Cel­e­brat­ing club’s past - but stars of the present must step up to make it a day to re­mem­ber

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

NEW­CAS­TLE United fans will cel­e­brate 125 years of his­tory at St James’ Park this week­end as the club aims to make it a day fans will be re­mem­ber for years.

But the Toon Army will want those cel­e­bra­tions to run long into the night, and not to come to an abrupt end by full-time with an­other home de­feat.

How­ever, this does have the hall­marks of a great day if ev­ery­thing goes to plan.

Play­ers from yes­ter­year will be in at­ten­dance as the greats re­turn to the hal­lowed turf to en­joy the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of a full house at the old cathe­dral on the hill.

Yet it will be down to the play­ers of the present day to en­sure that to­mor­row night will be an en­joy­able one as they bid to net three im­por­tant Premier League points.

Be­cause, quite sim­ply, there are few greater feel­ings on Ty­ne­side than walk­ing away from St James’ hav­ing watched New­cas­tle grab a vic­tory.

The eu­pho­ria can spill out of the ground and back into the city cen­tre af­ter a win.

Back in the day, sellers of The Pink would strug­gle to keep crowds of ea­ger pun­ters at bay as they fought to grab a copy of the fa­mous match-night news­pa­per in the pubs and clubs on Ty­ne­side.

These days, the Chron­i­cle­live match re­port drops on­line shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

And thou­sands can be ob­served log­ging in to re­live the ac­tion via the an­a­lytic soft­ware that en­ables us to check how many peo­ple are read­ing one of the most im­por­tant pieces of copy of the week.

Tech­nol­ogy may have changed, but the pow­er­ful good­will of fans want­ing to see New­cas­tle United do well will al­ways re­main – and sup­port­ers are al­ways keen to be part of it. A good win from the black-and­whites sets up your week­end, and that eu­phoric feel­ing con­tin­ues through the week­end and into the next week.

There’s no such thing as a blue Mon­day in New­cas­tle if the Mag­pies have done the busi­ness on the pre­vi­ous Satur­day af­ter­noon, is there?

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