The rollercoaster of the Toon.

Sing it out loud

We still follow United!
Newcastle United is the centrepiece for many of our lives, and as all Geordies know, supporting Newcastle is never easy.

Although many a media outlet hates us, they also grudgingly respect the fact that through thick and thin our support for the team has never wavered, and as I found out from the moment I started watching football, our club has more ups and downs than a rollercoaster.

Firstly let’s focus on last season alone. I’m going to have to say that it was an extremely successful year in my eyes but just like any season, it had its fair share of high and low points.

I don’t think anyone could hide their disbelief when in our first home game we thrashed Villa 6-0 which would prove to be our largest win margin of the season. We also had an amazing result against the Mackems and took apart the Hammers at home.

We proved we were made of sterner stuff when we produced great battling displays at home against the top 4 teams which saw us earning quite a few extra points. But my highlight of the season had to be THAT game, THAT comeback, and THAT goal.

You all know what I’m talking about: Barton crosses it in…headed out by the Arsenal defender…drops to Tiote…..The rest is history. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that match as long as I live and for the sheer passion and commitment shown that day I think it beats the 5-1, don’t you?

However there were also quite a few moments to forget from last season the first being the embarrassing defeat to Stevenage which ruined our cup dreams for another year. The sacking of Chris Hughton left a rotten taste in all our mouths, as did the controversial sale of Andy Carroll.

One last thing which really disappointed me was in fact our last game of the season against West Brom which could of and should of been a great way to end the season. However as it was, we let a three goal lead slip which would result in the Mackems crawling out from their dustbins to remind us that they were top dogs.

But how about in your whole lifetime? What has been the best thing to happen as a fan of the club, and what was the worst?

As a younger fan I probably have less insight on this than some of you, but the best moments for me have got to be watching us in the Champions League, Sir Bobby’s first game (8-0) and THAT comeback.

Worst times? I’m going to have to go for the relegation season, which was heartbreaking to watch, and Sir Bobby Robsons death. Yes he no longer managed the club but he still held a place in every fans heart and the entire country mourned in unison for him. R.I.P.

So in your years of watching Newcastle what were your highlights? And what were the moments that made you feel like burying your head in your hands…

33 thoughts on “The rollercoaster of the Toon.

  1. Best moment: the whole Fairs Cup experience way back when.

    Worst: relegation – all of them.


  2. The Best for me was the day Shearer signed , i really thought with him on board we were ready to win something at last . Worst was every time Scumberland beat us .


  3. Far too many highs and lows to mention, needless to say the feckers have certainly put me through the mill. 😕 😀


  4. I can’t pick the greatest moment but it goes without saying the 5-1 win, 4-4 draw are two moments I will never forget. Even the 1-0 win away to Arsenal was probably one of the best peformances I’ve seen from us.

    And the worst was seeing us get relegated, being there made it even worse…


  5. Signing Alan Shearer has to be right up there.

    Low points for me was losing those two FA cup finals and losing the title race.


  6. Probably the Tino ha-trick against Barcelona, closely followed by the Tiote goal.
    Worst was the feeling as the final whistle went at Villa and listening to Phil “tangerine man” Brown, singing cos they hadn’t gone down.This was compounded by him saying he would loan a few of his players to lesser teams like Newcastle….Tosser


  7. Beating Sunderland 5-1 has to be up there for me because I’m too young to remember when we signed Shearer but that probably would of been the best moment.

    I’ve been told that when we signed Shearer the Sunderland Echo ran with the headline ‘Oh no, look who the Mags have signed’.

    Love it 😆


  8. unrelated, but i’ve just read that “We are the geordies” article, nice.

    The borders between Scotland and England have fluctuated many times over the years, putting Newcastle in a sort of “no mans land” between Scotland/England, which I think is why we’re a sort of seperate entity.


  9. Must say that I was devastated when we sold cole.
    Hindsight being mint and all that though.

    I was amazingly happen at the derby win but for pure uncontrollable delerium, has to be Tiote’s goal


  10. Highs…Keegan signing, Keegan’s debut as a player, clinching promotion at Huddersfield, 13k Toon fans keeping the Kop quiet even though we were getting humped 4 nowt, Beardsley’s goals v Man City and Brighton, Gazza’s goal v Crystal Palace in the FA cup,Tino v Barca, Shearer signing, Shearer’s volley v Everton, Shearer’s goal v Pompey, The 5 nowt v Man Utd,Bellamy’s winner v Feyenoord, 6 nowt v Villa, 5-1 v Scum, the comeback v Arsenal.

    Lows…Losing to the scum in the play offs, relegations,losing the 12 point lead, Sir Bobby dying, losing the cup finals 70’s and 90’s, any loss to the scum, losing to Marseille,any loss fullstop.


  11. When Shearer signed for the toon The Sun ran a brown ale advert that read: ‘Forget the cream of Manchester, Shearer prefers the pride of Newcastle’

    I still have it framed….


  12. Being from Australia and spending most of my adult life either living there or in Asia I’ve only managed 3 Newcastle games live. 2 games at SJP Birmingham and Bolton and an away match at Fulham. Out of these the first was the best with us winning 3-1 I think back in the days of Dyer etc. The other 2 games were scrappy affairs but we won both 1-0 so went home happy.

    Therefore, my best toon memories have sadly probably dcome on TV. Beating Man U 5-0 was my favourite game, but then my Ggeordie father would say NUFC 3-2 Barca I’m sure. I didn;t watch the latter match, but the highlights I’ve certainly watched a few times 😀


  13. richietoon that Bellamy winner against Feyenoord was a magic moment as well . Living in Holland i know a couple of feyenoord supporters and they got me a ticket for that game . I was sitting in the section next too the toon army ,and when he scored the roar was unbelivable . The lads sitting next to me stopped me from jumping up and cheering for my own safety 🙂 it was a great game and a weird feeling sitting next to the toon army and not being able to join in the singing .


  14. Agree with Richie @15 🙄
    About sums it up nicely mate.
    Been a rollercoaster for many many years, more highs and lows still to come more than likely. 😯
    Must be some kind of masacist or somat 😆


  15. What rich said bar things pre 1986, A couple of years early for me, But some ride like:

    A few other highs Andy Griffin vs Juve, Robert vs Southampton, Ginola vs Ferencvaros and 4-1 even Chopra scored.

    lows the capitulation in lisbon, Dyers post guarding in the nou camp, sacking bobby and hughton, Leyton orient friendly and the chelsea semi final…


  16. Got to be the away night at grimsby when we were promoted……fantastic night that I’ll never forget!!!


  17. Sorry about lack of articles today peeps. Usually I get up three hours early to sort it but I slept in today, then I couldn’t get internet connection on my laptop.

    Once again guys, sorry 🙁


  18. Toonsy…your high must be meeting your “special” friend, followed closely by recieving hugs off him 😆


  19. Good news for us but bad for the players Colo and Jonas have been left out of the Argentina squad for the copa america . Don’t know when it’s played but at least we wont miss them for a few weeks .


  20. Anyone hear anything about Tottenham terminating the contracts of Alan Hutton and Seb Bassong? Just read it on Ed’s blog and wondered if it was something doing the rounds.

    I’d take Bassong back and Alan Hutton could be our right winger. He isn’t a good defender so as a RB, he isn’t great but his attacking play is more devastating than any right winger we currently have.

    For free transfers, I’d take them in a heartbeat….. if it’s true.


  21. I would taker Bassong back for free , he can play cb &lb so would add much needed depth to the squad and imo is a better defender than williamson or saylor


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