Alan Smith on Newcastle United fans

Alan Smith reflects on his time spent at Newcastle United.

Alan Smith has been speaking of the support the Newcastle United fans got when they were in the Championship just a few years ago in the FourFourTwo magazine.

The 34-year-old midfielder was on the books of Newcastle from 2007 to 2012 and was an important player for the majority of his time at St. James’ Park.

During Smith’s time at Newcastle, the Magpies got relegated from the Premier League (2008-09 season), but they bounced straight back from the Championship.

During those tough times for Newcastle, the club’s supporters stayed loyal to the team and continued to flock St. James’ Park in numbers even in the second tier.

Former Leeds United and Manchester United midfielder Smith has now highlighted the fans’ importance and told the FourFourTwo Magazine: “I was injured for a lot of (Newcastle’s relegation) season, only playing a few games.

“But it still hurt because I was around people every day who cared about what happened. Nobody wants to get relegated.

"Lucky, we came straight back up. A lot of the players wanted to stay, pay back the fans and re-establish their reputation.

“Some people thought we’d go straight for again to the third division, but we had a great season. We beat the club record for points in a season, had 20-odd clean sheets and played in front of 50,000-plus crowds. Incredible support.”

Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England, but over the years they have become an also-ran in the Premier League.

With the team unable to win trophies, the Magpies’ ambition is pretty much stunted, but the fans still pack St. James’ Park for home matches.

Newcastle have some of the best supporters in England who continue to back the team and rejoice in their wins, despite the fact that there is no long-term plan in place to compete for top honours.

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