A bizzare afternoon started in 'The Newcastle Arms', when, just az we were aboot to leave for the '3 bells' kick off ,a Toon fan telt us that the match had been delayed az high winds had dislodged some bits from the new scoreboard that had just been erected in 'The Leazes End' corner next to the away fans!
"They arnt lettin' anybody in!", he said az he looked at his mobile!
We decided to heed up anyway, to see wot waz gannin on and utter chaos greeted us az we made wor way to The Milburn Stand concourse!
The whole place waz packed with fans unable to get in and more and more kept comin' up az kick off time approached!
Before lang yoo couldn't move az rumours circulated that the match might have to be caalled off az there waz a danger to spectators!
(It could anly happen to us!)
|"WOTS GANNIN ON---LIKE!"|
News then filtered through that the game WOULD be played with a '4 bells' kick off! A lad from the London Branch of wor supporters club telt us that he waz booked on the '5:25 bells' train back doon to 'the smoke' and he would now have to miss the 2nd half to catch hiz train! <(just hiz luck!) <(and for many othaa az well 'in the same boat' of course!)
Anyway! we eventually got in through the crush and on forst inspection of the new scoreboard wor disappointment intensified!
It waz anly aboot a thord of the size we had been led to believe and looked absolutleee cr*p!,---and sommik yoo would buy from 'The Poond Shop'!---typical of NUFC theeeze days!
Az the game kicked off an hour late, (with ne apologies for the delay!) a fan behind me commented that hiz new plasma telly waz bigger than the new scoreboard! (judge for yourself---see below!)
|"I'VE GOT A BIGGER TELLY IN MEE LIVIN' ROOM!"|
A pretty awful game unfolded below us with both teams below par az the 1st half petered oot!
Cisse missed a glorious chance at the start of the 2nd half and with the goal at hiz mercy he hit the side nettin'!
However!---an unlikely hero emerged in the shape of 'The Angel Gabriel' (Obertan) when he jinked past 3 Leicester player to fire a great shot from just outside the box into the left hand corner of the net @ The Leazes End to put us in front! ---to huge roars from the 50,000 faithful!
'The Basil Brush Brigade' then brought on 2 forwards and this changed the game az they went for the jugular.
It waz thankfully to no avail and we held oot to win for the 1st time at home since last May and the relief on the players and fans faces telt it's own story---news that the SMBs had lost 8-0! at Sooothampton rounded off a perfect day! <(apart from the farcical delay that iz!)
Toon team: Krul, Janmaat, Dummett (Heidara 72), Steve Taylor, Coloccini, Anita (Perez 59), Colback, Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran (Cabella 92), Cisse
Attendance: 51,866 (3,235 Basil Brushes!)
(Anly 'The Arse' had a bigger crowd in Britain!)