true faith : LET THE PEOPLE SING – PART FOUR (Flag Days)

by • June 8, 2016 • Uncategorised • Comments (8)1546

There was news today from Newcastle United that the Gallowgate Corner (aka Strawberry Corner) has now completely SOLD OUT. Obviously, we all hope those who have renewed season tickets as well as relocated and bought new tickets for that area of St James’ Park have done so with the intention of giving strong vocal support to Rafa and the team this coming season.

Its an incredible development.

For what its worth we are now pointing would-be singers in the direction of The Gallowgate lower tier. We are encouraging as many singers as possible to get as close as possible to the east side and underneath The Corner and along the front and ultimately the entire length of the goal-line of The Gallowgate.

With singers concentrated as close as possible together there is a greater opportunity to provide the kind of vocal support NUFCFans6we experienced during the Spurs game when The Corner played such a significant role in kicking off the singing across the rest of The Gallowgate and St James’ Park.

A few people have contacted this fanzine to ask whether it would be possible to organise flag displays which I guess would initially be concentrated in The Corner and the Gallowgate lower tier.

Those of us who run true faith would be delighted to help facilitate that kind of thing but we can’t do everything.

What we would be happy to do however is to host a meeting of dedicated volunteers, encourage a few others to support fund-raising and publicity for the manufacture of flags, arrange for designs to be put together, organise their purchase and ensure what is produced cuts the mustard in terms of health and safety and all of that palaver. We just want to get it off the ground.

We will need some good people who are based in The Corner however to volunteer to be on the spot and arrange the physical display of the banners on match-days, liaise with the club, sort their storage and everything else.

If you are in The Corner of the lower tier of The Gallowgate and are up for this, please get in touch on editor@true-faith.co.uk and we’ll get things moving.

It is surely not beyond the wit of us to form a similar operation to what they have at Man Utd (see enclosed STREFORD END FLAGS ) and eventually develop some real eye-catching stuff from The Corner etc. Ultimately, it will only happen if people stir themselves to do it.

To make this happen we will need volunteers who are dedicated to make this succeed. We will have to get cracking to be ready for the start of the season.

true faith can provide the kick-start this might need but to make this happen will require a dedicated group who know what they are doing.

As above, if you are interested, drop us a line on editor@true-faith.co.uk

VIVA LA RAFALUTION! 

 

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8 Responses to true faith : LET THE PEOPLE SING – PART FOUR (Flag Days)

  1. mikey says:

    I think this development is bloody marvellous, can;t wait for next season in there.

    But a note of caution. Lets keep it organic , unofficial and fan led eh?

    Reading that link to ‘STRATFORD END FLAGS’ shows the way not to go in my mind. Its too officialised. Trials of a singing section? Permission from club to have it? Feedback forms on how it could be improved? Takes the fun out of it for me. Lets not go down that route. Keep the club on side, but this is our ground and the corner is our corner. I’m not a child seeking permission form the adults.

    What also you notice with that link is the way Man Utd have used it to crack down on atmosphere in other parts of ground. Direct complains from other fans being forced to sit, no banners allowed etc.

    The aim (as you rightly pint out) is to spread and improve the atmosphere not to limit it to one area and further harm the rest of the atmosphere in the ground.

    Anyway, just a couple of points of caution. Keep it organic, grassroots, unofficial and fan led

    Having said that, flags banners, aye all up for that.

  2. Joe Hawkins says:

    If people are worried about the lack of atmosphere at games then why don’t they have a fan leading the chants ?
    I’m sure people will have heard this kind of thing in Italy for example where one of the fans is given a microphone and he incites the crowd into chants etc to get the place going.

    They could make a thing of it at St James’ Park every season with a competition : “Are You Newcastle’s Maddest Fan” ?
    You could audition said nutters until the craziest is identified with the prize being they conduct the faithful all season long.

    Just a thought…

    • mikey says:

      HaHa. That could be bonkers.

      Works well in Germany as well. I just think that its a bit alien to the english fan culture. It may work, if its not all the time, but i think people would be more likely to resent one nutcase having all the atmosphere in his hands.

      I’m not defintely against megaphones being brought in, to be used for specific chants.

      “Everywhere we go” type things.

    • Joe Hawkins says:

      I’m sure people of a certain age will remember “Mad Norman” from the corner of The Gallowgate in the back end of the 80’s early 90’s.
      He would stand on the barriers and come up with such gems as : “If Your Proud To Be A Geordie Be A Dog, Woof, Woof.”
      “If Your Proud To Be A Geordie Be A Teapot” to which the crowd would copy the burly heed the baal !

      Where are you Norman ?, And do you fancy coming out of retirement ?

      • Joe Hawkins says:

        Also from the same era as “Mad Norman”, Does anyone remember “Kenny Everett” from The East Stand ?
        He was madder than a s**t house rat and would get irate if people from the corner would chant “In The Seats” by leaping from his seat to offer people on lol

        Them were the days when you used to get a load of good characters.

        • mikey says:

          Kenny Everet was a legend.

          Although he had one song after “Kenny Gis a Song” was chanted at him.

          Arms stretched out, looking down on theCorner. “UNITED!”

          happy days

      • mikey says:

        Who was the lad from the scoreboard people used to call Zippy?

        Similar crack in there.

  3. Andrew Thompson says:

    Problem is that the lower Gallowgate is virtually sold out with just single seats available so it’s a no go if you’re wanting to sit with your mates. We all got tickets in block R in the Gallowgate. It’s the upper tier but still close enough to the corner to join in with the singing. Other than that the only alternative is the wing sections of the East Stand nearest the corner but is over £100 more expensive there.