Club Statement To Fans – Keep Reputation Tomorrow Night

Newcastle United are a little concerned about tomorrow night’s game against Anzhi Makhachkala,  and the club have issued a statement to fans attending the game

Here’s the statement Newcastle have issued today:

“Newcastle United fans build on their reputation as some of the most vocal and best behaved fans in European football this Thursday.”

“Newcastle fans have gained a glowing reputation amongst football authorities after showing exemplary behavior across the club’s past European adventures, travelling home and away to cities across the continent in their tens of thousands without incident.”

“But they have seen that reputation undermined this season after a number of safety breaches, including pitch incursions and anti-social behavior during previous Europa League games at St James’ Park.”

“Club officials are now urging fans to get that reputation back on track this Thursday by showing their support in the right spirit – giving Alan Pardew’s side a significant home advantage over their visitors in the process.”

Flares have been smuggled into St James’ Park in the last European home match with Metalist Kharkiv – and then last year a fan ran onto the field in the qualifying round game against Bordeaux.

UEFA fined Newcastle for those previous incidents, and the club have said  the fines will rise significantly if this nonsense continues.

Steve Storey is head of safety at Newcastle United, and he has said there will be more vigilance as the fans enter St. James’ Park tomorrow night:

We’ve never fallen foul where UEFA are concerned before this season.” “Our fans have rightly been recognised as exemplary and they have proven that it doesn’t take items such as flares, which are banned, to make an incredible atmosphere.”

“Sadly, a small element has acted in a manner in previous rounds – and particularly in the last Europa League game here against Metalist – which has threatened to damage that reputation.”

“Not only have they endangered safety, they’ve also made coming to the match very uncomfortable for law-abiding fans directly around them, and spoilt it for the majority. We’re working hard to combat all types of anti-social behaviour in and around St James’ Park.”

“It’s simply not welcome and make no mistake; there will be bans for offenders and further action will be taken by the police.”  “We’re asking fans to arrive early on Thursday as there will be additional searches as a knock-on effect, as well as increased stewarding and increased policing.”

“We hope the outcome will be that people remember Thursday for all the right reasons and we can all look forward to another huge European tie in weeks to come.”

There’s a couple of things to say here, obviously we want to win the game tomorrow night and advance, but it’s also an opportunity for Newcastle to show we have the best fans in the world to a watching TV audience, which will be huge

So let’s not be daft and ruin the great reputation Newcastle fans have for supporting the lads – and always behaving themselves.

Please don’t damage that reputation – and  let’s win the game too.

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17 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1


    At the end of the day isn’t Benny worth what we value him?

    …Liverpool valued Torres £15M higher than Carroll which amounted to £50M! Is he worth that?

    …about Messi, who can tell how he would have evolved if he didn’t have signed for Barca and who knows who he would be playing if he played for another team.

    When Laudrup was young he was the best in the world when he played for Barca and Real, but when he played for lesser teams it was hard to get the same out of him on a consistent basic.

    Even on the National team he struggled to deliver at times (he seemed to thrive among peers – if the level dropped his performance dropped?

    Maybe Benny and Messi are the same?

  • Rainrix

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Good News! The referee for anzhi has reffed 31 matches, showing 125 yellow cards, 11 red cards and awarded 16 penalties! Bodes well, hopefully tiote wont be starting.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3


    It sound a stupid thing to say that a 4-0 win is boring but for me it was.

    Barca create plenty chances which is good to watch but its just they way they build up to them. Other then the last 5 seconds of a move, which is highly skilled and intricate around the box the rest of the play is slow (very good technically but not entertaining watching teams keep the ball until they see some space, stretching teams etc).

    I appreciate the skill and difficulty of it I just think it’s not that exciting build up play but the final few passes are exciting and very good to watch.

    They also have too much of the ball which ruins the contest as teams have to totally adapt there game to play most of the time.

    Not there fault, its bloomin effective.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4


    I agree there…all players, no matter what level are better when played with better players. They get more time, better service, players get on the end of their good passes etc.

    But for me messi is a million miles ahead of our benny.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5


    You say;
    It sound a stupid thing to say that a 4-0 win is boring but for me it was.

    How can that be boring? It was a work of art in play. Something that no other club side have ever done. Only Brazil in the 70?s came come close.

    Boring? Anything but in my opinion.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6


    i really enjoyed that old people joke yesterday. excellent and in a way quite cute!

