Forget that practice kick about at Fulham. The season starts now!
Newcastle United entertain Huddersfield Town at St James’ Park today for a traditional 3pm kick off in what looks like being a 52,000 sell-out.
In addition to United selling out, Huddersfield have also sold their full allocation of 3,200 tickets.
The atmosphere will be electric, and will be kicked off and ramped up with 30 minutes of flag waving in the Gallowgate End from 2.30pm courtesy of the Gallowgate Flags fans initiative.
The folks at Gallowgate Flags explain it better than I ever could so here’s what they say on their website:
“St James’ Park is at its best when loud. It’s at it’s best when the fans are on their feet, making a noise that no other football club in England can match. We are Gallowgate Flags and our aim is to make St James’ Park as loud a ground as possible. We aim to do this by crowdfunding public displays which will hopefully inspire the team and the crowd”
This will come as no surprise to Huddersfield fans who’s North Stand Loyal have had a similar fans group since 2014.
A spokesman for their North Stand Loyal Told The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: “We’ve noticed the Gallowgate Flags group gain a fair bit of traction over the last few weeks – we follow the group on Twitter so naturally keep up to speed on what’s going on”
“From what we’ve seen it seems to be a really positive movement. Their agenda is very similar to ours when we set up two and a half years ago – add club colour to the ground, and provide vocal support”
“It may sound simple, but it’s the sort of thing that can be found lacking in many English grounds these days and sometimes a little push is needed to reinvigorate that atmosphere”
“It’s great to see more groups similar to our own popping up across the country; the long term effects on home atmospheres can only be a positive thing for the game as a whole.”
United manager Rafa Benitez and the players welcome the Gallowgate Flags innovation:
“The atmosphere that the fans create already is amazing, but for our fans to organise something like this shows the huge passion of the Geordies to support their team. I know it will make the noise and the atmosphere in St James’ Park even more special than usual, and that will be fantastic.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with this project on behalf of myself and the players. It is things like this that can really make the difference for us over a long and challenging season ahead.”
Lets hope it makes a difference today and United can get their first points on the board!
Howay the Lads!
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