Newcastle fans have been reacting to criticism this morning from Liverpool legend John Aldridge.
Aldridge was not impressed by the travelling support in Newcastle’s trip to Anfield on Saturday, and has lashed out at the Toon Army for their chants about unemployment in Liverpool.
The 59 year-old, who scored 50 league goals for Liverpool in 83 appearances, labelled chants from the away end “boring” in his weekly column for the Liverpool Echo.
Newcastle’s away support is up there with the best in the country, but many Reds fans have taken issue with the chants on Saturday, especially after Liverpool fans donated to Newcastle food banks in the reverse fixture.
I was disappointed to hear Newcastle fans singing the stupid and pathetic 80’s stereotype “Sign On” chant today. Expected more class from Geordies.
— LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) March 3, 2018
“I always listen out for the away fans at Anfield and what songs they sing,” Aldridge wrote.
“And I thought Newcastle supporters were really boring at the weekend. They just kept on with anti-Liverpool songs as a city, the likes of which Anfield has heard many, many, many times before. So boring.
“They were also wondering ‘Where’s your famous atmosphere?’
“Well, the atmosphere is famous because Liverpool are a famous club, with famous players and a famous atmosphere, like it or not. Instead of responding with inevitable chants of “going down”, Liverpool fans instead applauded when Newcastle began singing about their own club and what’s happening with their chairman.
“Reds fans understand that – events at Newcastle aren’t far removed from when we had those two cowboys in charge at Anfield.”
Liverpool fans did indeed cheer chants from the away end about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but needless to say were less impressed by the “sign on” songs.
This morning, Newcastle fans have been responding to the Irishman’s comments. While many are disappointed by the chants, and thus probably agree with Aldridge, plenty of others have dismissed the incident as just a bit of banter.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Forgets to mention that all Newcastle fans sang ynwa at St James a couple of years ago for the 96, not many clubs would’ve done that.
— Jonathan Greenwood (@JGreenwood22) March 6, 2018
The "sign-on" chant has been sung by countless clubs that go to Anfield for decades. Why choose now to take issue or offence? It's a daft chant yes, but it's meaningless and not intended to be taken seriously. Happens every week with loads of songs!
— Dan McMahon ⚡↗ (@DanMcmahonF1) March 6, 2018
Agree with him 100% i was embarrassed by some of the chants. It isn’t banter it isn’t funny either. With the good work both cities for food banks etc… I thought we were better than this obviously I was wrong. #NUFC #LFC
— ⬛️Dan Willan⬜️ (@DanWillan84) March 6, 2018
Been to plenty away matches I've seen a change , just wish our support ers would chant about our team rather than slagging the other teams, I'm sure Liverpool fans brought bags of food to the food bank when they were here last, disrespectable to Rafa I think
— lesley wardle (@lesleyannwardle) March 6, 2018
Oh wow it’s called banter. Should we have been chanting about how great Liverpool is? How great your expensive players are? Get over it man!
— Laura Blyth (@laura25_star) March 7, 2018
Agree with Aldridge i was there and some of the anti Liverpool chants just childish and pointless
— Brian Hill (@ge0rdieb0y) March 6, 2018
Been singing them songs for years every time we've played them. Why such a fuss now about it?
— Denis Taylor (@ToonDen) March 6, 2018
That’s rich from the city that spawned Esther McVey…
— Michael (@2810Mike) March 6, 2018