#Bring back the scarves!

A sight for sore eyes.

A fantastic initiative has been doing the rounds on social networks, Twitter and Facebook, urging Toon fans to ‘bring back the scarves’ in an effort to re-create scintillating atmosphere that was on display at Alan Shearer’s testimonial game in 2006.

Personally, I feel it’s an idea which is long overdue and would give our new boys a real taste of just how the St James’ Park crowd can explode into life, generating an atmosphere that can send chills down the spines of any opposing team and give the Toon players a massive morale boosting lift at the same time.

Being from outside of the UK, people often ask me why I put myself through the “torture” of being a Newcastle supporter, enduring relegation, seeing no trophy celebrations, watching exciting prospects get sold and so on and so forth.

My answer is easy, because I believe that all NUFC supporters, whether from Newcastle itself, the surrounding area, or far away countries ranging from India, the USA or South Africa like myself share some major personally traits – PASSION and LOYALTY.

It’s that passion which keeps this club riding high, despite the difficulties endured during recent years, and it’s a passion that, when demonstrated in the fashion it was at Shearer’s testimonial, cannot be matched by many other clubs around the world. Take a look for yourselves.



When I show my Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool etc mates the video clip of that special night, their jaws unknowingly drop an inch. Seeing it myself, I begin to imagine myself in the crowd, waving that flag, singing Geordie songs, bursting with pride.

Yet, it begs the question… Why can that atmosphere not be repeated at every home fixture?

I realise each home game might not match the significance of that Shearer’s testimonial, but if it could be done, even in just one section, it would make playing at St James’ all the more special for our own players and all the more intimidating for the opposition.

There aren’t many things the supporters have a say in with regards to decisions at Newcastle these days. The atmosphere at the ground is, however, entirely in the supporter’s hands, whether there is a “singing section” at the
ground or not.

It doesn’t stop supporters from singing, waving flags and scarves and giving the boys on the pitch everything they have. This can be done whether you are on your bum in a seat during the game or on your feet welcoming the lads on the pitch or celebrating a goal.

Just look at our incredible away support if you need any further inspiration – without a doubt some of the best in the world, often creating more noise than the opposition home support, even if the game is not going our way.

So, for all those who have the privilege of going to St James’ Park this season, let’s bring back the scarves, let’s get the atmosphere back to fever pitch, let’s scare the life out of the opposition players, and let’s show the world the passion we share!

Bring back the scarves!

Many thanks to JJ again for submitting this one! Great work fella! 

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

60 thoughts on “#Bring back the scarves!

  1. Me and my scarf are going to the Fulham game 😀 Would be great if we could recreate something along the lines if that night!!

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  2. You summed it up Toonsy – “Passion and Loyalty.” It’s in the blood for the Toon!

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  3. I agree entirely with the above-Shearers testimonial was a very special night for all involved-i remember my hair standing up on the back of my neck-awesome,but this year personally i`m struggling to find any enthusiasm at all-this is for the first time in my 20 years as a season ticket holder and 40 years of being a supporter and a true fan supporting the toon all over europe 🙁 I agree in principle with fat lads policy of getting NUFC standing on its own two feet but I get the feeling that i`m being robbed senseless this year(even more than others) and the fek off attitude displayed by the board9as it is) is degrading and very disturbing….Ill be there in my usual seat next match and i`ll bring along my scarve-i`ll give it a go if you lot will-lol 😉 it would be nice to feel that buzz again…lets do it boys… 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Great article JJ. I never get tired of watching videos from that night.

    Big Al- Agree that there seems to be a bit of a lack of enthusiasm at the moment but surely wins agiainst Fulham and QPR would bring some fiire back!

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  5. If you don’t feel enthusiastic after an away win at 5under1and then maybe it’s time to hang up your boots? 🙁

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  6. Ye, now I’m about… 😆

    Craig,

    I’m quite sure after an draw against the Arse, and an away win against the Scum, and now a winnable fixture against Fulham the crowd will be up around 48 000. More than enough scarves to generate an electric atmosphere.

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  7. Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    “140 characters is not enough, I need to start blogging I think.”

    How about concentrating on your football for a while and stop picking up needless yellow cards? 🙄

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  8. i forgot how the stadium looked and sounded. we have to do this!! bring back the scarves!! it makes me feel proud again to be a fan of a great team. proud of the fans past and present, proud of the players. proud of sir bobby and proud to be a geordie!!

    Cashley may hold the purse strings but he doesn’t hold the heart strings

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  9. JJ…. dont we historically loose to fulham at home? i cant recall. And of course the atmosphre will be a tiny bit dependant if we have a LB or not i think. OK, a forward is also desperate but at least the club can bullsh1t and say, hey we have forwards… we dont actually have a single LB and if we dont get one now its January before we can even look at bringing in one from the blue square prem league for 750 quid.
    All aside though… a win against fulham woudl be great… not easy though as they are real jinx team for us

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  10. I see Joey wants to start blogging…

    Be great if we could get him to give us a view once a month or so… 😆 💡

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  11. TOONSY great thread by the way,brings back memorys,but why should they be memorys this is something the fans can do 😉

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  12. Craig Chrisholm,
    The point is to prove our loyalty to the players, because once the window shuts I honestly couldn’t give a shit about Ashley or Lambias.

    I’ll support who ever is on the pitch. I would think that goes without question if you are a supporter of the club. 🙄

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  13. I’m all for this, and for anything that helps get the atmosphere going.

    As someone who no longer gets to SJP anything like as much as I’d like, I think a decent source for CURRENT chants and songs would be useful too. One reason a singing section worked so well is that everyone there could learn from the others. If it’s going to be spread among the bigger crowd then people need to arrive already able to recognise a song and join in.

