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Thank Goodness All The Fans From Ushaw Moor Returned Home Safely

Back in February 1936 many of the lads and lasses from Ushaw Moor supported either Sunderland or Newcastle United.Such fans still do and spend a lot of money in the process.

A few days later the barber’s shop must have been full of opinions about Newcastle’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal in the 5th round of the FA Cup; some of them were no doubt well thought out and the remainder less so but with the compensation of being enriched, shall we say, with emotion.

But it was not the result that ought to have concerned them. Very serious crowd pressure built up and fans resorted to running on the pitch to better positions on the paddock side, with the police appearing rather helpless. Ambulance men were busy in most parts of the field. Spectators were even on the roof.

Twenty years later, at the age of eleven, I too to ran on the pitch after a Newcastle match and got within inches of big George Farm the Blackpool goalkeeper. I lived and breathed football and as I then attended Newcastle matches it is understandable that my grandmother thought I was a Newcastle fan, rather than a fan of magnificent Derby County. A few of you will recall that she gave me a Newcastle shirt for Christmas rather than a Derby one. Same colours but no stripes please!

It was different then. Now better stadiums are most reassuring and hopefully the likes of Hillsborough will never be repeated.

So, Newcastle 3 Arsenal 3.

Attendance 65,484 [no comment from me on that]

Arsenal won the replay 3-0 and went on to beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the final.


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  1. June 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Wilf,So you went to st james park to see a cracking game of football so deep down you are a “Toon Fan” .Aye those were the days, it was a canny trek from Ushaw Moor taking well over a hour or 2.But it was always worth it if you saw a good game. Last time I was there a few years back i did not enjoy it at all, some the crowd are crazy and sing terrible songs, I would rather sit in front of the TV and watch the games now.I can also see more of the play as the camera work is Top Class now. ATB,Alf R

  2. June 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The last match I attended with my son and grandson, was Sunderland’s penultimate home game of last season when they ensured premier league survival with a victory over West Brum. It was an evening match and with what was at stake we found ourselves in a nose to tail traffic jam from Ryhope into the centre of Sunderland. We managed to park about eight floors up in a multi storey car park south of the river and then begin the trek to the ground. It was pouring down with rain and my ageing legs and aching muscles were struggling to keep pace with my more youthful companions, somehow I had to disguise this fact and with what I feared would be almost fatal consequences. Fortunately I made it to the ground and then we found our seats. What we had perceived as great seats near the front we now found were exposed to the elements, we plonked our already soggy bodies onto the wet seats at which point I realised that I was not only wet but freezing cold. Nevertheless by halftime and two goals to the good we were literally dancing in the rain, with premier league status assured I actually enjoyed the walk back to the car and didn’t mind a jot that it took almost an hour just to get out of the car park. Might give the telly a go next season Alf.

  3. June 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sunderland finished their season in a magnificent way. They were awesome.

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