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Rafa Benitez Speaks About Fans And Incredible Win

9:10 am, Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Rafa Benitez was cool and calm after the game – as usual – as he spoke to reporters following the 4-3 stoppage time win against league leaders Norwich City last night.

Rafa paid tribute to the fans and also says Newcastle had bad luck in the first half when we should have been ahead at the break, but then we had good luck at the end of the game.

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Rafa Benitez gives wry smile at the end of last night’s game

Here’s what Rafa said after the game:

“To feel the fans here when you are scoring goals and winning the game was amazing. I think that we deserved to win.”

“In the first half we deserved to be ahead easily against a good team. The second half was incredible at 3-1 down.

“We didn’t start well in the second half after one or two mistakes but still the team reacted and pushing.

“They played five at the back and we dropped off a little bit. Then we were in attack.

“And for all the bad luck in the first half we had good luck in the second half. In the end we deserved to win.”

The 3 points takes us up to third place in the league table – here’s how the top of the table stands this morning.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle192140
2Brighton191739
3Reading19234
4Birmingham19231
5Sheffield Wednesday19131
6Norwich19430

But now we have a potential banana skin game at bottom of the table Rotherham United on Saturday and we must not slip up in that game – we have to win it and take all 3 points.

It will be a lot more difficult than it looks on paper and remember – this is Newcastle.

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71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Clint

    And Ed’s still bouncing off the ceiling!

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    My report from last night

    just got in from match – Jesper heres mine
    Absolutely washed out – been through every emotion every high every low.

    Norwich came with a game plan keep the score to 0-0 and maybe nick a goal which let Newcastle be on the front front foot – played well first 25 minutes should of been at least 3 up before we scored.
    Soon as we scored Norwich changed their set up and came at us resulting in us going back to our slow slow sideways backwards hoof it long play – which inevitably let us making a mistake and a equaliser.
    Agin slack defending half asleep – crap marking for second and sat back and let the guy shoot for third goal.
    Great ball from Shelvey and great take and shot from Gayle to make it 3-2
    bringing on Hayden for Diame who was poor and Mitro for Colback who was also poor changed the tempo of the game for the TOON – but we still huffed and puffed without creating any chances until the 95th minute – still cannot believe it

    Merit marks
    Darlow – 7 did have much to do heart in mouth in 97th minute when he spilt shot but recovered to grab the ball
    Dummett – 7 defended well but when attacking needs to many touches on the ball in deciding what to do.
    Clark – 4 distribution poor kept mis-hitting the ball out of play and Jerome had the beating of him in the air
    Lascalles – 6 Did ok still wants to pass the ball sideways to much
    Yedlin – 8 pick of the defenders – great pace going forwards got in tackles – put in a shift
    Diame – 3 thought we had sold Sissoko – lazy sod
    Colback – 4 got stuck in but in the wrong places gave away to many needless free kicks and a silly booking
    Shelley – 8 played some great balls over the top for Gayle to run onto tended to over hit t cross field balls.
    Ritchie – 8 non stop running got a great touch and great close ball control – linked up well with Yedlin
    Goufran -7 not as effective as recent weeks gave away pen but his heed never went down and on the score sheet again
    Gayle – 9 MY MOM – great Hat-trick but could of had 5 or 6 constant thorn in norwich’s side with his running onto the ball from Shelvey’s chip passes

    Rafa – 8 got his subs right tonight maybe brought them on a tad to late.

    Hayden 6 – made the difference in midfield when he came on carried the ball forward and got us going forward
    Mitro 5 – had a presence but again got himself involved in shoving and pushing to earn himself a booking but showed hw wanted it tonight – nearly squeezed the life out of RAFA at the end when he picked him up and hugged him

    Crowd like the game noisy up for it down frustrated and the end last 2-3minutes – magical

    Heard good one on radio like – 3 TOON fans had driven up from Swindon for the game – left in the 90th minute to drive back got in the car to find out we had won 4-3!!

    All-in-all great result but still need to improve and put our chances away when we are in the ascendency.

