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.
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!