A HOT AWAY MATCH - AT HOME. THE NUMBER 9 BAR
By Brian Hall
Wednesday 22 Aug 2012 22:04:00
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Last Thursday saw the official opening of the new Number 9 bar in town, at Stowell Street. The media were there, Supermac was there, and loads of NUFC centre forwards wearing that famous shirt had backed the venture. It was an exciting, but calm, well-organised launch. Saturday was different! No organisational difficulties, but a loud, raucous atmosphere. And that is an understatement!

 

The weather meant temperatures were high, as the Mags all assembled in the city to beat Super Tottenham, From the Lane. I popped into the venue, in order to see how the new kid on the block took off. And it certainly did take off! Downstairs was bedlam, albeit peaceful chaos. Upstairs saw some good NUFC songs from the DJ - Wraith, I think you called him. Supermac did a talk in,against a background of intense noise, and heat - a temperature akin to southern Spain without the air conditioning. And Malcolm handled one moment really well. Asked who he first admired as a Number 9 as a kid growing up in London, he mentioned some bloke who had curly hair. Woops. The Colo song blasted out for a good few minutes, and probably could be heard over Heaton or Elswick. Mal laughed.

 

 The whole atmosphere saw a return of a proper United watering hole re-emerging. It reminded me of an away match, but it was at home! Singing, bizarre behaviour, good NUFC crack, arguments about who should play where, or when, in our black and white shirt.

 

No trouble of course. It was a new, and long-awaited home, for Mags, who could ..well, just be Mags. But the place was well ran, and there were no sign of any characters who wanted to prove that they were the hardest men in toon. The staff would have soon removed any such person. ASAP.

 

My only disappointment was that I had to leave at 4.00, as my ticket was buried somewhere inside the Irish Club. As I left, I heard the band downstairs, blasting out some pretty good music. Downstairs seemed to make Upstairs look like a Vicar's T-Party!

 

As i wandered off to my destination to see the lads, and lasses, in the Club, I felt that I had been to a very hot away match venue. Full of the NUFC tribe. You canna ask for more than that, in terms of the New Number 9 Kid on the Block. At last, a place in Toon where anything goes - within reason.

 

Am definitely gannin back for the home games ahead. I like away matches, me.

 

Brian Hall

 

ps   the DJ was crap, like, that Wraith bloke, but Joe Allon saved the day...........................................



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