Date: 13th May 2018 at 8:48am
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The Dickensian rule of the Mike Ashley era has brought about many changes with those of us who have followed Newcastle before his time here suffering the most, whilst the younger fan was born into an era of fabricated blind loyalty with very little chance of building lasting foundations.

Pre-Ashley on Tyneside, Newcastle United was as famous for the loyal fanbase as the likes of Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool were for their trophy wins but the years after Freddie Shepherd and co sold their shares to our current unambitious sort, has seen the fanbase suffer a mix of anguish, anger and a feeling that the soul had been snatched away.

One ray of sunshine though has threatened to banish the rainy days that surrounded us under Ashley and even with the danger of storm clouds looming in the distance, these have been kept at bay by the growing proof that Rafa Benitez’s project does look like it has the potential to bear fruit.

When Rafa joined he reignited something that has been missing from the club for years and with him here, he has ignited the passion or spirit in others. One of these instances is the emergence of a singing section and a few people forming various flag display groups to increase the atmosphere at St James’ Park. This is something we’ve mentioned before on here and tomorrow for the final game of the season at home to Chelsea, ‘Wor Flags’ latest display promises to be one of the biggest yet.

The main agenda of the flag display aside from the continuation of trying to better the atmosphere is in a way of paying tribute to the players and staff of Newcastle United but most importantly, express the love for the catalyst. Rafa Benitez.

Hopefully for once, Mike Ashley, finally realises that we have a gem here who can elevate the club higher up the table and with that increase the value of the club. It will take speculation and an accumulation of funds to do so but like all good things, they generally attract even more so it’s a no lose scenario. Hopefully, tomorrow is also.

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