    Just a thought.

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  14. Toon Chicken -yes of course i enjoyed the win against the macums but that doesn’t change the FACT that we have started the season playing what can only be described as average football(at best) with a r/b at l/b and no striker,,,do you honestly believe that we will achieve anything this year? we will lose Barton and a couple of others if the media is to be believed-so yes i’m struggling to be enthusiastic-i make no apologies for that BUT i`ll turn up and support my team as i`v always done,i`m simply upset that fat ash and his cronies are treating us with even more contempt than usual-we`v been lucky so far but we don’t have a squad that can continue like this as we`r predictable-i hope the new lads do well and wish them all my best but it`s simply papering over the cracks-our squad is unbalanced and lacking in depth and quality-Shola has only proved that he`s out of his depth and Ba seems to be way short of fitness and as sharp as a wet fart..I`m usually a positive person but this season i feel abused and exploited-the books are balanced but at what cost to the team?-I like everybody else want the best for NUFC but i (like other older fans) have been here before during the 70s-80s…as i say,i`ll be there with my scarf supporting the lads…same as i`v always done 😉

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  15. BB…..try taking it off your neck first 😉

    Craig….they’ve beat us 3 times in 10 years at home 😉

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  16. maybe thats the very problem… supporting the team is one thing but supporting the club is something different in my book. i would hazard a guess i plough a fair bit of my cash into supporting the team every year.. two platinum season tickets aint cheap, plus i live down in norfolk now.. it comes to over 3k a year all in… that is me supporting my team.. i dont support the club though as i find its a joke the way its ran mate.. sorry, thats my view like .

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  17. I watched the Fulham match last week and thought they were poor until the end. I know they had a mid-week Europa match though. Hopefully they do this week as well. 😉

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  18. Big Al – I’ve supported the Toon all my life and never seen us win owt of note.

    We had been on the slide for years before Ashley came so a bit of stability along with slow and steady progression will do me for the next few seasons at least and I’m reasonably confident we’ll achieve that.

    Yeah the football’s not been great so far but the spirit seems to be there and we’re getting the results, so I’m sure the performances will come in time.

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  19. MDS@27-

    Fulham have a Europa League match this Thursday against Dnipro. They do have a three goal advantage, though, so they may be able to rest some of their better players.

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  20. We’ve got a week to go before the window closes. Any chance of suspending the doom predictions until then? I’d argue that if we do get those two players we’ll be far stronger than last year, and even if we only get one of them we’re looking better than we were.

    Like it or not, this club will not be the subject of the same plaything funding as others. Quite right in my book, and pretty soon everyone will be the same on that front.

    That means that the better supported it is, the more money it makes and the better players it can buy. That’s why the scum are utterly fekked now but Liverpool aren’t: because Liverpool has three times the revenue to play with.

    All we can do is put on the kind of show we did at Big Al’s testimonial and hope it gets some bloke in Turkmenistan to buy a Toon shirt. That’s how it has to happen. There is no other way. Oh, and it’s fun. 😀

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  21. Luques goal was class. Now I’m a fairly young supporter so don’t quite understand how he had such a tough time a newcastle, cus that was class. Can anyone fill me in?

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  22. Scott….I’ve scored a better goal than that before but I was still crap, does that help any 😉 😆 ……….and I don’t think his attitude was the best either 🙁

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  23. Scottoon: From the outside, it looked like he had the skills, but was a poof who didn’t want to break his hair or train hard. Was used to other leagues where you could get away with fancy footwork in leiu of hard work and do-or-die challenges.

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  24. Anyone know where to get a scarf like that one Sir Bobby wore all the time? Be nice to have something like that as a reminder of the great man.

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  25. CC….said it before, I don’t think he’s going anywhere, he’ll get a new contract(I hope) or at least be here til Jan 😉

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  26. Scottoon, some foreigners are good on the continent where the footy is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. They get a bit of time on the ball. In comparison English footy is 200 miles an hour with wank**rs like clatermole trying to break your legs every 5 minutes! Some of the foreign boys just can’t hack the pace and intensity and Luque was a prime example.

    Unfortunately for Newcastle so was Maric, Viana, Bassedas, Andersson, Thomasson, Gavilan, Goma, Dumas, Asprilla, Kluivert…………

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  27. CC – Nah mate – he’s watching a doc called “How Britain Was Built” on the History channel. 😆

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  28. Crikey just realised I forgot Marcelino in my little list above Scott. Had a heart the size of Luques and missed 9 months with a finger injury. 5 mil he cost us. That’s before we get started on our very own Xisco Kid!

    I’m depressing myself 🙁

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  29. CC aye m8 you could be right,ashley must have his fingers crossed,fifa will ride to his aid,and ban toon from anymore transfers over there tapping up 😀 😀

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  30. Hoping to watch that scunny game online. It’ll actually be the first full game i’ll have watched so far

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  31. nearly shed a fooking tear watching that. ashley’s squashed our passion as a fanbase.

    that kinda atmosphere just doesnt, and hasnt existed at St.james since he came really (minus a few odd games namely arsenal & macams last year and boro at home in our relegation season)

    at least he tried with the singer and blaydon races eh?!

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  32. Toon fined £30k for failing to control players v Arsenal

    CC….hopefully, heard a few weeks back that Joey was in talks but the lad who told me is wrong as often as he’s right 😆

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  33. 15
    BOWBURNMAG
    August 23, 2011 at 15:47
    Bring back Kenny Everett to the East Stand.

    Bring back bowburnmag to the blog. 😆

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