Some exciting news for those attending next month’s game against Leicester on December 9th, as it has been confirmed that it will be Leazes Flags’ first full display at St James’ Park – with the fan group hoping to create a ‘wall of noise’ thanks to flag display at both ends of the ground.
We have already seen some great work done by Gallowgate Flags (now known as ‘Wor Flags’) at one end of the ground, but Leazes Flags has now been formed by a group of NUFC fans in a bid to up the atmosphere at the opposite end of St James’.
Speaking to The Chronicle, a Leazes Flags member has spoken out about his excitement ahead of their first display next month, revealing that they have some great designs ready and waiting to commemorate the club’s 125th year anniversary against Leicester next month:
“We’re absolutely delighted to finally have a date to work towards now,”
“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make this a reality and everyone involved cannot wait to celebrate the 125th birthday with some fantastic displays and brand new flags.
“We have some great designs commemorating moments from the clubs history, and we’re aiming to make the Leazes a sea of black and white, a wall of noise and a real sight to behold. The flags on display that day will hopefully give some fans a feeling of nostalgia and pride when it comes to the wonderful club we all love!.”
Like Wor Flags in the Gallowgate End, this fan-led movement in the Leazes is dependant on funds being raised from supporters – and several donations have now allowed them to buy and design new flags:
“We simply can’t thank the public enough. Without them this would have just been a pipe dream for us, and some of the donations have been incredible!
“The amount of money raised has allowed us to think even bigger and better in terms of flags and we hope to repay them by improving the match day experience as well as giving them the opportunity to choose the flag designs they want to be put into production.
“It’s massive for everyone involved in the club, not only to commemorate the 125th anniversary but to be playing the Premier League Champions from a couple of seasons ago. Last time we played them at home they played us off the park, on their way to the title, so it’ll be a good opportunity to see how far we’ve come under Rafa.
“This will be the first time both ourselves and Wor Flags are carrying out displays on the same day and we are so excited for everyone to be part of a fantastic atmosphere at St James’.
“Going forward we would love to have a flag display at every game possible, but this can only be made possible via donations from the public and volunteers who are willing to give us a hand on matchdays.”
Gallowgate Flags played a big part in ‘bringing the noise’ back to St James’ last season and at the start of this, so these efforts from those in the Leazes End are greatly appreciated – helping boost the feel-good factor on matchdays at both ends of the ground.
To have your say on some of the names and faces you’d like to see on their flags in the Leazes end, head to www.leazesflags.co.uk to cast your vote!
We look forward to it. It promises to be a superb spectacle at both ends of St James’!