ST JAMIE'S PARK!
A momentous day in the history of NUFC, az not anly waz this a game we definatly needed to win to climb off the foot of the table, but this waz aalso grandson Jamie's forst ever forst team game @ St James'!
The day started off @ '11:15 am bells' when Jamie's mam Julie dropped him off at wor hoose and after a spot of 'brekky' it waz off to The Toon and the forst 'beer bar' <(az Jamie caalls them!) on the list, which waz The Bodega on Westgate Road, where Jamie had hiz favourite 'tipple' of orange 'beer'!
"My beers orange az well!", aa said to him az aa downed mee forst pint of 'Caffreys', az Jamie sat perched on a chair suckin' hiz 'beer' through a plastic straw!
A 'beer' spillage a few moments later when Jamie waz dein' a 'Star Wars' gladiator 'move' waz then blamed on me by Grumpy Stumpy, Tex Taylor and Norman the Cowboy Plumber <(outvoted, aa had to take ther blame!)
It waz then onward to 'beer bar 2' which waz The Black Bull in the shadows of St James' where Jamie opted for a 'blackcurrent beer' this time!
After introducin' him to Paul the Peddlin Pensioner <(he peddles a bike NOT drugs!), Sarnie Steve and The Mad Professor amonst others, he downed hiz 'beer' and it waz soon time to heed for the ground and of course Jamie's debut forst team game! (he'd seen us play Wolves in a resorve game a year orlier when we won 2-1) <(hopefully he would be a 'lucky omen'?)
|"THIS BLACKCURRENT BEER IZ NICE!"|
|"WOW"---THIS BEERS A BIT STRONG!"|
Before heedin' inside aa took him to see the 'Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden', where a small garden haz been made near the main entrance in memory of John The Undertaker and Liam from the Lamp who tragically died on flight MH17 in July.
I told him why the garden waz there and it waz to remember aall the fans who had passed away, az well az John and Liam!
He then went to go into the garden where an urn waz placed, but I told him that he wasn't supposed to go in and he waz to stay by me!
"Will I die if if go into the garden granddad?", he said seriously!
"NO! of course not!" aa said, rubbin' hiz heed in reassurance!
On the concourse after gannin up in the lift <(200 stairs waz a bit much for hiz little legs!) Jamie waz feelin' hungry and so aa bought him a hot dog with ketchup, which he devoured, leavin' large amoonts of sauce on hiz face!
|"JAMIE IZ FEELIN' A BIT PECKISH AND DEVOURS |
A 'MINI' HOT DOG!"
We then took up wor seats on the Milburn Stand balcony for a grandstand view of the game!
The pitch iz a canny way below and Jamie had come prepared with a pair of 'noculars', az he caalls them, for a better view of the proccedings! <(he says 'noculars' az he's too young to get hiz tongue around the word 'Binoculars'!)
The game kicked off and straight away Hull went on the attack az wor manager bravely stood on the touchline takin much flack from the crowd az placards were raised demandin' hiz sackin' <(not by me and Jamie by the way!)
The Toon fought back however and good efforts from Colback and Cabella failed to break the deadlock. Applause then broke oot az usual in the 17th minute for the victims of flight MH17 and continued into the 18th minute for Gutierrez (wor number 18) who haz been diagnosed with testicular cancer!
Every time the crowd got excited Jamie asked me in we had scored and I had to tell him "NO!", time and time again!
He waz really enjoyin' himself and he asked me who the 'player' in yellow waz on the pitch?
Using my vast knowledge of futbaall ower the years I paused for a few seconds and realised it waz in fact THE REFEREE! (Hull played in white shirts)
|"WHO'S THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SHIRT GRANDDAD!?"|
The forst half finished goal-less and a much needed 3 points waz still 'way off'
The 2nd half started off disastrously when Hull's Jelovic hit an unstoppable volley into the net @ The Leazes End, sendin' the 3,000 or so Tiger Lillys above wild with delight!
Jamie asked me if WE had scored! Again I answered "NO!" it waz 'the baddies in white' who have scored, Jamie!"
Anothaa fine goal at the mid point of the half to the visitors, scored by Diame, looked to have spoilt Jamie's day and we looked resigned to defeat!
Jamie then asked me at the top of hiz voice why there were TWO goals?? I told him, (while everyone around us listened on!) that that waz a very good question and I didn't know the answer!!! (loud laughter from the fans around us then followed!)
Perhaps he shud have asked wor beleaguered manager instead???
|GEORDIE TIMES EXCLUUUSIVE! *** JAMIE TOOK THIS FOTO!|
And then the 'master stroke' to save wor day!----Papiss Cisse waz brought on to replace the ineffective Riviere just after this and straight away he made a difference az we pounded the Hull goal @ The Gallowgate End
A goal for 'Jamie' finally came when a Cheik Tiote sliced shot foond Cisse at the near post and he gleefully fired home past McGregor in the visitors goal to pull a goal back, just 4 minutes after comin' on!
Aa lifted Jamie into the air az the crowd cheered and he asked me if we were winnin' now?
"Not yet!" aa said, but there iz still time!"
Three minutes from the end and Cisse saved 'Jamie's special day' when he poked the baall home from a Gouffran pass!
Again aa lifted Jamie into the air az the stadium erupted!
Jamie again asked me if "we had won!" and aa telt him that 'The Toon' had equalised and he thought that meant that BOTH teams had won!?
The game ended just after this and Jamie told him that he had really enjoyed himself! That's two games he haz been to in total, includin' the resorve game mentioned, and hiz UNBEATEN RECORD remains intact! <(a lucky mascot indeed!)
Toon team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Tiote (Sammy Ameobi 85), Colback, Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran (Perez 94), Riviere (Cisse 70)
Attendance 49,199 <(includin' Jamie of course!) (3,000 Tiger Lillys)
Highest crowd in Britain ower the weekend!