Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Won't Be Home for Tea, We're Going to PSV

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Won't Be Home for Tea, We're Going to PSV

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Byline: By Miles Starforth

Only the Toon Army could follow Newcastle United to the sun-baked island of Majorca - and get drenched.

No sooner had thousands of Geordies jetted into Palma for the Magpies' UEFA Cup tie against Real Mallorca than the weather took a turn for the worse.

Those fans who had packed little more than shorts and sunglasses, expecting an early summer holiday on Magaluf beach, had to shiver through Newcastle's 3-0 fourth-round second-leg win at Mallorca's half-full Son Moix Stadium.

Around 3,000 black and whites travelled to the Balearic island and United's following almost outnumbered the fickle home support, who had given up on their team's UEFA Cup hopes after the first leg.

But the inclement weather, which had seen most supporters hole themselves up in bars and restaurants all day, did not dampen spirits.

And those fans who had not brought waterproof jackets had their newly-bought sombreros to keep the rain at bay, after all.

After the heavens had opened, the beaches at Magaluf and Palmanova were deserted. Paddling and beach football were non-starters, as was the huge party planned for Europe's biggest nightclub, the 8,000-capacity BCM.

A licence was turned down by the courts on Wednesday night and a late appeal to the Lord Mayor fell on deaf ears yesterday morning.

Instead, Idols DJ Mick Edmondson, known as Mad Mick, commandeered a nearby bar for the afternoon and a scaled-down party went ahead, which saw more than 100 fans go through their repartee of songs.

Edmondson said: "It's been a total nightmare but we found another bar and we still had a party."

The local police, used to boisterous behaviour in Magaluf, kept a largely low-key presence.

But, while fans warmed up for the game, the temperature cooled down to seven degrees, though the torrential rain had stopped.

The first half came and went and the interval saw in-the-news striker Craig Bellamy run on to the pitch to a huge ovation, with the striker taking it in turns with team-mates Hugo Viana, Michael Chopra and Steven Taylor in attempting to kick balls into the away end.

That did not go down too well with UEFA and club officials but it went down a treat with the travelling fans massed behind one goal.

And as the North Stand cheered each attempt, one fan, sporting a huge green sombrero, got too carried away and clambered on to the roof behind the terrace to do his own Geordie dancing in front of the scoreboard. …

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