When Newcastle went to Leicester for the Friday Night Football game in April last season, whatever the result, Rafa Benitez’s side would still not be safe in the Premier League.
But a win would put survival within touching distance, and despite having to make a 370 mile round trip, the away end was rammed, as usual, with a sold out following.
Even before kick-off, the atmosphere was electric, but with an extra edge, as everyone was aware of the importance of the game, and when Ayoze Perez scored in the 32nd minute, it was absolute bedlam.
Newcastle would not surrender the lead, and the win would see Rafa’s side 10 points above the relegation zone, and with Cardiff in third bottom only having 18 points available, everyone knew the job was close to being done.
The relevance of the result was not lost on the fans either, and the scenes on the final whistle proved that.
But it was what happened next that will live long in the memory.
Newcastle fans put on a phenomenal show of support
Newcastle supporters were singing their anthemic “Who’s that team we call United…” song, and it just kept going, and going, and going.
No one was leaving from the away corner, and as Rafa came onto the pitch to conduct his post-match interview with the Sky presenters, they were drowned out by the noise from the opposite corner.
— Steve (@StevenParkin117) April 12, 2019
Even when the interviews were done, and the rest of the ground was empty, still the Toon fans kept going.
It was a sight – and sound – to behold, and continued for half an hour after the final whistle.
It was magnificent, and it is hard to remember feeling prouder of being a Newcastle fan than I did that night, and summed up exactly why our fans are simply the greatest in the world.
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