Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.
It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes."
It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city."
It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.
Here are the video highlights of yesterday’s game at griffin Park which seems to play around the world for overseas fans.
Newcastle hung on after Daryl Murphy put us ahead with a great header after that man Dwight Gayle scored his 20th goal of the season but then Dwight was taken off after 29 minutes with a hamstring injury.
It was a great 3 points for Newcastle but we did carry some luck in those last 20 minutes with 9 minutes of stoppage time but that was because of the guts shown by all our players.
It’s very tough wins like these that can get us promoted.
The Chronicle are reporting this afternoon that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still thought to have full control of all football matters at the club.
This follows a report in the Sunday People today from head sports writer Neil Moxley that Mike Ashley was disappointed with Newcastle’s transfers recently and wanted to get back to the old way of signing players under 26 – so they have sell-on value.
They also reported that Ashley was keen to get Graham Carr contributing more to the players coming in.
Dwight Gayle looked very good in the first 28 minutes yesterday before he had to go off with a hamstring injury and unfortunately it’s an injury he had last season – so it could be a chronic injury for the player if it’s not handled correctly.
That’s not good.
Dwight looked really dangerous in that first half hour and his first goal was a joy to watch and there’s not many players who take the ball on the left wing just inside their half and the ball end up in the back of the net – another opportunity goal for this tremendous signing by Rafa Benitez.
That’s 20 goals in just 23 games for the striker and there’s no doubt we will miss this player although the food news is that Jonjo Shelvey should be back on Wednesday night against Birmingham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are still interested in signing Fulham’s 25 year-old creative midfielder Tom Cairney and are likely to go in with an offer for him soon to test the waters.
Certainly Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic does not want to lose his star player and he has said that many times – and Fulham are now rumored to be willing to offer Tom a new deal to get him to stay at Craven Cottage.
However, the wages will hardly be close to what Newcastle will be able to offer the player if he agrees to join us on Tyneside.