The cathedral sat atop of the hill overlooking the city. Waves upon waves of black and white shirts descend.
“Who’s that team we call United, who’s that team we all adore?” Reverberates around St James’ Park. Through the driving rains, wind, snow and heavy defeats still we sing, still we stay loyal. Over the last 13 years, the emotions that make football so special, so uniquely great have been sucked out of Newcastle United supporters.
Newcastle United have been hiding in the shadows for over a decade now, a generation of supporters lost. Mothers and fathers no longer able to brainwash their children into becoming a Newcastle supporter. The thing about a football club is, it needs care and attention - Its supporters need to be taken care of. Mike Ashley failed to do that which has seen the most loyal of supporters walk away.
Supporters have nothing tying them to the club anymore, due to years of lies and constantly being treated like dirt. After every awful decision and every lie, it chips away at supporters until they have nothing left to give.
There is a chink of light in all this darkness. A real chance and a hope of a brighter future under new owners. A set of people who have the drive and the ambition to take Newcastle forward, to invest in the local area and to bring back the pure emotion that football brings.
Newcastle supporters have been in an abusive marriage with their club, giving everything but receiving nothing but abuse in return. Supporters now have a chance for a fresh start and to fall in love with their club all over again.
The potential new owners can bring Newcastle out of the shadows. They can make the supporters feel proud about supporting their club again. The St James’ Park roar can return, a roar that has been so subdued and almost gagged at times. “Who’s that team we call United, who’s that team we all adore” can be sung even louder and prouder than ever before.
The potential of Newcastle United is huge, Amanda Staveley and Co see that potential. They can bring Newcastle supporters together again, no more divisions and no longer to be weathered and battered by their club. Once the takeover has been made official, a massive sense of relief and euphoria will sweep across the city. It is not because of the finances involved, it is more to do with seeing an end of 13 years of toxicity.
Those long away days through awful weather, the break downs on the motorways, the lies and the awful treatment received will all have been worth it to see Newcastle come back out of the shadows.