An Idiot Abroad…

Americans are getting Tooned in.
Americans are getting Tooned in.
With the globalisation of football and so many ex-pats on here, I thought there may be some interest in my recent match-day experience. Some background… I had been watching NUFC for a few years in a Chicago “soccer” bar but stopped going because I was usually the only NUFC fan there. I had dragged a friend there a couple of times but he was a jinx – we were down 4-0 at half time to Wigan and Spurs – so I banned him.

I was made aware on this website a couple of months ago that there was now a Chicago Chapter of NUFC USA. So I looked them up and made my way to the Milwaukee preseason game and they were a very friendly lot. The Guy that runs it said he had been to a pub earlier and Biffa from was in there and was treated like a rock star. Him holding court and the whole bar hanging on his every word.

So to Sundays’s match. It was scheduled for 7.30 am and I went over thinking there would be a couple of people there. Well, there were about 20 all in Toon tops and all in their 20’s and early 30’s. They had had a 6-8 foot NUFC banner made up and hung it in the window. They even had a professional photographer taking pictures. I was the only Geordie, they were all Yanks and had adopted NUFC in the past few years when Pards and Carvs were managers. I thought the were crazy, but I suppose there would be an affinity with NUFC as the Chicago Cubs haven’t won anything since 1908.

Anyway, its 7.30 and I thought I would be the only one having a pint, but no. The organiser gets a round in for about 6 at our table. When Cisse scored they all went mad like they had been Toon fans all their lives, jumping up and down and knocked the table of beers over.

Eric made the lads pass a Geordie dialect test before they were allowed to watch the game.
Eric made the lads pass a Geordie dialect test before they were allowed to watch the game.
The Pub replaced the beers free of charge and I learned they had an arrangement that they would show all NUFC games live and they must have a special license because you cant buy beer in a supermarket until 11 on a Sunday.

I got talking to these Lads and they are all Accountants, Estate Agents and Lawyers so God knows what attracted them to NUFC. One works for United Airlines and is flying into Bristol for a few days but specifically to go to the Swansea match. He asked me what the Welsh are like and I explained their love of song and sheep.

Well, the beers kept flowing and it was an entertaining match so we decided to stay and watch Liverpool. After about 4 hours of drinking starting that early, I must admit I needed a nap to recover. I am just so surprised how passionate this lot are about NUFC and that football seems to finally be taking off over here. NBC have just picked up the Premier League until 2021 showing every game and paying $1 Billion so it must be happening all over the country. This is a far cry from just a few years ago. There had always been a hard core of support for successful teams but not locals for NUFC. Maybe Schteve will have to get used to US tours!

240 thoughts on “An Idiot Abroad…

  1. Sharpy, he ain’t ever going to play Aarons and Perez together first time out this season away from home at Swansea, and I wouldn’t either. McC said he played Obertan to keep their wingback quiet, he got subbed at half-time! And, he set up a goal. He has got to go with Obertan, with the young lads to come on to help get us back in the game or to add the 4th!! 😀


  2. Going on McC’s comments, he definitely wants a lot more to get the squad where he wants, and it seems from his tone he expects to do that, just not al this window. His last point was: “There’s still a long way to go in terms of the squad, but we are getting towards what we want to move forward with.”
    I would say he would still like 1 or 2 more this window, probably a youngish and tall CB and a proper winger.


  3. I think that if matip or abennour spl 👿 are available or thauvin then we may get them in. But i cant see us buying for the sake of it.


  4. It’s only a small thing really but I like the fact Simpson was saying they are probably going to introduce club suits in the future. If they are not careful all the small details are going to start adding up to a professional club, heaven forbid!! 😀


  5. Yeah, agreed Premandup. I think we have to take it as a fresh start and they are taking the medium to long view, McC seems to be happy with it, though, I am sure he’d be happier to get a couple more in.


  6. Think De Jong has a long way to go before starting….

    Well off the pace and slow…

    He isnt going to usurp Wini at all at this rate


  7. I would go Aarons but I think McClaren will stick with Obertan. One thing that should change is our efforts in stopping crosses.


    Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Aarons, De Jong, Perez, Mitrovic


  8. Monk seems to be worried about our ‘very strong’ attack but thinks they will overcome our defence. I agree, expect for the bit about our very strong attack. Seriously though, I think if we can frustrate them and do what they did to Chelsea, get another very good point. I would start to be quietly impressed by Macca. I took a certain satisfaction in S’ton leaving disappointed with one point. As if teams like them believe they should just be walking the three points out of SJP now. Just shows how far we have fallen.


  9. Let’s see how far we have come. McLaren wants us to emulate Swansea and he also says they’re a long way ahead of us as a club, infrastructure and other things.

    Good to know we’ve sunk so low. Only way is up eh?


  10. Siggurdson was a right pain for us last time out especially his wicked crosses. Need somebody to sit on him and another to wind Shelvey up.
    2-0 to us – nowts the bother.


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