Monday, 19 March 2018

ROYAL ANTWERP 1 THE TOON XXII 1 *** FRIENDLY FIXTURE IN SPAIN

Posted 'high noon bells' Munday 19th March 2018
IT FINISHED 1-1 !

Trip report from 'NUFC mad-sad groundhopper' 'Dave from York'

I got bus from mee hotel at 8 20 bells to the airport to pick up hire car. (Mee wife Lesley woz still in bed!----"ZZZZzzzz!!!!")
The car woz black n white! (Of course!)

We drove 50 miles to the groond with guidence from 'Biffa the beer'!
We met non flyer 'Glennn from Ashington' who had travelled 2 days by bus az he iz terrified of flyin'! (He eethaa desoves a medal the size of a dustbin lid--- OR a straight jacket'!)
IN COMPLETE CONTRAST, THE TEAM BUS WOZ RED N WHITE!

Tickets were bought at the gate for €5 and we went into the bar (az yi de!)
The place woz filled with Geordie ex pats, many wearin Toon tops from years gone by!

Amazingly, hardly anyone drank beer, but the place DID run oot of coffee cups!
We then foond a bar ootside that WOZ sellin beer only and it woz dein a roarin trade!

Eventually we went into the groond to brave the elements and there woz a strong cold wind blowin in wor faces and we were freeezin! (Wot! in Spain?)

Approx 1,300 were in attendance to watch the 3, 45min halves!

It woz a competitive game and worth seein'!
Matt Ritchie scored for us and Dwight Gayle missed a penalty and the game finished 1-1 (eventually!) 4 bookings sums it up!
In total 22 of the 27 players who travelled got some game time. (Slimani didnt feature---again!)

'Dave from York' writin for The Geordie Times!

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