Look: these are just random thoughts on a quiet day/night. Joan Dawson, who edits here whenever M Salut is away or incapable, or both, has a bundle of old editions of 5573, later known as Wear Down South, estimable newsletter of the London & SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association, which will end up at the council tip unless someone claims them. Best response to this modest posting gets the lot, with M Salut paying the postage. A Mag winner – and be patient if your comment takes a while to appear – could always have a ceremonial bonfire …
Any mention of Newcastle brings Mags to the site in droves, and I am delighted that it does.
Broadly speaking, they loathe us and we, being more sportsmanlike, have misgivings about them.
But there is an awful lot we have in common:
* if we were born or grew up in the North East, we are the North vs the South
* Paul Bracewell, Michael Chopra, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott, Tommy Gibb, Shay Given, Mick Harford, David Kelly, Bob Moncur, Pop Robson, Len Shackleton, Barry Venison, Chris Waddle, Stan Anderson, Ron Guthrie, Lionel Perez, David Young
* that list was filched from Wiki Answers so blame them, not me if there are wrongful omission and inclusions. Without thinking too hard, I could add Jeff Clarke
* we all detest noon kickoffs, whether we are yobs or their casualties
* we loathe them even more if we cannot get tickets, or get there, and have no proper TV access
* long-term underachievement and self-delusion
* we all grew up, if in the North East and if of a certain age, in households where the older ones drank (courtesy of a discussion at the Blackcats loop, whose members provide the quotes):
a) Cherry Bs
b) Cherry B and cider (“used to be quite popular with the girls round our way and was nicknamed “‘The Knicker Dropper’ by the lads”)
c) Pony (“another girly drink with a kick in a tiny bottle”)
d) Babycham (“eeeeh me Mam used to drink it to look posh”)
e) Double Diamond, Watneys Red Barrel, Whitbread Tankard
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