    Referee – 4 – absolute pants hadn’t a clue lost the plot the only reason I gave him 4 marks is 1 for each of the goals

    Alex Neil whinging – lucky it was only six minutes –
    30 seconds for each substitution = 3.00 minutes
    10 bookings 30 seconds = 5.00 minutes

    Theres 8 minutes fro starters – never mind the time wasting

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Then general shape and collective movement from the side now is by far better than under the clueless, off-the-cuff Pinocchio and underwhelming Wally. Players have a better idea of their role within the team – as Rafa will be stressing on a daily basis. Regardless of other games dropping points the cohesion is developing, and with it comes the belief and confidence.

    Shelvey looks so much more mobile and athletic this year, so it looks a good decision if he did hire a personal trainer in the summer. He was playing some very good passes at times last night (and a few poor ones of course).

  • 4 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Lesh, feel like that kid every time I write anything…..ooops, here he goes again!

  • 5 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Left early with my dad once, must have only been about 5 or 6, losing at the time.
    Left the leases end to catch the bus home, By the time we got past the Gallowgate had heard two great roars and new exactly what had happened.
    Dad wasn’t pleased as I recall…

  • 6 EllaGuru // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    While it was a great result last night, and indeed will be a huge confidence boost to the whole squad, I am slightly concerned with the porousness of the the defense.
    It is simply a question of concentration? When you look at the stats it would suggest so. Conceding just either side of half time, Norwich had 7 shots, 5 of which were on target and scored with 3 of them. To be on the receiving end of a 60% conversion rate is either really unlucky, or really poor defensively. Something that I really hope gets sorted out.

    Secondly, our recent profligacy in front of goal is also a concern. We paid the price against Villa, but we were lucky to get away with it last night. 22 shots, with 9 on target. Fine we converted 4 of those 9, but still one would expect to be comfortably home and dry, especially considering we dominated possession nearly 60%-40%…
    Any thoughts?

  • 7 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Ella, think your being a bit harsh on the defensive side of the team. One penalty, a deflected shot and a beaut….
    In front of goal, however, I agree with you.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I think the nature of the win last night – in the dying seconds must have given the players a fantastic confidence boost and ultimately be part of the players gelling even more/playing with more confidence.
    Probably not the recommended way to do win a game but probably the way it actually happened should cause euphoria between the players and not forgetting fans, including ordinary fans and superfans.

  • 9 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Mr T…couldn’t agree more…hopefully Rafa will tap into the emotions generated and cut loose a little more, away from this ultra cautious approach

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Very nice listening to that very pleasant lady on 5 live extra comentary too, instead of the miserable Anderson and the other usual guy on radio Newcastle. You could tell she wanted NUFC to win!

    Looking at the replays I think people were unnecessarily harsh on Gayle’s missed chances.
    His second goal in particular was absolutely lethal finishing of the highhest quality.

    Momentum is an amazing thing, 3-2 down with only minutes left, I still can’t take it in, but this being NUFC, I guess it’s stuff like last night sets this club apart as fans. Dream the impossible.

  • 11 Legolas // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Repost

    Nut Meg, I ran a men’s Sunday team for years and the ref used to say a minute for a sub. Never heard about time added on for a goal

  • 12 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Of the 10 games played so far, only 3 are in the bottom half of the league!
    So, not too shabby a start really.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    clinath

    is it really ultra cautious? healthiest GD we’ve had in years. 4 against norwich and 4 v reading and 6 v qpr.

  • 14 hibbit // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    didn’t think it was a penalty last night and still don’t this morning just been watching the replays and Dorrans was looking for a pen and dived

  • 15 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Legolas, it depends whether or not the Ref deems the celebrations over the top or overly long!

  • 16 Ron Knee // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    “It will be a lot more difficult than it looks on paper and remember – this is Newcastle.”

    Wise words, Ed!

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    charlie

    i really enjoy your match report

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    reportS

  • 19 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Rotondo…ULTRA cautious is probably a bit strongin fairness, and having seen who we’ve played so far, well justified. Just feel, like most fans, that at home we could be adding another goalscorer instead of a holding midfielder.

  • 20 Wayayman // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    For anyone who missed this last night, BobbyBee’s match report is pure gold and deserves a repost. Hope you don’t mnd, Bobby.

