When things go wrong there is always an opportunity – and the first opportunity is to put things right – and that’s what Newcastle United fans seem to have done with Wigan Cosmos.
These are not true Newcastle fans
They have brought nothing but shame to our club
Wigan Cosmos were one of the teams that were playing a week yesterday when Newcastle “fans” invaded the pitch and ripped up the nets, and did other unseemly things during an outrageous 40 minute period – and there is video to show them acting like idiots, and their behavior has damaged the good name of Newcastle United.
Newcastle issued a statement last week saying they would be compensating Wigan Cosmos for all the damage, and Wigan Cosmos manager John Pendlebury has since been inundated with goodwill messages from real Newcastle fans, who have also collected money to compensate the Wigan Cosmos club.
John is 35 and a school supervisor from Wigan, and he had this to say:
“I was contacted by someone from Newcastle who said they would like to offer us the opportunity to play an admin team at St James’ Park and some ex-players. They were quite upset about what had happened. They wanted to try and put right what those fans had done.”
“The response has been incredible, it’s heartwarming really. It shows what genuine football fans are capable of and the passion they have for their club. Newcastle should be proud of their real fans.” “These lads work an hour during the week to get £5 to play football on a Sunday. They pay that money for the privilege of playing.”
“So to see all that just vandalized was hard to see. The damage cost £200 which to a millionaire club like Newcastle is small change when you think about the wages they pay.” “But the Newcastle fans have been unbelievable, they’re working class people too who were ashamed of what some of their so-called fans had done.”
John has been the manager since 2004, and many of us were shocked when the videos showed the supposed Newcastle fans shouting the following:
“We do what we want, we’re Newcastle United, we do what we want.”
Let’s make something crystal clear – they are not real Newcastle fans and they have completely shamed the good name of Newcastle United Football Club.
Cosmos assistant manager and coach Dennis Kilgannon had this to say:
“When these young lads first ran on the pitch it was good-humored, but it then it got out of hand. There were a few genuine Newcastle fans watching our game and they were embarrassed by what happened.”
“However, the response since has been fantastic and shows how football people come together to support each other in their hour of need.”
Newcastle United will be reimbursing the small Wigan club for the cost of their losses – so hopefully as far as money goes Cosmos will get more than the cost of the damage by the Newcastle hooligans, as some recompense.
It’s great to see real fans making amends as much as they can – to help out the Wigan Cosmos club – well done to all those real fans who contacted Wigan Cosmos on behalf of the club, and also to those who have donated money.
If you’d like to contact them and/or donate money here is their web-site.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org