Forget famous European nights, it’s Sunday afternoon in the Premier League where the real atmosphere is. At least that’s what Newcastle supporters are hoping to prove as they target this Sunday’s headlining match against Liverpool for the biggest show of support St. James’ Park has seen.
According to outlet Chronicle Live, Newcastle’s supporters groups—revived in recent seasons by the arrival of Rafa Benitez and his decision to stay with the club despite their fall into the Championship—are planning a major show of support for the club and manager when his old club comes to town.
If they can pull it off, it’s meant to go down as the most flags that have ever been flown by supporters at a Newcastle match. Presumably along with a fair bit of chanting, singing, and general football merriment meant to push Newcastle on to three points that would leapfrog them over Liverpool in the standings.
The highlight is meant to be the unveiling of four massive new flags, including a 65-metre one whose subject has been kept secret by the group—but that, it’s speculated, is likely meant to honour Benitez for his role in bringing some degree of pride and respect back to the club and its fans.
Currently, Newcastle sit tenth after six games with nine points from three victories—and with the three defeats to go alongside that making it clear that Benitez’ survival math involves pushing for wins and accepting that may lead to more losses rather than taking the safe route and targeting draws.