Quite a few Hibs supporters I know seem to have a soft spot for Newcastle United. Maybe it’s an East coast thing but I can’t claim similar, quite the contrary. It’s probably partly to do with them unfairly ejecting Nottingham Forest from the FA Cup a lot of years ago when Forest were giving them a beating at St James’ Park and their fans invaded the pitch and physically attacked the Forest players. A story from a local radio interview this morning with Frank Clark, highly decorated Forest full-back and former Newcastle player therefore seemed extra funny.
Frank mentioned a coach at Newcastle in the early days who’d organised a training session where the first team would play a ghost team (an imaginary eleven). This particular day they tried a different version using dustbins as the opposition – the ball came to Frank and he passed it back to the goalie, Gordon Marshall. Unfortunately, Gordon was sorting out his cap and gloves at the edge of the goal and Frank’s pass went straight past him and into the net.
The coach was furious and abandoned the game – the dustbins had won!
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 DUSTBINS 1