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NUMBER 17 revisited) ◄(been here before---got the ‘tee shirt’!)
2nd MAY 1992
UNITED 2 (Gavin Peacock, Paul Walsh og)
21,861(3,000 delirious Toon fans!)
UP!---STAYIN' UP!---STAYIN' UP!"
is a day that ah winnit forget in a hurry!, as this is the day that the Toon
very nearly got relegated tih the old Third Division for the forst time in wor
100 year history.
the Toon lost this one and Oxford won at Tranmere, then we would be relegated.
Leicester on the other hand, were gannin for a place in the play-offs, so, as
yih can imagine, the atmosphere was tense tih say the least!.
was like a nervous wreck by the time the match kicked off, and the whole crowd
were on tender-hooks!.
forst half seemed tih flash by, when, deep into injury time, Gavin Peacock
scored his 21st goal of the season tih put the Toon ahead, despite a linesman
franticly wavin' his flag for offside!.
Newcastle fans, who were aal standin' on their seats, went absolutely crazy!,
then the ref blew for half time which did'nt pleeze the 'City' fans, who
started hoyin coins at wih, as we were headin' for the 'toolshed' tih get rid
of wor excess 'liquid refreshment'!
atmosphere had torned very hostile by the time the teams re-amerged from the
dressin' rooms for the start of the second half.
can't remember too much aboot this half either?, (probably, coz ah was
half-pissed!) but ah knew that as lang as we were winnin', then wi'd be safe.
disaster struck!, when Paul Walsh headed an equalizer for Leicester dead on
of a sudden everythin' had changed.
Oxford were winnin' at Tranmere, they would owertake us, and we'd gan doon
instead!, but neebody seemed tih naa what their score was?.
that moment, ah was filled with a terrible feelin' of 'dread' of not naa'in
what wor fate was, and the anly thing that ah could think aboot at the time,
was that if wih went doon, they'd be havin' street parties in 'Mackemland'!.
aal, 2,000 Toon fans had went tih Joker Park tih cheer on Gillingham, in the
relegation play-offs five years earlier, when the Mackems were ingloriously
relegated tih the Third Division, for the forst time in their history!)
(Ahwas'ntthere,ahhastentihadd,asahwould'ntbe'seen dead' inside the place, unless Newcastle were playin' there of
tension was unbearable as the Leicester fans celebrated their goal by invadin'
the pitch, and they held up play for aboot five minutes---then!---a few minutes
after the pitch was cleared by the local 'Dibble', Leicester's Paul Walsh,
amazingly!, torned from 'hero tih villian' when he put through his own goal,
with (what torned oot tih be) the last kick of the game!, six minutes into
injury time!, tih send the 'Toon Army' into raptures!.
was jumpin' up 'n' doon on mee seat like a 'mad mad possessed', not carin' if
ah fell off an' injured meesel!.
Leicester fans on the other hand, had torned really nasty by nuw, and invaded
the pitch again, hoyin everythin' at us, from coins tih broken seats!.
Elleray the ref, took the players off for their aan safety, and a few minutes
later, (on police advice, nee doubt!) it was annouced ower the tannoy that the
match would'nt be restarted, and had in fact, been completed!.
'The Messiah' had saved us!----and did wih celebrate!
CARED!, how Oxford were gettin' on nuw!
CARED!, that the Leicester fans were hoyin everythin', bar the kitchen sink at
CARED!, if the Mackems would be cryin' in their f***** beer when they foond oot
NOT ME!, that's for certain!.
the match, wih headed for the coaches, and yi'd iv thought wi'd won the League
Championship!, and not avoided relegation!, as the Toon fans danced in the
ah felt that a 'ten ton weight' had been taken off mee shoulders!.
Kev' had saved us from 'a fate worse than death'!, and a 'new chapter' was
aboot tih begin in Newcastle's lang and 'tangled' history!.
Newcastle are one of anly eight teams who've NEVER
played below the top two divisions.
you name the other seven?---withoot lookin' it up!??.
We will give yoo the answers tomorrow at the bottom of this article!---Divvint 'Google' it---NE CHEATIN'!