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Newcastle 4-3 Man Utd

The train up to Newcastle from London was surprisingly trouble free. It arrived on time and most people were heading up for the Great North run; there was hardly a Geordie in sight. We pulled in to the station at 2ish and walked straight to the ground, which looked very impressive from the outside. After a ridiculous climb to the top of the highest tier we clambered to get our breath back and found our seats with an almost bird’s eye view of the pitch.

The game itself was fantastic if you were a neutral or a Geordie. Much is said about the part time support of the Newcastle fans, and they were baited about their low Worthington Cup attendance midweek, but no one could deny their fanaticism against us. The crowd was the loudest I have heard for a long time and the United response was impressive too with renditions of all the usual songs.

The United fans went crazy when we equalised but as usual of late we threw it away and were 3-1 down soon after half time. Our defence looked shaky throughout but due to Veron and Keane’s magnificent determination, goals from Sabre and Giggs soon brought us level. The game deserved at least a draw and unfortunately it was Newcastle who got a winner despite valiant efforts by Scholes.

After the game there was a cup final like atmosphere in the city. Beating United was the most Geordies could hope for in a season that has seen them already get knocked out the Intertoto cup to part timers Troyes. As usual they’ll win fuck all and we will probably win the league, in which case they can have their three points for now.

The journey home was tedious. Trouble on the train by a bunch of racist West Ham fans who abused the rail staff on their way back from Boro meant the train was held up by the police, and we did not get back until midnight. But despite the vile Hammers fans and the result it was a good day with an exciting game and a great atmosphere. Bring on Lille midweek; we don’t look as shaky at home.

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