It’s been 445 days since Toon fans have descended upon St. James’ Park to watch their beloved Newcastle United, but today 10000 of them will get the chance to watch the Magpies take on Sheffield United.
With more covid 19 restrictions being lifted as of Monday just gone, the Premier League have allowed the final two games of the season to be watched live by a limited number of spectators.
The FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea saw the return of football fans in the country whilst games being played in the playoffs in the lower divisions have also had the benefit of a limited number of fans.
What will it be like?
Of course, this matochday experience will be like no other but it is a step in the right direction towards normality.
There will be large gaps between spectators, masks are to be worn at all time and fans have been asked to arrive to the ground early but all of these will be worth it to be finally back at St. James’ Park.
Despite some of the horrendous football watched this season, there is still a clear desire for fans to get back into the ground. It has been well over a year since Toon fans have been inside their famous stadium and it is a great occasion for all involved.
445 days ago, Newcastle welcomed Burnley to St. James’ Park in a game that finished a drab 0-0 draw.
If you had told me that after walking out of the stadium that day that it would be over a year until I would go back, I wouldn’t have been too disheartened due to just how lacklustre the game of football was.
Lets hope the lads can put on a much more inspiring display this time around, to give the returning 10000 something to cheer about.
Speaking of last times, hopefully this is the one and only time that just 10000 Toon fans are allowed in to roar on their side.