I know everyone loves watching top flight football. As a fan there is no better feeling than the one you’ll get when the first team doing well.
We fill St James’ Park with an average crowd of around 47,000 a game. There is plenty of support about and yet there is more football for the passionate football following to digest should they choose to.
So what’s stopping us getting to our reserves games? There are only a few games are on display to the fans all season, but it’s worthwhile when you go. It’s a good atmosphere and a great laugh, and it’s where I first seen Sammy Ameobi in action!
The last game I went to see a game which involved the reserves was when we played Blyth Spartans. It was a cup final of some sort, I don’t remember which one, but I do remember that we won 4-0 and it was a great night. There was good banter between the Geordies and the Spartans, and it was a good standard of football, well, good enough to surprise me anyway!
There should be no complaints about the price either as it was only one pound, yes, the price of an Iceland microwave meal or a ride on Toonsy’s Megabus!
I also remember a league game I went to, it was against Arsenal reserves, who are good, considering their amount of young talent, and the lads won 2-1! I didn’t start going to these games until the end of the season, but apparently the reserve derby had a good atmosphere, and we beat their reserves too. It seems as though they are in our shadow at every level.
It’s definitely worth going to these games if you have nothing to do of a night time. The games that generally attract the interest are are at St James’ Park although not all games are held at the Cathedral on the Hill. It would be great if lots of people would give it a try. In the last game I went to the East Stand was full, although I’m not sure about how many people turned up.
Are you a fan of Peter Beardsley? I thought so. It’s him that runs the team and a few “Beardsley gis’ a wave” chants generally get directed towards him. He usually replies.
It’s not that long this article, but I just wanted to publicise the reserve side a bit more. You can trust me it’s a right laugh, just ask TheDimpleBoy! There are some cracking players on show and I know other writers for this site also go along and have much the same view.
I know a lot of you can’t make it to these games due to work, distance or whatever. But for those who can make it then why not go along and give it a try? It’s a cheap night out and delivers a football fix at the same time.
The next game, should you fancy it and have a spare afternoon on Tuesday, is against Norwich at Whitley Park. It only costs a few quid to get in so why not go along and have a look at what it’s all about?
Trust me. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.