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for Watford, Norwich and Millwall in Division 1. Despite a local tabloid’s attempt of scaremongering supporters by hinting that the opening game was in doubt due to construction being behind schedule, the impressive new North Stand (cough, it will always be The Leazes End) increased the St James Park capacity to around 35,300 (soon to be 36,500 once the Milburn / Leazes corner was opened) and with the ground now covered by 3 roofs for the first time since 1978, the atmosphere would be vastly improved despite the Gallowgate Corner now holding away supporters. “We were creating a monster that we had to keep feeding,” Keegan would later say and the excitement that all United supporters experienced as www.true-faith.co.uk

the 1993-94 season kicked off was palpable. The shock of paying almost double (£105, U16 Milburn Paddock standing) for your season ticket compared to the previous campaign was short-lived as you knew one of the estimated 5k on the waiting list would happily take your place.

At this time, you were spoilt for choice from the Fanzine scene. The Mag, now in a 6th season were joined by likes of The Giant Awakes, Toon Army News and, for a 2nd year, the reputable Half Mag Half Biscuit. In those halcyon days, you simply bought them all.

Everyone appeared to want a piece of us and we were featured on the BBC’s ‘Football Focus’ a couple of hours before Ossie Ardiles returned with his Tottenham Hotspur side.

The Mags were looking for a first victory in the top flight since Everton were defeated in March 1989 having slipped out of Division 1 ‘achieving’ only 3 victories from the 19

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...

True faith 132  

Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...