Posted '12:43pm 🔔 bells' Tuesday 2nd August 2022
A MAGnificent gesture from Athletic Bilbao--A friendship flag---but the SMBs arnt happy!
The mackems have said that they are not happy with the fact that Toon and Bilbao fans are good friends, az they say a mackem sailor named Arthur Pentland founded Bilbao in 1898 and gave them the red n white stripes of sund'lind! (See tweet from 'Bilbao Black Cats' below)
HOWEVER! This myth iz NOT TRUE as the articles below confirm!
In fact Athletic Bilbao played in the blue and white colours of BLACKBURN ROVERS in their early years and bought SOUTHAMPTON strips to take back to Bilbao when a Bilbao director came to England to buy more ROVERS strips in 1910
He couldn't get any so on his return to Southampton to catch the ship back to Bilbao, he bought some Southampton strips instead!
In other words the red n white strips they wear are those of SOUTHAMPTON FC and NOT safc!
So for the mackems to say that we shouldn't be friends with them because of THEIR 'links' with Bilbao iz a completely ridiculous and a complete myth! ("You can be friends with us, but NOT THEM!")
The safc Bilbao Black Cats have a massive fan base in Bilbao -----TWO MEMBERS!😅
Geordie Times comment: We will NOT let wor special friendship with Athletic Bilbao be broken by a very bitter and delusional fanbase!----And it would be great if NUFC could arrange a pre season friendly with Bilbao on an ANNUAL basis, home and away!
Now that WOULD reeely anger them on wearyside!!!! (Wouldn't it just!)