A Newcastle United fan with huge YouTube and Twitter followings lets rip after Sunday. No one offended by bad language should click on the link to four minutes and 42 seconds of bile aimed not at us but at his own manager and team. 106,310 people had done so as I started posting this.
Now I think The True Geordie is genuinely funny. He reminds me of the Grimsby fan Poojah, who came up with what one SAFC fan called the best football rant he’d ever seen (https://safc.blog/2010/04/the-sinking-of-grimsby-town-poojahs-polemic/ ).
And yes, I can imagine a Sunderland equivalent. In fact I have already remembered one, though it comes from nowhere near social media.
It had an airing here all of seven years ago, as part of a piece headlined Swearing Loyalty (I add the link with apologies to Claire and Emma, who had nothing to do with the reference I have in mind and may have preferred not to be reminded of the occasion they experienced vile abuse from a pair of “our own”).
This is how the relevant anecdote went (it followed discussion of a terrible 5-0 defeat at Chelsea):
… my friend Graham [was] at another 5-0 humiliation, the one at Ipswich under Peter Reid in 2001 (they ended up going down; we survived for another season).
Graham, not one of life’s natural football supporters but dragged along to the odd game by his SAFC-supporting partner, absent-mindedly applauded as the teams left the field at the interval. It was almost as if he was at the theatre.
Unfortunately, we were already four down.
“Applaud! Yer f****** applauding, yer stupid f****** twat? Aah’ve paid half a week’s f****** wages gannin’ doon heeyah to see that heap of f****** sh*** and youse f****** applauding the c****!”
Many or even most of us would probably own up to the occasional expletive aimed at refs or players. But the asterisk-laden quote above, reproduced from memory of Graham’s description, probably does no justice to the true nature and content of the poor man’s rant. Good job things perked up on the field; we only lost the second half 1-0.
Speaking of applauding the enemy, I understand why the Sunderland fan at Ipswich was rattled by Graham’s instinctive applause. And why True Geordie felt the need to sound off at YouTube, incensed at Tim Krul for congratulating Jermain Defoe on the wonder goal that beat him on the stroke of half time. It isn’t hard to see True Geordie’s anger at a goal that is “gonna be shown on Sky Sports for 20 f****** years probably” and then his goalie “patting Jermain Defoe on the f****** back smiling and laughing at him”.
But that’s it. Jamie Carragher is not a member of the Toon Army. He should have seen it as an act of sportsmanlike decency from a man who has been brilliant in goal for NUFC but accepts, as a pro, when he’s beaten by a moment of genius. I may be wrong but I believe his attitude, unlike True Geordie’s with his excuse of needing to care, stinks.
Make up your own minds – Sky’s headline at
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/9791484/thierry-henry-and-jamie-carragher-criticise-newcastle-and-tim-krul wrongly implies Thierry Henry felt anywhere near as strongly as Carragher about the gesture – but only once you’ve stopped laughing at the clip.