- In the Stephen Pressley Wonderland
- Carlisle United
Your post is interesting and 99% well-argued, but this made me do a double-take. Who in their right mind could argue that Newcastle, with their mediocre history in which the last of their trophies was in 1955, the last of their 4 league titles was in 1927 with only 6 other top 3 finishes and with the club located in a second-level region of the football industry, are remotely in the same category as world-famous, multiple European, League and domestic cup winners Liverpool, located in a significantly bigger and more historically important city/urban area, with a bigger fanbase in one of the country's three major footballing centres?
It was the Keegan era and Newcastle looked like they might win the title sometime soon, they had superstar Alan Shearer and they even had their own Goal of the Month competition bizarrely on Match of the Day that ran alongside MotD's own goal of the month (no idea how they wangled that one but it certainly added to the impression of them being the second biggest club in the country behind ManU)
Two years is a long time when you're 16; a decade is unfathomably long so that brief spell of challenging ManU's dominance may only have lasted a couple of years but it felt like it had always been either ManU or Newcastle. Liverpool's trophies were obscured by the mists of time, won before ManU's thousand-year-long (or so it seemed) era of total dominance and though fans always sang 'no silverware' at Newcastle it always seemed to me they sang that because of how absurd it was that such a huge club hadn't won anything recently but I expected that would soon be over.
Living with Newcastle as your closest Premier League club definitely affects perspective too. In my school there were two types of gloryhunters. ManU supporting gloryhunters and lesser in number but not by a lot, Newcastle supporting gloryhunters. Liverpool had hardly any fans in comparison and those that did supported Liverpool because it ran in their family, but gloryhunters definitely supported one of either Newcastle or ManU.