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Rafa Thanks Gallowgate Flags Group – Black And White Day

5:14 pm, Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

Rafa Benitez has come out and thanked those season ticket holders in the Gallowgate end who are behind the Gallowgate Flags initiative for going the extra mile to help raise the fantastic atmosphere at St. James’ Park for the home games in this vital season for the club.

It’s a tremendous initiative taken up on their own by a group of season ticket holders who have collected money that will help design and create the flags.

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Here’s information about Black and White Day on Saturday taken from Newcastle’s web-site as the club are getting the information out about Saturday:

“Around 500 flags, designed and funded entirely by supporters, will be used to create a stunning visual effect across the Gallowgate and South East Corner areas of the ground before the 3pm kick-off on Saturday – dubbed ‘Black and White Day’.”

“The Gallowgate Flags group, consisting of fans in those areas, is urging all supporters to arrive at the stadium 30 minutes early in order to take part and build a special atmosphere before the Magpies’ first home Championship fixture of the 2016/17 season.”

“Fans in all areas of the stadium are also encouraged to wear their black and white shirts and scarves, complementing the display throughout St. James’ Park.”

This is what Newcastle manager  Rafa Benítez has said:

“The atmosphere that the fans create already is amazing, but for our fans to organize something like this shows the huge passion of the Geordies to support their team. “

“I know it will make the noise and the atmosphere in St James’ Park even more special than usual, and that will be fantastic.”

“I would like to thank everyone involved with this project on behalf of myself and the players.”

“It is things like this that can really make the difference for us over a long and challenging season ahead.”

Alex Hurst, one of Gallowgate Flags’ founding members had this to say:

“The Huddersfield game is the perfect opportunity for fans to pack into St James’ Park 30 minutes early to really show what kind of an atmosphere we can make.”

“This is the manager’s first home game since he has publicly thanked us for the noise and affection we showed him during the Spurs game, and it’s important that both he and the team know that it wasn’t a one off.”

“With the added factor of several first team players making their home team debuts and a need to get 3 points, we really hope you can help us turn St James’ into a sea of black and white on Saturday.”

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To find out more about Gallowgate Flags, please visit here.

Here is the Twitter account of Gallowgate Flags and here is the Facebook page of Gallowgate Flags.

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Comments welcome.

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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    great effort by the gallowgate end

    good luck toon army

  • 2 Dennis Twice // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 3 Fatman_joe // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    From previous post… spoof, you always speak sense on here and I wholeheartedly agree. If your dm is good you don’t need two. Only play two if you don’t have faith in either individually or you don’t have faith in the defence. I actually think our defence is pretty good but we will be constantly bombarded unless we attack. Shelvey, Aarons, Richie, Diame all need to play a part to support the front men but we need more attack minded players. Oh and I think ed’s assessment of de jong’s supposed poor form is harsh personally.

  • 4 Toon Tang // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    That Stones deal sums up exactly what is wrong with English footy and why we will never ever compete with the big boys on the world/Euro stage.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Jib – my post was not about your grandpa’s history or heroism in past times but your use of him to bolster your tall tales.

    My grandfather was also in the Fusiliers, was injured in WW1 and was awarded the MM.
    Again nowt to do with my original post.

  • 6 Fatman_joe // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Tang.. what about leicester?

  • 7 Toon Tang // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    I meant England as a country during World cups and Euro competitions Fatman.

    Stones will think its job done now and he’s looked awful ever since all this worlds most expensive defender talk.

    This is what’s wrong with the whole England outlook on footy. Proper twists my melon man.

  • 8 tomellifred360 // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Fantasy Football League for NUFC fans. All welcome to join.

  • 9 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Mister Tuff //Jib – my post was not about your grandpa’s history or heroism in past times

    Neither was mine

    It was to source the story with an officer in the fighting fifth.

  • 10 Fatman_joe // Aug 9, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Oh ok. Yeah you’re right. Players get too hyped too quickly. And don’t justify it either. Have you noticed that young players in other countries seem significantly better than ours, when they’re hyped up I mean. Never rated stones. Everton are laughing all the way to a good few players coming in and another top ten finish.

  • 11 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Thats great….now can we get some important signings so that we can survive the Championships or are we doing a Leeds Rafa?

  • 12 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Never rated Stones !
    Seriously ?
    He’s the new Kompany and he’s English

  • 13 Fatman_joe // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    An English kompany. How so?

  • 14 Legolas // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Is Alan shearer and Andy Carroll Geordies?

  • 15 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Fast as hell
    Master of the sliding tackle (difficult art to master)
    Great passer
    Rarely gets booked

    Weaknesses can all be worked on – he could do with building up physically , he could improve his attacking game , he’s inexperienced.

    He’s a quiet lad willing to learn.