    “Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 4:18 AM

    Finally i get to the blog. What an incredible experience that was. What a night indeed. That truly was mental. Just mental. Should have been five up by half time, but missed some glorious chances, before finally getting a goal. Then somehow, in a game we’ve dominated, we find ourselves three one down with 20 minutes left. Where did that come from. Some nobs left at that point and you know what? Serves them right. Deserters in battle. The noise increases when minutes later Gayle – chance misser in chief to be fair – drills in a beauty after great control. 3-2 and bizarrely I knew what was coming. Six minutes injury time, four ticked by and then The Gouff nods it home. Queue flaming pandemonium. The cocky buggers on level seven silenced. Still celebrating that and bang! All is forgiven Gayle – sticks one in the corner from the edge of the box. The whole ground, even the dead people in the east stand, stand as one and hurl ‘who are ya? Who are ya?’ at the once gobby little flock of Canaries.
    And of course, daft lad here goes mental and knacks his back big style. Ffs. So I sit typing this after four o’clock because I can’t sleep because I am in agony. ? So so serves me right. Wtf was I thinking? But then, I don’t care. It was wonderful and if I can’t walk for the next few days? A price well worth paying. God, it was like being a teenager all over again. You don’t get drugs that give you a buzz like that. Only football can and only Newcastle United. This is truly what I live for, games like this. All the pants that has gone before? Don’t care! I’m sat here propped up in bed, in total agony and i couldn’t give a toss. That, tonight it what it’s all about. ?”

  • 21 barkel // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Unbelievable the difference between this and last season, 3-1 down last season could have ended in 5 or 6-1, it’s great to see a bit of fight in the team.

    Can’t blame the defence too much for the conceded goals (judging by the highlights). Going forward we always look a threat, just need to put more of them away. Gayle could’ve had about 10 in the last 2 games. 7goals in 8 starts is hard to complain about though!

    HTL

  • 22 hibbit // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Norwich wasted so much time last night it easily could have been 10 minutes extra !!

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Rotonda

    Cheers – I’ll keep them going – got no favourites – just give it as I see it.

    missed Atsu off
    Acts – 5 did not have much time on pitch but got down the wing and put in a decent cross – alas no-one there.
    Never realised how small he is

  • 24 Markaccus // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Gave up checkong the score at 3-2 down. Then before going to sleep, decided I’d look on the bbc sport site and check the fall out of our defeat….. nearly shat me pants. Went to sleep in a much better mood.

  • 25 nut meg // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Legolas / clinath@ed
    Googled and found this.
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/20159223

  • 26 Markaccus // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    *checking

  • 27 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    as I thought Nut Meg. thanks for that

  • 28 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Ella… Penalty, deflection and a wonder goal from Jerome. I’d say they were very fortunate. Hardly did anything of note for Darlow to save.

    Shot in last seconds was worrying when Darlow spilled it, mind.

  • 29 BandB // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Wayaman

    Aye, the long-suffering, uncomplaining bobbybee.
    If he didn’t exist someone would have to invent him.
    Nevertheless, right now he is the perfect counterweight to those who start throwing their toys about unless we are leathering everything in sight.

  • 30 Legolas // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Thanks for that nut Meg. I must have been diddled loads on a Sunday. Ha ha.

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    @23
    Atsu – bloody spell correction.

    Mitro – Mitro bloody mad – mad – mad. ‘Mad Mitro’
    If he is not going to get sent off – he is going to hug some-one to death.

    You can see why he is becoming/is a cult figure.

    Mind you last minute last night wonder a few people in the Gallowgate didn’t get crushed/hugged to death – amazing noise, atmosphere at the end – and the reaction from the bench when the winner went in and the players reaction to the emotion of the ‘minute’ at the end to themselves and the fans. a minute to saviour.

    And maybe the players realised what to play for the TOON means to the fans the manager and the City.

  • 32 nut meg // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Markaccus
    We’re 6 hours ahead of the UK so it was a 1.45 am kick off for me.I couldn’t get back to sleep after listening to it on the radio…buzzing ..still kicking, heading & tackling everything an hour after going back to bed !!

