Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Game of Toon Scarves!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's a Game of Toon Scarves!

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Byline: By Lee Ryder

Newcastle United stars past and present have called for black-and-white scarf-waving to become a permanent fixture at St James' Park, with Les Ferdinand spearheading the campaign.

The Toon Army surpassed even their own high standards in Alan Shearer's testimonial against Celtic and left United's players on the night choked.

United stars Peter Ramage, Steve Harper and Alan Shearer admitted they were physically shaken by the atmosphere generated by the Toon Army when the Geordie fans picked up their free scarves and started twirling them in the air just after the hour mark.

The backdrop at St James' Park was an unforgettable sight and was reminiscent of some of the greatest scenes in football history.

And ex-Newcastle hero Ferdinand was suitably impressed. One of only three men to wear the No 9 shirt in Newcastle's Premiership years, along with Shearer and Andy Cole, Ferdinand said today: "When the scarves came out it was incredible.

"The Newcastle fans are always second to none but if they did with the scarves regularly it would frighten the life out of the opposition.

"When I played in Newcastle earlier in my career I learned how amazing the fans were and could not believe what they were like to play in front of.

"I spoke to my mate after the game who had been watching on TV and he said it was just scary ( and he isn't even a Geordie.

"The only thing that has come close to that in my career is the Liverpool fans when they get their scarves out at the end, but never during a game like that. It was just first class."

Keeper Steve Harper was also taken aback by the atmosphere after making his first St James' Park appearance of the season against Celtic.

Harper added: "I think they should do that every game because the atmosphere was just fantastic.

"It was richly deserved for Alan and when the fans were waving the flags and scarves it was great. …

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