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competitive and friendly forst team, resorve team, junior team and Newcastle United X1 games that 'the mad-sad groundhopper' has attended, aall for Newcastle United games
only, in the last SEVEN decades***
(the mad-sad groundhopper!)***last count 346
'forst' for me. The forst time a'd ever been 'abroad'? tih watch Newcastle.
Scotland is hardly what yih
can caall abroad!, but---to a school kid like me, it might as well have been Outer Mongolia!, as far as ah was concerned!.
remember gannin tih school the day before the game (Tuesday) and showin' mee
match ticket tih mee envious school mates. The teacher saw what was gannin on,
and telt iz tih give him a look at the ticket.
it for?", he asked, with a puzzled look on his face.
NOT a futbaall fan!)
for the big match in Glasgow tomorrow sir,
between Rangers and Newcastle",
ah said, as though he SHOULD have known aboot it!?. (Did'nt EVERYBODY
what about school?!", he said, in an outraged voice!.
school!, a'm gannin tih the match!!", ah replied in a 'defiant' voice!.
As soon as ah
said it, ah thought, OH, HO!, a'm in for it nuw, swearin' at the teacher!.
reaction amazed iz. He just gave me one of those, 'THERE'S NO HOPE FOR YOU,
LAD!', looks---shook his heed!---shrugged his shoulders!!---and waalked
understand his reaction!?---Ah mean---what's ONE DAY off school, tih see one of
the greatest games in Newcastle's
Three of us
were gannin tih the match, meesel, a lad caalled 'Ginger' and another lad who's
name ah can't remember nuw.
afford the coach fare, so wih decided tih hitch hike tih Glasgow instead. Ah can remember gannin yhem
and tellin' mee dad of mee plans.
ah said, "A'm hitchin' it tih Rangers tih seeNewcastle!".
Mee dad, who
was readin' the 'Ronnie Gill', just glanced up at iz, and said, "Aalreet
Alan, (mee real name) aal see yer when ah seeyer!", and went back to his paper.
(He knew that
even if he'd said ah could'nt gan, ah would'iv went anyway!)
Wih made an
early start the next day, and heeded for the West Road (in Newcastle) tih start hithin' a lift. There
were loads of busses headin' for Scotland, with banners and scarfs
hangin' from the windows.
Ah can remember
one bus in particular, with loads of scarfs tied together, snakin' oot of the
skylight of the bus, with a flag tied tih the end, which was nearly trailin' on
the road behind the bus!.
while, wih got a lift an' we were on wor way!.
later we arrived on the eastern ootskirts of Glasgow and decided tih waalk the rest of the
way tih Ibrox. Wih foolishly asked a 'Wino' with greasy matted hair, who 'stunk
the high heavens'!, how tih get tih the groond.
This was NOT!
a wise move, as he was swiggin' a bottle of 'Meths' at the time!.
Ah said tih
him, "Excuse me, could yih tell wih how tih get to Ibrox Park
whos' 'dress sense' included a 'Rudolf the Reindeer' knitted jumper, (in MAY?)
which sported several 'tab burn holes'.A pair of shiny 'piss stained strides'!, (which were 'half mast'!) and
looked az though they had'nt been washed for seventeen years!. PLUS! a very
'snazzy' pair of skeets that could 'taalk tih yih themselves'!, az the soles
were hangin' off!
hardly stand up (or speak!) and he just 'eye-balled' us, an' in a very broad
(and very slurred!) Glaswiegen accent, telt wih tih:
OFF YAA ENGLISH BASTARDS!"
Welcome tih Glasgow!, ah thought!.
not tih pursue this line of questionin', and left him in his inebriated state!,
mumblin' sommik aboot 'Bannockburn'?,
and carried on waalkin'.
as wih foond oot, is a very big place indeed!, and it took ages tih get within
sight of Ibrox. When wih finally got there, afta an hours 'trek', wih noticed
that aall the Rangers fans, young and old, were wearin' their blue 'n' white
have any colours on, and wih stuck oot like 'a sore thumb', and got some 'dodgy
looks!'. Ah noticed the club crest on the main stand, which was a 'Lion
Rampant', with the word, 'READY', underneath. Ready for what?, ah thought!.
did'nt have a ticket, but he bought one ootside the turnstiles at face value.