  • 33 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    two lads Nut Megged in one blog…and both say thanks. Never seen that before 😉

  • 34 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    One question that went out of my head as the game unwound – what has happened to the Gallowgate Flags carry on?
    Not a single flag at any point last night?

    Has it been binned already?

  • 35 nut meg // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    clinath@ed
    Haha…a drop of the shoulder, a little shimmy,through the legs & whoosh.. he’s gone.

  • 36 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Budge…read somewhere yesterday, it’s had to be dropped through lack of support. Sad really

  • 37 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Budge, maybe because it was a night match?

  • 38 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    The flags were there at the last home game prior to last night.

  • 39 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Cheers Clinath – that is a shame but it never looked right to me -I think stand isn’t deep enough for it to work.
    Think one massive banner like we used to have would work better?

  • 40 Jib // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Norwich away to Wolves and Huddersfield away to Ipswich on Saturday – could be big smiles on Tyneside Sunday morning

  • 41 ScoopSouthAfrica // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Last night kind off brings back a few memories. Obviously seen it on the telly however, 2001 xmas time at Elland Road.
    Leeds were also 3-1 up after 56 minutes and we got back to 3-3 with an Alan Shearer penalty and then Nobby got the winner also at the death……..
    Happy Days

  • 42 Jib // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    The Gallowgate flags lads have probably done a runner with the collection box.
    😀

  • 43 Jib // Sep 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Aye Leeds United
    Wonder whatever happened to them ?

  • 44 Slank // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Will Anita return against Rotherham and if so where ?

    Yedlin would appear good enough to retain his place.

    Could Anita slot alongside Shelvey with or without Hayden if Diame is dropped ?

    Darlow deserves to play again. The only goal he may have saved was the second. The third goal was just unfortunate. He couldn’t do much with that deflection.

  • 45 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Think Yedlin will get a rest he was carrying a knock in the second half. That would be logical so more than likely that Rafa will start him!

  • 46 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Slank

    Don’t know if you saw Lascalles give Darlow a huge hug last night at the end of the game then Rafa gave him a hug to.

    I thought the defence defended a lot further up the pitch – their goals tended to come from the midfield not tracking back picking up the runners i.e. Shelvey for the last goal

    as for the second cross was deep and Jerome had acres of space to pick his spot or as some thought a miss hit cross back in the box – I thought it was a good goal.

  • 47 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    So, what a state I do get myself into sometimes. 🙂 So worth it though. Can’t move, don’t care and I’d do it again for that. Spontaneous stupidity I think it’s called.
    Couple of things. I’m wasn’t referring to those who leave a couple of minutes early. That happens every game. It’s those who left 20 minutes early when their third goal went in. Big difference. HUGE difference. They left because they thought we were beat, with 20 minutes left in a game we should’ve been out of sight in the first half.
    How did they score three? Ha! No idea. Penalty, which I thought from my good viewpoint was a penalty. Came in from behind and gave the ref a decision to make. Daft, but he made up for it later. Second, maybe Darlow’s positioning could be questioned but it was speculative at best. Third, total fluke. By then though, we should’ve been out of sight. Could so easily have dropped our heads, but the lads kicked on again and peppered their box. It was simply amazing. When we equalised it went mental, but when we scored the winner – think Arsenal at 4-4 but slightly madder.
    Neil should be ashamed of himself. A lot of the i jury time came from their niggling time wasting tactics – and Yedders getting launched off the pitch and the long delay that brought. To say he thought they deserved it is just fantasy. I actually thought six minutes was a bit tight to be fair, but always knew we had a lot of time coming at the end.
    True, we need to kill off teams, but I wouldn’t have swapped that for anything. 🙂 These nights are what makes being a football fan unique. No amount of booze or drugs can emulate the feeling last night. Pure raw emotion. I just LOVE IT!!!
    Clearly I’m going nowhere today! 🙂 Don’t care either. Can’t believe I thought I was a teenager again, but that’s how it felt. Ecstatic. This is our year to bounce back because I think that just cured us of our home sickness. Long drive back to Norwich after that mind. (Snigger snigger).

  • 48 estechco // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    In the pub last night after the game one of the boys said he had never seen a ball kicked out of SJP before.

    I was pretty adamant that I had seen it happen (even since the stadium grew notably in height), but couldn’t back it up with any specifics.