  • 16 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Shearer was born in Gosforth – clearly a Geordie
    Andy Carroll – Gateshead – banks of the Tyne also a Geordie

  • 17 Legolas // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Everton agree deal for Bolsise. Could raise to 30 million. Spending the stones money I see.

  • 18 Fatman_joe // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Smalling is better in my opinion. But hey, time will tell.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Just saw the direct stat comparison of Sissoko to Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Eriksen, and Siggurdsen on another site. Sissoko was the overall loser by a considerable margin. This poses big problems for the club as other clubs can make the same stat comparison. We’re not going to get anywhere near 35M for Mousie. So what will the plan be or what is Plan B? The club will have to come up with something because Sissoko thinks he is god in football boots.

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Is Charnley up to the task of coming up with something clever? Hmmm…..

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    My guess is that as the season progresses, if we are struggling a bit Rafa will fall out with Charnley as he watches him commit the type of errors that have gotten us where we are and have been (very, very poor) over the last few seasons.

  • 22 Ron Knee // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:34 PM


    No, but Rafa might be!

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    I hope so Ron mate. It’s going to come down to a very difficult situation with Mousie. He thinks he’s far better than he actually is as shown by the stat comparison and just watching how often we score goals made or scored by him (not very many at all).

  • 24 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Maybe Palace will bid for Sissoko now they have money to burn? Would be sickening if they signed Benteke and Sissoko though

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    I would accept 20M for Sissoko and the loan of a very decent player for a season to help get us back up. Will any club go that high? We’re going to find out in the next few weeks.

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Glad people have stopped moaning about Friday’s match anyway replace Dummett, Anita and Colback with Diame, Shelvey and Galloway.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Spend sissokos money on Bony.

    It’s a no Brainer.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I wonder if there is anything in the rumours of Krul to Juventus?

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Not likely Galloway would come into the team straight away welshie, if that is, we even get him. Diame hasn’t played yet and he came in before the first match. We should see him but not Galloway. I would play Anita and Gamez as the fullbacks but Rafa is the man we trust.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    We dawdling over bids for strikers again. I hope Rafa has a plan. So much might depend on Mitro if we don’t get somebody in. Is he up to it or will he do his nut and get sent of repeatedly?

  • 31 JamesToon // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    g2 if galloway signs by tomorrow i reckon he could have a chance to play, if not play gamez instead of dummett

  • 32 JamesToon // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM


    no way bony will come to us, he’ll be on 80+k a week as well

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    As long as Anita is not playing in the attacking 3 then i don’t mind, should change things around a bit as there’s no Mitrovic or new forward yet.

    Aarons Gayle Ritchie

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:04 PM


    i think he would if Benitez wants him, who’s our top earner, I’m sure it’s someone like Shelvey.

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Should read we’re dawdling. I thought we would go after a CB first and then a striker. It’s been clear for a whole season (the last one) that we needed somebody decent in his prime at that position. Look what it has cost us. Do we really want to risk not getting promoted for something like 15-20 million pounds? We made a huge mistake not going after McCormack until he was signed.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I thought anyone who had to travel to the game by the Metro wasn’t a Geordie or was that Jeff from Benwell. Jeb.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:12 PM


    I’m a Geordie, adopted one.

  • 38 Our Toon // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Ahahahaha hahaha, Bony? Wow!!

  • 39 Our Toon // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Derby County have bid 7m for forresteri, didn’t believe it earlier in the day but on SSN now. Can someone explain what Rafa is doing? This guy should be our first priority

  • 40 Belfast // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Can’t see Sheffield Wednesday selling unless it’s something daft like 14-15 million.

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    our toon

    forestieri would be my absolute number 1 target. there was a popular but rubbish rumour he was coming here for 9m last monday

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    our toon

    i guess one factor is we can’t shift shelvey. what a waste of 10m he’s been.

  • 43 anthc // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Have to agree about stones deal absolutely ridiculous. It’s up there with the sterling deal when city had their pants pulled down.
    He’s average at best but because he’s English and young he’s worth a fortune. I don’t watch him week in week out but what I have seen I’d be devastated if my club shelled out 50mill. Blunderlands Kone is a much better player and costing less than half!

  • 44 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:50 PM

  • 45 Belfast // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Aye 50 million for a centre back who can’t get in the England team.

  • 46 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Remember watch Mariano Diaz for RM
    Rafa has enquired about him

  • 47 Our Toon // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    On the stones debate it makes perfect sense for citeh and for Guardiola who likes his defenders to play from the back, they are getting a young kid who’ll give them 10 years of service if he does really well, it’s a long term investment and he’ll grow as a player.

    Belfast he couldn’t get in the England team you are spot on, but remind us all who was the manager that picked the team? He was utterly clueless. Football has gone mad with the amount of money in the game and things like this will become more frequent.

