The song Millwall fans made famous ended slightly differently with “We don’t care,” but the sentiment would appear to be ringing true in the ears of everyone connected with NUFC at the moment. Frankly it’s become a bit absurd and smacks of worry and jealousy.
Worry from the ‘so-called’ Big/Top Six who are now terrified that NUFC should they avoid relegation this season, and that’s still a big ask, no have the wherewithal to challenge for honours in the near rather than far future.
The jealousy probably comes from the rest of the footballing world who look on with envy at what might happen at The Toon now the takeover has been completed. I also have to say might as in reality no-one can accurately predict what could and will happen.
Although plenty will speculate and spin a rumour or two!
But one thing is certain. It has made us perhaps the most disliked Club in the country if you’re not a United fan. Witness the reactions at the weekend in two separate incidents. The first which was nothing short of disgraceful and the second that shows no-one but NUFC fans understand NUFC.
The article in the Sports pages of the Sunday Times reporting on our 1 – 0 win over Burnley read as follows. “Lift-off at last as Pope error gifts Saudis their first win.” Whoever wrote this headline for Martin Hardy’s piece, hang your head in shame.
We are not Saudis or at least we weren’t the last time I looked. We’re from the North East of England and passionate Geordies. Why he felt compelled to write that headline or if he didn’t why the Sunday Times of all papers deemed it appropriate is beyond belief. Absolute disgrace!
After all, “The Happy Hammers Didn’t Down The Russians,” at the weekend did they?
The other one was the photo in the dressing room of the victorious Toon squad who did a lap of honour on Saturday after the win. It was merely an outpouring of relief after finally getting the monkey off our backs. It also showed just how ‘United’ we suddenly are after 14 years of misery.
It was not meant to be anything other than that. But again journos and social media outlets slaughtered us as they said things like. “They only beat Burnley.” “You’d think they’d won the league.” “Did they win The Cup or something.”
No, it just shows how much we’re all together at last and how much the players and coaches responded to an absolutely brilliant fanbase who may at long, long last be getting the kind of reward their support deserves.
So, “No one likes us. We don’t care.” Absolutely as we’ll just look after ourselves and support our team and we really couldn’t give a flying hoot what anyone else thinks.