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7


    I appreciate the skill involved and wouldn’t expect a team to change from a winning formula that gets them praise world wide.

    I just think the slow, probing build up, coupled with the fact the other team sees little of the ball to make a even contest ruins the game.

    I love seeing the passing around the edge of the box, the runs into it and the brilliant finishes but thats only a small part of the game.

    Too much is passing it around not in the final third, at a slow tempo, making space,etc.

    It’s essential for the last part of the plan to work but I just find it dull and too slow until they burst into life near the box.

  • Rainrix

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Sometimes watching watching what is essentially a bunch bodybuilders kicking an old man to death isnt as interesting as say darth vader vs luke skywalker.

    Dont get me wrong watching beautiful tippy tap is nice but sometimes a quicker more even matched contest is better. I’d say the man u real game was a better spectacle than barca smashing milan.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda…glad you appreciated it 🙂

    …us above 30 have had a hard time on here lately lol thought is was fitting 😉

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree with Sage.

    Guardiola’s (and Tito as well if they keep it up) Barca will go down as one of the greatest club sides of all time – rightly so, as they’re absolutely incredible – but there’s only so many times you can watch a boa constrictor choke a poor man to death before it starts to get dull.

    They’ve changed football and done something extraordinary, but from a neutral view point I prefer a slightly more even contest.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11


    I’m with you there. Thats why I used to enjoy arsenal a few years ago.

    They played a passing game, very fluid but got the ball forward faster and were a little more direct, not waiting for the moment to strike as much.

    Also they weren’t as dominant as barca so the games were closer and better to watch.

    I remember arsenal matching barca well over two legs until van persie was sent off for kicking the ball away 0.4 second after the whistle went which killed that game.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Having said that, Barcelona’s league games are fantastic to watch as plenty of teams actually give it a go.

    They’ve played them 2 or 3 times a year, and since it’s a league game there’s less to lose – so teams go hell for leather on the counter and from set pieces, and it’s far better to watch than watching United or Chelsea cowering in their own penalty area for 90 minutes.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13


    The fact we get bored sometimes is a huge compliment to barca really as it shows they have propelled themselves into the ultimate level of football.

    They struggle the odd game but most of the time they win. It takes another very good team to beat them.

    And when they lose its not often they are outplayed (sometimes by madrid) but it’s usually by a team defending for their lives and scoring a corner.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14


    yeh it is good in the league…teams know they can defend for their lives and probably lose or just have a bit of fun and have a go.

  • tarie4

    Mar 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    any who says benny boy is not worth 20 mill clearly spend most of their tym analysing stats and stats all day… modric was bought by madrid for 30 odd million (look at his assits and goal scoring stats before he moved to madrid… hell before the season bale was a 40 mill pound player look at his stats (before this season). value is not placed on stats, goal scoring records etc, but the potential, ability and how they (the other team) need him, and where he will fit in. liverpool definately need a player on the right wing like benny.. hell look at most of the players in bennys position…in the premiership not many are better than him.

    to say he is incosistent to, is an overreaction, granted at the beginning of last season he was awful but wen he came back in the second half of the season he was the best player we had… at the begining of the season, he was miles better than any player in our team till his injury against fulham. in france him and benzema were ripping teams apart and was touted to.join madrid. his attitude let him.down. world class players need world class players around them to properly develop.. only marradona was able to take a an average argie team to the finals and win, ohh dnt forget napoli… thats why to me he his still the best player ever to play the game. well until messi does something similar. 2014??

  • wynsleap

    Mar 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    If you really love the game of football there is nothing boring about watching Barcelona perform.
    To watch them passing the ball around with confident, arrogant and technical skill, continually looking for ways to pull a teams defence apart and then strike with one quick movement is absolutely mesmerising. To see Messi strolling around looking for space then suddenly and breathtakingly sparking into life with an outrageous dribble or resultant wonder goal is truly watching a master at work.
    If that is boring I ‘d love to be bored at St. James Park every week.

  • SportBilly

    Mar 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    It sometimes does get a bit boring from a competitive side (unless of course it is Newcastle, that’s different) when one side dominates the match. I know I turn over if I’m just watching as a neutral and it is obvious the other team has no way back in to the game. But watching for moments of magic from a particular player like Messi can be just as entertaining as the game itself. The entertainment is just the player/s then though not the game as a whole…just my opinion 🙂


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