    I wouldn’t worry about how much others spend on what players, we have well and truly fallen behind the rest with relegation, normally it would be a bit easier to make that step up but now, with the money around and Ashley as owner it’s going to be so much harder

  • 48 Our Toon // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:11 PM


    Shelvey was an absolute waste and panic buy, he’s on big money but do we really need to shift him, forresteri could play behind the forward in the hole. We seem to only buy when we sell, has the money run out already?

    Are we really the reliant on sissoko leaving to then bring in new players?

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Looking forward to being in and amongst the flags on Saturday. Well done to the guys who started it off. Great effort. I’m happy to be able to contribute.

  • 50 Yo-yo // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    If Armstrong goes to Gers he’ll be playing with James Tavernier and Joey Barton – self styled best player in Scotland…

  • 51 JP...from The Rock // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    I wish everyone takes their scarfs and huge flags to every home game. And why limit it to the Gallowgate end why not fill the whole stadium with flags all around St James’.


  • 52 Belfats // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Aye 50 million for a centre back who can’t get in the England team.

  • 53 Belfats // Aug 9, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    £30 mil for Bolasie is that a joke?

  • 54 Belfast // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Hey Vollans, You’d really need to up yer game if yer trying to wind me up 🙂

    Hows tricks ? And are you still having morphine discos and near death experiences in the Leeds Royal infirmary ?

    Hope yer well (Pun intended)

  • 55 BandB // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    I was beginning to wonder if you’d sussed, Belfast.

  • 56 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    I’ve been considering stopping reading, watching and listening to any news, since it’s so clearly biased toward ugliness. I’m going to bar the most obviously coercive section of the press first, any report on what moves Newcastle are lining up in the line transfer market. What a misleading, manipulative pile of nonsense it always is.

  • 57 Belfast // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    I was expecting this much sooner BandB. 🙂

    To be fair to him, he’s been keeping a low profile lately, flying under the radar and keeping his head down, still amongst us but on his best behaviour.

  • 58 BandB // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    There’s always been a hint of Dot Cotton about Rob’s soap opera, Belfast.
    Wasn’t he also the blog’s first gay acorn?

  • 59 seantoon // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Belfats I’d rather have bolasie than sissoko and apparently he’s worth £35 million.. So yes I get it

  • 60 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    The fees for Widjnaldum and Sissoko are right on the money, in light of the big hike in player values across the board. I’ve been arguing for months the priority should have been to keep the group together and add a left back. The group that did so well in the last six games under Rafa, along with the retention of Collocini and even Obertan and Taylor.

    MONEY!!!!! You’re going to need plenty of it, and buying a bunch of hybrid epl/championship players now, isn’t going to make the bigger and very necessary task of rebuilding this time next year any easier should we go back up, which diminishes each time we lose one of our better players.

    All this might well have been unavoidable, but it does make our position all the more precarious, and we do need to bounce back at the first attempt, or else risk getting cut well adrift.

  • 61 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Watching the 18s today, Old Blackas got the biggest drenching he’s had watching football for some years. My Hagloffs were stuck to my legs and my 95s were squelching.

  • 62 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    What is it about “Townsend , Wijnaldum and Sissoko were determined never to play for NUFC in the championship” that is so hard to grasp ?

  • 63 BandB // Aug 9, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Were your Stacy’s also soaking wet, Blackers?

  • 64 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    What is it about,”all this might well have been unavoidable,”that is so hard to grasp ?

  • 65 BandB // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:13 PM


    We get it, man.
    Relegation brought us Rafa (sic)
    Though you also argued that McClaren should be backed to the hilt in the Championship.
    Obviously real fans care nothing for this “competition” malarkey.

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    3-2 Real Madrid, what a match.

  • 67 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Whoops the owld sour faced harridan’s been at the gin again.

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:19 PM


    Speaking of eastenders you would be good as Barbara Windsor aka Peggy Mitchell, picture you saying.


    Ha ha ha

  • 69 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    or pat butcher, you don’t wear big earrings do you.

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Where’s our new signings, getting bored now.

  • 71 BandB // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    And the bingo.
    Gin, bingo, blah blah.
    Dubbing you Wile E Coyote and then not flogging it to death because folks get the joke, works.
    It’s way out of your league, sh*t for brains.

  • 72 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:24 PM


    You are using an informal fallacy (look it up)

    You say

    ‘the priority should have been to keep the group together and add a left back’

    Then you say

    ‘each time we lose one of our better players might well have been unavoidable’

    That would have driven Mr Spock crazy

  • 73 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Not being funny but apart biggins and sam fox, haven’t heard of the others in big brother, how are they celebs by the way, what have they done.

  • 74 welshgeordie9 // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Hang on do recognise another one, Marnie from Geordie Shore.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    ‘the priority should have been” PRIORITY. SHOULD, MIGHT WELL etc. The argument is that the best case scenario is not occurring, and is quite sound Tiger.

