Newcastle United: Eight of the best ‘Wor Flags’ displays
Written by Callum Close on 31st March 2023
Newcastle United fans have always been recognised as some of the most passionate fans in England and the displays led by fan group ‘Wor Flags’ only provide evidence to back up this claim.
After six years in business the group, entirely fan funded, continue to enhance the St James’ Park atmosphere through their thoughtful and motivational flag displays.
From big surfers to a sea of black and white flags, we look at eight of the best ‘Wor Flags’ displays…
UNITY EQUALS VICTORY
In no particular order, we start with the display from the final game of the 2017/18 season. As you can see from the image, the Gallowgate, a familiar setting, was decked out in black and white flags with a banner Infront. The banner was timely as the club had secured survival thus achieving their main victory for that season.
Newcastle fans have often spoke about demanding a team that tries, not one that wins, and the tenth placed finish that season presented fans with a United squad that did just that.
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One of the prevalent displays that stick in the mind is that of the Tottenham game in 2021. The clubs long anticipated takeover had happened the week before the game and Wor Flags captured the feeling amongst the supporters perfectly. Jimmy Nail’s Big River rang around the stadium as the banner portraying the lyrics stood proudly in the Gallowgate end, it made for a spine-tingling atmosphere worthy of such a momentous occasion.
ANGEL OF THE NORTH
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For this one we recognise the influence that the fan group has on the local area as we see the Angel Of The North draped in a black and white flag. The Angel itself can be seen for miles across the Tyne and Wear area and it towers over the A1 motorway. The good luck message on the back of the flag could be seen as a final message from the fans before the club embarked on the journey that saw them play in a first cup final in 24 years.
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This display is a nod to the words of club legend Kevin Keegan. Keegan was, and still is, worshipped on Tyneside both for his role as a player and a manager. In the 90’s, he famously managed a Newcastle side branded ‘The Entertainers’ due to their notorious attacking football.
Keegan returned to the club as manager in 2008 as Sam Allardyce’s successor but after a disagreement with former owner Mike Ashley he resigned. Keegan just understood the club and the supporters, the quote seen in the display epitomises this.
WE ARE THE MAGS
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The only flag to be used multiple times at St James Park on this list, this display took a lot of planning. The flag itself came from Poland and had to be retrieved by members of Wor Flags who drove onto the continent and back in a van.
The biggest of its kind in Europe, the flag covered the whole of the Gallowgate end. It features the names of everyone who donated towards it, further strengthening the bond between the fan group and the rest of the supporters.
WE’LL SUPPORT YOU EVERMORE
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Taken from the Leeds game earlier this season, this display is once again a nod to the club’s past. The colours of the 1996/97 (the second of consecutive Premier League seasons in which the club finished second) away kit spanned the entire East stand of St James Park.
‘We’ll support you evermore’ further recognises the passion of the supporters and their persistence to stick with the club despite poor ownership and negative football.
A SEA OF BLACK AND WHITE
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This is arguably the best Wor Flags display. The whole stadium was involved, and each stand featured something unique. The iconic ‘Blue Star’ could be seen in the Leazes end amongst the black and white, while in the East stand the word ‘united’ was spelled out in big gold lettering.
Of course, the Gallowgate was no different. A team photo featuring the owners and the entire squad was unveiled accompanied by a banner reading ‘Newcastle United Football Club.’ It was a special atmosphere which signed off the end of a fantastic season.
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Lastly, who could forget about the flag display at Wembley? The first final for the club in 24 years, a weekend in which thousands of Geordies with or without a ticket invaded the capital in the hope that they would see their team win their first domestic trophy since 1955.
Despite not winning the match, Newcastle fans created an incredible atmosphere and the display organised by Wor Flags enhanced it. The West end of Wembley was a sea of black and white with flags waved in both support and defiance.
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