We held the second Gallowgate Flags Quiz night on Friday 24th March at Nine Bar with the aim of funding TWO more giant surfer flags for St James’ Park. the last quiz was greeted with such acclaim by those there we did what any sensible thinking fundraising organisation would do and doubled the entry fee to £10. Last time around we shifted 170 tickets and the aim was to get somewhere near that to eclipse the £1,7000 we raised from the quiz last time round. Not only was the quiz well received last time but the giant surfer flag which know covers the Gallowgate before each home game has been well received. With that in mind we needed to raise at least the £2,200 two more Surfers would cost for each Gallowgate Corner.
Last time out we were lucky to have the brilliant Matthew Raisbeck of BBC Radio Newcastle host the evening. The international break coincided with our esteemed host booking a trip away so we were left without the man who held it all together in December. We needn’t have feared as Lee Marshall and Newcastle United came to our aid. The idea was simple; rather than a quiz master the club asked key members of the first team squad to ask the questions on our behalf. The result was four rounds on all things Newcastle United and the players absolutely doing the business. Great set of lads. Check the results out for yourself here.
If you watch the video you’ll notice a top class introduction from Rafa Benitez, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett and captain Jamal Lascelles. Class. Following that there is the bloopers which heavily feature an engaged Achraf Lazaar doing his best. ‘Gallowgate Crabs’ isn’t what we had in mind when we started this but if that’s what the man wants, we’ll look to make it happen in future.
The four rounds by the players were supplemented by the author of the best books to come out of the North East since Michael Walker released ‘Up There’, Martin Hardy. Martin was first class and unflappable in the face of 200 people singing the ‘O’brien’ song each time Martin mentioned the name. I think only about 9 questions contained the word O’Brien (Irish Round) so the ditty got a rousing rendition on at least 5 occasions.
All of the quiz rounds were submitted by local people in the know about all things Newcastle United. Many thanks to Biffa of nufc.com, Mick at the Back Page Shop, Mark Douglass of the Chronicle, me, the Tyneside Irish Centre and Steve Wraith for putting together a cracking quiz. By fans for the fans. We were also indebted to loads of local businesses and business people for their incredible generosity in providing us with prizes for both the quiz and raffle. The support of these people, who’ve donated to support Gallowgate Flags was humbling and I think well appreciated by all the people at the quiz. The prize list was frankly ludicrous. Besides TEN mini Gallowgate Surfer Flags (signed by little known soccer coach Rafael Benitez) we had a night at Close House, all access at an NUFC home game including dressing room and tunnel access, a day with the media at a home game courtesy of NUFC, art vouchers, meal vouchers, booze and loads, loads more that was given away on the night.
In the end 200 showed up and raised £3,200. Me and the other lads who organised it were buzzing and can’t believe the total. It’ll fund loads more flags this season and takes the fundraising total to over £15k this season. I thought we’d get a grand in tops.
it appeared a good night was had by all. it wouldn’t have been possible by the good people at Nine Bar (particularly Kev Hindmarsh) and Lee and everyone from Newcastle United who have been so important in the growth of the flags at SJP. In no particular order I have to thank North East Art Collective, Zaap Thai restaurant, Steve Wraith, NUFC, The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle United Supporters Trust,Stiff Little Fingers, Mick Oxley and Mick Oxley Gallery, Close House, Tyneside Irish Centre, Nine Bar, Back Page Shop, Illegitimate events, Absolute Wrestling, Active North Tyneside, The Blonde Barrel, Davey Brown Art, SLJ photography – all absolute belting local people and businesses who supported us.
This was going to be the last fundraising quiz but I keep getting asked when the next one is. So we’ll see. Thanks to all who came.