There is never a dull moment at Newcastle United. Our club is often the subject of ridicule and criticism from neutrals and at tmes the southern press.
Despite all the drama and off field turmoil the club has found it’s self in over the years, we have continued to support and love our team. No one can question our passion or dedication as fans that’s for sure.
As fans our opinions differ at times but looking at the bigger picture we all want what’s best for our club. We all visit blogs such as this because of our undying love and affection for Newcastle United. But as a club and as fans how are we perceived by other football fans?
If you speak to any armchair supporters they are likely to say the same thing. That we are deluded, fickle and a bit of a joke. I find when speaking to Liverpool fans or United fans they normally rip into the club. Of course most of these people haven’t attended a match and don’t tend to know anything about football.
In truth I don’t know many individuals who share the same obsessive passion about the game as myself. If I ever want an intelligent chat about football I tend to look no further than a lad I work with. His name’s Sam and he’s a hardcore Nottingham Forest fan. Sam is a season ticket holder and he makes the effort to follow his team around the country too.
Sam has a good knowledge of the game and is one of the most passionate people I have met when it comes to supporting his team. Of course Nottingham Forest were fellow title contenders during our Championship season and were in fact one of only four teams that were able to beat us during that season. If you can recall Forest beat us 1-0 courtesy of a Dexter Blackstock goal at The City Ground.
I was at that game and remember being impressed by the Forest fans. For me they were one of the best set of fans in the division in terms of getting behind their team. Granted Toonsy and myself nearly had a spot of bother that afternoon in Nottingham. We bumped into some Forest fans after the match who didn’t seem too thrilled to see us, but hey that’s football and every club has a few fans who like causing trouble.
Like me, Sam takes football very seriously and will let a bad result affect his weekend. I thought I’d ask Sam a few questions about his opinions on Newcastle United as a neutral as it’s always interesting to hear what other fans think of us and how the club comes across.
He’s a top lad and knows his football, here’s what I asked him:
If you could have any player from our squad at Forest who would it be and why?
Jose Enrique – good, solid left back. He seems to be getting good recognition and is constantly being linked with other clubs. Plus Nottingham Forest don’t seem to understand what a left back is.
Yeah, Jose is almost certain to move on. He is indeed attracting a lot of interest and seems unlikely to sign a new deal sadly. Next question, who is/was your favourite ever Newcastle player?
Alan Shearer. First ever player I ever got shirt printing for. It was on my Euro 96 England home jersey. On my first trip to Wembley, he scored a volley in the goal I was behind. It was against Portugal I believe. I hate to use the word legend. but that’s what he is to me.
How do you rate our fans?
Very good fans. Sold out your allocation of course last time round at The City Ground. Got behind your team throughout, even when losing 😉 I was really impressed.
How well do you think last season went for us?
Extremely well, surely for a promoted club survival is number one. You did it seemingly comfortably. I did fear for you slightly when Carroll left and your response was Kuqi, but you got away with it no trouble and finished the season well.
Where do you think we will finish next season?
Mid table I’d say, tough to say exactly where.
If you were to have a guess?
What do you think of us selling our captain Kevin Nolan?
Kris Commons taught me a few years ago there in no loyalty in football as I’m sure your just as aware after the Carroll saga. Money talks unfortunately. He has been brilliant the past couple of seasons, but he is replaceable and you are bringing in decent players.
You guys have appointed a new manager recently. Hypothetically how would you of felt if Alan Pardew was named your manager?
It wouldn’t excite nor upset me to be honest. He does seem passionate which I like and he has done OK for you guys. But I did think Hughton was doing a tremendous job though and didn’t need replacing.
Who in your current playing squad do you think could play at a higher level and do a job for Newcastle?
Lewis Mcgugan. Fantastic young talent, he’s a midfielder but plays best behind the front two. Very affective from set pieces too, a higher level beckons surely (if not with Forest). If you haven’t seen his free kick against Ipswich, YouTube it asap.
What do you make of our new home shirt? Would you wear it?
I associate Newcastle with stripes, it could easily be passed off as an Ajax third shirt! I do like it but I prefer my football shirts to be traditional.
I don’t like to see any player who has served our club well fail. He is a good Championship squad player and I believe he knows his own limits. Take him for what he is, he will always give 110% but I don’t think he is 110% good enough or the Premier League (at the moment)
So there you have the opinion of an outsider. We did talk about Mike Ashley a bit and Sam sees the problem many Newcastle fans have with the owner but refrained from hammering the billionaire owner.
I thought it would be something a little different talking to someone not connected with Newcastle discussing the club and the fans and on the whole it was fairly complementary. Good luck to Nottingham Forest FC in their quest for promotion next season.
Sam is on Twitter as samwelljacks and posts as bastians13 on LTLF if your interested in any more of his views.
Comments welcome as always.