Ground number 349
Date of First Visit: 22nd August 2021
Liberty Way Stadium, Nuneaton
Birmingham City U23s 0
Newcastle United U23s 4 (Charlie Wigget, Dylan Stephenson(2), Own goal)
Premier League 2
Attendance: 168, plus 2 freebeez on a roof owerlookin the groond! (Aboot 30 Toon fans)
PS: There looked to be far less than 168 at the game and we estimated a 120 'crowd' at the most?
"A STICKY END FOR THE BRUMMIES IN TREACLE TOWN!"
The game woz moved at very short notice to Liberty Way in Nuneaton from Bormingham's St Andrews Stadium, (coz they had a home Leegue cup tie the next day v Fulim), so 'The NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' had little time to make arrangements to visit this new groond for a Toon game!
But we are a resilient lot, and in total 30 or so NUFC fans made the game, az well az aboot 90 groundhoppers from Bormingham! (The forst time they had seen their team play here az well)
Nuneaton iz known az 'treacle town', coz large amounts of the black stuff are made there!
On arrival after wor 200 mile jorney from the north east in mee 'canny tranny', we parked up in a car park next to the groond, anly to be told by a gadgy that we couldnt park there az the gates would be locked and we wouldn't be able to get oot! He even asked if we had removed a barrier to get in!
Anyway, we drove ootside and parked up, anly to find oot that we could indeed park inside the clubs car park by a Nuneaton official!---totally confused we went and got the van and drove it back in again!
"This iz gettin very complicated!", aa said to travellin companion 'Glennn from Ashington', az we heeded for the clubhoose for a pre match 'gargel' to regain wor senses!
The clubhoose woz completely empty apart from one barmaid (and us 2!), az we sat doon to consume wor 'golden liquid' and to study the team sheets!
3 Brummie fans then walked in and just after this 'mad-sad groundhoppers' Dave from York and hiz sidekick Alex of St George wandered through the door!---And that woz it!--So NUFC fans actually ootnumbered the Brummies by 4 to 3!
Because the clubhoose woz SO empty, just 30 mins from kick off, we predicted a very low crowd of aroond aboot 100!
We were reet, az the wornt many there, but we spotted a few more 'NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' ower at the other side of the pitch!
The game kicked off in warm sunshine and straight away wor youngins went on the attack and within 12 minutes we had taken the lead with a from Charlie Wiggett heeder (See above pic) Hiz forst goal for the club---(Just before this Joe White had hit the post!)
It woz aall one way traffic and we doubled wor lead in the 37th minute when Dylan Stephenson fired home past the Brummies keeper!
"COME IN NUMBER 55!"
At half time we wandered to the other side of the pitch to have a bit chin wag with some fellow 'hoppers'
One woz a Toon fan known az 'Secret Pigeon' and he woz non too pleased with the tornstile operator, coz she asked him if he woz a consession (ie: An old aged pensioner!) "I'M ONLY 55!", he told hor angrily and he paid the full price to get in, which woz £4 (little old me got in for £2!) 🤣
*It woz still warm az the sun set in the distance and again NUFC went for the jugular!
Bormingham's Rico Browne woz shown a straight red card for pulling back Stephenson and we took full advantage of this with further goals from Stephenson himself and wot looked like an own goal, just before the end to make it a 4-0 rout for the black n whites! --a very satisfactory victory!
Wot wasn't 'satisfactory' woz the jorney back, when we had to divert from the M1 due to a massive traffic jam and went through Sherwood forest to the A1!
I dropped Glennn from Ashington off at Ashington(would yoo believe?) and had to divert again off the A1 southbound through Blakelaw and Scotswood coz the road woz shut owerneet for roadworks! Aa finally got yem at '2:00am 🔔bells' and mee 'canny tranny' had clocked 425 miles for the trip in total! (includin the 2 diversions of course!)
A tiring trip, but the 4-0 win and a new groond to boot, woz DEFINATLY worth the effort!
FOOTNOTE: NUFC's forst team play Bornley in The Leegue Cup at SJP tooneet and a full 'Geordie Times' match report will follow on Thorsday OR Friday (Got to gan to work orly tomorrow, so it will probably be Friday when the match report appears!
Remember wor motto: "Fear NOT!---we will bring yoo the news forst hand, second! (Or shud that be second hand forst!?")----This IZ 'The Geordie Times' after aall!