    Can anyone remember this happening and back me up with something a little more concrete?

  • 49 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Estecho, I was thinking myself when the last time a ball left the ground. I couldn’t remember either. Not since the ground became a proper stadium anyway. I’ve kinda got a slight memory of it, but can’t for the life of me remember if it’s a real memory. Takes some doing like. 🙂

  • 50 Slank // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    estechco

    I can’t ever recall seeing or hearing of a ball being kicked out of the ground. Which stand was it ?

    In the old days it was a favourite tactic for teams playing away to Fulham to hoof it into the Thames.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Slank, east stand mate. Wheeeeee! They were time wasting after 3 minutes though! I just love it when time wasting is punished like that. It’s the ultimate justice. Obviously only when it happens to them; bad refereeing it happens to us. 🙂

  • 52 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Sunderland have recorded pre-tax losses totalling £170m over the past nine years. That is horrendous. They’ve been rubbish the entire time, and with average home crowds of over 40 000 into the bargain. I’ve criticised Ashley, but bloody hell, that’s worse, and goes to show how much the senior clubs swallow up not just the glory but also the profits.

  • 53 Legolas // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Bobbybee,

    I was at the Arsenal game when we drew 4-4. My seat was on the half way line in the milburn stand. Sat there for years. I must admit when Arsenal scored their fourth for a split second I nearly left. My conscience and my mate pulled me back. (Pleased I didnt leave now). I don’t go now money, circumstances and a bit of nagging (from the missus) but I bet the atmosphere would have been unbelievable. How I miss nights like that.

    Good post you summed it up well.

  • 54 Slank // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Charlie

    No I didn’t see the hugs as regrettably I wasn’t at the match.

    Did the defence look more comfortable with Darlow in goal ?

    I was pleased that Rafa rotated (dropped) Sels. I didn’t think he would being more inclined to show misguided loyalty to the player he bought but I take my hat off to Rafa for being objective and not showing favouritism for which previous managers were guilty of.

    I thought their second was a well taken goal.

  • 55 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Slank
    Don’t know if it still happens at Shrewsbury but they had a man on stand-by with a coracle to row into the river Severn to retrieve the ball if it was hoofed into the river

  • 56 Slank // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Bobbybee

    Incredable. Who hoofed it over the stand ?

    I wonder whether Gayle, as is tradition for a hatrick, get to keep the ball.

  • 57 Slank // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Charlie

    What would be remarkable if the ball ended up in the Tyne as its downhill all the way.

    Forget the crossbar competition. Who can hoof it into the Tyne !

  • 58 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Would have rolled to the strawberry I think nice keeps sake for someone – it was very early in the game.

  • 59 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Legolas, thank you for that. I genuinely feel for people who can’t go due to circumstances. I got a bit of stick for saying I gave up nights on on the razzle for my ST on here, by people lucky enough to be rich enough to do both. Never bothered me what people think of me though. 🙂 I’m a happy bunny in my life and frankly would rather go to games than piss it up a wall. I hope you can get to at least one game mate and really hope it’s one like last night. I thought the 4-4 was special, but that was at least as good.

  • 60 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Slank, one of their defenders. No idea who though, those horrible shirts all look alike to me. By horrible I mean anything not black n white. 🙂 To get it up and over like that though? Classy play lol.

  • 61 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Seriously though, kicking a ball that high? Most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field. Coming down like a comet – somebody could’ve been killed to quote SAF. 🙂
    Coventry manager gone. Too harsh imo. Done an incredible job without a bean to spend. Missing Arma this season though. Those 20 goals made a huge difference. Tony Mowbray is one of football’s good guys. Good coach.

  • 62 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    BobbyB has done it best so far but I hope people not at the game are getting the sense how special last night was.

    I can remember thinking at 3-3 ‘take this in’ and just standing and letting the noise and movement of the fans wash over me. As soon as we started to attack again you knew they were going to score it was a real time stood still moment. Just magical.

    What it must have been like to be on the pitch and playing – god almighty.

    From the feeling after the Wolves game to this!
    Only football does that

  • 63 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Slank
    I thought the defence looked more comfortable – defended further up the pitch but let down by the midfield – Shelvey, Colback and Diame not picking up the runners.

