Thursday, 2 October 2014

311 grounsell park heaton newcastle

(Ground number 311)
Date of First Visit: 1st October 2014
Grounsell Park, Heaton, Newcastle

Heaton Stannington  1
Newcastle United X1  8  (Heardman, Olley, Roberts (2), Gibson, Longstaff,Cameron, Quinn)

Friendly fixture:
Attendance: 400 (estimated) <(plus 3 people watchin' from their back garden!)

"THE 'HEAT' IZ ON!"
"THE MAN IN THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY ABOVE
THE NEW FLOODLIGHTS @ GROUNSELL PARK!"
(THE TOON ARE IN GREY)

Mee plan for the day waz to de a pub crawl to Heaton from St James' (2.7 miles!) but that plan waz scuppered when 'Dave from York' text me to say that he waz heedin' for 'The Brandon Villas' boozer at sooth Gosforth for the pre match gargels.
Aa text him back to say that in fact the boozer in question waz caalled 'The Brandling Villas' and arranged to meet him in 'The Strawberry' next to St James' Park and then get the Metro to 'Gossy'

On arrival we had a pint of 'Shuggy Boat' real ale and waited for the rest of the 'mad-sad groundhoppers' to arrive---and in they came in ones and twos, namely 'Alex of St George' and then 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer' and hiz sidekick Adam---and then finally 'The Mad Professor!

"THE SHUGGY BOATS ARE ON ME!"

An fierce argument started az to wot they caalled the East Stand at St James' before it waz built in the orly 70s.
Waz it 'The Poplar' side after the trees that stood at the back OR! waz it 'The PopUlar' az it waz a cheap and 'popular' place to stand??? <(the argument raged on for 20 minutes with no solution to the answer!) <(My own opinion waz that it waz caalled 'The Poplar' side!) 

"ESCAPE TO VICTORY!"

Anyway!---enough of that!----It waz then 'onward' across the road to 'The Victory' before heedin for the groond which waz a 20 minute waalk away past the Freeman Hospital.
The clubhoose waz packed but we still had time to 'shovel' anothaa 'real ale' doon wor 'john o groats' before makin' wor way to the far side where there waz a raised grass bank for a better view of the action.
"GARDEN WITH A VIEW!" (pic by Alex of St George)

Peoples gardens backed onto some trees behind the grass bank and uniquely some had greenhooses and gardens encroachin into the groond, where they had a 'free view' of the proccedings! (we had to pay a fiver to get in!)
"IZ THAT A GREENHOOSE INSIDE THE GROOND!???"

The Toon's startin' line up consisted of a mixture of resorve and junior players and within half an hour we were FIVE - nil up with goals from Tom Heardman (pen),  Gregg Olley, Callum Roberts(2) and Liam Gibson! ---(The 'heat' waz certainly 'on' the home side!) 
 ----We were simply too strong for the Northern Leegue outfit and Peter Beardsley's team then took their 'foot off the gas', or else a 'cricket score' would be the final outcome!
HEARDMAN PENALTY
 (fuzzy pic by Alex of St George!) <(he'd had a few drinks!)

The biggest 'cheer' of the night came in the 40th minute when 'one' Dean Deagle' hit a great free kick to reduce the arrears for 'The Stan'!

Three forthaa goals in the 2nd period from Sean Longstaff, Kyle Cameron and Jonathyn Quinn completed the rout az The Toon ran oot 8-1 victors! 
"WE WAZ THERE!"

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