Rafa – Everybody Is Winning At Newcastle – You Have To Be Proud

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • YoungMag :P

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1


    Fans can post there opinion regardless of whether it’s pessimistic, realistic or optimistic. That’s fine and the point of the blog. In all honesty, I shouldn’t have had a dig. Just merely dismiss it and continue on. I guess I just hot frustrated lol.

    But yes, I totally get both sides of the spectrum the more I think about it. Im usually an on the fence kinda guy tbh. Just when there’s a chance to feel excited, my personal opinion is that you should enjoy it whilst it lasts. Rather then, dismiss it. But yes, I understand the pessimism.

  • Tenbytoon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #2


    Completely agree with what your saying, We as supporters after this disgraceful regime should be excited, if there’s anything in these takeover stories, if there’s any glimmer of hope that we can have a team that matched the ones of KK or BAR then they should have the full support of not just me and you but the whole toon army worldwide. If this Amanda lass was only just watching a game as a supporter lets make a noise for her so she does get interested. People who are being negative about this whole story need to get a life or a woman because nothing can be worse than the last 10 years with the pieman!!!!


  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    YoungMag…Indeed, everyone should feel welcome to say what they’re feeling. I do get that sometimes, that can be frustrating when that feeling doesn’t tie in with our own.

    I think questioning those opinions is fine too, as it creates debate / discussion. Throwing labels around and guessing how a whole group will react to something isn’t going to do that though, it’ll just cause arguments, hence why I wont bother responding to tenbytoons comment that anyone on the same page needs to get a life or find a woman. Where’s that getting us?

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    *not on the same page.

  • Tenbytoon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Just don’t get the people who don’t want this to happen, don’t get why people want more of what we’re being served up, that’s all I’m saying

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 7, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Tenbytoon…Have there really been people saying they don’t want it to happen?

    I know some have said that they hope if it does happen, that they prove to be better owners, but that’s not the same thing.

    For me, I’d be happy to have a roll of the dice. I don’t think that means I should start posting fantasy line ups including Messi though, based on what really is only speculation at this stage.

    Bring it on though, I’d be delighted.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    YoungMag 😛

    Your enthusiasm for the rumoured take over is understandable and you have every right to hope.

    A word games of caution though: Over the years, fans of Newcastle United have expressed hope and ambition to have their club owned by someone or a body that would share them with its fans.

    When Ashley arrived, there was much hope, much excitement that he had would take Newcastle United forward. He brought Keegan back after listening to fans and it looked as though Ashley might just be the owner that the fans had hoped for. Yes, the place was buzzing.

    But, as has happened many times over the years, fans’ hopes were cashed when Ashley showed his true colours when he effectively sacked Keegan and installed,Kinnear as replacement. That was it, any trust and hope for success under Ashley was gone, dashed by his failure to see the Club as anything other than a vehicle to promote SD. Ashley image has never recovered.

    So, YoungMag, fans are naturally sceptical and have a conditioned caution when presented with the possibility, the opportunity to see Newcastle United become the great club it could be.

    You can be assured, they aren’t knocking you for your enthusiasm but the older ones among us are wary about being disappointed, feeling let down, yet again. It’s an unconscious defence mechanism you’re seeing so try to understand that and when NUFC is back in the big time, you can be the cheer-leader urging the sceptics to join you in your enthusiasm.

    In the meantime, take no notice of the BOFs (Boring Old Farts) who try to knock you down.


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