Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Need a 12th Man

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Need a 12th Man

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ALAN Shearer today backed calls for the Toon Army to raise the roof of St James's as the Magpies fight for survival.

United's new boss was joined by legends and supporters in issuing the rallying cry for the club's remaining games of the season.

The Chronicle and Newcastle United Supporters' Club's Al-Together Now campaign urges everyone connected with the Toon to become the twelfth man, as Shearer's men battle to beat the drop.

And the 38-year-old skipperturned manager knows just how key a United front is..

C M Y K Shearer said: "I think the fans have got a massive part to play.

"To be honest they always do play their part.

"We want them as our 12th man to help us through this. I urge them to do it and keep behind us.

"They have never let us down before and they will be right behind us again." Shearer was today set for his first match in the dugout after dramatically agreeing to take the helm for the Magpies' last eight games of the season.

Club legends have supported the former England captain in emphasising the role the crowd can play in helping the team climb out of the bottom three.

Bob Moncur, the last man to lift a trophy in a black and white shirt, said: "Ever since I can remember in football the crowd have made a massive difference to the players when it comes to playing at St James's.

"That goes back to those crazy nights in the Fairs Cup in the 1960s, right up to Keegan coming back as a player and then a manager and it has gone on like that for years.

"Even times during this season the atmosphere hasn't dipped. But now that Shearer is back I think that it can spark off another great atmosphere.

"It could be akin to Keegan's return last season or his return as manager the first time.

"One thing is for certain the fans will make one hell of a racket. …

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