Posted '5:00pm bells' Munday 23rd May 2022
"A SEASON OF TWO HALVES!"
Before NUFC played Leeedz, on January 22nd we had won just ONE solitary game aall season oot of 20 played and looked certain for relegation az we sat in 19th place in the table with 12 points
Fast forward 4 months to May 22nd at '6: 00 bells' and we have now won an amazin 12 more games and a total of 49 points, to finish in 11th position and have picked up an amazin 37 more points in the process!
Wor day started of at 'The Central' (station) where we caught a train to Durham, where Jimmy the Riddler gave us a lift to Hebden Bridge (10 miles from Bornley) where we were stayin for the neet!
Another train ride from Hebden to Bornley followed and we heeded for the forst boozer called 'NEW BREW-M' The real ale bitters were just £2 a pint and so (az yi dee!) we decided to stop there til it woz time to gan to the match!
The Bornley fans were nervous, but aalso 'up for it' az they cheered their team onto the pitch---but The Toon fans were aalso in good voice and we gave az good az we got!
It woz aall NUFC in the openin exchanges az we attacked the far goal from where we were. In the 11th minute Joelinton went doon and had to be carried off on a stretcher, to be replaced by Murphy. The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when a Kieran Trippier corner woz needlessly handled by Bornley's Collins and after a VAR check and a monitor check by the ref, a penalty woz given!
Callum Wilson took it and sent Pope in the Bornley goal the wrang way az he planted the baall to the right side of the goal! This silenced 'The Hillbillies' (Bornley iz surronded by hills!), while The Toon fans celebrated wildly!
That woz the score at the break and the 2nd half started just like the forst with The Toon on the attack towards wor own fans!
A 2nd goal happened in the 60th minute when Callum Wilson had a simple tap in from a Saint Maximin cross to break Bornley hearts az Leeedz were drawin at Brentfaad, meenin' that Bornley would be relegated if the scores stayed the same!
They pulled a goal back in the 70th minute through Cornet to give the home side hope, but they couldnt find the equaliser and Leeedz then scored in the last minute to seal The Hillbillies fate!
12 wins and 1 draw since January 22nd iz wot dreams are made of and NUFC would be in a Europa Cup position (5th) if the season had started then!
Like we said at the top of this article, this woz a season of two halves---the forst half despair with Broken Nose Bruce and The Fat Controller, and the 2nd half revival with Steady Eddie and the PIF!
Dead simple---if the takeower had never happened, we would surely have been relegated a lang time ago!
Roll on 2022-2023!
Attendance: 21,361 (2,350 Toon fans)
*The post match pub crawl started back in The New Brew-M and then we heeded for Todmorden on the train (on the way back to Hebden Bridge)
Before gannin back to Hebden Bridge for the neet time 'gargels'
FOOTNOTE: Aaltogether NUFCs 1st team have played 40 competitive games this season and 'The Geordie Times' haz been to everyone!