November 14, 2021
General News

Newcastle’s ‘fairytale’ future cannot start yet because of the grim reality of their present state

ST JAMES’ PARK — The cover of the matchday programme is all gold, as if stressing just how deeply this club has been dipped into extreme wealth. On the back, a simple message: “A new era begins”. Doesn’t it just? You can forgive the hyperbole. This is the first game of the rest of this club’s life. Over the PA system, “the boys are back in town” blares out. The new ones are here too. 

U2’s A Beautiful Day comes next. “See the oilfields at first light,” Bono roars into the mid-afternoon Newcastle sky and few notice the irony. Welcome to St James’ Park, the home of the latest slow dance between geopolitics and sport. This is going to take some time to get used to. Maybe we never will. Maybe we never should.

At Peterborough train station earlier in the day, a Newcastle United supporter wears a fancy-dress costume which sees him in a Saudi Arabian headdress sitting…

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