As soccer returns to an empty St James’ Park because of the ongoing Covid disaster, we have now 10 images of Newcastle United fans supporting their team throughout the 1999-2001 interval

Premier League soccer returns this weekend after the worldwide break – minus the fans, in fact.

Newcastle United host Manchester United in what is often one of many most-anticipated video games of the season on Tyneside.

Sadly, because the Covid-19 disaster continues, 52,000 supporters will likely be absent and the sport will likely be performed out in an empty, echoey stadium.

Given the profound influence of the pandemic, it is frankly tough to think about a loud, bouncing St James’ Park, packed to the rafters with fans any time quickly. Let’s hope it occurs within the not-too-distant future.

We flip as a substitute to the Chronicle archive and dig out 10 images of Newcastle United fans supporting their team, home and away, from the 1999-2001 interval.

These pictures have not seen the sunshine of day since they first appeared in our newspapers twenty years in the past.

It was a time, as ever, not with out its disappointments for the Magpies – however 20 years in the past, there was progress on and off the pitch because the membership at the least tried to compete on the prime.

Our earliest {photograph} comes from January 1999 and exhibits glad supporters watching a home win over Aston Villa throughout Ruud Gullit’s ill-fated reign as supervisor.

Our final picture comes from April 2001, and exhibits United’s travelling fans on the Stadium of Light watching their aspect draw 1-1 with Sunderland, courtesy of an Andy O’Brien purpose.

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By then, Bobby Robson was within the managerial scorching seat and steering the Magpies in the direction of three top-six finishes within the Premier League and participation within the Champions League. Imagine that.

Between January 1999 and April 2001, there have been two Wembley appearances (within the 1999 FA Cup remaining and 2000 FA Cup semi-final), European soccer, and St James’ Park was expanded from a 36,000 to a 52,000-capacity stadium.

It was a constructive time to be a Newcastle United fan.

Check out our 10 images from twenty years in the past. You may spot somebody you recognize – and even your self.



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