This thing about whether a club is a big club or not is very subjective and that’s one of the big reasons there is so much controversy generated about whether a club is big or not.
And we all are painfully aware that Newcastle United have not won anything for 47 years, so if big means winning trophies then we are probably a small club over the last four decades.
If big is having a tremendous stadium and some of the best fans in the world and a great and vibrant history – then Newcastle United are a big club.
Take your choice.
Thierry Henry – Newcastle are not a big club
Former Arsenal great Thierry Henry has said on Sky Sports News that he doesn’t think Newcastle are a big club, because we haven’t won anything for decades.
This is what Thierry has said about Newcastle:
“I played there, the fans are very, very demanding.” “I think they are dying to see a successful team.” “They had one in the 1990s but didn’t manage to win the Premier League.”
“Having a big stadium and big fan base doesn’t make you a big club.” “It’s what you have inside the stadium and how many trophies you have that makes you a big club.”
“So the capacity of them being a big club is definitely there, but are they a big club really?” “You have to show your trophies. How many titles or cups did you win?”
“I am not saying that just about Newcastle, it goes with everyone. You have to show what you have one.”
“They have the potential to be a big club, definitely, those fans are amazing. It is always hard to play there, but big club? I’m not sure.”
Given Henry describes a big club as one that wins trophies regularly then it’s hard to argue with one of the greatest strikers who ever played the game.
We were certainly a very successful and very popular club under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, but we still didn’t win anything.
We should get Mike Ashley to read Henry’s comments and pledge that he will attempt to make Newcastle a big club again – and win some trophies – plural.
Ashley said last May he wouldn’t sell Newcastle until he won something, so we suppose that’s a start.
Given that we can win something in the next couple of years we have to keep doing that and then we would be a big club in every definition of “big club”.
That would be good and if that happened some of us would be rushing for those blood pressure pills fairly regularly.
Howay The Lads!!