    And
    In yee olden days – the Leazes End – prior to the new stand the baal being hoofed over the terraces into the car park – leazes park.

    AYE grand olde days – Half time scoreboard, ten minute flag – black ‘n’ white, five minute flag Union Jack – when a poor bloke in all weathers had to open the hatch on the top of the main stand and hoist the flag.

    Dead eyed Peanut sellers chuckin’ bags of peanuts miles up the stand.

    lasses in hot-pants with promotions, ice cream sellers and Mr Magpie in his paint black ‘n’ white suit top hat and walking stick doing the round.

    big games people hanging oot the popular trees behind the Popular side

    frozen pitches, orange balls, skinheads, rival fans chasing each other through the streets – getting soaked many a game – I grande olde days s!!!
    Nostalgia yes but NO – much, much better today

  • 64 Legolas // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Bobbybee,

    That’s the thing. It wasn’t just the price of the ticket. There used to be about 10-15 of us who went to the match. We would meet about 12.30/13.00 and have few pints then a pint or 2 at half time then on to bar after the game. Sometimes out on a night. You could spend the best part of a £100 a game.
    It’s not just the money though I work shifts and sometimes missed games and it really annoyed me. Ha ha.

    But we had some good times. Haha.

  • 65 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Legolas, you’ve experienced it though mate. Some haven’t. You can relate to the fans last night and that will stay with you forever – or at least until you get to go again. Sneaky feeling you might be working out how to go again. My son had a cold last night and wasn’t up to it, so I went with a friend. Son’s gutted. He’s been so unlucky. He was ill for the Arsenal game as well bless him. Goes without saying my mate was ecstatic. 🙂 Wants the lad to be ill more often lmao! Cruel man. Football is a big commitment, as you know it’s not just a case of sitting down and watching the game. Like you say, so easy to get carried away and spend a fortune. You have to plan holidays, weddings, etc to fit in with the season because you know – you just KNOW that if you missone, that’ll be the game of the season. Sadly, my lad knows it all too well already! 🙂

  • 66 nut meg // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Charlie
    As a young boy I used to get passed down overhead in the gallowgate end so I could sit on top of the wall around the pitch Don’t forget toilets…that stench never leaves you! Aye..give me modern stadiums every time.

  • 67 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Gayle was man of the match for me even before his third. What an excellent goal that was. But his second was even better. I did predict Gayle would get at least twice as many goals as Mitro this season.

    Shelvey had another commanding game.

    Rafa should have had Diame off much sooner. Yet another poor show from him (Diame).

    Despite conceding three last night, that back four would be my choice.

  • 68 Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Charlie, when I started going, like yourself, fans fighting was already the norm bizarrely. Expected almost. For me, being able to go with my son has been a blessing. When he was younger, if it was like my youth, I never would’ve taken him. Love him too much to put him at risk. It’s not just that I’ve grown up, football has. Not that I acted grown up last night. 🙂 Banter with rival fans is a buzz now, not a provocation. I prefer it now, but the good (?) Old days was an experience to say the least.

  • 69 hibbit // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    bobby mate
    give it a rest about folk leaving early its not something new if you remember the old 10 minute flag(( in the corner between the popular side and the gallowgate end )when it came down there was a mass exodus to leave no matter were the game was followed by a rush of folks coming in for the last 10 minutes

    folk have all kinds of reasons for leaving its there loss

  • 70 geordiesteve520 // Sep 29, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Both interesting and pleasing that Rafa has said this about the fans, as previously both McClaren and Pardew have blamed the fans for us losing points due to the fact we want to win too much!?!

  • 71 Moonraker15 // Sep 29, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    It is better by miles nowadays but my very earliest memories of the Leazes end in the late 50’s was the old roof and open east end with cigarette smoke billowing out from within. From my position at the front of the Gallowgate at you didn’t see the game like we do now as you were so low down but the atmosphere was brilliant. There was no hooligans then either; that was to come later and thank god it’s gone away.
    But nights like last night are moments we’ll never forget like other great games in our history; but I think this was a huge statement by the players who obviously love the toon and make me very proud ! HWTL




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