Once dark, well groomed hair is quickly replaced by a salt and pepper receding hairline for those fans that are fortunate enough to support the best club in the world (my bias), Newcastle United!
Now we accept this as part and parcel of getting the bug and unconditionally being a fan of this fantastic club, isn’t that correct?
We as fans aren’t the only ones that have to change passports or renew driving licences or any other form of official documents that require a photo, due to the ever changing faces and hair loss we endure over a period of just one decade, because it seems that anyone taking on a role at the club in any non playing capacity, generally suffer the same fate.
Look at Keegan and McDermott, dark curly perms, replaced in short order to salt and pepper thinning slightly wavy hair styles, all done in one stint at the club. Need I go on?
Lately, the club have took a firm stance on this and have hired either bald or ready grey replacements to save them the stress of watching their once young facial features ebb away under a disguise of stress veins and wispy blue rinse looking hair.
Joking aside, we seem to accept the stresses that come with being a fan because usually that’s how we have been conditioned, either due to kamikaze defences or nearly there title challengers and our fair share of dodgy goalkeepers and inept strikers over time.
Now all this was achieved without the benefit of the internet for us older lads who relied on TV or newspapers to get us panicking as well as the excitement watching the match whilst shouting, “ohhhh…oooooooh….ohhhhh noooooo” and covering our faces and also doing the Roy Hodgson face scrub as well as trying to drag our cheeks down to our chins. The stress of it all…
Well folks, I think we have now entered the 21st century with a new kind of stress and it is the age of the Newcastle United fan online.
Yes folks, we have bestowed our own stresses upon ourselves because ‘NOW’ we have all football corners covered with the invention of internet football forums, where we can all gain more knowledge from our peers and those in the know or those that we think are in the know.
Anything that is or isn’t official , will do the rounds on forums/twitter/facebook and a million gazillion other sites that can gather any snippet of information on our club, good, bad or indifferent.
We now don’t rely on newspapers as a main source of the goings on in the life of Newcastle United, we rely on each other and that can be a great thing or a not so great thing because we have now added to our stresses with rumours of dodgy dealings within the club and players leaving and so on.
The thing is, it’s brilliant isn’t it? Because we thrive on it and it gives us all plenty of talking points when out for a drink or wherever you are in the world, but it still doesn’t do a lot for our hair!
The upside, or downside, whichever way you want to look at it is that we have all became boardroom skilled and management skilled as well as financially savvy as to what goes on inside the club from top to bottom. Well OK, maybe not quite like that but we like to think so don’t we?
I have to admit that my overall Newcastle United savvy chat experience whether out in a pub or on holiday is far more balanced and accurate and fluent due to ‘blogs like this and messageboards in general.
Naturally we all know what we all know in our own way but how many people on here, seriously, have upped their knowledge of the whole Newcastle United scene based on internet banter?
And how many people’s stress levels have gone into overdrive as a direct result of knowing too much about the club?
Is knowing too much a good thing?