By Brian Hall
Tuesday 19 Jun 2012 13:26:00
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Forget Fathers' Day on Sunday. For those of us rearing a new generation of Mags, it was great, but yesterday was more important. No offence to my own kids, by the way! Yesterday was Fixtures' Day. I still remember, as a kid and teenager, that feeling of anticipation regarding Fixtures' Day. The details of Who We Would Play, and When, such an essential part of our summer calendar. I am sure that, for many footy fans across the country, the same feeling applied, and still does. Most only check the future timetable facing their club, apart from anorak-type characters generally, or maybe characters in Eastbourne or Surrey On Sea who are deciding which team to support this season.



August is an obvious start, of course, in the Great Fixture Day Release. For me, that is for two reasons. The first is obvious, namely, our first games. The second is less so, but it relates to my birthday. August 29. On so many occasions, NUFC have played the day before that date, on it, or the day after it. And many a fixture has either managed to ruin it, or lead to euphoria. Looking at the forthcoming ones for that month, I note Spurs at home, Chelsea away, and Aston Whoever, which actually creeps into September 1. Early thoughts. No game right next to my birthday, which is fine, and secondly, and hopefully, no real misery either.


I checked out the autumn, when the leaves begin to fall. And one stood out, and that could well bring about a big Fall, I hope. Sunderland away. October 20. We all know that Northumbria Police may well change the timing itself, and SKY or BT may join in, by asking for a switch of actual date. I dont normally agree with such interference, but surely, when it occurs, they could all just move it just a tad closer to Halloween. Just a thought.


Onto Christmas, and I would like to move on asap on that one. Boxing Day. Manure away. December 29, the Arse, away. Thanks, FA. But New Years Day might cure the collective Mag Hangover. Blue Scousers. At hyem.


I prefer to leap straight into the Spring. A visit from Our Friends in the North, or The Small and Jealous Club in our region, whichever you prefer to name them as. Let us assume that the Mackem Slayer, Shola, will still be fit then, and lurking, at SJP.


And then into May. Time for Darling Buds, warm sunshine, and things like that. Weh, it is supposed to be. The Fixture Plot has ensured it will be Cockney Month for us. West 'Am, away, QPR, away, and then, May 19 - the Arse at the Cathedral on the Hill. Planning ahead already. What an occasion to celebrate winning the title for the first time since the 1920s.  


Anticipation,eh. Fixtures' Day.






ps.         one last thought about a very grim August fixture. Sunderland. Home. 2-1 defeat. And then.......Gullitt left, and the SAFC gave us Sir Bobby Robson at the beginning of that September. What a favour, from Our Friends in the North, or from the Small and Jealous Club down the road.              

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