There was a black mark made by some Newcastle United fans at the Premier League fixture at Wigan Athletic in March, when the fans invaded the game being played by Wigan Cosmos and Goose Green FC near the DW Stadium, and the goal posts were torn down by the idiots, and the game had to finally be abandoned.
After that happened, many fans sent money and letters of apology to the clubs, and Newcastle United invited them to play a game at St. James’ Park on Monday and Wigan won the game 2-0 in a closely fought contest.
Not only that, but Newcastle ensured the two clubs were not out of pocket for the rampage, and really have turned what was a big negative into a positive.
John Pendlebury, manager of Wigan Cosmos, had this to say:
“You would never want what happened to happen to your club but there couldn’t have been a better outcome. For me and the players to be here is mind-blowing.”
“The support we have had from the Geordie public is phenomenal. I don’t think any other club in the country would’ve responded the way Newcastle United and its fans have.”
We exchanged emails a few times with John, and he was delighted with the response of the Newcastle fans themselves, and the donations the fans gave from their own pockets to try to put things right.
Colin Clark, manager of Goose Green FC had this to say:
“To bring my team here is just fantastic. Some people never get the chance to come to a ground like this.” “The way Newcastle United have dealt with us has been absolutely first class.”
“Everything that’s been done for us and that has been arranged has been brilliant.”
A Newcastle United spokesperson had this to say:
“It was extremely disappointing to hear about the incidents which affected both clubs prior to our fixture at the DW Stadium in March.”
“These are clubs which exist because of the hard work and dedication of volunteers and they deserve the same respect as any other club, whether professional or at grassroots level.”
“We are delighted that the clubs accepted our invitation to visit us and play at St. James’ Park and we wish them every success for next season and beyond.”
It’s been a simply brilliant response from both fans and the club itself.
Well done to everybody involved in this recovery, and let’s not have any more rampages at away games – please.
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