think there’s a trust from the terraces in what we’re doing and especially in the players that we have. And that trust has came out in a number of areas this year, that has seen us get victories.”

“Because we can’t do it without the tremendous backing that we’ve got here. I think they see that we’re trying to do it the right way, approaching the game in the right style, and hopefully producing football that makes them want to come back every week.”

“And it’ll bode well if we can keep that feeling.”

Alan is right that there’s an increasing trust from the fans that Alan and his coaches, as well as the players,  are doing a very good job on Tyneside, and the great team spirit is there for all to see.

It’s not quite as true about Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, but even the top two at the club seem to be doing some of the right things these days, and of course being 4th top of the league and also playing entertaining football helps everything.

Alan Pardew, like Chris Hughton before him, seems to have grown into the job as Newcastle manager, and he seems inspired to be managing a club with the heritage of  Newcastle United.

Alan has been good to his word too,  in that when he first arrived he said he would play the attacking football the Geordie fans deserved, and he has indeed kept that promise.

Newcastle also signed seven good players in the summer, and they have improved the strength of the squad and Newcastle’s squad this season is without doubt, better than it was last season.

That’s progress and it’s what we all want to see.

But the upcoming games in the Premier League are going to be very tough indeed, but the goal this year has to be to finish on December 31st in the top six.

If the lads can do that, then we look forward to signing around three new players during January to further solidify the squad.

And we don’t want to see any of our players leaving either, so we expect captain Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote still be with us on February 1st.

Howay The Lads!!

28 comments so far

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange comment.


    Oct 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Haha is that to set off a trend AP?

  • fungus44

    Oct 28, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully all the talk about captain Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote is old paper talk and they stay with us ,see A Carroll is wishing he never left want,s to come back

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 28, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Meet me at the ice cream truck? 🙂

  • nico

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan Pardew has done a great job, long may it continue. Hopefully Ashley won’t sell Colo and Cheick as that would alienate fans again.
    I actually think they won’t as losing them would see us finish below mid-table. Keep them, add a left back (with a left foot) a centre back and maybe a forward and we finish in Europe (top 7)

  • ginkoh

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Every our player have their price and I won’t surprise if someone leave in January. But hopefully we will do it right at last.

    I rate our game against Stoke at Britania is one of hardest game as Old Trafford or Etihad. Yes it’s different type of game but IMO even Barca will face the hard day against them there. Hopefully we can play at our best and get something from this game.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d take Bassong back in January. Discuss!?

  • pinkorbrown

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Take Bassong back? When he jumped ship like the rest of the players who werent in it together. We want players who want to be here cos they want to play for newcastle, through both good and bad times!!

  • sahil

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Was Ben Arfa at the open training day today?


    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Bassong? Aye why not. Tbh I would be happy with any decent CB we could bring in plus Williamson coming back fit (December Id assume) will be a big plus

    Then a LB like Pieters or Cissokho then focus on a goal scorer

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers for the article Ed.

    Hope the treatment went well yesterday mate.

  • chris_g

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #12

    sahil – I might be wrong, but when I looked at the photo above I thought it was Ben Arfa who was the guy in front of Obertan

  • G

    Oct 28, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #13

    With regard to Bassong, I would take him back on the condition that the chip on his shoulder stays with Dirty Harry’s bling boys. He is a good player, but as was said above, he needs to understand the concept of team above self gain. I’m not knocking players wanting the best deal, and relative success, but it would be nice if we had players who would be happy to build success, rather than demand it handed on a plate.

  • YankeeToon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Fans have to be really pleased with the form and fight of the squad right now. Not suprised by their support.

    We most def have to sign Colo long term and my gut feeling is we will. Colo Saylor and Krul are a pretty formidable backend, would love to see that trio last for the remainder of Colo’s carrer. Although a good CB signing in January and a fit Williamson is needed so he doesn’t tire out.

    It a good run so far but Monday is a toughie walking away with points at Stoke. Need to not come out flat in the 1st half which has been the usual. Amazing this run has been considering the turnover of players. HWTL.

  • Tonytoon73

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew saying he is not embarrassed to say we are the best fans in the world. WTF is he going on about mentioning embarrassed, he should not be mentioning that word, he should just say we are the best fans in the world.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Yes, Benny was at the training. He played some really nice cushioned passes during the game they played.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #17

    AP says we have the best fans in the world, ED says “he’s not to far away from the truth there either” sounds to me, ed you must have someone else in mind who you think are the best supporters in the world, who would that be then ?

  • chris_g

    Oct 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #18

    stuart – maybe Ed is thinking about the Geordie fans of yesteryear. My dad once told me that they used to get crowds of over 7,000 people turning up just to watch Jackie Milburn walking his dog 😉


    Oct 29, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah u no it Alan! ”we’re the best football supporters the world has ever had!” sing it again ”we are the geordies…….”

  • brighter

    Oct 29, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Dont too writing out regarding sell the player.
    F****g Owner may reading this article.

  • brighter

    Oct 29, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t write out regarding sell the player.
    That could give impression of understanding to sell the player.
    Owner may reading this article.

  • Toondownunder

    Oct 29, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Well it is true what Pardew said


    Oct 29, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Ah i see what u mean brighter. Oh it would be bad if we sold perch & smith wink,wink nudge,nudge! Ha ha!


    Oct 29, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #24

    MA and DL hate talking to us or listening to us I highly doubt they bother to read our blogs….too busy betting on how fast a 5 year old children can finish one of their crappy knock off shirts


    Oct 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Howay man next post.. Freezing me bollocks off out here

  • geoff777

    Oct 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #26

    If they’d held it on a Saturday morning, when the kids are off school and most aren’t working they’d have had 27,000 there.

  • LewSpi

    Oct 29, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #27

    I was there yesterday and I have to say it was really nice to see the togetherness the squad had within itself. There was just constant banter all over the place and all of the players looked comfortable, but also like they had a point to prove. One constant presence (particularly when they were playing the game) was Obertan, he even bagged a couple of goals. This to me suggests he just needs a good run of games for confidence, the skills are obviously there. One person who wasn’t there is Tiote, which was a surprise as I dont remember hearing of any injury??

    Overall it was a bit of a master stroke, despite being free entry, the queue at the club shop afterwards was out the door, as well as 7000 Geordies feeling satisfied. They even got one lad up on the pitch to train with the entire team, he played No. 9 during the game and scored a penalty!

    In relation to a couple of comments I read above, yes Ben Arfa was there, although about 7 or 8 of the lads who played 120 minutes mid week only stayed for half of the session.

    Also @geoff, the majority of the people there were kids with their friends or mothers as its half term, I can however understand the weekend thing for those who work.

  • Colombus

    Oct 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Bassong is a good player but I would rather go for someone like Onohua who seems to be very available. Pieters is also a great option. I think we are going to need utility players in the back four beacuse of our tradition for injuries, and these two are great options.
    As a forward I would like us to punce for De Young, but there are other great options in Jelle Vossen of Genk or Wilfried Bony of Vitesse.


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