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Do I join the (probable) masses who will have gathered to see Big Al?
only as a sane observer obviously
It was a close call though.
and report back on all the "happenings"
or like match days were when we were a really good team and it was exciting and enjoyable to go.
I know I wasn't all that old when we won the first division but it did feel like the kind of atmosphere I remember from when I went to the victory parade for that.
It also made me feel like we're getting just what we deserve with this (for good or for ill).
and does anyone else think that perhaps it's Dowie whose going to be the real day-to-day manager with Shearer as a sort of frontman/motivational speaker character ?
y'know those people you see interviewed on SSN and you think maybe they're just picking out the handful of really loudmouth nutters?
they really are all like that.
I'm really looking forward to Saturday now. The atmosphere the day Keegan came back was amazing, might be even better on Sat.
I don't have tickets but I'm going to the beer festival at Newcastle Uni so I might wander a bit further up and soak up the vibe.
the game isn't on tv is it?
Is the beer fest students only? I may have a mooch down post-game
and if it is i don't think anyone will notice/care about anyone else sneaking in
They hold it during the easter break to avoid them.
I think I'll pay a visit after the game then.
It used to start running out on the Thursday night.
Let's hope Shearer doesn't take so long to get settled in.
Shearer does that and we'll be long gone by the end of the season!
I'm not sure what else he'll be doing.
Those men aren't topless.
and Clarke had years & years of top flight experience. Whilst I quite like Dowie as a person, he hasn't got the best track record.
I mean there was no way in hell they were gonna stay up as things were. I'm guessing they're gambling on Shearer's appointment giving a short-term bounce in confidence and support from the fans in order to scrape just enough points to stay up.
I don't think they'll do it but I can see how taking a massive gamble was probably better than doing nothing. Don't get what Dowie's doing there though.
it seems as if football fans around the country will party in the streets if they do down. Although I'm hopeful, I still fear they'll escape somehow. Fingers crossed though.
I hate the "Great player = great manager" argument and, for that reason alone, want the years of speculation about Shearer taking over to end with him falling on his arse.
i always thought we could stay up, but that it would be very close. like maybe even not losing to villa and results going our way.
that was obviously based on the teams around us all being as shit as they have been.
i'm trying not to get swept up in the shearer madness and know that all this is going to do is give a confidence boost. but it's one that should see us beating sides like boro and pompey when they come here and maybe being a bit braver against in the away games than we would have been with Chris Hughton in charge.