Gallowgate Flags have announced plans for their biggest display yet ahead of Sunday’s match against Liverpool and have asked for your help, with 100 volunteers needed to make it another memorable spectacle at St James’ Park.
For those that may not know, the group is a supporter driven movement that has taken place in the Gallowgate end following Rafa Benitez’s decision to stay on with Newcastle United. The mass flag displays have not only provided an incredible spectacle within the stadium, but have helped ramp up a positive atmosphere inside St James’ Park, demonstrating support to the players and Rafa Benitez.
Biggest ever display planned https://t.co/puC5MBpJ6P
— Gallowgate Flags (@gallowgateflags) September 26, 2017
Now back to Sunday. Here’s what they have planned, as revealed in The Chronicle, and here’s how you can help:
- FOUR surfer flags – including one huge new 65-metre long, four metre high flag with a message that the group are keeping a secret until Sunday
- The new Northern Soul flag will be unveiled – funded by selling 200 t-shirts to fans all over the world!
- For the FIRST time, they’ll have ALL of the retro shirt flags on the Gallowgate
They need 100 helpers to make this happen. Here’s THREE ways you can do your bit on Sunday as promoted by The Chronicle:
12pm – ‘Come down to St James’ Park before it opens at midday and help us go through the final run through. To do this, meet at the Glass Atrium in the Milburn Stand (main entrance), opposite the players’ entrance.’
3pm – ‘Meet where there will be songs and flags at the North Terrace Pub – then walk with flags and songs to the ground through Leazes Park and then the city.’
4pm – ‘Any volunteers who are not able to make midday can meet at Access (gate) 11 in the Gallowgate Concourse, which is at the end of the Gallowgate Bar and next to the Chicago Town Pizza Stand. From there the group will give you a position, a flag or another duty to help out.’
— Jonny (@jonnymchale13) September 27, 2017
Gallowgate Flags have worked wonders during Benitez’s time on Tyneside and their efforts will be there for all to see on Sunday – providing they get the support they need!
Here’s what group founder Alex Hurts has had to say prior to Sunday’s display:
“If you’re able to help for the weekend – we’re planning our biggest display yet with FOUR surfer flags, one new Northern Soul one funded entirely through t-shirt sales. 200 people from all over the world have bought t-shirts which match the design of the flag. We also plan to have all of our old shirt flags out for the first time.
“In addition we have a brand new banner which will be revealed on the day – and we need up to 60 people to help us hold it up and 100 (volunteers) in total.
“If fans think of the biggest displays they’ve seen at St James’ Park then they may be surprised to hear we’ve had no more than 25 people volunteer to make those displays happen. For this display we need 100 people. We’re really hoping that of the 8,000 people in the Gallowgate End, we can attract at least 100 people to help make this possible, in front of the watching world.
“The game is significant as it brings together two sets of football fans who adore Rafa Benitez and that’s what our home made banner will be demonstrating. We believe it will be the biggest home made banner in British football.
“It has taken about 25 hours (and counting) to make and hand paint from a group of around 15 volunteers. So we need your help. It’s 65-metre long. four metre high. It’s massive and we can’t lift it without your help.
“We really hope our fellow fans can make it along for the day. We get lots of thanks and praise from fans who love the displays, which is great but we now need their help to create the biggest display we’ve ever done to inspire the team to a massive win against a very good team.”
If you have any questions, Alex has asked anyone interested in helping to contract him on Twitter (@tfalex1892) or via e-mail: ([email protected].