The Gallowgate Flags group have made a big difference in getting those flags unfurled at the Gallowgate end and the display on Sunday afternoon when Liverpool were the visitors was exceptional.
The Gallowgate Flags Group is breaking up, but other groups are taking up the work on the flags, and some of the Gallowgate Flags members are staying on board to keep working on the flags.
So it was a fitting display on Sunday, and the group did great work for the club.
In his long meeting with the local press this week, Rafa Benitez has talked about the effect the flags have had on him.
The latest banner was first brought out by the fans of Benitez’s former club Valencia, and they used to sing the words to the manager.
Newcastle fans in praise of Rafa
It read “Nostros te seguimos a todas partes, siempre te respaldaremos, por todas las mentiras que nos digan, jamas te dudaremos. Estamos contigo.” which translates to:
“We will follow you everywhere, we’ll always have your back. In spite of the lies they tell us, we’ll never doubt you. We are with you.”
How would that sound to the tune of Blaydon Races?
This is what Rafa said about that spectacular banner which was 65 meters long and also the other flags on display against Liverpool FC:
“As a manager you are really pleased and really proud to see the fans behind you and the team.”
“As a person, it means even more. When you have been in Liverpool and you know how the fans were with you, and you were at Valencia and had the same.”
“Normally if you are successful, the fans have a good relationship with you – especially two or three places which I have a good relationship with the fans.”
“They appreciate that if you play well and win and if you are professional. They are not stupid – they have information and they know that we work very hard here and that we try to focus on that.”
“I think that they appreciate all these things, the connection with the city, the Foundation and things like the club are trying to do.”
“I am trying to help the club do those things, but sometimes it is not just you, the club is doing things and you support the idea – so everybody is winning.”
“You have to be really proud of that.”
There is a chance this season that we could even finish in 7th place, but yes, it’s too soon to be thinking about that.
Our next four games are all winnable, and that’s all Rafa will be thinking about starting at Southampton a week tomorrow.
And come to think of it it’s about time we won at St. Mary’s.