When discussing whether Newcastle United are a ‘big club’ during an appearance on talkSPORT, Ian Abrahams has claimed that we only get 52,000 people into St James’ Park as there’s nothing else to do in Newcastle!
The ‘big club’ debate has always frustrated me (what is the criteria for it and who actually cares?!), but this is perhaps one the most ridiculous things I’ve heard from a so called expert.
Here’s what he said when asked whether Newcastle are a big club, followed by a 2-minute clip of his conversation with Danny Murphy and Jim White:
“Just because you get 52,000 people through the gate when there’s practically nothing else to do on a Saturday afternoon… that doesn’t make you a big club.”
🗣️ Danny Murphy: "Newcastle are well-supported but they are NOT a big club."
🗣️ @BroadcastMoose: 'They get 52,000 fans but what else is there to do in Newcastle!?'
It's a question that has been asked over and over again… Are #NUFC a big club? 🤔
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 24, 2018
Having an opinion on the football club and the current state is fair enough, but having an uninformed pop at the city is a new low.
Maybe Ian has forgotten about our Quayside, the restaurants, bars, the nightlife, the miles of stunning coastline, the castles, our universities and museums.
It’s unbelievably ignorant, unnecessarily provocative and embarrassing on Ian Abraham’s part.
To say Newcastle fans and fellow journalists disagree with him is an understatement:
talkSport again….apparently there is nothing to do in Newcastle apart from going to the football. I lived there for three years and it's an amazing city you ignorant weasels.
— Neil Cameron (@NeilCameron5) September 24, 2018
It’s easier not to reply, but I’d love to have a chat on air with both of these two because they are not just insulting a football club they are deriding a city and a region. I’ll be available to do so tomorrow if someone wants to give me a call from TalkSport https://t.co/UMQmZauK9A
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) September 24, 2018
'They get 52,000 fans but what else is there to do in Newcastle!?'😲 only a great nightlife, Bigg Market, big football club, good university, museums, restaurants, beautiful beaches nearby, famous bridges and breweries, good bands, Wallsend Boys Club, buzzing atmosphere etc, etc. https://t.co/irFnTqA2WQ
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 24, 2018
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) September 24, 2018
Apart from loads of great restaurants and bars, a magnificent Quayside, miles of glorious coastline, more castles than any other English county and the magnificent Northumberland countryside on our doorstep – not much! We tend to keep it quiet. 😃 https://t.co/97yEL488wF
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) September 24, 2018