St. James’ Park used to be an intimidating place for any opposition, the wall of noise, the great Geordie roar flooding down from the stands. That noise has been muted, Mike Ashley is a massive reason for that. His running of the club has been nothing short of criminal.
Newcastle United face Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter final later this month, the last time Newcastle reached this stage of the competition was 14 long years ago. This is a massive game for the club, as a result the need for a memorable atmosphere is great. Wor Flags were a huge part of the atmosphere over the last few years, without them St. James’ Park has been incredibly flat, you could hear a pin drop.
The thought of Newcastle going even further in the FA Cup brings the butterflies to the surface. The atmosphere Wor Flags helped create intimidated the opposition, it also gave Newcastle players a huge lift - A feeling they could beat anyone with the help of such great backing.
Ashley has ruined a lot about this truly special club, bringing back the flags does not mean he has won, it can be a two finger salute to the man who has brought this club to its knees. An act of defiance.
St. James’ Park needs Wor Flags, the players and supporters need Wor Flags. It is not the fault of the staff nor the players that the club isn’t where it should be, that is down to the owner. The fact of the matter is, after a long hard summer and a tough season so far - The stadium is completely flat, there’s nothing there at all, it’s heartbreaking to see. The FA Cup tie at home to Oxford United was a prime example of how far the atmosphere has fallen, a packed St. James’ Park with no voice at all.
Everyone hopes that Ashley will move on sooner rather than later, Wor Flags have another fantastic opportunity to show the world just how special the Geordie support can be. This could influence the sale of the club, hearing that famous Geordie roar is enough for any potential buyer to fall in love with this great club.
Newcastle United is a unique club, filled with passionate supporters - Some of the most passionate set of supporters you could ever lay your eyes on. It is those very supporters that deserve that feeling of euphoria, imagine Newcastle United at Wembley in the final of the FA Cup. That can happen, Wor Flags can be a big part of trying to make that happen.
City is a tough draw for Newcastle but it’s a winnable game, anything can happen in the FA Cup. The team have shown they can get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side, Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners at St. James’ Park last season.
Wor Flags standing by their principles is understandable and admirable, however, this is Newcastle’s biggest game in an awfully long time. Wor Flags can help create something special once again. Don’t let that Geordie roar stay silent any longer, lets bring St. James’ Park back to life.