Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Day of Disgrace for Toon Army

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Day of Disgrace for Toon Army

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IT was a day of infamy, a day of shame ... a day when the Toon fans went completely crackers.

Go to St James' Park today and you will see a full house, 52,000-plus fans chanting, clapping, cheering and singing some near-themark songs.

But they will never, thank God, emulate or produce the disgusting scenes that were sent around the world in pictures, on Saturday, March 9, 1974.

Newcastle were playing Nottingham Forest in the 6th Round of the FA Cup. United were 2-1 down and the massive crowd were waiting for the fightback.

Then the unthinkable happened when Forest were awarded a penalty and went into a 3-1 lead. Not only that, Pat Howard, Newcastle's centre-half was ordered off for arguing with the referee.

Now things were boiling over and there was trouble with Newcastle fans in the Leazes End. Eventually the fans spilled over onto the pitch and the invasion became a stampede as hoards of Newcastle supporters ran down the pitch towards the Gallowgate end where the Forest fans were.

1968: Britain''s transplant by a team of nurses at Heart The referee immediately took the players off as pitched battles raged between fans and hard-pressed police. Lo Some fans were crushed and trampled in the melee but a few policemen present stood their ground and eventually order was restored.

But the disgraceful scenes left more than 120 people injured, 33 were arrested and two Forest players assaulted.

Other supporters were knocked to the ground and at least two fans had fractured skulls.

doctors and the National Hospital in don.

A match photographer said: "I was at the Leazes End when the crowd just poured in behind me.

"The crowd were lining up and you could sense they were about to go at anytime. Suddenly there was an explosion of people - and my first thought was to get away. …

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