Needless tih say, he was ower the moon!.
fan had a huge orange banner held up by sticks, featurin' a 'gadgie' with a
'Led Zeppelin haircut', dressed like a muskerteer and ridin' a white horse?,
with 'WILLIAM OF ORANGE' '1690' written underneath??
have a clue warrit meant----BUT! it looked brill! (Explaination: For aall yeez
'young pups'---'Led Zeppelin' were the forst ever 'heavy' music band from the
the groond, ah was amazed at the size of Ibrox. It was a huge bowl, and was
certainly the biggest groond that a'd EVER! been tee. (Er!---this was mee TENTH
THE NUFC FANS WERE IN THE HUGE OPEN END
TO THE RIGHT
in 1969 was ower 118,000!, and with an attendance of 75,000 plus that neet, it
meant that Ibrox was still 43,000 below capacity!. 15,000 Toon fans had made
the journey across the border and were in good voice.
players came oot onto the pitch, the roar was deafenin' from both sets of fans.
We were standin' near the back of the open end, and because the players were so
far away, they looked like 'matchstick models'!.
ALL YOUR 'KISSES' FOR ME!"
There was nee
segregation, and the Toon and 'Gers' fans were mixed together.
as the home team and with the vast majority of the crowd on their side, Rangers
did most of the attackin', aalthough the Toon did have a few early chances, but
neither team could break the deadlock.
aboot half an hour, disaster struck, when Newcastle
goalie, Willie McFaul gave a penalty away. Andy Penman took it, and hit the
shot tih McFauls right. Luckily, he dived the reet way and saved it, tih send
the Toon fans into raptures!.
McFAUL PENALTY SAVE
this time!, and Rangers had several chances after this, but could'nt put the
baall away. This was thanks mainly to Newcastle Centre Half, John McNamee, who,
was built like 'Frankensteins' monster!, and had been kickin' 'seven lumps of
shite' oot of Rangers Centre Forward, one, Colin Stein!. (would you believe?)
Rangers fan standin' a few yards away, was givin' him loads of 'verbal', and
kept caallin' him a "DIRTYENGLISH BASTARD!".
pointed oot tih him, that McNamee was infact SCOTTISH!, alang with several
other members of wor team, like Bobby Moncur, Jim Scott and Jackie Sinclair!.
'friend' who waz half mortal, WAS’NT! impressed!, and gave iz one of those,
'LADDIE, DEE YAA FANCY A 'GLASGOW
KISS'!--stares!. Ah took the hint!, and did'nt bother him after that!.
loads of light blue invalid cars parked aroond the wide oval track which
suroonded the pitch. (Not 'blue' coz they were Rangers fans, but because THAT
was the standard colour!)
where disabled drivers have ordinary cars converted so they can drive them,
back in the '60's AALL disabled drivers drove the same distinctive tiny one
ten minutes tih gan they started leavin' by the one exit at the far end. Before
lang there was a tailback of aboot twenty or so tryin' tih get oot!
This iz the
forst and anly time that av ever seen a 'traffic jam' INSIDE! a futbaall
The Toon hung
on for a NIL-NIL draa---AND!---wih managed tih cadge a lift straight back tih
the Toon az well!.
Was it worth
playin' the 'wag' from school for???----"CAUSE IT WAS"!
Wih went yhem
very happy that neet---ah can tell yih!. And it was'nt lang before wih crashed
oot on the back seat. Three very exausted and totally knacked school
THE SECOND LEG!"
The Toon won
the return match at St. James' 2-0 with goals from Jimmy Scott and Jackie
Rangers fans had tried tih get the match abandoned by invadin' the pitch, and
the game was held up for twenty minutes!)
Newcastle then went
on tih lift the 'Fairs Cup' by beatin' Ujpest Dozsa from Hungary 6-2 on
aggregate, in the two legged final.