Date of First Visit: 1st October 2016
New York Stadium, New York, Rotherham
Rotherham United 0
Newcastle United 1 (Atsu)
Attendance: 11,653 (2,587 Toon fans)
"I WANT TO SLEEP IN A CITY THAT NEVER WAKES!"
|"WAKE UP!---IZ THERE ANYBODY THERE!?"|
THE CENTRE OF NEW YORK (ie:'THE LITTLE APPLE'!)
Wor forst ever visit to this groond and indeed 'New York' ended in a narrow 1-0 victory with a superb strike from Atsu in the forst half.
A'd actually passed Rotherham at 'midneet bells' on mee way back from Redditch where a'd been to pick wood floorin' and carpets up in mee truck and aa eventually got to bed at '3:30 am bells' for some 3 hours kip before draggin' mee 'half deed body up' to get a shower (to try and wake up!) and heed for 'The Central' once again for anothaa away trip!
The train jorney doon to deepest Yorkshire waz uneventful apart from the ticket inspector tellin' us to "Be quiet!" az we were in the 'quiet coach' taalkin' away to each othaa!!! (must remember to bring some stickin' plaster for mee mouth the next time!)
Anyway!--we arrived at Rotherham at '10:30 bells' (some 10 and a half hours after a'd last past the toon on the 'M18'!) and made for the 'Rhino pub' not far from the train station and it waz packed with mostly Toon fans---even at this time!!! <(drunken pigs!)
It waz then onward to 'The Albion Club' which one of the lads had 'sussed oot' in the Rotherham district of New York, but there waz nee sign of the skyscrapers of Manhattan or The Empire State Building until we got near to the club!---at the top of the street there WAZ a large tower block---'The NEW Empire State Building' <(perhaps?)
|"IZ THAT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING!?"|
*The district acquired it's name many years ago because a foundry there made the fire hydrants for New York City in the USA <(so now yi naa why!)
|THE ALBION CLUB|
Anyway--enough of that!!!---we stopped in the club until it waz time to heed for the New York groond some 15 minutes walk away!
It's a smart little 'new build' 12,000 capacity groond and just the right size for a club like 'The New York Yorkies' <(Rotherham's new name!)
The game started off with us attackin' the far end from us az Rafa bellowed oot instructions from the dugoot in (wait for it!!!----) 'The Eric Twigg Foods Pukka Pies Stand' <(NO! we havvent made it up---see photo!)
A few chances 'went abeggin' for us before the home side who are bottom of the pile hit the woodwork in front of The Toon fans--a warnin' that we wernt gannin to have it aall wor own way!
|1st HALF ACTION AZ NUFC ATTACK THE FAR END (in black and gold)|
Indeed!--a succession of corners from Rotherham nearly paid dividends for them until just before the end of the half when a pass from Shelvey foond Atsu on the edge of the box and he hit a brill left footer into the top corner of the net to send the Toon faithful into ecstasy! (and relief!)
|'GEORDIE TIMES' EXCLUUUSIVE!!!---ATSU GOAL (in black on edge of box)|
|CIARAN CLARK (number 2) CELEBRATES WOR GOAL!|
'The New York Yorkies' came oot fightin' in the 2nd period however and Gouffran hit hiz own post, but luckily the baall rebounded straight back into play and we 'got oot of jail'
Frantic defendin' by us meant we earned the precious 3 points--but the home side will feel they shud have had at least a draw!
FT: The New York Yorkies 0 The Toon 1
|2nd HALF ACTION AT 'THE TOON END'|
After the match we heeded back to whence we had came from and the Rino bar waz packed with Toon fans before they caught their trains yem!
After that we heeded up the hill to anothaa boozer caalled 'The Masons Arms' where the manager waz smokin' a tab az we entered the bar!--and he procceded to pull wor pints az he puffed away!
It waz 'rough az nails' az the locals with zimmer frames and waalkin' sticks looked at us az though we were aliens from anothaa planet!
|"PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING---SMOKING PERMITTED HERE!"|
Somehow we managed to get oot of the bar unscathed and az we waalked back to the station the lack of sleep had taken it's toll on me (and the drink!) and aa foond it hard to keep mee 'mincers' open and stay awake!
The whole place waz like a ghost toon with hardly a soul in sight---and this just 2 hours after the match had finished! (see top pic!)
And unlike Frank Sinatra's song 'New York' where he famously sang: "I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps!"---for me at least, this waz more like: "I want to sleep in a city that never WAKES!"
Toon team: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Colback, Shelvey, Atsu (Richie 67), Gouffran , Diame (Hanley 87), Gayle (Mitrovic 79)
|SOMEWHERE IN ROTHERHAM AFTER THE MATCH |
A TOON FAN CELEBRATES WOR WIN BY CLIMBIN' TO THE TOP OF
THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING!
|THE SUNDAY SUN NEXT DAY|