Born in the Gallowgate corner but whatever happened to those Hey Man, Woo Man chants?
WITH THE TOON ULTRAS TAKING OVER THE STRAWBERRY CORNER - A LITTLE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AHEAD OF THE BIG CLASH WITH BARNSLEY WHEN THE TOON ULTRAS PLAN TO PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Years ago, I enjoyed nothing better than heading for St James' Park to stand in the old Gallowgate corner and get behind Newcastle United in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Back then Newcastle had just been relegated from the old First Division but despite groups of fans opting to stay away the atmosphere did not suffer too much as Mick Quinn and Mark McGhee attempted to drag the Magpies back to the top flight.
Sadly they failed to do that, attendances dippped but plenty of people still headed for The Corner - if anything for a laugh - and to try to see Newcastle drag their behinds out of danger.
That never happened, Jim Smith was replaced by Ossie Ardiles and the team slumped even lower with a bunch of YTS kids making up the heart of the team.
Each and everyone of them were terrace heroes in their own right and Lee Clark, Steve Watson and Robbie Elliott all enjoyed acknowledgement from the old corner as local lads.
To be honest it was only the progress of the Geordie boys and the likes of Steve Howey, Pav, Andy Hunt and emerging figures like Gavin Peacock and David Kelly that kept the Toon fans going during these hard times in the old Second Division - but keep going is what the Geordies do and this was no different.
Half of the time Newcastle didn't deserve the support of such a loyal crowd after tossing away leads in games (3-0 up at home to Charlton, before losing 4-3 for one!) but Newcastle fans kept coming.
Chants of There's only one Kenny Everett (to some poor bloke in the East Stand) were actually the highlight of some people's afternoon during dire times at Gallowgate.
And if anybody dared to go for a pie to that little wooden black box in the corner, they would only be taunted with the tune of Who Ate All the Pies!
Oh, and there was also banter with the Score Board area of Gallowgate, who didn't appear to sing as much as us!
Those Hey Man, Woo Man chants (when everyone used to push each other around) as well have sadly died out due to the all seater nature of the stadium.
One of my finest memories actually came in a defeat against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
It had already been fogged off after 17 minutes before a replay (which included half price entry of ÃÂ£1.50 for us young kids) but we drew 2-2 and went out on pens
The best moment of the night for me was when Andy Hunt scored at the start of extra time.
I started at the top of the corner and was swept down to the bottom as the Toon Army went mad against Bournemouth!!!
Some games last season against Arsenal and Chelsea the atmosphere was dead.
Eventually though the Corner had its day when Kevin Keegan rolled into Toon and won the old First Division but only after a late, desperate strike by David Kelly in 1992 had saved us all from relegation and probably extinction with the club crippled by debt.
Years later, Toon fans lost their Corner when the club plonked away fans in it at the start of the Premier League years.
But as soon as the seats went in at Gallowgate many fans couldn't wait to get back into the corner at the start of the 1995/96 season (the stand had been without a corner during 1994/95 as the ground continued to be developed).
Myself and my mate actually managed to get our hands on season tickets during that time and it was the year we nearly won the title.
The opening day of the season saw old chants rekindled of "Sing in the score board."
And it appeared that the happy days were coming back.
I'll never forget the 1995/96 season chanting "We nearly won the League."
And some big fat Geordie kissing me emotionally saying: "We'll win it next year man!"
That never happened sadly.
Anyway more to the current events and the game against Barnsley will see the Toon Ultras set up base again in the Gallowgate Corner.
They managed to whip up at atmosphere against Villa from Level 7 and they did it in the friendlies with Sampdoria, Celtic and Juve.
They are the younger breed of Toon fans and you have to applaud their efforts to try to Bring Back the Noise.
And I fancy they'll do it again on Wednesday!!!
For more details go to www.toonultras.com
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR DAYS OF STANDING IN THE CORNER OR THE SCOREBOARD?
Feel free to leave memories?