  • 76 Jib // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    The only thing that was going to keep the group together was staying in the PL and I believe Rafa prioritised that – he failed – but survival was his priority.


  • 77 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Not necessarily so at all. The only player we HAD to sell or release was Townsend. The argument is that losing our better players will cause problems for us this season and next.

  • 78 jimmysmith // Aug 9, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Oh dear. “Jimmysmith syndrome.” My apologies. I’ll take my leave. Please come back and have fun.

  • 79 Yo-yo // Aug 9, 2016 at 11:43 PM


    Was the kernel of the side that took us down ever going to be the side that got us back up ? Its more an attitude than skill problem imo.

    I believe Rafa is doing his best to assemble a squad for the single task of promotion, but then will need major reinforcements. But he is also playing a medium term game and trying to bring in very promising youngsters – hopefully some of whom will make it to a starting eleven within a couple of seasons.
    It’s pretty obvious his coaching style has yet to sink in with some of the players, too. Somebody posted that once the lads actually get the zonal marking at set pieces we’ll be solid at the back, but it might take a good few matches, and I think that is right.

    JIB still has the same mindset that thought Tufty was the answer to all our prayers and slagging off anybody as a ‘know nowt’ who disagreed… It is barely worth reading 90% of his posts, let alone getting drawn in.

  • 80 manxpie // Aug 10, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    losing players that don’t give a shite and only turn up when they want is certainly not a loss
    ritchie in 1 game showed more than sisko ever did
    a 1st touch for a start and some passion!
    gini was so devastated he couldn’t speak! he just let his agent do the work and we sold a half arsed player who didn’t wanna be here for a 10 mill profit who only turned up for less than half a season
    townsend has only been the real loss as he was brilliant and he will regret it imo
    but the other 2 good riddance they didn’t wanna be here and imagine them turning out twice a week in the championship not giving a fusk as they did for most of last season!
    if we make 40 mill profit of them it’ll be a miracle

  • 81 Oldgit1 // Aug 10, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Just been reading a Liverpool blog site with a ex player pushing for Klopp to sign Sissoko saying he would have him as he is a great DM. Kopites are saying no as they think they have been done with the purchase of Gini. Appears they have already found him out saying he has had a lousy pre season. And disappears during a game. They think it’s klopps fault in buying a player that plays in multi positions. They don’t rate his tackle or pass statics. Sounds familiar.

  • 82 jimmysmith // Aug 10, 2016 at 2:30 AM

    Yeah, the big time Charlie players don’t have the ticker for it argument is a valid one, and doubtless the side will improve as players bed in to Rafas tactics, but on balance I think that keeping the squad together was the best possible scenario, because the context surrounding this season is entirely different to last, and that the players brought in are no better certainly, with the possible exception of Ritchie who looks great. Hanley, Gayle, Hayden, Diame, Clark on long term contracts, that isn’t ideal surely, but yeah, maybe it’ll prove the right call, and a necessary one, even if I would have preferred a different outcome.

  • 83 Jib // Aug 10, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    A post from me summer hols

    Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM
    Just had a couple of ciders (with ice it’s 40 degrees! ) in my local hostelry with a kid from Slovenia.
    He tells me Milan Mandaric (remember him – rubberchops Redknapps buddy) is buying Haris Vuckic for Olympija Ljublyana .
    Yet another scoop for Ed’s wonderful blog.
    Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM

  • 84 Jib // Aug 10, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Brendan Galloway
    Thrust into the Everton team by Martinez (who bought him from MKDons) in the 2014/15 season when injuries ruled Leighton Baines out, Galloway delivered a string of composed performances.
    Standing 6ft 1ins but with the lean physique of a long distance runner, he has drawn comparisons with Rio Ferdinand in the past. But he’s heading to Newcastle for one reason and one reason alone: to develop him in an unforgiving division and environment.
    Everton haven’t sought specific assurances that Galloway will play every week but Rafa Benitez wants to see Paul Dummett challenged for the left-back slot. Galloway is a more natural footballer, able to get up and down the pitch and relatively comfortable with the ball at his feet.
    Galloway will probably get a run in the side. Following Dummett’s struggle at Craven Cottage, he may even start on Saturday. For Newcastle, that competition is intended to improve everyone.
    Some supporters will find it difficult to countenance the idea of a one-year loan. The deal – more than £1million in a loan fee and paying his £20,000-per-week wages – might seem strange.
    But Benitez wants to see the core of the squad strengthened. He wants players who have been guaranteed starts to feel others breathing down their necks. He wants insurance against the sort of injury crises that sunk Newcastle last season.
    He is perceived by the blues as being a CB eventually.
    At the moment as left back he has Baines and Oviedo ahead of him so it’s a perfect fit for all concerned.

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