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competitive and friendly forst team, resorve team, junior team and Newcastle United X1 games that 'the mad-sad groundhopper' has attended, aall for Newcastle United games
only, in the last SEVEN decades***
(the mad-sad groundhopper!)***last count 351
0-0 draw in The Hague was the result of this ‘non event’ friendly fixture!
on the bright side!) we remain unbeaten in wor last five games on wor ‘European
Pre Season Tour’!
flight from Toon Airport to Amsterdam waz uneventful (apart from the fact that
Toon goalie Steve Harper waz onboard az well!) and on landin’ we heeded
straight for the train station to catch the train to The Hague (Den Haag)
wethaa waz waam and sunny and we enjoyed several ‘liquid refreshments’ befor
heedin’ for the ground, which (or course!), miles oot the way next to a
motorway on the ootskirts of the city (“TAX-EEEEEE!”)
notorious ‘Millwaall of Holland’ hooligan fans were NOT in evidence az we
cautiously had the final pre match ‘gargels’ in their supporters club next to
the ground and the ‘natives’ seemed friendly enough, az their ‘yellow n green
home tops’ mingled with the ‘black n white Toon tops’ without any problems!
few Toon fans had made the relatively short trip to Holland and there were barely
300 diehards in the glass screen panelled away pen behind the goal!
green seats of the Kyocera Stadion reminded me of Plymouth’s ground and it waz
aboot the same size az Home Park.
kicked off and unfortunateleee this iz where the boredom started az both teams
couldn’t produce the goods!
highlight’ waz near the end when a Mike Williamson heeder foond Shola Ameobi who stabbed the baall home, anly for it to be
ruled offside by the linesman on the far side from us!
one to forget---a’m afraid!
the match it waz back to the city centre for a few more ‘gargels’ before
catchin’ the train to a packed Amsterdam, where the drink flowed til the orly
booked an owerneet stay coz wor flight waz orly the next mornin’ and so (az yi
de!) we stopped ‘on the hoy’ til ‘4 am bells’!<(when most of the bars
then onward to Schipol Airport again to catch wor flight yem @ ‘8:10 bells’,
but not before catchin’ up on some much needed kip on the airport loungers!